Welcome to The Rural Heritage Center

Mission Statement: The Rural Heritage Center engages families and community in cultural and educational experiences by preserving rural traditions which teach lessons for present and future generations.


In 2007, the Island & Village of Geneva Rural Heritage Center, Inc. was formed as a 501(c)(3) organization to help celebrate the rural heritage of Eastern Seminole County.  In 2009, the Seminole County School Board generously offered to donate the historic Geneva School House to be the home of the Rural Heritage Center.  The Center partnered with neighboring rural communities of Black Hammock and Chuluota to create a community learning center to provide hands-on learning to the Central Florida community.


Since then, the Geneva School House is ushering in a  “Rural Renaissance” for Central Florida.  At 101 E. Main Street in Geneva, the historic brick school house is now the home of the Rural Heritage Center, celebrating the rural traditions of the past, present and future of Seminole County and Central Florida.




Jan
19
2015

Annual Meeting Election of Board

Written by Deborah Schafer Last Updated (19 January 2015)
PDFPrintE-mail

Join us at our annual business meeting, 7 p.m., Thursday, January 29, at the Rural Heritage center.  We will elect a new Board of Directors  and board for 2015 and report on our upcoming events. Your dues must be paid for 2015 to vote . RHC will be providing dessert and punch. If you have any questions call or email.alt

Jan
24
2015

Hosting dulcimer workshops are Jeff Furman and Anne Lough.

Written by Deborah Schafer Last Updated (29 January 2015)
PDFPrintE-mail
                                         Dulcimer workshops with Jeff Furman and Anne Lough

For Workshop information please contact :Sheryl Chapman 

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 321.223.7350
February 21, 2015


9:30-10AM     Registration, coffee, and set up.

10-11:30AM  (1) MAKING A TUNE YOUR OWN--Playing Beyond the Tab.  (I/A)* JEFF
(1A)  BEAUTIFUL CELTIC MELODIES   (N/I)*  ANNE.  

11:30-1PM   LUNCH—Please see registration form.

1-2:30 PM        (2)  RIGHT HAND TECHNIQUES   (I/A)* JEFF
(2A)  HEART & SOUL—PLAYING WITH EXPRESSION AND MUSICALITY  (N/I/A)*  ANNE
    
2:30-3PM  Snack Time and CD/Book Sales

3-4:30PM      (3)  REPERTOIRE:  Duets and Other Cool Tunes to Play with Others (N/I/A)* JEFF
(3A)  A HAMMERED DULCIMER WORKSHOP FOR NOVICE AND INTERMEDIATE PLAYERS   ANNE

*N=Novice, I=Intermediate, A=Advanced

IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE WORKSHOPS, there will be a free soup, salad, & potato bar potluck dinner and jam.    All participants and significant others are invited.  Sign up at
www.perfectpotluck.com.
Coordinator last name is “Chapman”
Password is “dulcimer”

6-7:30PM    ConcertFree and open to the public for a donation to RHC

registration on next page

 

Oct
27
2014

Founder's Day Festival March 28th 2015

Written by Rural Admin Last Updated (11 November 2014)
PDFPrintE-mail

Founder's Day Festival News and Forms

(Please click on forms to open)

Registration Form  

Rules and Regulations

Vendor Booth Application

Founder's Day 2015 Poster



Jan
20
2015

Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly

Written by Deborah Schafer Last Updated (20 January 2015)
PDFPrintE-mail

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgUFrFlBkiw&feature=youtu.be

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7P6DdDUsgU

 

They performed at The Heritage Center this past week end.

The highly acclaimed husband-wife duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, present delightful programs of traditional American and Celtic folk songs, a capella pieces, old-time gospel songs, dance tunes, and original works. Elwood and Aubrey blend gorgeous and unusual harmonies and play guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, mandolin, tin whistle, harmonica, banjo, bones, spoons, limberjacks, and other surprises including Appalachian clog dancing, French Canadian footwork, and Tap.


Jan
05
2015

Learn to make an American farmstead hearth broom.

Written by Deborah Schafer Last Updated (05 January 2015)
PDFPrintE-mail
February 7, Saturday - Learn to make an American farmstead hearth broom in the traditional manner, as would have been done by pioneer farmers.  The round hearth brooms have pretty woven broom corn stalks extending up the handle a bit, but no modern materials, no nylon twine,  no fancy shellac on the handle.  The class will be taught at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E Main St., Geneva, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Bring your own lunch.  The cost is $30 and includes all tools and supplies.  Youngsters 12-17 are accepted if a parent comes along.  Register now as the class size is limited. Contact Bob Putnam for more information and to register - 407-366-9603, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Oct
06
2014

Beginner's class in Choreographed Ballroom Dancing

Written by Deborah Schafer Last Updated (24 December 2014)
PDFPrintE-mail

 Our next beginner's class in Choreographed Ballroom Dancing (aka Round Dancing) begins on Sunday January 18th, from 2:30 to 4:00pm at the Rural Heritage Center in Geneva, located at 101 East Main Street (Corner of 1st and Main).  We will be teaching the Foxtrot. 

 

If you have already learned the Foxtrot or are unable to participate at this time, please forward this email or pass on a copy of the attached flyer to others whom you think might be interested.

 

No previous dancing experience is required.  The lessons are $5 per couple; all proceeds are donated to the Rural Heritage Center.  Please click on the link below for an example of a Waltz danced by dancers at the Rural Heritage Center.

 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhQrt6PQJbY

 


Choreographed Ballroom Dancing is a great source of physical and mental exercise.  Please forward this email or pass on a copy of the attached flyer to others whom you think might be interested.
 
For questions please email us or call 407-349-9255.
Mike and Linde Hollenbeck

Page 1 of 4
Upcoming Events
View full calendar