The Little Free Libraries of Schnitzelburg & Germantown

While traveling through the Schnitzelburg and German-Paristown neighborhoods you may have noticed several micro libraries popping up here and there. These Little Free Libraries invite residents to “Take a Book, Leave a Book” - a neighborly gesture to build community by sharing the love of reading!

The idea for Little Free Libraries began in 2009, when Todd Bol wanted to pay tribute to his mother who loved books and was a school teacher. He mounted a wooden box decorated to look like a schoolhouse on a post in his front yard in Hudson, Wisconsin. He then filled the box with books to be shared with his neighbors. The idea spread and now Little Free Libraries is a non-profit organization with participants all over the world!

The mission of Little Free Libraries is “to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide, and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.”

This free “Take a Book, Leave a Book” exchange is a great way to share books that you have already read & find new ones to enjoy. Everyone has an opportunity to contribute and share  quality books for a variety of ages and interests. What a great way for neighbors to interact and engage with the community!

Looking through the selections in our community I found books for children, gardening at the Emerson Community Garden location, mysteries from Louisville’s own Sue Grafton, romance, history, and cooking!

Visit littlefreelibrary.org to learn how to start your own Little Free Library.  If you’re handy & crafty you can build your own library box - or get creative with a repurposed weatherproof container.  Boxes can also be purchased as a kit or pre-assembled from the organization’s website. While you’re there you can read more about Little Free Libraries and for a fee have your location registered and assigned a number.

Story and pictures by Julianne Thomas


August Newsletter

Hello, friends and neighbors!

The August newsletter is here!

There is a General Neighborhood Meeting on Monday, August 22nd at 7pm at All Wool & A Yard Wide Democratic Club (corner of Hickory and Ash Streets). We invite you to join us to gather with neighbors and discuss topics of interest in our community! We will have snacks and the Democratic Club will be serving cold soft drinks and brews! Hope to see you there!

Good luck to all students and teachers for a successful school year!


CycLOUvia at Three Points- This Sunday!!

Mark your calendar for CycLOUvia this Sunday!

We look forward to seeing everyone at the CycLOUvia event 
on Sunday, August 7th from 2-6pm.  This is the first time this event will be held in the Schnitzelburg, German-Paristown, & Shelby Park neighborhoods (collectively called Three Points) and we are so excited and proud to co-host this event that is sure to be fun!
CycLOUvia is a free community event that will transform Goss Ave., Logan St., & S. Shelby St. into a paved park by temporarily restricting automobiles so that people of all ages & backgrounds can walk, bike, dance, skate, or play on our public spaces that are usually reserved for vehicles.  

This will be the eighth CycLOUvia to date & each event has attracted many people to neighborhoods throughout Louisville.  

While promoting healthy lifestyles and alternate modes of transportation, CycLOUvia will also create a vibrant opportunity for businesses in our community. We encourage businesses along the route to be open & engage the space during the event hours to create a unique community atmosphere, which will allow participants to experience our neighborhood and everything that makes it great!

We hope to see you in the streets on Sunday!

*Please note that Goss, Logan, and Shelby Streets will be closed to traffic on Sunday and parking along the route will be prohibited during the event.


July Newsletter!

The Schnitzelburg Area Community Council's July Newsletter is now available!

Discover the Dainty, get excited about CycLOUvia coming to Three Points (Schnitzelburg, Germantown, and Shelby Park), learn about a new mural and beautification project coming to Goss Avenue, and much more in the July newsletter!

Also, don't forget to renew your SACC membership. Membership runs on a fiscal year, meaning 2015-2016 memberships expired on June 30th. Membership for households is just $10 and memberships for businesses are just $20! To learn more about membership and why it is important to keep our community thriving, please click on the membership tab at the top of the page!


Neighborhood Meeting and Ice Cream Social - TONIGHT!

Don't forget SACC;s General Neighborhood Meeting and Ice Cream Social tonight! It is also a great time to renew membership before the new membership year begins (July).


June Newsletter

The June Newsletter is here

Read about the start of Heitzman's Bakery, check out an awesome membership special from Yesternook, put the June General Meeting on your calendar and get to know more about "Look Alive Louisville," and much more!

Also, don't forget about these two great events happening in Schnitzelburg this weekend!

