Geneva Email News*
December - 2016
First, a few Notes of Geneva Interest:
Mrs. Claus has emailed us and said that she needs a couple of elves to help her on Saturday, December 3rd from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. She is holding “Meet Mrs. Claus” for the children of Geneva, Chuluota, Oviedo, and Black Hammock areas. You can help children write a letter to Santa, make some fun crafts, or frost & decorate Mrs. Claus’ homemade cookies. If you can help, contact Priscilla Gray at 407-349-2169, email@example.com. (More info. at Dec. 3 below.)
The Seminole County Legal Aid Society has formed a Free Veteran’s Legal Clinic that takes place at the Seminole County Public Library, 215 North Oxford Rd., Casselberry, from 1 – 4 PM on the second Thursday of each month. The veteran will see the lawyer best suited to address their legal issue. The communications are treated as attorney/client privileged. Genevan Sherry Eisele is one of the volunteer attorneys at the monthly clinic. Questions, Sherry - 407-539-1638 or 407-405-8801.
Geneva History Tidbit – Anna Rehbinder, an 1876 Russian immigrant to Geneva, wrote the following for a Russian newspaper in a column called Letters from America: “A mile from our house stands the Geneva schoolhouse, and, 2 miles in another direction, the Buda schoolhouse. We have a common Town Hall, & the children of both schools unite for the Christmas tree celebration on Christmas Eve. It is not like in Russia, accompanied by much dancing and pleasurable times, but by speeches, dialogues, songs, hymns and the giving out of presents…The very poorest children sat side by side with those who enjoyed nicer homes. The parents also sat side by side with better, the rich, the poor, the almost destitute - all intermingled. On the following night, Christmas, there was a dance at the Town Hall.” Looks like Geneva was a great place to live for everyone, even in 1876.
The drive to pay for our Honor Monument for Geneva’s Veterans is half way to the goal of $4500. Keep track on the thermometer in front of the Community Center. The new monument will be in stone to replace the wooden sign and is to honor all our vets – past, present and future. Genevans are generous, and many large and small donations have already come in. As you know, Geneva has no government entity to fund such a monument and we depend on our individual citizens, churches, organizations and youth groups to donate. Let’s show our vets that we do care and that Geneva truly appreciates their service! To donate, or for more information, call 407-314-0115.
- Info on Geneva - Parks, Cemeteries, Churches, Places to Hold Events/Parties, Youth & Adult Organizations, etc. - www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva/geneva_organizations.htm.
- Geneva Historical Society - www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva/
- Fort Lane Park - www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva/fort_lane_park.htm
- Rural Heritage Center & WalkingTree Folk School - http://www.ruralheritagecenter.net/ (it is slow to load)
- "The Dispatcher" is a monthly newsletter from Seminole County Sheriff. - www.seminolesheriff.org
- Crime Watch Map for crimes the past month in Geneva area. - Scroll down below map and click on date you want to see. http:/seminolesheriff.org/page.aspx?id=10
- Nextdoor is a social networking service for the Geneva neighborhoods. Get news about your neighborhood events, County safety warnings, etc. Go to www.Nextdoor.com.
(Events written in blue ink are newly added events. Events in black ink are those which take place weekly or monthly.)
December & January - The Rural Heritage Center & WalkingTree Folkschool is holding Dulcimer And/ or Harp Making Classes that meet according to your schedule and you will go home with an instrument ready to play or to display. The Dulcimer Making Class takes 3 - 8-hr days, costs $275, and we will help you build a traditional mountain dulcimer with a choice of woods. The Harp Class takes 5 - 8-hr days, costs $600, and we help you build a traditional small harp, approx. 38" high with 29 strings from a choice of wood & accessories. Classes are held at the Rural Heritage Center & WalkingTree Folk School, 101 E Main Street, Geneva, FL 32732. Beautiful items to keep forever or gift to others. If you are interested or have questions, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 1, Thursday – The Second-Grade Parent Night at Geneva Elementary School starts at 6:30 PM and takes place in the Multi-Purpose Room of the school.
December 1, 15, 29 (every other Thurs.) With all the processing and genetically modifying of our foods, here is an opportunity to eat organic! Join our HEALING Co-op (Healthy Eating And Lifestyle IN Geneva) and pick up an amazing basket of certified Organics every other Thursday. The cost is less than $2/pound and the food is wonderful! Interested? call Trish Deer at 407-733-7514.
