Around Midtown

King Lear at ASF

King Lear at ASF

By on 20 April, 2015 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 4 Comments

Sometimes it can be a pain to get exactly what you’ve been asking for. But in the case of King Lear at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, we felt vindicated by our constant requests that ASF perform more of the Bard’s high-powered originals. It’s not that we’re against the family-friendly fare (like Mary Poppins or The […]

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Words and Music at New South Books

Words and Music at New South Books

By on 8 April, 2015 in Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

Some years ago I was trying to find a venue here in Montgomery for a singer-songwriter friend of mine who was on the road passing through and wanted to stop for a night here in our wonderful city. At that time, there were not a lot of acoustic rooms available. I remember bemoaning that fact […]

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Outside Looking In

Outside Looking In

By on 27 March, 2015 in Art, Greg Thornton with 0 Comments

“We wander, question. But the answer waits in each separate heart – the answer of our own identity and the way by which we can master loneliness and feel that at last we belong.”  ― Carson McCullers, The Mortgaged Heart: Selected Writings Listening to The Member of the Wedding as we sit around the table in our […]

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Spring Events

Spring Events

By on 23 March, 2015 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

We moved the big cactus outside this week. At our house, this is an official sign of spring, or at least a sign that we’re pretty sure the cold is over. If it’s warm enough for the cactus, it might be time to bid farewell to the winter. The big, clumsy bumblebees are back and […]

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Historic Midtown

End Your Day with the Sundowners

End Your Day with the Sundowners

Sundowners is a new fun and educational series that Landmarks Foundation has initiated to help you wind down your busy work day. A “sundowner” is actually a British colloquial term for an alcoholic beverage shared with friends after completing a long, hard day. And although we do have refreshing beverages and munchies, it’s all about […]

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Coalition Seeks New Solutions for Historic Preservation

Coalition Seeks New Solutions for Historic Preservation

Even if you don’t live in one of Montgomery’s beautiful historic districts, you still benefit from their character and distinctiveness. Aesthetically, they are a joy to walk or drive through. Economically, they help us all by generating tourism and marketing our distinctive character to prospective new residents. But as the city grows and changes, preserving […]

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Slave Dwelling Project Commemorates Black History Month at Old Alabama Town

Slave Dwelling Project Commemorates Black History Month at Old Alabama Town

By on 12 February, 2015 in Carole King, Historic Midtown with 2 Comments

The Slave Dwelling Project is coming to Old Alabama Town to observe Black History Month and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights March. On Sunday, March 1, Joseph McGill will present the Slave Dwelling Project at the Old Alabama Town Reception Center. McGill is a history consultant and the founder of The […]

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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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Eating Midtown

JoZettie’s Cupcakes

JoZettie’s Cupcakes

By on 9 April, 2015 in Food, Kate and Stephen with 2 Comments

Three years ago, we ate ourselves into a complete sugar coma as we tried to decide Montgomery’s best cupcake. We went to absurd lengths for this effort, even drawing up a bracket (and scoring some great Prosecco from Derk’s Filet & Vine to go with our tasting). Here’s what the bracket looked like back then: […]

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Kudzu Noodle Bar

Kudzu Noodle Bar

By on 4 March, 2015 in Bars, Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

Alabama’s always been a place where food matters. A lot. Southern food traditions are considered to be some of the most culturally important in the world. Got a doubt? Ask five people what the best cornbread tastes like, and you’ll likely get five different answers (e.g., fried, sweet, cake-like…). Food is intimate, fun, tied to […]

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Taste of India – Simply Southern

Taste of India – Simply Southern

By on 26 January, 2015 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

Sometimes, it can take a little effort to break out of routines. We recently found ourselves somewhat stumped by the simple question of where we should go for lunch. But a little brainstorming led us to two different options that aren’t brand new for the city, but were new to us. Although the two are […]

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Shopping and Dining at Mr. Chen’s

Shopping and Dining at Mr. Chen’s

It seems like ever since it broke onto a dramatically-improving local Chinese food scene, Montgomery residents have fiercely treasured Mr. Chen’s. If you’ve never been, it’s out on the Atlanta Highway in the same shopping center as the Burlington Coat Factory. Mr. Chen’s makes a unique contribution to the local food scene because it’s both […]

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Real Estate

Remembering Judge Johnson

Remembering Judge Johnson

By on 19 January, 2015 in Government, Holidays, Kate and Stephen, Legal Issues with 2 Comments

In the Montgomery airport, there’s a new advertisement for the movie Selma, which was shot partly right here in town. The movie’s advertising slogan reads “One dream can change the world.” That’s catchy, and clearly calls back to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous speech at the 1963 March on Washington. Unfortunately, it reflects a common […]

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Springtime Will Eventually Arrive, But in the Meantime…

Springtime Will Eventually Arrive, But in the Meantime…

As we settle in for some chilly temperatures and dream of spring and daffodils, now is the time to plan for those annual projects. You’ll be ready to start those projects as soon as the groundhog misses seeing his shadow! Mailboxes are beginning to fill up with seed catalogs, and we long to get dirt […]

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Shattering Some Misconceptions about Homebuying

Shattering Some Misconceptions about Homebuying

By on 27 October, 2014 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

It’s fascinating to me how stuff gets passed off from person to person “as the Gospel truth.” And fictions about the homebuying process are among the most widely spread mis-truths going around today. So if you — or someone you care about — is thinking about buying a home this fall, listen up! Misconception: If […]

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Don’t Just Sit There … Do Something!

