Monday, September 29, 2014

Call for #1 Citizen Nominations!

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS:  The SACC is now accepting your written nominations for the 2014 Schnitzelburg # 1 Citizen.    Each year, members of the community are nominated for this award which honors a person who has provided outstanding service to our community.  This tradition began 48 years ago in celebration of the humble individuals who serve the community without asking for any thanks or recognition.

If you know someone you would like to nominate, please send us a statement and tell us about him or her.   Please remember to include the person’s full name as well as your own contact information so that we may reach you for follow-up.  Send nominations to:

#1 Citizen Nomination Committee
1315 McHenry Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40217

or email them to

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Three Points, Germantown Mill Lofts, Dog Jog, Beetlejuice, and more!

Apologies for the blog taking a hiatus over the past couple of weeks, but rest assured the progress of Schnitzelburg has not been joining in the hiatus!  SACC has been a bunch of busy bees working on storm drain marking, the August General Meeting, the SACC Community Yard Sale, Shotgun Fest, the Fall Schnitzelburg Walk, and so much more!  There's a lot happening in and around Schnitzelburg, so we'd like to highlight a few exciting upcoming projects and events:


The Schnitzelburg Area Community Council is very pleased to be a part of a new beautification project coming to the intersection of Goss Avenue and Logan Streets.

Initially, the concept was solely to paint a mural on the side of the Abell Elevator Company's building.  As time passed and ideas were bounced around, a simple mural snowballed into something bigger.  Painting a beautiful mural and not transforming the surrounding area would be like, as someone said, "putting on a fancy top and not changing the ratty, old jeans you are wearing on the bottom."

Soon, a landscaping proposal was in place, the crumbling (and, in some places, non-existent) sidewalks were being targeted for paving, and we began to look at how the space could better serve the community.  Elements like a bench, trash can, "No Littering" signs, and a metal sculpture were also added.  Becoming more than a mural, the project needed a name.

The red star represents the site of Three Points.

Looking at a map of neighborhoods, we noticed the project is in a unique spot - three neighborhoods connect here: German-Paristown, Schnitzelburg, and Shelby Park.  It was quickly realized that "Three Points" was a fitting name for the project.  The three neighborhood organizations representing these areas (German-Paristown Neighborhood Association, Schnitzelbrurg Area Commuity Council, and Shelby Park Neighborhood Association) have been fully supportive of the project.

As these three neighborhoods are seeing a lot of positive change, from new local businesses to infrastructure improvements to a hot real estate market, Three Points aims to capture that momentum and embrace the pride we share in our unique community.

The sidewalk before and after.
The project has been enthusiastically embrace, which was especially evident by a volunteer clean-up at Three Points on Sunday.  Volunteers worked 5 hours to remove 6 bags of trash, 6 lawn bags full of weeds and other organic material, an entire F-350 truck bed of overgrown trees, and another truckload of aluminum slats from the fence. Volunteers also primed a wall, hung signs and hand painted another, and scrubbed the main mural wall.  It is amazing to see what a group of passionate people can accomplish.  

Three Points received $6,500 from Metro Council's Neighborhood Development Funds.  We're overjoyed to have this funding, however, it only covers the part of the mural and all of the landscaping.  In order to raise additional capital, we've turned to a crowd-sourcing fundraising site for civic projects called  At the time of posting, nearly $2,300 of our $4,000 has been raised.  We hope those who support the project will donate whatever amount they are able to give to support this project.

The mural is slated to be completed September 20th through September 28th, with landscaping, bench installation, and other aspects of the project soon following.  Expect Three Points to be transformed by the end of October.  

More information, including mural renderings, project proposal, budget, artist information, etc, can be found at  You can also "like" Three Points on Facebook to follow the progress of the project, get project updates, and see additional pictures.

Three Points is located directly outside of the former cotton mill/antique mall...


Many of you have been asking about the status of the Germantown Mill Lofts and we are happy to share the following letter with you from Brasch Construction and Underhill Associates.

The letter references Underhill Associates moving their corporate offices to 1030 Goss Avenue in November.  That building is currently occupied by the Paralyzed Veterans of America, next door to Mo's Food Mart and across the street from Four Pegs.  We welcome them to the neighborhood!


Please join us on Saturday, October 4th for a morning walk/jog through Schnitzelburg with your neighbors!  Any and all are welcome - even if you don't have a four legged friend!


