German Village Gazette

Haus und Garten Tour

PreTour parties earn Levy honorary status

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Sally Levy just thought she was helping out the neighborhood she loves.

Members of the German Village Society, however, thought her contributions to the Haus und Garten Tour were worthy of recognition.

Levy of East Deshler Avenue is this year's honorary chairwoman of the Haus und Garten Tour, to be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 29.

She was specifically credited with throwing a number of dinners for the PreTour, held the evening before the tour.

Levy, a widower whose husband, Robert, died in 2002, said she can't recall how many parties she's thrown since moving to the village permanently in 1980, but she's had quite a few.

And she states emphatically she does not cook, choosing to hire "whoever I can find."

"I've had chefs in here," she said. "I've had caterers ... however we can do it."

But with friends such a Lynn Elliott and Jennifer and John Joseph, they built dinners around themes, such as China, pirates, honey bees and barbecue.

"We've done all kinds of things," she said. "It's fun to do. It's just as much fun to go."

In fact, she's not playing host this year.

She's going to a PreTour dinner hosted by Darci Congrove, a member of the Society Board of Trustees. The PreTour, which features a host of activities, will begin at 5 p.m. and extend beyond midnight for some of the revelers.

Levy said the gardens at each of her houses -- she's actually owned two on Deshler -- have been featured on the tour several times.

"I have a lot whimsy out there," she said.

Shiloh Todorov, executive director of the German Village Society, said she and other officers choose the honorary chairman or chairwoman every year. The society keeps nominations on file to keep locals on the radar.

"Sally has been an incredible contributor to PreTour -- throwing parties year after year after year -- and was a great choice for this honor," Todorov said. "Our honorary tour chair is meant to be singled out, someone who has made her or his mark on the tour event."

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