Don’t Just Sit There … Do Something!

By on 11 September, 2014 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 2 Comments

Rarely a day goes by that I don’t receive a call from one or more Midtown resident who is angry and/or distressed by the condition of a nearby property. Generally I suggest that the caller contact Montgomery’s great 311 service to file a complaint. Sometimes that actually gets done, and often it does not. It […]

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Other Recent Posts

On a Roll Downtown

By on 30 March, 2015 in Uncategorized with 1 Comment
On a Roll Downtown

Surely you’ve seen it. The shiny Airstream trailer down at the corner of Coosa and Commerce? It’s hard to miss, what with the big light-up arrow and the gleaming silver cylinder, glinting in the sun. It’s been set up for a while now, and is designed to provide a platform for existing and emerging cooks […]

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The Dream Marches On

By on 26 March, 2015 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments
The Dream Marches On

Fifty years ago today I was employed at WCOV and could not leave the building to attend the final leg of the Selma-to-Montgomery March. Missing that huge moment in history has plagued me ever since. So today, 50 years later, I was on the street as hundreds made their way up Dexter Avenue to the […]

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Signs of Spring

By on 25 March, 2015 in Karren Pell, Music with 0 Comments
Signs of Spring

Are those six weeks that ole groundhog dictated over? Feels like spring. I can pull on just a light jacket in the morning when I walk my dog, Lumpy. Time to put the wolf hat up! Looks like spring. The forsythia bush is bursting with its small, but full-of-cheer yellow blooms, and Cindy and Carol’s […]

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Alabama Book Festival Celebrates 10 Years

By on 20 March, 2015 in Carole King, Fun with 0 Comments
Alabama Book Festival Celebrates 10 Years

With cool temperatures and dreary days hopefully behind us, our calendars are filling up with fun things to do in the River Region. Every year the Alabama Book Festival is at the top of my list and should definitely be on yours! Celebrating 10 years of presenting book-related activities for all ages, the Alabama Book […]

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A Tale of Loss and Love

By on 10 March, 2015 in Pets with 3 Comments
A Tale of Loss and Love

On February 13, Cloverdale neighbor and Midtown resident Warren Simons posted on Nextdoor.com: “This morning we found this very sweet dog (photo #1) wandering through the busy Fairview Ave./Cloverdale Rd. intersection. She had no collar, but did have an electrical cord fashioned as a leash on her. She was cold and shaking. She had a […]

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A Special March

By on 2 March, 2015 in Fun, Greg Thornton with 0 Comments
A Special March

“Come and march with us! You can’t make your witness standing on the corner. Come and march with us!” -Charles Maudlin 1965 “I always believed that whatever had to be written would somehow get itself written.” -Seamus Heaney “I can’t imagine approaching every single new project with-without doubt.” -Stephen Sondheim From the premiere of a […]

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

By on 23 February, 2015 in Lynne Burford, Pets with 0 Comments
Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Although we are not Chicago, or Minnesota, the South still experiences real cold during the winter. Alabama has set some records for cold temperatures lately. While humans more often than not have the luxury of living inside a toasty warm house, many animals are left outside and forced to deal with survival in truly inhospitable […]

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Groundhogs and Books

By on 20 February, 2015 in Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments
Groundhogs and Books

Well, that groundhog was not kidding, and although we have been spared the snow and ice (I do hope I am not jinxing us), we in the Deep South are not comfortable with these cold days and nights. What better way to spend a cold, dark night than to hunker down with a good book? […]

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Homegrown Pastime at the Cloverdale Playhouse

By on 16 February, 2015 in Fun, Jesseca Cornelson with 1 Comment
Homegrown Pastime at the Cloverdale Playhouse

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of watching the debut performance of Pastime, written and directed by Greg Thornton, at the Cloverdale Playhouse. The Playhouse selected the script (submitted under a pseudonym) for development in the 2014 Page-to-Stage series. The simple plot captures the complex dynamics of the contemporary American family. Ten years after the […]

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Gratitude

By on 13 February, 2015 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments
Gratitude

Earlier this week the Hat Team was privileged to host dozens of our favorite people at a client appreciation event at the Cloverdale Playhouse. We call our guests “Champions of Midtown” because they love where they live and they have been instrumental in our success. It was a fun evening but, more importantly, it was […]

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College Hoops: AUM Hosts Faulkner

By on 9 February, 2015 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
College Hoops: AUM Hosts Faulkner

We haven’t yet lived in Montgomery for a decade, but sometimes it feels like we have. For the duration of these years here, it has been on our “to do” list to attend major home sporting events for each of the local colleges. We want to go to an ASU basketball game, and especially check […]

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Fresh Beatz for Your Feetz

By on 6 February, 2015 in Meg Lewis, Music with 0 Comments
Fresh Beatz for Your Feetz

Most runners love a good playlist. There are some who believe listening to the meditative pattern of breath and footsteps, unimpeded by bumping bass, is more virtuous. Personally, I find value in both. It must be a scientifically proven fact, however, that music can help us hold a pace, energize and motivate us, and perhaps […]

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