Around Midtown

Eight Fair Mistakes

Eight Fair Mistakes

By on 2 November, 2017 in Food, Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

You think you know what to expect from the Alabama National Fair – a lot of pretty unhealthy food items, some people harassing you to play games and win stuffed animals, a number of recently reassembled shiny rides designed to move quickly for several days at a time and then be transported cross-country. We went […]

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Tandem Kayaking…Just Say No

Tandem Kayaking…Just Say No

By on 1 November, 2017 in Brandie Johnson, Fun with 0 Comments

Before my husband, David, and I moved back to Montgomery, I lived in Wetumpka for 12 years. Since migrating to Dalraida, I’ve made the short trip to Wetumpka many, many times; not only to visit family and friends that live there, but also for a little weekend fun. I know it may seem like a […]

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

By on 30 October, 2017 in Art, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

This Friday night, Montgomery will host the free Wild and Scenic Film Festival out at AUM, courtesy of the Alabama Rivers Alliance and the Montgomery chapter of the Sierra Club. Although the festival has been going strong in Alabama for a decade, this is the first time it will play in Montgomery. The festival is […]

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From Fairies and Fables to Men and Realities

From Fairies and Fables to Men and Realities

By on 27 October, 2017 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments

“She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.” – Louisa May Alcott Louisa May Alcott was an advocate for social change. During her lifetime, women did not have many options. Marriage to a wealthy family was the highest level of “success” to which a young woman could aspire. A headstrong, spirited, […]

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Historic Midtown

Minnie, Katie, Hazel and Emily

Minnie, Katie, Hazel and Emily

By on 17 August, 2017 in Historic Midtown, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

School has started, and so I thought I would review some history on Capitol Heights Elementary School. Carole King and I did a presentation at Old Alabama Town in July on the school, and it seemed interest in school remains strong. My interest in solving my history mysteries about schools in Capitol Heights remains strong. […]

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Kress on Dexter—Dexter Avenue’s Newest Restoration

Kress on Dexter—Dexter Avenue’s Newest Restoration

By on 11 August, 2017 in Carole King, Historic Midtown with 3 Comments

If you’ve missed our first two Renovators’ Happy Hour, don’t despair! You’ll have another opportunity to see the newest, most innovative happening in Montgomery’s historic preservation movement hosted by Landmarks Foundation and the Historic Neighborhoods Coalition. Kress on Dexter will be open on Thursday, August 31, from 5:30 until 7:00 for our viewing and enjoyment […]

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A History Mystery

A History Mystery

By on 19 July, 2017 in Historic Midtown, Karren Pell with 1 Comment

On July 9, Carole King and I gave a presentation for the Landmark’s Foundation’s “Discovery Sundays” program at the Loeb Center in Old Alabama Town. Our subject that day was Capitol Heights and two fires that were defining moments for that community. These fun and informative talks are sponsored by Ross Clayton, Inc., and their […]

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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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Eating Midtown

Island Delight – Dexter Ave

Island Delight – Dexter Ave

By on 6 November, 2017 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

With a beloved relative in town, we were looking for a lunch place that would impress. But we also needed it to be pretty quick. So we went over to the new Island Delight location on Dexter last week, and we had a great experience. If you’ve only been to the location out by Maxwell, […]

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New Food Update

New Food Update

By on 29 September, 2017 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

Earlier this year, we thought for a little while that we might have to move to Atlanta for work. For a variety of reasons, we didn’t want to go, although we like Atlanta just fine. Spoiler alert: We stayed in Montgomery. But as we weighed the pros and cons, one thing stood out to us […]

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Taste – at Hampstead

Taste – at Hampstead

By on 14 August, 2017 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

There’s something about the summer heat that makes small plate dining so appealing. You don’t want to turn on the oven, much less sit down to a big pile of steaming food. You want someone to bring you bite-sized portions of things in a chilled out atmosphere that makes you forget, for a time, that […]

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Caribbean Cocktails Spice Up Cloverdale

Caribbean Cocktails Spice Up Cloverdale

By on 7 August, 2017 in Amanda Burbank, Bars, Fun with 0 Comments

A classic Kids in the Hall sketch features a man making a cocktail in a blender in the supply closet at work. Once you have entered the world of exotic and complicated drinks, it seems like they become an obsession that changes your life. It was a single drink that turned Jeff Berry into a […]

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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

A Trip to Wonderland

By on 8 November, 2017 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments
A Trip to Wonderland

Before embarking on my 36-year real estate career, I spent some time in the field of marketing and advertising. And it was during this time that I was introduced to and fell in love with the architecture variously identified as International Style, Minimalist and Modernist. A failed architecture student turned graphic artist came to work […]

