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August/September 2014

Notes of Geneva Interest:

The Geneva Business of the Month is Miller Distributors who sell salad dressings, soups, BBQ sauce.  Their soups were first made in Geneva 30 years ago and they now sell to 73 stores up and down the coast.  Want some delicious soups or salad dressing?  Go to the Geneva Farmer's Market on the third Saturday of the month, find their booth, and try some. (See below, August 16.) Contact: 407-314-8678. 

4th of July Winners!  Congratulations. Many say this was the best parade ever! Youth awards went to Erin Nussbaum, Blake Broyen, and Tiffany Mercado. The First Place Float Award went to Geneva's Cub Scout Pack #837, Second Place to the Church of the Nazarene, and the Commercial Award went to the float of Judge Jerri Collins.  

Another Geneva winner is our own Karen Phillips who writes the Geneva "Stetson" column in the Seminole Voice.  She won a 2014 Florida Press Association award in the serious column category for an article that she wrote on child advocacy.  Way to go, Karen!  

Geneva has two sad "closings".  Strickland's Meat Market is closing due to "economic and health reasons". To Bill and all the staff, thanks for 6 years of great meat, sandwiches and friendships. The Seminole Chronicle has covered Geneva's rural area so well that its stopping is a great loss.  You can make a comment at http://www.seminolechronicle.com/editorial/news/item/154-from-the-editor-so-this-is-goodbye-seminole-chronicle-to-cease-publication.  

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

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

Events

August 1, Friday - Registration open for the next JOAD Archery Classes (Junior Olympic Archery Development Program) starting Aug. 9th. JOAD offers young archers the opportunity to learn range safety and proper shooting technique in an environment that fosters focus and teambuilding. Geneva Archery is located at 3855 CR 426, Geneva.  The age is 8+ years old and class size is 20 students. This program is on Sat. mornings from 9 - 10 AM and runs for 5 weeks. Taught by Certified USA Archery instructors. No need to purchase archery equipment as all necessary equipment provided. The price for the 5-week class is $80 and payment due on first day of class. No online payment is accepted.  Please visit www.GenevaArchery.com for further information and registration.   

August 3, (every 1st Sun.) - The Mountain Dulcimer Gathering meets at 1:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main St.  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.  A dulcimer is an easy instrument to play.  Questions, call Mary Jo - GenevaHGS@aol.com, 407-349-5697.   

August 3 (every Sun.) - You are invited to come watch the participants of the Waltz Lessons in choreographed ballroom dancing (aka round dancing) which started in July.  Come enjoy seeing the dancers from 2:30 - 4:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main Street, Geneva, and see if you might like to come when new lessons in choreographed ballroom dancing for couples begins in the fall.  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 at the Rural Heritage Center.  Waltz - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhQrt6PQJbY Rumba - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DER_Y2sPFzU&feature=youtube_gdata&noredirect=1  

August 5 & 8 (every Tues. & Fri.)  There is an open AA group that meets at the Church of the Nazarene, 205 W SR 46, Geneva, on Tuesdays and Fridays at 7:00 PM.  For more information on Alcoholics Anonymous go to www.cflintergroup.org/pdf/meeting/lg_meetingguide.pdf.  

August 5, (every Tues. for 4 weeks) - Come to Genuine West Coast Swing Lessons at the Geneva Community Center, 161 First St., 7:00 PM, for your introduction to the unique world of West Coast Swing. Each lesson is one hour long and is $10 per person or $15 per couple. No experience or partner needed. Class is open to anyone 14 and up. Taught by Larry Silverberg and Debbi Cole. Info: 407-314-7667, debbincole@bellsouth.net. We celebrate the successful conclusion of classes with an optional night out of dancing for the entire class.  

August 6 & 8 (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. Please drop them off during open hours or call the number below for pickup. You can also mail contributions to the Geneva Inasmuch Community Pantry, PO Box 1164, 695 Cochran Rd., Geneva, Fl 32732. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities contact Rick Hughes at genevafoodpantry@gmail.com or text/call 407-461-7066.  

