April Newsletter and News

Happy Spring to all of our friends & neighbors!

The SACC April General Meeting will be on Monday, April 24th at 7pm in St. Elizabeth's cafeteria. Refreshments will be made from ingredients from the Schnitzelburg Community Farmers Market!

Special guests will include Citizen Foresters talking about Love Louisville Tree's Fall planting which will be in Schnitzelburg in November! They will be sharing why trees are important to our community, the gratification of being a citizen forester, and run through the process of how we will plant 170 trees in one day in Schnitzelburg!

Volunteer tree planters during a recent Love Louisville Trees community planting.

Speaking of the Schnitzelburg Farmers Market - it begins on April 15th, from 10am-1pm, in the parking lot of The Cure Lounge. Look for more information on their Facebook page or website (schnitzelburgcommunityfarmersmarket.blogspot.com).

Also, make sure to mark your calendar for the return of a popular neighborhood event - Shakespeare in Emerson Park!

We appreciate your continued support of our community!


Schnitzelburg Community Farmers Market Fundraiser

The Schnitzelburg Community Farmers Market is raising money to help get the market off the ground and to spruce up the space the farmers market will operate in. The mission of the farmer-focused market is to provide fresh, local, health, and sustainable foods to Schnitzelburg and surrounding neighborhoods, including German-Paristown, Shelby Park, Smoketown, Parkway Village, Meriwether, and Old Louisville.

The goal is to raise $2,800 by April 19th. Every little bit helps!

To donate, go to: https://www.barnraiser.us/projects/schnitzelburg-community-farmers-market

Don't forget - the first day of the Farmers Market is on Saturday, April 15th in the parking lot of The Cure Lounge (corner of South Shelby and East Burnett)! Mark your calendar!


March Newsletter

Hello Friends & Neighbors! The SACC March Newsletter is HERE!

It's wonderful to see the first signs of Spring's arrival!  

You may have heard through the media that Metro Louisville has suspended yard waste collection until Mach 13th to concentrate on litter clean-up.  Let's all do our part to keep Schnitzelburg clean!  Look around your property from the street to the alley and do whatever you can to clean-up litter. 

Councilman Mulvihill's office is still offering large recycling carts for the discounted price of $25 (originally $50).  If you are interested, click here for the form.

Be sure to read about the upcoming Schnitzelburg Community Farmers Market, tentatively scheduled to begin on Saturday, April 15th! (The initial date on social media listed April 1st.)  Planning is still in the works, but this will be the first Community Owned Farmers Market in the state of Kentucky organized & managed by volunteers!  Also be sure to read about Monnik Beer Company in this month's Business Spotlight--they are planning to be a vendor at the market!


Schnitzelburg Farmers Market

The Schnitzelburg Area Community Council is happy to introduce the Schnitzelburg Farmers Market!

The first Schnitzelburg Farmers Market is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 1st from 10 am to 1 pm in the parking lot of The Cure Lounge (corner of South Shelby Street and East Burnett Avenue).

Here is an article from the Courier Journal, posted on February 22, to give you more insight to Schnitzelburg's newest venture:

Last month's closing of the Kroger in Old Louisville has helped ignite the push for a new urban farmers market south of downtown.

Come April 1st, look for the Schnitzelburg Community Farmers Market to debut in the parking lot of The Cure Lounge on Shelby Street at Burnett.

For food access, "Germantown and Schnitzelburg are under-served, especially with the closure of the Root Cellar," Field Day Family Farm owner Ivor Chodkowski said, adding that the new market could also serve Shelby Park, Smoketown and Old Louisville customers who might have shopped at that local foods emporium that recently closed up inside the Hope Mill building on Swan.

Boot strap local food retail outfits remain dicey propositions. In Old Louisville, the three-year-old Belknap Farmers Market just called it quits after three years on the campus of the University of Louisville on Brandeis at Third Street.

"UofL has had three great years of working with our farmers and vendors at the Belknap Farmers Market, but will not be having the market in 2017. We feel that with low participation and attendance, it is time for us to take a break," was the statement posted by organizers on the market's Facebook page last month.

Shelby Street is the border zone between rapidly-gentrifying Germantown and grittier neighborhoods to the west. Located at 1481 S. Shelby Street and opened in 2014, The Cure Lounge ironically occupies a building that was once home to a neighborhood grocery and beer garden called  Ziegler's Saloon and Grocery.  When that business thrived more than a century ago, the grounds at Shelby and Burnett were described as "an artistic garden with...rows and circles of gorgeous and variegated plants..."  according to a 1904 Courier-Journal article cited by the Schnitzelburg Area Community Council.

Plantings in whiskey barrels will brighten the parking lot behind the bar, where the first vendors will be selling from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., market organizer Andrea Estes Riegling said. Besides a coffee vendor, Germantown's JB Cakes will set up shop with signature cupcakes in 12 flavors and eight different types of frosting, bakery owner Jared Langdon said.

"The Schnitzelburg community is a close knit community and a much younger crowd has moved in," Langdon said Wednesday. "We like being involved in that change."

