The CWE’s 4th Annual Cocktail Party hit all the right notes

There was something for everyone at the 4th Annual CWE Cocktail Party which took place on Saturday, June 8. There was a bubble machine, and hula hoops, and 50 kinds of cotton candy for the kids. Music was provided by The Dust Covers, below, followed by The Rockin’ Fools who performed on the stage at the south end of Euclid, while Jesse Gannon and Disco Nation entertained on the main stage at the north end of the street.

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And there was lots going on in between:

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Judges for the annual “Best Bartender in the City Contest,” top photo, came from Sauce Magazine, 4 Hands Brewing Company, and the Central West End Association. Also participating were KMOV reporter Alexis Zotos, and local blogger, Whitney in the City.  Tyler Baublitz, the mixologist at The Midwestern (downtown) was named the winner; second place went to Bar Italia’s Phil Vallacis.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Mayor Lyda Krewson and husband Mike Owens, top photo, were there, as was 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro and husband  John Zokovitch.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

From top left, Kate Haher, Executive Director of the CWE North Community Improvement District, which produced the event. Some of the restaurants that participated were Drunken Fish, above right, Taste of Lebanon, lower left, and Mary Ann’s Tearoom, lower right.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Flame throwers performed with Disco Nation at the north end of the festival zone, until the fires went out and the crowd jumped in to party.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

 

Perhaps the best feature of this annual event is the wonderful mix of people from all over St. Louis who come out each year to enjoy an evening in the CWE.

Thanks to the CWE North CID and this year’s generous sponsors: 1220 Spirits, Washington University Medical Center, Straub’s, Sauce, Busey Bank, Enterprise Bank & Trust, Michelob Ultra, Four Roses Bourbon, and Brake Landscaping,

Your cast-off is treasure for projects+gallery’s Garage Sale Saturday

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Apologies for the late notice but projects+gallery, 4733 McPherson, is hosting a benefit Garage Sale this Saturday and has put out a call to the St. Louis Community to bring surplus items to the gallery today through the end of day Friday. “Your trash is someone else’s treasure” has a nice ring to it, especially when the gallery makes it this easy. Drop your items off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Saturday’s Garage Sale is the 2nd of 5 events planned for projects+gallery’s humorously titled summer vacation series, SBF ’91. (The first event, Carnival, took place last Saturday and the final event, Energy, occurs July 13.)

Proceeds from Saturday’s Garage Sale benefit Home Sweet Home, a local nonprofit that helps people who are transitioning out of homelessness furnish their first home.

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The photo above shows what had been collected as of Monday afternoon.  Garage Sale is a free event scheduled for noon to 5 p.m., with an early bird pre-sale (entry is $5 cash) that begins at 10 a.m.

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Another component of SBF ’91 is a collaboration with artist Edo Rosenblith, above, on a summertime mural project. Visit the gallery during business hours to watch Rosenblith’s progress, and while there, color in a page that will be incorporated into his work. There will be an opportunity to join in this Saturday as well.

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Artist Janey Stamm, above, shown in front of her fascinating mural, is also participating in the summer program.

Stop by Saturday to shop the sale for a good cause, grab a complimentary Stag beer, and a bite from the official Cardinal’s hot dog cart parked outside.

Garage Sale at projects+gallery, 4733 McPherson, Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15.  Pre-sale begins at 10 a.m.

Picnic, the 3rd event in the SBF ’91 series, is scheduled for Thursday, June 20, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The menu features cold fried chicken and sides cooked by Ben Poremba of Olio, Elaia & Benevolent King.  There will be artisanal lemonade and great conversation of course. What there won’t be is a large number of tickets, so be sure to check the website and the gallery’s Facebook page to purchase tickets as soon as they go on sale.

After 2+ years of ups & downs, the arcade bar opens Friday

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Two-plus years after Josh Ivey and Joey Akers introduced their plans to the public for an arcade bar in the former Herbie’s location at 405 N. Euclid, Up-Down will finally host its grand opening this Friday, June 14.

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The photo above was taken late last week as finishing touches were being put in place in preparation for Friday’s opening.

By the time the doors open, 60 vintage video games and pinball machines from the ’80s and ’90s will be situated on two floors in the 7,500 s.f. venue.  Up-Down will have 3 bars offering 60 craft beers and cocktails, plus a simple menu. The renovation includes a large outdoor patio.

The first Up-Down arcade bar opened in 2013 in Des Moines. Three other locations followed, including Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee.

Alluding perhaps to the controversy surrounding Up-Down initiated by nearby neighbors who opposed the project, co-owners Josh Ivey and Joey Akers said in a recent press release that they “plan to be a positive part of the Central West End for many years to come.”

Up-Down, 405 N. Euclid, Monday-Friday 3 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. Up-Down is for ages 21 and up.

On a somewhat related note, i.e. referring to the age group that I presume will be Up-Down’s main demographic, I encourage you to read Jack Grone’s recent piece for McPherson STL titled The Emerging City of St. Louis: Smaller, Younger, Better Educated, Why young adults are prime ingredients in the city’s demographic stew?

Grone, a CWE-based journalist, is brilliant at digging into local issues that other news outlets aren’t following, and making sense of charts and graphs that would usually make my head hurt. It’s well worth following him on Twitter, or get on his distribution list here.