Around Midtown

Studio Ghibli Comes to Montgomery

Studio Ghibli Comes to Montgomery

By on 21 May, 2018 in Amanda Burbank, Art, Fun with 0 Comments

The first Studio Ghibli film I experienced was Spirited Away after it won Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards in 2003. I was instantly enchanted by the multiple worlds created by filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki filled with lush visuals and complex characters. This was a different kind of animated movie; it was profound and […]

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Fences At the Cloverdale Playhouse

Fences At the Cloverdale Playhouse

By on 30 April, 2018 in Amanda Burbank, Art, Fun with 0 Comments

The Cloverdale Playhouse’s production of August Wilson’s play Fences opened in Montgomery the same weekend as the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. This is a momentous moment for our city, a call to confront the horrors of the past and to push forward towards change. Wilson’s plays have been awarded multiple Pulitzer Prizes for […]

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“Little by Little, One Travels Far”

“Little by Little, One Travels Far”

By on 27 April, 2018 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments

“The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot ever fence it out.” -J.R.R. Tolkien Our current production at the Playhouse, August Wilson’s Fences, is one of our biggest undertakings yet. It is not our largest cast, nor is it our most intricate set (though the set is quite […]

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Looking Forward to a Big Saturday

Looking Forward to a Big Saturday

By on 18 April, 2018 in Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

One of my most favorite events of the whole year, The Alabama Book Festival, is this Saturday, April 21, from 9:00-4:00 at Old Alabama Town on 301 Columbus Street. It is open to the public, is so much fun, and this year has fabulous authors. The fun starts before Saturday! Thursday night the Capri Theatre […]

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Historic Midtown

Historic Preservation – Economic Developer’s Friend

Historic Preservation – Economic Developer’s Friend

WACV, a local FM talk radio station, has periodically on its morning show a segment called “Did You Know…” Today on Midtown Montgomery Living we’re going to play that game. What do the (soon-to-be a boutique hotel) Murphy House, the train shed on the Montgomery riverfront, and the warehouses-now-office-buildings along Commerce Street have in common? (Cue […]

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A “Four Sisters’ House” on Renovators’ Tour

A “Four Sisters’ House” on Renovators’ Tour

If you work downtown and travel Perry Street on a daily basis, you probably have never even noticed the neat pieces of Montgomery’s rich architectural history located on the west side of that street. Four two story Victorian style houses stand together facing busy one way South Perry Street. These four houses, known as the […]

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Celebrating Historic Preservation in Midtown Neighborhoods

Celebrating Historic Preservation in Midtown Neighborhoods

For the past year, I have watched my neighbors working tirelessly every weekend, holiday, evening and spare moment on a house project on our street. We had all nervously watched a rental property on our block that had been empty for at least year and was getting more and more derelict. In true neighborhood historic […]

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Spring Tour of Homes Celebrates World War I in Montgomery

Spring Tour of Homes Celebrates World War I in Montgomery

By on 19 February, 2018 in Carole King, Historic Midtown with 1 Comment

For the last several years, Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery/Old Alabama Town has offered the public tours of Montgomery homes—cottages and bungalows, Downtown lofts and townhouses, Frank Lockwood-designed homes, and Mid-century Modern homes. On Sunday afternoon, March 11th, 1:00 until 5:00 four homes will be open for touring to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the entry […]

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Eating Midtown

Craft Beer at Common Bond

Craft Beer at Common Bond

Let’s just start with the basics up front: We are not beer snobs. It’s not that we don’t have preferences. We absolutely do. But we’re not immersed in the culture, and we pretty much value the opportunity to relax with a cold beer almost as much as the content of whatever is in the glass. […]

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Hank and Whiskey

Hank and Whiskey

By on 16 May, 2018 in Bars, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

Carole King and I were giving a PowerPoint presentation to a group of international students the other day on historical sites in downtown Montgomery. We had, of course, included the statue of Hank Williams which now stands at the front of the tunnel entrance. We used the photo in our latest book, Images of Modern […]

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Vintage Cafe

Vintage Cafe

By on 23 April, 2018 in Food, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

“Let’s get a cup of coffee,” is a phrase that carries several meanings: “I’d like to spend anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour with you,” “I’d like to hang, but don’t want to commit to a meal,” or maybe, “I’m leaving open the possibility that you don’t drink alcohol.” Problem is, since Cafe Louisa […]

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Rock and Roll Sushi

Rock and Roll Sushi

By on 16 April, 2018 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

For a town with so much fresh seafood, good sushi is surprisingly hard to find. So when we heard that a new franchise sushi place was opening out by Whole Foods, we made the long trek East to see what it was all about. Both times we went, the place was pretty packed, with servers […]

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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

