Geneva Email News*

June - 2016 

First A Few Notes of Geneva Interest:

Greater Geneva Grande Award Marching Band - If you play a band instrument and can walk two blocks, consider being in the GGGAMB band that annually gets their music ahead of time, gathers together to practice the morning of the parade and then has a blast entertaining the crowd in the parade and at the festival afterwards. All ages welcome - from students to retirees. Music and further information can be found by contacting Liz Kelsey, lizakelsey@gmail.com, or going to www.facebook.com/groups/813132718697339/  Everyone loves hearing this fun band and watching the awesome director!

Our Geneva Business of the Month is Meadow Pointe Alpacas. The farm is located at 355 E. Main St. & is home to over 35 amazing animals in a variety of natural colors. Alpacas are fiber producing animals raised for their soft and luxurious fiber. We specialize in the sale of alpacas, breedings to our elite herdsires & boarding.  We sell raw fiber, roving, yarns, garments & rugs. Contact us to learn everything you need to know about alpacas: website - www.MeadowPointeAlpacas.com or Kathy, 321-288-4073.

 

In case you haven’t seen it, Geneva has a Little Free Library at the corner of 1st and Main, under the sycamore tree by the historic brick school (Rural Heritage Center & Folk Center).  The top shelf has adult books and the bottom shelf has kid’s books.  Come and take a book &  then leave a book, always free. Keep those kids reading during the summer and bring their old books for others to read! It was built and is maintained by the Geneva Village Homemakers. 

Geneva History Tidbit –There is an 8.6-acre narrow strip of land along the St. Johns River, bordering the Lake Harney Wilderness Area, that remains in the Yarborough Family Trust. This parcel of land is historic in that it was "voting land" for Kate Flynt Kilbee and Laura Jacobs Kilbee.  Even after the passing of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote in 1920, some states and localities did not permit women to vote unless they owned land. These 2 ladies in early Geneva ranching families snapped a pretty powerful whip, therefore this land was deeded to them in order to allow them to vote. Mal Martin 

It’s time for Geneva to have a Permanent Military Monument to honor the service & sacrifice of our men & women who serve(d) in the Armed Forces to be erected in the vicinity of the current Honor Roll Board now in front of the Comm. Ctr.  The goal is to raise the $3000 by Labor Day so the monument can be dedicated on Veteran’s Day in November.  Donations of every size –- individuals, companies & organizations - are welcome!  Info: Tracey Stebbins, 407-314-0115.

 

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 www.ruralheritagecenter.net/

- "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.  

June Events 

(Events written in blue ink are newly added eventsEvents in black ink are those which take place every week or every month.)

June 1 (all summer).  Geneva Elementary School will be open for Registration of New Students Monday thru Thursday from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  School is closed on Fridays during June & July.

June 1 (every Wed.) The R.E.A.L. Youth meet at the First Baptist Church of Geneva every Wednesday evening. They are 7th thru 12th graders.  R.E.A.L. Youth is on Wednesdays at 6:00 until Centershot begins on June 15 and then they will participate in the archery. (See June 15 below.) 

June 1 & 3 (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.

June 1 & 4 (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. 

June 2 (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. 

June 2 (every Thurs.) – Need computer help? There is a new Computer Clinic that will be open from 2 to 5 PM at the Rural Heritage Center & Folk School, 1st & 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).  

June 2 (every Thurs.) – The Young Adult Bible Study meets in the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church of Geneva at 7:00 PM.  All young adults welcome.

June 2 (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.  

June 3 (every 1st Friday) - There is a Prayer Vigil for Seminole County Law Enforcement Agencies / Seminole County Sheriff Deputies that occurs the first Friday of each month at 12:15 PM, 1225 E. Broadway, Oviedo, Florida.

June 4, Saturday - Geneva Cub Scout Pack 765 is going Bowling.  They have other fun activities planned over the summer - skating on July 30th, and a Pack Picnic on August 13.  Boys entering Grades 1 - 5 in August can join now and earn their Summertime Activity Pin!  Email genevapack765@gmail.com for more information on the activities and how to join. 

June 5 (1st Sun. of month) - 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.  

June 5 (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 & Folk School, 101 E. Main St, Geneva. Our club dances every Sunday from 4:30-6:30. More info: email mikelinde@bellsouth.net. Stop by any Sunday afternoon and see how much fun square dancing can be.

June 5 (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.

June 6 (every Mon.) - Cub Scout Pack 837 meets every Monday night 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. The desire is to make this age old, time-proven program, available to even more families in Geneva. It is for boys entering 1st through 5th grade or ages 7–10. If you have questions, contact Randy Deavers at 407-718-9584, pack837gemeva@gmail.com.

