Geneva Email News*

December 1014 / January 2015

 

Notes of Geneva Interest:

Contact & Information on Geneva's parks, churches, cemeteries, organizations, places to hold events, etc., can always be found at  http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva/geneva_organizations.htm.

The Geneva Business of the Month is the Chainsaw Whittler.  Bob Lightner, the creative chainsaw whittler on Osceola Road, makes chainsaw carvings, wood carvings, and custom signs.  Contact him at 407-917-8128, ligrob@hotmail.com or at the Geneva Farmer's Market (3rd Saturday of the month).  Need a special Christmas gift, check Bob's work out?  

Sorry to say that in last edition I had the email address of Mark Male Horseshoeing incorrect. It is markmalehorseshoeing@gmail.com

Our Geneva Little Free Library is two years old now and is open for you to "take a book, leave a book". It is located under the big sycamore tree at the corner of 1st & Main Street by the historic brick school - the Rural Heritage Center. Take some books to read, then the next time return some for others to read. There are kid and adult books! Maintained by the Geneva Village Homemakers.

Events

December 2 & 5 (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.  

December 3 & 5 (every Wed & Fri.) - The Community Church of God's Inasmuch Food Pantry provides fresh and healthy food for Geneva residents in need on Wednesdays 9:00 to 10:00 AM and Fridays from 8:00 to 9:00 AM.  We can always use donations of food, toiletries, other necessities and tax deductible donation's. Drop them off during open hours or call the number below for pickup. You can mail contributions to the Geneva Inasmuch Community Pantry, PO Box 1164, Geneva, Fl 32732. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities contact Rick Hughes at genevafoodpantry@gmail.com or 407-461-7066.

December 3 & 6 (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.  

December 3 (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!    

December 3, (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.  The R.E.A.L Youth (7th - 12th graders) is every Wednesday Night from  6:00–8:00 PM.   

December 4 (every Thurs.) - The First United Methodist Church of Geneva has its Food Pantry open every Thursday from 1 - 3 PM.  Go to the right side door of the church hall.  It is open to any resident of Geneva who needs food.  For more information or to make donations of food or money, contact Stacey- Staceymwpp210@yahoo.com, 407-754-7948.  Be a good neighbor and tell those who don't have email about both of Geneva's Food Pantries.  

December 6, Saturday - Mrs. Claus Arrives at the Rural Heritage Center again - 101 E Main St, from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.  She will be bringing homemade cookies to decorate, paper to write a letter to Santa, crafts, books and more.  This event is free to children under the age of 12 and open to the public.  This is a true old fashioned Christmas event.  If your parents would like to take a photo of you with Mrs. Claus, she will be available for a picture.   RuralHeritageCenter@gmail.com, 407-792-0758  

December 6, Saturday - The Seminole County Sheriff's Office has a Christmas Village & Santa's Toy Store each year for area youth in need.  The event is by invitation only, and is for victims of abuse, children in foster care, and other youths from high-risk areas of the County.  They are in need of unwrapped toys which can be taken to our local office at 100 Bush Avenue in Oviedo.  For questions on what is needed most, contact Barbara Hess at 407-665-6547 or bhess@seminolesheriff.org.   

December 7, (every 1st Sun.) - The Mountain Dulcimer Gathering meets at 1:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main St.  A dulcimer is an easy instrument to play.  Bring your dulcimer and learn to play it better or try out one of our dulcimers to see if you might like to learn.  As usual, come a little early for individual help.  $5 for expenses.  Questions, call Mary Jo - GenevaHGS@aol.com, 407-349-5697.   

December 7, (every 1st Sun.) - Story Group - 1 to 3 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main. Every person has a story. This group is for anyone who has a story to tell, but needs techniques to hold interest and meaning. This group is intended for poets, songwriters, short story and novel authors. Genealogists, who have a story to give to the next generations, will find this group informative. There is no charge for this group, but a donation to cover room rental is appreciated.  Questions, call Richard, 321-283-6895.  

December 7, (every Sun.) - You are invited to come watch the participants of the choreographed Jive dancing class (aka round dancing).  Come enjoy seeing those learning to Jive from 2:30 - 4:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main Street, and see if you might like to come when new lessons for couples begin.  No experience is required and the $5 cost per couple is donated to the Rural Heritage Center. Check out the links below to see a sample of a Waltz and a Rumba danced 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  

December 7, (every Sun.) - Brendon Square Dancers - If you have been looking for a place to go to have fun, meet your neighbors and make new friends this is it. We are located in the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E. Main, 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.  

December 7, (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. 

December 9, Tuesday - The fourth and fifth graders of Geneva Elementary School will take to the stage for their annual Musical Mustang program called "Holiday Favorites".  The show will begin at 6:30 PM.

December 10, (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.

December 13, Saturday, Join us for a Day Hike starting at the Little-Big Econ State Forest, Barr Street Trailhead on CR 426.  Meet at the trailhead at 9:00 AM.  We will hike a 5 mile loop.  Bring water and snacks.  We'll go to lunch afterward for those interested. For additional information, contact leader: Judy Minter, 407-484-0529, jud228@yahoo.com .

December 14, (every other Sun.) - The Geneva Men For Christ at the First Baptist Church of Geneva meets every other Sunday from 6:30 - 7:30 PM at the Church.  All men invited.   