Join the Schnitzelburg Area Community Council and Metro Council President Jim King for a movie night in Emerson Park!  This year we will be showing the Tim Burton classic Beetlejuice!  

Emerson Park will be transformed for movie night, complete with a foggy graveyard, sandworms, and a real life Beetlejuice!!  Need a bio-exorcism?  Come see the ghost with the most at Emerson Park on October 11th! 

The Rudyard Kipling will have their food tuck on site to sell tasty treats, as well as cool beverages (including beer!).  We will also have pizza from Danny Mac's, pretzels donated by Pauly's Schnitzelburg Pub, and free popcorn donated by Nuts-n-Stuff!!

Items to be raffled off to benefit SACC include a Beetlejuice gift basket, a Greenhaus gift certificate, teeth whitening from Mortenson Family Dental, a pair of tickets to the Haunted Hotel, and more!!!

This is an event for the entire family...and its's FREE!

Event begins at 7:00 pm and movie begins at 9:00 pm.

Please bring a chair and/or blanket to sit on. We will have portable toilets in the park for your convenience.


Be sure to visit the SACC booth and say 'hello!' at the Seven Sense Festival this Saturday!

Stay tuned to the blog for upcoming insider stories on the new restaurant going in the old Flabby's building at the corner of Hickory and Lydia and The Post (the new pizza joint currently under construction in the old VFW Post on Goss).  The Post will be having a zoning hearing on Thursday, September 18th to address their zoning change and variance request to have a front patio.  If you would like to write a letter of support or concern, please click here to view a letter from the Department of Codes and Regulations that includes an address that residents can send letters to by October 10th.

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Thanks for reading and see you around the 'Burg!

Monday, August 25, 2014

An Evening With The Tiny Art Show at Four Pegs

If you’ve been to The Four Pegs Beer Lounge recently you may have noticed some art work on the wall.  Those paintings, pictures, prints, and multimedia combinations are all part of the Tiny Art Project, an effort to promote local artists and get their work out into the public eye.  I recently met with the founders of A Tiny Art Show – Tom Willis, Suzanne Sprawls, Scotty Haulter, Greg Toms, Laura Doll and three local artists as they planned their next show at a table on the patio of the Four Pegs Beer Lounge. All members of A Tiny Art Show, with the exception of Halter, live in the Schnitzelburg-Germantown neighborhood. 

Organizers meet at Four Pegs
Sitting in on a Tiny Art Show planning session, if you can call it that, was an incredibly fluid experience – imagine  a meeting of the flying monkeys with a Gonzo vibe and you're almost there.  Several times during the course of the evening as the conversation channel-surfed through a barrage of unrelated topics - everything from the merits of minimalist art to the aesthetics of glazed buffalo wings - with dissenting opinions served up from all sides - I was reminded of that old joke about the Anarchist’s convention that had to be cancelled because nobody wanted to form a line at the registration desk. The Tiny Art Show doesn’t have a vision or mission statement or any real protocol for that matter (Robert’s Rule’s of what?).  However there is unanimity where it counts.  Tom Willis, one of the founders, put it this way, “If we had a mission statement it would be ‘Have Fun’ and as long we are doing that we will continue.” His comment drew a big collective nod from all heads around the table.   

 Like a lot of memorable inventions, the origin of Tiny Art project was due more to incidental circumstances than design.   Willis put down his chicken wing to explain: “It all started at Scotty’s party. I was talking to Suzanne about a photographer's work that we had both seen on Facebook.  We agreed that she should show her work.  Since the photographer didn't know anything about showing we decided to help her.  We were here at Four Pegs one night discussing it and I looked around and said, ‘What about here?’  I asked Smitty (the owner of Four Pegs) and he was cool with it.  So that got the ball rolling and we got together to organize it.”

“Then beer ensued.” Laura laughed. “In case you haven’t noticed we’re a VERY informal group.” 

The marriage of art and beer - or I should say beer and art, since there was unanimous agreement around the table that beer precedes art in the great ontological scheme of things - has been successful.  

According to Tom it’s the kind of deal that works out to everyone’s advantage.  “The beer lounge gets a free artsy makeover and opening night brings in a lot of business because friends and family of the artists come to see the work of the people they know on display.  Artists love it because their work sells there is no cut for the bar or A Tiny Art Show.  We step them through the process that is important because most of the artists in our shows have never exhibited before.  That is a huge confidence builder for someone who is just starting out.”

