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Snapshots from Friday evening’s StrEATery

The StrEATery launched Friday evening as restaurants that border Euclid set up socially-distanced tables in the street. Patrons enjoyed an evening out and businesses adapted to limited seating capacity requirements during the pandemic.  As word of the event spread, every table in the StrEATery zone was filled on Saturday night.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink  StrEATery CWENorthCommunity Improvement District Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink  StrEATery CWENorthCommunity Improvement District Central West End

This was the signage that was positioned at the entrance to each section.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink  StrEATery CWENorthCommunity Improvement District Central West End

As I snapped photos from Maryland to McPherson (next weekend the area will stretch to Washington), my impression was that diners seemed absolutely delighted to be engaging in something that seemed almost ordinary. As a neighbor observed: “It’s so good to see the neighborhood full of life once again.” Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink  StrEATery CWENorthCommunity Improvement District Central West End  Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink  StrEATery CWENorthCommunity Improvement District Central West End  Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink  StrEATery CWENorthCommunity Improvement District Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink  StrEATery CWENorthCommunity Improvement District Central West End

StrEATery will continue on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 10 p.m. as long as it is safe to do so.  That decision, which will depend on the degree of compliance with established guidelines, will be evaluated weekly.  To stay in the loop follow the CWEScene website.

Starting the weekend of August 7 & 8: Streatery will expand its footprint to include Cocina Latina and Evangeline’s at Euclid and Washington.

48th Annual CWEA Home & Garden Tour goes virtual in 2020

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  The Cagle Law Firm Rhonda V. Jones Central West End Association 48th Annual Home & Garden Tour 100 Above The Park

Since in-person house tours are not in the cards in this spring of the pandemic, the Central West End Association has cleverly arranged to bring the 48th Annual Home & Garden Tour directly to you. 

For many former CWEnders who live in other parts of the country, those curious about what’s behind the facades of the neighborhood’s beautiful historic homes, or friends who have made the house tour a yearly tradition, you’ll now be able to view the homes online.

Starting June 1 through July 12, the CWEA will release a tour of a different house and garden in the neighborhood.  Each tour will “air” for one week only and can be viewed on the CWEA’s Facebook & Instagram pages. To stay updated, subscribe to the Central West End Association’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

In lieu of tickets, donations are welcome (this is the neighborhood association’s major fundraiser) and can be made during the course of this virtual event.

In addition, the CWEA is seeking additional homes  as there is the possibility the tours can be extended to the end of June. If you’d like to put your home or garden on the tour please visit www.thecwe.org/home-garden-tour.  There you can download information on how to produce and submit your house tour video to the CWEA. Videos are being accepted now thru June 30, 2020.
This event is sponsored by 100 Above The Park,  The Cagle Law Firm and Rhonda Jones, Your Dream Home Realtor.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  The Cagle Law Firm Rhonda V. Jones Central West End Association 48th Annual Home & Garden Tour 100 Above The Park

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  The Cagle Law Firm Rhonda V. Jones Central West End Association 48th Annual Home & Garden Tour 100 Above The Park

Become a CWE Virtual Home & Garden Tour sponsor starting at just $100! 

We were all delighted that Keith celebrated his birthday Saturday

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings  Red & Black Brass Band Maryland Plaza Fountain

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings  Red & Black Brass Band Maryland Plaza Fountain

When the sounds of live music emanating from Maryland Plaza drew us out on Saturday afternoon, we learned that the occasion was a birthday celebration for “Keith,” whose name we knew only from the handmade sign carried by one of the guests.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings  Red & Black Brass Band Maryland Plaza Fountain

Happily, Keith (in blue shirt, above) and each of the party-goers at the gathering were properly masked and socially distanced while the Red and Black Brass Band entertained invited guests and passersby who stopped to join in the festivities, all masked and socially distant as well.

It was a clever idea for an upbeat celebration in these strange times. The stark contrast between this scene and what Maryland Plaza would have looked like on any spring Saturday in prior years is striking, but in 2020 nothing seems strange anymore. Happy Birthday Keith.