Around Midtown

For the Love of a Dog

For the Love of a Dog

By on 9 July, 2014 in Lynne Burford, Pets with 2 Comments

I recently helped find a home for a dog whose owner was forced to move to a nursing home. I did not know this man; I did not know the dog either, but a home health nurse called me when she found the dog had simply been put outside to fend for itself. Maybe a […]

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Young Actors at Play

Young Actors at Play

By on 7 July, 2014 in Art, Fun, Greg Thornton with 0 Comments

“In the United States, our greatest single source of wealth is the minds and talent of our young people. Not to use it is stupid – to waste it is a crime.” –Isaac Stern Our Playhouse School has been in existence for almost three years, yes, that makes us toddlers, I suppose. But we are […]

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Clybourne Park – A Review

Clybourne Park – A Review

By on 28 June, 2014 in Art, Fun, Jesseca Cornelson with 0 Comments

Montgomery truly has a treasure in the Cloverdale Playhouse. It’s a gorgeously renovated theater with a visionary artistic director in Greg Thornton, generous volunteers, and impressive local talent. For those not familiar with Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park, the play’s first act picks up shortly after the end of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun […]

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Conservation Projects with Surprises at the Governor’s Mansion

Conservation Projects with Surprises at the Governor’s Mansion

By on 18 June, 2014 in Art, Carole King, Historic preservation with 1 Comment

Restoration of the public rooms of the Governor’s Mansion continues with the completion of two art conservation projects. Recently, First Lady Dianne Bentley presided over the unveiling of the newly conserved painting in the Mansion’s historic collection, Mountain Tops in Snow, painted by Thomas Moran in 1878 and donated to the Mansion in 1977. The […]

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Historic Midtown

Montgomery’s Most Endangered

Montgomery’s Most Endangered

June 23, the National Trust for Historic Preservation released its annual “11 Most Endangered Places” list. It made me think about places and things in our Montgomery community that might also be at risk. First to come to mind is the hex paver sidewalks that occur in our oldest historic areas: Cottage Hill, a turn-of-the-last-century […]

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Freedom and Dreams

Freedom and Dreams

Montgomery is full of history. That we all know. But as we go about our everyday lives, we sometimes miss the importance of certain sites. Wesley Phillips Newton ends his book on Montgomery and World War II, Montgomery in the Good War, with a story that left me saddened by the event he relates in […]

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WPA: Fritchburg to the Ol’ Buzzard

WPA: Fritchburg to the Ol’ Buzzard

The Backstory About six weeks ago we went with friends to relax and unwind in a rented cabin up in DeKalb County. That’s near Fort Payne and Collinsville, where we’d never been (although we do know a former mayor of Fort Payne). We stayed on Lookout Mountain in one of the Bear Creek Cabins (highly […]

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Third Time is a Charm! New Book in the Making

Third Time is a Charm! New Book in the Making

Well, the Dynamic Duo is at it again! We (Carole King and Karren Pell) are doing another photographic history book. Montgomery’s Historic Neighborhoods, published in 2010, and Montgomery—Then and Now, published in 2011, were such huge success that Arcadia Publications came back to us when they began a new historic photograph series. The newest endeavor […]

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Eating Midtown

The Quest for Vegetarian Barbecue

The Quest for Vegetarian Barbecue

By on 3 July, 2014 in Food, Kate and Stephen with 2 Comments

This summer, it’ll be 20 years since I gave up eating meat. It was a bit of an impulsive decision at the time, based on some things I had been reading about ethics (I took a philosophy major in college, something that basically qualified me to flip burgers, as my father often pointed out). I […]

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Downtown Curb Market

Downtown Curb Market

By on 16 June, 2014 in Food, Government, Kate and Stephen, Shopping with 2 Comments

It’s city-owned. It just got a face lift. And it’s full of delicious things to eat. Strangely, although we had heard a lot about (and even posted blog posts about) Montgomery’s curb market (1004 Madison Ave., next to Cramton Bowl), we had never been. That changed on Saturday, when we decided to make a post-lunch […]

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Off the Beaten Path: 11 Little Known Montgomery Restaurants

Off the Beaten Path: 11 Little Known Montgomery Restaurants

When I go to a new city, one of the first things I do is try and seek out tiny, locally owned restaurants. Yelp, Urbanspoon and Tripadvisor are good places to start, but some of the best neighborhood spots are either completely missing or underrepresented. The key is to figure out where locals eat, but […]

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River Jam: Two Awesome Days of Free Music

River Jam: Two Awesome Days of Free Music

By on 13 May, 2014 in Food, Fun, Kate and Stephen, Music with 0 Comments

If you aren’t heading down to Gulf Shores this weekend for the Hangout Festival, you can still stay here in town and hear some outstanding live music performed by world-class musicians. Oh, and by the way, it doesn’t cost you anything. We sometimes complain about live music offerings in our town, but if you can’t […]

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Real Estate

Downtown Redevelopment and Dexter

Downtown Redevelopment and Dexter

April 16 will mark the one decade anniversary of the first-ever pitch at Riverwalk Stadium. The baseball field is more than the home to the Montgomery Biscuits. It’s also a symbol of downtown Montgomery’s rebirth. Many Montgomery residents don’t even remember a time before the stadium was completed in 2004. They can’t imagine the downtown […]

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Location, Location, Location!

Location, Location, Location!

