Time Change FALL BACK

The time Falls back an hour on  Sunday, November 5th!

This month we need to reset and prepare.

CHANGE THOSE BATTERIES in your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors!

Label your batteries to help remember when you did it last!


Geneva Grape Jamboree

SEPTEMBER 23 & 24, 2017

The Geneva Area Grape Jamboree celebrates the harvesting of the local grapes.  Visitors may taste freshly squeezed grape juice, wine, and various other grape products.

All grand-stand entertainment, including the grape stomping contest, is free.

Miss Grapette is featured in the two giant parades each afternoon: Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.  Rides, crafts, food, and other concessions pack the downtown streets during this grape filled weekend.


Fall Bucket List

Fall Bucket List Ideas



 Take the time to watch the leaves change.

Go for a walk and enjoy the fall air. You can listen to the leaves crackle as you go.

Have a photo-shoot with falling or piles of leaves.

Decorate a part of your house in a fall theme.

 Rake a giant pile of leaves, take a few steps back, run, and jump in! End up lying on the ground, face up, watching the leaves fall from the trees, and the clear blue sky beyond.

Spend a Sunday afternoon doing nothing but watching football and eating chili.Start an impromptu football game.

Find a foolproof recipe for a crock-pot meal or a hearty soup.

Go on a hayride.

Bake cookies shaped like leaves.

Get a 1000-piece puzzle with an autumn motif to put together on a chilly night.

Attend a Fall Festival.

Get some nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, and cloves, and make Fall potpourri. Add pine cones, twigs, and dried flowers. You can also get Yankee Candles in Autumn Wreath, Spiced Pumpkin, or Harvest.

Get a special mug for autumn. It can have brightly colored leaves on it, or a Halloween-theme, such as zombies or pumpkins.

Make pumpkin cupcakes, or pumpkin pancakes.

Visit a pumpkin patch and choose several pumpkins to take home.

Roast pumpkin seeds.

 Carve your own Jack-0-Lantern.

Go to your nearest apple orchard and look for the best apples to take home.

Get a large tub of water, fill it with apples, gather a fun group of people, and go bobbing for apples.

Make caramel-coated apples.

Enjoy some apple cider. Get yourself a warm mug of cider and sit out on the porch or balcony when it’s cool out.

Visit a haunted house, or put together your own.

Decorate your home for Halloween. Make sure to include monsters, witches, ghosts, skeletons, spider webs, and black cats.

Put up a Halloween Tree and hang up ornaments shaped like Frankenstein, Dracula, skulls, and orange and black glass balls.

Create a Halloween Village filled with creepy, scary Halloween themed houses, figurines and accessories.

Organize a Halloween party.

Participate in a costume contest.

Make Halloween-themed cupcakes.

Watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”.

Listen to your favorite Halloween songs:

Get a big bag of fresh Brach candy corn, and a big bag of mellowcreme pumpkins.

Be the house with the best Halloween candy on the block.

Make a scarecrow (here’s a good tutorial).

Read spooky stories like “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” or “The Telltale Heart”.

Have a horror movie night marathon.

Have a marathon of “The Addam’s Family”.

Have a marathon of “The Munsters”.

Set an elegant harvest table of Thanksgiving.

 Make a classic Thanksgiving meal: turkey with all the trimmings.

 Go around the table and have each person give thanks for at least one blessing they’ve received this year. Better yet, create a Thankful Tree.

Take the wishbone from the turkey and make a wish.

Watch “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”, in which Charlie Brown hosts a Thanksgiving meal in which he serves each of his friends the following:

Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on TV.

Spend “Black Friday” making homemade gifts for loved ones.

Solar Eclipse 2017

“Do not attempt to observe the partial or annular phases of nay eclipse with the naked eye. Failure to use appropriate filtration may result in permanent eye damage or blindness.” -NASA


Can’t you just wear sunglasses? No

Fact :: You would have to wear more than 20 pairs of sunglasses to even remotely come close to safely viewing the eclipse. There is a very short list of approved filters.

Can I safely look at the eclipse for less than a minute total? No.

Fact :: Any time spent looking at the eclipse can cause lasting retinal damage. At the most, you can risk half a second, but do you really want to? I barely understand half a second in time dimension; does your child?

Thankfully, there are several options for safely viewing the solar eclipse.

Make a Pinhole Projector

Pros :: This is the safest and most inexpensive method. 

Cons :: It isn’t a real life view

How-To :: Check out this informative video by NASA, and make it a family project!

Score Some Protective Eyewear {with appropriate filters}

Pros :: You’ll be able to safely view the actual eclipse.

Cons :: You will probably have to purchase the eyewear, as most of the libraries giving them out for free have run out. You also have to make sure all parties viewing it are wearing it exactly as needed.

How-To :: Should you decide to purchase protective eyewear, there are options. Number 14 welders glasses are approved, and are available at some welding supply outlets. You can also use Aluminized Mylar glasses {be sure you use a reputable vendor or ask your local optometrist, as there are several fakes on the market}. 

View the Eclipse via Television, Video, or Photograph 

Pros :: You can view the eclipse over and over again.

Cons :: It isn’t a real-life view.

How-To :: All media outlets will be covering the eclipse. If you choose to photograph it, there is some equipment involved, and you can find instructions here

As for my personal choice? I will be skip the live viewing with my 1 year old and simply watch footage. This is easily the safest choice and ensures she doesn’t somehow take off her protective wear or look up while we are watching the projection
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These are personal recommendations. Please make sure to take all safety precautions.

Back to School

This is the month we send our children to back to school or maybe it’s their first time!

Send them back with some of these handy lunch tips.

Freeze drinks or squeeze yogurts the night before and they’ll double as ice packs.


Make a big batch of PB&J sandwiches in advance and freeze them.




Put a rubber band on a sliced apple to keep it from turning brown.


Make a snack station for your kids to choose from.


Movies at Memorial Field Geneva

Summer movies are back in Geneva!

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