Geneva Email News*
/ April 2015
"Geneva Business of the Month"
is Geneva Construction. Steve
Smith's Geneva-based business was recognized by Historic Sanford Renovation
for its quality and honesty. Contact them at 407-349-5904,
www.genevaconstruction.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve also is one of our volunteer cooks at the 4th of July festival.
Geneva History Tidbit:
Did you know that during the Second Seminole Indian War, Fort Lane (in Geneva) was the first in a chain of forts built along
the St Johns River to support the soldiers who were chasing the Seminole
Indians toward the Everglades. (Fort Christmas was the next fort south..
Fort Lane is now a beautiful park on Lake Harney off Jungle Rd. which
is open to the public and maintained by the Geneva Historical Society. http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva/fort_lane_park.htm
Rural Heritage Center has an anonymous donor who will match up to
$2000 (totally tax deductible) for the purchase of very much needed extra
tables and chairs. We must receive the donations no later than March 15 for
the matching. They
will pick up your check or cash or you can mail it to the RHC, P.O. Box 847,
Geneva, 32732. Please help us
meet this goal. The RHC also needs a used upright
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
- List of 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 Dept.- http://www.seminolesheriff.org
28, Saturday - The
first 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 four more meetings:
April 11; May 9; June 6 & June 27. The
first meeting will be to help us get acquainted and to pick a theme for our
2015 events. Please don't be bashful, newcomers are always welcomed with
open arms, Geneva country style!
1, (every 1st Sun.) - 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.
(every Sunday) -
choreographed ballroom dancing (aka round dancing) are being taught for
couples from 2:30 - 4:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main Street.
Also, please feel free to stop
by anytime & watch. As
always, no experience is required for the lessons and the $5 cost per couple
will be donated to the Rural Heritage Center.
For questions, call 407-349-9255 or email email@example.com. Click
on the links below to see a sample of dances by the Geneva dancers. Waltz:
March 1, (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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
by any Sunday afternoon and see how much fun square dancing can be.
1, (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.
Tuesday in March) The Ladies
Bible Study group is having “Breathe”
by Priscilla Shirer: a 5 week Bible study.
Mark your calendars & RSVP
to Jane Thomas or the Geneva Baptist Church office, 407-349-5411. Study
books are $12 and can be preordered now. Make checks payable to FBCG &
be sure to write “Breathe” on your payment.
3 (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.
3 & 6
(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.
March 4 & 6
(every Wed & Fri.) - The Community Church of God's Inasmuch Food
Pantry provides food for Geneva residents in need on Wed. 9:00 to 10:00
AM and Fri. from 8 - 9 AM. They
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. Mail contributions to the Inasmuch Community Pantry, PO
Box 1164, Geneva, 32732. Information: Rick Hughes, email@example.com, 407-461-7066.
4 & 7 (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
4 (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!
4 (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
- 12th graders) is every
Wednesday Night from 6:00–8:00
5 (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.
5, 12, 26 (1st, 2nd,
and 4th Thursday of 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.
7, Saturday - There is
an Owl Class at the Ed
Yarborough Nature Center, CR 426, Geneva, from 6:30 - 9:30 PM.
The cost will be $5 per person. Join
the Seminole County Natural Lands Program to learn about owls, the silent
hunters of the night! Dissect
your own owl pellet and hike to listen for owls! Open to ages 7 and up.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration
is required 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 in Geneva.
8 & 22 (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.
8 & 22, (every other Sun.) - Geneva
Men for Christ will begin a 6 session series of “Faith Commander”. All
men 18 years and up are welcome to attend! The
next meeting is at 6:30 PM in the Geneva First Baptist Church fellowship
8 & 22, (every
other Sunday) - The 24/7 Ministries
for Middle School & High School Girls meets at 6:30 PM at the First
Baptist Church of Geneva.
11, (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
16 - 20, Monday to
Friday - No School. It is Spring
Break time for Seminole County Schools which includes our Geneva
Elementary School. Classes will
resume on Monday, March 23rd.
