Geneva Email News*

November/December 2014  

Notes of Geneva Interest:

Contact & Information on Geneva's parks, churches, cemeteries, organizations for youth/ adults, places to hold events, etc., can always be found at  http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva/geneva_organizations.htm  

The Geneva Business of the Month is Mark Male Horseshoeing. Besides regular horseshoeing, Mark  is a specialist in therapeutic shoeing.  He is located at 680 Coffee Trail in Geneva, 4070-579-9916, markmaleshoeing@gmail.com.

Geneva Elementary School is still collecting Box Tops for Education and Can Tab Tops. They have won $500 many years now by winning one contest.  Thank you for your support.  Take any that you have to the school or give to a child to take in.

Our Geneva Little Free Library is almost two years old now and is open for you to "take a book, leave a book". It is located under the big sycamore tree at the corner of 1st & Main Street by the historic brick school - the Rural Heritage Center. Take some books to read, then the next time return some for others to read. There are kid and adult books! Maintained by the Geneva Village Homemakers.

 Events

October 31, Friday - Kids are you ready for the Focal Point Landscape Nursery & Supplies' Halloween 5th Annual Trunk or Treat?  This fun event is for costumed kids, from 5:30 PM to 8:30ish.  They will "Trunk or Treat" for candy.  If you would like to participate this year as a "Trunker" (one who decorates and passes out candy from their vehicle), please register your vehicle TODAY!  Contact liz@focalpointlandscape.com or 407-349-2200. A fun trick or treat for kids!  

November 1 -  (to as long as they last) - The Pumpkin Patch is still open at the Geneva Methodist Church. The pumpkins are Florida grown and will be there as long as they last!  Pay by the honor system with a box for money.     

November 1, Saturday -  Geocaching 101 - FREE -  A Beginner-level Course on Geocaching at the Ed Yarborough Nature Center, CR 426, within the Geneva Wilderness Area from 9:00 AM to noon.   Ages: 10 and up. Young & old alike can enjoy this modern-day game of “hide and seek” using GPS coordinates for clues. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Learn about Geocaching and then go out and find special “caches” that have been placed on the property just for our class!  (There are over 20 geocaches hidden just in the Geneva area!) Only 20 spaces available, so call to register NOW 407-349-0959.  

November 1, Saturday - Here's one for the rural area: The 5th Annual Seminole County Gardening Expo will take place at the County Extension Office at 250 County Home Rd., in Sanford.  There will be an Organic Vegetable Garden Demo, "How To" Clinics, and Kid's Activity Area.  Gardening items also for sale.  Guest presenters are Tom McCubbin (radio/TV personality) & Robert Bowden (Leu Gardens).  Time is 9:30 - 3:00.  For info: 407-665-5550 or www.seminolecountymastergardeners.org.  

November 1, Saturday - Don’t miss this tradition - the Geneva Cemetery Tour: Lanternlight  Under A Waning Moon.  This, the fifth tour, begins promptly at 6:30 PM and will last a little over an hour.  Follow your Lantern Leader through the Geneva Cemetery to the final resting places of some of Geneva’s long-departed citizens.  This year, those you will personally meet are E.T. Summersill, Alice Coffee Guyton, Patience Caroline Powell, W.B. Heath, and Bertha Lindsey.  Admission is free but a donation to the Geneva Historical Society is always appreciated.  Light refreshments provided.  Bring a flashlight to assist you on your return to your car at the end and, as usual, some bug spray. The cemetery is located at the end of Cemetery Rd., off 1st Street in Geneva.  You do not need to sign up -  just come.  

November 2, (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 individual help.  $5 for expenses.  Questions, call Mary Jo - GenevaHGS@aol.com, 407-349-5697.   

November 2, (every 1st Sun.) - Story Group - 1 to 3 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main. Every person has a story. This group is for anyone who has a story to tell, but needs techniques to hold interest and meaning. This group is intended for poets, songwriters, short story and novel authors. Genealogists, who have a story to give to the next generations, will find this group informative. There is no charge for this group, but a donation to cover room rental is appreciated.  Questions, call 321-283-6895.  

