Around Midtown

The Stage and the Stream

The Stage and the Stream

By on 1 February, 2016 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 1 Comment

“Now, now there’s Twitter and email and Facebook and cable and satellite, and the movies and TV shows are all worthless, and we don’t even watch the same worthless things together, it’s all separate. And our lives are… disconnected.” -Vanya in Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike I love television, especially nowadays, […]

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New Leadership at the Playhouse

New Leadership at the Playhouse

By on 28 January, 2016 in Art with 0 Comments

The Cloverdale Playhouse has only been in the neighborhood for four years, but already it feels like a local staple. When we discovered that the founding artistic director (and long-time MML contributor) Greg Thornton had stepped down, we were eager to meet the new director and get a sense of where she’s looking to take […]

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Loving Senior Pets

Loving Senior Pets

By on 13 January, 2016 in Lynne Burford, Pets with 1 Comment

I follow several dog related Facebook pages, most of which relate to rescue. There are happy stories, scary stories and heartbreaking stories. The ones which really break me are the ones relating to older dogs who are abandoned on the streets or in shelters. These “senior” dogs have often spent their entire lives with a […]

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Making Plans for Spring

Making Plans for Spring

By on 11 January, 2016 in Fun, Holidays, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

The Old Alabama Town Revue is planning special happenings for 2016. Here in January, at the first of a new year, is a perfect time to plan. Yes, it is the dead of winter. But remember that we have observed the Solstice – the day that declares the light is returning. And in less than […]

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Historic Midtown

Lockwood Tour of Homes in February

Lockwood Tour of Homes in February

By on 27 January, 2016 in Architecture, Carole King, Historic Midtown with 0 Comments

On Sunday afternoon, February 28, from 12:30 until 5:30, Landmarks Foundation is hosting its third annual tour of homes to familiarize the public with Montgomery’s historic housing stock. Six Frank Lockwood-designed homes in the Garden District, Old Cloverdale and Edgewood are open to the public, each one confirming that Lockwood was one of Montgomery’s premiere […]

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The Third Year’s a Charm!

The Third Year’s a Charm!

By on 10 December, 2015 in Carole King, Historic Midtown, Holidays, Shopping with 0 Comments

If you’re sweating last minute gift ideas, like I am, here’s your solution! The Five Points Makers Emporium opened last week at 420 S. Goldthwaite St. in the historic Cottage Hill neighborhood right next to the Sanctuary/Jubilee Community Center. It’s located close to downtown and there’s plenty of parking. Now I know when you arrive […]

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Report From the Historic Neighborhoods Coalition

Report From the Historic Neighborhoods Coalition

By on 4 November, 2015 in Historic Midtown, Sandra Nickel with 2 Comments

It has been eight or nine months since we first wrote about fledgling efforts of Montgomery’s historic neighborhoods to form a coalition. We published a follow-up earlier this fall as the coalition began to focus in on some specific goals. Our roving correspondent Sandra Nickel attended last night’s Historic Neighborhoods Coalition meeting and filed this […]

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Growing up Catholic in Montgomery

Growing up Catholic in Montgomery

By on 14 October, 2015 in Carole King, Historic Midtown with 3 Comments

Pope Francis’ monumental visit to this country has created much interest in the Catholic religion and social justice movement. I think he has scored many new followers, Catholic and otherwise. But we Catholics always knew Pope Francis was pretty awesome and that there was just something “different” about him from the moment that colored smoke […]

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Eating Midtown

Out East: A Sunday Field Trip

Out East: A Sunday Field Trip

By on 9 December, 2015 in Food, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

Although we almost always write about doings in Midtown Montgomery, on Sunday we decided to take a trip all the way out to Chantilly Drive to investigate reports of a new Indian restaurant in the space where Taste of India used to be. Nothing beats a Sunday Indian buffet, so we were eager to see […]

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Cuisine Style Express

Cuisine Style Express

By on 21 October, 2015 in Food, Kate and Stephen with 1 Comment

It’s pretty much a straight shot from our house to the office, down near the Statehouse by way of Norman Bridge (which becomes Union as it diverges before the freeway). Sometimes we drive this stretch four times a day. So we thought we were pretty familiar with the take-out food options in the area (Derk’s […]

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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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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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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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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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Other Recent Posts

Get Organized!

By on 21 January, 2016 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments
Get Organized!

