Geneva Email News*

August / September 2015 

Notes of Geneva Interest:

4th of July winners!   Youth: Bike - Laura Darty; 4-Wheeler- Skylar Harrison; Golf Cart - Randy Whitener.  Floats - 1st Place: Community Church of God / Rick Hughes, 2nd Place: Girl Scouts of Citrus Council / Tracey Gustafson; Commercial Float - Hay Mama / Jodi Hoover.  Horses: Best in Show/Most Patriotic - Alexa Sokoly; Best in Show/ Most Creative – Alice Pilch; First Place/ Most Decorated Horse - Jasmine Sanchez; First Place/Best Use of Flag - Regina Fry; First Place/Cutest Rider - Hunter Noland; First Place/Best Costume - Naomi Beyersdorf and Ann Zimmer; Honorable Mentions - Best Costume/Ponies - Haley and Bailey Labrie; Best Costume/Horse - Deborah Baxter.  

Our Geneva Business of the Month is D R and G, Incorporated - your hometown roofer for all your roofing needs.  We do the smallest of repairs to complete re-roofing - each with a workmanship warranty.  Read about us at our website: drandgroofing.com or give us a call and we’ll chat: 407-349-5579. Address:  1260 Saratoga Ln, Geneva, 32732.   

Most people have heard that the Methodist Church’s Thrift House was broken into and trashed last week. Deputies are working on the case and there is a $300 reward for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators. Contact Seminole County Sherriff, 407-665-6600.  The Methodist Church would also like to give a giant THANK YOU to all the people in the community who came to help – those who bagged up all that had to be trashed, washed the dishes and knick-knacks, took loads to the dump, cleaned the rugs, cleaned front walk, brought food and drink for workers (and all done in those pretty blue masks which had to be worn because of the fire extinguisher residue that was sprayed everywhere), etc.  Geneva is known for pitching in when needed. 

Florida History Tidbit – In Florida, as well as many other southern states, convicts were leased to work in turpentine camps for cents per day.  Florida has the distinction of being the only state that leased both male & female and black & white convicts to work in the turpentine industry. For more information on Geneva’s turpentine still and turpentining, see August 21 date below for more information on an upcoming Turpentine Slide Show and Display. 

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! 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         

August 2 (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.   

August 2 (every Sun.) - You are invited to come watch the participants of the Rumba Lessons in choreographed ballroom dancing (aka round dancing) which started in May.  Come enjoy seeing the dancers from 3:00 - 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 in the fall.  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 

August 2 (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. 

August 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.   

August 3, Monday – Geneva folks have been invited to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Career Expo at 100 Bush Boulevard, Sanford.  Full and part-time positions including: deputy sheriffs, detention deputies, 911 operators, child protection investigators, school crossing guards, and correctional facility nurses.  Connect with recruiters, participate in tours/breakout sessions, and learn about internships.  Local basic recruitment academies also there.  Open to public; no reservations needed & professional attire suggested.  For more information on the Expo and hiring requirements: SeminoleSheriff.org or 407-665-6986. 

Aug. 4 (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, 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. 

August 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.   

August 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.

August 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 House 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. 

 August 5 (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).   

August 5 (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. 

August 6 (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.  

August 9 & 23 (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! 

August 11, Tuesday (every 2nd Tues.) – 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.  Come and learn more & meet others who are interested.  The group meets at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main Street, at 7 PM.  Email Richard Gustin, rgustin@chessie.us with any questions.  

August 13, Thursday -  There is a special Kindergartener’s Meet and Greet at Geneva Elementary School.  This day is for Kindergarteners only (and parents of course) from 6:00-7:00 PM.  Come meet your teacher, see your school, and make some new friends.     

August 14, Friday – Time again for all grades of Geneva Elementary, K-5, to Meet Your Teacher from 10:00 AM to - 12 noon.   See your old friends, meet your new teacher, and check out your classroom.   

August 15 (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.

August 15 (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.  

August 17, Monday – is the First Day of School for Seminole County Schools.  Back to the fun of learning!

August 21, Friday - Turpentine Industry – Slide Show and Display.  The Martins of the Geneva Historical Society will show slides and tell about the turpentine industry which was very active in central Florida at one time  There will also be a display of tools and items used in the industry.  From tapping the trees and collecting the sap to distilling the sap into turpentine & rosin, you will learn about the process and many uses of turpentine. Two of Geneva’s churches, New Bethel AME and Oak Grove MB, were founded at the Geneva Still.  Opening with a turpentine worker’s song, you will learn about those strange markings you have seen on trees and those clay pots you have found in your yard.  It will start at 7:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, (historic brick schoolhouse), corner 1st and Main and is free, but donations appreciated to benefit the Geneva Historical Society and the Rural Heritage Center.  

August 29 (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  

August 31, Monday – Geneva Elementary School is having its Curriculum Night for Kindergarten & 1st graders 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 Preview 

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 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 9, Wednesday (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. 

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 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.  

September 19, (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.   

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