Around Midtown

Mysterious Ways

Mysterious Ways

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

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

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

By on 30 June, 2017 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments

“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!

New Owner, New Start for the Biscuits!

By on 19 June, 2017 in Fun, Kate and Stephen, Pets with 0 Comments

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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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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Historic Midtown

Cracks? Heck, No. Those are Character Lines!

Cracks? Heck, No. Those are Character Lines!

By on 31 May, 2017 in Historic Midtown, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

When I was 9 years old, my parents very unexpectedly had a fourth child. She was a delightful little girl and she was the straw that broke the camel’s back in our two bedroom, one bath bungalow. So Mother and Daddy bought a larger home in the same neighborhood. Shortly after we moved in, I […]

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Preservation Awards: And the nominees are …

Preservation Awards: And the nominees are …

This year the City of Montgomery’s Montgomery Historic Preservation Commission initiated a historic Preservation Awards program. The goals of the inaugural Historic Preservation Awards program were to encourage excellence in the planning, design, and execution of projects affecting the City’s historic resources and heritage, and to raise greater public awareness and understanding of historic preservation […]

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Reality Check

Reality Check

By on 22 May, 2017 in Historic Midtown, Karren Pell with 2 Comments

With “alternate facts,” reality shows, and false news, the slang term, “Is that for real?” is, well, for real. But among the things in my life that are real, one is life in a historic neighborhood. Folks, it gets and stays real here. Our homes are not “like” Victorian Townhouses and 1920 bungalows; they are […]

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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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Eating Midtown

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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A Jewel on Mt. Meigs: Kru

A Jewel on Mt. Meigs: Kru

A good bar doesn’t have to do a lot of things, but to qualify as a “good bar,” it should perform well in a couple of basic categories. Kru (2118 Mt. Meigs Rd.) is a great bar, and even though it has only been open since 2014, it is already a cherished local institution. The […]

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Sol: A Restaurant Review

Sol: A Restaurant Review

By on 25 May, 2017 in Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

One Thursday a month we attend the meeting of our local Sierra Club chapter. They meet out at Aldersgate Methodist church at 6:30 on the third Thursday of the month, so we try to plan our dinner around the meeting. Sometimes this means that we eat over on that side of town. There’s lots of […]

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Real Estate

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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The Debut of Renovators’ Happy Hour

The Debut of Renovators’ Happy Hour

If perchance you happened to be passing by Felder Avenue in Midtown’s Old Cloverdale neighborhood last Thursday, you might reasonably have assumed that there had been a death in a prominent family or something. After all, that’s the typical reason that long lines of parked cars accumulate on a residential Montgomery street. Well, the truth […]

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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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Other Recent Posts

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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Don’t Miss This Renovators’ Happy Hour

By on 16 June, 2017 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Don’t Miss This Renovators’ Happy Hour

If you missed the inaugural Renovators’ Happy Hour on Felder Avenue in Old Cloverdale, you’re in luck! Join Landmarks Foundation and the Historic Neighborhoods Coalition for the second Renovators’ Happy Hour on Thursday afternoon, June 29, 5:30 until 7:00. If you live in Midtown and if South Capitol Parkway is one of your avoid-the-traffic cut-throughs, […]

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Another Door Opens

By on 13 June, 2017 in Fun, Karren Pell, Shopping with 0 Comments
Another Door Opens

Just the other day Eleanor Upchurch and I were on Facebook commenting about how much we miss Capitol Book and News. But (as the adage goes) when one door closes another opens. As I am sure all you cool people now know, a new bookstore is opening at New South Books. While the bookstore is […]

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Dragons and Pirates and Bullies, Oh, My!

By on 26 May, 2017 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments
Dragons and Pirates and Bullies, Oh, My!

“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” -Rainer Maria Rilke I’ve been thinking a lot lately about bullies. We all have had experiences […]

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The Capitol Showcase Consumer Art Exhibition

By on 19 May, 2017 in Amanda Burbank, Art with 0 Comments
The Capitol Showcase Consumer Art Exhibition

As I scanned the room, lingering over cheerful landscapes and cubist faces, my eyes were drawn to the blue and yellow butterflies with a spiky black sea urchin floating around a shadowy self. Green and purple dripped down the grey human form like wild, alive colors that had to escape. I stared for a long […]

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Stonehenge Framing

By on 17 May, 2017 in Art, City Living, Kate and Stephen with 1 Comment
Stonehenge Framing

There was a point in my life when I decided to stop hanging things on the wall with push pins and Blu-Tack. This happened sometime after college. More precisely, I decided that whatever went on my walls from that point forward would be in a frame. There’s something about framed art that communicates adulthood, sure, […]

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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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Opposed Absolutes – The Crucible

By on 1 May, 2017 in Art, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments
Opposed Absolutes – The Crucible

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

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

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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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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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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