Geneva Email News*

February / March 2015

 

Notes of Geneva Interest:

Our "Geneva Business of the Month" is Realtor Dean Davenport's Commercial, Homes & Land, Inc. The business has served Geneva and Seminole County for the last 30 years.  Dean can be contacted at 407-920-7794 or 407-366-1333, ddaven9367@aol.com. Dean is also a great volunteer in Geneva!  

The Rural Heritage Center in Geneva is looking for an I-Pad in working order.  If you got a new one for Christmas, you could donate your old one to the Rural Heritage Center.  We are a nonprofit 501c3 so this is a tax write-off for you.  Contact: 407-792-0758 or RuralHeritageCenter@gmail.com.  Thank You!  

Geneva History Tidbit: Did you know that during the Civil War, Confederate steamboats came up the St Johns River through Lake Harney as far as Lake Washington to get supplies from the British who supported the South.  

If anyone is interested in receiving the Sherriff's Community Email Newsletter:, please sign up on their website.  It has safety tips, classes, news, etc.  Go to http://www.seminolesheriff.org. Once you get to the home page look in the center of the page about half way down is a link that says, “Want to receive news and safety information?” Click on it, and it will direct you to the sign up form. Any questions 407.665.6700.  

The 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 Homemakers.  

Geneva Links: 

-  List to 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

Events

February 1, Sunday - After the worship service is the Chili Bowl & Family Sports Day at the Geneva Baptist Church.  Plan to bring your best crock-pot of chili to share for dinner on the grounds. Followed by a game of your choice: football, volleyball, badminton or bring your kite and a lawn chair and enjoy a day of chili, relaxing, and fun!  Please contact the office if you are making chili - 407-349-5411.   

February 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 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 help with tuning, etc.  $5 for expenses.  Questions, Mary Jo - GenevaHGS@aol.com, 407-349-5697. 

February 1 (every Sunday) - Foxtrot lessons in 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 mikelinde@bellsouth.net. Click on the links below to see a sample of dances 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

February 1, (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.  

February 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.  407-474-7847.   

February 2, Monday -  The Geneva Citizens Association Annual Meeting & Election of Officers will be at  7 PM at the Geneva Community Center.  After the brief meeting, our own Bob Hughes will be doing a repeat performance of the very interesting Woodmilling  talk that he recently gave to the Oviedo Historical Society. He will tell about his work with beautiful pieces made from remains of the 3500 year old "Senator" cypress tree with a power-point  presentation and demonstration wood pieces.  We will again have our mini-farmers market set up at the back of the room, featuring Geneva grown produce from Resthaven Farms and honey and freshly baked natural breads from Trish Deer. Questions: Richard Creedon 407-349-1266 rtcreedon@netzero.net.

February 2, Monday - The Rural Heritage Center is now taking Registrations for Craft & Antique Vendors and the Quilt Show .  Founder's Day, March 28 this year, will include a Quilt Show and Car Show.  Go to March 28 below for a registration form and more info. about the event. Craft & Antique Vendors: Booths available for a suggested donation of $25 for a 10x10 space.

February 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.  

February 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.   

February 4 & 6 (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.  

February 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 or 407-754-7948.  

February 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!  

February 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 Youth (7th - 12th graders) is every Wednesday Night from  6:00–8:00 PM.   

February 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.  

February 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, ages first grade though 10, 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.

February 6, Friday - Don't miss the First Baptist Church of Geneva's Christian Country Gal’s Bonfire.  Bring your favorite “Girl Food”, a chair, & Christ Love to share at 6:30 PM. For more information and to RSVP, call 407-349-5411.  

February 7, Saturday - The 15th Annual Geneva Historic Bus Tour is a 90 minute tour that takes place on a comfortable tour bus as it winds its way through historic Geneva. While looking at pictures of how Geneva used to be, you see the historic locations and structures that still exist. This year the tour takes a little different route and will therefore add new locations and a stop at Fort Lane Park. There are two tours - - 9:30 AM OR 11:30 AM and the tours begin and end at the Geneva Community Center.  Seats are a  $12 donation per person.  (Children on laps are free.)  You must make a reservation: call 407-947-4412 or email GenevaBusTour@aol.com and leave your name, phone number, number of people, and the bus time you desire.  You will receive a return call or email for confirmation.  The busses fill up quickly each year, so don’t delay.  The Museum of Geneva History will be open from 9:00 to 11:30 AM and will be open again after the last bus returns.  Come early to enjoy the Annual Pancake Breakfast - see below.       

February 7, Saturday -The annual Geneva Pancake Breakfast (on the same day as the Historic Bus Tour above) will be sponsored again this year by the Geneva Boy Scout Troop which is raising funds for their summer camp.  It will be in the Geneva Community Center from 8:30 to 11:30 AM.  Come enjoy pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee for a modest $5 per person donation.  The Historical Society will also be selling its books, T-shirts, prints, etc. and the Museum will be open from 9:00 AM to 11:30 PM.  No reservations needed for breakfast.  You do not have to go on the bus tour to enjoy the Pancake Breakfast, it is for the whole community.  

February 7, 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 & to register - 407-366-9603, noizmanbob@aol.com.  (PS If you called and left your number and were not called back, please call again - your number was accidentally deleted.)  

February 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. 

February 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 6:30pm in the Geneva First Baptist Church fellowship hall.

February 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.  

February 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 skibtdrvr@aol.com.

February 13, Friday - Geneva Elementary School is having it annual Donuts for Dad from 7:30 AM - 8:30 PM in the Geneva Cafeteria.  Come on over, Dad's or "like-a-Dads".

February 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).  

February 21, (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.  

February 21, Saturday - A Double Dulcimer Day with Jeff Furman and Anne Lough at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E. Main St, from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  $25 per class with two choices in each of 3 sessions. There will be a Furman/Lough concert at 6:00 PM - donations appreciated. All classes are mountain dulcimer except one hammered dulcimer class at 3:00 PM.  For more information and registration form, email sherylchapman@earthlink.net, 321-223-7350.   

February 21, (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 plus food proceeds go to the upkeep of the Geneva Community Center.  Info: 407-349-5271.

February 25, Wednesday - The PTA's Annual Mustang Marathon Run at Geneva Elementary School will take place during "Specials" time.

February 26, Thursday -  FSA (Florida Standards Assessments) Parent Night at Geneva Elementary School will take place at 6:00 PM.  Come and see what the tests are all about and how to help your child do his/her best.

February 28, (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

February 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 St. The meeting should be finished 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 and June 27.  Our first meeting will be to help us get acquainted and to pick a theme for our 2015 events. Please don't be bashful, as newcomers are always welcomed with open arms, Geneva country style!

March Preview

March 3, (every 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.  

March 8 & 22, (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. 

March 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.

March 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 lunch). 

March 21, (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? 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.

March 21, Saturday - 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 NEIGHBORHOOD.  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 seeing you!  

March 21, (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.  Info: 407-349-5271.    

March 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 & with 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 Awards. Cars & tractors just show up at Baptist Church or Elem School Parking lots. Click on the following for more information - Quilt Registration Form, Quilt Rules and Regulations; Crafts - Antiques Vendor Booth Application; Founder's Day 2015 PosterQuestions: www.countrycottagesewing.com, ruralheritagecenter.net, or 407-929-2555.  

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