December 1 – The First Baptist Church of Geneva is having a Christmas Toy & Food Drive for the Florida Baptist Children’s Home. They are collecting Toys for all ages, Toiletry/Hygiene Products, and Underwear of all sizes. Collection boxes are in the Fellowship Hall and will be picked up on December 14th.
December 1 (every Thurs.) - The First United Methodist Church of Geneva has a Food Pantry open every Thursday from 1 - 3 PM - - right side door of the church hall. Open to any resident of Geneva who needs food. For more information or to make donations of food or money, contact Stacey at Staceymwpp210@yahoo.com or 407-754-7948. Be a good neighbor and tell those who don't have email about both of Geneva's Food Pantries.
December 1 (every Thurs.) – Need computer help? There is a Computer Clinic that is open from 2 - 5 PM at the Rural Heritage Center & Folk School, 101 E. Main, Geneva. If you are having trouble with a computer - laptop, phone, or tablet, bring it in and we’ll work on your problems - - such as email, browsing the internet, virus and firewall protection. On computers too big to carry in, we’ll answer questions. Sorry, but we can’t do work on hardware problems such as disk drives, etc. The fee is $20 per hour (minimum $20).
December 1, 8, & 22 (every 1st, 2nd, & 4th Thurs.) - Cub Scout Pack 765, Geneva's WOW Pack meets on the 1st, 2nd, and 4th Thursday nights at 6:30 PM at the Living Word Church of the Nazarene on SR 46. We are a parent run, Scout, and family-centered pack. Email GenevaPack765@gmail.com for more information. Boys in the 1st through 5th grade or ages 7–10 are welcome to join!
December 1 (every Thurs.) – The Young Adult Bible Study meets in the Fellowship Hall at the First Baptist Church of Geneva at 7:00 PM. All young adults welcome.
December 2 (every 1st Fri.) – Genevans are invited to a Prayer Vigil for our Seminole County Law Enforcement Agencies & Seminole County Sheriff Deputies that occurs at 12:15 PM at 1225 E. Broadway in Oviedo.
December 2 (every Fri.) – If you're looking for a little local healthy fun, come sip some home-brewed sweet tea and relax with us on Friday evenings at 6:30 PM at Yoga at the Ol' Barn. These beginner level Yoga classes are Vinyasa Flow with a little bit of restorative postures and include a short meditation afterwards. The classes are held at the Ol' Barn Junktiques of Geneva, 2993 W Osceola Road, Geneva. Info - 407-617-5703.
December 3, Saturday - Orienteering Class at the Ed Yarborough Nature Center in the Geneva Wilderness Area, 3485 CR 426, Geneva, 9:00 Am - Noon. For ages: 9-12 (children must be accompanied by an adult), $5 per child. Come and learn how to navigate using just a map and compass. We will use our new skill to find the treasure!!! Class limited to 15 children, so sign up soon!! Register - 407-349-0959.
December 3, Saturday - There will be a Men’s Fellowship & Cookout at 5:00 PM at the pavilion at the First Baptist Church of Geneva. All men age 18+ are invited to come out for an evening of food, fellowship, and encouragement! Andy Small will be speaking.
December 3, Saturday – Mrs. Claus is Flying in from the North Pole to be at the Rural Heritage Center at 101 E Main St., Geneva, 6:00 – 7:30 PM, to meet all children who can come. She will be bringing homemade cookies to decorate, paper to write a letter to Santa, Christmas crafts, and more. This event is free to children under the age of 12 and is open to all. Don’t miss this true old-fashioned Christmas event.
December 4 (every 1st Sun.) - The Dulcimer Gathering meets at the Rural Heritage Center & Folk School, 101 E. Main St, Geneva at 1:00 PM. Beginners welcome, too. 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 own dulcimer and have fun learning to play it better. Questions: Mary Jo - GenevaHGS@aol.com, 407-349-5697.
December 4 (every Sun.) - You are invited to come watch those taking Rumba Lessons in choreographed ballroom dancing (aka round dancing) which started in September. Come enjoy seeing the dancers from 1:30 - 2:30 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main Street, and see if you might like to come learn to dance when in the future new lessons are offered. No experience is required and the $5 cost per couple is donated to the Rural Heritage Center. Dancing is an excellent source of physical and mental exercise. For questions, 407-349-9255, email@example.com. You can also visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChoreographedBallroomDancinginGeneva32732?ref=hl
December 4 (every Sun.) - Brendon Square Dancers - If you have been looking for a place to have fun, meet your neighbors & make new friends this is it. Located in the Rural Heritage Center & Folk School, 101 E. Main St, Geneva, our club dances every Sunday from 4:30-6:30. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Stop by any Sunday afternoon & see how much fun square dancing can be.
