Tea 4 2: Two Hundred for Tea
Historic preservation is the goal of party
Don a wacky hat, vie for a chance at stardom.
The third annual Tea 4 2: Two Hundred for Tea invites patrons to wear a crazy chapeau and enter a silent auction that includes a walk-on role in an Actors' Theatre of Columbus production next year.
The event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at the German Village Guest Haus, 748 Jaeger St. Admission is $50 in advance and $60 at the door.
Resident Tim Morbitzer, attending for the second year, will wear a straw boater.
"A lot of the attendees choose elaborate period hats and this one fits in with the theme perfectly," he said.
"I didn't want something new since we're all about historic preservation. This hat has clearly been preserved."
The purpose of the gala is to raise money for historic preservation in the neighborhood.
Tea 4 2 raised nearly $10,000 in its first year and $15,500 last year.
Organizers are hoping 250 attend the soiree, which also will offer food and drinks, said Shiloh Todorov, director of the German Village Society.
"I think they're coming first and foremost to have a great party on what we hope is a beautiful August day and to wear a great hat," she said, "but we know the reason they pay 50 bucks is they support the mission."
So far, the GVS has spent $4,000 on museum-quality computer software, which combines member and donor tracking and digitizes society archives. Another $2,000 was spent on Art Walk signs in the village.
Next on the agenda is a more comprehensive sign program. The GVS soon will put out requests seeking design and conceptualization, including the number, location and color of the signs, Todorov said.
"I think that the purpose of signage in German Village is to help people understand our story," Todorov said.
"Signage will help tell our history, how our history is preserved and the interesting people who have lived here in a way that's self-guided."
Also, as part of the historic preservation weekend, Lucy Wolfe and Bob Hunter will discuss their book, A Historical Guidebook to Old Columbus: Finding the Past in the Present in Ohio's Capital City, at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.
General admission is $20 and $30 for those who want a copy of the book. Jody Graichen, historic preservation consultant for the GVS, will moderate the discussion. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception.
It's considered a "community reads" event, Todorov said, meaning participants are invited to buy tickets in advance, along with the book, and join the discussion with the authors.