Monday, July 27, 2015

45th Annual Dainty Contest - TODAY!

Have you ever wanted to play on old German street game requiring only a whittled broom stick and eat a bologna sandwich while nuns watch enthusiastically with the sounds of a rag time band playing in the background?  Look no further than Schnitzelburg!

On the last Monday on July, a block of Hoertz Street, otherwise known as George Hauck Way, closes down for the annual World Championship Dainty Contest.

George Hauck / Photo by Zahra Farah (Courier Journal)
Revived in 1971 by George Hauck and Charlie Vettiner, the Dainty Contest celebrates its 43rd year this July.  The games are played next to Hauck’s Handy Store, a staple in the Schnitzelburg neighborhood since 1912.  The namesake of the store, George Hauck, will be 95 years old at this year’s Dainty Contest.

Dainty is a game that originated by German immigrants in 1800.  The game requires a 5” stick and a 3’ stick, which can be cheaply made from an old broom stick with the bristles removed.  The 5” stick, known as the dainty, is placed on the ground (usually with cone shaped ends) and the 3’ stick is used to hit the dainty.  The object is to get tap the dainty, making it airborne, hit it like a baseball, and try to get the dainty the furthest, all with one hand behind your back.  Contestants get three strikes (one strike = any contact between both sticks) and then they’re out.

The "dainty"
Though it may sound simple, it isn’t.  Most people don’t even get the dainty more than a couple of feet, let alone a few inches.  However, the record was broken last year by Herb Rowe with a whopping 149 feet and seven inches, beating the previous record that was set in 1981!  The winner gets a trophy and bragging rights, while the person who hit the dainty the shortest goes home with a basket of lemons.  Oh, there is a strange catch – you must be 45 or older to play.

 But the event isn’t just for adults over 45.  Hoertz and Goss will be littered with a mix of people on the upcoming July evening, from little tikes enjoying cotton candy to hipsters having some cool brews to grown-ups playing the lotto out of brightly lit Kentucky Lottery mobiles. 

After the initial contest there will be a one-legged race for the kids and a band, so you might want to bring your dancing shoes.

You can pick up a Dainty meal  – a bologna sandwich, a bag of chips and a whole dill pickle - for the unbelievably low price of $2.00!  Add to this a copious amount of beer and ice cold soft drinks and it’s a party!

Event organizer Gary Allen MC-ing the event
The 45rd World Championship Dainty Contest will be played on Monday, July 27th beginning at 5:45.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

What's the SACC Up To?

Summer means vacation for many people, but the Schnitzelburg Area Community Council is busy as ever working on awesome things in our community.  We wanted to let everyone know what we have been up to lately, so below are some of the things we have been diligently working on.  This isn't a complete list, but we hope this helps you better understand what SACC does!  As always, please feel free to reach out to us about these projects, whether you want to offer a bit of encouragement, volunteer, or address a concern.  We'd love to hear from you!
  • Decorative garbage cans and street signs will be installed in the coming months along Goss Avenue. Trees, landscaped medians, traffic calming measures, crosswalks, public art, and more are other aspects of the Goss Avenue Beautification Project that we are currently working on.
  • SACC is putting together plans to figure out a way to beautify the intersection of South Shelby and Burnett Streets.  Not only are we hoping to beautify the area, but we also want it to stand out as an entrance to Schnitzelburg!
  • The team behind our History Walks are working on recording a virtual history tour of Schnitzelburg.  You may spot Don Haag, Lisa Pisterman, and Steve Cambron filming around the neighborhood! 
  • Love Louisville Trees is partnering with SACC for their fall tree planting.  Over the coming months we will be canvassing the neighborhood, asking people if they would like a free tree planted in their yard.  The goal is to plant over 150 trees on November 14th! Want a tree? Give us a holler! More information soon!
  • Julianne Thomas has been working with Louisville Metro to dedicate the gazebo in Emerson Park to our late Metro Council President Jim King.
  • Improvements are underway at the Emerson Community Garden.  These include fixing a leaky spigot, repairing an old picnic table, and painting a new shed.
  • Movie Night in Emerson Park is scheduled for Saturday, October 10th.  The event will begin at 7 and the movie will begin at 9.  Stay tuned for what spooktacular movie we'll be showing!  
  • #1 Citizen Dinner planning has begun early this year as we are celebrating the 50th annual #1CD!
As always, your membership dues help us continue to do work in the community.  If you haven't yet, please become a member today!  Visit our membership tab for more information, or sign up using PayPal in the right sidebar!

Every month we try to offer a special membership deal. During the month of July, SACC members get a 45 minute massage for just $40 at Massage...Healing for Everyone.  Contact Kim at Massage...Healing for Everyone at 502.494.6509.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

July Newsletter

Hello Neighbors!

