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Sundays haven't been the same since Downton Abbey ended?Join the Geneva Historical Society and First Choice Travel for a two-day bus trip to New York City for Downton Abbey: The Exhibition August 25-26, 2018.  Based on the beloved television show, Downton Abbey: The Exhibition transports visitors to post-Edwardian England, where the characters and the iconic house come to life.
 
Visitors will be transported on an incredible journey through the grand home of Downton Abbey as the exhibition peers into the world of the Crawleys and those that served them below stairs. From Mrs. Patmore’s hectic kitchen and the gossip-fueled servants’ quarters, to the family’s glamorous dining room and Lady Mary’s bedroom, fans will get the chance to walk through some of the series’ most recognizable and beloved sets. Visitors will even come up-close to over 50 of the show’s official costumes.
 
Following the visit to the exhibition, the group will continue to celebrate Downton Abbey at a special afternoon Tea Master Class at T2 Teas. Here expert tea instructors will share their knowledge of tea history to fuel and inspire a sense of curiosity and creativity.
 
The cost is $289 per person, double occupancy, $279 triple occupancy and $260 quadruple occupancy. Rooms have two queen beds. A deposit of $100 is due by May 31. Balance based on occupancy is due by July 2, 2018. Make checks payable to: First Choice Educational Tours. The trip includes motor coach transportation, tour manager, overnight accommodation, breakfast, and all admissions. On August 25 the bus will depart Geneva from the Staples Plaza on Routes 5 & 20 at 7 a.m. and return around 10 p.m. on August 26.
 
A minimum number of participants are required for the trip to run and seating is limited. For more information or reservations, contact Kerry Lippincott at 315-789-5151 or director@genevahistoricalsociety.com.

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Join the Geneva Historical Society and First Choice Travel for two unique excursions in 2018 –a day trip to the 1000 Islands (July 12) and a three day bus trip to Washington, D.C. (September 27-29).

 

The day trip to the 1000 Islands will begin with free time in Alexandria Bay followed by a lunch cruise on the St. Lawrence River with Uncle Sam Boat Tours . At the end of the cruise we will disembark at Heart Island and enjoy a self-guided tour of Boldt Castle.  The cost is $135 per person and includes motor coach transportation, tour manager, lunch, all admissions, and driver’s gratuity. Payment in full is due by May 4.    Make checks payable to: 1st Choice Educational Tours. The bus will leave from the Staples Plaza on Routes 5 & 20 in Geneva on July 12 at 7 a.m. and will turn to Geneva around 9 p.m.

 

 

Activities for the Washington DC trip include tours of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, Gettysburg Battlefield, Ford’s TheaterLincoln’s CottageLibrary of Congress, and Mount Vernon.  There will be substantial walking during the trip.  The cost for the trip is $579 per person double occupancy.  A $179 deposit due on April 13.  A second payment of $200 is due by June 1 and a final payment based on hotel occupancy is due on August 3.  Make checks payable to: 1st Choice Educational Tours.  The three-day trip includes motor coach transportation, tour manager, two nights’ accommodations, two breakfasts, two dinners and all admissions.   On September 27 the bus will leave from the Staples Plaza on Routes 5 & 20 in Geneva  at 6:00 a.m. and will turn to Geneva around 10:00 p.m. on September 29.

A minimum number of participants are required for both trips to run and seating is limited. For more information or reservations, contact Kerry Lippincott at 315-789-5151 or director@genevahistoricalsociety.com.

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The Geneva Historical Society will host two meetings in January to solicit community input on a facilities expansion project. The meetings will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17 and at 10 a.m., Saturday, January 20 at the Geneva Historical Society, 543 South Main Street.
 
In the summer of 2015, the Geneva Historical Society formed a task force to explore options for expanding the storage area for its collections. The Geneva Historical Society collection consists of approximately 7,000 three-dimensional objects, 2,000 costumes and textiles, 1,300 cubic feet of archival materials and 50,000 photographs. The collections storage areas are currently at capacity. According to Executive Director Kerry Lippincott, "We are bursting at the seams. Items are stored in every available space. This makes tracking and moving items for exhibits challenging. It is also does not provide the best conditions for the long term preservation of our artifacts."

In recent years, staff at the Historical Society have implemented several temporary solutions, including being more selective in accepting items into the collection, re-organizing the archival collection space, and deaccessioning objects that do not meet the Historical Society's mission.
 
