54th Annual HAUS UND GARTEN TOUR:
Reel Life: German Village
Sunday, June 30 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Every last Sunday of June, German Village opens its doors and garden gates for the German Village Society’s annual Haus und Garten Tour. The 54th edition is set for Sunday, June 30, 2013. Visitors flood the Village for the day-long celebration of renowned designs, enchanting gardens and award-winning restorations. Guests meander through the open sites at their own pace, while stopping to shop and dine at our businesses throughout the village.
The theme this year: “Reel Life: German Village.” This year’s Tour co-chairs, Kristyn and Chris Hartman, have rounded up 14 properties, from an uber-bachelor pad to a sculptor’s studio to a trifecta of styles along Sycamore Street, there promises to be dozens of inspirational moments.
The day is an effort to provide our 6,000+ tour guests a glimpse of quality historic preservation and innovative design in the home and gardens on tour. We think of the event as a “tour of inspiration.”
Tickets Please: CLICK HERE
We have brand new ways to line skip on Tour day. When tickets go on sale later this spring, look for the “Autobahn” pass. Think FASTPASS at Disney World. This very limited-release, $50 pass means you go to the front of the line all day long.
Add to your Autobahn pass another new idea this year to avoid the golf cart lines. For $500, you and up to five friends can be chauffeured around the event in your own private golf cart!
All proceeds from the Haus und Garten Tour support the historic preservation and education programs of the German Village Society.
Thank you to:
EVENT CHAIRS | Kristyn and Chris Hartman
GARDEN CHAIR | Alberta Stevens
DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR | Tanya Rutner, Raising Green Productions
Sarah Kasey and Alena Marand | Party on the Platz Co-Chairs
German Village Society Board of Trustees Liaison | Darci Congrove
Orphan’s Brunch Host | Rita Marker
Richard and Sharon Pettit | Home Hosts Dinner
More than 200 volunteers – Want to help in 2013? Email Bonnie Mitchell.
MEDIA CONTACT | Sarah Irvin Clark, Irvin Public Relations, email@example.com
More About Our Biggest Fundraiser of the Year
Name the top five places you tell clients, friends and family about when they ask about Columbus’ charms. You list the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Ohio Stadium, Franklin Park Conservatory, Short North and of course, German Village. Only one is a dynamic neighborhood where the whole Central Ohio region can live, work, shop, and play. Only one combines old-world architecture with nationally rated shops and restaurants in a pedestrian-friendly streetscape just begging you to explore.
Investing in German Village means you are investing in your own future of enjoying all the charms our neighborhood has preserved for 150 years.
Because we have a critical needs list to fund, and fulfilling those needs will help us keep German Village vibrant and appealing to all who are invested in Central Ohio.
Our critical needs list was created over a one-year period. It started with strategic planning and continued with brainstormed and vetted ideas through community engagement, so we know that the investments we make with your dollars are fully supported by our residents. Of paramount importance, we seek to maintain and grow our reputation as a preservation leader and a unique, destination neighborhood for all of Central Ohio. Finally, we prioritized the list and set budgets for each critical needs item.
Rehire a professional Historic Preservation Director – an expert to guide us in current best-practices of preservation. ($25,000 – $45,000/year)
• Research and implement comprehensive signage for our historic district – so visitors and residents alike can identify that they are in a special place, learn a bit about our history and find their way to our landmarks. Comprehensive signage puts us on par with great neighborhoods like Georgetown, downtown Charleston or Old Towne Alexandria. ($10,000 to create strategy, followed by incremental investments in signage)
• Create continuing education workshops for planners, attorneys and realtors – in collaboration with other Columbus historic neighborhoods – to show professionals in a five-state region what’s so special about Columbus. ($15,000 – $25,000)
• Collect, index, edit, and permanently store our oral histories – we’re capturing the stories of those Villagers who saw restoration and preservation from its beginnings in the 1950s before those voices are lost to the generations. ($20,000 – $35,000)
• Create new, interactive tours for schoolchildren aligned to state standards – we’re helping to educate the next generation about the Columbus that came before them and why new generations of leaders will be needed to keep German Village and our spirit of community engagement in place. ($1,000 – $10,000)