Don't forget to become a member of SACC for 2015-2016!  Sign up online via PayPal or send us your payment at: Schnitzelburg Area Community Council P.O. Box 17306 Louisville, Kentucky  40217.  More information can be found on the "Membership" tab at the top of the page!

We hope you have a safe & enjoyable Independence Day holiday & we look forward to seeing you at the 45th World Championship Dainty Contest on Monday, July 27th--more details in the newsletter!

Thank you for your support of SACC!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Neighborhood Meeting Recap: WEBSITES!

As promised (albeit late), here is a list of websites John Hawkins with Center for Neighborhoods presented at our Ice Cream Social last week - plus some!  Click on the yellow link to visit the website.  We added this list to the "Useful Links" tab at the top of the page for quick reference in the future.

Thank you so much to John for putting together such an informative presentation.  If you have any questions for John, shoot him an email at

The Metro Louisville website connects you to services and information from your city government, including the Mayor’s Homepage, Metro Council information, Metro departments and agencies, Metro TV and newsroom, maps, MetroCall 311, construction permit information, event permitting, and more.

  • Codes and Regulations
    •  Information regarding property maintenance violations, Property Maintenance Map-It tool, and other services.  Keyword Search: Property Maintenance
  • MetroCall 311
    •  It’s the place where you can request a service, offer a suggestion, ask a question, share an opinion, or register a complaint relating to city services and events. Keyword Search: MetroCall
    • MetroCall 311 Smartphone App – Available for iPhone and Android, The app allows you to submit service requests on the fly, including reporting potholes, issues with traffic signals, reporting a stray animal, drainage issue, garbage and recycling information and much, much more.
    • Subscribe to Metro Government emails (Metro Council, Planning and Design, Special Events, etc.). Text/email alerts for Junk Pickup days now available. Keyword Search: MetroCall Subscribe

  • LouieStat
    • Performance evaluation statistics of Metro Government departments.

  • VapStat
    • This website is a one stop shop for citizens to learn about the programs and resources available through Metro to: prevent abandonment; ensure that properties are maintained according to Code via enforcement tools; and to support property redevelopment through acquisition and sale of properties. 

LOJIC - The Louisville/Jefferson County Information Consortium (LOJIC) is a multi-agency effort to build and maintain a comprehensive Geographic Information System (GIS) to serve all of Louisville Metro, Kentucky.  Accessible interactive maps can be found at this link and include:

·       Interactive Online Maps which feature:
Property Lines
Streams, wetlands, flood prone areas
Streets, bike routes
Historic Districts
TARC Routes
City/Municipal Boundaries
Planning Districts

·       Where do I vote?
·       Snow Routes/Status
·       Geodetic Control
The 2012 Base Mapping (Buildings, Edges of Pavement, Contours, etc.) for Bullitt, Jefferson, and Oldham Counties are now available for viewing via the LOJIC Online Map as well as several data layers available for Southern Indiana.

The Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator’s office is the largest PVA office in Kentucky.  The PVA’s mission is to assess all property equitably, maintain accurate parcel information and provide outstanding customer service.
Duties and tasks of the PVA include appraisal of all real estate in the county for listing on the property assessment roll, tracking ownership changes, maintaining maps, updating building characteristics, and administering proper exemptions for real property.  This is a subscription-based service that can be accessed free of charge at any Louisville Free Public Library branch (library card required).
The Jefferson County Clerk provides online access to land records, delinquent property tax records, and other legal documents, as well as motor vehicle registration and voter information.
Jefferson Circuit Court Commissioner’s Office provides information about court sales of foreclosure properties, including results of past sales.
The Jefferson County Sheriff Office is the primary property tax collector in Jefferson County. Other services available online include sex offender search, process paper search, and community services information. is an online tool that helps LMPD provide the public with valuable information about recent crime activity in their neighborhood. It’s goal is to assist police departments in reducing crime through a better informed citizenry. Creating more self reliance among community members is a great benefit to community oriented policing efforts everywhere and has been proven effective in combating crime.

