Around Midtown

Poetry and Painting

Poetry and Painting

By on 16 November, 2016 in Art, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

My friend and neighbor Pamela Gay lives across the street from me. We talk about cats, exchange neighborhood news, and we used to commiserate about students before I retired. But I have just recently learned something about her: She’s an artist and a poet! Pamela Gay has published a book of poetry illustrated by prints […]

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Hark!

Hark!

By on 14 November, 2016 in Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

Well, it may not be Herald angels singing, but I do have big news regarding singing for the start of the Holiday Season. The Reckon Crew is coming to Town. It may not be Santa, but we are sure enough planning a good time for all and we are not particularly concerned about “naughty and […]

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And One to Grow On

And One to Grow On

By on 4 November, 2016 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 1 Comment

“That’s what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again.” -Walt Disney The Playhouse is heading into our sixth season! Can you believe it? As we approached the task of selecting our shows for our sixth year, several goals were at the forefront. The Playhouse reputation for […]

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A Face to a Chain

A Face to a Chain

By on 28 October, 2016 in Kate and Stephen, Shopping with 0 Comments

UPS trucks rumble up and down our street so often during the holiday season that it’s easy to think of the company as a faceless megacorporation shuttling goods from site to site. And sure, UPS does that. Anyone who’s ever been stuck in traffic behind a loud brown vehicle full of packages from Amazon and […]

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Historic Midtown

This Place Matters

This Place Matters

You might have noticed the Facebook posts featuring a photo of a person with a sign (“This Place Matters”) standing in front of a historic building in Montgomery. May was National Preservation month and there was big push to spotlight some Montgomery landmarks. However, the “This Place Matters” campaign, promoted by the National Trust for […]

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Old House Expo – Save the Date!

Old House Expo – Save the Date!

By on 31 March, 2016 in Historic Midtown, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Thirty-one years ago, one worried historic preservationist (Marilyn Sullivan) and one old-house-loving REALTOR (yours truly) got together to brainstorm how to save one wonderful old house downtown (Brittain-Dennis cottage, now a fully restored and leased property in Old Alabama Town) and create positive buzz about Montgomery’s historic neighborhoods. What resulted is Old House Expo. This […]

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A Photo by Any Other Name

A Photo by Any Other Name

By on 22 February, 2016 in Carole King, Historic Midtown with 0 Comments

We’re working on a really neat archival project at Landmarks Foundation. With help from the National Archives through the Alabama State Historical Records Advisory Board, we received a grant to inventory, identify, and catalog assorted historical materials in our collection — photographs, documents, maps, drawings, publications. These historic records housed at Landmarks Foundation include the […]

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Renovation vs. Restoration: What’s the Difference, Why Should I Care and How Can I Help?

Renovation vs. Restoration: What’s the Difference, Why Should I Care and How Can I Help?

“Just totally renovated—shows like new!,” trumpets the MLS about a particularly lovely home. Another reads, “Restored from front door to rear porch and everything in between.” And if you are looking for a great older home, both of these will probably make your list of must-sees. When you enter the first property, it is everything […]

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Eating Midtown

Lunch at D’Road

Lunch at D’Road

By on 10 November, 2016 in Food, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

After doing our civic duty on election day, we decided to try one of downtown’s new lunch options. Just around the corner from the fantastic Savanna Tropical Cafe are two new spots: Touch of Soul Cafe and D’Road Cafe. On the day we went, Touch of Soul closed early for the election. We’re glad it’s […]

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Fall Begins With Tavern Fest!

Fall Begins With Tavern Fest!

By on 14 September, 2016 in Carole King, Food, Fun with 0 Comments

On Friday, September 30, Landmarks Foundation will celebrate the 16th Annual Tavern Fest in historic Old Alabama Town. The one night event has become one of Montgomery’s most awesome craft beer, food, and music festivals. This year’s event will feature the music of the local band Blue Yonder and a variety of local and national […]

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Pieology

Pieology

By on 12 September, 2016 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

We get a lot of media advisories here at MML, and we delete most of them. We make fun of some of them, because their embrace of PR-speak often approaches the level of incomprehensible word salad. So when we were invited to an exclusive media preview meal at the new Pieology Pizzaria out next to […]

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City Grill at Hampstead

City Grill at Hampstead

By on 8 September, 2016 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

Summer in Montgomery can be hard and unrelenting. The insects come in waves: bees, junebugs, cicadas. The humidity is like wearing a wet scarf, one that has been soaked in boiling water. You walk outside and it feels like someone has parked a cement truck on your chest. You think it’s never going to end. […]

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Real Estate

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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Your Home Should Make You Smile

Your Home Should Make You Smile

Monday morning I was out on my front porch when a dog and her owner passed by. Being the neighborly thing to do, I called out a greeting. She responded warmly and then introduced herself as a Perry Street resident, fairly new in the Garden District. “I love walking by your house,” she said warmly. […]

