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3rd Annual Make Music Day in the CWE

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There will be live music in the neighborhood all day today—the first day of summer—as the CWE joins in the celebration of Make Music Day, an international event. Ten neighborhood venues will be hosting musical acts including Evangeline’s, above, where earlier today staff from the CWE’s Jackson Pianos placed one of their pianos. Other businesses hosting live events include Left Bank Books, Straub’s, Mike’s Bikes, Citizen Park, and Schlafly Library (see entire list here).

To build awareness for Make Music Day students from Normandy High School’s marching band brought music to the streets Sunday afternoon June 3, see below.

Normandy High School recently won 1st place for best marching band in the Annie Malone parade.

Today’s festivities include a youth drum circle at 6 p.m. led by the School of Rock on Maryland Plaza. (The first 25 children to arrive will receive free drumsticks.) At 6:30 p.m. brass instrument players are invited to meet at the corner of Euclid and Washington to join a second line procession that will march through the neighborhood.

The first Fête de la Musique was held in 1982 in France. In 2016 The Central West End was among the first St. Louis neighborhood to participate in the global celebration. Today more than 700 cities around the world host their own Make Music Day.

For more information on today’s events visit CWE Scene. Many thanks to the North CWE Business Community Improvement District and the organization’s executive director Kate Haher for bringing this joyous event to the neighborhood.

Halloween in the CWE 2016/Children’s Parade/Part III


Circus Kaput’s Joe Fingerhut was the emcee for the entertainment portion of the children’s parade.Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink For Children Shop News Uncategorized  Straub's Maryland Plaza Kissinger's Enchanting Embellishments CWE Scene Circus Kaput Children's Parade Central West End St. Louis MO AG Jeans 10denza

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After the parade, area merchants passed out Halloween treats.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink For Children Shop News Uncategorized  Straub's Maryland Plaza Kissinger's Enchanting Embellishments CWE Scene Circus Kaput Children's Parade Central West End St. Louis MO AG Jeans 10denza

Dan Jung,  manager of AG Jeans is shown left, and the choices at Bissinger’s, 32 Maryland Plaza, required deep thought. Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink For Children Shop News Uncategorized  Straub's Maryland Plaza Kissinger's Enchanting Embellishments CWE Scene Circus Kaput Children's Parade Central West End St. Louis MO AG Jeans 10denza

A crowd gathered around the cotton candy machine outside Enchanting Embellishments, 4532 McPherson Ave. (more…)

An initiative to beautify Kingshighway streetscape

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Urban Gardens  Straub's Chase Park-Plaza Hotel Central West End Scene Alderman Lyda Krewson

An allée of 42 planters, installed yesterday along Kingshighway from The Chase Park-Plaza to Straub's, enhances the pedestrian environment along the highly-traveled thoroughfare, which is also a major point of entry to the Central West End. 

The effort to beautify the streetscape is a collaboration between the Central West End North Community Improvement District (which is funded by a tax on purchases within the district), and funds from the Argyle Garage TIFF under an agreement negotiated by Alderman Lyda Krewson when financing for the Argyle Garage (located at the corner of Lindell & Kingshighway) was arranged.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Urban Gardens  Straub's Chase Park-Plaza Hotel Central West End Scene Alderman Lyda Krewson

Employees of Wisconsin-based Wausau Made, which manufactured the 42 planters, installed them throughout the day. 

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Urban Gardens  Straub's Chase Park-Plaza Hotel Central West End Scene Alderman Lyda Krewson

Planting of the concrete planters is scheduled to take place within the next two weeks. The reaction by neighbors was immediate. One woman out walking her dog knocked on one then nodded her approval, and a resident of The Residences of the Chase Park-Plaza profusely thanked Kate Haher, the executive director of the CWENCID, for the organization's role in beautifying his front yard.