December 4 (every Sun.) - Mini Music Jam at the Community Church of God on SR 46 every Sun at 5 PM. Bring a musical instrument, your voice, and learn with us. We'll help you learn to play a stringed instrument. Free. 407-474-7847.
December 5 (every Mon.) - Cub Scout Pack 837 meets at 6:00 PM at the NW corner of 1st and Main in the old Baptist Church building (320 1st street). The Geneva Community Church of God is proudly our charter organization and the desire is to make this age-old, time-proven program available to even more families in Geneva. It is for boys in the 1st through 5th grade or ages 7–10. If you have questions, contact Randy Deavers at 407-718-9584, email@example.com.
December 7, Wednesday - Broom Making Class at the Rural Heritage Center & WalkingTree Folk School, 101 E. Main, Geneva, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Tuition is $50 per student. Learn to make an American Farmstead hearth broom using all traditional materials, assembled using tools and methods typically employed by Florida homesteaders of the mid-1800's. Each student will take home a finished broom of their own. Traditional broom corn, locally cut broom handle and the type of jute twine favored by the Florida pioneers are all the materials and are included in the tuition cost. Dress for the weather, rain or shine. Wear stout shoes and maybe bring a pair of gloves. Few spaces left, so sign up now - Bob Putnam, firstname.lastname@example.org, 407-366-9603.
December 7, 12, 14 - Awana Kid’s Ministry at the First Baptist Church of Geneva starts with pizza at 5:45 PM and check-in at 6:15 PM. The program starts at 6:30 PM. Awana is for kids from age 3 through the 6th grade. Awana will then start back up on January 11. The R.E.A.L. Youth meet at the First Baptist Church of Geneva on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM. These youths are 7th thru 12th graders. Everyone welcome.
December 7 & 9 (every Wed & Fri.) - The Community Church of God's Inasmuch Food Pantry, located at the NE corner of SR 46 & Cochran RD, provides fresh & healthy food for Geneva residents in need. Open Wednesdays 9-10 AM & Fridays 8-9 AM. The pantry can always use donations of food, toiletries, necessities and tax deductible donations. Drop them off during open hours or call the number below for pickup. Mail contributions to Inasmuch Community Pantry, PO Box 1164, Geneva, 32732. Information: Rick Hughes, email@example.com, 407-461-7066.
December 7 & 10 (every Wed. & Sat.) - The Thrift House in Geneva is open from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. There are daily specials so check them out. Also “like us” on Facebook at FUMC Geneva Thrift House. The Thrift House is located on Church Street behind the Methodist Church playground. All donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible. Volunteers needed. Information - Stacey at Staceymwpp210@yahoo.com, 407-754-7948.
December 8 (every 2nd Thurs.) - The Seminole County Legal Aid Society has formed a Free Veteran’s Legal Clinic that takes place at the Seminole County Public Library, 215 North Oxford Rd., Casselberry, 1 – 4 PM. They will first determine the lawyer best suited to address the veteran’s legal issue. The communications are treated as attorney/client privileged. Genevan Sherry Eisele is one of the volunteer attorneys at the monthly clinic and you can call her with questions, Sherry - 407-539-1638 or 407-405-8801.
December 8, Thursday - The Musical Mustangs invite you to their Winter Concert at 6:30 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room of Geneva Elementary School. Come see and hear what your students have been doing musically. The community will enjoy the performance, also.
December 10, Saturday - Holiday “Parents Time Out” - Need time to Christmas shop without the kids? Drop the kids (ages 6 to 12) off at the Ed Yarborough Nature Center, 3485 N. County Road 426, Geneva and they’ll enjoy hiking, fishing, nature crafts and more while YOU shop till you drop! 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, $30 per child. You can register at one of our active parks (Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park or Sylvan Park) or in Geneva, can call 407-349-0959. Registration Deadline Tuesday, December 6.
