Village Connections officials and members are thinking warm thoughts even if thermometers the past few weeks have indicated otherwise.

The German Village-based concierge service for those 50 and older will hold its Beach Party from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 23 in the German Village Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

Admission is $60 and includes food, beer and wine and live music all built around a tiki theme, said Ed Elberfeld, a founding member of Village Connections and a member of its board of directors.

Tickets can be ordered at www.villageconnectionscolumbus.org.

This is the second year in a row organizers have held a Beach Party, complete with grass skirts, leis, blow-up palm trees and related accessories.

The group previously held its annual fundraiser in the summer, but there were too many conflicts with other events, Elberfeld said.

"Because it's in the middle of winter, it seemed to make sense to have a beach-style party," he said.

Singer and guitarist Chaz Mechenbier will be joined by singer Nicki Baker, who will cover variety of songs from the past 50 years, including the Beatles and Van Morrison for live music on the second floor of the Meeting Haus.

The Scheuer Room on the first floor will have a more relaxed atmosphere, where patrons can have a drink, talk and take a break from the activities, Elberfeld said.

Donald Wiggins, who was appointed executive director of Village Connections Jan. 14, said he went to last year's soiree as a guest.

Anyone can attend the party and Village Connections always is looking for new members, although at the party there won't be any solicitation to get people to join, Wiggins said.

"It's a party, so there's no hard sell that night," he said.

On a related note, the organization is planning a potluck, where people can meet Wiggins, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Meeting Haus.

No registration is required.

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