The Kentucky Secretary of State website provides numerous online services and forms with access to information about:
  • Business Records - issues certificates of existence, authorization, and certified copies of the original document on file with the Secretary of State. 
  • Business Filings - administers the incorporation of businesses, both domestic and foreign, profit and nonprofit, including the administration of documents of merger, dissolution, name changes, and certain stock matters.  This office is entrusted with filing, maintaining, and preserving certain historically significant documents and public records of the Commonwealth.  These records include organizational documents for more than 100,000 corporations doing business in Kentucky and trademarks and service marks.
  •  Elections - As Chairman of the State Board of Elections, the Secretary is responsible, along with members of the state board, for maintaining a complete roster of all qualified registered voters within the state by county and precinct; for furnishing each county clerk with a master list of all registered voters in the county; and for maintaining all information furnished to the state board regarding the inclusion or deletion of names from the voting roster.  Also, the Secretary of State is the filing official for candidates seeking statewide office or an office to be voted for by the electors of more than one county; for members of Congress; members of the General Assembly and for all judicial candidates.
  • State Land Office - the place of record for all land grants, warrants, surveys, and other similar transactions.
In addition, the Secretary of State is the keeper of the Seal of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and maintains records of all official acts of the Governor as well as all legislation passed by the General Assembly, appoints notaries public, and in cooperation with the Office of the Governor, issues Kentucky Colonel Commissions. 

GuideStarA public charity website that provides nonprofit information to a broad audience at no cost.  They gather and publicize information about nonprofit organizations to facilitate connections and support, and provide access to IRS Form 990 filed by 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.

Social Networking Sites

FacebookA social networking website launched in 2004.  Facebook users can add people as friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves. Additionally, users can join networks organized by neighborhoods, HOA’s, community groups, schools, etc. Anyone over the age of 13 can become a Facebook user.

TwitterA social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to the author's subscribers who are known as followers.

NextDoor - Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It's the easiest way for you and your neighbors to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. People are using Nextdoor to:

·  Quickly get the word out about a break-in
·  Organize a Neighborhood Watch Group
·  Track down a trustworthy babysitter
·  Find out who does the best paint job in town
·  Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog
·  Find a new home for an outgrown bike
·  Finally call that nice man down the street by his first name

 Nextdoor’s mission is to use the power of technology to build stronger and safer neighborhoods.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Ice Cream Social TONIGHT!

The first day of summer + 94 degree high = perfect day for an ice cream social!

Head over to the All Wool & Yard Wide Club tonight at 7 pm for our General Neighborhood Meeting.

John Hawkins with the Center for Neighborhoods will be giving a presentation on some websites that are helpful for you to better connect with your home and neighborhood.  LOJIC is a great resource for getting property information, checking property lines, finding out which direction sewers run, determining when your trash pick-up dates are, and a whole lot more.  Other websites will help you find out who owns a business or report a neighbor with high grass and an unkempt yard.  All these resources are just at your fingertips!

Dairy Del was kind enough to donate 3 gallons of ice cream for this evenings meeting!  We will have a topping bar with a variety of options for you to pile on more sweetness. 

See you tonight!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Lydia House: The New Toast of Schnitzelburg

It may take a while for “Lydia House” to stop being greeted with a blank stare, only to follow with “…the old Flabby’s” before your comrade registers the place. After all, Flabby’s was a Schnitzelburg staple for decades.  Following Flabby’s retirement in 1971, his son Jim Jr. and wife Marcella operated the business for over two decades.   In 2000, the business was acquired by Greg Haner who operated the business until 2010.  Falling under dire ownership in its last couple of years, the fried chicken Mecca closed in 2012.

The restaurant remained vacant in the years following its closure; the teal and purple awning fading in the sun and flapping in the wind.  Rumors circulated that Flabby’s was going to be resurrected, and someone even took hold of the property in hopes to turn it into a tapas bar, yet the corner lay dormant. 

Enter Emily Ruff.

After working in restaurants and greasy spoon diners in NYC and Seattle, Emily found herself in Louisville.  With 8+ years of working the front and back of the house in restaurants, she figured she had enough experience to go from employee to owner.

In 2014, Emily started gutting the building formerly known as Flabby’s.  M3 Solutions was hired for the renovation that included new electrical, plumbing, kitchen, and ADA certifying the entire building.  The flooring was replaced with rainbow poplar that came from a New Albany firehouse and the walls got a fresh coat of paint.  Remnants of the past remain: a large Flabby’s sign hangs above the bar, as well as one outside.  The crown jewel of the space, however, is the wood-carved bar and stools that are original to the space.

Flabby's memorabilia and part of the wood bar. 

A couple of neighborhood hunks hanging out on the back patio.

It was a no-brainer for Emily to lay roots in Schnitzelburg.  “It’s the friendliest neighborhood ever, and I’ve lived all over!” Emily said.  “If I’m outside, people swerve to come over and say hello.”

Being a transitional, diverse neighborhood that has a strong sense of community is a huge appeal of Schnitzelburg.  Lydia House boasts a new community bulletin board on the Hickory side of the building to embrace this appeal.  Emily sees a vibrant future for Hickory Street, especially as more small businesses move in and create more of a parkway feel.


In a sea of pubs, Lydia House is the breakfast spot the community has needed.

