Hello, Haus und Garten Tour Fan. Your favorite weekend is dead ahead.

What brings people here to German Village year after year?

This year makes 59 consecutive years of Haus und Garten Tour in German Village. Wow! 59 years? This event has been special to a lot of people -- generations now.

For me, the thing that makes it most special is that it comprises 48 hours of this neighborhood doing what this neighborhood does -- we combine our efforts to create something special.

It's all hands on deck.

It took more than 450 volunteers to create this amazing event for you.

And through the German Village Society's committees and board, the Haus und Garten Tour Weekend is a microcosm of everything that really has worked here since 1960.

Neighbors helping neighbors. Community coming out to make German Village a little better. Help preserve it. And, like this weekend, celebrate our achievements.

I couldn't be more pleased to have you be part of our tradition. And if it moves you -- we would love to have you join us.

Being a member of German Village Society -- like being a member of the zoo or art museum -- means you're putting your donation into something you want Central Ohio to have.

You don't have to live here to live here.

Visit germanvillage.com to donate or join.

Whatever your role over the days ahead, let's knock 'em dead this weekend.

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