Initially, when Harmony Grove was first founded, like many other Spiritualist Camps birthed at the turn of the 20th century, it was open only seasonally. People would come in their horse and buggies to literally “set up camp” and spend time working as Mediums or visiting with the Mediums over the summer. As time went by, the tents evolved into seasonal cabins and then year-round houses for the Spiritualist mediums. Eventually, a church was built and lecture, healing services and séances were held year-round. However the time-honored observance of the Opening of Camp Season continued to be observed.
Starting generally at the end of May and running through to the end of August, the Camp Season at Harmony Grove included many guest ministers from out of state, who presented Circles on Friday nights as well as on Saturday afternoon or evening. Many also included events on Sunday afternoon, too! Camp Closing Ceremonies were held generally the last weekend in August and included many similar events to the ones listed below.
Up until the 1960’s the Camp Openings included the local Native Americans who joined in Pow-Wow. Honoring this tradition, the Camp Opening at Harmony Grove often includes Native American Dancing and Drum Circles. Camp Opening ceremonies, begin with a prayer, which includes a tribute to all the Harmony Grove Pioneers who have passed and to the troops in combat. Raising of the flag signals the official “Opening of the Camp” to visitors.
The various volunteer Harmony Grove committees set up tables on Membership, Harmony Grove Institutes, history, as well as fundraising. Silent auctions and prizes are spearheaded by the Ways and Means Committee. So it’s a great opportunity to learn all about Harmony Grove Spiritualist Association.
The 126th year of this tradition was celebrated on June 4th, 2022. This year, we combined the Camp Opening with our Psychic Fair on Saturday. It was a festive day with hometown flair for the whole family with a relaxing walk on the grounds, psychic readings under the oak trees, shopping with our vendors and a visit to the Living Tree Bookstore, experiencing a traditional Eagle Dance, relaxing to performances by musical guests, enjoying meals in Fellowship Hall, and a drumming prayer for the World to close out the day. The grounds took on a festival atmosphere with cotton candy, snow cones, and popcorn!
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