The Collections Storage Task Force was divided into three subcommittees. Each subcommittee explored a possible solution to the storage problem. One explored expanding the Prouty-Chew House, home of the Historical Society's offices, the Geneva History Museum, and the majority of the Historical Society's collections. A second subcommittee looked at building a storage facility on the grounds at Rose Hill Mansion. The final subcommittee investigated leasing, buying, or building a facility in Geneva with the possibility of selling the Prouty-Chew House. After identifying, vetting and passing on over 35 buildings and potential build sites, this subcommittee determined the third option was not viable.
 
Over the past year, Beardsley Architects and Engineers in Auburn completed feasibility studies exploring expansion at Rose Hill or the Prouty-Chew House. These studies will be shared and discussed at the January meetings.The Historical Society is seeking community input on its plans and both meetings will be open to the public.
 
For further information about the meetings or the collections storage planning process, please contact Kerry Lippincott at 315-789-5151 or director@genevahistoricalsociety.com.                         

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A Christmas Carol: Retold

Breadcrumb Productions and the Geneva Historical Society invite you to a rather different kind of theatrical experience. In this production of A Christmas Carol, follow Scrooge through the halls of Rose Hill Mansion as you unravel this yuletide tale of greed, guilt and forgiveness. Learn once more what Christmas is all about as you take Tiny Tim's hand, dance with Fezziwig, and engage with Spirits of the past, present and future. We all know the story—but does the story know us?

Performances are on Sunday, December 3 at 6 and 8 p.m. There will be a reception between performances from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Each performance is 60 minutes. Tickets are $20 per person and include a performance and the reception. Space is very limited and reservations are required. Call 315-789-5151 for tickets or purchase online at brownpapertickets.com.

The Carriage House Gift Shop at Rose Hill Mansion will have a holiday open house from 4 to 5:30 p.m. prior to the show and will include a Dickens-themed raffle and refreshments.

Rose Hill Mansion is an 1839 Greek Revival mansion that is open May through October for tours. It is located at 3373 Route 96A, about a mile south of Routes 5&20, near Geneva, New York. Rose Hill is administered by the Geneva Historical Society. For more information about A Christmas Carol Retold, visit  www.genevahistoricalsociety.com or call the Geneva Historical Society at 315-789-5151.

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Day Trip to The State Capital

Join the Geneva Historical Society for a day trip to the state capital!

Time will be spent entirely at the Empire State Plaza. The day will begin with a visit to the New York State Museum. In addition to the museum’s ongoing exhibits, see the special exhibit Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial. For lunch bring a bag lunch or purchase food at the Concourse. After lunch visit the Corning Tower and head to the 42nd floor for a view of Albany and the surrounding area. The day will end with a guided tour of the State Capital. Dinner will be at the Spaghetti Warehouse in Syracuse. The cost is $89 per person and includes motor coach transportation, tour manager, all admissions and driver’s gratuity.

A $49 deposit is due by September 27, 2017 with the final payment due by October 15, 2017.  Make checks payable to: 1st Choice Educational Tours. The bus will leave from the Town and Country Plaza on December 5 at 7 a.m. and will turn to Geneva around 9 p.m.  A minimum number of participants are required for the trip to run and seating is limited. For more information or reservations, contact Kerry Lippincott at 315-789-5151 or director@genevahistoricalsociety.com.

 

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Join the Geneva Historical Society and First Choice Travel for a winter getaway to Cancun, Mexico. Enjoy fun in the sun instead of shoveling snow! From February 3 to 10, 2018 travelers will stay at the Golden Parnassus Resort and Spa. The Golden Parnassus Resort is an adult-only all-inclusive resort. Special features of the resort include six restaurants, three pools, non-motorized water sports, and nightly entertainment. The cost is $1,599 per person double occupancy. A $300 nonrefundable deposit is due by July 31, 2017. A valid passport is required for travel. Trip cancellation insurance is also available and is highly recommended. The price includes roundtrip motor coach transportation to Hamilton (Ontario), roundtrip nonstop flight from Hamilton to Cancun, all airport transfers, seven night’s accommodations, all meals and beverages, and taxes.
 
