Geneva Email News*

May/June 2015 

Some Notes of Geneva Interest:

Our "Geneva Business of the Month" is All Cycles owned by Pat Habrosky of Geneva. He not only runs a thriving business but is also known in the area for restoring beautiful vintage motorcycles. For more info on All Cycles call Pat at 407-695-5298 or visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/AllCyclesInc-Motorcycles-Services/191991847494115. Pat says “A motorcycle is a motorcycle - I just love them all.”

Geneva History Tidbit – We have always known that cattlemen were some of the first white settlers in the area driving their herds up the St Johns River to feed on the lush grass.  The first map known of our area was hand drawn in December, 1837, by soldiers from Fort Monroe who were looking for a spot to build the next military fort which became Fort Lane.  On this map is shown the location of a few Indian villages/camps and also a cow pen on the west side of Lake Harney. The 1837 map with cow pen provides historical evidence of earliest white settlers in Geneva.

Our 4th of July Parade Theme this year is "Small Town, Big Deal". So it is time to think about designing your floats and entries for the Parade! You can get a copy of the Float Registration here > http://www.123contactform.com/form-1026309/2015-4th-Of-July-Parade-Registration.  If you would like a Booth for your business for the 4th of July festival at the Rural Heritage Center (old school), please email   ruralheritagecenter@gmail.com. Booth cost is $20 for a 12 x12 booth, 9 AM to 2 PM .There are over usually over 2,000 people at the parade/festival.

Greater Geneva Grande Award Marching Band - If you play a marching-band instrument and like to have fun, join the band that practices on the morning of the 4th, then has a blast in the parade and at the festival afterwards. All ages and skill levels welcome! Music and further information can be found by going to the GGGAMB website > www.gggamb.com.  

The Geneva Little Free Library is open for you to "take a book(s) and leave a book(s)".  It is under the big sycamore tree at 1st & Main by the Rural Heritage Center. Take a few books to read, then bring a few back for others to read. Kid and adult books. Always free! Maintained by the Geneva Village Homemakers.  

Geneva Links: 

-  List and info on Geneva Parks, Organizations, Churches, & Places to Hold Events -  http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva/geneva_organizations.htm.-  Geneva Historical Society - http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva/ 

-  Rural Heritage Center - http://ruralheritagecenter.net/

- "The Dispatcher" by Seminole County Sherriff's Dep.- http://www.seminolesheriff.org 

Events       

May 2, Saturday - Geneva Historical & Genealogical Society's Annual May Day Picnic. The Good Times are a’comin!  Join Genevans (old & young) for the annual May Day Picnic. The picnic is for members and their guests. (New members are welcome to join that day.)  Besides sizzlin’ catfish, there will be a surprise program. Free to registered new and old members / $7 for guests. Bring your covered dish to share at Ft. Lane Park, Fort Lane Rd, Geneva, 11 AM - 2 PM.

May 2, Saturday - Herp (Reptiles) Hike, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. @ the Geneva Wilderness Area. This hike is led by the Natural Lands Program on one of our most beautiful wilderness areas. Children must be at least 7 years of age and accompanied by an adult. Cost: $3 per person. Pre-registration is required for all hikes, space is limited. Registration Deadline: Thursday before hike by 5:00 PM. Register at any active park (Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park, or Sylvan Lake Park) or call 407-349-0959 to see if you can register at the Yarborough Nature Center.  For more info on nature programs go to: http://cdn.seminolecountyfl.gov/departments-services/leisure-services/natural-ls/environmental-education-programs.stml

May 2 – 23 (Sat & Tues - 10:00-3:00, and Wed & Thur - noon to 8 PM) – Gerry Engle, who does our Civil War events in Geneva and has also taught the 4th graders at the Geneva Museum for over 10 years, has his interesting personal military display at the Lake Mary Museum called “Honoring our Military Exhibit”.  It has an emphasis on the Civil War, Sp-Am War, and WWI.  Gerry also has a unique (and gory – just ask your 4th graders) display of medical equipment for the era.  Free admission, 158 N County Club Rd, Lake Mary, 407-585-1481.  

May 3, (1st Sun. of each month) - The Mountain Dulcimer Gathering meets at 1:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main St.  A dulcimer is one of the easiest instruments to play.  Try out one of our dulcimers to see if you might like to learn or bring your dulcimer and learn to play it better.  As usual, come a little early for help with tuning, etc.  $5 for expenses.  Questions: Mary Jo - GenevaHGS@aol.com, 407-349-5697.   

May 3, (every Sun.) - Brendon Square Dancers - If you have been looking for a place to have fun, meet your neighbors and make new friends this is it. We are located in the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E. Main St, Geneva. Our club dances every Sunday from 4:30-6:30. Our next classes for new dancers will be starting soon. If you would like to learn more about square dancing, please email mikelinde@bellsouth.net. Stop by any Sunday afternoon and see how much fun square dancing can be. 