Emily scoffed at the word “artisanal” to describe her food.  “We have made great pains to appeal to everyone, while having handcrafted, fresh ingredients,” Emily explained.  “Think of it as reinterpreting traditional favorites.”

She’s done a great job at achieving this with dishes such as corned beef hash, meatball sandwiches, and potato salad.

Emily & Co. strive to make whatever they can in-house - from sauerkraut to marmalades.  They even brine the meat for their corn beef in-house, which takes about 10 days then is slow cooked for over 12 hours.  There is no fryer at Lydia House, so expect your food to be fresh, seasonal, and made with little to no preservatives. 

On a recent trip, we had the corned beef hash ($13), a hot mess ($11), a griddled bread pudding special ($5), a house Italian cherry soda ($3), and a “good” coffee ($2.50) for a total of $36.57, not including tip.  It was a deliciously indulgent meal; however, you can have a great meal at Lydia House for much less.

Bread budding you won't want to share.

Our breakfast with soda.

A basket of Blue Dog Bakery bread is $5 and you can choose from ten different toppings for fifty cents each.  There is also a “cheap” and a “good” coffee option.  The “good” coffee is from a Seattle roaster, CafĂ© Vida, that Emily swears by.   

Since its inception on Mother’s Day weekend, Lydia House has rolled out some surprising specialty additions to its menu, including house made “Pop Tarts” and sodas.  Just this week, Lydia House tweaked and expanded their side offerings.  You can check out the menu online, but expect it to change often.

"Pop Tarts." Photo via Lydia House Facebook page.

Summer soda and orange Italian soda.  Other varieties include cherry vanilla and ginger.
Photo via Lydia House Facebook page.

Eventually, the restaurant space will double as a manufacturing center for Germantown Booch (slang for “kombucha”), a lightly effervescent fermented drink of sweetened blackand/or green tea.  The walk-in freezer that doesn’t get used is the perfect incubation chamber for the tea.

Along with selling Germantown Booch over the counter and wholesale, Lydia House may sell its own jams, jellies, and condiments in the future, yet Emily insists “the restaurant will come first, and other endeavors to test the waters will come later.”

If Lydia House intends on slinging more than just brunch, it will be heading in the same direction as its predecessors: 1101 Lydia Street has long been the location of a grocery and/or butcher shop with the family or a tenant living above the business on the second floor.  

According to Lisa Pisterman, local historian, “James ‘Flabby’ Devine put 1101 Lydia Street on the map when he opened his business at the location in 1951.   Patrons would line up around the block for Marie Devine’s famous fried chicken.  A generation of children remember going to Flabby’s to fill a growler with beer to carry back home.  Flabby’s was the place to meet for a beer and discuss politics and sports, especially if you went to St. X or Manual.” 

Nowadays, Flabby’s, er Lydia House, is still a great place to meet friends for a beer and talk sports and politics, play a board game, get an impromptu tarot card reading, or just kick back and relax.  While you can buy a beer with brunch, children better leave ma & pa’s growler at home and plan on coming instead for a game of ping pong.  Maybe one day, patrons will line up around the block for Emily Ruff’s griddled bread pudding or corned beef hash. 

Whatever Lydia House is or becomes, we are excited to have it as an addition to Schnitzelburg.


For more information, visit the Lydia  House website or "like" their Facebook page.

Here is a list previous owners for 1101 Lydia Street:

1892 -1899 – Erhardt Steinmacher, Butcher/Grocer
1900-1901 – Gertrude Steinmacher – Meats
1902 – 1907 – Lydia Street Presbyterian Mission
1908 - G.M. Mays
1909 – Octavia Cooper, Dry Goods
1910 – Benjamin Ruel
1911 – 1919 – L.H. Bayens, Grocery
1920 – Geo Schulz, Grocery
1921 – 1923 – Paul Kurz, Grocer
1924 – 1926 – Robertson & Reid, Grocery
1927 – 1935 – F.F. Helm, Grocery/Soft Drinks
1936 – 1937 – N.H. Habenstein
1941 – 1949 Old Hickory Inn
1951– 1971 Flabby’s -  James Devine, Prop.

History: Lisa Pisterman
Story: Jennifer Chappell

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

June Newsletter!

Check out the June newsletter!

It is time to start renewing memberships!  Read more about why it is important to become a member in the newsletter, or click on our 'Membership' tab at the top of the page for more information.

Don't forget about the Germantown Schnitzelburg Blues Fest this weekend outside of Check's! Hickory Street from Milton to Burnett will be closed Friday and Saturday, so plan accordingly!

Have you put the General Neighborhood Meeting Ice Cream Social on your calendar yet?  It's guaranteed to be a sweet (and educational) meeting!