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St. Louis MARC members were planning to host their national meeting at The Hilton in St. Louis at Frontenac.

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St. Louis MARC members were planning to host their national meeting at The Hilton in St. Louis at


St. Louis MARC members were planning to host their national meeting at The Hilton in St. Louis at

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St. Louis MARC members were planning to host their national meeting at The Hilton in St. Louis at

{}The Matt McCallie Orchestra headlines Evening of Jazz

          Feb 19, 2015


MOUNT VERNON -- The Matt McCallie Orchestra will be featured at the ninth annual Evening of Jazz concert Saturday, Feb. 21, in Cedarhurst Center for the Arts.

The ensemble has entertained at many events and receptions in the St. Louis area. The experienced roster of orchestra members are professionally trained, many with music degrees from some the country’s top music programs.

An Evening of Jazz will be from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Mitchell Museum Performance Hall at Cedarhurst, 2600 Richview Road in Mount Vernon.

Rend Lake College dance instructors Dan and Neth Huebel will also be on the dance floor during the evening of music.

Tickets for the event are $35 per person or $30 for members of Cedarhurst. For more information, call 618-242-1236 or go to www.cedarhurst.org.

The 3rd Annual CWE Window Walk Kick-Off is Huge Success

Posted on December 06, 12 in Arts & Entertainment, Events

Thanks to a little warm weather and a city filled with holiday spirit the 3rd Annual CWE Window Walk Kick-Off Party held on Saturday, December 1st was a huge success! Hoards of people came out to view the beautifully decorated windows in the neighborhood, ride the trolley and horse-drawn carriages and listen to the music of live bands on the corners. Check out the video below taken by The Matt McCallie Orchestra in front of Coffee Cartel on Saturday. They played great holiday tunes for passers-by to enjoy.  For more music by Matt McCallie’s  Orchestra check out their Youtube channel.


Vendors at Hot Dog It’s Chili in Ellisville’s Blue Bird Park [File photo]

The arrival of fall means one thing in Ellisville, it’s time to get your recipes ready for the area’s favorite chili competition.

The 7th annual Hot Dog It’s Chili cook-off, hosted by the Ellisville Parks and Recreation Department, takes place on Friday, Oct. 18, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Bluebird Park, 225 Kiefer Creek Road.

Chili contestants will have booths in the parking lot near the park’s playground. Competition guidelines are available upon registration and on ellisville.mo.us. Each vendor is responsible for acquiring a temporary food permit for the day of the event.

Chili tasting is available on a first-come, first-served basis until it runs out. However, a panel of local judges will determine which chili is best. An awards ceremony will be held at approximately 7 p.m.

Chili teams interested in competing can contact Recreation Coordinator Sally Grobelny at (636) 227-7508 or by email at sgrobelny@ellisville.mo.us.

Let’s not forgot the dog in this annual event.

As is tradition, dogs and dog owners can don their finest and funniest Halloween garb as part of the popular Howl-O-Ween dog costume contest. The contest will award prizes to winners in four categories: best costume, best costume combo with owner, most original and spookiest.

The Howl-O-Ween dog costume contest returns for 2019. [File photo]

On-site registration is permitted but all registration must be completed before 6:15 p.m. The proceeds from each $5 entry fee will benefit the Ellisville Dog Park.

Entertaining the crowd will be The Matt McCallie Orchestra, which will have attendees wanting to dance the night away. McCallie promises, “We’ve got the jams to get your toes tapping, hips shaking, hands in the air, and your feet stomping!”

What’s not to love about the combination of delicious chili, free kids’ activities, dogs in costumes and  a dance band that is consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation.

Kids’ activities include a variety of games and craft activities, professional balloon artists and face painters.

Food vendors on-site will offer bundt cakes, from local favorite Nothing Bundt Cakes; hot dogs, brats, hamburgers and pulled pork; kettle corn; lemonade; adult beverages and more.

Visitors can park in Bluebird Park’s parking lots. Hayride shuttles will run from the park’s back parking lot to the event, which can be accessed through the park’s main entrance.