Geneva Email News*

February - 2016

First A Few Notes of Geneva Interest:

In case you missed it a while back: Transportation is provided to Seminole County Residents that are 60 years of age or older on a donation basis by the organization - Meals on Wheels, ETC.  The transportation is provided in wheelchair-equipped vans for medical appointments, shopping, and prescription pickup within Seminole County. For more info., contact Mark Taylor at (407) 333-8877, ext. 122.

Our Geneva Business of the Month is the Geneva General Store, 155 W SR 46.  This local gathering spot for Geneva folk has sandwiches, pizza, salads, dinners, and (breakfast until 1:00 PM) - to eat in or carry out.  Geneva General also has bait, firewood, and a small store for essentials like milk, canned goods, beer, etc.  With a pleasant cafe and a quiet patio out back, it is Geneva's perfect resting spot.  Watch for the exciting starting date when live bands will play on the back patio. Info and carry-out, call 407-349-5858.  Managers: Forest Schlueb & Victoria Fairman. Check out their FB page: Facebook.com/GenevaGeneral.  

Florida History Tidbit – Did you know Geneva was on TV in an episode of “E.R.”?  Remember the emergency room show in the 1990’s?  One episode, called “The Middle of Nowhere” was filmed almost entirely in Geneva. It will be shown at the end of the Geneva History Slide Presentation on Feb. 5.  See all about it at February 5 date just below. 

Geneva Links: 

-  Info on Geneva Parks, Cemeteries, Churches, Places to Hold Events/Parties, & Youth/Adult Organizations -  http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva/geneva_organizations.htm.

-  Geneva Historical Society - http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva/

-  Fort Lane Park - http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva/fort_lane_park.htm

-  Rural Heritage Center - http://ruralheritagecenter.net/

- "The Dispatcher" by Seminole County Sheriff's Dept. - http://www.seminolesheriff.org and also Crime Watch Map for crimes in the past month in Geneva area - seminolesheriff.org/administration/SiteData/SiteDocs/CrimeMaps/CompStat%20Part%20I%20Map%20November%202015.pdf  

Events 

NEWEvents written in blue ink are newly added events.  Events in black ink are those which take place every week or month.   

January 31 (usually 1st Sun. of each month) The first Sunday of February room was not free so the Mountain Dulcimer Gathering will meet on Jan. 31 instead of their usual day in Feb. The group will meet at 1:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main St, Geneva.  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.   

February 1, Monday – The Geneva Citizens Association Annual Meeting will be at 7 PM at the Geneva Community Center.  There will be update on CR426 and SR46.  Our guest speaker will be Mr. Rod Dunaye, Geneva Elementary Principal, who will give a "State of Our School" update, including physical and programmatic enhancements as well as his vision for the next 5 years. Tina Calderone may come from School Board.  Musical entertainment will be supplied by Geneva’s Dulcimer Gathering. If you have never heard them play, prepare yourself for a real treat!  We will again have our Mini-Farmers Market featuring Trish Deer's wonderful home-baked breads & local honey products and Bob & Laura Braun's Rest Haven Farm’s wonderful fresh lettuce & herbs. Questions: Richard - 407-349-1266, rtcreedon@netzero.net. 

February 1 (every Mon.) - Cub Scout Pack 837 meets every Monday night at 6:30 PM in the old Baptist Church building on the northwest corner of 1st & Main Sts.  The Geneva Community Church of God proudly remains our charter organization. The desire is to make this age old, time-proven program, available to even more families in Geneva.  If you have any questions, contact Randy Deavers at 407-718-9584.

February 2 (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. Contact is Randy Deavers 407-718-9584.  

February 2 & 5 (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.  Friday, they meet at 7:00 PM - Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions.   For more information, go to www.cflintergroup.org/meetingguide.html. 

 February 2 (every Tues.) The Geneva Men for Christ meet every Tuesday at the First Baptist Church of Geneva at 7:00 PM.  All men welcome. 

