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Festivals And Cross Words

September 18, 2015
Festival season is full upon us. Last Saturday, it was the annual block party that stages its celebration in front of my house each year. I look forward to the good food, the joy of the neighborhood kids bicycling, boarding and chalk-drawing on the blocked-off street and the opportunity to get acquainted with neighbors I usually only see with a passing wave.

This Saturday, Sept. 19, the Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival lays down a beat for its 15th year. Stages on Gore and on Allen avenues compete with and complement the Union Pacific freight trains that pass behind.

Webster-Kirkwood Times is the presenting sponsor of this event. Webster University and Autumn Hill Records are stage sponsors. And there are a host of other sponsors and volunteers that make it all possible. Be sure to enjoy some great taste offerings from five food vendors. Include in your day visits to the locally-owned shops that share their space and parking with thousands of visitors on this special day, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Stop by McCaughen & Burr Gallery on Lockwood between 3 and 5 p.m. and catch some PoJazz performance with spiritual jazz artist Raven Wolf C. Felton Jennings II and local poets.

Kirkwood's Annual Greentree Festival features a Saturday morning parade starting at 10 a.m. Festivities ranging from an annual folk life festival to great dining and good music, to book fair to community booths run all Saturday and Sunday.

Down the road to the south, Affton Days has its parade down Mackenzie and Gravois on Saturday morning with an all day festival at St. Dominic Savio Parish, 7748 Mackenzie.

Next weekend, Sept. 26, Shrewsbury has its annual Shrewsbury Days Festival. On Saturday, Oct. 3, Rock Hill Days kicks off with a parade and a festival.

In how many venues can you have great fun? Let us know!

Crossword News

Over the past few weeks we have received emails, phone calls and letters from about 50 Times readers who were most upset with a decision to remove the crossword puzzle from Webster-Kirkwood Times. The puzzle was deleted to help offset space dedicated to a new feature aimed at younger families, Fun-n-Facts for Brain-iacs.

The crossword is still in our South County Times newspaper. We have made it available in a free vending box at 122 W. Lockwood in Webster Groves.

But when things aren't working, you sometimes call a plumber. Milford Plumbing Supply has agreed to sponsor the crossword puzzle twice a month in Webster-Kirkwood Times beginning next week. If we find a sponsor for additional weeks, crossword aficionados might once again see the puzzle weekly.

Thanks to readers for sharing with us their love of words and puzzles.

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