Schnitzelburg Blues Fest

The 6th Annual Schnitzelburg Blues Fest will be happening on Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th outside of Check's Cafe on Hickory Street. Check out the Facebook event for more information, including the band line-up for both days. 

Spring Schnitzelburg History Walk

The Spring Schnitzelburg History Walk will be happening on Saturday, June 4th. The popular history walk, narrated by Don Haag, will meet at the All Wool & Yard Wide Democratic Club and will venture down streets such as Milton, Texas, Reasor, Burnett, Sylvia, and Lydia Streets. See the flyer for more details.


May Newsletter, News & Upcoming Events!

May Newsletter

The SACC May Newsletter is HERE!! It's filled with tons of great information, including how to prevent mosquitoes, a great Membership Deal from Metro 1 HVAC, and the history of the corner of Texas and Burnett (OMG - you have have to see the picture of what once stood where Brenzel's Automotive is now!).

Schnitzelburg has A LOT going on in May. Whether you're into beers, bands, blues, history, arts and crafts, or poetry, Schnitzelburg has something for everyone!

You can also read more about events and news below!

Schnitzelburg Spring Walk

The Schnitzelburg Spring Walk will be happening on Saturday, May 14th. Hickory Street from Goss Avenue to Sylvia Street will be closed to traffic as people flood the street to enjoy cold brews, good food, and great live music.

Be sure to visit participating local establishments along Hickory Street, including Check's Cafe, Monnik, Old Hickory Inn, Lydia House, All Wool & Yard Wide Democratic Club, and the 19th Hole.

The event starts at 4 pm. Everyone will need to be off the street by midnight.

Schnitzelburg Arts & Crafts Festival

Coinciding with the Spring Walk on Saturday the 14th is the 2nd Annual Schnitzelburg Arts & Crafts Festival. Twenty-eight local vendors will be set up on the 1200 block of Hickory Street (between Goss Avenue and Ash Streets). There will be music, as well as food vendors (Red Top Gourmet Hot Dogs, Hi-Five Doughnuts, and Valley Dairy Freeze). 

The event is free and family friendly. The event starts at 10 am and will go until dark.

What the Germantown Festival?!

What The Germantown Festival will be happening again on Saturday May 14th, starting at 4 pm.

4 bars will be collaborating with 4 local breweries to produce 4 limited edition WTG?! beers for 1 epic night.

The Post + Akasha Brewing Company
Four Pegs + Monnik Beer Co.
Nachbar + Against the Grain
Kaiju + Apocalypse Brew Works

Band lineup and WTG?! brew details coming soon! Stay tuned on the FB event page.

Finn's Southern Kitchen Now Hiring!

Finn's Southern Kitchen is now accepting applications for all front of house and back of house positions.

Finn's is located at 1318 McHenry Street in the former Germantown Child Care building that sits behind the newly renovated Germantown Mill Lofts. The restaurant is operated by Steve Clements, former owner of Avalon and Clements Catering.

Finn's plans will open Tuesday, May 5th for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Read more about Finn's here in an article from Insider Louisville. Welcome to the neighborhood, Finn's!

Interior of Finn's

New Coffeehouse and Roastery coming to Goss Avenue

Germantown resident Billy Seckman is planning to open a coffeehouse and roastery called Bean at 1138 Goss Avenue. The building was previously occupied by Miss Kay's Hair Salon then I.D.E.A.S. The building sits across the street from the bar formerly known as Pauly's, which is currently being renovated and opened by the team behind El Camino and Silver Dollar and renamed "The Pearl." 

Read a very extensive, informative article about Bean from Insider Louisville here.

Seckman is planning to open the new space in early June.

New Monnik Mural

Monnik Beer Co. recently had a new mural painted on the side of their building at 1036 East Burnett Street, designed by Bryan Todd and lettered by Kirby Signs. We may be biased, but it looks pretty darn good!

Flying Out Loud

Flying Out Loud will host a reading on Monday, May 9th at Sunergos Coffee Shop (2212 South Preston Street). The reading will feature poets from Dayton and Berea. This will be the last reading of the season. Flying Out Loud will resume on Monday, September 12th.

Schnitzelburg Blues Fest

The 6th Annual Schnitzelburg Blues Fest will be happening on Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th outside of Check's Cafe on Hickory Street. Check out the Facebook event for more information, including the band line-up for both days. 

