Mequon — Concordia University Wisconsin is opening up its campus to the community on Saturday, Aug. 9, for a night of food, music and a view of the lake from their restored bluff.
This is the first year of Concordia's Lake Moon Festival, but the university hopes it will become an annual tradition. Lisa Liljegren, Concordia's director of corporate and community relations, said the idea for the festival came about out of a desire to open up the campus to the community.
"Our idea is to get people who have never been here to cross I-43 and visit our campus and our beautiful bluff," Liljegren said. "We just wanted to open our arms wider and bring people here to have a good time."
The event features a 5K race that winds through the Concordia campus, an impressive live music lineup and a variety of other family-friendly activities. Food will be provided from Chuck's Place Family Restaurant in Thiensville.
Those who want to participate in the 5K race should check in between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The race starts at 6 p.m.
"The Lake Moon Festival race is an evening race that loops you through our campus, before taking runners along the beachfront," said event spokeswoman Gretchen Jameson. "You are guaranteed to feel like a true fitness champ as you finish the 5K with a climb up Concordia's beautifully restored bluff."
The live music lineup includes Painted Caves at 4 p.m., Zach Pietrini and The Broken Bones at 5:30 p.m., I'm Not a Pilot at 7 p.m. and Naima Adedapo at 9 p.m.
"Terrific talent with national exposure and a local feel really rounds out the entertainment at the Lake Moon Festival," Jameson said.
Concordia is inviting local residents to learn more about its bluff restoration project, which was completed in 2007, during a guided tour at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Mequon Nature Preserve and Riveredge Nature Center will also be providing opportunities to learn about the wildlife of the area.
The festival will also have supplies for participants to build and fly kites, which should add a little color to the early evening sky. A parade of boats will add scenery to the horizon, in cooperation with members of the Port Washington Yacht Club.
The scenery of the festival will be captured by local artists competing in a plein-air art contest, which will start at 2 p.m. and run through dusk.
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