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Dec. 18 Police Luncheon Notes

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N4N December 18

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Tidbits from the GVS Archives: Then and Now…

December 17, 2014 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

-by Russ Arledge, Curator of Archives and Facilities

I hope everyone who attended the 2014 Village Lights event this year had a wonderful time! This latest tradition was a reinvention of past holiday celebration events dating back to the German Village Society’s first Holiday Season in December 1960 when at the suggestion of Charter Member Art Ballantyne, the GVS held its first Christmas Decoration Contest. The contest was judged by local TV newscasters Chet Long and Hugh DeMoss, and newspaper columnist Ben Hayes.

The winners for 1960 were:

First Place: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Barlett  794 S. Sixth St
Second Place: Col. And Mrs. James R. Allen  43 E Sycamore St
Third Place: Mr. and Mrs. William Schola  616 City Park Ave
Honorable Mention: Barbera Babylon  145 E. Frankfort St

The Annual Christmas Decoration contest continued for decades up thru the early-1990’s and was replaced in 1993 by the first Cristkindlsmarkt , a Village-wide celebration  and shopping experience hosted by the “Business League of German Village” (now known as the GVBC – German Village Business Community) and with the expanded use of luminarias, the event was eventually renamed Luminaria!

Other activities that continued thru the 1990’s and  2000’s were the German Village Society’s annual tree lighting, the Christmas Cookie Caper, the afternoon Christmas Tour of Homes, Casseroles and Carols, the Columbus Striezlmarkt held at Columbus City Hall that was a cooperative effort with our Sister City… Dresden, Germany, even a gift wrap station at Columbus City Center! Luminaria was renamed Village Lights in 2005, which brings us back to the present. May all of you reading this, Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

Switching gears…

The last two week’s location contest was a tough one, but in the end there was a winner!

The location of the intersection was Third St and Whittier St. Winans Chocolate & Coffees on the S/W corner, and Studio Fovero Salon & Spa on the N/E corner.

Congratulations to John Koslap for providing the correct answer!

Bis später!

Last Chance To Pick Up Packages In 2014

December 17, 2014 by Mark Weiss in Feature Slider, News & Events with 0 Comments

The Meeting Haus will be CLOSED December 23 – January 4 and we urge everyone to pick up any packages being held by 12 p.m. on December 23.  Our volunteers encourage you to pick up your packages as soon as possible. Any packages still remaining cannot be retrieved until January 5.  While these lovely ladies will be making last-minute phone calls to relieve our limited storage capacity of all remaining packages, we will be stopping delivery service during the Dec. 23 – Jan. 4 time period.  If you plan to use the service during that time, great!  Just know you will not be able to receive the package until January 5.  No packages will be returned, just delayed.

While we’ve been laying it on pretty thick through this newsletter, social media, posters in the Visitor Center and our website we realize some individuals may not have received the message.  So please help us spread the word, especially if you know your neighbor uses this service or plan to use this service.

Please do so as soon as possible, for our volunteers sake!

Directional Signage Points To German Village

December 15, 2014 by Mark Weiss in Feature Slider, News & Events with 0 Comments

11.20SignageMapMany people have been curious about how the I-70/71 road modifications will affect signage directing people towards German Village. During November, the first of five signs was installed to help people know where to go!

A sign originally located at Third and Fulton was moved to Third and Mound. The additional signs will eventually be installed throughout downtown (refer to map).

For more information about the signs, follow this link . The link takes you to an interactive Google map, where you can click on the widgets (tiny red bubbles) and see what other Columbus destinations will be featured on the signs. Please email Sarah if you have any questions,  smarsom@germanvillage.com or 221-8888.

December 2014 Minutes, GVS Board of Trustees

December 12, 2014 by admin in News & Events with 0 Comments

Thousands Flock to Village Lights Presented by Schmidt’s

12.11VillageLights2After an ominous week of rain, many were left wondering whether the weather would cooperate with our winter signature event.  However, the clouds cleared and paved the way for many to enjoy all that our neighbors and business members had to offer during Village Lights presented by Schmidt’s this past Sunday.  The crowds were huge and Schiller Park never looked better!

 

New to the event this year were our shuttle vans that picked up patrons from various locations on the north and south ends of the Village.  A large thank you goes out to Livingston United Methodist Church and Gresso’s Restaurant & Bar for providing transportation that was especially appreciated by our guest’s with strollers.  We had free parking this year thanks to Big Red Rooster, AfriCentric and BOSS Fitness.

12.11StzmrktWe would like to thank sponsors German Village Veterinary Hospital and car2go for headlining the festivities at the Meeting Haus.  The crowds were lured to the plaza with delicious offerings provided by our Striezelmarkt participants this year: W.E. Davis, Juergens Bakery, Columbus Maennerchor, Qwirk CoWorking, Actors’ Theatre, BOSS Fitness, Capital City Dental, Columbus Food Adventures, German Village Garten Club, Green Scoop, Home Instead Senior Care and Huntington Bank.