A recent post at the About.com web site listed the top ten most common New Year’s Resolutions. My hands-down favorite was number 10: Get Organized. I own books about being organized. I’ve attended webinars about being organized. And I’ve even helped others—especially seniors about to downsize—get organized. Truth told, however: I’m still plagued by a […]

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Starting off 2016 in Montgomery

Starting off 2016 in Montgomery

Regular readers of MML know that we love to do the classic “annual review,” sometimes jamming it together with forecasts, wishes and resolutions about the coming year. It’s fun to think back over the previous year, while throwing out some guesses about what may be in store. Several years ago, we were ambitious and did […]

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All Creatures Great and Small: Auburn’s New Facilities

By on 18 December, 2015 in Kate and Stephen, Pets with 0 Comments
All Creatures Great and Small: Auburn’s New Facilities

Midtown Montgomery is full of pet lovers. On any given night, we see a dozen other dogs and their owners out and about while we walk our own. Many of Midtown’s homes have yards perfect for canine friends, and many (but not enough) of our streets have sidewalks perfect for strolling with a leashed buddy. […]

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Delicious Holiday Fare: The Long Christmas Dinner/The Santland Diaries

By on 15 December, 2015 in Art, Fun, Holidays, Lynne Schneider with 1 Comment
Delicious Holiday Fare: The Long Christmas Dinner/The Santland Diaries

Holidays in Montgomery are (luckily) not like “back home” in the frigid north. In the Gump, I get stuck in shopping traffic on the way to play tennis. The typically brief “evening rush hour” expands into the night with shopper-legions who bustle in cozy red sweaters as if it was cold out. Over Thanksgiving weekend, […]

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Thankfulness

By on 26 November, 2015 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments
Thankfulness

As I age, I become increasingly aware of how much in daily life I take for granted. Things like light and heat and running water—little things like that. In this season of thankfulness I was quite forcibly reminded that these things are NOT automatic and that I should be consciously and continually grateful for them. […]

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Contracting with Contractors

By on 12 November, 2015 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Contracting with Contractors

Over the eight years we’ve lived in Montgomery, we’ve had more than our share of contractors working in our house. We’d purchased and hoped to fix up and maintain a beautiful old home here, but looking back it’s fair to say that we didn’t really know what we were getting into. Regular readers of MML […]

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A Rockin’ Holiday

By on 11 November, 2015 in Holidays, Karren Pell with 0 Comments
A Rockin’ Holiday

The Old Alabama Town Revue is coming up on December 3. It’s in the church at Old Alabama Town on Columbus Street at 7 p.m. Come in through the gate at the front of the church. The performance is open to the public with no admission charge. The theme is “A Rockin’ Holiday,” and the […]

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At The Dog Show

By on 6 November, 2015 in Carole King, Pets with 0 Comments
At The Dog Show

As all of our traditional holiday events start cranking up, some of my favorite happenings are the bi-annual dog shows at Garrett Coliseum. This year, the events will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21-22. The Saturday show is sponsored by the local Montgomery Kennel Club, and the Cahaba Valley Kennel Club from Birmingham will host […]

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Where to Recycle in Montgomery and Beyond

By on 2 November, 2015 in City services with 2 Comments
Where to Recycle in Montgomery and Beyond

For those not following the news that closely, the City of Montgomery informed us a few weeks ago that the $35 million “world class” recycling facility here was closing indefinitely, with all the workers laid off. We’ve written about this pretty extensively elsewhere, but when long-time reader Tess Ware wrote to us with her list […]

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What It’s Like at a Huntingdon College football game

By on 26 October, 2015 in Kate and Stephen with 2 Comments
What It’s Like at a Huntingdon College football game

We all probably have our ways of telling non-Southerners about the importance that college football has here. They think they know, but they really don’t. They always underestimate the cultural importance of this particular vein of athletics, in this particular place that doesn’t dilute the passion with the stink of professional football. For me, I […]

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Not Your Grandmother’s Scarecrows

By on 16 October, 2015 in Holidays, Karren Pell with 0 Comments
Not Your Grandmother’s Scarecrows

The scarecrows have arrived at Old Alabama Town, and they are a sight to see. In addition to planting and maintaining the gardens in the working block, the Old Alabama Town Herb Society creates folksy scarecrows to add to the awesome autumnal atmosphere of Old Alabama Town. They stand in front of the dog trot […]

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Mockingbirds and Mansions

Mockingbirds and Mansions

Whether you own property, pay monthly rent, or are just crashing on a friend’s couch until you can get some things together, I’ve got some good news: You have a beautiful house. Sure, the idea of the Alabama Governor’s Mansion as “The People’s House” is more civic metaphor than legal truth. But there’s still power […]

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