More information about the trip will be available at two informational meetings on Tuesday, July 18 at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. at the Geneva History Museum, 543 South Main Street. For more information about the meetings or the trip, call the Geneva Historical Society or visit www.genevahistoricalsociety.com. If you are planning to attend either of the meetings, please call the Historical Society at 315-789-5151.                         

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Blues, Brews, and BBQ

GENEVA -- Whether it happened a hundred years ago or today, the mission of the Geneva Historical Society is to tell the stories of Geneva and the surrounding region.  A contemporary story has been the growth and development of the beer industry in the Finger Lakes.   To celebrate the region’s breweries, the Historical Society is hosting Blues, Brews, and BBQ.  Held on the grounds of Rose Hill Mansion, 3373 Route 96A, people will enjoy food and the music of the John Bolger Blues Band while sampling a variety of local beers.   During the event the first floor of the mansion will also be open for self-guided tours. Event sponsors are Lagana Plumbing & HeatingPedersen Farms and Arbonne.

Tickets are $35 per person and $25 for designated drivers.  This includes admission, entertainment, food, and beer tasting.  Designated drivers will receive complimentary water and soda.  Tickets without food are also available.  Purchase tickets at the Geneva Historical Society or on www.brownpapertickets.com.   The event is for adults 21 years old and over and IDs will be checked at the gate. Outside food and beverages will not be allowed on the grounds.  People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Geneva Historical Society.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Historical Society.  For more information, visit www.genevahistorialsociety.com or call 315-789-5151

 

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Autumn Trip to New England

Enjoy the quintessential New England experience with the Geneva Historical Society on a three day bus trip to Massachusetts from October 5 to October 7.  Activities include a visit to Plimoth Plantation with a Thanksgiving dinner, guided tours of Salem and the House of Seven Gables, a lobster bake with storytelling in Gloucester, guided tours of Lexington and Concord with visits at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, and the Boston Duck Walk .   Participants will also have free time in Salem, Rockport, and Gloucester.   

The cost for the trip is $579 per person double occupancy with a $200 deposit due with booking.  Make checks payable to: 1st Choice Educational Tours. The three-day trip includes motor coach transportation, tour manager, two nights’ accommodations, two breakfasts, two dinners and all admissions.   On October 5 the bus will leave from the Town and Country Plaza at 6:30 a.m. and will turn to Geneva around 10:30 p.m. on October 7. For more information or reservations, contact Kerry Lippincott at 315-789-5151 or director@genevahistoricalsociety.com.

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This year join the Geneva Historical Society and First Choice Travel for a fall foliage cruise, the quintessential New England experience or a day at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.  

 Imagine spending time in September on board a luxury liner as you cruise around New England and Canada.  The seven-day cruise aboard the Carnival Sunshine is from September 23 to September 30.  Leaving from New York City ports of call are Boston, Massachusetts; Portland, Maine; St John, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia.  The trip also includes two fun days at sea on the Sunshine, enjoying its casino, shows, and other entertainments. Starting at $ 999 per person, the trip includes roundtrip motor coach transportation from Geneva to New York City, seven night cruise with meals and entertainment on ship, government taxes and fees.  A $250 deposit is due with booking by July 1.

From October 5 to October 7 enjoy the quintessential New England experience with a three day bus trip to Massachusetts.    Activities include a visit to Plimoth Plantation with a Thanksgiving dinner, guided tours of Salem and the House of Seven Gables, a lobster bake with storytelling in Gloucester, guided tours of Lexington and Concord with visits to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, and the Boston Duck Walk.   Participants will also have free time in Salem, Rockport, and Gloucester.    The cost is $579.00 per person double occupancy and a $209 deposit is due with booking by March 31.   The three-day trip includes motor coach transportation, tour manager, two nights’ accommodations, two breakfasts, two dinners, and all admissions.   

 On December 5, spend time at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.  As part of the 100th Anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State, see the New York State Museum’s special exhibit Votes For Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial.   Other activities include a visit to Corning Tower and a guided tour of the New York State Capital.  The cost is $89 per person and a deposit is due by August 4.

 More information about these exciting excursions will be available at two informational meetings on Thursday, February 23 at 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm at the Geneva History Museum, 543 South Main Street.  For more information, call the Historical Society at 315-789-5151 or visit www.genevahistoricalsociety.com.

