Geneva Email News*

September / October 2015 

Notes of Geneva Interest:

Hurricane Preparedness - Seminole County is opening sandbag operations this afternoon at Soldiers Creek Park located at 2400 S.R. 419 in Longwood.  Hours of operations are on Saturday from 8:00 Am to 4:00 PM  Residents must bring a shovel and fill bags on site.   Also find other County Preparedness Info at http://www.prepareseminole.com/prepare/.  If you or your family has “special needs” (need power, transportation, etc.) remember to register with the County.     

Our Geneva Business of the Month is Absolute Pro Solutions, Luis Benitez & Anthony Sargent, 180 E. SR 46, Geneva,407-519-4965, absoluteprosolutions@gmail.com. Whether you need 3 dimensional signs, indoor signs or vehicle wraps, building signs, window signs, doors, floor signs and more, we cover it all. Combining our passion for visual imagery with a dedication to quality and attention to detail we strive to bring you the best sign with the most impact. 

See October 24 below about the Fright Hike at the Geneva Wilderness Area.  Lori of the Geneva Natural Lands Program says they need scary people that would like to help at one of the “stations” where they would help scare people as they hike down the trail. If you or some of your group would like to help, please call Lori at (407) 349-0959. 

Florida History Tidbit – Charlie Stewart was a naturalized citizen from the British West Indies and the Stewart family was the first black family in Geneva.  Charlie, a carpenter, owned much of what is now called “downtown Geneva” and was known as a generous man as he donated the land for the New Bethel AME Church on Cochran Rd and also for the Stewart Memorial Grounds Cemetery on Little Fawn Lane in Geneva.    

The Geneva Little Free Library is open for everyone to "take a book(s), 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! Erected & maintained by the Geneva Village Homemakers.  

Geneva Links: 

-  List and 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 Sheriff's Dept. - http://www.seminolesheriff.org 

Events     

September 1, 2, 3, 4 - The Rural Heritage Folk School has one opening left in its Mountain Dulcimer-Making Class. You will have a complete, playable dulcimer by the end of the class. Instrument-making classes are limited to 5 students, so you will have individual instruction. Class meets at 9:00 AM and will meet eight hours each day. (If you work and are not able to attend four days straight, the class will meet for four consecutive Saturdays also.) The tuition for the class is $275. Half of the tuition, $138, must be paid by August 31 to reserve a place in the class. To register, send an email with information on how to contact you to the Folk School ruralheritagefolkschool@gmail.com.   

September 1, Tuesday – Geneva Elementary School is having Curriculum Night for grades 2 & 3 from 6-7 PM at the school.  Come see what your children will be studying and how you can best help them.   

September 1, (every Tues.) - A Ladies’ Tuesday Night Bible Study begins September 1st from 6:30-8:30 PM at the First Baptist Church of Geneva.  Join the ladies for “Breath” by Beth Moore, a 6 week Bible Study on the Holy Spirit.  Books are available for $12.  And don’t forget to bring your bibles! 

September 1 (every Tues.) - Geneva Boy Scout Troop 837 meets at the Geneva First Baptist Church in the old Sanctuary on the NW corner of 1st and Main, 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. 

September 1 & 4 (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.   

September 2 & 4 (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.

September 2 & 5 (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 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. 

 September 2 (1st Wed. of ea. month) - Come to Wednesday Night Dinner at the Methodist Church.  There is delicious home-cooked food, open to the entire community.  Dinner, dessert and drink for $5.00.  The supper  runs from 5:30 - 6:30 PM at the Geneva Methodist Church in the fellowship hall (carry-out available).                         

September 2 (every Wed.)  - R.E.A.L. Youth meets at the First Baptist Church of Geneva every Wednesday evening.  The R.E.A.L Youth are 7th - 12th graders and meet  from 6:00–8:00 PM. 

September 3 (every Thurs.) - The First United Methodist Church of Geneva has its 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- 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.  

September 3, Thursday – Come to Geneva Elementary School’s Curriculum Night for Grades 4 & 5 from 6-7 PM at the school. It is important to know what your children will be studying and how you can best help them.   

September 3, 10, 17, Thursdays - The Rural Heritage Folk School is offering a Calligraphy Course which will consist of three 1˝ hour sessions from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main St., Geneva.  The tuition for this course is $50 and the deadline for registration is August 31. To register, please pay at least $25 & make check payable to the Rural Heritage Center, mailing to the Rural Heritage Center, PO Box 847, Geneva FL 32732.  Questions: email ruralheritagefolkschool@gmail.com.   

