Many dogs, a cat, and 1 lizard

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

Many creatures great and small attended a blessing of the pets  at Trinity Church on Saturday, October 28. Whether pets need a blessing is debatable, but my hunch is that Pastor Jon Stratton (shown below with his young family) engages the community in whatever clever ways he can. Witness the well-attended blessing of the bicycles (look here) last summer.

The smallest creature to receive a blessing was also the most exotic, an Uromastyk lizard from Mali, above. The lizard also had the distinction of possessing the most fearsome tail—ouch!Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

Father Jon Stratton with his wife Susie and their children, Alice and Frank.

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

Approximately 20 dogs were ushered onto the church pews where they seemed perfectly at home, above and below.

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles   Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

More pets with their owners in attendance at the morning service, above.

And last but not least among them, blessed be the lone feline tucked as far back in its carrier as it could get. No photographs please.Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

Socializing and refreshments followed the service, above and below.

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Events, Sightings  Trinity Episcopal Churchl St. Louis MO Father Jon Stratton Central West End Blessing of the Pets Blessing of the Bicycles

Trinity Church, 600 N. Euclid, (314) 361-4655.

2017 Halloween Adult Costume Contest: The winners

Other top 10 finalists were:

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  St. Louis MO Halloween 2017 DJ Agile One Central West End Adult Costume Contest

The Borg Queen from Star Trek, who caused quite a stir when she appeared on stage.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  St. Louis MO Halloween 2017 DJ Agile One Central West End Adult Costume Contest

And The Mask, who was moving too fast to capture in a photograph.

There were so many imaginative costumes that it took the judges quite a while to finally choose the top three prize winners. Here they are:

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  St. Louis MO Halloween 2017 DJ Agile One Central West End Adult Costume Contest   1st place and a $2500 prize: The Gotham Geezers

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  St. Louis MO Halloween 2017 DJ Agile One Central West End Adult Costume Contest

2nd place and $1000 prize: The Queen of Hearts

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  St. Louis MO Halloween 2017 DJ Agile One Central West End Adult Costume Contest

3rd place and $500 prize:  Viola, The Good Fairy Witch. The witch, Rick Decker, is a florist who told emcee Jeremy Corray it took him 6 years to make his gorgeous costume.

4th through 10th place winners won $250 in CWE Bucks. (more…)

2017 CWE Halloween: Adult Costume Contest Part 1

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Trish Bush St. Louis MO Jeremy Corray Halloween Central West End Adult Costume Contest

As you can see from the photographs in this post the character of the annual CWE Halloween festivities assumes a much different hue after the sun goes down. One never knows who’s going to show up, see Demogordon above, or what’s going to happen. It was worth every chilly moment to witness the action on and around the main stage in the company of characters such as the ones shown below.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Trish Bush St. Louis MO Jeremy Corray Halloween Central West End Adult Costume Contest

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Trish Bush St. Louis MO Jeremy Corray Halloween Central West End Adult Costume Contest

Spectators stood shoulder-to-shoulder around the main stage at the intersection of Maryland and Euclid Avenues.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Trish Bush St. Louis MO Jeremy Corray Halloween Central West End Adult Costume Contest

Emcees Trish Bush, far right, and Jeremy Corray left, kept the one-liners flowing over the course of the evening. In this photo you also see the behind-the-scenes staff controlling the sound and light production led by Dennis Gorg.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Trish Bush St. Louis MO Jeremy Corray Halloween Central West End Adult Costume Contest

Video production on the surrounding buildings was executed by TSV Sound & Vision.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Trish Bush St. Louis MO Jeremy Corray Halloween Central West End Adult Costume Contest

Contestants gathered behind the stage awaiting their turn on the runway.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Trish Bush St. Louis MO Jeremy Corray Halloween Central West End Adult Costume Contest

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Trish Bush St. Louis MO Jeremy Corray Halloween Central West End Adult Costume Contest   (more…)