One very clever addition (literally) to the Swedish Days festivities moved in (literally, again) to Geneva today.
It's fun to see the activity downtown on Monday, as the community gets ready for Swedish Days. The service clubs are setting up, the courthouse lawn is getting a trim, workers are setting up the annual carnival.
And among all of this activity, Shodeen Construction is bringing in a treat for kids—and probably a few adults.
It's a house, a mini Swedish cottage, and children will be invited on Saturday to help build it. The windows are in, the roof and four walls are here—brought in by a truck flatbed and a forklift on Monday. But the finishing touches still need to be done.
That's where the kids come in. On Saturday, they'll be invited to paint the outside and color the inside walls, kind of like leaving your mark by carving your name in a wooden bench or your hand in wet concrete—only legal.
At future chamber festivals in 2011—Geneva Arts Fair and Festival of the Vine—two more facets of the cottage will need to be completed. The kids will paint the shingles added to the roof during the Arts Fair, and they'll have a crack at landscaping during Festival of the Vine.
When the it's finished, ShoDeen Inc. will donate the cottage to .
On Monday, the first phase of development was completed with the delivery of the framed building to its resting place on James Street by the courthouse. We can hardly wait to see Phase 2.