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July/Aug 2014


Notes of Geneva Interest

Floats for 4th of July Parade:  See the entry form for the floats, bikes, & four-wheelers at the bottom of this Geneva Email News.  You must send in a registration to win an award - by July 3.  The theme this year is "God, Country, Community".  

Greater Geneva Grande Award Marching Band - If you play a band instrument and can walk two blocks with it, be in the band that gets together annually to practice on the morning of the parade and then has a blast in the parade and at the festival afterwards. The band has 50 players and they want 56 this year!  Sign up.  All ages welcome. Music and further information can be found by going to the GGGAMB website > www.gggamb.com. Remember, there are no dues or fees to pay, and you will be ahead by one hot dog, one drink, several pounds sweated away, and some fun memories.  

The Geneva Business of the Month is Molly's Cake Creations.  Molly makes custom cakes for any occasion - any size and any theme. She makes classic and specialty cake flavors with a wide assortment of frostings.  Custom fillings include strawberry, pineapple, raspberry, Bavarian cream, and peanut butter.  407-468-3656.  Mollycakecreations@gmail.com.  You can also find her on Facebook.  YUM!  

New school students - If you have new students to enroll in any grade level at Geneva Elementary, please do so as soon as possible. Once the student count cap is reached in a grade, the district may direct your child to attend another school. We want all Geneva students to stay in Geneva!  Enroll now.  (Office closed July 4th week.)  

The Rural Heritage Center wants to hold a Beginners Computer Class for adults.  If you are interested email RuralHeritageCenter@gmail.com or call 407-792-0758 to secure a spot. The classes will be small for more personal attention.  Dates will be set when a class is filled.  Cost is a mere $25 for 4 hrs.  If there is enough interest, other classes will follow.   

Flash News:  Geneva General is reopening July 1.  

Our Geneva Little Free Library is open and you can "take a book(s), leave a book(s)".  It is located under the big sycamore tree at the corner of 1st & Main Street by our historic brick school - the Rural Heritage Center.  There are kid and adult books!  Read all summer!  Sponsored by  the Geneva Village Homemakers.  

Contacts &  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  


June 29, Sunday - The Mountain Dulcimer Gathering (usually meets at 1:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main St. on the first Sunday of the month).  Due to 4th of July performance, we will meet on June 29th instead of the first Sunday in July.  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.   

July - August  - The Summer Eco Camp Season at the Yarborough Nature Center, Geneva Wilderness Area, CR 426, is for ages 7 to 12, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (extended day available).  The 5-day day camps are $132 per 5-day camp ($15/extended day).  Limited scholarships are available - call Greg Kirby, 407-665-2170 about scholarships.  See all the week session different themes on the Registration Form.  Registration Form can be found online: http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/parksrec/pdf/2014 Summer Adventure Camps  Registration Form.pdf.  For more info, call 407-349-0949.  

July, Geneva Elementary is undergoing several major renovation projects this summer. The office staff will in Monday thru Thursday over the summer (with the exception of the 4th of July week), but they may need to relocate to another location.  Look for directional signs on campus.  

July 2, Wednesdays - Free Square Dance Lessons! Exercise the Fun Way and learn to Square dance!  Square Dancing provides mental and physical exercise and is a great way to socialize.  Come from 8:00 to 10:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center (historic brick school), 101 E. Main St, Geneva.  For more information call or email Mike or Linde at mikelinde@bellsouth.net, 407-349-9255.  

July 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 food for those in need on Wednesdays 9 - 11 AM and Fridays 8 - 10 AM. You can drop off food, toiletries, other necessities during open hours or call the number below for pickup.  Mail tax deductible contributions to the Geneva Inasmuch Community Pantry, PO Box 1164, Geneva, Fl 32732.  For more information or to volunteer, contact Rick Hughes at genevafoodpantry@gmail.com, 407-461-7066.   

July 2 & 5 (every Wed. & Sat.) - The Thrift House is open from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  They have daily specials so please 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 are tax deductible.  Volunteers needed.    For more information contact Stacey at Staceymwpp210@yahoo.com or 407-754-7948.  

July 3, Thursday - Set-up Day for July 4th.  Anyone who would like to help with Setting up for the July 4th Festival at the Rural Heritage Center, please join us at 8:30 AM on Thursday With enough help, we should be finished before 12:00 noon.  We need lots of help, more fun!  Also could use a few extra hands on the morning of July 4th from 7- 9 AM to finish setting up.  

July 3 (every Thurs.) - The First United Methodist Church of Geneva has a 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.  Please tell your neighbors who don't get the Geneva Email News about both of Geneva's Food Pantries.

4th of July, Friday

Schedule of Geneva's Independence Day Parade & Festival

 (See Parade Registration at bottom of this page)  

NOTE: The festival after the Parade is at the Rural Heritage Center (old school) this year

- not at Community Center.  