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Whales & Souls at the Playhouse

By on 26 October, 2017 in Art, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Whales & Souls at the Playhouse

It was freezing cold. We’d been urged to wear coats and bring blankets, but still we found ourselves sitting outside in the courtyard of the Cloverdale Playhouse blowing into our hands to keep warm. It was a dress rehearsal for Chris Roe’s one man show, Whales & Souls, which is showing for only an extremely […]

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How To Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products For Your Entire Home

By on 23 October, 2017 in DIY with 0 Comments
How To Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products For Your Entire Home

For the Earth-conscious homeowner, cleaning can become a bit tricky, especially in between seasons. There’s so much to think about, from bathrooms and kitchens to gutters and gardens, that it can be overwhelming to try and think of the best ways to keep it all clean and tidy without chemicals. Fortunately, there are several ways […]

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A Scare for a Good Cause

By on 18 October, 2017 in Fun, Holidays, Karren Pell with 0 Comments
A Scare for a Good Cause

Regardless of the warm temperatures outside, it’s fall in Midtown Montgomery. The calendar says Mid-October to be exact, and that means a busy time of football games, homecoming dances, fall festivals, and Halloween events. The later lets us have fun getting scared and even raise money for causes we love. The Montgomery Humane Society’s Haunted […]

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And Then There Were None

By on 13 October, 2017 in Amanda Burbank, Art, Fun with 0 Comments
And Then There Were None

“Whole thing’s like a detective story. Positively thrilling.” declared Bo Jinright as Anthony Marston in one of many startling scenes during the Cloverdale Playhouse’s production of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. He was quite right. This production was thrilling, and as it was a mystery, I’m going to do my best to avoid […]

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History and Trick-or-Treating are Alive at Old Alabama Town!

By on 13 October, 2017 in Carole King, Holidays with 0 Comments
History and Trick-or-Treating are Alive at Old Alabama Town!

Seriously, what happened to good ol’ door-to-door neighborhood trick-or-treating? Make plans to attend HullaBOO Fest at Old Alabama Town and participate in this time-honored tradition on Tuesday afternoon, October 24 from 4:30 until 7. Partnering with Metro PCS, the event will feature children’s games and craft activities, a costume contest and trick-or-treating throughout the Old […]

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Memories of Simpler Times

By on 11 October, 2017 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments
Memories of Simpler Times

When I began kindergarten in Kirkwood, MO (a suburb of St. Louis), John Pitman Elementary School was already set for closure. Built in 1914, it had served long and well. But closing was just not to be. The Baby Boom was in full swing, and every classroom in our little town was pressed into service. […]

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What To Do This Month

By on 9 October, 2017 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
What To Do This Month

The days are getting shorter and, rain aside, the weather is changing for the better. Football season’s well underway, and your culinary thoughts may be turning to cocoa and soup (though, let’s be honest, it’s still pretty warm outside). That said, maintaining your calendar is important. Here are four things to think about as you […]

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NOLA? Sounds Like a Lovely Person…

By on 4 October, 2017 in Brandie Johnson with 0 Comments
NOLA? Sounds Like a Lovely Person…

A couple of weeks ago I had the distinct pleasure of visiting New Orleans for *gasp* the first time. I’m not sure how I managed to go 25 years without ever visiting, but I did. I’m not alone, however, my husband, David, had never been either. My new job gave us both the chance to […]

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Laughing Ourselves to Death

By on 29 September, 2017 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 1 Comment
Laughing Ourselves to Death

“If you will forgive me for being personal — I do not like your face…” -Agatha Christie Agatha Christie, heralded as “the Queen of Crime,” is one of the most widely read novelists in history. Her sixty-plus books have been translated into hundreds of languages, adapted into plays and films, and continue to have life […]

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Meandering Musical Day in Waverly

By on 27 September, 2017 in Amanda Burbank, Art, Fun with 0 Comments
Meandering Musical Day in Waverly

There are No Haters allowed at the Fall Boogie in Waverly, Alabama. It’s on the flyer next to No Dogs and No Glass. It’s on a pretty poster for sale at the Standard Deluxe design and print shop store where you spend way too long deciding which t-shirt you want to buy (the one with […]

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A Hot Tip for Flea Prevention

By on 25 September, 2017 in Lynne Burford, Pets with 1 Comment
A Hot Tip for Flea Prevention

The dog days of summer – hot enough to stifle even the best of us – are about over. Irma brought us a taste of fall that gave us hope! My dogs love to lie in the sun but not when it is coupled with 90 percent humidity. So we are excited at the Chihuahua […]

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