Around Midtown

Picture of the Week – 4/24/19

Picture of the Week – 4/24/19

By on 24 April, 2019 in Fun, Katie Pollock, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments

  This is an image from September 2018. It was taken at the Lower Dexter Cruise-In. This event happens on the first Friday of every month in downtown Montgomery. The next one is on May 3rd at 5:30 p.m. When I took this photo, I was stopped in my tracks by all of the visual […]

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Picture of the Week – 4/17/19

Picture of the Week – 4/17/19

By on 17 April, 2019 in Fun, Katie Pollock, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments

The Pine Hill Haints playing at the Sanctuary. The way this photo captures energy and movement and light is obvious, but you may not know about the word “haints.” It’s a spectral word, encouraging you to read the Gothic folklore of Kathryn Tucker Windham, or maybe just spend some time alone in an Alabama cemetery at […]

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Picture of the Week, 4/3/19

Picture of the Week, 4/3/19

By on 3 April, 2019 in Fun, Katie Pollock, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments

This is a photo of the water pouring from Doster Road Artesian Well in Prattville, AL.  It’s a source of free spring water.  Just bring a container, fill it, and take a sip. The well is covered by a well-house that includes a bench. It’s also right beside the Autauga Creek trail and near Pratt […]

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Photo of the Week – 3/14/19

Photo of the Week – 3/14/19

By on 15 March, 2019 in Fun, Katie Pollock, Outdoors, Parks with 0 Comments

  Bamboo in the Prattville Wilderness Park – Fun fact: so similar to Asia that the military used it to train soldiers before sending them to Vietnam. Editors’ Note: This is one of our favorite local places. Read more here.  Katie Pollock is a photographer who tries to capture the startling beauty of the natural and human-made […]

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Historic Midtown

Fun at Old Alabama Town

Fun at Old Alabama Town

By on 5 March, 2019 in Historic Midtown, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

On Saturday, March 9, we’ll celebrate Second Saturday at Old Alabama Town. Admission to both the Living and Working Blocks are free from 10 a.m. until 3. On this Saturday, several special events make the day especially enjoyable. John Schneider will be presenting a wood working demonstration near the log cabin. Shanlie Wolter will return with […]

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In Praise of the Fearless Few

In Praise of the Fearless Few

If you are like me, you’re fascinated with the idea of buying a wonderful old home and making it like new or better again. The popularity of make-over TV shows, which you find all over cable, confirms that there are a lot of us. The reality, however, is the majority of the homebuying public is […]

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Bell Building Rebirth

Bell Building Rebirth

You know the Bell Building, even if you’ve never been inside. It’s one of the key features of Montgomery’s downtown skyline. It’s our city’s first skyscraper, and we know it a bit better than most because we went into and out of it for about seven or so years at the end of its first […]

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What We Will Treasure

What We Will Treasure

By on 5 October, 2018 in Carole King, Historic Midtown with 1 Comment

With the passing of Mary Ann Neeley, our community has lost a great historian and a great friend. The city’s outpouring of thoughts, sympathies and memorials has been very impressive and overwhelming evidence of how many people she touched with her gifts. Each person, all 300+, who came to the Neeley family reception at Old […]

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Eating Midtown

Yuka review

Yuka review

By on 3 April, 2019 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

Yuka Roll and Pho, just across the Boulevard on Vaughn, is a really great and affordable place to eat. We’ve been there twice, and it may be the best place in town for sushi – at least when you mix in factors like price, crowd, quick service, and variety. Montgomery’s sushi scene has always been […]

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Saffron

Saffron

By on 18 February, 2019 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

We’ve got a new favorite Indian food restaurant in town, and although it requires us to drive way out east to the part of the city that we don’t prefer, it’s the best spot currently operating in Montgomery. Saffron is in the same space as Taste of India, which then became The Bay Leaf, which we […]

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5 Points Deli & Grill

5 Points Deli & Grill

By on 17 January, 2019 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

We knew our future neighborhood when we saw it. On our first visit to Montgomery, I was very excited to live close to the Five Points area. We could walk to the Capri! Or to Capitol Book & News! And for a while, this came to pass. We’d take the dog up to Cafe Louisa, […]

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Pierce’s Country Cooking

Pierce’s Country Cooking

By on 7 January, 2019 in Food, Municipal business, Restaurant Reviews with 1 Comment

There’s a certain kind of restaurant decor that lets you know that the restaurant is really part of the community, run by people who are invested in the success of the people who eat there. Pierce’s Country Cooking (610 W. Fairview Ave.) embodies this kind of aesthetic, where every square inch of wall space is […]

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Real Estate

Getting on the Ladder to Homeownership

Getting on the Ladder to Homeownership

By on 6 August, 2018 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Recently I read a blog post about Millenials and their being largely absent from the ranks of homeownership. It delved pretty deeply into the factors that might contribute to that situation. “Settling down is being pushed further out,” the article observed. And that made me think of my two youngest nieces, Emily and Lilly, the […]

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A Good Thing Lasts a Long Time

A Good Thing Lasts a Long Time

Why pay rent when a beautiful home is within your reach? Is your object to enrich your landlord or to provide a cosy corner for yourself and family? Please remember that we are offering lots for almost nothing as compared to City lots, and on terms which will enable you to pay for them with […]

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Fixer-Upper TV Shows and the Unrealistic Expectations They’ve Created