August 6 & 9 (every Wed. & Sat.) - The Thrift House is open from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  They have daily specials so please 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 are tax deductible.  Volunteers needed.    For more information contact Stacey at Staceymwpp210@yahoo.com or 407-754-7948.  

August 6 - Sept. 3, Wednesdays - The Centershot Archery Ministry at the First Baptist Church of Geneva is having a summer program of Indoor Archery for ages 5 and up.  5:30 - Pizza, Archery from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.   Learn something new this summer!  

August 7 (every Thurs.) - The First United Methodist Church of Geneva has a 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.  Please tell your neighbors who don't get the Geneva Email News about both of Geneva's Food Pantries.  

August 8, Friday - Meet Your Teacher at the Open House at Geneva Elementary School - 10:00 AM until 12:00 noon.  See your new classroom and meet some of your classmates.  

August 8, Friday - When you go to meet your teacher, walk across the street to the First Methodist Church for a Back to School Picnic.  Everyone welcome from 10 AM to 2 PM.  There will be games, prizes, food, raffles, etc.  (There is a fantastic Meal Deal which is a hotdog, chips, and drink for $2.50.)  Come for some fun!   Everyone welcome!  

August 10 (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.  

August 10, (every Sun.) - Music Lessons / Practice at the Community Church of God on SR 46 every Sun at 5 PM, followed by Bible Study at 6:00 PM.  Bring your instrument & your voice and join in. Questions - Pastor Leonard O'Donnell, 407-474-7847.  

August 10 & 24, (every 2nd & 4th Sun.) - The Museum of Geneva History is open 2:00 - 4:00 PM OR by appointment - 407-349-5697, 165 1st Street, (next door to the Geneva Community Center).  Admission free.  Special exhibit is "Furs, Feathers, and Frocks" which is part of the Decades of Fashion Design which the Museum is exhibiting through 2014.  Fashions, music, and toys  of the 20's, 30's, and 40's are on display. Ongoing museum displays are local archeology finds, an old-fashioned kitchen & bedroom, pioneer crafts, mercantile, family genealogy records, Civil War display, old toys & musical instruments, an FEC Railway display, working Violano and Edison cylinder phonograph, etc.  Village Store is open with 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 11, Monday - First Day of School at Geneva Elementary School (and all Seminole County Public Schools) for the 2014-2015 school year.  Have a great year!

August 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 like to give service to our community.  This all-age group also has a Card Club, Book Club, Quilt Club, Cultural Arts, and Dinner Club for those members who are interested. Working women are welcome to join and participate in evening or weekend happenings.  Questions - contact Robin at 407-349-0040 or skibtdrvr@aol.com.

August 16 or August 23, Saturday - Press Mold Making Class at Rural Heritage Center, 1010 E Main St., Geneva.  Like trying something new? Want to make inexpensive artwork and gifts? This class is great for anyone regardless of skill level. You will learn how to: 1) make your mold; 2) process your special plaster; 3) learn proper storage of materials; and then 4) where to order supplies. If your artwork requires it, I’ll also show you how to brace, make hangers, clean, detail, and paint using a dry-brush technique. Class supplies provided; however, I will have extra materials for sale to take home. Class is 8 AM – 12 noon. Cost -  $40 per person. Choose your date: August 16 OR August 23. Class is limited to eight, so sign-up early. Contact Eva at EvaFromGeneva@yahoo.com or (407) 580-8332 and leave a message to register.  

August 16, (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! In addition to veggies, fruits, raw honey, baked goods, pasta, plants, jams, jellies, breads & more. we will have Streats Food Truck so you can bring the family and enjoy some food under the tree!  Want to learn more about the history of our Village? Then a Walking/Driving Tour map by the Geneva Historical Society is available. The Little Free Library is there for you and your kids to get a book(s), leave a book(s).  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.  We have 10X10 spots left to rent, contact Trish Deer: 407-733-7514, thelogcabinmama@gmail.com.  

August 16, (every 3rd Sat.) - Come for a free evening of old-time music that you have been hankering for at the Geneva Jam at the Geneva Community Center.  There is toe-tapping, acoustic, bluegrass, traditional country, and old-fashioned gospel music to enjoy.  Hamburgers, sausage, hot-dogs are for sale at a very modest cost from 6:00 to 7:00 PM (or until the food runs out).  The music starts around 6:30 and goes to 9:30.  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 and the other half of the pot plus food proceeds go to the upkeep of the Geneva Community Center.  

