Around Midtown

Homegrown Pastime at the Cloverdale Playhouse

Homegrown Pastime at the Cloverdale Playhouse

By on 16 February, 2015 in Fun, Jesseca Cornelson with 1 Comment

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of watching the debut performance of Pastime, written and directed by Greg Thornton, at the Cloverdale Playhouse. The Playhouse selected the script (submitted under a pseudonym) for development in the 2014 Page-to-Stage series. The simple plot captures the complex dynamics of the contemporary American family. Ten years after the […]

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College Hoops: AUM Hosts Faulkner

College Hoops: AUM Hosts Faulkner

By on 9 February, 2015 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

We haven’t yet lived in Montgomery for a decade, but sometimes it feels like we have. For the duration of these years here, it has been on our “to do” list to attend major home sporting events for each of the local colleges. We want to go to an ASU basketball game, and especially check […]

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Time to Wonder: A Review of ASF’s Alice in Wonderland

Time to Wonder: A Review of ASF’s Alice in Wonderland

By on 4 February, 2015 in Art, Fun, Heather Coleman with 0 Comments

The story of Alice in Wonderland is a childhood classic that manages to transcend adolescence, being simultaneously a nonsense story for children and a witty commentary on the business of growing up. The anthropomorphic inhabitants of Wonderland are an exaggerated representation of how a child sees the familiar but foreign adult world. Changing perspective is […]

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Mobilizing Montgomery: Humane Treatment of Animals

Mobilizing Montgomery: Humane Treatment of Animals

By on 21 January, 2015 in City Living, Government, Lynne Burford, Pets with 2 Comments

We are feeling the tease of spring for a few days. I know my dogs are grateful for more time outside, for sunshine patches to lie in and for the tiny sprigs of green grass they always find and eat (and which I sometimes see after it has been eaten!). The dog park is teeming […]

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Historic Midtown

Slave Dwelling Project Commemorates Black History Month at Old Alabama Town

Slave Dwelling Project Commemorates Black History Month at Old Alabama Town

By on 12 February, 2015 in Carole King, Historic Midtown with 2 Comments

The Slave Dwelling Project is coming to Old Alabama Town to observe Black History Month and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights March. On Sunday, March 1, Joseph McGill will present the Slave Dwelling Project at the Old Alabama Town Reception Center. McGill is a history consultant and the founder of The […]

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The Death of the Midtown Middle Market

The Death of the Midtown Middle Market

By on 29 January, 2015 in Historic Midtown, Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

I don’t usually write “hard” real estate information for this publication, but today I’m making an exception. It’s worth making a rare detour because it’s really important for Midtown property owners to understand that there is no longer a “middle market.” There was a time (like when my husband and I were first time homebuyers) […]

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Springtime Will Eventually Arrive, But in the Meantime…

Springtime Will Eventually Arrive, But in the Meantime…

As we settle in for some chilly temperatures and dream of spring and daffodils, now is the time to plan for those annual projects. You’ll be ready to start those projects as soon as the groundhog misses seeing his shadow! Mailboxes are beginning to fill up with seed catalogs, and we long to get dirt […]

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Rescued Relics Begins Fifth Year of Success

Rescued Relics Begins Fifth Year of Success

By on 15 December, 2014 in Carole King, Historic preservation, Shopping with 0 Comments

One of my first posts for MML was about Rescued Relics, our salvage warehouse at Old Alabama Town. So I thought it was time for an update on what has been a huge success! We initiated this innovative way to produce income when the city budget cuts took their toll on our operations here at Old […]

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Eating Midtown

Taste of India – Simply Southern

Taste of India – Simply Southern

By on 26 January, 2015 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

Sometimes, it can take a little effort to break out of routines. We recently found ourselves somewhat stumped by the simple question of where we should go for lunch. But a little brainstorming led us to two different options that aren’t brand new for the city, but were new to us. Although the two are […]

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Shopping and Dining at Mr. Chen’s

Shopping and Dining at Mr. Chen’s

It seems like ever since it broke onto a dramatically-improving local Chinese food scene, Montgomery residents have fiercely treasured Mr. Chen’s. If you’ve never been, it’s out on the Atlanta Highway in the same shopping center as the Burlington Coat Factory. Mr. Chen’s makes a unique contribution to the local food scene because it’s both […]

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Downtown and Doughnuts

Downtown and Doughnuts

There’s a strange little building downtown, sitting on the corner of Commerce and Tallapoosa, across from the Renaissance Hotel and kitty-corner from Sous La Terre. This building is fairly new, and the landscape around it seems even newer, as if someone had laid sod in a hotel parking lot. Even more unusual, this building has […]

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The Layover Gets a New Door

The Layover Gets a New Door

By on 17 September, 2014 in Bars, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

We’ve long been vocal boosters of the Montgomery airport. Our local airport is close to our house and offers cheap parking, an easy check-in process, small-to-nonexistent security lines, free wireless access, plenty of plugs and comfy chairs (some of which are of the rocking variety). Sure, there are only a few airlines to choose from […]

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Real Estate

Remembering Judge Johnson

Remembering Judge Johnson

By on 19 January, 2015 in Government, Holidays, Kate and Stephen, Legal Issues with 2 Comments

In the Montgomery airport, there’s a new advertisement for the movie Selma, which was shot partly right here in town. The movie’s advertising slogan reads “One dream can change the world.” That’s catchy, and clearly calls back to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous speech at the 1963 March on Washington. Unfortunately, it reflects a common […]

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Shattering Some Misconceptions about Homebuying

Shattering Some Misconceptions about Homebuying

By on 27 October, 2014 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

It’s fascinating to me how stuff gets passed off from person to person “as the Gospel truth.” And fictions about the homebuying process are among the most widely spread mis-truths going around today. So if you — or someone you care about — is thinking about buying a home this fall, listen up! Misconception: If […]

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Don’t Just Sit There … Do Something!

