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Shop ‘N Give: Support GVS With Checks You Already Write!

April 23, 2014 by admin in News & Events with 0 Comments
Did you know every time you use your Kroger Card or buy from Amazon, you can support German Village Society?

We know from our package pick-up service that A LOT of you love Amazon. Would you take a  minute to log in and add us to your profile to send a little change to your favorite nonprof? It’s easy here

Sign up to connect your Kroger card to giving here:

Save The Date: Fred & Howard Award, Celebration

April 23, 2014 by admin in News & Events with 0 Comments

Save the date for June 17 at 6:30 p.m. when German Village Society will celebrate the lives and contributions of Fred  Holdridge and Howard Burns.

The event will unveil a new plaque in honor of the pair, which will hang at Hausfrau Haven and was paid for by Schmidt’s during the restaurant’s 125th anniversary celebration.

The event at Hausfrau, with wine provided by Hausfrau and snacks by Max & Erma’s, will also feature the latest vignette in the Oral History project. Dozens of Villagers have shared stories about Fred & Howard, and thanks to a grant from Ohio Humanities Council, John Clark of Clark Creative will put together a short documentary of our memories of the pair.

The annual Fred & Howard Award breakfast will also be combined into this event, so please plan to attend to learn who will win this year’s honor. In 1997, the German Village Society’s Board of Trustees created the Fred & Howard Award to honor individuals who have gone the extra mile to carry the message of German Village and the German Village Society to the rest of the world.

Finally, you can look forward to a Fred & Howard feature during this year’s Haus und Garten Tour on June 29!

Why Being On the National Register For Historic Places Matters

April 23, 2014 by admin in News & Events with 0 Comments

-by Historic Preservation Advocate Sarah Marsom

Most of you know that the German Village Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), but have you ever thought about what that means?  The National Register of Historic Places is operated by the National Park Service.  There are currently 89,510 listings on the NRHP all over the United States; properties range from a Big Duck building to cliff dwellings to Mount Rushmore.  The sites are supposed to represent cultural and historical events, people, and places, which represent significant aspects of American history or prehistory.

Being on the NRHP is more than a title; it provides some level of protection and assistance for the properties within the district.  Both tax incentives and Section 106 are benefits of being on the NRHP.  Arguably the most important part of being on the NRHP is Section 106; Section 106 ensures that any project involving federal dollars takes historic properties and landscapes into account.  Section 106 has been integral in protecting the German Village Historic District in the impending I-70/71 construction, because of the legislation, the historic aesthetic has been taken into consideration when designing the new bridges (beginning page 46) and it ensures the Ohio Department of Transportation must assess any potential adverse effects to the district.

Contrary to what many believe, being on the NRHP does not ensure protection from demolition.  The NRHP does not have any laws preventing any modifications to the structure, instead it provides the Secretary of Interior Standards as guidelines to assist homeowners to make the right decisions.  If a property owner significantly alters the integrity of the structure it could potentially be removed from the NRHP.  Local historic designations provide some level of protection for structures/districts from demolition and provide the opportunity to create an architectural review commission and enforceable guidelines.  Luckily for German Village residents, the German Village historic district is both locally and nationally recognized, which provides the most protection possible and ensures the district maintains its architectural integrity.  With federal and local designations in addition to the German Village Commission, the German Village Historic district has long term security for the preservation of the district and real estate values.

For more information on the National Register of Historic Places, visit theofficial webpage.  If you have any questions about your upcoming renovation projects, the Certificate of Appropriateness application process, or need some preservation guidance, please contact me or 614-221-8888.

N4N April 17

April 17, 2014 by admin in News & Events with 0 Comments

GartenMarkt 2014 Pre-Orders Due Now

April 16, 2014 by admin in News & Events with 0 Comments

The German Village Garten Club is hosting its annual GartenMarkt on Saturday, May 10 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.   The GartenMarkt offers the opportunity to pre-order first quality, beautiful annuals for your gardens and containers at a very reasonable price.  PRE-ORDER FORMS are available on the Club’s website,  The original DEADLINE for submitting pre-orders is April 19, but orders will be accepted until April 25.  The pre-order items are only available by submitting the pre-order form.  The plants can be picked up at the GartenMarkt on Saturday.