For a new market in early April, Field Day Family Farm will be offering spring greens as well as durable farm crops like garlic and dried beans, Chodkowski said.  Look too for the Grasshoppers line of local-food-infused black bean mashup, pickles and pestos.  Riegling, a chef, and Chodkowski are both collaborators in the line of Grasshoppers items that use fresh, seasonal, local crops.  Alison Freels, owner of The Cure Lounge could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

"I got really upset about the Kroger closing down in Old Louisville," Riegling said of the grocery that closed last month after 37 years serving customers at the corner of Second and Breckinridge Streets. "Why does our local food fate have to be in everybody else's hands? Why can't we know our farmers and help support our local economy?"


Don't forget the Schnitzelburg Area Community Council is holding the first General Neighborhood Meeting of 2017 on Monday, February 27th! We would love for you to join our neighborly conversation as we share with you what SACC has in store for 2017 and projects on our horizon!

Please note: We have moved locations from the All Wool & Yard Wide Club to the cafeteria at St. E's. We hope this change better accommodates the larger turnouts we have been having at our meetings!

Can't make this one? Mark you calendar for our next meeting on Monday, April 24th.

Whether you live in Schnitzelburg, or you are a neighbor in spirit, we hope to see you at the February meeting!

Also, there are a few tree giveaways coming up that we wanted to share so you can bring a little green to Schnitzelburg!

TREE SEEDLING GIVEAWAY sponsored by Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District. In an effort to promote Kentucky’s Arbor Day and support Mayor Fischer’s tree planting initiative in Louisville Metro, the Jefferson County SWCD is providing bare-root tree seedlings FREE-OF-CHARGE and just in time for the spring planting season! The species available are Eastern Redbud and Roughleaf Dogwood; quantities are available to the first who reply and/or until our supply is exhausted. Because of our limited supply, we ask that you limit your request to 60 seedlings or less. If you would like to plan an Arbor Day event with your students by planting seedlings on the school campus or for the students to take home and plant in their backyards, simply reply or send a request to joy.edwards@ky.nacdnet.net. Your request should include: total number of seedlings, which species, your name and school. The trees will be individually packaged and available to pick up at our office on March 20 and 21 between the hours of 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

As the weather gets a little warmer, graffiti becomes a bit more of a problem. Here is a tip sheet from Louisville Downtown Partnership on how to remove graffiti if you get "tagged."

Lastly, if you see a pothole, you can report it simply be tweeting!

Hope to see you on the 27th!


February Newsletter

Check out SACC's February Newsletter!

There is a new feature where every month we will showcase a different block in the neighborhood and a year to show you who used to live in your house! It's a great jumping point for researching the history of your own property! This month we have listed the residents of the 900 block of Mulberry in 1937 - the year of the Great Flood!

There is also a new monthly column from Don Haag recalling days past in Schnitzelburg. Don leads our bi-annual Schnitzelburg History Walks and is a wealth of information on the neighborhood! Is there hidden treasure in a cave near Schnitzelburg? Look inside this issue to learn more!

Entrance to "11 Jones" cave

Don't worry - the Business Spotlight and deal will be back next month!

Also, please remember to add the February SACC meeting to your calendar - Monday, February 27th at 7 pm at St. E's Cafeteria (1016 E. Burnett).


January Newsletter and Notes

SACC hopes you have had a wonderful 2017 so far and continue to have happiness all the days through! We are excited to start the new year with a few new board members, some exciting projects and events on the horizon, and plenty of neighborly fun!

The SACC January Newsletter is out now! Check it out for upcoming events, learn about the unique history of 1100 Lydia Street, try out a delicious new recipe from new board member Andrea Reigling, scoop up a deal from new board member Kim Curran - owner of Massage: Healing for Everyone, and more!

Germantown Baseball Inc. will be having early in-person sign-ups this upcoming Saturday, January 14th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Germantown Baseball (1537 Poplar Level Road).

Regular in-person sign-ups are February 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and February 5 2 to 5 p.m. Online registration starts January 1st.

Center For Neighborhoods is happy to announce the 30th Anniversary Class of Neighborhood Institute!
The Neighborhood Institute is a leadership education program designed to equip neighborhood leaders with skills and resources needed to initiate positive change in the community through their neighborhood, homeowner, and condo associations. 
Classes meet every Thursday, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Center For Neighborhoods Offices (507 South Third Street) for 12 consecutive weeks (January 26 – April 13), followed by a Graduation Celebration. Dinner is provided each week. There is no charge to attend, but space is limited, and advance registration is required. Applications will be accepted through January 13. 
The Neighborhood Institute Spring 2017 is open to all neighborhoods, Metro Council Districts, and the whole community. District 10 residents are encouraged to apply. 
To apply for the 13-week program, visit www.centerforneighborhoods.org, or contact John Hawkins at 502-589-0343 or johnh@centerforneighborhoods.org. 


December Newsletter + Light Up Schnitzelburg

Happy Holidays from SACC!

