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Mother Nature spoils this year’s CWE Halloween Festivities

If you’re an event planner a weather day such as last Saturday’s could cause you to reconsider your profession. For the first time in memory a steady, cold rain put the kibash on both the kids’ and pet Halloween parades. After that regrettable but necessary decision, sponsors and organizers were in constant contact throughout the day about what to do about Saturday night’s adult costume contest extravaganza. It was touch-and-go right up until 7 p.m. (the costume contest was due to start at 8), as they wondered if the drizzle would stop in time to safely plug in the lights and sound system so the show could go on.

But that wasn’t to be and CWE North CID’s Kate Haher & Erica Lembo, as well as the event’s producers Dennis Gorg and Frances Thompson decided that the party would go on, just not onstage. They invited attendees to come to the CWE and party in the bars and restaurants. Judges then roamed among the crowd and awarded those with the best costumes prize money or CWE Bucks.  It wasn’t the same as we have come to expect of this great event, but it made the best of a challenging situation and those who came out seemed to have a good time anyway.

Here are a few photographs from the evening:

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Kate Haher Frances Thompson Erica Lembo Dennis Gorg CWEScene

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Kate Haher Frances Thompson Erica Lembo Dennis Gorg CWEScene

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Kate Haher Frances Thompson Erica Lembo Dennis Gorg CWEScene

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Kate Haher Frances Thompson Erica Lembo Dennis Gorg CWEScene

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Kate Haher Frances Thompson Erica Lembo Dennis Gorg CWEScene

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Kate Haher Frances Thompson Erica Lembo Dennis Gorg CWEScene

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Kate Haher Frances Thompson Erica Lembo Dennis Gorg CWEScene

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Kate Haher Frances Thompson Erica Lembo Dennis Gorg CWEScene

Thanks to Kate Haher and Erica Lembo of the CWE North CID, Maryland Plaza’s Frances Thompson, Dennis Gorg, and everyone else who spent the last few months planning this year’s event. This is one for the record books, and hopefully the last time rain spoils the parade.

More photos can be found on CWEScene’s Instagram page.

Snapshots from last Saturday’s Holiday on the Plaza & Window Walk

Though there were copious clouds and even a brief shower last Saturday afternoon, the 60 degree weather contributed to jam-packed sidewalks filled with young families out to participate in the annual Holiday on the Plaza and CWE Window Walk events. Thanks to months of planning by Maryland Plaza’s Frances Thompson and the CWE North Community Improvement District’s Kate Haher and Erica Lembo there were activities galore for all to enjoy.

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Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Food and Drink  Ted Koplar Maryland Plaza Kate Haher Holiday on the Plaza Frances Thompson CWE Window Walk CWE North Community Improvement District Central West End Association

Maryland Plaza’s Nathan Ambus, who’s very much behind-the-scenes and knows how to work all the bells and whistles (and turn on the Xmas tree lights on cue), with Ted Koplar, the third-generation patriarch of the family that has made Maryland Plaza such a huge success.

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Top photo left: Kate Walter, president of the Central West End Association, and top right, ‘Scape’s David McDermott volunteered to slow walk the ponies as young riders took a spin on Maryland Plaza.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Food and Drink  Ted Koplar Maryland Plaza Kate Haher Holiday on the Plaza Frances Thompson CWE Window Walk CWE North Community Improvement District Central West End Association

Above left, there was a caricature artist at the corner of Euclid and Maryland, a performance by the CWE’s Bob Kramer’s Marionnettes at Bissinger’s, ice carving demonstrations and family photo ops on Maryland Plaza.

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Activities included horse and buggy rides along Euclid, a trio of strolling carolers and a lively performance by Saint Boogie Brass Band. Circus Kaput jugglers entertained at the corner of Euclid & Maryland.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Food and Drink  Ted Koplar Maryland Plaza Kate Haher Holiday on the Plaza Frances Thompson CWE Window Walk CWE North Community Improvement District Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Food and Drink  Ted Koplar Maryland Plaza Kate Haher Holiday on the Plaza Frances Thompson CWE Window Walk CWE North Community Improvement District Central West End Association

Inside the Holiday Village Workshop kids could participate in a variety of craft activities led by the Magic House, Home Depot, Barnes Jewish Hospital, and The Cup. Students from Paul Mitchell the School were offering holiday hair styles, and for the adults, much appreciated chair massages from Massage Luxe.