So far the Tiny Art Show has produced four shows. The first two involved the work of single artists, and the shows carried the artists’ names. “Now,” said Suzanne, “we have multiple artists on display so we give the show names. We come up with titles based on a striking feature of the work or something thematically relevant.  Our third show was called Tres (three in Spanish) and the fourth was called vijf femmes (Vijf is Dutch for five and femmes is women in French.)  That show was so named because it featured the work of five female artists.”  The upcoming show has not been named yet.  Lots of suggestions were batted around the table.  Someone threw out “Three Guys Who Paint.”

Artwork slated to be on display
at the September show
The Tiny Art Project aims to be as inclusive as possible. Because these pieces are hanging in a bar, instead of a gallery, the group has to be mindful that the subject matter is appropriate for the general public.  This has not been a problem.  Aside from that there really aren’t any rules about submitting work.  Artists will frequently submit more work than the walls will hold.  This happens most typically with photos.   In this case the group gets together and does a triage, each member selecting a few of their favorites which are then further narrowed down by a group vote.  The artists are notified in advance about the selection with the understanding that they can override the panel’s choices if they disagree.  So far, that hasn’t happened. 

How big can tiny be?  I wanted to know.  “Tiny,” said Tom, “refers more to the intimacy of the setting than the size of the individual pieces. We wanted to create a more informal environment than the established gallery setting.  We don’t have size specifications and would not exclude larger pieces, provided there is space for them.  We generally exhibit 30 pieces per show. But, of course, that depends on the size of the work submitted.”

Four Pegs is only place in town you can see the Tiny Art Show. And it is likely to stay that way.  “We thought about expanding to other venues,” said Susan, then added after a pause, “but then we wouldn’t be tiny anymore.”

Indeed!  Long live Tiny Art!

The opening of the next Tiny Art Show is tentatively scheduled for September 18th.  If you are an artist and would like to show your work, or just want more information about "A Tiny Art Show" go to:

Thanks to Steve Cambron for writing and contributing this story.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Old Hickory Inn's White Bean Soup

Schnitzelburg resident Gary Liebert holds many titles: SACC Board Member, Emerson Community Garden Manager, and Recipe Creator for the SACC Newsletter.  His recipes always feature seasonal ingredients and emphasis on fresh produce.  Gary's latest recipe is a bit unique - so we thought we would feature it on the blog.  Gary recently visited the Old Hickory in after hearing rave reviews about their bean soup.  He loved the soup and, being a sweet-talker, was able to get the recipe to share!   

Look for Gary's recipes in the newsletter, but for now, from Gary:

Schnitzelburg Culinary Treasure

The Old Hickory Inn, at the corner of Lydia and Hickory Streets, has been around since the 1930's. After a fire closed the Inn for about a year, it reopened in 2010, the week before Derby, and the Ol’ Hick’ now enjoys a steady stream of customers from the neighborhood and beyond. The Schnitzelburg pub is known as a friendly place to get good drinks at good prices.  

The barkeeper, Jeannette, is also known as a cook.  She makes hearty dishes, mainly on the weekends, featuring favorites such as cabbage-potato soup, "Manwiches," and white bean soup.  I sampled the white bean soup recently, and while enjoying it, asked for the recipe.  She said it’s more commonly served in cooler months, but I made it at home - in July!  Here is the recipe, with thanks to Jeannette.   

Jeannette’s Old Hickory White Bean Soup

1 pound dry Great Northern beans
2 medium onions, chopped finely
6 sticks celery, chopped
6 carrots, chopped
Large chunk of pork jowl or ham hock (optional, but it really adds flavor!)
Garlic powder (1 tablespoon) or chopped garlic (3 cloves)
1 small can tomato paste
One tablespoon crushed red pepper, or 3 whole dried red peppers 
Salt & pepper, to taste


Soak beans overnight in water; discard water and put beans in a big pot or Crockpot and start to cook on high.  Add the rest of the ingredients. After the beans have come to a steady simmer, turn down to low and cook for 4-6 hours.

Check beans for doneness and add salt and pepper.  When cooked, serve beans over rice or by themselves in bowls.   Put a bowl of freshly and finely chopped onions in a bowl to add as a topping.   Jeannette says, “it really goes well with jalapeno cornbread!!”  (Maybe a future recipe?)  Enjoy beans any time of the year! 