Thank you for your support making 2016 another great year to be in Schnitzelburg!

Take a moment to check out our December Newsletter!

We hope to see you on Sunday, December 11th at Light Up Schnitzelburg! We'll meet at 5:30 at the Jim King gazebo in Emerson Park (corner of Hickory and Sylvia Streets) to socialize with Santa and neighbors while enjoying hot chocolate and sweet treats. Afterwards, join us as we carol down Hickory Street! The event is fun and family friendly! Dress warm and consider bringing a non-perishable food item for the Dare to Care Food Bank.

Also, please shop local this holiday season! We are fortunate in our area to have so many unique local businesses to make shopping this holiday season easy! Check out the business listings on the last page to find awesome local businesses to shop this holiday season! Most businesses also provide gift cards, so whether you want to treat a friend or family member with food and drink, a massage, a salon visit, or appliance repair, Schnitzelburg has your holiday shopping covered! It's  a great opportunity to stop in a business you've always meant to visit and be sure & tell them SACC sent you!


General Meeting & Announcements

This is the last General Neighborhood Meeting of 2016! SACC members will vote to elect new board members to represent the community 2017, as well as voting to approve new bylaws for the organization. A free spaghetti dinner will be served, along with other refreshments and snacks. Beverages, including beer, will be available for purchase at the bar. 

We look forward to seeing you on Monday! 

If you would like to become a member or renew your membership before the meeting, you can become a member with a few quick clicks with PayPal (see right sidebar). If you would like more information on membership, please visit the "Membership" tab at the top of the page.

#1 Citizen Announced

The Schnitzelburg Area Commnity Council is honored to announce Steve Magre as the recipient of the 2016 Schnitzelburg #1 Citizen award. This is the 51st year the award has been given. Steve is a former Alderman with the City of Louisville and later District 10 Metro Councilman. Steve, as well as his wife Judy, are heavily involved in the German-Paristown Neighborhood Association and been tirelessly working toward the betterment of Germantown and Schnitzelburg for decades.

From Steve: "My sincere thanks to Lisa and all at SACC. This was a big surprise, and one I found most humbling. I do love Germantown/Schnitzelburg and all we stand for; and stand up for. I consider so many of the prior winners as persons I admire. Many of those winners have passed of course. During the latter part of the evening I stopped to say a private thank you to all of them. So many things make us a great place to live, work and play, and our rich heritage is right at the top of the list. Finally, I thank Mayor George for having such a great vision 51 years ago that centered even back then on reminding all of us to never forget our roots, and be willing to laugh with others at ourselves. Good formula for the good life!"

We are so thrilled to be able to honor Steve with Schnitzelburg's highest honor at the #1 Citizen Dinner, which was held on Thursday, November 10th. Hundreds filled St. Elizabeth's cafeteria to honor Steve, enjoy a delicious German dinner from Heitzman's Bakery, and socialize. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2017 for the 52nd Annual #1 Citizen Dinner!

Councilman Mulvihill presenting Steve with a plaque.

New Cocktail Bar opens on Goss Avenue

Mr. Lee's opened on Wednesday, November 22nd at 935 Goss Avenue. The spot, formerly Groucho's Karaoke Bar, is a small, yet swanky speakeasy serving up delicious cocktails. 

Photo by Sara Havens for Insider Louisville

For more about Mr. Lee's, check out these articles from The Courier Journal and Insider Louisville.  


November Newsletter + #1 Citizen Dinner!

Happy November!

It's the beginning of the month, which means a new SACC Newsletter!! Check out the November Membership Deal from the Schnitzelburg Barber Shop, read about the history of the Goss Avenue building The Post occupies (and discover more in this awesome August 2015 article about The Post), and mark your calendars for fun events, such as The #1 Citizen Dinner (see below), the November General Neighborhood Meeting, and Light Up Schnitzelburg!

Also, big shout out to Rock the Plate who catered October's General Neighborhood Meeting. THANK YOU! It was so delicious!!  

The 51st Annual Schnitzelburg #1 Citizen Dinner is Thursday, November 10th at St. Elizabeth’s cafeteria (1016 E. Burnett Ave.)! This time honored tradition recognizes a member of the community for their service to Schnitzelburg.

For the past 50 years, this award has been given to a variety of citizens who have left their mark and served Schnitzelburg in a variety of ways. Click here for the list of former #1 Citizens.

Join us for a traditional German-style dinner and celebrate our community’s past, present, and future! During the evening, you'll have the chance to meet neighbors, mingle with past #1 Citizens, and shake the hand (and congratulate) local dignitaries! It’s an evening of fun with door prizes donated by local businesses, a 50/50 drawing, and an auction that benefits the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Who will be the 2016 recipient? You’ll just have to attend the dinner and see for yourself!

Doors open at 5:30pm; dinner at 6pm.

Tickets are $10 each, available at Hauck’s Handy Store on Goss Ave., or at the door on the night of the dinner.

Be sure to visit the Facebook event page for the #1 Citizen Dinner and share with your friends!