Around Midtown

Our Dog’s Sunday

Our Dog’s Sunday

By on 28 August, 2017 in City Living, Fun, Kate and Stephen, Pets with 1 Comment

We’d been saving newspaper for about six weeks, and it was time to take it to the shelter. Sometimes the stack of newspaper gets large enough that you worry about the perceptions that visitors might have. The shelter always wants newspaper to line the puppy cages with, so we loaded up the dog (because she […]

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Ch-ch-ch-Changes

Ch-ch-ch-Changes

By on 25 August, 2017 in Fun, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates People who know me well know that I’m a bit of an artistic enigma. Perhaps it is something to do with my Leo/Virgo cusp birthday? Whatever the cause, I live my life […]

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How to Watch Football 2017 – Montgomery, AL Edition

How to Watch Football 2017 – Montgomery, AL Edition

By on 21 August, 2017 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

Let’s make a couple of assumptions together: 1. There is a better way to consume football than to just slavishly follow every single game of your favorite team. We already accept that we are essentially cheering for a collection of colors, songs, phrases and gestures. So while you might know the names of the unpaid […]

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Our Neighbor to the South

Our Neighbor to the South

By on 8 August, 2017 in Fun, Holidays, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

Recently, Midtown Montgomery Living published a blog post called “Our Neighbor to the North,” about a day trip to our nearest neighboring city to the north. In response, we decided to visit our nearest neighboring country to the south, about 90 miles off the southern tip of our neighboring southern state. Our state has had […]

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Historic Midtown

Minnie, Katie, Hazel and Emily

Minnie, Katie, Hazel and Emily

By on 17 August, 2017 in Historic Midtown, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

School has started, and so I thought I would review some history on Capitol Heights Elementary School. Carole King and I did a presentation at Old Alabama Town in July on the school, and it seemed interest in school remains strong. My interest in solving my history mysteries about schools in Capitol Heights remains strong. […]

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Kress on Dexter—Dexter Avenue’s Newest Restoration

Kress on Dexter—Dexter Avenue’s Newest Restoration

By on 11 August, 2017 in Carole King, Historic Midtown with 2 Comments

If you’ve missed our first two Renovators’ Happy Hour, don’t despair! You’ll have another opportunity to see the newest, most innovative happening in Montgomery’s historic preservation movement hosted by Landmarks Foundation and the Historic Neighborhoods Coalition. Kress on Dexter will be open on Thursday, August 31, from 5:30 until 7:00 for our viewing and enjoyment […]

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A History Mystery

A History Mystery

By on 19 July, 2017 in Historic Midtown, Karren Pell with 1 Comment

On July 9, Carole King and I gave a presentation for the Landmark’s Foundation’s “Discovery Sundays” program at the Loeb Center in Old Alabama Town. Our subject that day was Capitol Heights and two fires that were defining moments for that community. These fun and informative talks are sponsored by Ross Clayton, Inc., and their […]

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Fitzgerald Fun

Fitzgerald Fun

By on 14 June, 2017 in Art, Fun, Historic Midtown with 0 Comments

This weekend’s going to be hopping over at Montgomery’s own Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum. First, we’ve got Yoga With Zelda on Saturday – it’s a $10 donation to the museum to get your bliss on with the staff of Montgomery’s Yoga Wellness Center. That class is from 4:30-5:45, and you can expect to leave […]

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Eating Midtown

Taste – at Hampstead

Taste – at Hampstead

By on 14 August, 2017 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

There’s something about the summer heat that makes small plate dining so appealing. You don’t want to turn on the oven, much less sit down to a big pile of steaming food. You want someone to bring you bite-sized portions of things in a chilled out atmosphere that makes you forget, for a time, that […]

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Caribbean Cocktails Spice Up Cloverdale

Caribbean Cocktails Spice Up Cloverdale

By on 7 August, 2017 in Amanda Burbank, Bars, Fun with 0 Comments

A classic Kids in the Hall sketch features a man making a cocktail in a blender in the supply closet at work. Once you have entered the world of exotic and complicated drinks, it seems like they become an obsession that changes your life. It was a single drink that turned Jeff Berry into a […]

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Moe’s BBQ: Countdown to Cook (Kick) Off!

Moe’s BBQ: Countdown to Cook (Kick) Off!

