Around Midtown

Baghouse and The Sanctuary

Baghouse and The Sanctuary

By on 3 August, 2015 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 2 Comments

We’ve written on this blog twice before about the interesting sonic experiments of local guitarist Jeff McLeod. The first time was a 2012 writeup of his album Under Dim Self, which we called “vibrational healing by way of some kind of Brian Eno workshop.” Over a year later, we reviewed the album “Scum Commodities” from […]

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The Stories We Tell

The Stories We Tell

By on 31 July, 2015 in Fun, Greg Thornton with 0 Comments

“Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” – Barbara Kingsolver The Cloverdale Playhouse Page-to-Stage Series began in our 2013 season. It developed out of a conversation Emily Flowers, our Managing Director, and […]

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Go Karting

Go Karting

By on 20 July, 2015 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

This summer’s scorching temperatures could turn a dainty cotillion into a post-apocalyptic survival epic. So it’s perfectly reasonable that a mid-July invitation to drive go karts on an outdoor asphalt track would leave us feeling like we had just stepped out of Mad Max: Fury Road. The Alabama sun was a sledgehammer, but was nothing […]

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Pet Palace Hotels

Pet Palace Hotels

By on 9 July, 2015 in Kate and Stephen, Pets with 0 Comments

We wish that we could stay in Montgomery for Independence Day, but each year there’s a compelling reason to use our vacation time to travel. This Fourth of July weekend we decamped to Panama City Beach to visit family. Although she’s a great travel companion, for this trip, our dog wasn’t going with us. So […]

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Historic Midtown

What I’ve Learned….

What I’ve Learned….

By on 7 August, 2015 in Carole King, Historic Midtown with 2 Comments

When I first set foot into what would eventually become my house, I remember, to my horror, that everything, except the floor, was painted a sort of beigey-pink color — ceilings, walls, doors, baseboards, beams-you name it, it was painted the color of human flesh. On the 24th anniversary of the day I moved into […]

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My Latest Adventure…Part 2

My Latest Adventure…Part 2

By on 22 July, 2015 in Historic Midtown, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Note: This is the second in Sandra’s series about bathroom renovation. Read the first part here. I am the eldest of four children. Until I was nine, we lived in a 2-bedroom, 1-bath house. So you’d think having to work out a bathing-and-necessarying schedule among just 3 adults would be a piece of cake. Not! […]

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Progress on Our List

Progress on Our List

By on 8 June, 2015 in Historic Midtown, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

Last month, we wrote about our plan to go ahead and fix up our house the way we would if we were selling it. We aren’t selling our Cloverdale-Idlewild home (built in 1930), but it was just kind of a fun exercise. The idea was to go ahead and make repairs, repaint, etc., so that […]

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Your Home Should Make You Smile

Your Home Should Make You Smile

Monday morning I was out on my front porch when a dog and her owner passed by. Being the neighborly thing to do, I called out a greeting. She responded warmly and then introduced herself as a Perry Street resident, fairly new in the Garden District. “I love walking by your house,” she said warmly. […]

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Eating Midtown

Brunching at Michael’s Table

Brunching at Michael’s Table

By on 27 July, 2015 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

We’d long heard great things about the Sunday brunch served at Michael’s Table, but we’d never been. We love brunch. It’s a great way to while away time with friends with tasty food and good conversation. One of the great things about the meal is, of course, the bridge between breakfast and lunch – folks […]

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Wind Creek Casino

Wind Creek Casino

By on 27 June, 2015 in Food, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

We originally decided that we were going to do a Saturday lunch at the Wetumpka casino, just to see what all the hype was about. The advertising for the Wind Creek Casino is pretty much everywhere, and people were saying that the food at their “high-end” restaurant, Fire, is really good. It turns out that […]

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Sonic’s new drink options

Sonic’s new drink options

We once suggested that the worst traffic intersection in Montgomery was where Narrow Lane joins Carter Hill and Mulberry. However, the good news is that there is something really great there at the “end of the road.” And they’ve even got their own traffic light. Sonic is more than just a place to get a […]

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The A&P Social

The A&P Social

There’s an old joke about the weather, suggesting that if you don’t like it, wait around for a while and it’ll change. The same could be said for the building at 503 Cloverdale Road, which in the seven or eight years that we have lived here has been a series of restaurants called Nancy Patterson’s, […]

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Real Estate

Help Wanted: Crafting the Real Estate Experience of the Future

Help Wanted: Crafting the Real Estate Experience of the Future

By on 1 June, 2015 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Just because we live and work in the older and historic parts of town, don’t assume that Sandra Nickel Hat Team, REALTORS, is stuck in the past. On the contrary, we spend a lot of time talking about the future and how to make buying and/or selling a house a more pleasurable and satisfying experience. […]

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Making a List

Making a List

No house is perfect. We’ve all got little things that need fixing. Some are piled on top of the vague aspirations that populate the “someday” pile. Someday we’ll replace that electrical outlet. Someday it’d be nice to have a brighter kitchen. Someday we really need to get around to repainting the front door. Other things […]

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Inside King Lear’s House

Inside King Lear’s House

By on 27 April, 2015 in Kate and Stephen, Real Estate with 0 Comments

For those who don’t know, MML is sponsored by the Hat Team Realtors. This means two things for our readers. First, you get to read all of our content without advertisements – a blessing in today’s increasingly ad-ridden Internet experience. Second, it means that sometimes we get to go look around in other people’s houses […]

