The German Village Art Committee has gone digital in the age of the COVID-19 coronavirus, as has the local scavenger hunt.

The Meeting Haus, which is the site of six art exhibits per year and the launching point of the scavenger hunt, is closed because of concerns about the spread of the coronavirus and the state's prohibition on public gatherings of more than 10 people.

So members of the art committee are strutting their stuff online and instructions for the scavenger hunt, which still could be done in public using the social-distancing model, will be sent via email.

The German Village Society had to cancel two art exhibits -- Leah Storrs Fisher and Evangelia Phillippidis -- thus far this year, said Betsy DeFusco, chairwoman of the committee.

Plan B involved rounding up the work of six committee members, who work in such media as watercolors and photography, DeFusco said.

Everything is posted at germanvillage.com and individual Facebook pages and Instagram accounts, she said.

"It's fun because we had talked about having a show for ourselves but never did," said DeFusco, who works with oils.

The scavenger hunt includes a self-guided walking tour, which takes about 90 minutes to complete, so participants can pick out architectural elements and various landmarks, said Michelle Mazeke, tour leader at the Meeting Haus.

There is an online reservation website, where participants can download the link and purchase tickets and have the opportunity to watch a short video about the neighborhoods, Mazeke said.

Tour goers receive clues, an answer sheet, the route and a check-off list, Mazeke said. One of the leaders of the scavenger hunt will be given an answer sheet to monitor progress, Mazeke said.

"We also have coloring books," she said. "If they're interested in getting coloring books we will get them one."

People are encouraged to take selfies when they identify something on the hunt, she said.

The cost is $5 per person or $20 for a group of five or more and groups are limited to 10 people per Gov. Mike DeWine's orders on public assembly, Mazeke said.

The tours don't usually start until May but it gives individuals, families, students and other groups the opportunity to get out of the house and challenge themselves in a historic environment, according to the Neighbors 4 Neighbors e-newsletter sent to German Village Society members.

"I think it's a good way to see the neighborhood without so many crowds," Mazeke said.

Delilah Lopez, executive director of the German Village Society, said the coronavirus scare has forced people "to think outside the box and much more cautiously."

"German Village and the German Village Society thrive around community engagement," Lopez said.

"For now, community engagement has to be without contact; therefore, the German Village Society will look to execute our mission of education, advocacy and community engagement through virtual and digital tools.

"We look forward to the time that this is a distant memory and we can back to hosting educational programming and social gatherings at the Meeting Haus," she said.

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