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Feb
04
2016

Writers Workshop welcomes poets

Written by Deborah Schafer
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The Writers Workshop will not only be for short story authors, but poets and songwriters as well. The Workshop, held on the second Tuesday of every month, will split its meeting time between the two groups. In this way, writers, poets and songwriters will have a way to present their work.

The next meeting of the Writers Workshop is 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 9, at the Rural Heritage Center. The suggested topic is your favorite place, geographical or fiction.

The deadline to submit work is Saturday, February 6. Please send your work to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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,Central Florida and beyond .

 

 

 

Feb
04
2016

Want to make a dulcimer

Written by Deborah Schafer Last Updated (04 February 2016)
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Want to make a dulcimer?

 

There are only two places left in our dulcimer-making course. If you didn't know we had such a course, it is because these classes are usually filled before we can announce them. That is why it is so rare to make this announcement.

This course is one of our "at your pace" classes. You tell us when you can meet to make it, whether it is Saturdays, every other Thursday, whatever. We conform to your schedule.

The tuition is $275, but there is a selection of wood and design. We guarantee that you will have a playable dulcimer at the end of the class.

For more information, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Feb
04
2016

Game Day

Written by Deborah Schafer Last Updated (04 February 2016)
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Game Days

 

The Rural Heritage Center will be open the second and fourth Thursdays of every month for games. Individuals and groups are welcome from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to have refreshments and play their favorite games.

There is a $3 entrance fee to help cover expenses. Cards and dominoes are available. Other games should be brought by the participants.

The first game day will be Thursday, February 11. Hope to see you there.

For more information, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Dec
15
2015

Stephen Seifert Workshop Feb 6th 9am and Feb 7th 9am

Written by Deborah Schafer Last Updated (10 January 2016)
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MOUNTAIN DULCIMER MASTER

STEPHEN SEIFERT

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 6 & 7 FEBRUARY 2016

AT THE RURAL HERITAGE CENTER

101 EAST MAIN STREET, GENEVA, FL

Stephen Seifert has been a favorite teacher and performer at mountain dulcimer festivals throughout the United States since 1991 and is a featured dulcimer soloist with the Nashville Orchestra.  He has written 10 books, including nearly every dulcimer player’s favorite, Join the Jam, recorded numerous CDs, and teaches on-line at www.dulcimerschool.com

SATURDAY, 6 FEBRUARY  9:00am – 4:30pm

 

 

 

 

Today’s workshops will focus on techniques that will improve our group playing skills.  If you play in any group, you’ll how to help your group play better.  Although we’ll use some tunes from the Picky Chics and Chaps repertoire to develop our skills, you’ll be able to use the same techniques with other music.

9-10:45 am We’ll work on developing our rhythmic skills, enhancing our timing, and  improving dynamics. 

11-Noon  We’ll practice the techniques we’ve learned on some of our standard repertoire.  A list of tunes will be sent to registered participants in advance.

Noon-1:30  Lunch and Jam  (BYO lunch or order one from the local diner.  Menus will be available and orders will be delivered.)

1:30-2:30  Repertoire work continues

2:30-4:30  Learn to play some new waltzes from Stephen’s new book!

Sunday, 7 February

Today will feature  plenty of new material for players at all levels, progressing from advanced beginners in the morning to intermediate/advanced players in the afternoon. 

9-10:15  Hand Reading and Jam Techniques 

10:30 – 11:00 Strumming and Chording Familiar Folk Tunes—and singing along!

11-Noon  Learn a new tune—ensemble style!  (All levels)

Noon-1:30  Lunch

1:30-3:15  Irish Polkas (intermediate – advanced players)

3:30-4:30  Music of David Schnauffer (intermediate – advanced players)

5:00-6:00   Concert

 

REGISTRATION ON-LINE @  www.stephenseifert.com

Jan
28
2016

Founders Day March 19th

Written by Deborah Schafer Last Updated (28 January 2016)
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Save the date for an fun filled day in Geneva. March 19th the Rural Heritage Center will celebrate Founders Day.2016FD_Flyer_Q
Jan
28
2016

2016 Founders Day Vendor Application Form

Written by Deborah Schafer
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