Geneva Email News*

October - 2016 

First A Few Notes of Geneva Interest:   

Geneva History Tidbit We have over 100 Geneva veterans buried in our 2 cemeteries and when you add those buried in US cemeteries overseas, those who are buried in Geneva with no marker, and our present day and future service men and women, we have many Geneva vets to honor.  The citizens of Geneva are working on erecting a Permanent Military Monument to remember all of our military veterans, men and women, past, present & future. We are getting close to our goal in collecting money for the monument. Help us reach the goal so that we can pay for it, erect it in the vicinity of the present wooden Honor Roll Board by the Community Center, and then have a proper dedication ceremony.  We hope for donations of every size from individuals, youth groups, organizations, churches, and businesses - large or small!  More info: Tracey Stebbins, 407-314-0115. (Leave a message.)

Our Business of the Month for October is Ol' Barn Junktiques which will give you a country welcome to our rural unique "picking" adventure - old & new.  Our blend of unique nostalgic items will have you kicking up your boots. We also offer country fresh eggs, local honey, country cottage local jams / canned goods, and garden vegetables while in season.  See Oct. 7 below for our Yoga at the Ol' Barn on Friday evenings, 6:30.  Many fall & holiday events. Check us out on Facebook - Ol' Barn Junktiques of Geneva, Community Agritourism, 2993 W Osceola Road, Geneva, 407-617-5703, Thurs. 9-4, Fri. 9-6, & Sat. 9-4.  

Geneva Links: 

-  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 & Folk School  http://www.ruralheritagecenter.net/   (Be patient, slow)

- "The Dispatcher" by Seminole County Sheriff's Dept. - www.seminolesheriff.org

Crime Watch Map for crimes the past month in Geneva area.  - Scroll down to map and click on date you want to see. http:/seminolesheriff.org/page.aspx?id=10

- “Nextdoor” is a social networking service for Geneva neighborhoods. Get news about your neighborhood events, County safety warnings, etc. Go to www.Nextdoor.com.  

October Events 

(Events written in blue ink are newly added eventsEvents in black ink are those which take place weekly or monthly.)  

October 1, Saturday - Dulcimer-Making Classes that meet according to your schedule will take three 8-hour days to complete your dulcimer. We help you build a traditional mountain dulcimer from the choice of woods that we have available. At the conclusion of the class, you will have a quality instrument to either play or display. The tuition for this class is $275.  Classes are held at the Rural Heritage Center & WalkingTree Folk School, 101 E Main Street, Geneva, FL. If you are interested or have questions, email walkingtreefolkschool@gmail.com.  

October 1, Saturday - Harp Building Class is a five-day consecutive 40-hour class planned according to your schedule where we help you build a traditional small harp featuring 29 strings, approximately 38" high, from a choice of wood and accessories that we have available.  At the conclusion of the class, you will have a quality instrument to either play or display. The tuition for this class is $600. Classes are held at the Rural Heritage Center & WalkingTree Folk School, 101 E Main Street, Geneva, FL 32732. If you are interested or have questions, email: walkingtreefolkschool@gmail.com.    

October 2 (every 1st Sun.) - The Dulcimer Gathering meets at the Rural Heritage Center & Folk School, 101 E. Main St, Geneva at 1:00 PM.  All are welcome.  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.

October 2, (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, call 407-349-9255 or email - mikelinde@bellsouth.net You can also visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChoreographedBallroomDancinginGeneva32732?ref=hl

October 2 (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:  mikelinde@bellsouth.net. Stop by any Sunday afternoon & see how much fun square dancing can be.  

October 2 (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.  

October 3-7, Mon.-Fri.  -  The Kindergarten classes at Geneva Elementary School will be Walking to Geneva Fire Station #42 on SR46 this week.  Be careful when you see them alongside the back roads in Geneva - and maybe wave.

October 3 (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, pack837geneva@gmail.com.

October 5 (every Wed.) - 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.   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. 

October 5 & 7 (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, genevafoodpantry@gmail.com, 407-461-7066.

October 5 & 8 (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.  

October 6 & 20 (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.  

October 6 (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. 

October 6 (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). 

October 6, Thursday – This Thursday is First Grade Parent Night at Geneva Elementary School at 6:30 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room.  Come see what your little ones will be working on this year and how you can help them along.

October 6, 13, & 27 (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!

October 6 (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.  

October 7 (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.  

October 7 (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, 407-617-5703.  

October 8, Saturday -The Oktoberfest Indoor Garage/Craft Sale (with AC) will be held at the Rural Heritage Center and WalkingTree Folk School, 101 E Main, Geneva, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Come shop for fall or Christmas!  Have items you want to sell - Crafts or treasures?  Sign up now for a booth!  Let’s go for quality items, ladies & gentlemen. We provide a space for $10 which includes tables & chairs for your set up.  Contact Priscilla Gray, 407-349-2169, ruralheritagevp@gmail.com.  Added fun features: 50/50 Raffle; Give-a-ways; and Food Booths with hot dogs, sausage, peppers & onions, sauerkraut, apple cider, water and sodas for sale.  Desserts, too!  