Annuals include returning favorites:  a variety of colors of geraniums, bedding begonias, caladiums, dragon wing begonias, and accent and trailing plants as well as two new options, New Guinea impatiens in single pots, with four color choices, and flats of six, in two choices of mixed colors, and Angelonia in three vibrant colors.  Also new this year is the 2014 Hosta of the Year.  This hosta, the Abiqua Drinking Gourd, bears heavily textured, huge, blue-green leaves that cup and twist.  Photos of each of the pre-order plants can be found on the pre-order form

The proceeds from GartenMarkt, the largest fundraiser of the Club, help pay for the flowers and holiday trees in the planter boxes on Third Street, planting and maintenance of award winning Frank Fetch Park located on Beck Street, four free Sunday concerts held in Frank Fetch Park in the summer, and monthly education programs, open to the public, offered September-May of each year.  Questions about the GartenMarkt can be directed to the Club’s email address,, or Linda Friedman, Co-Chairman, at 614-444-4661.

Help Shape Future Of GVS

April 14, 2014 by admin in News & Events with 0 Comments

As you may have read or heard, German Village Society is in the midst of a strategic planning process.

Executive Director Shiloh Todorov wants to spend some time this month talking to YOU, understanding better what motivates you to support German Village Society. After 2 ½ years on the job, she’d like a chance to know more people better and learn about your passion for the neighborhood.

Since we are in a strategic planning process this year, it would be helpful to understand, when you look out on the horizon, how you picture German Village and the activities of the Society.

If you’d like to have coffee and conversation, Shiloh will be out looking for company at the following time and locations:

Wednesday | April 23 | 5:30-6:30 | Cup O Joe

Friday | April 25 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Winans

Monday | April 28 | 8-9 a.m. | Starbucks

Gallery At Brent Warner Fest Hall To Welcome Printmakers

April 9, 2014 by admin in News & Events with 0 Comments

German Village Society is pleased to welcome the artists of Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative to the Gallery at Brent Warner Fest Hall in the month of May, and we hope you will join us!

Click to preview the show.

Click to preview the show.

Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative continues to celebrate its 15th anniversary with this group exhibition, “Pressing Visions.” Intaglio, wood and linoleum relief, monotypes, letterpress and other methods are endlessly combined and varied to augment the printable visual language.  The core members of Phoenix Rising have mastered many printmaking techniques, and even developed some of their own.  It is this proficiency that allows them to freely express their ideas, giving eloquence to both impulsive gesture and careful execution.

“Pressing Visions” will feature works by eleven core members of the cooperative: Anne Cushman, co-founder; Judith Steele (German Village resident), Jennifer Cross, Cindy Davis, Donna Jacobs, Barbara Jurjans, Marilyn McPheron, Eliana Saari, Joan Tallan, Amanda VanDenberg and Mary Woodworth.

The exhibit will hang in the Gallery at Brent Warner Fest Hall upstairs at the German Village Society Meeting Haus at 588 S. Third St. from Thursday, May 1 through Sunday, June 8. An opening reception is planned for Tuesday, May 6, from 5-7 p.m. with refreshments provided by Sidecar Global Catering.

On May 21, the cooperative will present an artist talk in Fest Hall. All are welcome to hear this fascinating group of artists talk and teach about their work.

The Gallery at Brent Warner Fest Hall at the German Village Society Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

Exhibit open May 1 – June 8

(M-F 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sun. 12-3 p.m.)

Members of the cooperative have been sharing a well- equipped studio and teaching printmaking in Columbus since September of 1998.  When not presenting workshops or giving printmaking demonstrations, the artist members can be found exploring and refining print techniques. This remarkable organization is run by working artists, every one of which has a distinct artistic vision.  Once their work is collected in a group exhibition, it reveals a surprising variety of visual styles and printmaking methods.

Printmaking brings artists together.  Each proof print is a record of experiment.  This evolutionary process includes a “cross-pollination” of new ideas from other members of the group.  The resulting works reflect both the excitement of innovation and the harmony of this supportive group.

Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative

243 N. Fifth St, Suite 140, Columbus 43215

Discover the joy of “pulling a print”. This cooperative of fine art printmakers maintains a studio and offers classes for experienced artists to pursue the medium and for beginners who want to explore printmaking and create a work of art! Throughout the year, classes about etching, relief, monoprints and letterpress are offered. Group activities from artist talks and printmaking demonstrations to hands on workshops can be arranged.


614-444-2473 phone

Mission Statement

Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative is dedicated to promoting the art of printmaking by providing a well-equipped studio, educational opportunities and an environment of mutual support, camaraderie and inspiration for artists and students, and the community.


Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative was formed in 1996, and began renovating a 1904 building (north of Whittier & Parsons) into a studio facility that opened its doors in September 1998. From its beginning the studio was equipped with a Takach etching press, a Vandercook relief press and materials to accommodate a variety of printmaking techniques. Later, Phoenix Rising acquired a second etching press and added additional mobile work tables so that more printmakers could work in the space.

Phoenix Rising had always operated as a nonprofit organization, and in June of 2010 was officially granted 501(c)(3)status. The cooperative moved to its present larger downtown venue in December 2011. The current facility is on the ground floor of a vintage factory in the Discovery District with a full wall of north facing windows and is ADA compliant.

Phoenix Rising has always maintained a high artistic standard in its programs and in the work produced by its members. Within the organization, members both challenge and encourage each other by sharing techniques and wisdom gained from experience.

Phoenix Rising’s artist members offer a variety of workshops and classes that highlight their particular skills and guest artists are invited to give special presentations. The artists of Phoenix Rising provide outreach programs demonstrating and teaching printmaking techniques in a variety of venues – public and private schools, art groups, central Ohio colleges, artist’s residencies, in-service workshops, etc.

Business Spotlight: Whimsical To Breathtaking, Fun To Functional At Mary B.’s

April 9, 2014 by admin in News & Events with 0 Comments

Committee Meets With Engineers About Third Street

April 9, 2014 by admin in News & Events with 0 Comments

IMG_1732Members of the Civic Relations Committee took a preliminary tour of Third Street with the engineers contracted by the city to study the corridor.

After nearly 15 years of thinking, dreaming, strategizing and planning – the Masterplan for Third Street got the final OK from City Council last year.

German Village was granted $500,000 in Urban Infrastructure Renewal Funds to do an engineering survey and study of our needs along Third Street, resulting in this preliminary engineering study. The study, being performed by OHM, will put in motion a project that does three main things along South Third Street: improves safety, updates deteriorating infrastructure and restores the historic feel to the corridor.

Civic Relations met with two leads from OHM Advisors along with an engineer with the City Department of Public Utilities on April 8.

OHM said it has kicked off the early stages of an 18-month schedule, starting March 1. Yet this year, OHM will conduct two public meetings and online survey that will generate comments from businesses and the public on the OHM plan.

OHM and the City will assist in ideas for funding, and funding will drive the actual construction schedule, which may not begin until 2017 or 2018 at the earliest. During this time, GVS will be involved in keeping the public aware of the plans and schedule, helping with funding ideas and helping with design decisions.

In addition to funding, there will be a necessary sequence of the construction work, which is a function of the engineering work.

The group went on a brief walking tour of Third St with the delegation and talked further about what is planned and what options will be available for residents to mull during the planning process.

F.U.N. This Spring, Summer

April 2, 2014 by admin in News & Events with 0 Comments

Sick of winter?

Dying for the blossoms to beautify our bricks?

Grab your calendars and mark these upcoming F.U.N. (Friends und Neighbors) Committee events:

April 25 - German Village Night at Huntington Park: Opening day is in the rearview, now we settle in for some serious baseball. The Columbus Clippers will celebrate all things German (Village) during this 7:15 p.m. game against the Gwinnett Braves. Village Singers will perform the anthem and Executive Director Shiloh Todorov will throw out the first pitch. Call 614-462-2757 for tickets or fill out this form.

June 13 - German Village FUN will invade Germania for Sommerfest.Click for more details.

Watch this space for more details about park cleanup in May, a cookout in July and September bowling!

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