November 2, (every Sun.) - You are invited to come watch the participants of the Waltz Lessons in choreographed ballroom dancing (aka round dancing).  Come enjoy seeing the dancers from 2:30 - 4:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main Street, and see if you might like to come when new lessons for couples begin.  No experience is required and the $5 cost per couple is donated to the Rural Heritage Center. Check out the links below to see a sample of a Waltz and a Rumba danced 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  

November 2, (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.  

November 2, (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.   

November 2, (every other Sun.) - The Geneva Men For Christ at the First Baptist Church of Geneva meets every other Sunday from 6:30 - 7:30 PM at the Church.  All men invited.   

November  3, Monday - Time to Sign up for Winter Break Eco Adventure Camp which will take place December 29th thru January 5th (no camp on 1/1/15) at the Ed Yarborough Nature Center,  3485 N. County Road 426, Geneva.  Cost: $132 /wk - Extended day: $15/wk.  Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Extended Day: 7:30 AM -5:30 PM) Application and info: at: http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/parksrec/naturallands/index.aspx. Scholarships available through: Seminole County: 407-665-2170 OR Audubon Society: 407-797-4636 or seminoleaudubon@gmail.com.  

November 3, Monday -  The Regular Business Meeting of the Geneva Citizens Association will be at 7 PM at the Geneva Community Center, First Street.  The guest speaker will be Mr. Lee Constantine, Seminole County Commissioner for District 3.  After his comments, as time permits, we will have a Question and Answer Session. We also hope to have the latest schedule and planned updates for the repaving of CR 426 from SR46 to downtown Oviedo and a report on the July 4, 2014 parade.  Refreshments afterwards.

November 4, Tuesday - Election Day - Geneva folks vote at the First Baptist Church on First Street in the fellowship hall. Vote! "Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves; and the only way they could do this is by not voting."  Franklin Roosevelt.  

November 4 & 7 (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.    

November 5 & 7 (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.  

November 5 & 8 (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.  

November 5 (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!  

November 5, (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.  The R.E.A.L Youth (7th - 12th graders) is every Wednesday Night from  6:00–8:00 PM.   

November 6 (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.  

November 8, Saturday - An invitation to Geneva riders.  Bring Your Own Horse Trail Ride! 8 A.M,  $75. A three-hour trail ride through the swamps, forests, sloughs and creeks of the amazing Forever Florida preserve. Spend the morning enjoying the scenery, wildflowers and wildlife and serenity of a cool Florida morning on your favorite steed. Riders (and horses) should arrive by 7:30 a.m. Must have proof of a negative Coggins test. No studs allowed. Your participation will benefit the Allen Broussard Conservancy. 4755 North Kenansville Road, Saint Cloud, Florida 34773 | 407.957.9794, foreverflorida.com/promotions.  

November 9 & 23, (every 2nd & 4th Sun.) - The Museum of Geneva History is open 2:00 - 4:00 PM OR by appointment - 407-349-5697.  It is at 165 1st Street, (next door to the Geneva Community Center).  Admission free.  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.   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.  (See Nov. 16th below - Style Show begins our 1950s, 60s, 70s fashion exhibit.)  

November 12, (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 like to 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. Working women are welcome to join and participate in evening or weekend happenings.  Questions - contact Robin at 407-349-0040 or skibtdrvr@aol.com.  

​​​November 12, Wednesday - Geneva Spirit Night at Macaroni Grill. Buy your dinner, mention Geneva Elementary, and Macaroni Grill (Redbug Road) will donate 10% of the check back to the Geneva Elementary School. Enjoy your dinner and help the school!  

November 13, Thursday - The Seminole County Historical Society is having a panel discussion on Florida's Cattle Industry, especially in Seminole County.  On the panel will be our own Imogene Yarborough who runs Yarborough Ranches on Snow Hill; Cecil Tucker who served as SC Extension Agent many years; and Jim Robison who wrote the Seminole County Centennial History and also the history column for the Orlando Sentinel for years.  It will be at 6:30 PM in the Agricultural Building behind the Museum of Seminole County History on County Home Rd in Sanford.    

November 15, (every 3rd Sat.)  The new Geneva Heritage Farmers Market is held at the Rural Heritage Center from 8 AM to 1 PM.  Please help us get the word out by telling all your friends and neighbors! 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.  