February 3 & 5 (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.

February 3 & 6 (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. 

February 3 (1st Wed. of 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).  Come meet your Geneva neighbors.                       

February 3 (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 thru 12th graders and meet from 6:00–8:00 PM. 407-349-5411. 

February 3 (every Wed.) – The Awana Kids’ Ministry meets 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, if desired, at 5:45 for a suggested donation of $1/slice and check-in for AWANA begins at 6:15.  407-349-5411.

February 4 (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.  

February 4 Thursdays - 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.  

 February 4 (every Thurs.) – The Young Adult Bible Study meets in the Fellowship Hall at Geneva First Baptist Church at 7:00 PM.  All young adults welcome. 

February 5 (every Fri.) – A new Tai-Chi class is being held at 10 AM in the Geneva Community Center (green building).  The individual cost is $15/class or $50/month paid in advance.  Couples cost is $85.00/month, paid in advance. The cost of the facility will be split evenly by attendees. Our instructor, with 30 years of experience, is Cliff Black, 352-455-1600. Additional classes can be added if the Friday time is not convenient.  Early classes will focus on breathing, exercising, & relaxation techniques. Neither age nor infirmities should prevent you from participating in this class.  

February 5, Friday – In place of the bus tour this year, the Geneva Historical Society has put together a narrated Geneva History Slide Presentation and the evening will close with the showing of the 1999 TV Episode of “E.R.” (filmed in Geneva).   See and hear about the history of the Geneva area in over 100 photos/maps of the area in days gone by – brick roads, ferries, steamboating, early stores, cattlemen, schools, Osceola sawmill, Geneva’s volunteer fire dept., Geneva & Lincoln conspiracy, the turpentine still, etc.  Then see the “Middle of Nowhere” episode, filmed on Ave C, Cochran Rd, Hart Rd, with scenes at Geneva churches, store, trail, “clinic”, etc.  There is even one part of downtown Oviedo when they “go to town”.   This special event will be held in the Geneva Community Center on First Street at 7:00 PM.  Free but donations appreciated.  

February 6 & 7, Sat./Sun. – There will be a Stephen Seifert Mountain Dulcimer Workshop at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main St, Geneva.  Well-known player/teacher, Stephen Seifert, will have classes Saturday on rhythms, repertoire, and waltzes.  Then on Sunday there will be another 4 sessions for advanced beginner players to intermediate players, ending with an early evening concert at 6:30. For more information, call Sheryl at 321.223.7350 or sherylchapman123@gmail.com.  http://www.stephenseifert.com/  

February 7, Sundays – Rumba Lessons in Ballroom Dancing began in January and end on February 21.  You are welcome to come any Sunday and watch to see if you would like to take the next class that is taught. It is from 3:00 - 4:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main Street, Geneva.  Ballroom Dancing is an excellent source of physical and mental exercise. No experience is required for the lessons. The $5 cost per couple per lesson will be donated to the Rural Heritage Center.  For questions, call 407-349-9255 or email mikelinde@bellsouth.net.

February 7 (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. (See Feb. 28 below for lessons for new people.)  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.

February 7 (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.

February 7 (6 more Sundays) – There is a 12-week bible study at 6:00 PM in the fellowship hall at Geneva First Baptist Church which started in January.  Everyone age 18 and up is invited. Please call the church office if you will need childcare.

February 9 (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 to allow the two groups to focus on works.  Come and learn more & meet others who are interested.  The group meets at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main Street, at 7 PM.  Questions: Richard Gustin, rgustin@chessie.us. 

February 10 (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 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.

February 11, Thursday – The Florida Dept. of Transportation (FDOT) is having a public meeting concerning Improvements to SR 46 at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main, Geneva (historic old school) from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.  The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the project and present the preliminary designs to the public The meeting is an open house beginning at 5:00 PM and staff will be available to discuss the designs and answer the questions.  A brief looping presentation and other information will be available throughout the evening. 

