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Rush: Geneva Chamber gears up for 2013

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 7:39 a.m. CDT

It takes me time to get used to a new date, not necessarily a new year.

For a few weeks in January, I’ll write 2012 on checks. Yes, I am a check gal. There is something satisfying about paying a bill that way. I know it is 2013, but for 12 months I have written 2012. Habits are hard to break.

However, at the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, we have been thinking about 2013 for quite some time. Dates are already set for our four festivals and a few other events.

Thinking about ways that we can enhance these events, while complementing favorites already in place, is a never-ending topic in our office. Producing high-quality festivals always is a priority, and to do that, there are many balls to juggle. So, what will 2013 bring to the Swedish Days Festival presented by Cadence Health? The Geneva Arts Fair? Festival of the Vine and the Christmas Walk/House Tour? Mark the dates on your calendar so you don’t miss any excitement this year.

In the spring, “60 Men Who Cook” gets a name change to “30 Men vs. 30 Women Who Cook.” On April 19, the men will compete against the women in culinary taste. Who will be the reigning sex at the event that raises money for four nonprofits? Put this date on your April things-to-do list and let your taste buds decide. Information will be on our website – – shortly.

In the meantime, those looking to join the rivalry can sign up to be a chef for the 2013 competition at

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Coming down from the holiday high may bring grumpiness into your home this month when children return to school and you return to work. It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. Take advantage of all you didn’t have time for last month or last year – be it a restaurant you wanted to try, a visit to a special place or a shop you walked past a dozen times but couldn’t step into because you always were running late for something else. A new experience always brightens your day, and Geneva is just the place to turn your frown upside down.

The first month of a new year is a perfect time to take a deep breath, relax and enjoy the community in which you live. Whatever you choose to do, I think you will agree that staying, playing, shopping and eating in Geneva are special experiences.

Bookmark, “Like” our Facebook page (search “Geneva, IL” or “Geneva chamber” and look for the Geneva Chamber of Commerce logo) or join our email database to keep current on all things Geneva.

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On a post-holiday note, a camera was left at the Santa House before Christmas. Please call the chamber at 630-232-6060 if you think it may be yours.

• Laura Rush is communications manager for the Geneva Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at

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