“A weekend in nature where God speaks to hearts.”

That’s how Fran Perry describes the “Retreat to Remember” planned next Saturday and Sunday at the Mission Farms/Hickory Ridge camp.

The Union Mission Women’s Auxiliary and Mission Farms Camp Committee has extended an invitation to benefit the preservation of Mission Farms.

Fran Perry, whose late father Joe Perry founded the mission, said former attendees of Mission Camp or special event groups inspired by historic respite will experience a “retreat, reunion and renaissance — a warm welcome home.”

Included in Saturday’s event schedule is lunch, musical entertainment, fun and games for youth and adults, swimming, children’s performances, a video presentation of “Joe’s Arc,” and a dinner theater presentation of “The Soul of Coal.”

Perry said a campfire would follow Saturday’s program.

Sunday’s program will begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m. There will be a Sunday morning chapel service at 10 a.m.

Donations will be $20 a couple for a day’s activities, $50 a couple for the weekend, $10 adult/youth daily and $25 for adult/youth weekend.

Perry said for additional ticket information, people may call 367-5398 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Volunteers are needed for two work days to help prepare the camp for the weekend activities.

“We’ll be working there beginning at 10 o’clock in the morning until 8 at night Monday (today) and Friday,” Perry said. “People don’t have to stay that long, of course, but we would like some volunteers to assist us.”

The Mission Farms/Hickory Ridge camp is located approximately 11 miles from Fairmont off Route 310 near the Valley Falls-Rock Lake turnoff.

E-mail John Veasey at jcveasey@timeswv.com.

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