Around Midtown

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

By on 16 December, 2016 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 1 Comment

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” -Helen Keller You decide to spend an evening at the theater. You buy your ticket, sit in your seat, and prepare to be entertained. You laugh, you cry, you compare the experience to Cats. Hopefully, you think a bit about what you saw. […]

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Did You Notice…?

Did You Notice…?

By on 14 December, 2016 in Carole King, Holidays with 1 Comment

This is that time of year for review and reflection! I just wanted to acknowledge some of small things that make such a large impact on my/our quality of life. Sometimes we just don’t recognize them until we slow down or someone else points them out to us. I received this note recently from a […]

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Flickering Beauty: Cottage Hill Candlelight Home Tour

Flickering Beauty: Cottage Hill Candlelight Home Tour

Ever wanted to see inside the Winter Place? Want to meet some great people who share your love for historic homes and architecture? Ever get curious about what’s inside other people’s homes? Cottage Hill Historic District is the oldest residential neighborhood in Montgomery. It’s listed on both the National and Local Historic Registers. One of […]

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Sing Along For a Good Cause!

Sing Along For a Good Cause!

By on 6 December, 2016 in Fun with 0 Comments

Unless you’ve been living under a rock somewhere, you probably know about the pop culture sensation that is Hamilton. Thanks to its catchy soundtrack, the Tony award-winning musical is everywhere. It’s the hardest ticket to get for any kind of recurring show, and the history-drenched civics lesson was even in the news recently for offering […]

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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

So Dong Gong Tofu & BBQ

So Dong Gong Tofu & BBQ

By on 9 January, 2017 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 1 Comment

It’s normal in a new year to count your blessings as you prepare for the year ahead. Montgomery’s got so much to offer, but sometimes we can fall into a rut by eating only at the handful of our favorite restaurants. Sure, everyone loves El Rey, but you can’t just eat burritos every night (and […]

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Meet Farmer Caylor Roling

Meet Farmer Caylor Roling

By on 12 December, 2016 in Farming, Food with 0 Comments

If you go to Montgomery’s beautiful Curb Market or eat a meal at Central or A&P Social, you’ll routinely see fresh produce that was grown right here in the downtown of our great city. We were curious about the downtown farm and how it works, so last week MML sat down with Caylor Roling, Montgomery’s […]

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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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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

A Good Cause, A Good Party, a Good Change

By on 30 November, 2016 in Fun, Holidays, Karren Pell with 0 Comments
A Good Cause, A Good Party, a Good Change

Ah yes, more change. This year the Capitol Heights Neighborhood is not offering its traditional Christmas Tour of Homes. This year will feature a gala and a tour of just one home. But what a home it is! It is a famous home, one of Capitol Height’s most lovely, and recently in the news. First, […]

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One for the Holidays

By on 28 November, 2016 in Holidays, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments
One for the Holidays

“The Three Wise Men sound very generous, but what you’ve got to remember is that those gifts were joint Christmas and birthday presents.” – Jimmy Carr I’ve always been a big fan of the holidays. I love the twinkly lights, the crisp air, the smell of working fireplaces floating on the wind, the music, the […]

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Art Trail in Cloverdale-Idlewild

By on 21 November, 2016 in Art, Holidays, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Art Trail in Cloverdale-Idlewild

Just when you think you’ve gotten to know your neighborhood, it sure can surprise you. It turns out that our beloved Cloverdale-Idlewild is brimming with artists. We found out when we saw an advertisement recently for something called the Cloverdale-Idlewild Art Trail, linking together five studios within walking distance of our house. We were intrigued, […]

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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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Poetry and Painting

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

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!

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

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

By on 4 November, 2016 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 1 Comment
And One to Grow On

“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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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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A Face to a Chain

By on 28 October, 2016 in Kate and Stephen, Shopping with 0 Comments
A Face to a Chain

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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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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