- The Natural Lands
Program is having another Seminole
County Spring Break Eco Camp at the Ed Yarborough Nature Center, 3485 N.
County Road 426, Geneva. Campers
will have fun hiking, setting traps, fishing, handling the animals in the
Nature Center, arts & crafts and many other fun activities!
For children ages 7 to 12. The daily time will be 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
(extended day available 7:30am-5:30pm), Cost: $132 (additional $15 for the
week for extended day). For more
information go to: www.seminolecountyfl.gov/parksrec/naturallands or
March 18 & 25,
Wednesdays - The Florida Trail Association
invites Geneva folks to two
hikes nearby. Feb 18th hike at
CH Bronson State Forest (directions: meet at 9:00 AM at Joshua Creek
Trailhead at the end of Phillips Road off Fort Christmas Road in Christmas).
Feb 25th hike at LB Econ Wildlife Management Area (directions: meet
at 9:00 AM at parking area at end of Brumley Road in Chuluota).
19, Thursday -
Geneva Horse folks take note! The
17th annual Ranch Forum will be
held at the Yarborough Ranch, Snow Hill Rd, Geneva.
Special attention this year will be on horses with - live horse
evaluations, manure analyzing, hay purchasing, etc.
Besides vets and farriers, after lunch there will be professors from
the University of Florida speaking on grasses, troublesome weeds and safe
herbicides for the weeds. The
Forum begins with check-in at 8:30 AM. Pre-registration
assures you of a steak lunch. Registration
fee is $15. Register by calling the UF/IFAS Orange County Extension
at 407-254-9200. Walk-ins are welcome (but you may have only hot dogs for
21, (every 3rd Sat.) The
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, email@example.com.
21, Saturday - The large Annual
Seminole Woods Garage Sale is being held throughout the exclusive gated
community of Seminole Woods in Geneva from 9 AM - 3PM. Enter the
neighborhood via the main guard entrance, CR 426, 944 Seminole Woods
Boulevard to receive a community map indicating which homes are
participating. NO EARLY ARRIVALS
WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE COMMUNITY.
Great opportunity to get great deals on a huge variety of items
including clothing, furniture, household items and outdoor/recreation
equipment. We look forward to
3rd Sat.) - Geneva
Jam - 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 Community Center. Players
range from age 11 to 82. 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.
Friday - Help celebrate Seminole County’s $580 million agriculture
industry on the self-driving Seminole County 2015 Farm
Tour. Bring your friends and
family. The tour starts at 9:00 AM and will visit Dutch Mill Nursery, Fern
Hammock Farms, Pappy's Patch and the Yarborough Ranch. You may visit all or
some of the locations. You must pre-register by March 23 and the first 150
to sign up will be accepted. To
make a reservation and receive more information, call - 407-665-5560.
Lunch will be at the Yarborough Ranch on Snow Hill Rd and the meal
will include grass-fed Florida beef hamburgers and veggies - $10.
There will also be a small Farmer's Market set up at the ranch.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
28, Saturday - Founder's
Day, sponsored by the Rural
Heritage Center will include a Quilt
Show and Car Show this year -
from one end of Geneva to the other. A day full of fun and it is
free. More than 200 quilts on display & also there will be Brenda
Grampsas AQS quilt appraiser, children's activities, antique cars and
tractors with DJ Don Musica, craft and antique vendors, food and drink,
raffles and silent auctions, museum exhibits, farmer's market, local
musicians & dancers, speakers, and even quilting "make and
takes". The day runs from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at three locations - the
Rural Heritage Center, the Geneva Community Center, and the Geneva Museum.
Register your old or new quilt(s) for the show - $5/quilt - People's Choice
& tractors just show up at Baptist Church or Elem School Parking lots. Click
on the following for more information -
Registration Form, Quilt
Rules and Regulations; Crafts
- Antiques Vendor Booth Application.
