German Village Gazette

Haus und Garten Tour adopting eco-friendly practices

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The German Village Haus und Garten Tour will have a distinct dash of green this year.

The local Go Green Committee has made an intensive effort to incorporate many eco-friendly practices in the 54th annual tour, slated for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 30.

All of the bracelets and raffle tickets are embedded with wildflower seeds and made of recycled material.

Recycling stations will be located at many tour stops and cups, dishes and dinnerware that can be turned into compost will be used at the PreTour celebration.

Members of the Go Green Committee will cruise throughout the village on vintage bikes reminding tour-goers to be kind to the environment, said Jordanne Renner, the committee's chairwoman.

"We're all really excited that we get to be involved and be serious, but also light-hearted and fun, ring our bike bells and say, 'go green,' " Renner said.

"I think all of our enthusiasm will help educate the 6,000 people coming in for the tour, but also get them amped up and excited about it."

The tour, titled Reel Life: German Village, is expected to bring 6,000 people into the village.

It will feature 15 stops -- 10 homes, three gardens, the Columbus Maennerchor's Dutch House and the High Line Car House, the future home of Two Caterers, in the former Hoster Brewing Co. building.

The PreTour, to be held the previous evening, will give patrons an advanced look at the tour destinations, followed by a dinner, Party on the Platz or scaled down cocktail soiree.

Advanced tickets for the tour are $20 if purchased through germanvillagetour.com or at the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St. Tickets also are available for $18 at all central Ohio Giant Eagle locations. Otherwise, they are $25 on tour day.

Tickets for the PreTour and dinner events are $150 for German Village Society members and $125 for non-members. Tickets to the cocktail party, which will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Willow Street, adjacent to the Meeting Haus, are $75.

The Haus und Garten Tour is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the German Village Society, which will bring in an estimated $83,000 for the organization, said Shiloh Todorov, director of the GVS.

New this year is the Autobahn, in which visitors who purchase a $50 ticket can bypass the crowd through a separate line, cutting down on wait time. A limited number of passes will be sold on tour day.

Patrons can also tour the sites in style by reserving a dedicated golf cart, $500 each, that can seat five and comes accompanied by a driver.

Those who are inspired by the tour sites can enter a raffle for $6,000 of landscaping and home-makeover items and services from many central Ohio businesses.

Tickets, one for $5 or three for $10, will be available throughout the day. The winner will be chosen later that evening.

Todorov said the variety of this year's tour is impressive.

"The buzz about these homes has overtaken the village," she said. "I haven't seen inside every property yet, but the diversity of features, from amazing outdoor ovens to light-up countertops to children's rooms, has me counting down the days to June 30."

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