 9:30 AM - All who are participating in the parade should be in the Geneva Baptist Church Parking lot for the Parade Line-up.  Enter at the Main Street entrance.  You must Register your float to win a prize.  See registration at very bottom of this Geneva Email News.  Antique cars will line up in the school's front parking lot.   Due to school construction this year, the parade horses will line up behind the Baptist Church.  (All horses must have proof of Coggins.)  The Rural Heritage Center, 1st and Main, will be open to the public for restrooms and water fountains.   

10:00 AM - Independence Day Parade - "God, Country, Community" - The only parade in Central Florida actually on the 4th of July.  There will be good viewing of the parade from 1st Street, Pine Street, 2nd Street, and Avenue C.  An antique plane Flyover takes place during the parade.  There will be an antique car show in the school's front parking lot starting at 9 AM. These Antique Vehicles will start off the Parade at 10 AM and then will park in front of the school again for viewing.   After the Antique Vehicles have completed the parade route, the Traditional Parade will start with floats, bicycles, horses, band, etc.  The parade is guaranteed to give you that small-town patriotic feeling in your stomach. 

11:30 AM (after parade) - 4th of July Festival  - After the parade, bring your out-of-town company to the annual hometown Festival at the Rural Heritage Center, 1st & Main - NEW LOCATION!  There will be barbecue, music, kid's games, entertainment, cow pie toss, cake walk*, farrier demonstration, small animal and reptile display, and face painter (inside).  The ever-funny Richard Sloane will emcee the program outside consisting of flag ceremony, band and dulcimer music, and award presentation for the winning floats, bicycles & horses.  There will also be the annual 50/50 raffle where you can win half of the money taken in.  Don't miss it!   All proceeds of the parade and festival go to the Geneva Community Center and the Rural Heritage Center.           

            * Don't know what a Cake Walk is?  The Geneva Village Homemakers have been baking cakes for the old-fashioned Cake Walk at the Festival for years   First, purchase your ticket for $1, then stand on numbered squares which form a large circle on the floor, then walk from number to number as the music plays.  When the music stops whoever is on the winning drawn number wins a homemade cake.  Come inside the ballroom at the RHC (old school) for some family fun!  

July 6 (every Sun.) - If you have been looking for a place to go to have fun and make new friends, consider Square Dancing.  No previous experience is necessary.  The BrenDon Squares dance every Sunday from 4:30 - 6:30 at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main Street, Geneva.  Please contact us today to sign up for our next class. The first lesson is free and each additional lesson is only $5.00/person.  Questions: don@brendonsquares.com or 407-542-3799.  

July 6, Sunday (every Sunday) - Music Lessons / Practice every Sun at 5 PM, followed by Bible Study at 6:00 PM.  Bring your instrument & your voice and join in. Questions - Pastor Leonard O'Donnell 407-474-7847.

July 7, Monday - The Rural Heritage Center at 101 E Main will be holding a class called "Once Upon a Time" from 9 to 11 AM. This is a basic class to learn the elements of a story and their importance. This class is intended for writers, poets, songwriters, grandparents, Sunday School teachers and anyone else who has a story they want someone else to know. The tuition for this class is $40.  Please bring writing materials such as notebook & pen/pencil.  The enrollment deadline is Monday, June 30.  Please contact me at 321-283-6895 or email me at fortchristmasfs@gmail.com. 

July 8 & 11 (every Tues. & Fri.)  There is an open AA group that meets at the Church of the Nazarene, 205 W SR 46, Geneva, on Tuesdays and Fridays at 7:00 PM.  For more information on Alcoholics Anonymous go to www.cflintergroup.org/pdf/meeting/lg_meetingguide.pdf.  

July 13 & 27, (every 2nd & 4th Sun. of month) - 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, next door to the Geneva Community Center.  Admission is free.  Our present exhibit is "Furs, Feathers, and Frocks" which is part of the Decades of Fashion Design which the Museum is exhibiting through 2014.  Fashions of the 20's, 30's, and 40's are on display on models and in family photos. Ongoing displays are an old-fashioned kitchen & bedroom, pioneer craft area, old store, family genealogy records, Civil War display, old toys & musical instruments, an FEC Railway display, etc.  Our Village Store is open with Geneva t-shirts & hoodies, historic prints, history & photo books, historic walking/driving tour, etc.  Check out Geneva's history at http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva.   

July 15, Tuesday - We're back!  For those interested in learning to dance, or just learning to dance better, our Genuine Ballroom Latin Lessons will resume at the Geneva Community Center from 7-8 PM. This lesson on 7/15 and the following one on the 7/22, will complete the 4-week agenda for the Hustle, which was interrupted by our absence. The next series of 4 lessons will be in the sultry, popular, and innovative West Coast Swing.  Come to the Geneva Community Center for fun, rhythm, and companionship. No experience or partner necessary. Each 4-week session will conclude with our group meeting at a local establishment for a night of dancing.  The cost of each lesson is $10 per person / $15 per couple. For more info: debbincole@bellsouth.net, 407-314-7667. 

