Around Midtown

Kress Lives: Remembering Monroe

Kress Lives: Remembering Monroe

By on 10 April, 2018 in Art, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

A local street named after our nation’s fifth President was once an “epicenter” of Montgomery’s black culture and capitalism. This week, a new multi-night project based in the newly-rennovated Kress Building downtown is taking a look back at the heyday of Monroe Street. “Remembering Monroe” will kick off Thursday with an oral history of Dean […]

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It’s All About the Books

It’s All About the Books

By on 15 March, 2018 in Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

On April 5 at 7:00 in the church on Columbus Street in Old Alabama Town, the Old Alabama Town Revue will present its April Show: “It’s all About the Books: We’re singing about the Alabama Book Festival.” The Old Alabama Town Revue Crue usually closes their 2017-2018 season with a salute to the Alabama Book […]

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Ghosts and Goats: Spectre at Jackson Lake Island

Ghosts and Goats: Spectre at Jackson Lake Island

By on 9 March, 2018 in Amanda Burbank, Fun with 0 Comments

Strangely in my many years of enjoying local nature, I have, until now, neglected to visit a great treasure just a few minutes outside of Montgomery. I’ve enjoyed the great outdoors from simple playgrounds, to many of our local formal trails, to picking mulberries through a backyard that had hidden access to a spillway. I’ve […]

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Finally … The Seats!

Finally … The Seats!

By on 7 March, 2018 in Art, Fun, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

As I watched the Oscars this past Sunday, it occurred to me that—for the first time in many, many years—I had seen almost all the nominees for the major awards. Yes, I had seen two while visiting my brother in Dallas. Frank sees virtually every movie released! But many of the others had been screened […]

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Historic Midtown

A “Four Sisters’ House” on Renovators’ Tour

A “Four Sisters’ House” on Renovators’ Tour

If you work downtown and travel Perry Street on a daily basis, you probably have never even noticed the neat pieces of Montgomery’s rich architectural history located on the west side of that street. Four two story Victorian style houses stand together facing busy one way South Perry Street. These four houses, known as the […]

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Celebrating Historic Preservation in Midtown Neighborhoods

Celebrating Historic Preservation in Midtown Neighborhoods

For the past year, I have watched my neighbors working tirelessly every weekend, holiday, evening and spare moment on a house project on our street. We had all nervously watched a rental property on our block that had been empty for at least year and was getting more and more derelict. In true neighborhood historic […]

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Spring Tour of Homes Celebrates World War I in Montgomery

Spring Tour of Homes Celebrates World War I in Montgomery

By on 19 February, 2018 in Carole King, Historic Midtown with 0 Comments

For the last several years, Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery/Old Alabama Town has offered the public tours of Montgomery homes—cottages and bungalows, Downtown lofts and townhouses, Frank Lockwood-designed homes, and Mid-century Modern homes. On Sunday afternoon, March 11th, 1:00 until 5:00 four homes will be open for touring to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the entry […]

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Rescued Relics

Rescued Relics

In what will surely be a series of upcoming posts on Midtown Montgomery, we’ve decided to renovate the shed that lives in the back yard of the Midtown house that we purchased about a decade ago. In the ten years that we’ve owned it, we’ve managed to store a few things in the shed, mostly […]

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Eating Midtown

Mushroom Barley Soup

Mushroom Barley Soup

By on 20 March, 2018 in Cooking, Food, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

A bunch of schools in the northern part of the state had closed early, and we were hearing apocalyptic rumors of fist-sized hail and a coming cold snap. So, we did what any sensible person would do. We walked the dog early, and we made soup. Soon it’ll be too hot for soup, and the […]

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Four Things For a Weekend

Four Things For a Weekend

By on 5 March, 2018 in Food, Fun, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

Some weekends, you might do nothing. Some weekends, you might try to do too much. We did about four noteworthy things this weekend, and felt like they comprised the right amount of “stuff” on a weekend. We weren’t in full “slacking on the couch” lazy mode, but we weren’t hectically scheduled either. Here are the […]

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High Five Poke

High Five Poke

By on 14 February, 2018 in Food, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

I’m sorry. What? Are you trying to poke me? No. It’s pronounced poh-kay. It rhymes with “okay.” So like Pokemon? No. Well, ok. So long as there’s no poking involved. What is it? It’s food! It’s a new restaurant in Montgomery! It’s a trend that might actually have some staying power because it’s delicious! Where […]

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Experience Underground Music at Barra Hookah

Experience Underground Music at Barra Hookah

By on 12 January, 2018 in Amanda Burbank, Bars, Fun with 0 Comments

Last Friday night we attended Gravity at Barra Hookah for the second time. The dance music party series is now to be a monthly feature at the hookah lounge. Three local DJs: Oz Entertainment, BG, and Chasing, started this event in November last year as a way to promote underground house and techno music, electronic […]

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Real Estate

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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Thinking About Waiting to Buy?  Might Want to Think Again!

Thinking About Waiting to Buy? Might Want to Think Again!