June 6 – July 29 - Summer Break is almost here!  If you are looking for a fun, safe place for your child to go over the summer, join us at Eco Camp!!!   There is a different theme each week. Your children will have fun fishing, hiking, setting traps, learning about the animals in the Nature Center, playing games, art & crafts, and more!!!  Scholarships available.  Call 407-349-0959 for scholarship or general information.  Registration Form  -  Parent Handbook  -  Brochure.

June 6 – August 5PAL Summer Day Camp will be held at the Youth Services Prevention & Enforcement Center, 1151 E. 28th Street, Sanford.  The PAL Summer Day Camp will be in session for 9 weeks at the weekly cost of $100.00 per child (lower rate for additional children). This fee includes ALL weekly field trips (bowling, movies, RDV ice skating, Chuck E. Cheese, the Central Florida Zoo, miniature golf, etc.) with the EXCEPTION of a few special trips such as Disney Water parks, etc. There is a $70.00 NON-REFUNDABLE registration fee per child covering administrative costs, a camp T-shirt, transportation costs, and insurance costs.  More info / registration: www.seminolecountypal.org/

June 6-10, Mon.- Fri. – The First Baptist Church of Geneva Vacation Bible School runs from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM for a week with the theme of “Submerged: Finding Truth Below the Surface”.  VBS is for children pre-Kindergarten thru grade 6. Registration forms can be downloaded from fbcgeneva.com.   

June 7 (every Tues.) - Geneva Boy Scout Troop 837 meets at the NW corner of 1st & Main in the old Baptist Church building (320 1st 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. Questions: contact Scoutmaster Randy Deavers 407-718-9584, troop837geneva@gmail.com  

June 7 & 10 (every Tues. & Fri.)  The Geneva Trailblazer AA group (Alcoholics Anonymous) 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.  On Friday, they meet at 7:00 PM - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions.   For more information, go to www.cflintergroup.org/meetingguide.html.  

June 8 (every 2nd Wed. except July) - 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 give service to our community, have a good time, and go on local trips.  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.

June 9 & 23 (every 2nd & 4th Thurs.) The Rural Heritage Center & Folk School, 101 E. Main, Geneva, is open the second and fourth Thursdays of every month for Game Days. Individuals and groups are welcome from 10 AM to 3 PM to have refreshments and play their favorite games with their friends & neighbors. There is a $3 entrance fee to help cover expenses. Cards and dominoes are available. Other games should be brought by those who come to play. Hope to see you there. For more information, email ruralheritagecenter@gmail.com.

June 11, Saturday - The next July 4th Planning Meeting will be at the Rural Heritage Center @ 8:30 AM. The theme this year is “Hometown Heroes”. The Geneva Citizens Association will be the sponsor of our Annual Geneva Parade while the Rural Heritage Center and Folk School will sponsor the Festival following the parade. Please join us to make new friends and have fun while helping to carry on a time-honored Geneva tradition.  Questions: Richard Creedon 407-349-1266, rtcreedon@netzero.net.  

June 12 & 19 (every 2nd and 4th Sunday)- 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.  Displays include local archeology finds, pioneer crafts, mercantile, musical instruments, etc.   We also have Geneva T-shirts/hoodies, prints, history books, and the new Historic Walking/Driving Tour for sale.  Check out Geneva's history at www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva

June 14 (every 2nd Tues. except July) – 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 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.

June 15-August 3, Wednesdays -  The First Baptist Church of Geneva has its Centershot Archery Ministry for ages 5 and up every Wednesday.  Free pizza will be served at 5:30, and shooting will begin at 6:00. Registration forms can be downloaded from fbcgeneva.com. 

June 18 (every 3rd Sat.) The Geneva Farmer’s Market runs from 8:00 AM -1:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center & Folk School, next to Geneva Elementary.It is now inside, so it is open rain or shine! It is always wonderful to spend time with old friends and enjoy some old-fashioned things that our quaint village life has to offer! Visit our Facebook Page: Geneva Heritage Farmers Market for updates.  If you need information, contact Trish at 407-733-7514.

June 18, Saturday - Frog Hop Hike. Join Natural Lands staff and volunteers for a guided evening hike on one of our most beautiful wilderness areas. Experience the trails and learn about the amazing animals that come out at night.  7:30-9:30 PM at the Geneva Wilderness Area, CR426.  $3 per person. Pre-registration is required, space is limited.  Children must be at least 7 years of age and accompanied by an adult.  Register at any active park (Sylvan Lake Park, Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park) or call and see if you can register at Geneva Wilderness Area.  407-349-0959.  