Fixer-Upper TV Shows and the Unrealistic Expectations They’ve Created

By on 3 July, 2018 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Chances are you’ve seen, and may be a fan of, Property Brothers, Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop and a host of other fix-up shows classified as “reality TV.” And like the Bachelor, Pawn Stars, Hell’s Kitchen and so many other iterations of reality television, very little “reality” is included in these highly scripted and edited […]

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A Renter’s Hunt for Home

A Renter’s Hunt for Home

By on 30 August, 2017 in Lynne Schneider, Real Estate with 1 Comment

My house hunt began when I realized that my rental unit was actually a True Friendship Litmus Test. With its one-butt-kitchen and lone bathroom, houseguests waited in line for a snack and/or the loo. Even when no guests were there, I still had to handle the stress of murmuring “Excuse me,” hundreds or perhaps thousands […]

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Other Recent Posts

Picture of the Week, 4/10/19

By on 11 April, 2019 in Katie Pollock, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week, 4/10/19

Loblolly pine seedlings went to the moon and back in 1971. Yes, that moon. The Alabama Forestry Commission and the U.S. Forest Service presented one of the seedlings to Gov. George Wallace upon their return to Earth. That tree still grows today next to the statue of a martyr named Albert Patterson. More information on […]

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Leadership Seminar for Old House Lovers

By on 12 March, 2019 in Carole King with 1 Comment
Leadership Seminar for Old House Lovers

This year Montgomery’s Historic Preservation Commission is sponsoring a Historic Preservation Leadership Seminar. Just what, you might ask, is this Historic Preservation Leadership Seminar about? The seminar is an informative seven week program to familiarize the citizens of Montgomery with its history and the importance of preserving the city’s built environment. Each weekly session will […]

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Photo of the Week – 3/6/19

By on 8 March, 2019 in Katie Pollock with 1 Comment
Photo of the Week – 3/6/19

  This photo was taken during Art on the Square, right before a crowd watched as a group of children performed to a song with lyrics that included “no more dying in the streets.”  Many attendees seemed proud to call Montgomery home, with high aspirations for the future.  Their embrace of this place with its […]

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Abusements and Gowith

By on 28 February, 2019 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Abusements and Gowith

We recently took a sledgehammer to our media diet, and the renovations may not yet be complete. A lot of people are talking about “cutting the cord,” by which folks usually mean canceling their cable television subscription. But we took a more radical approach, ending our Charter TV service while also canceling subscription streaming services […]

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Picture of the Week: 2/20/19

By on 20 February, 2019 in Fun, Katie Pollock, Outdoors, Parks with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week: 2/20/19

Fun fact: at the time Wynton Blount donated the land for the park, it was considered the largest donation to American Theater. You can see this view during early foggy mornings from Spring to Fall near the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Katie Pollock is a photographer who tries to capture the startling beauty of the natural and […]

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Picture of the Week: 2/12/19

By on 13 February, 2019 in Katie Pollock, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week: 2/12/19

There is a view near the end of the Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail Kowaliga Bay Loop, which showcases approximately 2.5 miles of spectacular water views. While the whole trail is full of rewards like this one, the silhouettes of pine trees bring to mind the lyrics of “Kaw-Liga,” written by Hank Williams while he was […]

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Mystical Treasures Emporium

By on 11 February, 2019 in Kate and Stephen, Municipal business, Shopping with 0 Comments
Mystical Treasures Emporium

Readers, we have done you a grave disservice. We have driven down Mulberry Street hundreds of times but only recently have we made our first venture into the Mystical Treasures Emporium. Perhaps you’ve passed it by as well. It’s the purple building on the left as you go toward the freeway from Carter Hill. We […]

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Picture of the Week: 2/5/19

By on 5 February, 2019 in Katie Pollock, Outdoors, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week: 2/5/19

A key visual feature of the Swayback Bridge Trail is – you guessed it – Swayback Bridge.  Fun fact: Swayback Bridge is a steel stringer bridge built in 1931. There are several trails in the Swayback Bridge Trail system, each of varying length and difficulty.  You can walk a 1 mile loop that’s great for […]

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Trade N Books

By on 4 February, 2019 in Kate and Stephen, Shopping with 2 Comments
Trade N Books

We last wrote about Trade N Books way back in 2009 when it was at its old location. It’s still on Madison Avenue, just a few doors down. We went recently on a rainy day, and were pleased to note that while some things seem to have changed, others remain the same. In many ways, […]

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Picture of the Week: 1/30/19

By on 30 January, 2019 in Katie Pollock, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week: 1/30/19

Note: We’re happy to announce a new feature on MML, from a great local artist. Photographer Katie Pollock will be sharing a Photo of the Week with us every Wednesday, including a few thoughts about the photo. You may remember her from her MML mixology column back in 2012. If you like her photographic work, […]

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Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963

By on 28 January, 2019 in Art, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963

For the first time in the history of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, there are two plays by the same playwright (other than Shakespeare, of course) being performed in the repertory. On Friday, we attended the premiere of the first of them, Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963 by Christina Ham. We both think that it may […]

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February Fun at Old Alabama Town

By on 22 January, 2019 in Karren Pell, Music with 0 Comments
February Fun at Old Alabama Town

The Old Alabama Town Revue presents its February show, “Smile.” The show is dedicated to our friend and supporter, Len Daley, whom we lost in an automobile accident right before Christmas. Len was a part of the Christmas show, and his last words to us all were to smile. So this show, since it is […]

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