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Rosati Kain High School’s “R-K Voices” posed for a photo before their performance last Saturday.

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28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro welcomed the crowd before the tree lighting ceremony.

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Thanks to 10-year-old Khelby Calmese, a sickle cell disease patient at Children’s Hospital for flipping the switch that magically lit the beautiful Christmas tree.

The Holiday Window Walk continues today December 8 with carolers, free gift wrapping, and a Holiday Market in the heated tent behind ‘Scape. There’s still time to get your list to Santa, as he is on Maryland Plaza again today and will be there Saturday December 15 and 22.

Halloween in the CWE 2018: The Family Parade Part I

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The weather couldn’t have been prettier Saturday morning when neighborhood families and visitors from all over the St. Louis area gathered at The McPherson’s parking lot for the annual CWE Halloween parade. Led by Shriners’ parade cars and Cinderella in a horse-drawn carriage, they paraded down Euclid to the Main Stage at Maryland Plaza where they participated in some dance moves, and then dispersed to trick or treat at neighborhood shops.

Hats off to all of you who support businesses in the Central West End North Community Improvement District. That includes shops, restaurants, Straub’s, The Chase Hotel—all the businesses north of Lindell from Kingshighway east to Euclid along Maryland Plaza and McPherson, and north to Washington. The extra 1% sales tax you pay on purchases in this area, whether it’s a coffee, card, candle, book, or meal, is reinvested in the community via the CWE North Community Improvement District. The funds are used for beautification, street cleaning, security patrols, and numerous events throughout the year, such as Saturday’s Halloween celebration.

As I observed the many families, pet owners, and the hundreds of people who joined the festivities at Saturday night’s adult costume contest, I felt so proud to be part of a neighborhood that is able to open its arms and share its good fortune with anyone who wants to participate. I don’t think I am alone when I acknowledge that a day spent talking to each other about extremely clever costumes, adorable kids, dolled-up pets, and watching strangers dancing together in the streets, restored my faith in the commonalities among us.

Additional thanks to those who organized the events including Kate Haher, Erica Lembo, Frances Thompson, Dennis Gorg, and many more.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For Children  St. Louis Shriner's Hospital for Children MO Kate Haher Halloween Parade Frances Thompson Dennis Gorg CWE North CID Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For Children  St. Louis Shriner's Hospital for Children MO Kate Haher Halloween Parade Frances Thompson Dennis Gorg CWE North CID Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For Children  St. Louis Shriner's Hospital for Children MO Kate Haher Halloween Parade Frances Thompson Dennis Gorg CWE North CID Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For Children  St. Louis Shriner's Hospital for Children MO Kate Haher Halloween Parade Frances Thompson Dennis Gorg CWE North CID Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For Children  St. Louis Shriner's Hospital for Children MO Kate Haher Halloween Parade Frances Thompson Dennis Gorg CWE North CID Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For Children  St. Louis Shriner's Hospital for Children MO Kate Haher Halloween Parade Frances Thompson Dennis Gorg CWE North CID Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For Children  St. Louis Shriner's Hospital for Children MO Kate Haher Halloween Parade Frances Thompson Dennis Gorg CWE North CID Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For Children  St. Louis Shriner's Hospital for Children MO Kate Haher Halloween Parade Frances Thompson Dennis Gorg CWE North CID Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For Children  St. Louis Shriner's Hospital for Children MO Kate Haher Halloween Parade Frances Thompson Dennis Gorg CWE North CID Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For Children  St. Louis Shriner's Hospital for Children MO Kate Haher Halloween Parade Frances Thompson Dennis Gorg CWE North CID Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For Children  St. Louis Shriner's Hospital for Children MO Kate Haher Halloween Parade Frances Thompson Dennis Gorg CWE North CID Central West End