Harmony Adoptions set to celebrate homecoming at Camp Montvale

Harmony Adoptions is having a party, and they want folks to come on home.

Harmony Adoptions is in the process of purchasing the former Camp Montvale property, and they are currently working hard to get the camp back in shape. To celebrate, the group has planned Harmony Homecoming at Montvale for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 15 at the Harmony Family Center at Montvale, the former Camp Montvale property.

Aaron Killian, volunteer coordinator with Harmony Adoptions, said, Harmony Homecoming is a family-friendly event geared toward educating the public on all the renovations they’ve done. It is also designed to promote what they hope to do in the future with the property. “We’ve opened it up to the public, and we want to invite anybody and everyone,” he said. “Families, former camp counselors, volunteer groups assisting us with renovations thus far and families in general.”

There will be plenty of different activities for children. “Roger and Sandra Elder and Sarah Elder Chavot have agreed to assist us with pony rides. We’re going to have games for kids to play,” Killian said. “We’re also going to have pumpkin painting, face painting, tours and lunch available for purchase. We just want to show off what we’ve done with Montvale as we make the transition from a camp to the Harmony Family Center at Montvale.”

Pistol Creek Catch of the Day will perform from noon to 2 p.m. Killian thanked lead singer Edward Harper for setting up the show. “They bring fun and excitement like no other musical group could in Blount County,” he said. “We’re delighted to have them. They’re always a draw.”

Donations will be accepted, but this event is more of an awareness builder.

Killian said community groups and individuals have turned out to volunteer at the camp. “We’ve had close to 300 folks come out since the middle of May. They’ve done over 2,200 hours of work, which equals more than $45,000 worth of work,” he said. “The donations in-kind have been innumerable. We’ve gotten in-kind donations from Ruby Tuesday and Randy Burleson from Aubrey’s sent folks to assist with kitchen clean up.”

Killian said people throughout Blount County are showing their support for what Harmony is doing at the former camp. “It is an institution in Blount County, and there a lot of people who want to see it come back to life and see the memory of Montvale revitalized,” he said.

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