Spring Schnitzelburg History Walk

The Spring Schnitzelburg History Walk will be happening on Saturday, June 4th. The popular history walk, narrated by Don Haag, will meet at the All Wool & Yard Wide Democratic Club and will venture down streets such as Milton, Texas, Reasor, Burnett, Sylvia, and Lydia Streets. See the flyer for more details.


April Newsletter

The April newsletter is here and it is full of great information - from the history of Germantown Baseball to a wonderful Membership deal from Melissa Mann Photography to a full event calendar!

Highlights include the Jim King MUSCL Senior Center Yard Sale from 8 am to 4 pm on Saturday, April 2nd, as well as the Schnitzelburg Art Festival and Spring Walk on Saturday, April 30th.

The Jane Jacobs Walk, a walk through the neighborhood to get to know how Schnitzelburg operates, will begin from St. Elizabeth's at 10:30am.  The walk is free, but you need to register at the following link: http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/bB4JZqNidbf

April is a General Meeting month!  We'll meet on Monday, April 25th at 7 pm at All Wool & a Yard Wide Cub at the corner of Ash and Hickory.  We look forward to seeing you there!


March Newsletter + Boy Scouts

Are you thinking spring? We are too! There is a lot going on as the weather gets warmer and you can read all about it in the March Newsletter.

We have the first SACC event of 2016 coming up this month - the 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt!! We hope you'll join us for this free family event at AmVets Post #9's Bingo Hall on Sunday, March 20th from 2 to 3 pm. Thanks to AmVets for donating the space to SACC for this event!

Getting to know Boy Scout Troop 17

Scout law: A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. The Boy Scouts of America have been in Louisville since 1911. One of the oldest continuous running chapters of the organization is Troop 17, chartered at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in August 1934. Always a troop of distinction, the Courier Journal writes that  Troop 17 prevailed at the annual swim meet at Shelby Park Pool on Jun 27, 1944, when Bill Hayden won the 25-yard breast stroke. Norb Hein won the 50-yard free style, Gene Zipperle won the 25- yard back stroke and Bill Schulte won for diving. The troop made print again on May 2, 1957, marching in Louisville’s second annual Pegasus Derby Parade and bearing a hugh inflatable dragon.  On April 8, 1984, a photo in the paper featured Boy Scout Steve Zeller  playing drums at Scout-O-Rama at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. 

Over the years, Troop 17 has prepared and served countless chili dinners, chicken dinners, and spaghetti dinners. They have worked fish frys, shoveled snow, and picked up trash in the neighborhood. Troop 17 has traveled together, camped outdoors and told stories around the fire. There was a time when Troop 17 both cooked and served the annual traditional #1 Citizen Dinner of pork schnitzel, mashed potatoes and sauerkraut. The Scouts still maintain a friendly presence at the the #1 Citizen Dinner today. These time-honored principles of Scouting are still taught at St. Elizabeth of Hungary, 1020 Burnett Avenue. Young men between ages 11 and 18 may join. Troop 17 meets every Thursday at 7:00-8:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary. There is no meeting on the last Thursday of the month.  Dues are $25.00 per year.  There are also Tiger Cubs and Webelows (ages 5 to 10).  

SACC Board Member James Wolf wanted to share some thoughts about the Boy Scouts:

Boy Scout Troop 17 is actively seeking new members to join the troop & we need your help to increase our membership! 

We have several fundraisers throughout the year to help keep activity costs reasonable. Camping trips are held throughout the year. Boy Scouts is a wonderful experience to teach young men to be respectable citizens and leaders in our community. Many boys from Troop 17 have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, which is the highest achievement in Boy Scouting. In addition to helping SACC with the annual #1 Citizen Dinner, we also volunteer with Brightside Community Cleanups and Scouting for Food to help St. Vincent  DePaul.

Boys that are interested in joining Troop 17 can contact James Wolf 709-3578, or Bill Spencer 637-8649.


February Newsletter

The SACC February newsletter is hot off the press!

We have several new business members - Welcome to Schnitzelburg!

Happy Valentine's Day to all you love birds and super singles in Schnitzelburg! We hope you can celebrate the holiday with one of our amazing local businesses.

Oh, and please join us for the first SACC meeting of 2016 on February 22nd!

If you are a 2015-2016 SACC member & haven't received your membership card, please let us know! We want you to be able to take advantage of the Membership Deal of the month! This month SACC Members can claim a cool deal from Lydia House.