December 10, Saturday - Holiday Fun at the Ol’ Barn, W. Osceola Rd. Vendors 9 – 4, $20.00. Stockings hung by the chimney waiting for you. Bring an ornament for our tree & receive raffle ticket. 2 PM Holiday Demo. - How to make a beautiful Christmas centerpiece. 1–3 Kids’ Holiday Paint Party. (Moms shop & kids join party with instruction, snacks and visits with Santa. $25.00 / child, seating limited, RSVP 407 468-1987, Brendacioe@aol.com Then 6-9 PM Adults Only mix & mingle in old-time Christmas charm. Stroll through the barn for that perfect gift; enjoy holiday brew / bonfire snacks, & have photos taken in our Winter Wonderland - props included. USB to take home to create more photos/gifts – couples, singles, pets. $45/couple including evening event & 4x6 photo. RSVP 407- 468-1987, Brendacioe@aol.com - Seating limited. Bring Toys for TOTS; pet food/toys for T.E.A.R.S. of Sem. Cty.; donations for Rural Heritage Center; or food for Meth. Church pantry. See More
December 11 (2nd & 4th Sundays, but not Christmas) –The Museum of Geneva History is open from 2:00 - 4:00 PM OR by appointment - 407-349-5697. It is located at 165 1st St., admission is free but donations appreciated. Displays include local archeological finds, pioneer crafts, mercantile, family genealogy records, Civil War, toys/musical instruments, etc. Listen to a violano, Edison Phonograph, and a Radio that plays Bing Crosby, George & Gracie, etc. We also have Geneva T-shirts/hoodies, caps, prints, history books, and the new Historic Walking/Driving Tour for sale. Check out Geneva's interesting history at www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva.
December 13 (every 2nd Tues.) – Got a story you’d like to tell? The Writer’s Group is for anyone who wants to learn or 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. Writers will meet separate from poets and songwriters allowing the two groups to focus on their works. Come and learn more & meet others who are interested. The group meets at the Rural Heritage Center & WalkingTree Folk School, 101 E Main Street, at 7 PM. Questions: Richard Gustin, firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 14 (every 2nd Wed.) - The Geneva Village Homemakers meet at the Geneva Community Center, 161 1st St., at 10:00 AM. Come visit and find that we are just plain folks who give service to our community, go on local trips, and just have a good time. This all-age group also has a Card Club, Book 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 email@example.com.
December 17, Saturday - Need some neat Geneva Christmas gifts? The Geneva Historical Society will be having its Annual Post Office Sale. We will be selling our new Walking Tree Geneva T-shirts from SM to XXXL, books on the history of Geneva, photo books, the story of Geneva's Lincoln Conspiracy Connection, old-fashioned stocking stuffer toys, Geneva historic prints, caps, Geneva license plates, etc. The sale table will be under the tree by the Post Office from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Get gifts for your Geneva family and friends who love history and Geneva.
December 17, Saturday -The Rural Heritage Center Farmers’ Market is from 9 AM to 2 PM outside at the corner of 1st and Main, 101 E Main. It is always wonderful to spend time with old friends and enjoy some old-fashioned items that quaint village life has to offer! For more info, visit www.ruralheritagecenter.net, or go to Facebook: Geneva Heritage Farmers Market or call Trish - 407-733-7514. Buy some unusual Christmas gifts!
December 17 (every 3rd Sat.) - Come for a free evening of old-time music with “jammers” from the ages of 12 to 83 at the Geneva Jam. There is toe-tapping acoustic, bluegrass, traditional country, and old-fashioned gospel music to enjoy in the Geneva Community Center, 161 1st St. If you play an acoustic instrument, find a chair up front and join us. If you are learning, sit in one of the front rows and just play-along. Hamburger, hotdog, chili-dog, or sausage dog meals start at 6:00 PM and the music begins at 6:30 PM. A 50/50 raffle is held where the winner gets half the pot, and the proceeds from the food go to the upkeep of the Community Center. Info: 407-349-5271.
December 22 - January 6: Seminole County School’s Winter Break takes place these days. In other words - No School! YEAH!
December 24, Saturday – The First Baptist Church of Geneva will have a Christmas Eve Program called “Our Tree Lot Christmas” at 6:00 PM. Everyone is welcome to attend.
December 31 (last Sat. of month) – The Community Church of God Men's Fellowship Breakfast group meets & eats at Geneva General Store/Restaurant, SR46, at 8:00 AM. All Geneva men are invited to join the group. Info: Rick Hughes, 407-461-7066, firstname.lastname@example.org.
January / February Preview
January 1, Sunday – Happy New Year and get your good luck started in 2017 by joining your fellow Genevans for our annual Peas & Plenty New Year's Day Meal. Pork and chicken will be provided; you bring the fun, fellowship, and (if you can) a family-favorite covered dish to share. Lunch runs from 11 AM to 2 PM at the Rural Heritage Center & WalkingTree Folk School, 101 E Main (old brick school). This is a fun Geneva get-together. Don’t miss it this year.