August 21, Thursday - The Cub Scout School Night will be at Geneva Elementary.  For more information contact Janet Coakley, Cubmaster, 407-221-7955, flyingL91@yahoo.com or Cindy Deavers, Committee Chair, 407-267-6470, genevadeavers@cfl.rr.com.

August 22, Friday - Back by popular demand: Steamboat Days of Geneva Florida.  What it was like traveling on steamboats on the Upper St. Johns River - 1800s to 1910?  Steamboat slide presentation, rare 1883 nautical maps of the St Johns River, calliope music & whistles, and this year our evening will finish with a 1935 steamboat feature film.  Slide show narrated by Geneva’s historian Mal Martin. 7:00 PM at the Geneva Community Center, 161 First Street, Geneva. Free, but donations to the Geneva Historical Society appreciated.  Steamboating in Geneva book also available at a reasonable cost.  

August 26, Tuesday - Election Day - Genevans vote at the First Baptist Church of Geneva fellowship hall, 1st and Main.  "Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves; and the only way they could do this is by not voting." -- Franklin Roosevelt.

August 30, (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  

September  

September 9, (every Tues. for 4 weeks) Beginning - Genuine Cha Cha Lessons! Join us at 7 PM, at the Geneva Community Center, 161 First Street, for your introduction to the exciting world of Cha Cha. Each lesson is one hour long and is $10 per person or $15 per couple. No experience or partner needed. Class is open to anyone 14 and up. The program is four weeks in length and we celebrate its successful conclusion with an optional night out of dancing for the entire class. Taught by Larry Silverberg and Debbi Cole. Info, 407-314-7667, debbincole@bellsouth.net.  

September 14 & 28, (every 2nd & 4th Sun.) - The Museum of Geneva History will be open from 2:00 to 4:00 PM OR by appointment - 407-349-5697. It is located at 165 1st Street, next door to the Geneva Community Center.  Admission is free.  Our present special exhibit is "Furs, Feathers, and Frocks" which is part of the Decades of Fashion Design which the Museum is exhibiting through 2014.  Fashions, music, and toys  of the 20's, 30's, and 40's are on display. Ongoing displays are local archeology finds, an old-fashioned kitchen & bedroom, pioneer crafts, mercantile, family genealogy records, Civil War display, old toys & musical instruments, an FEC Railway display, working Violano and Edison cylinder phonograph, etc.  Our Village Store is open with Geneva t-shirts & hoodies, historic prints, history & photo books, historic walking/driving tour, etc.  Check out Geneva's history at http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva.   

September 20, (every 3rd Sat.) - Come for a free evening of old-time music at the Geneva Jam at the Geneva Community Center.  There is acoustic, toe-tapping, bluegrass, traditional country, and gospel music to enjoy played by local folks from age 10 to 90.  Hamburgers, sausage, hot-dogs are for sale at a modest cost from 6:00 to 7:00 PM (or until the food runs out).  The music plays from 6:30 to 9:30 PM.  If you play an acoustic instrument, get a chair up front and join us.  A 50/50 raffle is held each month where the winner gets half the pot and the other half of the pot and food proceeds go to the upkeep of the Geneva Community Center.  A fun evening!   

September 27, Saturday - For several years now the Museum of Geneva History has participated in Smithsonian Day which is a day when museums across the country are asked to have free admission, open to the public.  Our Geneva Museum will be open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM for anyone to visit.  For information on visiting other free Museums go to:  http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday.   (The Museum is usually open on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month from 2-4 PM.)  

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* If you would like your Geneva-based, nonprofit organization and/or non-profit educational event to be mentioned in the Geneva Email News, send an email to GenevaHGS@aol.com.  We only list events and organizations that are in the Geneva area or are specifically related to our rural village lifestyle.  Volunteer Editor - MJM  

Geneva History can be found on Geneva Historical Society's website:  http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva/  (A copy of the Geneva Email News is also on the website monthly.)

 

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