October 8, Saturday - Geocaching 101 - A Beginners-level course on Geocaching! Young & old alike can enjoy this modern-day game of “hide and seek” using GPS coordinates for clues. Learn about Geocaching and then go out and find special “caches” that have been placed on the property just for our class!  (There are many geocache sites in the Geneva Area to find later.) 9:00 AM – Noon at the Ed Yarborough Nature Center, Geneva Wilderness Area, CR 426.  FREE for those 10 and up. (Children must be accompanied by an adult.) Only 20 spaces available so call to register NOW 407-349-0959.

October 9 & 23 (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.

October 11 (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 & Folk School, 101 E Main Street, at 7 PM.  Questions: Richard Gustin, rgustin@chessie.us

October 12 (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 skibtdrvr@aol.com. 

October 15 (every 3rd Sat.)  A WHOLE DAY IN GENEVA! We are excited to announce that the Rural Heritage Center Farmers Market from 9 AM to 2 PM is moving outside again. Its fall in Geneva and Trish Deer is doing her Essential Oils Make & Take also.  And at 9:30 is Butterflies with Wings - choosing the right plants that will encourage butterflies in your yard.  (See more info just below.)  After coming to those events, spend a few hours enjoying more country life by heading down the street to the Museum of Geneva History open this day from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  See the Yarborough Nature Center below also for a program on this day.  Before or after, grab a meal at Geneva General’s little cafe on SR 46 and then take a trip to beautiful Fort Lane Park off Jungle Road on Lake Harney & the St Johns River.  Need more shopping? Try Ladybug Daylilies at 1852 E SR46 or Ol' Barn Junktiques at 2993 W Osceola Rd.  Then close your evening by going to the Geneva Jam at the Community Center on 1st St. for some good food and acoustic music. (More info below.)  Visit www.ruralheritagecenter.net or the Farmers Market on Facebook: Geneva Heritage Farmers Market or call Trish - 407-733-7514 for more info.  

October 15, Saturday - Master Gardener Donna Darner is presenting a program called “Butterflies: Flowers with Wings” - choosing the right plants that will encourage butterflies in your yard year after year. It will be held at the Rural Heritage Center & WalkingTree Folk School, 10l E. Main Street, Geneva, 9:30 to 11:00 AM. Preregistration is preferred. Suggested donation $10/Adult & $5/Child 7-12. Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult. Download the Registration Form at http://www.ruralheritagecenter.net. More information: 407-314-1314, ruralheritagevp@gmail.com.   

October 15 (every 3rd Sat.) - Come for a free evening of old-time music with “jammers” from the ages of 13 to 83 at the Geneva Jam. There is toe-tapping acoustic, bluegrass, traditional country, and old-fashioned gospel music to enjoy at the Jam at the Geneva Community Center, 161 1st St., Geneva.  Burgers, sausage, hotdog dinners for sale at a modest cost from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. (or until the food runs out)The music starts at 6:30 PM.  If you play an acoustic instrument, find a chair up front early and join us.  A 50/50 raffle is held where the winner gets half the pot & the other half of pot, plus food proceeds, go to the upkeep of the Community Center.  Info: 407-349-5271.  

October 15, Saturday - The Story Behind the “Shot” -  Join local photographers and see some of the amazing photos they have taken in nature. They will share some of their favorite “shots” and tell where they were taken. Hear about the challenges, and sometimes entertaining escapades of photographing wildlife.  9:00 - 11:00 AM at the Ed Yarborough Nature Center in the Geneva Wilderness Area, CR 426, FREE. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  

October 16, Sunday – A 4th of July "Thank You" Ice Cream Social is being held from 2-4 PM at the peaceful Yarborough Ranch, Snow Hill Road opposite the Forestry Station. We will be serving home-made hand-churned ice cream. This event is open to all who helped in Geneva by working at our events on July 4, 2016 - either the Parade or the Festival. It is also open to ANYONE who would like to join our group of jolly volunteers for the 2017 July 4th events!  Please send an RSVP to Richard Creedon at  rtcreedon@netzero.net no later than Saturday, October 8, so we know how much ice cream we should churn!  A fun relaxing time at the ranch!

October 19, Wednesday - This is designated Unity Day at Geneva Elementary School.  Show your support by wearing orange.  If you care about safe schools and communities, you can also send a message of support, hope, and unity to show that the community is also against bullying - united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.  Send emails of support to the school to: Alison_Burke@scps.k12.fl.us

October 21, Friday – Geneva Elementary School’s Annual Fall Festival will take place from 5:00 to 8:00 PM with food and fun.   Also the Book Fair opens and will run all the next week.

