Geneva Email News*

July / August 2015 

Some Notes of Geneva Interest:

Greater Geneva Grande Award Marching Band - Don't be left behind when the band goes marching by! Join the Greater Geneva Grande-Award Marching Band and see the world! 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. 

Vote for “Geneva’s” Senator guitar…Bob & Tim Hughes who run the Geneva sawmill have entered a contest and want votes with the Senator Tree Project Art. The senator is the 3500 old tree that burned in Big Tree Park. Bob was selected by the County to head up the project to save the tree remains in different art projects.  To vote, go to  http://woodmizer.com/Store/Home/personalbest, scroll way down to the photo of the “Senator Tree Project – Guitar”, click on View, and then Vote on the next screen.  This contest is until July 31st, so you can vote once a week until then. Tim started a website www.thesenatortree.com, where some Senator items are for view/sale. 

Our Geneva Business of the Month is one of our local artists, Valerie J Kelley - “Art By Valerie”, who specializes in transforming photographs into stunning realistic watercolor paintings. Her realistic paintings make a wonderful personalized gift idea. You can see her work at www.artbyvaleriekelley.com. Valerie has lived in Geneva for over 20 yrs. and has donated two large murals in Geneva, one in the Rural Heritage Center, the other in the Geneva General Store. She has finished five historical paintings of Geneva to heighten the interest of our rural history. The originals are for sale by Valerie & prints are for sale in the Museum. Contact: 407-729-1449, artbyvalerie@yahoo.com. 

One of Geneva’s rural young ladies has made the news on her skills in raising Show Pigs.  Emily Lightner has won events at local fairs and even works with the University of Florida to hone her skills.  She has a small business going selling her prize-winning show pigs.  One of our true rural area youths.  Way to go, Emily!   

Florida History Tidbit – Geneva itself didn’t have any happenings during the Civil War, but in 1864 in Harpers Weekly there was a short article that said :Two rebel steamers, loaded with cotton, have been captured on Lake George and Lake Harney, in Florida, by federal expeditions from Palatka.”  There is a copy of this paper in the Museum of Geneva History. 

Keep your kids reading this summer!  The Geneva Little Free Library is open for everyone to "take a book(s), 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 Sheriff's Dept. - http://www.seminolesheriff.org 

Events         

July 1- Wednesday through July - Please remind your friends and neighbors to Register New Students for the upcoming school year as soon as possible.  The Geneva Elementary School office is open for new student registration Monday thru Thursday from 8 AM until 4 PM.  The office is closed on Fridays during the month of July.  

July 1 & 3 (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.

July 1 & 4 (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. 

 July 1 - Come to Wednesday Night Dinner at the Methodist Church.  There is delicious home-cooked food, open to the entire community.  Dinner, dessert and drink for $5.00.  The supper  runs from 5:30 - 6:30 PM at the Geneva Methodist Church in the fellowship hall (carry-out available).   

July 1 – August 5 (each Wednesday) - 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”. 

July 1 (every Wed.)  - R.E.A.L. Youth meets at the First Baptist Church of Geneva every Wednesday evening.  The R.E.A.L Youth are 7th - 12th graders and meet  from 6:00–8:00 PM. 

July 2 (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.  

July 3, Friday- Please come at 9 AM to the Rural Heritage Center if you would like to help us with Set-Up of tents, tables etc. for the July 4th Festival.

   

4th of July, Saturday – “Small Town, Big Deal”

Schedule of Parade & Festival

 9:30 AM - All who are participating in the parade should be in the Geneva Baptist Church Parking lot for the Parade Line-up.  Enter at the Main Street entrance.  You must register your float to win a prize and be at the church no later than 9:30 for judging.  You can get a copy of the Float Registration here > http://www.123contactform.com/form-1026309/2015-4th-Of-July-Parade-Registrationl.  Antique cars will line up in the school's front parking lot.  Horses will line up behind the Baptist Church.  (All horses must have proof of Coggins.)  The Rural Heritage Center, 1st and Main, will be open from 9:00 to 2:00 PM to the public for restrooms and water fountains.  