Thanks to John Malone, the tavern's manager and Jeannette Gilliam, cook and barkeep.  

Old Hickory Inn
1038 Lydia Street

(502) 634-3011

Jeanette behind the bar at Old Hickory Inn.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

You're An Old Time Schnitzelburger If You Remember When...

Duck Pin Alley existed?  Sam Lauyans fought the oilman at Jimmy Dell's Punch Bowl?  Gude's operated a post office at Hoertz and Burnett?

We recently stumbled upon some old #1 Citizen Dinner programs and were tickled to get a glimpse of Schnitzelburg history.  We particularly liked the "You are an old time Schnitzelburger if you remember when" blip.  There may not be many "old timers" left, but if you remember any of these, please share your stories!

The map in the images below don't reflect the modern Schnitzelburg boundaries, which currently extends to Clarks Lane, beyond Eastern Parkway.  The map does show an example of a street car that used to cruise the "Schnitzelburg Loop."  Street cars on Texas?  Guess you have to be a an old time Schnitzelburger to remember that!  So...

You are an old time Schnitzelburger if you remember when...

  • Western Union delivered telegrams by bicycle.
  • X'tras were sold after a championship prize fight.
  • Street cars were lined up at Texas and Burnett Streets to take a crowd home after the Thanksgiving Day football game.
  • Sam Lauyans fought the oilman at Jimmy Dell's Punch Bowl.
  • The pretzel-man came through the 'burg on Saturday morning.
  • You shot marbles, spun a top, rolled a hoop, played MUMBLETY PEG, and went swimming in Beargrass Creek.
  • You worked at the Cotton Mill for 25 cents an hour or even less.
  • You could get a job at Standard Sanitary by telling Herb Goepper you were from Schnitzelburg.
  • There was a Duck Pin Alley at Spratt & Goss.
  • Someone shouted "Out Shelby" and you knew what that meant.
  • You could buy the C.J. for 3 cents and the Sunday paper for 10 cents.
  • You could go to Johnson's Hardware and get 25 cents worth of sand and the same amount of gravel & cement.
  • Gude's had a post office at Hoertz & Burnett.

We can't help  but wonder - what in the world is Mumblety Peg???

Monday, August 11, 2014

Storm Drain Marking Project


Schnitzelburg is one of the few neighborhoods in Louisville that will be outfitted with new storm drain markers, compliments of the Beargrass Creek Alliance (BCA)!  The purpose of the storm drain markers is to educate the public that whatever goes into the storm drains ultimately ends up in our waterways, particularly Beargrass Creek.  According the BCA, these markers "encourage 'Best Management Practices' that benefit our community's water quality regarding Non-Point Source Pollution Prevention, a major factor in the decline and degradation of water quality in Jefferson County."

This project is one more way Schnitzelburg can be greener!

Volunteers will meet at Emerson Park at noon on Sunday, August 17th.  The project will take about 2 hours.  We need at least 15 volunteers for this project.  Volunteers will be divided into teams of 2-3 people.  Each team will receive a map with a section of Schnitzelburg they will be responsible for marking.  Each map will have the storm drains identified - easy breezy!

All supplies will be provided by Beargrass Creek Alliance.  All you have to do is show up!

Participants in the storm drain marking project will each receive a kit to mark storm drains, educational resources, a rain gauge, a reminder magnet to limit water use during or after a storm, and native plant seeds.

After the project, volunteers will gather at Dairy Del on South Shelby Street for free ice cream, courtesy of Dairy Del!

If you are interested in volunteering, please email, call 502.641.7534, or just show up at the Park on Sunday!

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Hot Off the Press: The August Newsletter!

The August newsletter is here!  It's chocked full of great information!

Don't forget  to add these events to your calendar:

Sunday, August 17th - SACC & Beargrass Creek Alliance Drain Marking*
Monday, August 25th – SACC General Meeting at the All Wool & a Yard Wide 7 pm featuring a speaker from the Beargrass Creek Alliance
Saturday, September 13th – SACC Community Yard Sale @ the corner of Texas and Burnett*
Saturday, October 4th – 7th Annual Schnitzelburg Dog Jog*

Saturday, October 11th – Movie Night in Emerson Park featuring Beetlejuice*

*Stay tuned for more information on these fun events coming soon!

All newsletters, past and present, are archived in the newsletters tab at the top!  Enjoy!