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photo courtesy of Washington Place resident

A deer sighting is not something you’d expect to witness on a residential street in the Central West End.  Recently however, neighbors on Washington Place near Lake Avenue woke up to this surprising scene.

After contacting the administration at Forest Park Forever, I was surprised to learn from Katie Stuckenschneider, Marketing and Digital Media Manager, that deer reside in Kennedy Forest (behind the Art Museum).  On the same day as this photograph was taken, there was a call for service reporting an injured deer in a McPherson alley, which isn’t a happy thought. Hopefully these creatures will sense that the grass is greener in Forest Park, otherwise we may have to consider deer-resistant plant materials, a fact of life for many county residents.

About 8 years ago wild turkeys were spotted (just after Thanksgiving by the way) picking through late fall gardens on Pershing Place, and then on McPherson Avenue east of Taylor. At the time they were a novelty—until they weren’t. When they eventually crossed (flew over) Kingshighway and headed to Westmoreland Place, most observers were delighted they had moved up to fancier pastures.

Sustainable Backyard Tour

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The 9th annual Sustainable Backyard Tour takes place all across the city and county this Sunday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is a self-guided, free tour. If you’re looking for inspiration on how to make your garden more sustainable, there are 39 gardens to glean information from, so you’re bound to get some helpful tips.

Two of the gardens on the tour are in the CWE. The Central West End Farm, above and below, is located at 5057 Waterman (just west of Kingshighway). The Gift Garden, as it was recently designated, was spearheaded by CWE resident Arthur Culbert 9 years ago. Read more about it here.

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Another CWE site to visit is a shade garden on McPherson east of Taylor, above, designed by Yvonne Hamilton, whose landscape design business is called Beyond the Flower Pot. Register for the tour here.

CWE House Tour

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From left, 2019 House Tour volunteer Nancy Culbert, Central West End Association Executive Director Jess Campbell, and right, CWEA President Kate Walter, were photographed last Sunday afternoon on Kingsbury Place, the site of this year’s 44th annual CWEA House Tour.

Word from Kate Walter is that following a very successful Preview Party on Friday evening with 150 guests in attendance, the numbers were down a bit on Saturday as compared to 2017’s House Tour on Fullerton/Westminster Place.  Both the early morning rain and  the region-wide celebration of the St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup win were cited as reasons for the lower turnout.  The good news is that Sunday’s attendance more than made up for Saturday.

Look for information about The Central West End Association 2020 tour early next spring.

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Have you seen the terrific piece reporter Jeannette Cooperman wrote for StlMag.com about Left Bank Books as it celebrates 50 years in business? It’s full of fascinating information about the characters involved in the independent bookstore’s beginnings, some of the well-known authors who made appearances, and co-proprietors Kris Kleindienst, above, and Jarek Steele. Be sure to read it here.

On tap for the weekend

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The lot across from M.A.D.E. on Delmar (west of Kingshighway and east of Union) stands empty now but this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the Delmar Maker District – St. Louis, MO, in conjunction with Third Degree Glass Factory and the The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum, is hosting a grassroots festival for 80 local makers, artists, designers, and entrepreneurs from across St. Louis.

There will be some fun hands-on maker activities that the whole family can be a part of too. There will be food trucks (Hot Dog Daddy & Catering, Bombay Food Junkies, Just 1 Taste Catering), and drinks from Juice Master and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, as well as a Kids Corner by the Magic House.

Parking will be available on the street.

At projects + gallery on Saturday 

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After 46 years the Great Forest Park Balloon Race still thrills this town

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For only the second time in its 46 year history, the 2018 Great Forest Park Balloon Race was held on Art Hill, one of the prettiest spots in Forest Park. The location on Grand Basin offered a respite from the oppressive  heat to those who rented paddle boats or sat by water’s edge and dipped their feet into the Basin.

The Balloon Race was founded by CWEnder John Marlow and friends Ted Staley, Dan Schettler and John Schaumberg, who modestly dub themselves The Fab Four. There were only 6 balloons at lift-off in the inaugural year 1973, and twice that number of spectators. Now the GFPBR invites over 60 of the most experienced balloonists in the country to participate, and there are an estimated 150,000 people attending the weekend’s activities, the Balloon Glow on Friday night and the Race on Saturday afternoon.

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Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Forest Park  PNC Bank John Marlow Great Forest Park Balloon Race Forest Park Art Hill

Lift off took place Saturday about 4:40 p.m. A southwest breeze guided the Hare (the lead balloon), above, to the old Chrysler plant in Fenton.  In Sunday’s Post-Dispatch, reporter Leah Thorsen gives a first-hand account of what it was like to ride in the balloon sponsored by the newspaper.

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Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Forest Park  PNC Bank John Marlow Great Forest Park Balloon Race Forest Park Art Hill

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Forest Park  PNC Bank John Marlow Great Forest Park Balloon Race Forest Park Art Hill

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Forest Park  PNC Bank John Marlow Great Forest Park Balloon Race Forest Park Art Hill

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Forest Park  PNC Bank John Marlow Great Forest Park Balloon Race Forest Park Art Hill

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Forest Park  PNC Bank John Marlow Great Forest Park Balloon Race Forest Park Art Hill

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Forest Park  PNC Bank John Marlow Great Forest Park Balloon Race Forest Park Art Hill

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Forest Park  PNC Bank John Marlow Great Forest Park Balloon Race Forest Park Art Hill

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Forest Park  PNC Bank John Marlow Great Forest Park Balloon Race Forest Park Art Hill

One of the great pleasures of the afternoon was to observe people of all descriptions as they enjoyed this fabulous family-friendly and free event on Art Hill. Thanks to John Marlow and friends for the countless hours of work organizing this magnificent gift to our town. And a very special thanks to PNC Bank, Presenting Sponsor of 2018’s Great Forest Park Balloon Race. Other sponsors can be found on the GFPBR website.

The winter landscape in Forest Park

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For years, the City of St. Louis has had a recycling program for Christmas trees, see instructions here. Until January 12, bare trees can be dropped off at the lower Muny lot, above, (other drop off locations are mentioned on instructions) where they will be turned into mulch, which will be available to city residents. Please do not place trees in alley dumpsters or recycling containers. If the trees are left in the alley, they will be picked up during the monthly bulk pick up.