Officials organizing this year's German Village Haus und Garten Tour said they are working to bring the past into the present.

One of the houses on the first tour in 1960 will be part of the lineup, and the Party on the Platz will return to the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St. A version of it was held last year in Schiller Park.

"We're just trying to get back to our roots, getting everything back to the Meeting Haus," said Chris Hune, this year's tour director. "It also gives us, logistically, a backup in case it rains."

Bill Fetch, son of the late Frank Fetch, who is credited with creating what would become the German Village Society, has been named honorary chairman, Hune said.

This year's tour will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the German Village Society, Hune said. Tour proceeds benefit the society. This will be the 61st Haus und Garten Tour.

The tour has been scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 28.

"We've got a couple of homes that have some really strong, rich histories to them," Hune said."One of them used to be a Lang Stone Co. (store)."

Another tradition, the PreTour, is scheduled from 4 to 10 p.m. June 27.

Whether patrons sign up for a dinner at a private residence, the Party on the Platz or a cocktail party on Willow Street, they all will get a first look that evening into the houses and gardens on the tour, Hune said.

The Meeting Haus will be converted into the Pink Flamingo Lounge -- pink flamingos are a favorite lawn ornament of villagers -- a tribute to the 1960s theme, Hune said.

"It's going to be a fun, high-end party," she said.

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Delilah Lopez, executive director of the society, said she likes how the tour is shaping up.

"I think everything is kind of falling into place perfectly to help honor 60 years of the German Village Society," Lopez said.

"So it is certainly going to be a Haus und Garten Tour weekend not to miss."