October 22, Saturday - Dog Safety in the Woods and on the Trail - Bring your “best friend” (on leash) and learn how to be safe on the trails when hiking with your pet. Learn the basics of hiking with your dog, trail etiquette & safety, and what to do before, during and after the hike to keep your dog happy and healthy!  9:00-11:00 AM, at the Yarborough Nature Center, Geneva Wilderness Area, CR 426. $5 per person.  Children must be 10 and up and accompanied by an adult.   Only 20 spaces available so register NOW!  407-349-0959. 

October 22, Saturday – A Day with Don Pedi & His Dulcimer – Join Don for fun workshops on Dulcimer History, Old Time Playing Techniques, and Little Songs of Love, Loss, Faith and Humor at the Rural Heritage Center & Folk School, 101 East Main Street, Geneva, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  You can register for one class ($20) or all day including the evening concert ($50).  Call or email Sheryl Chapman for registration. 321-223-7350, sherylchapman123@gmail.com.   

October 22, Saturday – Open to the public is a Don Pedi Mountain Dulcimer Concert, 5:00 – 6:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center & WalkingTree Folk School, 101 E. Main St., Geneva, $10.  Don is recognized as the man who can "really play" a dulcimer. He is a pioneer in that his music has broken new ground and cleared a path for others. In Don's hands, the dulcimer has been accepted as an instrument well-suited to playing traditional Southern music. This was at a time when most "Old-Time" musicians thought a dulcimer should be hung on a wall with a pretty ribbon. Come enjoy an entertaining talented musician.   

October 29 (last Sat. of month) – The Community Church of God Men's Fellowship Breakfast group meets & eats at Geneva General, SR46, at 8:00 AM.  All Geneva men are invited to join the group.  Info: Rick Hughes, 407-461-7066, genevafoodpantry@gmail.com. 

Nov. / Dec. Preview 

November 5, Saturday – Mark your calendar for the seventh Geneva Cemetery Tour – “We’ll Meet by Moonlight”.  The tour begins promptly at 6:30 PM and will last a little over an hour.  Follow your Lantern Leader through the cemetery to the final resting places of some of Geneva’s most interesting past citizens.  This year, those you will personally meet are Henry Baker –grove & packing-house owner, Molly Dooley – revered Geneva School teacher, Dr. Daniel Pattishall – Civil War physician, Betty Schlusemeyer – beloved rancher, and Sue Smith - a WWII Nurse. Admission is free but a donation to the Geneva Historical Society is always appreciated.  Light refreshments provided.  Bring bug spray and also a flashlight to assist you on the return to your car. The Geneva Cemetery is located at the end of Cemetery Rd., off 1st Street in Geneva.  No need to sign up -  just come.

November 7, Monday – The Regular Meeting of the Geneva Citizens Association will be at 7 PM in the Community Center, 161 First Street, Geneva. We will discuss the granite military monument that is to be installed near our flagpole and will ask your input on a presenter’s topic for the program for our Annual Meeting on February 6, 2017.  At this November meeting we hope to have an attorney, a Geneva Citizens Association member, available to answer your questions about commercial, property, title or construction litigation. Our newly elected Seminole County School Board member, Abby Sanchez, also would like to introduce herself to our Geneva community. Refreshments will be served.

 November 13 & 27 (2nd & 4th Sundays) –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. 

November 19, Saturday -  Ms. Taryn Sudol, Florida Friendly Landscape Agent of the Seminole County Cooperative Extension will be presenting “Right Plant, Right Place” - all the information you need to make the garden or yard you’ve been dreaming about.  It will be held at the Rural Heritage Center & WalkingTree Folk School 10l East Main Street, Geneva from 9:30 - 11:00 AM. Preregistration is preferred. Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult. Download Registration Form: http://www.ruralheritagecenter.net.  More info: 407-314-1314, ruralheritagevp@gmail.com.  

November 19 (every 3rd Sat.) Geneva Farmer’s Market - Join us in the Village of Geneva every 3rd Saturday from 9 AM to 2 PM in the Rural Heritage Center & Folk School, 1st and Main. It is always wonderful to spend time with old friends and enjoy some old-fashioned items that quaint village life has to offer! Visit our Facebook page: Geneva Heritage Farmers Market for updates. More info:  Trish - 407-733-7514. 

November 19 (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.  Hamburger, hotdog, or sausage meals start at 6:00 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 7th, 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 and the class size is limited so sign up now.  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 very type of jute twine favored by the Florida pioneer are all the materials needed. All materials will be provided and are included in the tuition cost. Dress for the weather, we go rain or shine. Bring along stout shoes and maybe a pair of gloves. Sign up by contacting instructor ,Bob Putnam, noizmanbob@aol.com or 407-366-9603.   

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