Around Midtown

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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A Space For You

A Space For You

By on 7 September, 2016 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments

“Creativity is always a leap of faith. You’re faced with a blank page, blank easel, or an empty stage.” – Julia Cameron With the approaching Fall season, much is changing. Kids are returning to school, the temperature is (hopefully) cooling down, and I get to start wearing scarves again! There is a natural shift in […]

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Paean to Adult Tennis in Montgomery!

Paean to Adult Tennis in Montgomery!

By on 5 September, 2016 in Fun, Lynne Schneider with 0 Comments

School has started, but summer does not feel officially over until the U.S. Open crowns its victors after Labor Day. Some friends made the pilgrimage to New York this week for America’s own Grand Slam tennis tournament. I’d love to see the Absolute Greats. Okay, mostly, I’d love to see the Williams sisters. Every top-10 […]

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Autumn Baseball

Autumn Baseball

By on 29 August, 2016 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

We sing hymns to this time of year, the autumn, when you hear the faint honking of a high school marching band’s tuba during a dog walk, when you hear the bass drum getting ready for football season, when the suffocating heat flirtatiously hints at departure, when talk turns to starting quarterback position battles 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

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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Papa Roc’s Italian Restaurant

Papa Roc’s Italian Restaurant

It’s easy to roll your eyes when someone talks about “branding” their small business, but our initial reaction to Papa Roc’s can offer a valuable lesson to anyone with some basic training in public relations and design — and can offer a different lesson to folks who might make the mistake of judging a book by […]

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Savanna Tropical Cafe

Savanna Tropical Cafe

It seems like we’re in the middle of a renaissance for downtown lunch options. On A Roll continues to kill it Tues-Fri with fresh, delicious meals and a rotating menu in their silver trailer; NYC Gyro has substantially stepped up their falafel game (try the baba ghanoush); and SaZa will serve you a great slice […]

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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

National Night Out

By on 22 August, 2016 in Karren Pell with 0 Comments
National Night Out

My neighbor, friend, and sometimes co-conspirator, Bruce George, asked me to come play some songs at the Capitol Heights National Night Out event. Since Armstrong Park now has a cool pavilion, we thought we’d set up a sound system there. However, it rained early Tuesday evening, and Bruce decided he did not want to mess […]

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Back to School

By on 10 August, 2016 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Back to School

Signs of back-to-school are all around us as we move to the midpoint of the month of August. Large displays of the required school supplies are advertised in all the discount stores. BOGO for pencils, erasers, pens, notebooks, crayons, and hand sanitizer (what’s that about?) are advertised. Racks of the required basic monotonous uniforms that are […]

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Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical!

By on 5 August, 2016 in Art, Fun, Kate and Stephen, Music with 2 Comments
Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical!

We love taking little quick trips out of Montgomery for bonus adventures, often heading to Birmingham for live music, a museum, or some other kind of cultural offering. But it’s safe to say that, even for us, our latest adventure was a bit of a stretch. Stephen to Kate: “Want to drive to Birmingham to […]

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The Salt Pool

By on 3 August, 2016 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 2 Comments
The Salt Pool

We’d long heard rumors about it – a cool oasis in a city whose heat threatens to suffocate us all in the long summer. We’d talked to the owners before, but couldn’t quite seem to make our schedule work to see it in person. And then, magically, last Sunday, we were there — in the […]

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Modern Day Warrior Tom Sawyer

By on 28 July, 2016 in Fun, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments
Modern Day Warrior Tom Sawyer

The Playhouse Troupe and a Summer of Adventures For the past few months, the Cloverdale Playhouse has been abuzz with the energy of our Playhouse Troupe as they rehearse for our upcoming production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, adapted for the stage by Laura Eason from Mark Twain’s famous novel. The talented cast of […]

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Tuskegee Day Trip

By on 18 July, 2016 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Tuskegee Day Trip

This is the story of how I came to be choking back tears while sitting in the trailer of an 18-wheeler on the landing strip of an airfield. I was technically on property owned by an economically-decimated municipality, but was adjacent to a federally-owned National Historic Site. The 18-wheeler was idling in the scorching July […]

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No Place Like Home

By on 11 July, 2016 in Sandra Nickel with 1 Comment
No Place Like Home

Earlier this month I had the incredible opportunity to spend 10 days in New York City. This good fortune was mine through the largess of a real estate friend there, who was taking a trip to Europe and needed someone to tend to his two cats. He got no-cost cat-sitters, and my brother Frank and […]

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Shop Local

By on 5 July, 2016 in Carole King with 2 Comments
Shop Local

On my weekly (or bi-weekly) trip to the grocery store, while sitting at that dreaded Carter Hill Road and Mulberry Street light, I noticed a very intriguing advertising billboard. The sign said The internet did not pave Carter Hill Road. Now I was dreading the road work, traffic jams and rubber necking along my eastward […]

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Open Arms

By on 30 June, 2016 in Art, Sarah Thornton with 1 Comment
Open Arms

Editor’s Note: On June 12, 2106, the 70th Annual Tony Awards were held in New York City to recognize achievement in theater and Broadway productions. Regular Midtown Montgomery Living contributor Sarah Thornton, artistic director at the Cloverdale Playhouse, submitted the following reflection on the awards and what they mean for our Midtown Montgomery community. — […]

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Punk Rock Flea Market – Birmingham

By on 28 June, 2016 in Fun, Kate and Stephen, Shopping with 2 Comments
Punk Rock Flea Market – Birmingham

It doesn’t take a Ph.D. in cultural studies to understand that we’re all experiencing increased specialization and customization. People don’t want 500 television channels, they want to pick a la carte to consume only their favorite kinds of information. We prefer news to be tailored to meet our pre-existing ideological preferences. The Internet is accelerating […]

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Language Is More Dangerous Than Fire

By on 25 June, 2016 in Art, Fun, Kate and Stephen with 2 Comments
Language Is More Dangerous Than Fire

I once knew a woman who wanted to get a tattoo of a strange word on her wrist. The word? “Kimota!” The exclamation point is mandatory, because it’s the kind of word that is exclaimed in an old-fashioned comic book called “Marvelman.” The word, when uttered, caused a young journalist named Micky Moran to transform […]

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The Kids Have Got Gumption

By on 8 June, 2016 in Meg Lewis, Municipal business with 0 Comments
The Kids Have Got Gumption

For college students, summer used to be a few months of freedom – days of endless naps, camping trips, and dreaming about the future. Times have changed, though. These days, no college student worth their university branded apparel would be caught dead lazing away these precious summer hours that would be better spent gaining valuable […]

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