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Printmaking, nature weaving,

finger painting, printmaking,

critters … and Koinonia!

It’s an Arts and Crafts Festival

for area families

Area youngsters and their families can dabble in every fun kind of art imaginable at the Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, April 21 at Koinonia Environmental and Retreat Center. And it’s free! The special day for area students and their families is sponsored by Manchester College’s art students, its Koinonia Center and its Alumni Office.

No reservations are necessary. Children and their families can just show up at Koinonia, about 4 miles south of Pierceton, off Indiana 13. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. (Koinonia has plenty of shelter.)

Participants will discover fascinating links between art and nature, with lots of crafts, art experiences and learning stations. Activities include paper-making, salt dough pendants, printmaking, nature weaving, finger paining, recycled art and nature, and lots more.

The Arts and Crafts Festival also gives Manchester College students in Jenna Oke’s elementary arts and crafts course practical experience in art lessons that incorporate nature. Participants will learn about the community spirit of art and environmental issues. Refreshments are available for a small fee to support the College’s A Cappella Choir performance at Carnegie Hall in May.

Koinonia Environmental and Retreat Center is about 4 miles south of U.S. 30 and Pierceton or about 12 miles north of North Manchester, off Indiana 13. Road signs n Indiana 13 mark the way, placed north and south of Kosciusko County Road 650 South.

Ecologically diverse, Koinonia covers about 100 acres, including a 5-acre lake, educational walks and paths, a large wetland complex with walkway, observation decks, prairieland, and residential retreat facilities. 

For more about Koinonia, contact director Rainn Lukas MacPhail at 260-982-5010 or, or visit the College website at and type Koinonia into the search field.

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