June 18 (every 3rd Sat.) - Come for a free evening of old-time music with “jammers” from ages 12 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. If you play an acoustic instrument, find a chair up front early and join us.  Due to summer vacations and lower summer attendance of pickers and listeners, there will be a change for June, July & August. Music will still start at 6:30 PM for the jammers and to give a rest to the cooking, kitchen, and set-up staff, there will be only desserts and drinks.  Listeners set up chairs wherever they wish to enjoy the music. A 50/50 raffle is held where the winner gets half the pot goes to the upkeep of the Community Center.  Info: 407-349-5271. 

June 25, Saturday - The last July 4th Planning Meeting will be at the Rural Heritage Center @ 8:30 AM. The theme this year is “Hometown Heroes”. The Geneva Citizens Association will be the sponsor of our Annual Geneva Parade while the Rural Heritage Center and Folk School will sponsor the Festival following the parade. Please join us to make new friends and have fun while helping to carry on a time-honored Geneva tradition.  Questions: Richard Creedon 407-349-1266, rtcreedon@netzero.net.   

June 25 (last Sat. of month) – The Community Church of God Men's Fellowship Breakfast Group meets at the Colonial Room Restaurant in Sanford at 8:00 AM.  All Geneva men are invited to join the group.  Rick Hughes, 407-461-7066, genevafoodpantry@gmail.com. 

July Preview

July 4, Monday – “Hometown Heroes” – Independence Day Schedule

8:30 AMPre-Parade Vendors & Music will be ready for your pleasure at the Rural Heritage Center & Folk School, 1st & Main and Antique Vehicles can also be viewed in the school parking lot.  Restrooms and water fountains open in the Rural Heritage Center.   

9:30 AM sharp – Parade Line-up - All floats, bicycles, etc. participating in the parade should be in the Geneva Baptist Church Parking lot for the Parade Line-up and Judging.  Enter at the Main Street entrance. You must Register your float to win a prize. (Float registration form - www.123contactform.com/form-1500248/2016-4th-Of-July-Parade-Registration.)  Info: Dorothy.Hardee@gmail.com.

Antique cars line up in the Elementary School's front parking lot.

Horses line up behind the Baptist Church in gate off Main St. (Negative Coggins certificate required.) 

10:00 AM – The Parade - "Hometown Heroes" - the only parade in Central Florida on the 4th of July. Good viewing of the parade from Avenue C, 2nd Street, Pine Street, & 1st St.  (Note: The Parade direction will be reversed this year to head north from the First Baptist Church - counter-clockwise direction, down 1st and left to Ave. C, etc. This is for several reasons including safety from the Sheriff's Dept.)  The Antique Vehicle Parade will start at 10:00 AM.  The Antique Plane Flyover takes place towards the beginning of parade.  After the Antique Vehicles have completed the parade route, the Traditional Parade will start with floats, band, bicycles, horses, etc.  The parade is guaranteed to give you that small-town Americana feeling. 

11:15 AM – The Festival begins at the Rural Heritage Center & Folk School, 1st and Main: flag ceremony, invocation, music, cake-walk, booths, kid’s activities, 50/50 raffle, etc.  Fun for everyone!  Antique cars will be in the school front parking lot for viewing. 

July 10 & 24 (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.   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.

July 16 (every 3rd Sat.) Geneva Farmer’s Market - Join us in the Village of Geneva, every 3rd Saturday, from 8 to 1, in the Rural Heritage Center & Folk School, 1st and Main, for the Geneva Farmers Market. It is inside so rain or shine! It is always wonderful to spend time with old friends and enjoy some old- fashioned things that quaint village life has to offer! Visit our Facebook page: Geneva Heritage Farmers Market for updates. More info:  Trish - 407-733-7514.

July 16 (every 3rd Sat.) - Come for a free evening of old-time music with “jammers” from ages 12 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. If you play an acoustic instrument, find a chair up front early and join us.  Due to summer vacations and lower summer attendance of pickers and listeners, there will be a change for June, July & August. Music will still start at 6:30 PM for the jammers and to give a rest to the cooking, kitchen, and set-up staff, there will be only desserts and drinks.  Listeners set up their chairs from wherever they wish to enjoy the music. A 50/50 raffle is held where the winner gets half the pot goes to the upkeep of the Community Center.  Info: 407-349-5271. 

July 31, Sunday – Geneva Cub Scout Pack 837 is having a Summer Picnic for all boys, entering 1st through 5th grade or ages 7–10.  There will be free food in the “Geneva Scout Building,” 320 First Street, at 1:00 PM.  Geneva’s Cub Scout Pack for more than 30 years. Come see what Cub Scouting is all about. For more info. contact 407-718-9584, pack837geneva@gmail.com.    

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