September 6 (1st Sun. of each month) - 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 own dulcimer and have fun with us learning 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.   

September 6 (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 St, 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. 

September 6 (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.   

September 7, 8, 12, 14, & 15 – The first pottery course of the Rural Heritage Folk School, 101 E Main St., Geneva, is Slab Construction: Vases.  You will learn how to create textured slabs as well as how to mend them together to create three dimensional forms.  The course will be taught by Melanie Columbo, a resident and studio artist of Christmas, FL.  The first 2 days from 9:00 AM to noon will be constructing vases.  The third day at 9:00, will be bisque firing the vase.  On Sept. 12, the vase will be glazed and on Sept. 15, it will be glaze fired.  The tuition for this course is $150 and the deadline for registration is August 31. To register, please send a check for at least $75 to the Rural Heritage Center, PO Box 847, Geneva FL 32732. Questions? email ruralheritagefolkschool@gmail.com. 

September 8, (every 2nd Tues. of month) – The Writer’s Group is for anyone who wants to learn how or likes to write - autobiography, song, poem, play, short story or novel. For the September meeting, we will have a local author, Howard Marsee, as our guest speaker.  Mr. Marsee's first mystery novel, "Write Sorrow on the Bosom of the Earth," was released in November, 2014.  He is an area attorney and former county attorney for Seminole County and will answer questions on writing technique and his latest book.  The meeting is 7 p.m. at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main St., Geneva.  Email Richard Gustin, rgustin@chessie.us with any questions.

September 9, Wednesday – The Awana Kids’ Ministry starts back up at the First Baptist Church of Geneva from 6:30-8:00 PM for all kids from age 3 through the 6th grade.  Come to the Fellowship Hall where pizza is available at 5:45 for a suggested donation of $1/slice and check-in begins at 6:15.

September 9, (every 2nd Wed. of  month) - 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. 

September 10, Thursday -  A speaker is coming to talk about the Sheriff Youth Ranch from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E. Main St.  There will also be a time for questions.  The Youth Ranch is in in Live Oak Florida and the mission is to prevent delinquency and develop lawful, resilient, and productive citizens.  Their vision is: Young men and women who, because of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, are able to face the future with a sense of direction, ability and hope.  Come hear about this necessary and productive organization. 

September 12, Saturday – Furniture/Toy Sale at the First Methodist Church of Geneva from 9:00 to 2:00. All the items are toys, furniture, etc. left from the Church’s Day Care when it closed.  Come to the old Day Care room in the building behind the Church.  There will also be a sale on Oct. 17 for the items that are left. 

September 12, Saturday – There is a Thrift House Special Big Sale from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM on the 12th. Come get some real deals.  It 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, 407-754-7948. 

September  12, Saturday -  Swamp Walk - 8:00 am - 10:00 am  @ Spring Hammock Preserve, 2985 Osprey Trail, Longwood 32750.  Come and learn about a hydric hammock and have fun tromping through the mud!  Make sure to were clothes you don’t mind getting dirty! (long pants, closed-toed shoes required.  We recommend that you bring a towel, something to sit on in your car going home & bug repellant).  Participants must be 7 years or older and children must be accompanied by an adult.  Free in honor of Seminole County Natural Lands 25th Anniversary.  Advanced reservations required.  Call 407-349-0959 to register.

September 12, Saturday - Snakes of Florida - Join a local snake expert as he gives an introduction to and dispels some of the myths about these often misunderstood cold blooded residents! ! Open to ages 7 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  The location is the Ed Yarborough Nature Center, CR 426, Geneva, and time is 9:00 AM-12 Noon.  The cost is $5 per person *Pre-registration is required.  Space is limited! You can register and pay (cash or check) at Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park, or Sylvan Lake Park OR call (407) 349-0959 to see if anyone is in the office to pay at the Yarborough Nature Center here in Geneva. 

September 13 & 27 (every 2nd & 4th Sun.) - The Museum of Geneva History is open 2:00 - 4:00 PM OR by appointment - 407-349-5697, 165 1st St., next to the Community Center, admission free, donations appreciated.  New exhibits: (1) the manned Aircraft Spotting Tower in Geneva during WWII and (2) colorful seed bag material used for dresses, aprons, & curtains during the depression & WWII.  Ongoing displays include local archeology finds, pioneer crafts, old store, family genealogy records, Civil War, toys/musical instruments, FEC Railway, Violano and Edison cylinder phonograph, etc.   We also have Geneva T-shirts/hoodies, prints, history books, and the new historic walking/driving tour for sale.  Check Geneva's history at http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva. You won’t believe Geneva’s great museum! 