January 3-6, Tuesday to Friday - The Winter Break Eco Adventure Camp by the County's Natural Lands Program will be held again at the Ed Yarborough Nature Center, 3485 N. County Road 426, Geneva. The camp is for 7-12 years old. 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/naturallands. Scholarships are available through Seminole County at 407-665-2170 OR through the Audubon Society at 407-797-4636, email@example.com, OR through firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 8 & 22 (every 2nd & 4th Sun.) –The Museum of Geneva History is open from 2:00 - 4:00 PM OR by appointment - 407-349-5697. It is located at 165 1st St., next to the Community Center, admission free, donations appreciated. Displays include local archeological finds, pioneer crafts, mercantile, family genealogy records, Civil War, toys/musical instruments, etc. Listen to a violano, Edison Phonograph, and a Radio that plays Bing Crosby, George & Gracie Allen, etc. We also have new Geneva T-shirts, hoodies, caps, prints, history books, and the new Historic Walking/Driving Tour for sale. Check out some of Geneva's interesting history at www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva.
January 13, Friday - Geneva Elementary School’s PTA Spirit Night is at Chuck E. Cheese in Waterford Lakes from 3- 9 PM. Eat at Chuck E. Cheese and support your school.
January 16, Monday – With all the break-ins lately in Geneva, there is interest in finding out about the Neighborhood Watch Program Discussion. Consider forming a Neighborhood Watch which can help deter crime in our village, by helping to be the eyes and ears for each other and for law enforcement. Neighbors watch & report suspicious activity in the neighborhood. They get to know each other, building an even stronger community. A meeting has been set up at 7:00 PM at the Geneva Community Center and Will Stone, Sheriff Deputy-Seminole County, will be there to tell about the program and answer questions.
January 21 (every 3rd Sat.) Geneva Farmer’s Market - Join us in the Village of Geneva every 3rd Saturday from 9 AM to 2 PM now outside at the corner of 1st & Main by the Rural Heritage Center & Folk School. It is always wonderful to spend time with old friends and enjoy some old-fashioned items that quaint village life has to offer! For more info, visit www.ruralheritagecenter.net, go to Facebook: Geneva Heritage Farmers Market, or call Trish - 407-733-7514.
January 21, Saturday – The workshop: Making Music with Friends: Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly are coming to the Rural Heritage Center & WalkingTree Folk School again, 101 E Main Street, Geneva, 1:00 to 8:30 PM. There are continuous workshops for the Mountain Dulcimer on topics such as Chording, Strumming & tuning; Reverse Tuning; Folk Play-a-long in DAA; Playing on 4 Equidistant Strings; and Arranging Songs & Tunes. In the evening the “husband-wife duo blends gorgeous vocals with an astounding array of instruments including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, feet and more." The evening concert is open to the public for $10 (early) or $15. For more information, workshop costs, registration, contact Sheryl at email@example.com or 321-223-7350.
January 21 (every 3rd Sat.) - Come for a free evening of old-time music with “jammers” from the ages of 12 to 83 at the Geneva Jam. There is toe-tapping acoustic, bluegrass, traditional country, and old-fashioned gospel music to enjoy in the Geneva Community Center, 161 1st St. If you play an acoustic instrument, find a chair up front and join us. If you are learning, sit in one of the front rows and just play-along. Hamburger, hotdog, chili-dog, or sausage dog meals start at 6:00 PM and the music begins at 6:30 PM. A 50/50 raffle is held where the winner gets half the pot, and the proceeds from the food go to the upkeep of the Community Center. Info: 407-349-5271.
January 26, Thursday – Spring and Class Picture Day is at Geneva Elementary on this day. The 4th & 5th Grade Parent Night is that same evening at 6:30 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room of the School.
February 4, Saturday – The Geneva Historical Society is presenting a narrated slide show by the Martins entitled “Lewis Thornton Powell – Geneva’s Link to the Lincoln Conspiracy”. The program takes place at 7:00 at the Geneva Community Center, 160 First Street, Geneva. Learn the truth about his Florida childhood, his parents and siblings in Geneva & Oviedo, the deed, the trial, the burial of his skull next to his mother in the Geneva Cemetery, and the found location of the remains of his body. A fascinating true story to behold. Save the date.