Walk A Mile In My Shoes: Foster Care Awareness

By on 13 April, 2018 in Amanda Burbank with 0 Comments
Walk A Mile In My Shoes: Foster Care Awareness

I was babysitting six kids, busy helping with homework, when the phone rang. The mom, Jessica Bedient, was calling from court where three babies had officially been put into custody of Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) and assigned to their home for foster care. This was the second week in a row that she […]

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Poetry Around the Clock

By on 12 April, 2018 in Kate and Stephen with 1 Comment
Poetry Around the Clock

Brandie Johnson, the manager at Court Street’s Read Herring Books (formerly New South Books), has big ambitions for National Poetry Month. She’s planning for 24 consecutive hours of poetry at four venues across Midtown Montgomery starting April 19. The event will commence at Read Herring, move to Product of Montgomery on Madison for the Thursday […]

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What Price Progress?

By on 11 April, 2018 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments
What Price Progress?

Recently the City of Montgomery and ALDOT hosted a Public Involvement Meeting regarding the planned conversion of East Fairview Avenue from four to three lanes and the addition of sidewalks where there are none from South Court Street all the way to Narrow Lane Road. What on its face appears a simple and straightforward upgrade […]

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Kress Lives: Remembering Monroe

By on 10 April, 2018 in Art, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Kress Lives: Remembering Monroe

A local street named after our nation’s fifth President was once an “epicenter” of Montgomery’s black culture and capitalism. This week, a new multi-night project based in the newly-rennovated Kress Building downtown is taking a look back at the heyday of Monroe Street. “Remembering Monroe” will kick off Thursday with an oral history of Dean […]

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Freedom Riders Museum

By on 4 April, 2018 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Freedom Riders Museum

In an era of an infinite sea of always-available television shows, music and movies, it’s increasingly rare to be denied an entertainment experience. If you know where to stream or download (and pay, at least in theory, for the appropriate licenses), you can pretty much grab any information or diversion at any time. That’s why […]

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Too Many Walls and Not Enough Bridges

By on 2 April, 2018 in Sarah Thornton with 1 Comment
Too Many Walls and Not Enough Bridges

“Some people build fences to keep people out… and other people build fences to keep people in.” -August Wilson’s Fences During the first rehearsal for the Playhouse’s upcoming production of Fences, the cast sat around a circle of tables to read through the play. This was the first time our wonderful ensemble came together to […]

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Montgomery Needs a Yarn Store

By on 27 March, 2018 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Montgomery Needs a Yarn Store

Recently I took up a new hobby. I decided to start knitting. I love to make things – that’s part of why I like to cook so much, and I decided that it might be nice to have something to do with my hands while I was watching Netflix or just relaxing at the end […]

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Mushroom Barley Soup

By on 20 March, 2018 in Cooking, Food, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Mushroom Barley Soup

A bunch of schools in the northern part of the state had closed early, and we were hearing apocalyptic rumors of fist-sized hail and a coming cold snap. So, we did what any sensible person would do. We walked the dog early, and we made soup. Soon it’ll be too hot for soup, and the […]

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It’s All About the Books

By on 15 March, 2018 in Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments
It’s All About the Books

On April 5 at 7:00 in the church on Columbus Street in Old Alabama Town, the Old Alabama Town Revue will present its April Show: “It’s all About the Books: We’re singing about the Alabama Book Festival.” The Old Alabama Town Revue Crue usually closes their 2017-2018 season with a salute to the Alabama Book […]

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Ghosts and Goats: Spectre at Jackson Lake Island

By on 9 March, 2018 in Amanda Burbank, Fun with 0 Comments
Ghosts and Goats: Spectre at Jackson Lake Island

Strangely in my many years of enjoying local nature, I have, until now, neglected to visit a great treasure just a few minutes outside of Montgomery. I’ve enjoyed the great outdoors from simple playgrounds, to many of our local formal trails, to picking mulberries through a backyard that had hidden access to a spillway. I’ve […]

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Finally … The Seats!

By on 7 March, 2018 in Art, Fun, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments
Finally … The Seats!

As I watched the Oscars this past Sunday, it occurred to me that—for the first time in many, many years—I had seen almost all the nominees for the major awards. Yes, I had seen two while visiting my brother in Dallas. Frank sees virtually every movie released! But many of the others had been screened […]

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Four Things For a Weekend

By on 5 March, 2018 in Food, Fun, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments
Four Things For a Weekend

Some weekends, you might do nothing. Some weekends, you might try to do too much. We did about four noteworthy things this weekend, and felt like they comprised the right amount of “stuff” on a weekend. We weren’t in full “slacking on the couch” lazy mode, but we weren’t hectically scheduled either. Here are the […]

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