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Geneva Theatrical Arts

Tryouts For 'Cemetery Stories'

GENEVA -- Have you ever wondered who is buried in Washington Street Cemetery? What stories they might tell of life in early Geneva? The Geneva Historical Society is planning a theatrical ghost walk this fall that will bring these historic figures to life. Actors are being sought for the roles in the performance.

 Auditions for From Beyond: Washington Street Cemetery Stories will be September 14 and 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Geneva History Museum, located at 543 South Main Street. Roles are available for eight adults (three women and five men) and a teenager.  Auditions will involve readings from the script. The performance is scheduled for Friday, October 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and Saturday, October 15 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Performances will be staged out of doors.  Rehearsals will begin in late September and will be held at the Geneva History Museum.
 
Auditions are open to all. Those wishing to audition should bring their schedules for September 19 to October 15 and a resume (or list of previous theater experience). Rehearsals will be determined based on actors’ availability. For more information, contact Kerry Lippincott  at director@society.com or 315-789-5151.

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Farm Heritage Day

Before the Midwest was settled, the fertile land around Seneca Lake was the “bread basket” of America.  Area farmers grew crops like wheat, corn, and fruits.  Through the canals and later railroads farmers were able to sell their produce to a broad market.

On Saturday, August 13 from 12 to 4 pm, the Geneva Historical Society will hold its biennial Farm Heritage Day at the Johnston House.   This event will give visitors, particularly families, the chance to sample farm life during the 1800s. Planned activities include operating an antique cornsheller, fanning wheat with an antique wheat fanner, and testing milking skills on a simulated milk cow. In the parlor there will be presentations on the life and work of John Johnston and performances of a 19th-century style silhouette puppet show. There will be crafts for kids and the opportunity to meet farm animals.   Representatives from the Finger Lakes Institute, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ward W. O'Hara Museum, and Geneva Reads will also have informational booths.  Throughout the day the Johnston House and the Weaver Drain Tile Museum will be open to visitors.   

Farm Heritage Day will take place out of doors, rain or shine, on the grounds of the Johnston House.   The event is free and open to the public. Call the Historical Society at 315-789-5151 for more information.  Johnston House is located at 3523 East Lake Road at the junction of Route 96A near Geneva.

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GENEVA -- This year the Geneva Historical Society is celebrating the 100th birthday of its 1916 Model T Ford Canopy Express, on display at Rose Hill Mansion. A birthday celebration will be held at Rose Hill on Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 12 to 4 p.m.

Owned by a member of the family that once lived at Rose Hill, the body of this truck was built by the Geneva Wagon Company and attached to a Model T truck chassis made in Buffalo and transported to Geneva. In honor of the birthday, the mansion will be open to visitors with exhibits and displays about the early days of roadways and transportation in the Geneva area. In addition to the Rose Hill Model T, there will be a variety of privately-owned antique cars on display, birthday cake to eat, and Lock 52 Jazz Band will perform a concert at 2 p.m. in the afternoon.

Admission to the event is $7 per person. Members of the Geneva Historical Society and children 9 and under are free. Call the Geneva Historical Society at 315-789-5151 or visit the Historical Society's website for further information about this event.

The Rose Hill Mansion Gift Shop will also be open during the event. The shop carries historically-inspired and locally made items, as well as souvenirs, history books, historic toys, jewelry and home decorative items.  Rose Hill Mansion is located at 3373 Route 96A, about a mile south of Routes 5&20. 

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2016 Tour of Homes

Just as the definition of “home” varies from person to person, ways to that “home” differ as well. This year’s theme for the Geneva Historical Society's Tour of Homes  is All Roads Lead Home.  The homes and properties shown today are each unique but they all share one thing in common -  each have paths that lead someone home.

On Saturday, June 11 from 10 am to 4 pm the following homes and properties will be on view:

  1. The Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Pulteney Street
  2. Charlie & Pat Certo, 488 White Springs Road 
  3.  FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center, 100 Empire Drive 4
  4.  ARC Home, 829 Hastings Road
  5. Mark Eidlin & Salley Thornton, 5053 Reed Bay
  6. Kenny & Pauline Weaver, Weaver View Farms, 386 State Rt. 14
  7. Paul & Kathryn Cooley, 1166 Earls Hill Road
  8. Tim & Sandy Merwarth, 1136 Earls Hill Road
  9. Jim & Debbie Colizzi, 1107 Earls Hill Road
  10. Kevin Bostrom & Jill Minter, 100 Old State Road
  11. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 149 Genesee Street 

Refreshments will be available at St. Peter’s Church at 149 Genesee Street on the day of the tour.  The church, which celebrates its 150th Anniversary in 2017, will also host a 30-minute performance by students from St. Peter’s Academy for the Arts at 4 p.m.  