July 19, Saturday (3rd Sat. of each month)  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! In addition to veggies, fruits, raw honey, baked goods, pasta, plants, jams, jellies, breads & more.  We will have Streats Food Truck so you can bring the family and enjoy some food under the trees!  Want to learn more about the history of our Village? Then a Walking/Driving Tour map is available as well. The Little Free Library is also there for you to get a book(s), leave a book(s).  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.  We have 10X10 spots left to rent, contact Trish Deer: 407-733-7514, thelogcabinmama@gmail.com.  

July 19, Saturday - Come for a free evening of old-time music at the Geneva Jam at the Geneva Community Center.  There is acoustic, toe-tapping, bluegrass, traditional country, and gospel music to enjoy.  Hamburgers, sausage, hot-dogs are for sale at a very modest cost from 6:00 to 7:00 PM (or until the food runs out).  The music goes from 6:30 to 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 and the other half of the pot and food proceeds go to the upkeep of the Geneva Community Center.  

July 20 (and every Sunday thereafter) - Waltz Lessons in choreographed ballroom dancing (aka round dancing) are being taught for couples from 2:30 - 4:00 PM at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main Street, Geneva. Please feel free to stop by anytime to watch. Click on the links below to see a sample of a Waltz and a Rumba danced by the Geneva dancers at the Rural Heritage Center. As always, no experience is required for the lessons and the $5 cost per couple will be donated to the Rural Heritage Center.  For questions, call 407-349-9255 or write to mikelinde@bellsouth.net.  Waltz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhQrt6PQJbY (Preview)   Play Rumba: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DER_Y2sPFzU&feature=youtube_gdata&noredirect=1  

July 26, Saturday (last Sat. each month) - Community Church of God Men's Fellowship Breakfast will be at the IHOP by Alafaya Woods Publix, Alafaya Trail,  8:00 AM.  All Geneva men are invited. Please join us.  Rick Hughes, 407-461-7066 genevafoodpantry@gmail.com  


August 8, Friday - Meet Your Teacher  at the Open House at Geneva Elementary School - 10:00 AM until 12:00 noon.  

August 11, Monday - First Day of School for the 2014-2015 Seminole County School year.

August 13, (every 2nd Wed., no mtg. in 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 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, Cultural Arts, 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.  

August 16, Saturday - Come for a free evening of old-time music that you have been hankering for at the Geneva Jam at the Geneva Community Center.  There is toe-tapping, acoustic, bluegrass, traditional country, and old-fashioned gospel music to enjoy.  Hamburgers, sausage, hot-dogs are for sale at a very modest cost from 6:00 to 7:00 PM (or until the food runs out).  The music starts around 6:30 and goes to 9:30.  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 and the other half of the pot plus food proceeds go to the upkeep of the Geneva Community Center.  

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* If you would like your Geneva-based, nonprofit organization and/or non-profit educational event to be mentioned in the Geneva Email News, send an email to GenevaHGS@aol.com.  We only list events and organizations that are in the Geneva area or are specifically related to our rural village lifestyle.  Volunteer Editor - MJM  

Geneva History can be found on Geneva Historical Society's website:  http://www.usgennet.org/usa/fl/county/seminole/Geneva/  (A copy of the Geneva Email News is also on the website monthly.)

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Geneva 4th of July

Parade Registration

(for a copy - highlight and print the "selection")  

Join us to participate in the Annual Geneva 4th of July Parade and Festival.  Show off your Event Decorated & Themed Float, Bike and Commercial Entry to the 2014 Theme “ God, Country, Community”. Prizes are available for registered participants. To be considered for the Patriot Awards, please complete the following information returning it to Jessie Harrelson or Dorothy Hardee by July 3, 2014 by email: Jessie_Harrelson@bellsouth.net, Dorothy.Hardee@gmail.com OR by mail: J. Harrelson, 225 Carolina Way, Geneva, FL 32732. For more information call Jessie @t 407-416-5239 or Dorothy @ 407-497-1869.  

Name: ________________________________________________  

Entry: Float (private) ______ Float (commercial) _______  

Youth Bike: ______ Youth 4-Wheel _______  

Description: ____________________________________________ 

Phone: ________________________________________________  

Email: _____________________________@__________________  

Float entries should arrive at the First Baptist Church of Geneva no later than 9:30 AM.

Please use the Main Street entrance. Judging begins at 9:45 AM in the parking lot, so be ready. Awards will be presented during the “Festival” at the Rural Heritage Center following the parade.  

***Float entries not pre-registered by July 3 will NOT be eligible for cash prizes. Late youth award entries will be accepted until 9:30 AM on July 4.  

Patriot Awards:  $200 - 1st Place for Best Decorated & Themed Float, $150 - 2nd Place for Best Decorated & Themed Float, 3 - $50 Prizes for the Youth Award (1-Bike Award, 2– Four Wheelers).  Non Cash Certificate Award for Best Commercial Entry.  Follow Us On Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/TheVillageofGenevaFL


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