February 11 (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!  If you are interested, call Trish Deer at 407-733-7514.

February 12, Friday – Geneva Elementary School is having its annual Donuts for Dads from 7:30 until 8:30 AM in the School Cafeteria.  If you can, make your child(ren) proud and be there for them! 

February 14 & 28 (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.  Newest exhibits: (1) the manned Geneva Aircraft Spotting Tower during WWII and (2) colorful seed bag material used for dresses, aprons, & curtains during the depression & WWII, and (3) the history and display of Geneva ladies’ handkerchiefs.  Ongoing 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 Geneva's history at http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva.

February 16, Tuesday – The 1st Grade Play will take place at 6:30 PM in the school’s Multi-Purpose Room.  The cutest thing in the world.  Don’t miss it and be early to get a good seat.

February 20 (every 3rd Sat.) Geneva Farmer’s Market - Join us in the Village of Geneva, every 3rd Saturday, from 8 to 1, INSIDE the Rural Heritage Center, next to Geneva Elementary for the Geneva Farmers Market. 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 :-) If you need information, please contact Trish at 407-733-7514.

February 20, Saturday - Sign up for American Farmstead Hearth Broom Class.  These round hearth brooms have pretty woven broom corn stalks extending up the handle a bit but no modern materials, no nylon twine, and no fancy shellac on the handle.  The class will be taught at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main St., Geneva, from 10 AM to 3 PM.  Bring your own lunch.  The cost is $35 and includes all tools and supplies.  Youngsters 12-17 are accepted if a parent comes.  Register now as the class size is limited. Info & Registration: Bob Putnam - 407-366-9603, noizmanbob@aol.com.

February 20 (every 3rd Sat.) - Come for a free evening of old-time music with “jammers” from ages 12 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 the upkeep of the Community Center.  Info: 407-349-5271.  

February 23, Tuesday – The 3rd Grade Parent Night will be at Geneva Elementary School at 6:30 PM.   Come see what your child is doing at school.

February 24, Wednesday – Geneva Elementary School needs new playground equipment; so it is hosting its 2nd annual Mustang Marathon. The kids will do their part and run.  The PTA is now looking for Business Sponsors for T-shirts for students, teachers and staff.  $200 sponsors are listed by a name on the shirts. $300 sponsors will have their logos on the shirts. Deadline to sign up for sponsorship is Feb. 2.  Contact genevafundraising@gmail.com for more information. Please support our school!

February 27, Saturday - The first 7/4/16 Independence Day Planning Meeting will be at the Rural Heritage Center @ 8:30 AM. 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 after the parade. We hope to decide on a theme for our 2016 events. 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.    

February 27 (last Sat. each 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 come join us.  Rick Hughes, 407-461-7066, genevafoodpantry@gmail.com. 

February 28, Sunday - Come Learn to Square Dance.   It is a great way to have fun, exercise, and make new friends.  Lessons will be 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main St. (historic brick school), Geneva. The first two lessons are free.  For more info - call 407-745-4021 or visit www.Brendonsquares.com.  You’ll be so glad you did!  

February 29, Monday – The Geneva Historical Society could use more people to conduct Oral Interviews of folks who remember “Geneva back when”.  Interested?  RICHES is holding an Oral History Workshop at UCF, Colburn Hall, Rm 126.  Attend a free informative session from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. In this session you will receive tips on developing interview questions, learn the steps to take during & after the interview and participate in a mock interview session.  More info/questions, 407-823-0242.  Register at ConductingInterviews2016.eventbrite.com.  (If you would like to help do Oral Interviews for the Geneva Historical Society call the Martins at 407-349-5697.)

March Preview

March 4, Friday – A photo “op” for Geneva.  The Horseless Carriage Club of Florida is coming through Geneva on Friday and will be going down CR 426, 1st Street, Ave C, Hart Rd, and Jungle Rd touring a few stops along the way. There will be 40 to 50 horseless carriages (pre-1927 vehicles) making the tour; so don’t be surprised to see them and have your camera ready!  