Tickets for the tour are $22 and will be available at Rose Hill Mansion, Pedulla's, and the Geneva Historical Society. On the day of the tour, tickets will sell for $25 at the Geneva Historical Society or at the southernmost tour stop, the Cobblestone house at 100 Old State Road. Each ticket holder will also be eligible to win a gift basket from Harry & David.  The ticket also entitles visitors to a one-time-only free admission to Rose Hill Mansion (3373 NY 96A) any time during the 2016 season.  Discounted tickets will be available to members of the Geneva Historical Society at the Historical Society office only in advance of the tour. For further information, call the Historical Society office at 315-789-5151.
 

The 2016 Tour of Homes is generously supported by HEP Sales, Century 21/Steve Davoli Real Estate, Ashley HomeStore and Bostrom Farms.
 

  

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Swingin' Sixties Party

Be in the groove and join the Geneva Historical Society for a Swingin’ Sixties Party on Saturday, March 19 at Club 86.   The buffet dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by a concert.  Beatles and British Invasion tribute band the FabCats will take the stage at 8 p.m. Pop-up exhibits about the 1960s will be on display throughout the restaurant and a variety of 1960s-themed gift baskets will be raffled off at the end of the evening. Dress is casual or wear your Sixties threads. Tickets for the event are $50 per person for the dinner and concert or $30 per person for the concert only. Tickets are available now at the Historical Society office, 543 South Main Street, and online at brownpapertickets.com. It gonna be out of sight!

As part of this event, a special raffle will be held for a Harold Point zero wall recliner donated by Lynch Furniture and tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Tickets for these items will be on sale the evening of the event but can also be purchased in advance at the Geneva Historical Society. Tickets are fifteen for $10 and can be put towards either or both prizes. Call 315-789-5151 to purchase tickets for this raffle.

The Swingin’ Sixties party is generously sponsored by businesses that have been in Geneva since the 1960s: D'Amico Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Finger Lakes Times, DeVaney-Bennett Funeral Home, Fingers Lakes Partners, Geneva Club Beverage, Coutlee & Sons, Vance Metal, and C.S. Burrall & Son

All proceeds from the Swingin' Sixties Party benefit the Geneva Historical Society and its programs.

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Wassail Bowl and Sale

Here we come a-wassailing

Among the leaves so green;

Here we come a-wandering

So fair to be seen,

Love and joy come to you

And to your wassail too;

And God bless you and send you

A Happy New Year

On Saturday, December 5 the 47th Annual Wassail Bowl and Sale is being held in the Presbyterian Church, 24 Park Place in Geneva, from 10 am to 2 pm.  This is a great opportunity to get fresh wreaths and greens including kissing balls and table decorations.  Handcrafted items, baked goods, attic treasures and gently used Christmas decorations will also be sold.  All proceeds benefit the Geneva Historical Society.  Samples of wassail, a traditional spiced cider, will also be available for tasting.  This begs the question - what is wassail?

Though the exact origins of wassail is unknown, in England it was an Anglo-Saxon  greeting (“waes hail”) meaning “be in good health.”  This simple greeting gradually evolved into a call and response toast. One person started the toast (usually the most esteemed guest) by raising a communal bowl and shouting “was hail” to the person next to them and that person would answer “drinc hail.”  The bowl would be passed around with each person taking their turn in the call and response.  What were people actually drinking?  A mixture of mulled ale or mead, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg topped with crab apples and slices of toast.  This beverage became known as wassail and it was served in a huge bowl known as the wassail bowl.   

In time wassail became associated with Christmas and particularly the Twelfth Night.  By the 1600s wassailing changed from an indoor activity to an outdoor activity.    On the Twelfth Night, or January 6, groups of people would travel from house to house singing songs and offering to share the contents of their wassail bowl for a small fee. Wassailing would continue into the 1800s. 

To taste this piece history, join the Geneva Historical Society at the Wassail Bowl and Sale on December 5.

