Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Spring Schnitzelburg History Walk - This Saturday!

Don as a child and his father
on Ash Street about 1940-41.
The Spring Schnitzelburg History Walk is this upcoming Saturday, May 16th. Walkers will meet at 10 am at the All Wool & Yard Wide Club for coffee and Nord's doughnuts before embarking on their journey back in time.  

Schnitzelburg History Walks occur once in the Spring and once in the Fall.  For each Walk, the route changes, so if you have been on a walk before, you may learn something new this time! Saturday's route will include parts of Hickory, Burnett, Shelby, Milton, Hoertz and Ash Streets.

The walks are narrated by Don Haag, a former resident of Schnitzelburg whose roots run deep in the neighborhood.  If Don doesn't know about it, it didn't happen.  Not only is Don a wealth of knowledge, his stories of yesteryear are a delight to listen to!  Don began writing memoirs about his life growing up, collectively called "As I Remember It."  Below is an excerpt from his memoirs that is a taste of what to expect on the history walk:

Schnitzelburg and Germantown were well-known for all the taverns, even today.  At one time, there were five saloons on Hickory Street alone, and two other places you could buy beer.  In Schnitzelburg, beer was part of the diet with most German families.  Each night, Dad would walk to one of the corner taverns, usually Flabby Devine’s Tavern, and get his soup pot filled with draft beer for $1.00.  When he got home he would sit the beer pot on ice in the sink and us kids would get out of bed and enjoy a glass of brew and peanut butter crackers. 
After I was older and dating, Dad would be waiting on the porch when I arrived home and we would go to Flabby's for the pot of beer.  We would also frequent other taverns such as Tim-Tam Tavern and Speckt’s.  Of course, a few glasses of beer would be consumed at the tavern to quench the thirst while talking with old friends. Some would enjoy playing the pinball machines, as most taverns had pinball machines and would pay off games won at 5 cents a game.  
Remember, before we had refrigerators in our homes, the only way to have fresh beer was to drink it at the tavern or tote it home from the tavern.  Since one could not spend all of their time in a bar, a way to transport beer home from the saloon became necessary.  This dilemma led to the development of the 'growler.'  Early forms of this beer transport were just crudely made, galvanized metal pails. The deluxe ones had lids, and they were made of stainless steel.  Old timers in Schnitzelburg and Germantown may remember being sent as a child to the tavern by their father or grandfather to fetch a 'growler' of beer.  I'm told the name 'growler' originated as a result of children handling beer—if the child was not careful and splashed the beer out of the bucket, the old man was said to 'growl' (I bet) when they arrived home.  I have also heard that when the beer sloshed around the pail, it created a rumbling sound as the CO2 escaped through the lid, thus the term 'growler' was coined.  Before World War II, city kids used to bring covered buckets of draft beer from a local bar or brewery to workers at lunchtime or to their parents at dinnertime, a practice called 'rushing the growler.'
There are still a few spots available, so reserve your spot today by emailing  The walk is free and takes about 2 hours.  Be sure to wear comfortable shoes.  

Monday, May 4, 2015

May Newsletter!

We hope everyone enjoyed and survived Derby!  The fun doesn't stop after the first weekend in May - it's only just beginning.

Read all about what is going on in Schnitzelburg in the May newsletter.  Highlights include the Germantown Baseball Parade/Schnitzelburg Arts and Crafts Festival/Schnitzelburg Walk on Saturday, May 9th and the Spring History Walk on Saturday, May 16th.

See you around Schnitzelburg!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

General Meeting Recap

WOW!  What a phenomenal neighborhood meeting last night!  Thanks to everyone who came out last night and thank you to our wonderful speakers!

Don't forget to add our June Neighborhood Meeting to your calendar (it's the ice cream social!): Monday, June 22nd at 7 pm.  John Hawkins with the Center for Neighborhoods will be our main speaker and he'll be sharing some resourceful online tools.

