Tea 43206 is taking a hip trip back to the Me Decade, when bell-bottoms encircled platform soles and tuna casserole was on every table.

The eighth annual soiree, expected to draw 200 people, will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the German Village Meeting Haus, 748 Jaeger St.

It will have a disco theme, with a soundtrack that would make Studio 54 envious, and clothes ripped from the pages of "Harper's Bazaar," said Darci Congrove, who owns the Guest House with her husband, John Pribble.

Admission is $75 in advance or $100 at the door. Reservations are recommended and can be made at germanvillage.com/tea43206.

The evening includes food, drinks and dessert.

Congrove said the bill of fare will include '70s classics, such as pigs in a blanket, mini quiches, cheeseball dips, meatballs and teriyaki chicken.

Hats still are an important part of the party, which raises fund for historic-preservation efforts in German Village.

There will be awards for best hat and runner-up, plus an award each for best disco hat and disco outfit.

Silent-auction prizes include two 45-yard-line tickets to the Ohio State-Michigan football game, wine, art and local jewelry -- "something for everybody," Congrove said.

One of the more interesting items is a "make your own salami" kit, with hands-on instruction at North Country Charcuterie.

Another is a custom hat donated by local resident Jennifer Joseph. The chapeau offers waves of sheer fabric, pink flamingo feathers and silk rosettes.

Congrove said she expects to raise $30,000 this year -- up from $28,750 last year.

The party so far has raised $165,000, leading to a total of more than $200,000, including grant money, for the Historic Preservation Fund.

They money has paid for items such as house plaques, which includes a story on former inhabitants of certain houses, and the Brickline, a recently launched series of markers, which tell more complete stories of the neighborhood.

"It's a pretty good mix," she said.

Chris Hune has been a steady volunteer at Tea 43206 and appreciates the mission of the party.

Hune gives much credit to Congrove and Pribble for the work they do for the gathering.

"Being able to be such a small part of that is rewarding enough," she said.

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