 

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Weekend in the Big Apple

Next April the Geneva Historical Society is planning a three-day music-themed trip to New York City as part of the museum's 2016 Music in Geneva exhibit project. The itinerary includes visits to the Ground Zero Memorial, the Cloisters Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a performance of Wicked at the Gershwin Theater, a tour of Lower Manhattan, and brunch with a performance by the Harlem Gospel Choir. There will also be free time in Midtown Manhattan for shopping and sight seeing. The trip will run from April 22 to 24, 2016.

The cost is $589 per person double occupancy. A $209 deposit is due by December 18 to reserve a spot. The three-day trip includes motor coach transportation, tour manager from First Choice Travel, two nights’ accommodations, two breakfasts, one dinner, one brunch, and all admissions. The bus will leave from the Town and Country Plaza in Geneva on April 22 at 7 a.m. and will turn to Geneva around 9 p.m. on April 24. A minimum number of participants are required for the trip to run and seating is limited. For more information or reservations, contact Kerry Lippincott at 315-789-5151 or director@genevahistoricalsociety.com.     

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Encounter the spirits of Geneva's past in a theatrical program to be held Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. along Geneva's South Main Street. From Beyond: South Main Street Stories, will feature community actors portraying citizens from Geneva’s past. As visitors walk between Pulteney Park and Trinity Church, they will encounter performers portraying local residents and hear stories about the city.
 
The program begins at The Presbyterian Church at 24 Park Place. From the church, participants will be led on a walking tour of South Main Street to hear the tales of the neighborhood. Tours will leave the church every 30 minutes and the performance will run about 35 minutes. The first tour is 6:30 p.m. and the last tour is 8:30 pm. Those attending are encouraged to dress for the weather as the event goes on rain or shine. Reservations are strongly encouraged for all tours as space is limited. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, grade school through college level. Refreshments will be available in the Fellowship Hall at the Church.

For more information or to make a reservation call the Geneva Historical Society at 315-789-5151.

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Visit Woodstock

The Geneva Historical Society is planning a one-day trip to the Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts  on Friday, October 9, 2015. The Bethel Woods Center is a non-profit performing arts center and museum located at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival. The 15,000 seat amphitheater presents a wide variety of musical genres and performers. The Museum at Bethel Woods, which opened to the public in 2008, is housed in a beautiful LEED-certified green building, set back from the top of the Woodstock festival hillside. The Museum's main exhibit, Woodstock and the Sixties is an immersive, multi-media experience that combines film, music, interactive displays, artifacts, and personal narratives to tell the story of the unique experience of the Woodstock festival and its significance as a culminating event of a decade of sweeping cultural change. Temporary exhibits are: Threads: Connecting '60s and Modern Rock Wear, featuring over 40 vintage outfits drawn from the personal collection of designer, musician, and vintage clothing collector, Andy Hilfiger, and Written In Stone: Sculpture by Harry Gordon.

The price for the trip is $75 and includes motorcoach transportation, a guided tour of the grounds at Bethel Woods, admission to the Bethel Woods Museum and a boxed lunch. Dinner will be available at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant at your own expense on the return trip.

The bus will leave from the Geneva History Museum at 8 AM and return to Geneva around 9:00 PM. Parking is available on street or in the Trinity Episcopal Church lot, south of the church. A minimum number of participants are required for the trip to run and seating is limited. Make your reservation as soon as possible by calling the Geneva Historical Society at 315-789-5151.

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From Geneva To DC With Respect

GENEVA -- Since 1992 “Wreaths Across America” has coordinated a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery each December.  It is their mission to spread the message of the importance of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms. Every year volunteers lay wreaths on over 100,000 gravestones throughout Arlington Cemetery. First Choice Travel will be taking a group of volunteers from the Geneva area December 11-13, 2015 to participate in the wreath laying. In addition to the wreath laying, participants will have a guided tour of the monuments, view the National Christmas Tree and have some time for visiting the Smithsonian Museums. The tour requires moderate walking. The cost is $299 per person double occupancy. A $100 deposit is due with booking. The 3-day trip includes motorcoach transportation, tour manager, two nights’ accommodation, two breakfasts, one dinner and a guided monument tour. For information or reservations, contact Kerry Lippincott at 789-5151 or director@genevahistoricalsociety.com.

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