November 15, (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 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.  

November 16, Sunday - Bring your friends and daughters for the opening of our newest Museum exhibit an "Acoustic Attire Style Show - - Fashion / Music of the 1950's, 60's, and 70's". The Museum of Geneva History exhibit will open with a real live style show of 50s, 60s, and 70s fashions.  The show will be held next door to the Museum in the Geneva Community Center and will be complete with music of the era. "Acoustic Attire" is the last display of our Decades of Fashion Design exhibition which has run through 2014. You may come as you are or feel free to join the affair by dressing in the style of any of the three decades.  What fun!   Besides fashions and music, there will be photos and toys of the era in the museum.  The time is 2:30 to 4:30 PM with the Style Show starting at 2:30. The Community Center is located at 161 1st Street in Geneva and the Museum at 165 1st Street.  Free, but donations for Museum are appreciated.  After the opening day, the display will be in the Museum through the end of January, 2015  

November 29, (last Sat. each month) - Community Church of God Men's Fellowship Breakfast Group meets at Geneva General at 8:00 AM.  All Geneva men are invited. Come join us.  Rick Hughes, 407-461-7066 genevafoodpantry@gmail.com  

December  

December 6, Saturday - Mrs. Claus Arrives at the Rural Heritage Center again this year - 101 E Main St, from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.  Come for an evening of family fun - decorate cookies, Christmas crafts, letters to Santa, choose a book, and other fun happenings.  Free and open to all children.  

December 14 & 28, (every 2nd & 4th Sun.) - The Museum of Geneva History will be open from 2:00 to 4:00 PM OR by appointment - 407-349-5697. It is located at 165 1st Street.  Admission is free.  Ongoing displays are local archeology finds, an old-fashioned kitchen & bedroom, pioneer crafts, mercantile, family genealogy records, Civil War display, old toys & musical instruments, an FEC Railway display, Violano and Edison cylinder phonograph, etc. We have Geneva genealogy records on file.  Also Geneva t-shirts & hoodies, historic prints, history & photo books, historic walking/driving tour, etc. for sale. (See Nov. 16 below for Style Show opening of next exhibit, 1950s, 60s, 70s.) Check out Geneva's history at http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva.  

December 19 - January 5 - Winter break!  No School for Seminole County schools.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.  

December 20, Saturday - Need some neat Geneva Christmas gifts?  The Geneva Historical Society will be having its annual Historical Society Post Office Sale.  We will be selling Geneva T-shirts S-XXL, Geneva hoodies, books on the history of Geneva, photo books, new book on the story of Geneva's Lincoln Conspiracy Connection, old-fashioned stocking stuffer toys, pen & ink or watercolor Geneva historic prints, etc. We will be under the tree at the Geneva Post Office from 9:00 to 11:00 AM.  Get those last minute gifts for your Geneva loved ones.  

December 20, (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.  (There will be some good old Christmas music, too.) 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.  

December 29 - January 5 - Winter Break Eco Adventure Camp which will take place  at the Ed Yarborough Nature Center,  3485 N. County Road 426, Geneva.  (no camp on Jan.1.)  Cost: $132 /wk - Extended day: $15/wk.  Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Extended Day: 7:30 AM -5:30 PM) (No camp on 1/1/15.) Application and info: at: www.seminolecountyfl.gov/parksrec/naturallands/index.aspx. Scholarships available through Seminole County: 407-665-2170 OR Audubon Society: 407-797-4636 or seminoleaudubon@gmail.com.  

January Preview  

January 1, Thursday - Another year is on its way! Make plans now to join your Geneva neighbors for the 5th Annual Peas & Plenty New Year's Day Meal at the Geneva Community Center on First St. It's a fun meet-your-neighbors time! The good luck meal will run from 11 AM to 2 PM. Barbecued pork, chicken, sandwich rolls and beverages will be provided. Bring a family-favorite side dish, and begin your New Year enjoying food, fun and fellowship. Call or email Wanda (407-519-8838, wanda_currie@yahoo.com) or Cindy (407-312-2204, tacybell@earthlink.net) with any questions. 

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