10:00 AM - Independence Day Parade - "Small Town, Big Deal" - the only parade in Central Florida actually on the 4th of July.  There will be good viewing of the parade from 1st Street, Pine Street, 2nd Street, and Avenue C.  An antique plane Flyover takes place at the beginning of the parade.  There will be an antique car show in the school's front parking lot starting at 9 AM. The Antique Vehicles will start off the Parade at 10 AM and then will park in front of the school again for viewing.   After the Antique Vehicles have completed the parade route, the Traditional Parade will start with floats, bicycles, horses, band, etc.  The parade is guaranteed to give you that small-town patriotic feeling in your heart.  The Methodist Church will be selling drinks and tacos.

11:30 AM (after parade) - 4th of July Festival – Before, during, and after the parade, bring your out-of-town company to the annual hometown Festival from 9:00 to 2:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 1st & Main.  Richard Sloane and Mike Ertel will emcee the program which starts after the parade, consisting of a flag ceremony, music, and award presentation for the winning floats, bicycles & horses.  There will be vendors; Old-Time Cake Walk (inside); games, face painting, pony rides; music; Tiny House. There will be food of all kinds at Rural Heritage Center, Tacos & salad on Meth Church Grounds, and pizza at School parking lot.  There will also be the annual 50/50 raffle where you can win half of the money and half goes to the upkeep of the Community Center.  Some activities will be there from 9:00 to 2:00. Come early, stay late.  

July 5 (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.   

July 5, (every Sun.) - You are invited to come watch the participants of the Rumba Lessons in choreographed ballroom dancing (aka round dancing) which started in May.  Come enjoy seeing the dancers from 3:00 - 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 in August.  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 

July 5 (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. 

July 5 (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.   

July 6 – July 31  Time for the 2015 Summer Eco Camp at the Yarborough Nature Center, Geneva Wilderness Area, CR426, Geneva. The camp runs with a different topic each week from 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 

July 7 (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. 

July 7 & 10 (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.   

July 12 & 26 (every 2nd & 4th Sun.) - 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.   

July 14, Tuesday (every 2nd Tues.) – 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.  

July 18 (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.

July 18 (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.

July 18, Saturday -  Quilt Raffle at Bluegrass Jam: We will be selecting the winning ticket for the beautiful quilt made for us by Sherry Goode-Carmel ( Country Cottage Quilters) . Tickets will be sold at the Geneva Citizens table on July 4th at the Rural Heritage Center and at 6:30 PM on Saturday July 18 at the Geneva Community Center. The drawing will be at 7 PM. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. For more information, contact Richard Creedon 407-349-1266 or email at rtcreedon@netzero.net.

July 25 (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  

August Preview 

August 9 & 23 (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.   

August 12, Wednesday (every 2nd Wed. except July) - 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. 

August 13, Thursday -  There is a special Kindergarteners Meet and Greet at Geneva Elementary School for Kindergarteners only (and parents of course) from 6:00-7:00 PM.  Come meet your teacher, see your school, and make new friends.     

August 14, Friday – Time again for all grades of Geneva Elementary to Meet Your Teacher from 10:00 AM to - 12 noon.   See your old friends, meet your new teacher and see your classroom. 

August 15, (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.

August 15, (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.   

August 17, Monday – is the First Day of School for Seminole County Schools.  Back to the fun of learning! 

August 21, Friday - Turpentine Industry – Slide Show and talk.  Mal and Mary Jo Martin will show and tell about the turpentine industry and have a display of tool/ items used in the industry in Geneva and around central Florida.  From tapping the trees and collecting the sap, to distilling the sap into turpentine & rosin, you will learn about the many uses of turpentine.  There are no longer any turpentine farms or distilleries in the U.S. except for demonstration stills, so this might be your only chance to learn about those strange markings you have seen on trees and those clay pots you have found in your yard.  It is at 7:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, (historic brick schoolhouse), corner 1st and Main and is free, but donations appreciated to benefit the Geneva Historical Society and the Rural Heritage Center.

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