As promised, here is the follow-up information from our meeting last night:


  • Brightside website
  • Subscribe to Brightside emails
  • Brightside on Facebook
  • Lorri Roberts, Event and Volunteer Coordinator:
  • Email Lorri if you would like to be the Brightside Champion for District 10 (leads litter assessments).  
  • If you would like to start earning Schnitzelburg the Green Living Neighborhood Certification  and act as the Schnitzelburg Captain, click here to enroll
  • If you would like any Brightside tshirts, gloves, or bags for picking up trash in the neighborhood, please email and we can deliver supplies to your door!
Officer Kitchen at the meeting.
District Resource Officer

Fresh Stop
  • Fresh Stop website
  • New Roots website - parent organization for Fresh Stop
  • New Roots Facebook
  • Smoketown Fresh Stop starts on Tuesday, June 2nd at Coke Memorial United Methodist Church (328 East Breckenridge Street).  
    • Fresh Stops occur every 2 weeks (June through October) and you must pay for your food up to five days in advance.  
    • Anyone interested in receiving fresh food is able to purchase a share ($25/share), and lower income individuals may purchase shares at a discounted rate ($12/share for low income; $6/share for WIC mothers).  
    • Fresh Stops are able to take credit/debit cards, SNAP, checks, or cash. 
  • For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Michele Johnston, the Smoketown Fresh Stop coordinator: or 502.208.1813

A Taste of Germantown & Schnitzelburg

  • Wednesday, May 21st from 6-9 pm on McHenry Street (to be closed).  See previous blog post for more information.
  • Discount neighborhood tickets - SOLD OUT!  Thank you!!
  • Need to purchase a ticket ($50/each)?  Click here.   
  • Proceeds from the event benefits the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Kentucky and Southern Indiana in honor of Michael Faurest, Man of the Year candidate.  If you can't make the event, but still wish to donate, please click here

Spring Schnitzelburg History Walk

  • Saturday, May 16th @ 10 am.  Meeting @ All Wool & Yard Wide (1328  Hickory Street).
  • If you would like to sign-up for the free walk, please email

Friday, April 24, 2015

General Meeting + A Taste of Germantown & Schnitzelburg

Our April General Neighborhood meeting is going to be HUGE!

SACC General Meetings are a time to mingle with neighbors, hear the latest happenings in Schnitzelburg, and listen to some amazing speakers!

We're dubbing our April meeting a "Spring Cleaning Event" because we are urging you to clean out your homes and get rid of hard-to-recycle items.  We will have boxes for you to drop off the following items:
  • Small Electronics: Such as old cell phones and tablets.  According to, plastic casings can take hundreds, if not 1,000 years, to start breaking down in landfills.  Lead, arsenic, zinc, and other compounds inside the phone can leach into and pollute surrounding soil and water.
  • Burnt-out CFL Bulbs: Unlike regular light bulbs, CFL bulbs require special disposal because some may contain mercury - a hazardous material.  It is very important that you never break a CFL bulb, but if you do, take special precautions while cleaning it up. We will be taking all the CFL's we collect to Lowe's where they have a CFL recycling drop-off.
  • Prescription Drugs: Not only are unused/unneeded medications susceptible to falling in the wrong hands, but throwing them away is hazardous to the environment.  Medications can be absorbed into the soil and deposited into our waterways, thus contaminating our water supply. Please keep the medications in the original containers so that the a Walgreens pharmacist can identify the medications- just scratch off any personal information on bottles. Please do not bring any needles or personal waste products.
  • Plastic Shopping Bags: Plastic shopping bags can be recycled into products such as new plastic bags, landscape materials, and plastic composite lumber.  All Kroger stores have plastic bag recycling centers located near the entrance to the store and this is where any collected bags will go!  
  • Eyeglasses: Your old eyeglasses can be used for good instead of collecting dust.  We will be donating all eyeglasses to the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation, where eyeglasses are cleaned, sorted by prescription, and given to low-income, visually impaired individuals.
  • Medical Surplus Items: Walkers, wheelchairs, orthopedic items, diabetic supplies, bandages and gauze pads, canes, etc. will be collected and taken to Supplies Over Seas, a local nonprofit organization that meets critical healthcare needs in medically impoverished nations across the world by collecting and distributing surplus medical supplies.
  • Personal Documents: We will have a few shredders on site for your important documents that should be destroyed, such as bank statements or any confidential information.  Please be mindful of the amount of documents you bring.
Our main speaker will be Lorri Roberts with Brightside.  She will be recapping our latest Brightside community clean-up and discussing all the projects Brightside has going on currently!

