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Snapshots from last weekend’s Holiday Festivities

The photos below were taken on Saturday, December 7 during the 15th annual Holiday on the Plaza and the 1st of 3 Window Walk events throughout the neighborhood. A 2nd Window Walk event took place yesterday and will occur again next Saturday, December 21.

I’m sure Santa has gotten an earful (see banner above) during his two visits to Maryland Plaza, where he will be again next Saturday. Volunteers from the Central West End Association are offering free gift wrap (at the corner of Euclid and Maryland) on items purchased in the neighborhood, and there are horse and buggy rides, musical groups, and carolers walking about as well.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture For kids Shop News  Washington University Chamber Choir Maryland Plaza CWE North CID Bob Kramer's Marionettes

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture For kids Shop News  Washington University Chamber Choir Maryland Plaza CWE North CID Bob Kramer's Marionettes

Bob Kramer brought a bear marionnette from A Big Bear Christmas, which is this holiday season’s production at the Marionette Theater, 4143 Laclede. The season runs until December 29. More information can be found here.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture For kids Shop News  Washington University Chamber Choir Maryland Plaza CWE North CID Bob Kramer's Marionettes

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture For kids Shop News  Washington University Chamber Choir Maryland Plaza CWE North CID Bob Kramer's Marionettes

There were lots of activities for kids in the Indoor Workshop tent sponsored by BJC, Home Depot, The Cup, MassageLux, and Paul Mitchell The School. There was also a performance by dancers (above) from St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 4967 Forest Park.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture For kids Shop News  Washington University Chamber Choir Maryland Plaza CWE North CID Bob Kramer's Marionettes

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture For kids Shop News  Washington University Chamber Choir Maryland Plaza CWE North CID Bob Kramer's Marionettes  Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture For kids Shop News  Washington University Chamber Choir Maryland Plaza CWE North CID Bob Kramer's Marionettes

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture For kids Shop News  Washington University Chamber Choir Maryland Plaza CWE North CID Bob Kramer's Marionettes

The scoop from Bob Koplar, above, who was enjoying an arancini de riso on Maryland Plaza, is that the “samples were made by the chef of the yet unnamed Italian restaurant that will be opening in the former ‘Scape space very soon.”

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture For kids Shop News  Washington University Chamber Choir Maryland Plaza CWE North CID Bob Kramer's Marionettes

Jeremy Corray, dressed as Buddy the Elf , was the MC for the tree lighting ceremony and introduced Mayor Lyda Krewson and Alderwoman Heather Navarro who welcomed the crowd to the CWE.  Corray is surrounded by members of Washington University’s Chamber Choir who sang traditional carols before the tree lighting ceremony.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture For kids Shop News  Washington University Chamber Choir Maryland Plaza CWE North CID Bob Kramer's Marionettes

With Santa at her side, Emme Lankheit, a former patient at Children’s Hospital, lit the stunning tree that will grace Maryland Plaza throughout the season.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture For kids Shop News  Washington University Chamber Choir Maryland Plaza CWE North CID Bob Kramer's Marionettes

Thanks to the Koplar Family, Maryland Plaza’s Frances Thompson, and Kate Haher and Erica Lembo of the CWE North Community Improvement District for keeping this wonderful tradition in the neighborhood alive.

If you haven’t had a chance to see all of the beautiful holiday shop windows be sure to take time to do so.  And while you’re looking, stop inside and shop local this holiday season.

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,

Meet the CWE North’s Clean Team

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Meet the CWE North’s Clean Team, Sean Anthony, left, and Christopher Pate, right, whom you have likely spotted clearing  debris and leaves from sidewalks and curbs in the business district, and this past week the unusually large amount of snow that blanketed the area.  (They are photographed above during 2018’s Halloween festivities.)

Sean, who works full time, and Chris who is part-time, are on the job 7 days a week, 365 days a year, except for holidays and inclement weather (though that didn’t prevent them from working last weekend). They are funded by the Community Improvement District North which gets its revenue from a 1% sales tax on purchases made within the CWE North CID district, which extends along Euclid from Lindell north to Washington, and includes commercial properties on Maryland and McPherson between Kingshighway and the residential zones east of Euclid. That includes restaurants, shops, Straub’s and The Chase Hotel.

In addition to the duties mentioned above, the pair is responsible for emptying sidewalk trash cans, picking up litter, removing graffiti and stickers from public fixtures, and similar projects as needed throughout the District.

The friendly pair is always up for a chat and often find themselves offering directions to visitors as well. Whenever I see Chris and/or Sean I always thank them for what they are doing, and they always turn my thanks around and say, “no, thank you (that means all of you) for giving us the work.”

Having clean streets and sidewalks may seem like a small thing, until you travel to other neighborhoods that don’t have the luxury of a dedicated street cleaning crew. Thanks to CWE North CID’s Executive Director Kate Haher and the CID Commissioners, and to everyone who patronizes the businesses here for making it possible.

Please say hello when you see Sean and Chris out and about.