The kickoff to the holiday season in German Village begins Sunday, Nov. 27, when the German Village Garten Club holds its second annual winter event.

The kickoff to the holiday season in German Village begins Sunday, Nov. 27, when the German Village Garten Club holds its second annual winter event.

The Big Red Bash, a fundraiser for the garden club, will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

“Just about everything we’re doing has red in it, so we’re painting the village red,” said Will Eylar, chair of the event.

Tickets, which may be purchased at www.germanvillagegartenclub.com, are $50 each. Food and drinks will be provided, as will live entertainment from “Jazz” Mary Daniels.

Carol Porter, a member of the garden club, said the event is a followup to last year’s Holiday Gala, at which an assortment of wreaths was sold. This year, mantle pieces, indoor and outdoor wreaths, swags and special gift items are for sale.

“We’re just spreading the variety of products they’ll be able to purchase,” Porter said.

In addition, the garden club will be “decking the bricks” by setting up Christmas trees in 17 of the flower boxes along South Third Street. For $50, residents can dedicate one of the trees to a person or pet, Eylar said, and they get a picture put in a frame on the tree. Forms are available at the Meeting Haus. The remaining eight flower boxes will be decorated with pine boughs and red twig dogwoods.

The garden club holds its annual GartenMarkt every summer, but because it is outdoors, the weather can play a major role in its success, Porter said. Therefore, members decided a second event would help raise money for the club’s activities, which include maintaining the flower boxes along Third and landscaping at Frank Fetch Park.

“It’s a good way for us to talk about our garden club but also a good way to raise money during an event in which we can have a roof over our heads,” Porter said.

The garden club’s Big Red Bash precedes a number of holiday events, including the annual Christmas tree-lighting at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Frank Fetch Park; Village Lights on Sunday, Dec. 4; and the Village Singers holiday concert, with performances slated for Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11.

“We have a high-energy, modern mix of events and opportunities and shopping destinations, all wrapped in our charming historic setting,” said Shiloh Todorov, director of the German Village Society.

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