Other speakers include Michele Johnston (Fresh Stop), Jordan King (A Taste of Germantown & Schnitzelburg), and Christopher Kitchen (Louisville Metro Police).  Officer Kitchen is our new Fourth District Resource Officer.  He will be updating us on crime in the neighborhood, as well as explaining how you can sign up for crime alerts.   The meeting is also a great time to approach Officer Kitchen about any questions or concerns you have.  Be sure to say hello!

As usual, we will have food and refreshments available, and the All Wool & a Yard Wide Democratic Club will be selling ice cold beers!

Tickets for A Taste of Germantown & Schnitzelburg will be available for purchase at this meeting for a discounted rate of $25 for Germantown and Schnitzelburg residents (regular ticket price is $50).  Tickets will be for sale before and after the meeting.  We ask that you bring a check made out to "LLS - A Taste of Germantown & Schnitzelburg."

Below is a Q&A to help you better understand this fun event!

When is the event?

Wednesday, May 20th from 6 pm to 9 pm. 

Where will the event be held?

Outside of the Germantown Mill Lofts (FKA the Goss Antique Mall).  McHenry Street will be closed the day of the event and a large tent will be constructed in the middle of McHenry.  A completed section of the Germantown Mill Lofts will be open for walk-throughs during the event.

What is the event?

Tony and the Tanlines at LIBA's 10th Birthday Party.
A Taste of Germantown & Schnitzelburg will be just that - a taste of all the best local fare our little neighborhoods have to offer! Guests will sample small plates from a variety of area restaurants and wash it down with cocktails and craft beer.  Tony and the Tanlines, an energetic cover band, will be performing.

Underhill Associates, the developers for the Germantown Mill Lofts, have been working with neighborhood associations to put the event together.

The event is a fundraiser for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Kentucky and Indiana Chapter.  The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.  All proceeds will be donated in honor of the late District 10 Councilman and Metro Council President Jim King, who passed away in January after a battle with cancer.

What restaurants will be participating?

Check's, The Post, Hammerheads, Lydia House, Eiderdown, Comeback Inn, Danny Mac's Pizza, Dairy Del, Four Pegs, and Smoketown USA.

How do you get tickets?

Tickets for Germantown and Schnitzelburg residents are for sale ONE NIGHT ONLY at the April 27th General Neighborhood Meeting at a discounted price of $25.

Otherwise, invitations were sent out by the Leukemia Lymphoma Society to a special guest list.  The event will only consist of 300 guests, as that is the number that works best for restaurants to plan for food.   

Are you looking for volunteers? 

You bet!  Volunteer positions from parking lot attendants to food servers are needed for the event.  Volunteers will have a job to perform, but they will be able to get into the event for free and eat and drink during the event.  If you are interested in volunteering, please email Jordan Mitchell at  Volunteer spots are limited and filling up fast, so sign-up today!

If you have anymore questions about A Taste of Germantown & Schnitzelburg, please contact Jordan King at

We can't wait to see everyone at the April General Meeting Spring Cleaning Event on April 27th at 7 pm at the All Wool & Yard Wide Club (1328 Hickory Street)!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Happy Hour Community Clean-Up

Schnitzelburg will be having a community-wide clean-up on on Tuesday, April 21st!  The clean-up is in partnership with Brightside and The Mayor's Give a Day campaign.  

While most neighborhood clean-ups occur on Saturday mornings, we prefer to conduct ours Schnitzelburg Style - with beer!  Any time between 4 and 7 pm, grab supplies (gloves, bags, t-shirts, etc.) from the picnic table on the Hickory side of the Old Hickory Inn.  No need to check in!  Just grab and go.  Any time after you are finished picking up trash, come back to the Old Hickory Inn for special, extended happy hour prices.  You'll deserve a cold one for keeping Schnitzelburg clean!

But don't think the clean-up is just for adults: Kids are awesome, energetic helpers!

The amount of litter you pick up is completely up to you!  Whether you focus on your block, or clean-up an entire stretch of our more trafficked streets, like Shelby Street, the commitment to your community shows in just you participating, not the number of bags you fill up!  