28, Saturday - The First Baptist Church of Geneva is having
its annual Easter Family Fun Day.
Everyone welcome. The Fun
Day will run from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM.
Bring your family to join in the activities.
Sunday - Don't miss the annual Community Easter Sunrise Service at
7:00 AM at "Summersill Hill" (the big field next to the Geneva
Baptist Church Fellowship Hall). This has been organized and held for years
by all of the churches of Geneva. Come,
bring a chair and join your fellow Genevans for a multi-denominational
Easter Sunrise Service.
Thursday - Kindergarten Registration from 7 AM to 7 PM in the Media
your child will be 5 on or before September 1, 2015, he or she will be
eligible to attend Kindergarten during the 2015-2016 school year.
2015-2016 entering child is required to have: Current Physical (dated after
8/11/2014); Current Immunization (FL 680); Birth Certificate; and 3 Proofs
of Residency (Warranty Deed or Lease w/Deed, Current Power Bill, Parent
Drivers License or Voter Reg.).
11, Saturday - Dawson's
Run is a memorial 5K that benefits "The Truth 365" with 100%
going to childhood cancer research. Dawson
Creager was a student at Geneva Elementary when he was diagnosed with
cancer. Dawson lost his 2 1/2
year battle in 2013 at the age of 13. The race begins at 8:00 AM at Geneva
Elementary and ends at Geneva Elementary. We are still looking for race
sponsors and donated items for raffle baskets.
We have 2 options this year: choose Dawson’s Run if you are able to
participate on the day of the run or choose Dawson’s Virtual Run if you
are not able to participate on the day of the run. Both participants will
receive a race t-shirt and certificate. For more information and to sign up,
11, Saturday - The
Geneva Village Homemaker's Annual Yard Sale is here again.
The group's 70 members are having their big annual sale in the Geneva
Community Center, 1st Street, Geneva, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Come shop for some great items - clothing, books, knick-knacks,
tools, toys, fabric, furniture and anything else the Homemakers had that was
just too good to throw away. The group is always working hard to make Geneva just a little more
wonderful for all of us. Mark your calendar and
help them with their earnings for the community!
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.
17 or 18th, Friday or
Saturday- Indian Cooking Class Are you looking for delicious, healthy
alternatives to party food? How about trying some vegetarian appetizers that
are both tasty and low in fat and calories. We
offer Indian vegetarian cooking classes and our upcoming class will feature
3 appetizer dishes, making vegetarian cutlets, dhokala and ulama from cream
of wheat. An Indian meal is
never complete without a chutney, so we will also make chutney from dates.
We will spend the first two hours of the class cooking these dishes
and then the next 30 minutes enjoying the food. Join us April 17 at 6 PM OR
April 18th at 11 AM The cost is only $35 per person. You will
come away with the recipes. Contact: BKIndiaArt@gmail.com.
321-948-8416 Kathy Ramsdell to register for this class. Class
size is limited to 15, so don’t delay!
18, (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'X10' spots left to rent, contact Trish Deer: 407-733-7514, email@example.com.
(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-dogs and 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, 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.
25, Saturday - Antique
Appraisal Fair, 10:00 to 2:00 PM, Geneva Community Center, 1st Street.
Ever wonder what the old quilt, vase, gun or chair that your grandparents or
great-grandparents gave you might be worth? Mark your calendar and
find the answer on April 26. Kevin Quinlan, an experienced well-known
appraiser, donates his time for this, the second Geneva Antique Appraisal
Fair. There will be a $5 per item donation to the Geneva Historical
Society for each appraisal. (Three items may be entered at a time.) Join
the fun at Geneva's "Antique Road Show."
25, Saturday - Nocturnal
Animals Night Hike 7:00 - 9:00 PM @ the Chuluota Wilderness Area This
hike is Lead 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 they are in the Geneva area.
To see other Natural Lands
hikes in the area, go to….
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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