Around Midtown

The Killing of Bernard Whitehurst

The Killing of Bernard Whitehurst

By on 25 October, 2018 in Book reviews, Fun, Karren Pell, Municipal business with 0 Comments

One of my favorite people has a new book, and therefore a signing, at one of my favorite places. On November 1, at 5:30 p.m., Foster Dickson will sign and talk about his new book, Closed Ranks: The Whitehurst Case in Post-Civil Rights Montgomery, at the Read Herring Bookstore on 105 South Court Street. If […]

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Halloween Pictures!

Halloween Pictures!

By on 22 October, 2018 in Fun, Holidays, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

We’ve been driving around recently and have noticed the lengths to which our neighbors will go to celebrate one of our favorite holidays, Halloween. First off, we went through Luverne recently and were impressed by some of their efforts. Then, on bike rides through the area, Stephen captured these gems. Props to all of our […]

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Goodbye, Fair!

Goodbye, Fair!

By on 10 October, 2018 in City Living, Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

We went to the Alabama National Fair in 2013 and wrote it up for Midtown Montgomery Living. It’s such a colorful and visually interesting experience, we even devoted another whole post to photos, including some gems from the Ferris Wheel and some of the Frisbee dogs. We went again last year, framing our post as […]

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Walk ‘n Wag and the Year of the Brown Earth Dog

Walk ‘n Wag and the Year of the Brown Earth Dog

By on 4 October, 2018 in Fun, Karren Pell, Pets with 1 Comment

Walk ‘n Wag, on October 6, is one of my favorite events of the whole year. I love that having so much fun with our dogs helps raise money for the Montgomery Humane Shelter to help other dogs. I love seeing my friends out in the sunshine at the Blount Cultural Park with their dogs. […]

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Historic Midtown

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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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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A Cinderella Story?

A Cinderella Story?

By on 12 July, 2018 in Fun, Historic Midtown, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

Renovator’s Happy Hour is coming right up on Thursday, July 26 from 5:30-7:00 at 2531 Brewton Street. The hosts are Sarah and Windham Graves. Guests are invited to tour both projects: a bungalow and a cottage built circa 1940s. However, the star of the evening will be their Great Dane, Cinderella. She’s big, she’s brindle, […]

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Eating Midtown

Pies and Pints

Pies and Pints

By on 25 August, 2018 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

We sure have written about a lot of pizza places for Midtown Montgomery Living over the years. Just last week, our review found the atmosphere at Bibb Street Pizza to be pretty fun, even though the food was kind of uninspiring. And our first ever post here, a long eight years ago, was about our […]

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Yokohama and DoReMi Karaoke

Yokohama and DoReMi Karaoke

By on 26 June, 2018 in Amanda Burbank, Bars, City Living, Food, Fun, Music with 0 Comments

This month I helped plan a surprise party. We had a dozen guests and wondered what restaurant would best accommodate that many on a Saturday night. Someone suggested Yokohama which they said had private rooms you could reserve. This seemed like a good idea; we love Japanese and most of us had never been there. […]

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Stovetop Smoking

Stovetop Smoking

By on 29 May, 2018 in Cooking, Food, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

I’m not much for kitchen gadgets. We don’t have a ton of storage in our old Cloverdale-Idlewild home, so there’s not a lot of places to put things. And although I love to cook, I find that most gadgets just end up getting in the way and taking up space. But I recently got something […]

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Craft Beer at Common Bond

Craft Beer at Common Bond

Let’s just start with the basics up front: We are not beer snobs. It’s not that we don’t have preferences. We absolutely do. But we’re not immersed in the culture, and we pretty much value the opportunity to relax with a cold beer almost as much as the content of whatever is in the glass. […]

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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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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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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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Other Recent Posts

Empiricism? Is That All You’ve Got?

By on 12 October, 2018 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Empiricism? Is That All You’ve Got?

