Jay Ungar and Molly Mason

Eco Art Festival Features Concert, Dance with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason

May 4, 2011

The ninth annual Eco Art Fest will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8, 2011 at the Pine Lake Environmental Campus of Hartwick College. This year's Eco Art Festival, a family-friendly event celebrating art and nature, also marks the 40th anniversary of Hartwick College's purchase of Pine Lake from the Neunzig family in 1971.

On Saturday, May 7, afternoon events from 1-4 p.m. include Charlie Bremer's earth instruments, a hands-on outdoor eco art project, tie dying, live music, and a coal-burned wood bowl workshop with Hawk Circle Wilderness Education. Challenge Education staff will offer an open high ropes course from 1-4 p.m. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes.

On Saturday evening at 8 p.m., a free concert featuring Jay Ungar and Molly Mason will be held in the Vaudevillian. A contra dance will follow. Since joining forces in the late 1970s, Ungar and Mason have become one of the most celebrated duos on the American acoustic music scene. With their comfortable sense of fun and their love of music, they make each concert a musical journey--sometimes spanning two continents and two centuries. Their incomparable warmth and wit--coupled with consummate musicianship-- have delighted audiences worldwide.

Listen to the timeless renditions of hard-driving Appalachian, Cajun and Celtic fiddle tunes, stirring Civil War classics, sassy songs from the golden age of swing and country, stunning waltzes, and deeply moving original compositions. It's immediately apparent why Jay and Molly concerts warm the heart, feed the soul, and appeal to all ages. No wonder they continue to receive widespread critical praise.

They've garnered legions of fans through their appearances on Great Performances, A Prairie Home Companion, their own public radio specials, and work on film soundtracks such as Brother's Keeper, Legends of the Fall, and a host of Ken Burns documentaries.

The Eco Art Festival winds down on Sunday, May 8, with a chili cook-off in the picnic pavilion.

All events are free and open to the public. The Eco Art Festival is funded by the Hartwick College Student Senate Activity Fee and sponsored by the Grassroots Club, Pine Lake Club, Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies, and the Office of the President.

For further information about this event, contact Dan Morse, Coordinator of Sustainability Programs at the Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies, at or 607-431-4666.

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Contact: Christopher Lott
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