September 19 (every 3rd Sat.)  The Geneva Heritage Farmer's Market is at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main, 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, beekeeping, soap making - your family can learn skills together.  10'X10' spots to rent, contact Trish Deer: 407-733-7514, thelogcabinmama@gmail.com.

September 19 (every 3rd Sat.) - Come for a free evening of old-time music with “jammers” from ages 11 to 83. There is toe-tapping acoustic, bluegrass, traditional country, and old-fashioned gospel music to enjoy at the Geneva Jam at the Geneva Community Center, 161 1St.  Burgers, sausage, hotdog dinners for sale at modest cost from 6:00 to 7:00 PM (or until the food runs out).  The music starts 6:30 PM 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 where the winner gets half the pot & other half of pot plus food proceeds go to upkeep of the Community Center.  Info: 407-349-5271.  

September 20, Sunday – Beginning in September, Waltz lessons in Choreographed Ballroom Dancing (aka round dancing) will be taught for couples from 3:00 - 4:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main Street.  Choreographed Ballroom Dancing is an excellent source of physical and mental exercise and no experience is required. 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. Waltz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhQrt6PQJbY   Rumba: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DER_Y2sPFzU&feature=youtube_gdata&noredirect=1. You can also visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChoreographedBallroomDancinginGeneva32732?ref=hl

September 21, 22, 26, 28, & 29 - The second pottery course of the Rural Heritage Folk School, 101 E Main St., Geneva, is  Hand Building An Animal Jar.  The course will be taught by Melanie Columbo, a resident and studio artist of Christmas, FL.   Hand and tool sculpting techniques are explored to create additive figurative forms in a cohesive jar and lid piece.  Classes are 9:00 to Noon on Sept. 21, 22, & 28, with glazing at 9 AM and 10 AM on Sept. 26 & 29.  The tuition for this course is $150 and the deadline for registration is September 14.  To register, please send a check for at least $75 to the Rural Heritage Center, PO Box 847, Geneva FL 32732. Questions?, email ruralheritagefolkschool@gmail.com. 

September 24, Thursday – Geneva Elementary will be having School Pictures taken today.  Don’t forget to dress nice!     

September 26 (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  

September 26, Saturday - Help celebrate National Public Lands Day by getting outdoors on the trails and join the Natural Lands Program for an Open House and Free Night Hike at the Geneva Wilderness Area, 3485 N. County Road 426, Geneva.  Enjoy getting to know the native animals that live at our Nature Center and explore the trails at night on one of our unique Seminole County Natural Lands properties. The Open House is 6:00-7:00 PM and the Night Hike is 7:00-9:00 PM. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  The cost is FREE, but space is limited!  Call to make a reservation -  407.349.0959. 

October Preview 

October 1 , Thursday – Time to sign up for American Farmstead Hearth Broom Class which will occur on November 7.  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., Geneva, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Bring your own lunch.  The cost is $35 and includes all tools and supplies.  Youngsters 12-17 are accepted if a parent comes along.  Register now as the class size is very limited. Contact Bob Putnam for more information and to register - 407-366-9603, noizmanbob@aol.com. 

October 3, Saturday - Morning Hike @ Black Bear Wilderness Area, 5298 Michigan Ave., Sanford 32771 (limit 15 participants) 8:00am-11:00am  3 hour hike over rough terrain.  Ages 10 years of age and older.  Children must be accompanies by an adult.  Participants must be able to walk on rough terrain for approximately 7.2 miles.  Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water.  Free in honor of Seminole County Natural Lands 25th Anniversary.  Advanced reservations required.  Call 407-349-0959 to register. 

October 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, 13 - The final pottery course of the fall season of the Rural Heritage Folk School, 101 E Main St., Geneva, is Beginning Wheel Throwing to create cups, bowls, and other vessels. Learn the basics of electric wheel throwing. The course will be taught by Melanie Columbo, a resident and studio artist of Christmas, FL.  The first 3 days from 9:00 AM to noon will be wheel throwing.  On the 4th, students will bisque fire their vessels.  On Oct. 12, the vessels will be glazed and on Oct. 13, they will be glaze fired.  The tuition for this course is $150 and the deadline for registration is September 28. To register, please send a check for at least $75 to the Rural Heritage Center, PO Box 847, Geneva FL 32732. Questions? email ruralheritagefolkschool@gmail.com 

October 10, Saturday -  Night Hike, 7:00-9:00 PM at the Lake Harney Wilderness Area, Osceola Fish Camp Rd,  Geneva. Free in honor of Seminole County Natural Lands 25th anniversary.  Children must be at least 7 years of age and accompanied by an adult.   Pre-registration is required by calling (407) 349-0959. 