December 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.  A special exhibit in the museum is of 1950s, 60s, & 70s fashions, toys, and photos - until Jan. 25th.  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.   

December 19 - January 5 - Winter break!  No School for Seminole County schools.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.  

December 20, Saturday - Need some neat Geneva Christmas gifts?  The Geneva Historical Society will be having its annual Historical Society Post Office Sale.  We will be selling Geneva T-shirts S-XXL, Geneva hoodies, books on the history of Geneva, photo books, new book on the story of Geneva's Lincoln Conspiracy Connection, old-fashioned stocking stuffer toys, pen & ink or watercolor Geneva historic prints, etc. We will be under the tree at the Geneva Post Office from 9:00 to 11:00 AM.  Get those last minute gifts for your Geneva loved ones.  

December 20, (every 3rd Sat.) - - Come for a free evening of old-time music that you remember from the past. There is toe-tapping, acoustic, bluegrass, traditional country, and old-fashioned gospel music to enjoy  at the Geneva Jam at the Geneva Community Center.  (There will be some good old Christmas music, too.) 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 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.  

December 27, (last Sat. each month) - Community Church of God Men's Fellowship Breakfast Group meets at Geneva General at 8:00 AM.  All Geneva men are invited. Come join us.  Rick Hughes, 407-461-7066 genevafoodpantry@gmail.com  

December 29 - January 5 - The Winter Break Eco Adventure Camp by the County's Natural Lands Program will happen at the Ed Yarborough Nature Center, 3485 N. County Road 426, Geneva.  (No camp on Jan.1.)  The camp is for 7-12 years olds. The cost is $132 /wk.  Extended day is an additional $15/wk.  The hours run 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (extended Day: 7:30 AM -5:30 PM.)  Application and information can be found at: www.seminolecountyfl.gov/parksrec/naturallands/index.aspx. Scholarships are available through Seminole County at 407-665-2170 OR through the Audubon Society at 407-797-4636 or seminoleaudubon@gmail.com.  

January Preview  

January 1, Thursday - Another year is on its way! Make plans now to join your Geneva neighbors for the 5th Annual Peas & Plenty New Year's Day Meal at the Geneva Community Center on First St. It's a fun meet-your-neighbors time! The good luck meal will run from 11 AM to 2 PM. Barbecued pork, chicken, sandwich rolls and beverages will be provided. Bring a family-favorite side dish, and begin your New Year enjoying food, fun and fellowship. Call or email Wanda (407-519-8838, wanda_currie@yahoo.com) or Cindy (407-312-2204, tacybell@earthlink.net) with any questions.

January 5, Monday - The Rural Heritage Center is starting its Registration for Craft Vendors for Founder's Day on March 28.  Founder's Day this year will include the Geneva Quilt Show and a Car Show.  Each booth space is approximately 10' x 10'.  You provide your own tents, tables, chairs, etc. and all work must be contained within the assigned space.  Owners or businesses that are members of the RHC pay $10 for the booth.  The booth fee for all businesses that are not members of the Rural Heritage Center (RHC) is $25. Refer to www.ruralheritagecenter.net for more information.

January 11 & 25  (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.  A special exhibit in the museum is of 1950s, 60s, & 70s fashions, toys, and photos - until Jan. 25th.  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.   

January 16 & 17, Friday & Saturday - Making Traditional Music with Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly (dulcimer, banjo, percussion) is coming to the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main Street, Geneva.  From Friday noon to Saturday afternoon, there are continuous workshops for the Mountain Dulcimer.  Also on Friday, 12:45 PM, there is a Clawhammer Banjo workshop and on Saturday, 9:00 AM, is a workshop on Percussion - bones, limberjacks, spoons, & feet.  For more information, costs, & to register, contact Sheryl at sherylchapman@earthlink.net or 321-223-7350. Atwater/Donnelly website http://www.atwater-donnelly.com/calendar.htm.  (Concert below is free to those who attend workshops.)  

January 16, Friday - Don't miss the Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly Concert at 7:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main Street, 7:00 PM.  "surprisingly different and always entertaining, exciting and educational… Atwater~Donnelly provide a unique and thrilling blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance, along with original songs and poetry. The husband-wife duo blends gorgeous vocals with an astounding array of instruments including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, limberjacks, feet and more." A great family event!  $10 before Dec. 15, $15 after Dec. 15. For tickets contact Sheryl at sherylchapman@earthlink.net or 321-223-7350.  

January 17, (every 3rd Sat.)  The new Geneva Heritage Farmers Market is held at the Rural Heritage Center from 8 AM to 1 PM.  Please help us get the word out by telling all your friends and neighbors! 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.  

January 17, (every 3rd Sat.) - Come for a free evening of old-time music that you remember from the past. 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 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 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.  

January 24, Saturday - The Seminole County Natural Lands and Central Florida CISMA fifth Annual Air Potato Mega-Raid is from 9:00 AM-Noon.   Locations are to be announced.  Join us at multiple locations in Seminole County to help with the removal of this exotic species.   *Bring gloves, garden tools optional. Great event for all ages!! Families and organizations welcome!  Please call 407-349-0551 for more information and locations.

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