March 5, Saturday – 6th Annual Seminole County Gardening Expo – Special invitation to Geneva folk to come from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM to 250 West County Home Road, Sanford (where County Extension Office is located) for an organic vegetable garden demo, how-to clinics, plants & garden products, ask the experts, prizes, food, kid’s gardening area, presentations, and more.  For more information & schedule of events, call 407-665-5550.  Presented by Master Gardeners, IFAS Extension, and Seminole County. 

March 5, Saturday - There is an Owl Class at the Ed Yarborough Nature Center, CR 426, Geneva, from 6:30 - 9:30 PM.  The cost will be $5 per person.  Join the Seminole County Natural Lands Program and the Seminole Audubon Society to learn about owls, the silent hunters of the night!  Dissect your own owl pellet and hike to listen for owls! Open to ages 7 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Pre-registration is required at any active park (Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park or Sylvan Lake Park) or call 407-349-0959 to see if you can register in Geneva.

March 12, Saturday, 9:00 am - Hike the Geneva Historical Trail with the Florida Trail Association. We’ll walk a loop of 5.7 miles through town and around Lake Geneva and see about 18 sites of historical interest including museum, cemetery, churches, schools, stores, and post offices that all played a role in this section of Seminole County over the past 140 years. Meet at the Museum of Geneva History, 165 1st Street, Geneva, FL. We will be working with the Museum to arrange a post hike visit and for those that work up an appetite, we'll head to the Jolly Gator Fish Camp on the beautiful St. Johns River (4650 E SR 46, Geneva) for our final destination.  Info: - Carl Anglesea, (407) 314-1738, carl.anglesea@gmail.com. 

March 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 Geneva Aircraft Spotting Tower during WWII, (2) colorful seed bag material used for dresses, aprons, & curtains during the depression & WWII, and (3) history & display of ladies’ handkerchiefs from Geneva.  Ongoing 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.  Checkout Geneva's interesting history at http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva. 

March 19, Saturday – It’s time for the Rural Heritage Center and Folk School’s Annual Founder’s Day from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, 101 Main Street, Geneva.  There will be Hands-on activities for kids (candle making, weaving, ring toss, etc.); Folk Craft Demos and Vendors (weaving, pottery, spinning, dulcimer making, cast iron cooking, etc.); Geneva Farmers Market; Old tractors and farm equipment; Story-telling; Dancing and music; Food vendors, and Silent Auction. Tickets will be on sale for the Founders Day quilt and if anyone chooses to come in old-fashion dress, they will be eligible for a special drawing.  Come for some old fashioned fun! 

March 19, (every 3rd Sat.) Geneva Farmer’s Market - Join us in the Village of Geneva, every 3rd Saturday, from 8 to 1, INSIDE the Rural Heritage Center, next to Geneva Elementary for the Geneva Farmers Market. 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. If you need information, contact Trish at 407-733-7514. 

March 19. Saturday – The SCCA’s 5th annual Junior Ranch Rodeo will start at 12:00 noon at the Yarborough Ranch Snow Hill Rd. Come see the kid’s teams compete in fun rodeo events. Food and fun for the family! 

March 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.

March 21-25, Mon.-Fri. - School is out for Seminole County Schools.  It is Spring Break. 

March 21-25, Mon-Fri -  The Natural Lands Program is having another Seminole County Spring Break Eco Camp at the Ed Yarborough Nature Center, 3485 N. County Road 426, Geneva.  Campers will have fun hiking, setting traps, fishing, handling the animals in the Nature Center, arts & crafts and many other fun activities!  For children ages 7 to 12. The daily time will be 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (extended day available 7:30am-5:30pm), Cost: $132 (additional $15 for the week for extended day).  For more information, call 407-349-0959 or go to: www.seminolecountyfl.gov/parksrec/naturallands.

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