By on 15 November, 2013 in Real Estate with 1 Comment

Never has this expression been truer than when buying property with resale in mind! Many buyers I work with, usually local and familiar with the area, are extremely location sensitive. This can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Some people want to be in a certain school district, some […]

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Gone Fishin’

Gone Fishin’

By on 1 October, 2013 in Legal Issues, Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 3 Comments

So a lot of federal employees are out of work as of today. “I’m not headed to a National Park,” you may say, “so it matters not to me.” Or perhaps your response is that you think a lot fewer federal worker bees is really a good idea. Chances are, you see little (if any) […]

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Cottages! A Tour

Cottages! A Tour

An exciting new fall event will cater to our Midtown fascination with house tours and seeing how our neighbors live! The Old Cloverdale Spring Tour, Capitol Heights by Candlelight, the Cottage Hill Christmas Tour and the Old House Expo have been very successful in creating interest in old house living. This year, Landmarks Foundation and […]

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Other Recent Posts

Living with Midtown Montgomery Living

By on 21 July, 2014 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Living with Midtown Montgomery Living

We don’t do a whole lot of “meta” posts here at MML. Talking about the blog in the abstract is never as interesting as just working on producing interesting content and posting it. If the posts are well written (and somewhat decently circulated), people will comment and/or share the posts and things will just take […]

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Looking at Junk: Troy and Brundidge Edition

By on 11 June, 2014 in Kate and Stephen, Shopping with 0 Comments
Looking at Junk: Troy and Brundidge Edition

Regular MML readers know that sometimes we take field trips to the surrounding area to poke around in their junk antique shops. We wrote about Prattville Pickers, the shops of Wetumpka, and even our most recent find in Fort Payne. We haven’t yet written about (but highly recommend) the scene in Dothan, Mobile, and even […]

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Canine Days of Summer in Midtown

By on 10 June, 2014 in Lynne Burford, Pets with 0 Comments
Canine Days of Summer in Midtown

I once read what has become one of my favorite quotes: “My little dog – a heartbeat at my feet.” It is so true. Our pets are extensions of our families. Make sure yours is safe and happy as we head into the hottest season of the year. The “dog days” of summer are fast […]

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From “Raisin” to “Clybourne”

By on 30 May, 2014 in Fun, Greg Thornton with 0 Comments
From “Raisin” to “Clybourne”

“…Or is it maybe that racism, per se, isn’t really the problem. Maybe it’s the denial of it. Maybe it’s our unwillingness to admit that we all once belonged to a tribe of greedy, violent apes contending over territory with other apes, and that we’re still figuring out what to do with that legacy, as […]

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Emergencies in Montgomery: Dialing 911

Emergencies in Montgomery: Dialing 911

The ability of the government to respond to an emergency is one of the most important reasons we pay taxes. But theoretical talk about the “common good” can quickly fade away when there’s a emergency threatening the security of your loved ones or those around you. In those kinds of crises, you want to summon […]

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Fostering Hope

By on 23 May, 2014 in Lynne Burford, Pets with 0 Comments
Fostering Hope

What a blessing it is that spring is finally here! Days of watching gray skies and drizzle have given way to sunshine and warm breezes. It’s sort of a rebirth, a clean slate, a new chance. Each spring, I feel motivated to do something new. Why not? Life is about learning and experiencing joy, and […]

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Hot Hot Hot

By on 20 May, 2014 in Karren Pell with 0 Comments
Hot Hot Hot

It’s summer and the Old Alabama Town Revue has one more show before taking summer break. So come one, come all for fun, music, and a general frolic on June 5, at 7 p.m. in the Old Church in Old Alabama Town on Columbus Street. In a nod to what we all know is coming, […]

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Spring Garlic

By on 12 May, 2014 in Cooking, Food, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Spring Garlic

Every spring, I look forward to seeing the pink & purple garlic heaped in the baskets at the local grocery stores. There’s something extra good about these cloves, with their firm texture and fresh smell. Sometimes you can find the super young garlic at farmers’ markets with the greens still attached – these are fetish […]

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Montgomery’s Budding Comedy Scene

By on 9 May, 2014 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 4 Comments
Montgomery’s Budding Comedy Scene

There are so many great things about living in Montgomery. One of the best (and most interesting) parts of living here is that you get to see first-hand what it looks like to live in a city in transition. It’s sort of a slow-motion explosion — the good kind. When we moved here just six […]

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Old Houses: Looking and Fixing

By on 6 May, 2014 in Historic Midtown, Sandra Nickel with 2 Comments
Old Houses: Looking and Fixing

Two things to consider today. First, the Old House Expo was a big success. Second, a new home improvement show might be just the thing you need to fix up your own old home! Fleming Pruett and his family have lived in Midtown Montgomery “forever.” And as Midtowners, they were well aware of Old House […]

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Free Comic Book Day 2014

By on 2 May, 2014 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Free Comic Book Day 2014

It’s a magical time of year. The first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day, where you really can get free comic books as part of the industry’s effort to bring new readers and established customers into comic book shops. And we’re not talking about one free comic book — most shops allow you […]

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Timon of Athens

By on 1 May, 2014 in Art, Fun, Jesseca Cornelson with 1 Comment
Timon of Athens

Saturday, April 26, marked the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s baptism as well as the “Modern English World Premiere” of Timon of Athens at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, completing ASF’s production of Shakespeare’s canon. Timon, co-written with Thomas Middleton, is according to the esteemed scholar known as the wikipedia, “generally regarded as one of [Shakespeare’s] […]

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