Around Midtown

Opposed Absolutes – The Crucible

Opposed Absolutes – The Crucible

By on 1 May, 2017 in Art, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments

Crucible [n]: a place or situation in which concentrated forces interact to cause or influence change or development. (2.) a severe test. For the last several weeks, the Cloverdale Playhouse has been climbing the mountain that is Arthur Miller’s masterpiece The Crucible. Some plays get under your skin, and boy, this is one of them. […]

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The Crucible

The Crucible

By on 28 April, 2017 in Amanda Burbank, Art, Fun with 0 Comments

Leonard Cohen’s harsh rasp broke the silence and the near pitch black room was barely illuminated only by red hellfire-like light burning up from underneath the stage. From those opening moments, I felt the prickles of suspicion that the Cloverdale Playhouse’s production of The Crucible would be a different kind of theatrical experience. Then the […]

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What the Muses Said About Mom

What the Muses Said About Mom

By on 14 April, 2017 in Fun, Holidays, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

The Old Alabama Town Revue will celebrate moms and Mother’s Day on May 4 in the church on Columbus Street in Old Alabama Town. We will start at 7 p.m. and present a combination of original songs and old faves. The OAT Revue Crue hopes the audience has a lot of moms present and encourages […]

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The Power of an Audience

The Power of an Audience

By on 31 March, 2017 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 1 Comment

“There is a certain immortality involved in the theatre, not created by monuments and books, but through the knowledge the actor keeps to his dying day that on a certain afternoon, in an empty and dusty theatre, he cast a shadow of a being that was not himself but the distillation of all he had […]

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Historic Midtown

Renovators’ Happy Hour Showcases Old Cloverdale Renovation

Renovators’ Happy Hour Showcases Old Cloverdale Renovation

The Historic Neighborhood Coalition sponsored by Landmarks Foundation is coordinating a new fun spring event to create awareness of notable preservation projects that are happening in Montgomery’s historic neighborhoods. The inaugural Renovators’ Happy Hour will be Thursday, April 27 from 5:30 until 7 p.m. The renovation at 740 Felder Avenue (Old Cloverdale) by the Price […]

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New Historic Preservation Awards Opportunity Announced

New Historic Preservation Awards Opportunity Announced

By on 13 March, 2017 in Architecture, Carole King, Historic Midtown with 0 Comments

The City of Montgomery’s Historic Preservation Commission has announced is first Historic Preservation Awards program to participate in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s celebration of May as Historic Preservation Month. With this special awards program, the Commission will recognize contributions and activities that celebrate the historic preservation efforts and cultural resources that promote Montgomery’s […]

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Mid-Century Modern Is Alive and Well!

Mid-Century Modern Is Alive and Well!

By on 14 February, 2017 in Architecture, Carole King, Fun, Historic Midtown with 1 Comment

Is history of no interest to you? Do you consider old houses and the things in them stuffy and boring? Are flea markets and antique malls a waste of your time and interest? Well, prepare to be surprised! The Landmarks Foundations’ newest architectural adventure will be a tour of homes featuring Montgomery’s Mid-Century Modern design. […]

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What We Wished We’d Known

What We Wished We’d Known

You’re buying a house for the first time. Everything seems like a dream: the crown molding, the old floors, the large yard. You can’t believe that someone will help you by lending money to make this your home. If you choose wisely, your home will make you happy every day. You can drink coffee in […]

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Eating Midtown

Sinclair’s: The End of an Era

Sinclair’s: The End of an Era

By on 10 April, 2017 in Food, Sandra Nickel with 1 Comment

Almost exactly 25 years ago, I was at the Cloverdale Shoe Shop getting my usual repair work done (real estate is hard on shoes). The owner at the time, Carroll Thompson, mentioned to me that the art gallery at 1044 E. Fairview (the business of west of his) was closing soon and the property would […]

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Farewell to Sinclair’s

Farewell to Sinclair’s

By on 9 April, 2017 in Bars, Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 2 Comments

The rumors finally were confirmed when it was announced (by essentially every media outlet in town) that Sinclair’s would be closing. That sturdy cornerstone of the Cloverdale Five Points neighborhood, that trusty staple of the restaurant scene. There were some people that described Sinclair’s as their favorite place for food, but many more described it […]

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Columbiana: The Drink

Columbiana: The Drink

By on 1 March, 2017 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Shopping with 0 Comments

A few years back, we published a piece about one of the awesome international grocery stores here in Montgomery. And we’ve also written an analysis about what cultural trends can be determined by scanning the aisles of our local Publix. So it’s not entirely out of the blue that we decided to comment on the […]

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Fight Club for Foodies

Fight Club for Foodies

By on 28 February, 2017 in Cooking, Food, Fun, Meg Lewis with 0 Comments

The first rule of Culinary Fight Club is … have fun! Last night four area chefs faced off in a competition to see who could improvise under pressure and win over a panel of judges and a hungry crowd at Alabama’s first Culinary Fight Club event. Held at 129 Coosa, the first time event drew […]

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Real Estate

In Praise of a Clean Slate

In Praise of a Clean Slate

By on 11 January, 2017 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

The New Year always excites me. I see it as a “clean slate,” and an opportunity both to start anew and to start new things. 2017 is no different. Last weekend I purged my closet of years’ accumulation of miscellaneous stuff. This past Friday our Hat Team met with a facilitator to brainstorm how better […]