May 3, (every Sun.) - Mini Music Jam at the Community Church of God on SR 46 every Sun at 5 PM.  Bring a musical instrument and your voice and learn with us.  We'll help you learn to play a stringed instrument free.  407-474-7847.   

May 3 (every other Sun.) - Geneva Men for Christ welcomes all men, 18 years and up, to join in and study the word of God to help brothers in their walk with Christ!  Meetings are held every other Sunday at 6:30pm in the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

May 3 (every other Sun.) – Join in the 24/7 Ministries for all students in grades 7 through 12.  They meet at 6:30 PM at the First Baptist Church of Geneva.

May 3, Sunday Don’t miss the AWANA Grand Prix (pre-K thru 6th grade) at the First Baptist Church.  Rev up your engines and get ready for lunch on the grounds and lots of racing fun!  Everyone is asked to bring a dessert to share.  Car kits are on sale for $4.00 at the church. 

May 5 - Tuesday - The Musical Mustangs Spring Performance will be at 6:30 PM at Geneva Elementary School.  Come see this entertaining group’s final performance of the year in the Multi-purpose Room.  

May 5 (every Tuesday) - Geneva Boy Scout Troop 837 meets at the Geneva First Baptist Church in the old Sanctuary on the NW corner of 1st and Main Street, at 7:00 PM.  Boy Scouts are ages 11 thru 17.  The Troop is always accepting new members and is dedicated to helping the youth of today become the leaders of tomorrow. 

May 5 & 8 (every Tues. & Fri.)  The Geneva Trailblazer AA group meets at the Church of the Nazarene, 205 W SR 46, Geneva, on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM at a discussion meeting for any alcoholic or nonalcoholic.  Friday, they meet at 7:00 PM - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions.   For more information go to www.cflintergroup.org/meetingguide.html.   

May 6 & 8 (every Wed & Fri.) - The Community Church of God's Inasmuch Food Pantry, located at the NE corner of SR 46 & Cochran RD, provides fresh and healthy food for Geneva residents in need.  It is open on Wednesdays 9-10 AM and Fridays 8-9 AM. The pantry can always use donations of food, toiletries, other necessities and tax deductible donations. Drop them off during open hours or call the number below for pickup. Mail contributions to the Inasmuch Community Pantry, PO Box 1164, Geneva, 32732.Information: Rick Hughes, genevafoodpantry@gmail.com, 407-461-7066. 

May 6 & 9 (every Wed. & Sat.) - The Thrift House in Geneva is open from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  There are daily specials, check them out.  Also like us on Facebook at FUMC Geneva Thrift House.  The Shop is located in the house on Church Street behind the Methodist Church playground.  All donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible.  Volunteers needed. Information - Stacey at Staceymwpp210@yahoo.com or 407-754-7948.  

March 6 (every Wed.) - Come to the Wednesday Night Dinners for delicious home-cooked food, open to the entire community.  Dinner, dessert and drink for $5.00.  The suppers run from 5:30 - 6:30 PM at the Geneva Methodist Church in the fellowship hall (carry-out available).  Meet your neighbors over a great homemade meal!  

May 6 (every Wed.)  - AWANA Kids Club Night meets at the First Baptist Church of Geneva.  AWANA (pre-K thru 6th grade) meets from 6:30- 8:00 PM, check in at 6:15. (Pizza is $1 at 5:45 PM)  The R.E.A.L Youth (7th - 12th graders) is every Wednesday Night from 6:00–8:00 PM. 

May 7, 14, 28 (1st, 2nd, and 4th Thurs. each month) - Cub Scout Pack 837 of Geneva meets at the First Baptist Church in the old Sanctuary at the NW corner of 1st and Main Streets.  The Cubs are first grade though 10 yrs. old and they meet at 6:30 PM.  The Pack is always accepting new members and is dedicated to helping the youth of today become the leaders of tomorrow.  

May 8, Friday - The Geneva PTA will host Muffins for Moms from 7:30-8:30 AM in the school cafeteria.  Moms, grandmas, aunts, and like-a-moms are all welcome to enjoy a muffin for breakfast at school. This is also Field Day!

May 9, Saturday – Visit the Yarborough Nature Center, CR 426, for Snakes of Florida from 9:00 AM to noon.  Cost is $5 per person.  Join a local snake expert as he gives an introduction to and dispels some of the myths about these often misunderstood cold blooded residents! Open to ages 7 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required.  Register at any active park (Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park, or Sylvan Lake Park) or call 407-349-0959 to see if you can register at the Yarborough Nature Center.  For more info on nature programs go to: http://cdn.seminolecountyfl.gov/departments-services/leisure-services/natural-ls/environmental-education-programs.stml

May 10, Sunday – The Museum of Geneva History will not be open on Mother’s Day so everyone can honor their own mother on Mother’s Day.  See May 24 below for next time open.

