We're celebrating preservation in August -- particularly the authentic sense of place that preservation creates in German Village.

We're celebrating preservation in August -- particularly the authentic sense of place that preservation creates in German Village.

What does celebrating that mean?

Well, we're planning for the 2013 Historic Preservation Weekend and this year, we've added a "community reads" event to get us thinking and talking about how architecture supports all of the things we love about our neighborhood and our city.

You might recall this is the second year for the Historic Preservation Weekend.

Last year, we had the chance to welcome Rhonda Sincavage of the National Trust to talk about her research that preservation equals happiness.

Last year was the first time we'd had a community discussion about preservation the night before Tea 43206.

Tea is now in its third year, but because all of the money raised by this fabulous party sponsored by the German Village Guest House goes into the Fund for Historic Preservation, we thought it made sense to make a weekend of preservation.

This year, instead of a lecture and panel discussion, Friday night, Aug. 16, will be an author talk.

The German Village Society is honored to welcome local authors Lucy Wolfe and Bob Hunter for a discussion of their book, "A Historical Guidebook to Old Columbus: Finding the Past in the Present in Ohio's Capital City."

This is a community reads event, meaning we encourage our guests to buy tickets -- which at $30 include the price of the book -- in advance and come ready to discuss the book with its authors.

The book supplies intriguing stories about the city's buildings and celebrated citizens, stopping at individual addresses, street corners, parks, and riverbanks where history was made.

There's a chapter (one of 17) on German Village, but reading the book will help us view the entire city's fabric for its role in creating the place we love.

Another thing I love about this book -- many rare and historic photos are reproduced inside, along with current images that offer insight into the ways Columbus has changed over the years.

The event begins with a cocktail reception Friday, Aug. 16. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program will start at 7 p.m.

The reception is open to the public. You can book tickets and reserve your book at 2013tea43206.eventbrite.com or pick it up at the Meeting Haus.

If you already have the book, the event is a $20 donation.

Or, make it a full weekend. Attend the book event AND Tea 43206 (Saturday, Aug. 17 from 4-7 p.m. at the German Village Guest House) for $75.

The tea features live musical entertainment, a silent auction and best hat contest. Tea, wine and elegant hors d'oeuvres and pastries will be served.

Festive garden party attire is requested and gorgeous hats are encouraged.

The proceeds of this event will benefit the Fund for Historic Preservation at the German Village Society.

The Fund is used to support the Society's mission-centric programming for historic preservation and education.

German Village Society Executive Director Shiloh Todorov submitted the Village Notebook column.