By on 12 July, 2017 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Forgive me if this sounds a bit commercial. After all, I am real estate agent and my team and I make our living selling houses. So you may find me a bit suspect. What drives me to write this today is my many years in the business and memories of people who have told me, […]

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Three Issues to Consider When Shopping for a House

Three Issues to Consider When Shopping for a House

By on 23 June, 2017 in Lynne Schneider, Real Estate with 1 Comment

Three main issues inspired my house-gazing hobby to shift gears into actual house-shopping. So far, in my quest for a Home, I have learned some Profound Truths through frankly confronting three issues, which I will share with you. Profound Home Truth #1: The Bathroom Issue When I was not really on the hunt for a […]

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Columns and Arches and Moldings … Oh, My!

Columns and Arches and Moldings … Oh, My!

On Sunday — the annual Old House Expo Day in Midtown Montgomery — I spent four hours in the home at 728 Felder Ave. During the course of the afternoon, 147 people visited the property and the choruses of “Oooh and aaah” were loud and many! We Southerners (whether by birth or “By the grace […]

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Other Recent Posts

What Price Progress?

By on 11 April, 2018 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments
What Price Progress?

Recently the City of Montgomery and ALDOT hosted a Public Involvement Meeting regarding the planned conversion of East Fairview Avenue from four to three lanes and the addition of sidewalks where there are none from South Court Street all the way to Narrow Lane Road. What on its face appears a simple and straightforward upgrade […]

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Freedom Riders Museum

By on 4 April, 2018 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Freedom Riders Museum

In an era of an infinite sea of always-available television shows, music and movies, it’s increasingly rare to be denied an entertainment experience. If you know where to stream or download (and pay, at least in theory, for the appropriate licenses), you can pretty much grab any information or diversion at any time. That’s why […]

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Too Many Walls and Not Enough Bridges

By on 2 April, 2018 in Sarah Thornton with 1 Comment
Too Many Walls and Not Enough Bridges

“Some people build fences to keep people out… and other people build fences to keep people in.” -August Wilson’s Fences During the first rehearsal for the Playhouse’s upcoming production of Fences, the cast sat around a circle of tables to read through the play. This was the first time our wonderful ensemble came together to […]

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Montgomery Needs a Yarn Store

By on 27 March, 2018 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Montgomery Needs a Yarn Store

Recently I took up a new hobby. I decided to start knitting. I love to make things – that’s part of why I like to cook so much, and I decided that it might be nice to have something to do with my hands while I was watching Netflix or just relaxing at the end […]

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The New York Times Visits Montgomery: A Conversation

By on 1 March, 2018 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
The New York Times Visits Montgomery: A Conversation

Among a certain set, the news has been omnipresent: The New York Times sent a writer to our city, and she wrote it up, publishing her travelogue on Monday. The piece, which can be read here, sparked considerable conversation online (and presumably in non-digital spaces too), most of it something like WSFA’s localization by a […]

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In Like A Lion

By on 23 February, 2018 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments
In Like A Lion

“March is a month of expectation.”– Emily Dickinson This month is a very busy and exciting time at the Cloverdale Playhouse. March is a time of shift as we experience the thaw of winter that leads into the bloom (and allergy season) of spring. I’ve always found that the period of seasonal shift brings with […]

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Guitar Pull Documentary

By on 16 February, 2018 in Art, Fun with 0 Comments
Guitar Pull Documentary

The documentary Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull will have a hometown screening on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the Capri Theatre. The screening begins at 5:30 p.m. General admission is $10 or $8 for Capri members. Immediately after the screening, a reception will be held at the Cloverdale Playhouse. “Despite deaths […]

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A Doll’s House at the Cloverdale Playhouse

By on 8 February, 2018 in Kate and Stephen with 1 Comment
A Doll’s House at the Cloverdale Playhouse

Last night we went to Cloverdale Playhouse to see the opening night of “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen, the first play in the 2018 “Season of Game-Changers.” But before that, we watched a couple of episodes of an existentialist Netflix cartoon called “BoJack Horseman,” about a washed-up sitcom celebrity who in the first episode […]

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On Physical Retail

By on 5 February, 2018 in Kate and Stephen, Municipal business, Shopping with 1 Comment
On Physical Retail

We needed to go to the mall. There are some things you can shop online for, and we do more than our share. In an era where you can get everything from Star Wars-branded Cheezits to a crowbar online, why even leave your house? Turns out, even if you are profoundly lazy, there’s some stuff […]

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Airport Changes

By on 3 February, 2018 in City services, Kate and Stephen with 2 Comments
Airport Changes

One of the benefits of living in Montgomery is our adorable little airport. It’s just a few gates, and nobody would accuse it of being bustling, but it’s ours and it’s surprisingly efficient. We wrote about it somewhat cheekily when we were new to Montgomery, almost a decade ago. We’ve learned to love it in […]

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Playing Ping Pong and Helping Others

By on 31 January, 2018 in Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments
Playing Ping Pong and Helping Others

A Ping Pong Tournament: Doesn’t that sound like fun? And to make it better, the event is a benefit for a fabulous program — Renascence. The tournament and the fun start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, at the Alcazar Center at 555 Eastern Boulevard. Ping Pong (or table tennis, as some call it) is […]

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A Thousand Words or One Act

By on 29 January, 2018 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 1 Comment
A Thousand Words or One Act

“Cages or wings? Which do you prefer? Ask the birds.” -Jonathan Larson, Tick, Tick… Boom! When I was a little girl, I truly believed that a viable career option was to become an elf in Santa’s North Pole Workshop. Whenever I was asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” that was […]

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