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Chamber Chat: Mark your calendars – festivals on tap for 2014

How did we possibly get to 2014 already? Doesn’t it seem not that long ago that we were heading into a new millennium? Remember those eyeglasses where the zeros became the lenses and – each year after – they popped up again Dec. 31? I even saw them again this past New Year’s Eve.

If an idea is good and it works, why not stick with it?
Our events and festivals are more than good – they are great, and they have stood the test of time. Swedish Days is celebrating 65 years this year. Two of our other festivals are in their 30-plus years; one has surpassed 10 years; and another has been successful for the past six years.

Thinking about ways that we can enhance these events, while complimenting favorites already in place, is a never-ending topic in our office.

Producing high-quality festivals is always at top of mind and – in order to do that – there are many balls to juggle.

So, what will 2014 bring to 60 Men Who Cook, 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 of the excitement this year.

And don’t forget the City Wide Garage Sale coming back April 25 and 26. Your registration fee helps support the grandest parade of all, the Swedish Days Parade.

Keeping our festivals and events updated and fresh is what sustains those good ideas started years ago.

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January is a tough month. School starts again (tough for the kids, not so much the adults); there is usually a significant snow (and it’s not so pretty anymore); this year we got hit with subzero temperatures; and it is one of the longer months of the year.

So, turn the frown upside down and take advantage of all you didn’t have time for last month or even last year – be it a restaurant you wanted to try, a visit to a special place or a shop you walked by a dozen times but always were running late for something else. A new experience always brightens your day, and

Geneva is just the place to bring a little sunshine to January.

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

Geneva is a special experience.

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• Laura Rush is communications manager for the Geneva Chamber of Commerce. Contact her at

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