By on 28 June, 2017 in Food, Sandra Nickel with 2 Comments

Having an office right across the street from the much beloved (but now dark) Sinclair’s Restaurant has provided me a bird’s eye view of the development of its successor eatery, Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que. I’m delighted to report that it looks like the cookoff (that’s kickoff in football terms) “ain’t far off!” Every chance that presents […]

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Urban Gardening

Urban Gardening

By on 12 June, 2017 in Amanda Burbank, Farming, Food, Gardening, Outdoors with 0 Comments

My favorite place to be this time of year is sitting in the middle of my future vegetables. A cat usually wanders up and plops in my lap and I pull up some weeds that have emerged after the last big rain, but mostly I sit and stare at the wide leaves of the eggplant […]

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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

Operation: Redecoration

By on 9 August, 2017 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments
Operation: Redecoration

From the outside of our home, things appear pretty normal. Normal, that is, if you are accustomed to the sight of a tarp-covered sofa on our front porch! You see, we have undertaken the total redecoration of the living side of our bungalow (dining room, living room and kitchen down the right side; bedrooms and […]

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Our Neighbor to the North

By on 2 August, 2017 in Brandie Johnson, Fun with 1 Comment
Our Neighbor to the North

I think my last blog post pretty well established how much I like Montgomery. But, sometimes, I like to change it up. Which is why, as I mentioned in my previous post, I am writing about things to do in cities within driving distance of Montgomery. A couple of Saturdays ago my husband, David, and […]

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Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

By on 26 July, 2017 in Fun, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments
Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What? You, too? I thought I was the only one.’” -C.S. Lewis As we approach the end of the Playhouse production of J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, I am reflective about the lessons I’ve been learning this summer from this company of actors, […]

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Midtown has Gone DogGone Crazy!

By on 24 July, 2017 in Carole King, Fun, Pets with 0 Comments
Midtown has Gone DogGone Crazy!

On Tuesday evening, August 1  at 6:30 the Garden District is going to the dogs with Pups on Parade. POP is an annual event initiated eight years ago by then-president of the neighborhood association John Hagan. John had lived in the Jamaica Plains neighborhood of Boston and had experienced this very successful fun event there. […]

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Peter Pan at the Cloverdale Playhouse

By on 21 July, 2017 in Amanda Burbank, Fun with 0 Comments
Peter Pan at the Cloverdale Playhouse

Last night, Wendy put the Lost Boys to sleep at my feet by telling them a bedtime story about Mr. and Mrs. Darling and their three children and a boy named Peter Pan. This was a well chosen story, as apparently Peter’s favorite stories are ones about himself. The Playhouse Troupe at the Cloverdale Playhouse […]

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SlossFest

By on 20 July, 2017 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
SlossFest

We spent this past weekend up in Birmingham at SlossFest. We’d never been, but when this year’s lineup was released we said: “We have got to go to this!” We hadn’t heard of most of the bands that would be playing, but we figured that Run the Jewels, Widespread Panic, Sturgill Simpson and the Alabama […]

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Our City’s New Public Pool!

Our City’s New Public Pool!

“Swimming pools and public space generally have the potential to foster a vibrant community life by counteracting many of the segmenting and alienating aspects of modern life. They offer an informal social space — a meeting ground — where people separated by differences, large yards and high fences, busy lives, and electronic entertainment can interact […]

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Mysterious Ways

By on 11 July, 2017 in Lynne Burford, Pets with 1 Comment
Mysterious Ways

We all know the adage “God works in mysterious ways”. As a rescue director and animal lover from birth, I see God’s hand in so many situations. Sometimes a pet is the one thing that keeps a person from giving up. Sometimes a pet provides security, and sometimes, a pet is the catalyst for a […]

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Book Review: Duck and Cover: A Nuclear Family

By on 5 July, 2017 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Book Review: Duck and Cover: A Nuclear Family

We got a promotional email from the author, or else we never would have known of the book’s existence. It seemed like the kind of service for which we once relied on Capitol Book and News. The book’s title was Duck and Cover: A Nuclear Family, and it was by a former Cloverdale resident. Like […]

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Montgomery, Montgomery, You’ve Got Style

By on 3 July, 2017 in Brandie Johnson with 0 Comments
Montgomery, Montgomery, You’ve Got Style

Well, hello there. Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Brandie Johnson, I’m the managing partner of The NewSouth Bookstore in downtown Montgomery and I was born and raised, for the most part, in Montgomery, Alabama. I lived here for 12 years, then my family and I moved to Elmore County, Montgomery’s neighbor. But I couldn’t […]

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“Never Grow Up, Never Grow Up, Never Grow Up!”

By on 30 June, 2017 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments
“Never Grow Up, Never Grow Up, Never Grow Up!”

“Childhood is the world of miracle and wonder: as if creation rose bathed in the light, out of the darkness, utterly new and fresh and astonishing. The end of childhood is when things cease to astonish us.” – Eugene Ionesco One of the themes at the Playhouse this season is embracing the simple, honest joy […]

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New Owner, New Start for the Biscuits!

By on 19 June, 2017 in Fun, Kate and Stephen, Pets with 0 Comments
New Owner, New Start for the Biscuits!

We love to go to Biscuits games early in the season, when there’s still a touch of cool spring in the air, and every single professional baseball team is within striking distance of first place. The world is full of promise. This year, we didn’t make it to our first Biscuits game until June, but […]

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