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Other Recent Posts

Uber in Montgomery

By on 16 November, 2016 in City Living, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Uber in Montgomery

We’re a one car household, and have been for the nine years we’ve lived in Montgomery. We know this makes us a little unusual. It does take some scheduling and planning, but it’s hard to rationalize buying a second car when the commute to work is only 7 minutes. Still, there have been many times […]

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Cloverdale Playhouse: Dead Man’s Cell Phone

By on 28 October, 2016 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Cloverdale Playhouse: Dead Man’s Cell Phone

As often as possible, we like to attend the opening night of Cloverdale Playhouse productions, if only so that we can write a review and describe it to readers of Midtown Montgomery Living. For the current production, our lives got busy, and we were unable to attend the show until Thursday evening. That means that […]

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Little Free Library Update: 10-16-16

By on 17 October, 2016 in Kate and Stephen, Little Free Library with 0 Comments
Little Free Library Update: 10-16-16

The weather was once again (mostly) lovely this weekend in Montgomery. There was a bit of rain, but we still managed to walk the dog down to our neighborhood park, where our neighborhood association was having a free fall concert in the gazebo. Have we mentioned that our neighborhood association rocks? If your neighborhood doesn’t […]

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Junior League Holiday Market

By on 13 October, 2016 in Holidays, Kate and Stephen, Shopping with 0 Comments
Junior League Holiday Market

With Halloween still a few weeks away, it’s hard to get into the holiday spirit just yet. That is, unless you get yourself down to the Crampton Bowl Multiplex for the Junior League of Montgomery’s Holiday Market. There, Christmas is in full swing. We’d never been, so I wasn’t sure what to expect — maybe […]

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Little Free Library Update: 10-10-16

By on 11 October, 2016 in Kate and Stephen, Little Free Library with 0 Comments
Little Free Library Update: 10-10-16

Fall is prime time for biking, dog walking and running here in Montgomery. Which gets us out to our local Little Free Library more often than in the doldrums of summer. And because we’re curious about what our neighbors read (and love books ourselves), we’re continuing our series about the LFL. You can see part […]

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Little Free Library Update: 10-3-16

By on 4 October, 2016 in Kate and Stephen, Little Free Library with 0 Comments
Little Free Library Update: 10-3-16

We know that there are other Little Free Libraries in town, including one in the Garden District, and one down at Rescued Relics. There may be others. But the one at the “bottom park” in the Cloverdale-Idlewild neighborhood is within bike riding distance of our house, and was the impetus for our now-ongoing series checking […]

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Answer the Call

By on 3 October, 2016 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments
Answer the Call

“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. A solemn consideration, when I enter a great city by night, that every one of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own secret; that every beating heart in the hundreds of thousands of […]

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Little Free Library Update: 9-25-16

By on 30 September, 2016 in Fun, Kate and Stephen, Little Free Library with 1 Comment
Little Free Library Update: 9-25-16

Last week, we posted an update on the contents of the Little Free Library in our neighborhood. We got a great response! We were reminded that there is another Little Free Library over in the Garden District. We learned a little about the history of our Little Free Library (check out the comments section of […]

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Yard Sale Preview

By on 30 September, 2016 in Fun, Shopping with 0 Comments
Yard Sale Preview

It’s a magical time of year. The weather’s changing, and this Saturday brings one of Midtown’s most insane days back to the bottom park in Cloverdale-Idlewild. It’s yard sale time! Every year, our neighborhood association hosts a massive yard sale filled with items ranging from the bizarre to the useful — mostly at incredibly low prices. […]

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Haunted!

By on 28 September, 2016 in Fun, Karren Pell, Music with 0 Comments
Haunted!

We’re back! The Old Alabama Town Revue, featuring yours truly and the Old Alabama Town Revue Crue, starts its 2016-2017 season on October 6 at 7 p.m. in the church on Columbus Street in Old Alabama Town. The big news is that this season is going to be filmed by Troy University’s television station. We […]

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Pure Barre

By on 26 September, 2016 in Fun, Kate and Stephen, Municipal business with 0 Comments
Pure Barre

Plenty of things go out of fashion for perfectly good reasons: congealed salads, legwarmers, Foreigner. But there are other customs that genuinely deserve reaffirmation and renewal. Chief among these, for my money, is the hand-written thank you note. A few weeks ago I found one in my mailbox. It wasn’t for receipt of a gift […]

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Little Free Library Update

By on 23 September, 2016 in Fun, Kate and Stephen, Little Free Library with 1 Comment
Little Free Library Update

Check out what we have in our neighborhood! pic.twitter.com/2nqFGq6NAD — Midtown Montgomery (@midtownliving) May 19, 2016 Back in May, we tweeted about how we were excited to see the new Little Free Library in our neighborhood, but we never really got around to writing a full blog post about it. We’re sure somebody knows who […]

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