Aug. 27 tour of German Village kitchens will be virtual event

GARY SEMAN JR.
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Faye Muncie (left), owner of the Hausfrau Haven boutique wine shop, enjoys a refreshment Aug. 13 with Betty Garrett (center) and Chris Hune, both with the German Village Society, at Hausfrau Haven, 769 S. Third St. in Columbus' German Village neighborhood. Garrett and Hune organized the Celebrate German Village virutal tour, which will celebrate the 1960s and feature five kitchens, serving as an abbreviated Haus und Garten Tour amid the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Muncie's business is donating items for a wine giveaway that is part of the event.

The German Village Society is getting groovy with its 1960s-themed Celebrate German Village, a virtual tour of five kitchens -- the natural gathering spot for celebrations.

The tour will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27.

"It's not really a replacement for the Haus und Garten Tour," said Chris Hune, vice president of the society's board of trustees.

The society is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its founding.

The 61st annual Haus Und Garten Tour was canceled because of the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

"Obviously, it's just a way for the community to get engaged," Hune said. "We didn't want to make it just another Zoom call."

Tickets are $80 per person or $150 per couple and are available at celebrategermanvillage.org.

Tickets include a bottle of wine, a charcuterie platter and other light fare, plus coupons and "fun things that are geared toward our theme of the 1960s," said Hune, who also is chair of the society's development committee.

North Country Charcuterie, Hausfrau Haven and the Kitchen are pitching in on the savory and sweet items and wine, Hune said.

The evening also will offer art, music, history, a silent auction and wine pull -- a raffle with six different baskets of wine.

Valter Veliu, owner of Valter's at the Maennerchor, will present a step-by-step cooking demonstration of his pistachio-crusted lamb chops with grilled garden vegetables and cast-iron fried coins of goat cheese and take viewers through his elaborate personal garden.

"I'm (doing) this tour because German Village does not have a tour this year," Veliu said. "I wanted to create a garden tour and cooking demonstration."

Marcy Fleisher, founder of Team Fleisher Communications and former WBNS-10TV reporter, will be master of ceremonies for the event.

One of the five kitchen stops is that of former WBNS anchor Andrea Cambern, who lived in German Village and now resides in Santa Barbara, California. Her segment will be recorded; the others will be live.

This year's PreTour and tour slated for June 27 and 28, respectively, were canceled because of the pandemic, along with every other summer event that makes the village a destination for those from central Ohio and beyond.

Bill Fetch, son of Frank Fetch, who helped found the historic district and who was a staunch advocate of its preservation, was named honorary chair of this year's Haus und Garten Tour.

Fetch came to town the weekend of June 27 and 28 and toured some historic sites, Hune said.

Betty Garrett, who's organizing the tour with Hune, said the fast-moving 90 minutes will allow villagers to nibble on cured meats, sip some wine and reconnect over a lively atmosphere.

"Given the situation we're in, and we've had to cancel every in-person event, I think it's going to be a real fun time," Garrett said. "It's a chance to get people to have the sense of 'We're really getting a chance to tour homes.' "

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Bexley resident Mary Connor walks beneath a German flag on her way to the third stop on the 2019 German Village Society Haus und Garten Tour. The 2020 event, which would have marked the 61st tour, was canceled, but a special virtual tour of kitchens in the neighborhood is planned.