Don’t Just Sit There … Do Something!

By on 11 September, 2014 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 2 Comments

Rarely a day goes by that I don’t receive a call from one or more Midtown resident who is angry and/or distressed by the condition of a nearby property. Generally I suggest that the caller contact Montgomery’s great 311 service to file a complaint. Sometimes that actually gets done, and often it does not. It […]

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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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Other Recent Posts

Gratitude

By on 13 February, 2015 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments
Gratitude

Earlier this week the Hat Team was privileged to host dozens of our favorite people at a client appreciation event at the Cloverdale Playhouse. We call our guests “Champions of Midtown” because they love where they live and they have been instrumental in our success. It was a fun evening but, more importantly, it was […]

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Fresh Beatz for Your Feetz

By on 6 February, 2015 in Meg Lewis, Music with 0 Comments
Fresh Beatz for Your Feetz

Most runners love a good playlist. There are some who believe listening to the meditative pattern of breath and footsteps, unimpeded by bumping bass, is more virtuous. Personally, I find value in both. It must be a scientifically proven fact, however, that music can help us hold a pace, energize and motivate us, and perhaps […]

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A New Season, a New Play

By on 2 February, 2015 in Greg Thornton with 0 Comments
A New Season, a New Play

“There are others who were born with the wisdom to know that nothing lasts. These are the truly tough among us, the ones who can live without illusion, or without even the hope of illusion…” -A. Bartlett Giamatti Our Page-To–Stage Series began two years ago and since then, we have received quite a number of […]

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Spring Civil Rights Anniversaries Will Be Epic

By on 12 January, 2015 in Lynne Schneider with 0 Comments
Spring Civil Rights Anniversaries Will Be Epic

This year, Montgomery’s past becomes a present-day chance for enrichment, culturally and economically. The city celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Selma marches that led to passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. This spring, Montgomery is the place to be. In March, tourists will revisit all three of the 1965 marches from Bloody Sunday […]

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Digital Neighbors: Nextdoor Dot Com

By on 8 January, 2015 in City Living, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments
Digital Neighbors: Nextdoor Dot Com

Perhaps you, like I, have heard and read a lot of complaints about how social media is going to be “the ruination” of us all. And pictures abound of folks walking side by side—or sitting across the table from one another—with their attention seemingly focused on their handheld devices and not their relationship with the […]

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Picture of the Week: January 6, 2015

By on 6 January, 2015 in Brian Holt, Picture of the Week with 1 Comment
Picture of the Week: January 6, 2015

Brian’s Thoughts: “After weeks of rain and gloom I wanted to start the new year off with some color, so here is the first shot of true color in the city. Over the next four weeks I hope to find other vibrant illustrations of color to show that even in the dark days of winter […]

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Montgomery in 2015

By on 5 January, 2015 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Montgomery in 2015

We don’t make New Years resolutions, we make wishes. Resolutions require planning, vision and, worst of all, determined persistence. Wishes, on the other hand, convey all of the aspiration without any of the work. So here, for your reading pleasure, are several Montgomery things that we’re wishing for (or even more passively, watching) in 2015. […]

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Charitable Giving 2014

By on 19 December, 2014 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Charitable Giving 2014

Good news! In a recent nationwide study, our state of Alabama ranks Number 3 in the nation in highest percentage of donated income and number 5 in median donation size. Despite our state’s overall low levels of wealth, we give away a lot of what we have. That’s a powerful thing. It’s an especially timely […]

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Pop-up shop updates

By on 11 December, 2014 in Fun, Holidays, Shopping with 0 Comments
Pop-up shop updates

Last week Carole King alerted us to the New South Maker’s Emporium, a pop-up shop full of goods by local artists. The folks at Helicity were kind enough to share some pictures from the store as well as a partial list of vendors here. If you haven’t stopped by, there’s still plenty of shopping time […]

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Picture of the Week: December 9, 2014

By on 9 December, 2014 in Brian Holt, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week: December 9, 2014

Brian’s Thoughts: “There was something about these trees, the light, and the feel of winter in the air today that made this scene capture my attention.”  Photographer Brian Holt (www.holtconnections.com) has recently moved to town and will be sharing a photo with us every Tuesday.  

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All I Want for Christmas

By on 8 December, 2014 in City Living, Sandra Nickel with 2 Comments
All I Want for Christmas

In the December 1989 issue of Garden District News (my neighborhood’s association newsletter), I wrote the following: All I want for Christmas… …is for all residents of the Garden District to be as proud of and dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the neighborhood as are those who have worked so hard to make […]

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It’s all About Gingerbread

By on 3 December, 2014 in Fun, Holidays, Karren Pell with 1 Comment
It’s all About Gingerbread

The Capitol Heights by Candlelight Christmas Tour has been a Montgomery tradition for 27 years. It’s a living tradition, often sporting a new element or two. This year as you tour the historic homes, look for the gingerbread houses. Gingerbread also has a long tradition and I am getting ready to tell you some tales! […]

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