May 12, Tuesday (2nd Tues. of month) – The new Writer’s Group  is for anyone who wants/likes to write - an autobiography, a song, a poem, a play, as well as a short story or novel. While the name may suggest that the group is for writers, its membership is open to anyone who has a story to tell.  Come and learn more and meet others who are interested.  The group meets at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main Street at 7 PM. The story topic for this month is a story about your pet and the story deadline is May 9, so email your story prior to the meeting to rgustin@chessie.us.  Email Richard also with any questions.

May 13, (every 2nd Wed.) - The Geneva Village Homemakers meet at the Geneva Community Center at 10:00 AM.  Come visit and find that we are just plain folks who have a good time, go places, and give service to our community.  This all-age group also has a Card Club, Book Club, Quilt Club, and Dinner Club for those members who are interested in such activities. Those who are employed are also welcome to join and participate in evening or weekend happenings.  Questions, contact Robin at 407-349-0040 or skibtdrvr@aol.com.

May 16 (every 3rd Sat.)  The Geneva Heritage Farmer's Market is held at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main, from 8 AM to 1 PM.  There will be veggies, fruits, raw honey, baked goods, pasta, plants, jams, jellies, breads & more!  Want to learn more about the history of our Village? Then a Walking/Driving Tour map by the Geneva Historical Society is available. We hope to have a "Heritage Corner" focusing on learning a "trade" or "skill".  Want to learn about growing a garden? How about beekeeping? Soap making? Your family can learn skills together.  10'X10' spots left to rent, contact Trish Deer: 407-733-7514, thelogcabinmama@gmail.com.  

May 16 (every 3rd Sat.) - Geneva Jam - Come for a free evening of old-time music by musicians from age 11 to 83. This is toe-tapping, acoustic, bluegrass, traditional country, and old-fashioned gospel music to enjoy at the Geneva Community Center.  Hamburgers, sausage, hot-dog dinners are for sale at a modest cost from 6:00 to 7:00 PM (or until the food runs out).  The music starts about 6:30 and goes to around 9:30 PM.  If you play an acoustic instrument, get a chair up front early and join us.  A 50/50 raffle, plus food proceeds, go to the upkeep of the Geneva Community Center.  Info: 407-349-5271. 

May 17 – Beginning May 17, Rumba lessons in Choreographed Ballroom Dancing (aka round dancing) will be taught for couples from 3:00 - 4:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main Street.  Choreographed Ballroom Dancing is an excellent source of physical and mental exercise.  The Rumba has a relatively slow tempo and is easy to learn.  No experience is required for the lessons. The $5 cost per couple will be donated to the Rural Heritage Center.  For questions, call 407-349-9255 or email mikelinde@bellsouth.net. Click on the links below to see a sample of dances by the Geneva dancers.  Waltz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhQrt6PQJbY  Rumba: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DER_Y2sPFzU&feature=youtube_gdata&noredirect=1 

May 24, (usually every 2nd & 4th Sun, but not open on Mother’s Day.) - The Museum of Geneva History is open 2:00 - 4:00 PM OR by appointment - 407-349-5697, located at 165 1st Street, (next door to the Geneva Community Center).  Admission free.  Ongoing museum displays include local archeology finds, an old-fashioned kitchen & bedroom, pioneer crafts, mercantile, family genealogy records, Civil War display, toys/musical instruments, FEC Railway display, violano and Edison cylinder phonograph, etc.   We also have Geneva t-shirts/hoodies, prints, history & photo books, and new historic walking/driving tour.  Check out Geneva's history at http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva.   

 

May 27, Wednesday - The 5th Grade Awards Ceremony is at 9:00 AM in Multi-Purpose Room.  This is the last day of school for all and dismissal will be at 1:00 PM.        

May 30 (last Sat. each month) - Community Church of God Men's Fellowship Breakfast Group meets at the Geneva General (Café), SR 46, 8:00 AM.  All Geneva men are invited. Come join us.  Rick Hughes, 407-461-7066 genevafoodpantry@gmail.com 

May 30, Saturday - Learn to make an American Farmstead Hearth Broom in the traditional manner as would have been done by pioneer farmers. The round hearth brooms have pretty woven broom corn stalks extending up the handle a bit, but no modern materials, no nylon twine, no fancy shellac on the handle. The class will be taught at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main St. from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Bring your own lunch. The cost is $30 and includes all tools and supplies. Youngsters 12-17 are accepted if a parent comes along. Register now as the class size is limited. Contact Bob Putnam for more information and to register - 407-366-9603, noizmanbob@aol.com. 

Some June Previews 

June 1 – 5 (Mon – Fri) This summer’s Vacation Bible School – “Journey Off the Map” at the Geneva First Baptist Church is from 9 AM – 12:30 PM.  It is for 4 years old through the 6th grade.  Come have a good time with friends. 