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REALTOR Wanted: Must Do Windows

REALTOR Wanted: Must Do Windows

By on 12 August, 2016 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 1 Comment

In my 35 years in the residential real estate business, I’ve realized that some folks have a really jaded view of us REALTORS. Misunderstandings are common. We spend all day driving around in big fancy cars. We get to keep all of the commission that the seller pays. We are salaried and our broker pays […]

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New Neighbors in Old Houses

New Neighbors in Old Houses

By on 7 July, 2016 in Karren Pell, Real Estate with 1 Comment

We are friends and neighbors here on North Lewis Street in historic Capitol Heights. We share potluck dinners, drinks on front porches, and cookouts on back decks. We look out for each other’s house, pets and, well, each other. So when Fred and Bobby delivered the news they were moving to Hazel Hedge, we were […]

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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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Other Recent Posts

Day Trip: Mobile

By on 1 May, 2017 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Day Trip: Mobile

We had concert tickets, given as a Christmas gift, to see Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals at Soul Kitchen in Mobile this past Saturday. It was the kind of gift that promises a future adventure together while also fitting into a stocking. Then, suddenly, it was time. So we planned our weekend trip. Which, […]

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If It’s Spring, It Must Be…

By on 20 April, 2017 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments
If It’s Spring, It Must Be…

The late, great Robin Williams said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” Personally, I think spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Get off your lazy duff and take care of this place!” Lynne Burford’s heart-wrenching recent post, “Homeless,” reminds us of the importance of having our wiring checked regularly. That’s particularly important if […]

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Homeless

By on 17 April, 2017 in Lynne Burford with 0 Comments
Homeless

Homeless. It is not a word most of us think will ever apply to us. But as of last Friday evening, that is my life situation. I came home from work at my usual time, as I do five days a week. I had been home at lunchtime to check on my dogs and let […]

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Science on the Screen: Imitation Game at The Capri

By on 29 March, 2017 in Art, Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Science on the Screen: Imitation Game at The Capri

For $20, it’s hard to find a better bargain for your entertainment dollars than the Science on the Screen at The Capri. That price got us two movie tickets, a bottle of water, and our brains stuffed full of information about World War II and cryptography. It was a lot of fun. First of all, […]

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Happy Spring!

By on 23 March, 2017 in Lynne Burford, Pets with 0 Comments
Happy Spring!

I don’t know about your pets, but mine are thrilled to be able to go outside and soak in this gorgeous weather. As I look in the yard I see tiny sunbathers in little pods. It must feel so good to feel the sunshine after so many rainy cold days! There is new grass to […]

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How Do We Take the Bus?

How Do We Take the Bus?

I didn’t have to work today, and wanted very much to finally make good on my multi-year goal of taking the bus somewhere, anywhere really. I decided to go to the mall. I had heard that there was a new comic book store in Eastdale Mall, and I wanted to check it out. At 10:54 […]

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This Place Matters – Too

By on 16 March, 2017 in Karren Pell with 0 Comments
This Place Matters – Too

You might perchance remember last year I wrote that our good friends Bobby and Fred were leaving our wonderful North Lewis Street. I wrote about their home, known as the Belser House, and hoped that my blog post would help attract just the right neighbor. Well, that is exactly what happened! Our new neighbors, Jim […]

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How To Make Planning For The Future Easy

By on 15 March, 2017 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
How To Make Planning For The Future Easy

Few of us want to plan too far into the future because it’s an overwhelming task, but it’s also a very important one. Whether you want to buy a house, plan for your child’s college education, or simply start saving money for future expenses, there are easy ways to begin that won’t cause stress and […]

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In Praise of Small Town Living

By on 8 March, 2017 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments
In Praise of Small Town Living

My husband and I have just returned from a two-week swing through the South as a part of a family reunion. Our homecoming finds me newly appreciative of the many benefits of small town living, particularly in our town-within-a-town, Midtown Montgomery. Our first stop on the adventure was to visit a dear friend in New […]

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Food, Drinks and Dancing for a Good Cause

By on 27 February, 2017 in Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments
Food, Drinks and Dancing for a Good Cause

One of the many things I love about living in one of Montgomery’s historic neighborhoods is that we find ways to help others. Sandra Nickel in Cloverdale collects coats and blankets to help the homeless in Montgomery during the winter. A portion of the Christmas fundraising in Capitol Heights is donated to the Brantwood Children’s […]

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The Art of Showing Up

By on 23 February, 2017 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments
The Art of Showing Up

“What does he want from me? What should I try to be?/So many faces all around, and here we go. I need this job, oh God, I need this show.” – A Chorus Line, music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban It is an adage that actors are not professional actors, but professional auditioners. […]

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Cloverdale Playhouse: The 39 Steps

By on 10 February, 2017 in Art, Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Cloverdale Playhouse: The 39 Steps

One of many benefits of community theater is how close you are to the stage. The intimacy of productions at the Cloverdale Playhouse is something really special. You can, at times, feel like you are part of the production. And while it’s true that from time to time we’ve seen the “fourth wall” broken at […]

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