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Parishioners to help Harmony House fulfill mission

Date: 8/29/2013

By Lori Szepelak

SOUTH HADLEY – Parishioners of Second Baptist Church recently chose Harmony House as one of its mission projects in the coming years.

Harmony House is the vision of Holyoke resident Ruth E. Willemain, who has been on a mission herself to ensure that no one dies alone in Western Massachusetts.

Willemain’s vision is a “home, a hope, a unique approach for the compassionate care of the terminally ill,” she said during an interview with Reminder Publications.

“It is an honor for Harmony House to have this affiliation with Second Baptist Church which will give us the golden opportunity for advancement and assist in reaching the goals and beliefs of Harmony House,” she said.

Willemain noted that volunteers and board members continue to move toward their goal of either purchasing a home or land.

“We have been very busy looking for property suitable for the needs of Harmony House and we have reached out to the community to help in our endeavors,” she said, adding that volunteers and board members are always welcome to join the group to complement the organization’s growth.

“Our current volunteers are fantastic and are currently hard at work organizing our future fundraisers and events,” she said.

This fall two major fundraisers are being planned to help raise funds to “shift the dream to reality,” according to Willemain.

BrickRoad Productions of Monson will stage a comedy mystery show titled “The Good, the Bad, and the Not Very Smart,” a show written by Steve Henderson, on Oct. 5 at All Saints Church, 7 Woodbridge St. The murder mystery setting is a cowboy movie wrapped in a “completely ridiculous situation,” according to Willemain.

Willemain added that the cast of “wild and wacky characters” will round up a whole herd of chances for audience participation as extras in their “movie.”

Tickets for the buffet dinner and show are $30 per person or $25 each if purchased by Aug. 30.

Big Kats Katering will provide the meal, which includes salad, apple roasted pork loin, roasted squash, cheesy potatoes, and chocolate and carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Doors open at 6 p.m.

A 50/50 raffle is also planned during the event.

For tickets or more information, call 534-4606.

On Nov. 8, the Hardwick Winery, 3305 Greenwich Road, Hardwick, will host a wine tasting event to benefit Harmony House.

For more information on Harmony House or any of its events, contact Willemain at 534-0704, or visit