We are two days away from the eighth annual Tea 43206 event.

Do not be so silly as to miss the party and fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 18, at the German Village Guest House.

It combines your love of all things preservation -- which the event funds -- and your love of crazy disco outfits, which is this year's theme.

Get your leisure suit. Get your tickets. And when you do, understand that it makes you part of the Brickline.

German Village -- home of one of the nation's first ordinance-protected districts -- had just a couple of tilting Historic Register signs marking our gateway until Tea 43206 was invented.


We look at them hanging near Katzinger's and at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and every one of us know German Village deserves better.

But not every one of us set out to fix it.

Darci Congrove and John Pribble didn't just see the problem, they figured out a fix. The couple, their German Village Guest House, and their fabulous friends created Tea 43206 to begin to pay for comprehensive signs in the German Village Historic District.

Phase I was a comprehensive overview -- how are we going to do this in stages as we raise the money, but not lose sight of the bigger project?

Phase II was house plaques. Villagers can buy the plaque and the Society investigates the history of their property so they can hang it at their door and share the story.

So far, about 45 of these plaques are in the neighborhood.

In May, we unveiled Phase III. The Society has used our extensive archives, results of oral interviews and community input to develop an immersive interpretive trail in the neighborhood.

This path has been named "The Brickline: An Urban Historic Discovery."

The recurring themes are: German settlement, immigration and culture; the early -- and groundbreaking -- historic preservation movement; the architecture, landscape and physical context of the neighborhood; German Village parks and gardens; and LGBTQ residents as community visionaries.

The next 16 stories due out this fall along the Brickline are being researched right now. We'll show you a couple of the drafts Saturday.

When you attend Tea, you help us bring the Brickline to fruition. If you buy a ticket, purchase or donate a silent auction item, tell a friend, have a Tea yard sign or bake a cupcake, you are an integral donor to this project.

I estimate that roughly 140,000 cupcakes had to be baked over the years to get us to Saturday in its eighth iteration, so nicely done.

And those cupcakes -- plus, really solid vision and planning led by Darci and John -- attracted the attention of the Ohio Humanities Council, which awarded us a $20,000 grant a year ago to make this happen. The United Way Neighborhood Partnership Grant kicked in funds, too, and in June we were awarded a Tom Daily Foundation grant to continue the work.

The Brickline is for you. Each time you turn the stroller a different direction, or the dog takes you down a new walk path, you'll learn a little more about your neighborhood.

And when you attend Tea, you help make it a reality.

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