Around Midtown

Dragons and Pirates and Bullies, Oh, My!

Dragons and Pirates and Bullies, Oh, My!

By on 26 May, 2017 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments

“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” -Rainer Maria Rilke I’ve been thinking a lot lately about bullies. We all have had experiences […]

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The Capitol Showcase Consumer Art Exhibition

The Capitol Showcase Consumer Art Exhibition

By on 19 May, 2017 in Amanda Burbank, Art with 0 Comments

As I scanned the room, lingering over cheerful landscapes and cubist faces, my eyes were drawn to the blue and yellow butterflies with a spiky black sea urchin floating around a shadowy self. Green and purple dripped down the grey human form like wild, alive colors that had to escape. I stared for a long […]

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Stonehenge Framing

Stonehenge Framing

By on 17 May, 2017 in Art, City Living, Kate and Stephen with 1 Comment

There was a point in my life when I decided to stop hanging things on the wall with push pins and Blu-Tack. This happened sometime after college. More precisely, I decided that whatever went on my walls from that point forward would be in a frame. There’s something about framed art that communicates adulthood, sure, […]

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Opposed Absolutes – The Crucible

Opposed Absolutes – The Crucible

By on 1 May, 2017 in Art, Sarah Thornton with 0 Comments

Crucible [n]: a place or situation in which concentrated forces interact to cause or influence change or development. (2.) a severe test. For the last several weeks, the Cloverdale Playhouse has been climbing the mountain that is Arthur Miller’s masterpiece The Crucible. Some plays get under your skin, and boy, this is one of them. […]

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Historic Midtown

Cracks? Heck, No. Those are Character Lines!

Cracks? Heck, No. Those are Character Lines!

By on 31 May, 2017 in Historic Midtown, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

When I was 9 years old, my parents very unexpectedly had a fourth child. She was a delightful little girl and she was the straw that broke the camel’s back in our two bedroom, one bath bungalow. So Mother and Daddy bought a larger home in the same neighborhood. Shortly after we moved in, I […]

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Preservation Awards: And the nominees are …

Preservation Awards: And the nominees are …

This year the City of Montgomery’s Montgomery Historic Preservation Commission initiated a historic Preservation Awards program. The goals of the inaugural Historic Preservation Awards program were to encourage excellence in the planning, design, and execution of projects affecting the City’s historic resources and heritage, and to raise greater public awareness and understanding of historic preservation […]

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Reality Check

Reality Check

By on 22 May, 2017 in Historic Midtown, Karren Pell with 2 Comments

With “alternate facts,” reality shows, and false news, the slang term, “Is that for real?” is, well, for real. But among the things in my life that are real, one is life in a historic neighborhood. Folks, it gets and stays real here. Our homes are not “like” Victorian Townhouses and 1920 bungalows; they are […]

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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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Eating Midtown

Urban Gardening

Urban Gardening

By on 12 June, 2017 in Amanda Burbank, Farming, Food, Gardening, Outdoors with 0 Comments

My favorite place to be this time of year is sitting in the middle of my future vegetables. A cat usually wanders up and plops in my lap and I pull up some weeds that have emerged after the last big rain, but mostly I sit and stare at the wide leaves of the eggplant […]

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A Jewel on Mt. Meigs: Kru

A Jewel on Mt. Meigs: Kru

A good bar doesn’t have to do a lot of things, but to qualify as a “good bar,” it should perform well in a couple of basic categories. Kru (2118 Mt. Meigs Rd.) is a great bar, and even though it has only been open since 2014, it is already a cherished local institution. The […]

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Sol: A Restaurant Review

Sol: A Restaurant Review

By on 25 May, 2017 in Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

One Thursday a month we attend the meeting of our local Sierra Club chapter. They meet out at Aldersgate Methodist church at 6:30 on the third Thursday of the month, so we try to plan our dinner around the meeting. Sometimes this means that we eat over on that side of town. There’s lots of […]

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Sinclair’s: The End of an Era

Sinclair’s: The End of an Era

By on 10 April, 2017 in Food, Sandra Nickel with 1 Comment

Almost exactly 25 years ago, I was at the Cloverdale Shoe Shop getting my usual repair work done (real estate is hard on shoes). The owner at the time, Carroll Thompson, mentioned to me that the art gallery at 1044 E. Fairview (the business of west of his) was closing soon and the property would […]

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Real Estate

The Debut of Renovators’ Happy Hour

The Debut of Renovators’ Happy Hour

If perchance you happened to be passing by Felder Avenue in Midtown’s Old Cloverdale neighborhood last Thursday, you might reasonably have assumed that there had been a death in a prominent family or something. After all, that’s the typical reason that long lines of parked cars accumulate on a residential Montgomery street. Well, the truth […]

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What We Wished We’d Known

What We Wished We’d Known

You’re buying a house for the first time. Everything seems like a dream: the crown molding, the old floors, the large yard. You can’t believe that someone will help you by lending money to make this your home. If you choose wisely, your home will make you happy every day. You can drink coffee in […]

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In Praise of a Clean Slate

In Praise of a Clean Slate

By on 11 January, 2017 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

The New Year always excites me. I see it as a “clean slate,” and an opportunity both to start anew and to start new things. 2017 is no different. