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Geneva Chamber: Visit downtown Geneva this fall to celebrate the season

It is official, autumn is here. The calendar indicates it, the weather signifies it and Geneva embraces it.

Fall flavors and colors permeate the town.

Shops are displaying decorating ideas and items for the season and restaurants are creating dishes using the fall harvest. Who knew how many ways pumpkin could be used?

Get your October off to a spooktacular start by visiting downtown Geneva on a Sunday. A great many places are open on Sundays in downtown Geneva, including the French Market.

It’s no trick, dining al fresco is still a treat. How cozy to wear your favorite sweater, order a yummy cider drink, bowl of warm soup and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Geneva. Get together with your girlfriends. After all, “ghouls” just want to have fun.

Need some ideas for what to do this month? Our partners have it covered.

Geneva History Museum, while not officially open, is still having their popular brown bag programs...virtually. Oct. 13 brings highlights of the 60th anniversary of then Senator John Kennedy’s visit to Geneva (Oct. 25, 1960).  

GHM will share a video of him here (transferred from film) and his itinerary. People who were in attendance that day will share their memories.  Register at genevahistorymuseum.org.

If you have not visited the new Geneva Public Library yet, you are missing out on something faboolous!  Drop into the library to visit, browse, check out materials, read, do some homework, catch up on work and more. If you're not quite ready to see the library in person, virtually visit via the website, at gpld.org or choose the drive-up service. No reservations necessary. Enjoy virtual programs from the convenience of your home, such as story times, book talks, technology classes, crafts, and more! We've got something for every age and stage of life! Find virtual programs at gpld.org/events.

Geneva Park District has the right combination of fun and fear on October 17 at their Escape the Mansion.  For one night only, the Stephen Persinger Recreation Center transforms into Madam Klara’s Mansion. This year will feature a tour of the mansion’s infamous art gallery, which is rumored to be cursed. Groups of 10 will use their wits and teamwork to escape within 30 minutes. Suggested for ages 6 and older. Sign up as an individual or as a group (up to 10 people) for one of the designated times. Pre-registration is required at genevaparks.org/event/escape-the-art-gallery/. Space is limited. All safety guidelines will be followed. Masks will be required. Please make sure you bring your phone as scanning of QR codes will be required.  

Before you head home, take time to look at the gorgeous gardens and decorated windows all over the downtown. The Chamber salutes and compliments all the volunteers and merchants who care for them. Thank you for contributing to our beautiful, or should I say, bootiful city.

The first ever Geneva Chamber Challenge, held in September, was a resounding success. 120 donors helped raise $13,760 for 25 organizations. We thank all who gave during the 24 hour online fundraising event on September 24. Additional thanks to our sponsors, gift bag donors and businesses that gave back a percentage of their days profits to the non-profits.

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