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The Death of the Midtown Middle Market

The Death of the Midtown Middle Market

By on 29 January, 2015 in Historic Midtown, Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

I don’t usually write “hard” real estate information for this publication, but today I’m making an exception. It’s worth making a rare detour because it’s really important for Midtown property owners to understand that there is no longer a “middle market.” There was a time (like when my husband and I were first time homebuyers) […]

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Other Recent Posts

NOT Your Usual Urgent Care Story

By on 31 July, 2015 in Sandra Nickel with 1 Comment
NOT Your Usual Urgent Care Story

Last Friday I developed a bladder infection (sorry if that’s TMI!). Our regular primary care guy’s office is closed on Fridays, so I knew I was in for an adventure. Saturday after my last appointment I sat down at my computer and Googled “urgent care Montgomery AL,” fully expecting that I would have to drive […]

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Montgomery’s Mayoral Race

By on 13 July, 2015 in Government, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Montgomery’s Mayoral Race

Last week, we joined what seemed like a few hundred other interested Montgomery citizens at the first of several forums featuring the candidates who want to be our city’s next mayor. It was a pretty packed house at the Crump Senior Center. The event was sponsored by the East Montgomery Neighborhood Association and the Midtown […]

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My Latest Adventure in Home Ownership

By on 6 July, 2015 in Sandra Nickel with 1 Comment
My Latest Adventure in Home Ownership

A couple of years ago my very talented Texas brother came to Montgomery and crafted gorgeous bookcases for my dining room. They have allowed me to get far more use of the otherwise-empty formal space; and they make me smile every time I see them! While here, the poor thing said — probably just as […]

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Southern League All-Star Game 2015

By on 25 June, 2015 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Southern League All-Star Game 2015

It was the perfect showcase for our city to show off how far it has come. The last time Montgomery played host to the Southern League All-Star Game was in 2006. That game drew over 7,400 folks and showed baseball fans from across the South that Montgomery (especially downtown Montgomery) had done a lot to […]

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Cheaper Than Therapy and More Fun Too

By on 17 June, 2015 in Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments
Cheaper Than Therapy and More Fun Too

The lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer in Montgomery used to be times when events and entertainments slowed down. I still take the summer off from the Old Alabama Town Revue because folks are traveling, beaching, and basically hunkered down in the air conditioning. But that thinking may be outdated. Every time I check into […]

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Remembering Loved Ones

By on 11 June, 2015 in Carole King, Outdoors with 0 Comments
Remembering Loved Ones

This time of year there are lots of rites-of-passage events happening: graduations, weddings, Father’s Day, and Mother’s Day. Our mailboxes are full of invitations and announcements. But trying to come up with the “perfect” gift can be difficult and stressful. Montgomery Trees has initiated one of the kindest ways to commemorate someone special through its […]

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Straight from the Heart

By on 3 June, 2015 in Lynne Burford, Pets with 0 Comments
Straight from the Heart

Editors’ Note: This was very much on our mind as we made sure to go get heartworm meds for our dog at Montgomery Veterinary Associates today. At the core of all living beings is the heart. Its beats mean life to all. Without a beating heart, there is no life, right? And a compromised heart […]

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Directing Dinner

By on 29 May, 2015 in Greg Thornton with 0 Comments
Directing Dinner

“One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray The third production of our 2015 Season is Dinner With Friends by Donald Margulies, which won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize. It is directed by Mike Winkelman, who currently holds the Ida Belle Young Professorship Award at […]

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Does a house have a soul?

By on 27 May, 2015 in Bil Hitchcock with 5 Comments
Does a house have a soul?

Editor’s note: We’d like to welcome our newest writer, Bil Hitchcock, to Midtown Montgomery Living. A version of this post first appeared on the Huffington Post on May 22. My mom just sold her house — a home she and Daddy, along with a lot of young children and innumerable dogs moved into 17, 872 […]

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Third Time’s the Charm

By on 18 May, 2015 in Carole King, Fun, Karren Pell with 1 Comment
Third Time’s the Charm

Editor’s note: Regular MML contributors Carole King and Karren Pell are releasing their third book on May 28. There’s even a release party! In honor of this event, we’re running two posts today, one by each of them, about the book. Carole’s Take If you want to beat the lines for the newest, hottest publication […]

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River Jam Music Festival: Save the Date – May 15-16

By on 8 May, 2015 in Fun with 0 Comments
River Jam Music Festival: Save the Date – May 15-16

Readers of this blog know that we are big fans of the Alabama Roots Music Society (ARMS). We are huge supporters of live music, and try to get out there as often as our busy schedules will allow. It’s easy to complain about the live music scene in Montgomery (“Nobody good ever comes to town”), […]

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No Kidding Around

By on 6 May, 2015 in Karren Pell with 0 Comments
No Kidding Around

The Montgomery Branch of Taoist Tai Chi® Arts isn’t kidding around. On the morning of May 16 they will sponsor a big Awareness Day event at the Montgomery Zoo to promote Tai Chi and make a contribution to the North American Ram Exhibit to acknowledge 2015 as the Chinese Year of the Ram. May 16 […]

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