If you don't fancy the happy hour, don't feel like socializing with neighbors, or only have a little time to clean-up, we invite you to clean-up the area around your house.  Just a few minutes can make a big impact.  Plus, it would be great to see everyone out and about, picking up trash, and investing in their neighborhood! 

Here are some environmental, economic, and legal reasons why picking up litter is important:

Litter is ugly. No one likes to live where there is litter. Neighborhoods with a litter problem usually have higher crime, lower property values and less pride in their neighborhood. Litter begets litter. A place that is littered tends to encourage more litter i.e. a dropped off washing machine soon encourages other debris and a dump site is formed. So, the quicker dropped litter is picked up, the less chance it has of accumulating.

Litter is also expensive. Every year, millions of dollars are spent cleaning up litter. Houses for sale in littered neighborhoods usually don’t get the best prices and owners lose money. Fires started by dropped or dumped litter cause millions of dollars of damage every year.

Litter is illegal. Most people are unaware of littering fines. Most localities also have fines for businesses or pedestrians caught littering. Many people are unaware that the person opening a package of gum and dropping the wrapper on the sidewalk is doing an illegal act and, if caught, could face charges. Littering is against the law.

Litter harms plants and degrades natural areas. When garbage is dumped, it can kill or stunt plant growth. Few people think about the harm to natural areas from litter.

Litter kills or injures animals. Many small animals crawl into bottles or jars and get stuck and slowly starve to death. Animals get caught in plastic six pack rings, plastic bags, fishing line and a multitude of throwaways. Birds that are stuck, can’t fly away from danger. Sometimes animals caught in six pack rings are strangled as they grow too big for the opening. Animals get cut, infected and die. Every year, millions of birds, fish and animals die from litter.

Litter is a problem that can be controlled. Education is an important tool. People who are aware of the dangers of litter often make more of an effort to always put their trash the correct place. They also spread the word to others they see littering and teach them to dispose of garbage the right way. Community clean ups encourage people to take pride in their community and keep it clean. Quick removal of litter keeps it from growing into an unmanageable dump site. People can make a difference. Litter can be conquered.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

April Newsletter!

Are you ready for April?!?  Yes, I think we all are!

Click here for the SACC April newsletter.  This issue is dedicated to the alleys in the community.

There are a lot of upcoming activities in April, so don't miss a thing!  Several events are listed in the newsletter, including Shakespeare in Emerson Park & this month's General Neighborhood Meeting Spring Cleaning Event!

Get up-to-date information by "liking" the SACC Facebook page & visiting the blog regularly (have you signed up for email alerts?)!

SACC now has an Instagram account!  Follow us @saccmember and use #schnitzelburg !
Also, don't forget to read our last post about the Repair Affair!  You or someone you may know might be able to get free house repairs if they qualify!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Repair Affair

Know an elderly person wtih a leaky faucet that needs repairing?  Are you a disabled person who could benefit from having grab bars and a wheelchair ramp installed?  Does your elderly neighbor need her gutters cleaned and and some yard work done?

If you or someone you know could use assistance, Repair Affair could be a great resource.  

Repair Affair, a program through New Directions Housing Corporation (NDHC), is aimed at helping elderly and disabled homeowners make essential repairs to their home at no cost to them.
New Directions Repair Affair is a volunteer driven program that helps elderly or disabled homeowners with repairs. Eligible participants must be over the age of 60 or certified as disabled, own their home and make less than 50% AMI, or about $21,000 a year. Repairs range from simple yard work to more complicated wheelchair construction. Volunteer teams select which homes they want to work on and the repairs happen throughout the summer and fall.
For more information, visit NDHC's website or contact Jacie Morgan by email ( or by phone (502.719.7153).  

NDHC is accepting applications for the 2015 Repair Affair through April 30th.  

If you aren't disabled or elderly, think of any neighbors who could benefit from having their home repaired.  Drop an application off in their mailbox or give it to them in person.  Talking with them face to face could give you an opportunity to see if they need any help submitting their application.

Repair Affair is also looking for volunteers!  Whether you are handy with a tool belt or you would prefer to do some less intensive work such as writing thank you cards, Repair Affair could use you!

Let's be great neighbors and make Schnitzelburg a community that cares!