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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.

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.

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

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

Nicki's Central West End Guide Services  Kate Haher CWE North Clean Team CWE North CID

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.