The German Village Society has installed a new fountain at the Schiller Park pond. The new fountain is just in time to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the park itself — and to greet the visitors coming to our neighborhood for today’s Haus und Garten Tour.
In my view, the new fountain is definitely an improvement. And the assorted ducks and geese that hang out at the pond seem to like it, too.
Today is the 56th annual German Village Haus und Garten Tour. Thousands of visitors will be trekking through German Village for the event, which raises money for the preservation and education programs of the German Village Society. If you haven’t got your tickets yet, you can buy them today for $25.
The headquarters for the event, the German Village Meeting House, is less than a block from our new place. The street next to the Meeting House is blocked off, lights have been strung up, and tents have been erected for the guests, and last night there was a kick-off event that sent music wafting over our neighborhood.
This will be the first Tour we’ve experienced since we moved to German Village. Here’s an admittedly selfish thought: will the Haus und Garten Tour be as personally disruptive as the various New Albany events, like the New Albany Walking Classic, that used to block off our North of Woods neighborhood and complicate our lives at our old house? I’m hoping we can at least get in our car and drive away if we need to. If so, we can live with the Tour.