12.11VillageLights3Free horse-drawn carriage rides were given to hundreds who lined up outside St. Mary’s and this was supported by German Village Chiropractors.  The Columbus Saints and Capital Pride Holiday Brass Band supplied Christmas carols that echoed throughout our bricks.  Lastly, who could forget the winter wonderland that was the Tom Dailey residence!

In case you missed the three weeks worth of social media posts, the television segments and interviews or the N4N plugs Village Lights was quite the collaborative effort this year.  Brought to you by presenting sponsor Schmidt’s, and supported by the German Village Business Community, behind the scenes organization was spearheaded by Co-Chairmen Greg Gamier and Jeff Lowe along with GVBC Chair Marie Trudeau.

As with any signature event in the Village, it’s only possible to execute successfully with the help of a number of volunteers.  Neighbor Bonnie Mitchell deserves infinite thanks for her efforts in coordinating our volunteer force.  Elise Wyant and Sarah Marsom joined our two shuttle vans to give guests a brief riff on the history of the Village as they were transported to the action.  Lastly, we would like to thank the students of Stewart Elementary, South High School volunteers and our neighbors that helped on Sunday for setup and tear-down.

 

We can’t send enough thanks to everyone involved in making Village Lights a HUGE success – from our sponsors to the participating business members to our volunteers. But a special thanks to all who attended, it was for you and we hope you enjoyed!

On behalf of our supporting GVBC sponsors, thank you and we’ll see you December 6, 2015:
Ballet Met’s The Nutcracker
Barcelona Restaurant & Bar
The Book Loft
car2go
Club 185
Tom Dailey
Easy Street Cafe
Edward Jones – David Cunningham
Franklin Art Glass Studios
German Village Veterinary Hospital
G. Michael’s Bistro & Bar
Helen Winnemore’s
Inner Health Chiropractic
Lindey’s
Schmidt’s
Vernacular
Vutech | Ruff HER Realtors

Tidbits from the GVS Archives: Then and Now…

December 10, 2014 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 1 Comment

-by Russ Arledge, Curator of Archives and Facilities

Sorry, there was no correct answer to last week’s question, so I’ll offer a few *hints…

Here are a couple of photos of Mary Long in front of two businesses she and her husband Carl operated in the 1930’s thru the 1950’s. In the first photo, Mary is standing in front of Long’s Confectionery, and in the second photo, Mary is standing in front of Long’s Grocery store with two of her sons – Ken & Jack. The interesting thing about the two photos is that the two buildings are located at the same major intersection in GV… diagonally across the intersection from each other.

Can you guess what the two cross-streets of the intersection are?

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On the N/E corner of the intersection

*Hint #1:  It is now a hair salon & spa.

Click HERE for *Hint #2…

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On the S/W corner of the intersection

*Hint #2:  It is now a chocolate & coffee shop.

The first person to respond rarledge@germanvillage.com with the correct answer will receive a poster printed in 1973 depicting buildings in Columbus as they were back then, including German Village!

Look for the weekly Tidbits!

Bis später!

Read Greg Gamier And Jeff Lowe’s OANA Awards Nomination

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

Tidbits from the GVS Archives: Then and Now… Dec. 3

December 3, 2014 by admin in News & Events with 0 Comments

Tidbits from the GVS Archives: Then and Now…

-by Russ Arledge, Curator of Archives and Facilities

Here are a couple of photos of Mary Long in front of two businesses she and her husband Carl operated in the 1930’s thru the 1950’s. In the first photo, Mary is standing in front of Long’s Confectionary, and in the second photo, Mary is standing in front of Long’s Grocery store with two of her sons – Ken & Jack. The interesting thing about the two photos is that the two buildings are located at the same major intersection in GV… diagonally across the intersection from each other.

Can you guess what the two cross-streets of the intersection are?

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On the N/E corner of the intersection

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On the S/W corner of the intersection

The first person to respond rarledge@germanvillage.com with the correct answer will receive a poster printed in 1973 depicting buildings in Columbus as they were back then, including German Village!

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LAST WEEK’S ANSWER

 

The correct answer for last week’s question: The building was originally the home of the Olnhausen Family and was sold to the St. Mary’s Church and used as high school classrooms until it was torn down in 1960 to make way for a convent. The build underwent several more remodeling’s and is now known as the Burkley Center located at 672 St Third St. Father Burkley was the longest serving Pastor of St. Mary’s Church.

Congratulations to Mary Kelly Minner for providing the correct answer!

Look for the weekly Tidbits!

Bis später!

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