Three major events in German Village have been canceled because of concerns about the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.
Jazz & Juleps and GartenMarkt, both part of an annual weekend event involving a party and plant sale, and the spring concert by the Village Singers will return next year, organizers said.
The German Village Garten Cub's board of directors decided March 16 to close the curtain on Jazz & Juleps, scheduled for May 8, and GartenMarkt, slated for the following day.
Both were to be held at the German Village Meeting Haus.
"It is heartbreaking because not only is it our largest fundraiser, which allows us to do the many beautification projects and the education programs for our members; we consider it the kickoff party to the spring season," said Ashleigh Lemon, vice president of the board.
Wayne Owens, founder and general manager of the Village Singers, said the German Village Society made the decision to close the Meeting Haus, where the rehearsals for "Tribute" and the concert were to be held.
Owens said he agreed with the decision and there was no way to reschedule the May 2 and 3 shows. The concert theme was to have paid tribute to such musical icons as the Beatles and Neil Diamond.
"I can't do anything this summer because a lot of people in our group are traveling," he said.
It is the first time in 20 years the Village Singers have had to cancel a show, Owens said. This year's Christmas show still is expected to be held, barring any unforeseen circumstances, he said.
He said the group will lose revenue because of canceling the concert, some of the money from which goes to staging the show.
Yet the organization still plans to proceed with awarding scholarships for local students who want to attend summer performing-arts camps.
Lemon said the Garten Club board decided that with Gov. Mike DeWine's initial order on prohibiting public gatherings of 100 or more -- and now the state's stay-at-home mandate -- there was no alternative but to cancel.
"We have to pay for things in advance, so we had to make the hard call now, as are most people," Lemon said.
The Garten Club is responsible for care of all of the planters along South Third Street and maintenance of Frank Fetch Park, among other duties.
The coronavirus situation also puts in doubt the presale ordering of plants, said Jim Chakeres, president of the Garten Club's board.
It's not clear just how long the stay-at-home executive order will last, Chakeres said. The Meeting Haus is closed, and it's uncertain when it will open again, he said.
"The other challenge is we have to order so many plants in advance and commit to them," Chakeres said. "We're at that point where we're trying to make those decisions."
The Garten Club will try to make up some of that lost revenue at a ramped-up Gardens by Candlelight tour July 18, Chakeres said.
"We would like to," he said.
"It may be a little wishful thinking but we hope we can do it."
All German Village Society events through May have been canceled or postponed, including two art exhibits.
The fun committee's "A Load of Crock," in combination with Crockpot-a-palooza and the society's 60th-anniversary trivia event, also might be postponed, said Delilah Lopez, society executive director. The rescheduling of Caretakers of a Legacy Awards, in partnership with the German Village Commission, will be announced at a later date, she said.