June 1 – July 31  Time for the 2015 Summer Eco Camp at the Yarborough Nature Center, Geneva Wilderness Area, CR426, Geneva. The camp will run June 1-July 31 and is for ages 7 to 12, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (extended day available).  Your children will have fun fishing, hiking, setting traps, learning about the animals in the Nature Center, playing games, art & crafts, and more.  The cost is $132 per 5-day camp ($15/extended day).  Scholarship are available through Seminole County, the Cuplet Fern Society, and the Audubon Society.  Call 407-349-0959 for more information. See all the week session topics and registration form online:  http://cdn.seminolecountyfl.gov/departments-services/leisure-services/natural-ls/environmental-education-programs.stml 

June 6, Saturday - The next to last Planning Meeting for the Independence Day '15 Parade & Festival will be held at 8:30 AM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E. Main, ending before 10:00 AM. If you would like to mark your calendar in advance, we will have one more meeting on June 27.  The theme for this year is “Small town, Big deal”.  Please don't be bashful, newcomers are always welcomed to help with open arms!

June 17 – August 5 (Wednesdays) - Centershot Archery Ministry - Join us each Wednesday for our archery ministry at the First Baptist Church.  Open to ages 5 & up.  Adults are encouraged to stay and participate.  We use real bows, real arrows, and real targets to help us learn how to “Make Christ the Target of Our Lives”. 

June 14 & 28 (every 2nd & 4th Sun.) - The Museum of Geneva History is open 2:00 - 4:00 PM OR by appointment - 407-349-5697 and is at 165 1st Street, (next door to the Geneva Community Center).  Admission free.  The museum displays include local archeology finds, an old-fashioned kitchen & bedroom, pioneer crafts, mercantile, family genealogy records, Civil War display, toys/musical instruments, FEC Railway display, Violano and Edison cylinder phonograph, etc.   We also have Geneva t-shirts/hoodies, prints, history & photo books, and new historic walking/driving tour.  Check out Geneva's history at http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva. 

June 20, (every 3rd Sat.)  The Geneva Heritage Farmers Market is held at the Rural Heritage Center from 8 AM to 1 PM.  There will be veggies, fruits, raw honey, baked goods, pasta, plants, jams, jellies, breads & more!  Want to learn more about the history of our Village?  A Walking/Driving Tour map by the Geneva Historical Society is available. We hope to have a "Heritage Corner" focusing on learning a "trade" or "skill".  Want to learn about growing a garden? How about beekeeping? Soap making? Your family can learn skills together.  10' X 10' spots left to rent, contact Trish Deer: 407-733-7514, thelogcabinmama@gmail.com.

June 20, Saturday - Amphibian Class - Frogs, Salamanders, sirens, oh my!  What is an Amphibian?  Will I get warts if I touch a frog?  Why do amphibians have slimy skin?  Learn about these amazing creatures from the Seminole County Natural Lands Program to learn about these amazing creatures and their double lives.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Ed Yarborough Nature Center, CR 426, Geneva, 9:00 AM- 12 noon.  Cost:  $5 per person.  Pre-registration is required.  Register at any of our active parks (Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park, or Sylvan Lake Park) or call 407-349-0959 to see if someone is there and you can register in Geneva.  

June 20, (every 3rd Sat.) - Come for a free evening of old-time music with “jammers” from age 11 to 83. There is toe-tapping acoustic, bluegrass, traditional country, and old-fashioned gospel music to enjoy at the Geneva Jam at the Geneva Community Center.  Hamburgers, sausage, hot-dog dinners are for sale at a modest cost from 6:00 to 7:00 PM (or until the food runs out).  The music starts around 6:30 PM and goes to around 9:30 PM.  If you play an acoustic instrument, find a chair up front early and join us.  A 50/50 raffle is held each month where the winner gets half the pot. The other half of the pot plus food proceeds go to the upkeep of the Geneva Community Center.  Info: 407-349-5271.   

June 27, Saturday - The last Planning Meeting for the Independence Day '15 Parade & Festival will be held at 8:30 AM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E. Main, ending before 10:00 AM. The theme that has been picked is “Small town, Big deal”.  Please don't be bashful, newcomers are always welcomed to help with open arms! 

June 27, Saturday – Frog Hop Hike, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. @ the Geneva Wilderness Area. This hike is led by the Natural Lands Program on one of our most beautiful wilderness areas. Children must be at least 7 years of age and accompanied by an adult. Cost: $3 per person. Pre-registration is required for all hikes, space is limited. Registration Deadline: Thursday before hike by 5:00 PM. Register at any active park (Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park, or Sylvan Lake Park) or call 407-349-0959 to see if you can register at the Yarborough Nature Center. 

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