Tonight we saw the very best production we’ve ever seen at the Cloverdale Playhouse. That’s saying something since we have pretty much been reviewing plays there ever since 2011, when then-Artistic Director Greg Thornton quoted Rosencrantz and Guilderstern Are Dead in the epigraph to a Midtown Montgomery Living blog post about picking plays during that […]

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Life in the Land of Plenty

By on 10 October, 2018 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments
Life in the Land of Plenty

Yesterday, I spent a good part of the afternoon at our gorgeous new listing, 1827 Ridge Ave Unit 7. For those of you who don’t know Old Cloverdale like the back of your hand, that address boasts 6 lovely condominiums in the main building plus a detached unit across the courtyard. As I gazed out […]

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Failed at Swimmin’

By on 1 October, 2018 in Fun, Kate and Stephen, Outdoors with 1 Comment
Failed at Swimmin’

We may be well enough into the football season to have a sense of who’s going to be grumbling in December, but it’s still hot in Alabama in September. That seems to be the general trend of things, so information about where to go to cool off while getting exercise is pretty handy stuff. Alabama […]

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People from Mississippi are Weird

By on 28 September, 2018 in DIY, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
People from Mississippi are Weird

I was a conference recently in Mississippi, and was the recipient of the standard-issue bag of Professional Conference Swag™. You know the stuff: tote bag, various pens and notepads, perhaps a keychain or water bottle if they’re really spending big (shout-outs to all of the generous donors who make conferences happen). Frequently (we tend to […]

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“We Could Play at Questions!”

By on 28 September, 2018 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments
“We Could Play at Questions!”

“It is not hard to understand modern art. If it hangs on a wall, it’s a painting, and if you can walk around it, it’s a sculpture.” -Tom Stoppard Heads or tails? Left or right? Yes or no? “To be or not to be?” In life we are faced with endless questions, choices we must […]

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Vote!

By on 23 September, 2018 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Vote!

On Wednesday night we went to the campaign office of Tabitha Isner in an unassuming building over on Ann Street. But we weren’t there to campaign for her. Instead, we were there for nonpartisan civic engagement. We were going to volunteer our time and our cellphone minutes to the Alabama Voting Rights Project, a group […]

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Calling all Boomers

By on 6 September, 2018 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Calling all Boomers

There’s something special about living in the same city as the State Archives. People come from all over the state, sometimes all over the country, to visit the Archives (and its top-notch museum) and here it is in our town. That might cause us to take it for granted, so if you haven’t been lately, […]

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“Decide Not to Surrender. That is Strength.”

By on 4 September, 2018 in Art, Sarah Thornton with 1 Comment
“Decide Not to Surrender. That is Strength.”

“There are four things in life that will change you: love, music, art, and loss. The first three will keep you wild and full of passion. May you allow the last to make you brave.” -Erin Van Vuren Friends, this has been a rough month. Sure, it has been a bit more humid and hot […]

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My Home Sweet Home: Capitol Heights

By on 15 August, 2018 in Karren Pell with 0 Comments
My Home Sweet Home: Capitol Heights

Tuesday evening, August 7, 2018, was National Night Out. National Night Out is a designated event to meet and greet the members of the police and fire fighting force who work hard to keep our neighborhoods safe, and are there to help when that safety is breached. Tim & I almost did not go because […]

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Bibb Street Pizza Company

By on 10 August, 2018 in Kate and Stephen, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Bibb Street Pizza Company

Effective parenting can be enhanced by a certain kind of alchemy. On some nights, you want a very particular combination of things: beer, food, perhaps some dining al fresco with a place for children to run around. Despite our occasionally temperate climate, Montgomery doesn’t have that many of these places. However, Bibb Street Pizza is […]

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Go Beyond Your Form

By on 2 August, 2018 in Art, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments
Go Beyond Your Form

“Decisions are made by those who show up. Don’t ever forget that you’re a citizen of this world.” -from “The West Wing” by Aaron Sorkin As I have said time and time again, theater is a team sport, and especially community theater. Every part of the machine has to work together to bring a play […]

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The Hobbit

By on 23 July, 2018 in Art, Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
The Hobbit

The stories we hear or read in childhood tend to stay with us for the rest of our lives. They infect our dreams while coloring our expectations for all future narratives. Some of this is because we are so impressionable at a young age. Some of it is because childrens’ stories tend to boil ideas […]

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