German Village Gazette

Village Notebook

Some important changes are part of this year's PreTour

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If you plan to join us for PreTour 2014 on June 28, please read this column carefully. There are some changes you'll want to note.

We are on a quest to make this year's PreTour and Haus und Garten Tour a little more green.

The 44th international Earth Day observance is Tuesday, April 22.

No one knows that better than our re-energized Go Green committee.

Its members are dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint, promoting local food and just generally trying to keep our eye -- as a community -- on the ideals Earth Day has embraced for decades.

To that end, Go Green Chairwoman Jordanne Renner has been working to make German Village Haus und Garten Tour a state pilot for sustainable events with Ohio EPA and SWACO.

More details on that will come this spring.

One of the easiest ways to make our event greener is to reduce how much paper we're printing.

So when PreTour invitations go into the mail next week, they will come without an RSVP card.

We have also chosen not to print the individual menus for distribution through the mail.

Instead, both the menus and the RSVP/ payment process will all be online.

To preview PreTour dinner themes and menus starting April 24, please visit www.GermanVillageTour.com/PreTour.

There will be no presale of PreTour tickets this year.

Tickets can be purchased beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, May 2, at the same link, or by calling 614-221-8888.

Please have your top four dinner choices ready when purchasing your tickets.

All dinner assignments will be made based upon the order of purchase, which our phone volunteers will note as they take your order and which the online site will automatically note as you pay with your credit card.

Whether you choose a private dinner at a German Village home or the fabulously chic Party on the Platz, tickets are $150 for German Village Society members and $175 for non-members.

Each Society member can purchase two tickets at the member price.

We are offering a young-professionals ticket to PreTour this year: $125 gets you a ticket to Party on the Platz if you're 35 or younger. (I need to see your ID, please!)

Also new this year, you can go to PreTour for a $75 ticket (limited to the first 30 tickets with no age restriction) that allows you to tour the homes Saturday, June 28, then attend the cocktail party on Willow Street.

There is no dinner or Party on the Platz with these passes, but you can join the Saturday fun for half the price.

There's more greening coming.

For example, we've shrunk the number of pages in the Haus und Garten Tour program and we're putting the map of homes for the day back in the center of the booklet rather than printing two pieces.

To the program we're adding all kind of fun online extras that patrons can peruse with their smartphones while in line.

Stay tuned for more earth-friendly improvements.

And mark your calendars to check out PreTour menus online April 24 -- then get ready to click and buy at 10 a.m. May 2.

We can't wait to share the community's favorite night of the year with you.

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

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