October 11 & 25 (every 2nd & 4th Sun.) - The Museum of Geneva History is open 2:00 - 4:00 PM OR by appointment - 407-349-5697, 165 1st St., next to the Community Center, admission free, donations appreciated.  New exhibits: (1) the manned Aircraft Spotting Tower in Geneva during WWII and (2) colorful seed bag material used for dresses, aprons, & curtains during the depression & WWII.  Ongoing displays include local archeology finds, pioneer crafts, old store, family genealogy records, Civil War, toys/musical instruments, FEC Railway, Violano and Edison cylinder phonograph, etc.   We also have Geneva T-shirts/hoodies, prints, history books, and the new historic walking/driving tour for sale.  Check Geneva's history at http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva. You won’t believe Geneva’s great museum! 

October 17, Saturday - Community Yard Sale at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 East Main St. Geneva, Fl., from 8 AM - 2 PM. Come shop!!  If you want to rent a space, the cost is $10 for a 10’x10’ space.  All spaces are outside.  You must provide your own tables, chairs and tents and the RHC provides no electricity to the spaces. We will also have our fabulous Farmer’s Market the same day.  We will have hot dogs and drinks for sale and the building will be open for the bathrooms and touring.  Please contact, Deborah Schafer, (407) 792-0758 or email  Rural Heritage Center @gmail.com, for registration information. All booths must be pre-paid prior to event. Please leave message if no answer. 

October 17, (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' X 10' spots left to rent, contact Trish Deer: 407-733-7514, thelogcabinmama@gmail.com.  

October 17, Saturday – Furniture/Toy Sale at the First United Methodist Church of Geneva from 9:00 to 2:00. All the items are toys, furniture, etc. left from the Church’s Day Care when it closed.  Come to the old Day Care room  in the part of the building behind the Church.  This is the same day as the Rural Heritage Center Community Yard Sale.  Just cross the street and shop. 

October 17, Saturday - The Natural Lands folks are offering Geocaching 101, a beginner-level course on geocaching!   Young & old alike can enjoy this modern-day game of “hide and seek” using GPS coordinates for clues.  Find a treasure!  Great family adventures!  The course is from 9:00 AM to Noon at the Geneva Wilderness Area, 3485 N. CR 426, Geneva.  Free in honor of Seminole County Natural Lands 25th anniversary.  There are only 20 spaces available, so call Now to reserve your place! 407-349-0959. (There are many cache’s to be found right around Geneva.) 

October 17, (every 3rd Sat.) - Come for a free evening of old-time music with “jammers” from age 11 to 83. There is toe-tapping acoustic, bluegrass, traditional country, and old-fashioned gospel music to enjoy at the Geneva Jam at the Geneva Community Center, 161 1St.  Burgers, sausage, hotdog dinners for sale at modest cost from 6:00 to 7:00 PM (or until the food runs out).  The music starts 6:30 PM 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 where the winner gets half the pot & other half of pot plus food proceeds go to upkeep of the Community Center.  Info: 407-349-5271.   

October 17, Saturday - Night Hike @ Chuluota Wilderness Area 7:00pm - 9:00 pm.   Children must be at least 7 years of age and accompanied by an adult.   Pre-registration is required by calling (407) 349-0959. Free in honor of Seminole County Natural Lands 25th Anniversary.     

October 24, Saturday  - Fright Hike!!!, Are you afraid of the dark? What about a dark, winding path through the woods? This Halloween brave the Fright Hike, a spooky event at the Geneva Wilderness Area, CR 426, Geneva!  The woods at night are scary enough, but this approx. ˝ mile trail is hidden with spooky sounds and scenes that are sure to give you a fright.  Reward yourself at the end with a stop at the Ed Yarborough Nature Center to enjoy some refreshments & meet some slithering and creepy friends. 7:30-10:00 PM, $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are limited, purchase your tickets now.  You can register and pay (cash or check) at Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park, or Sylvan Lake Park OR call (407) 349-0959 to see if anyone is in the office to pay at the Yarborough Nature Center here in Geneva. 

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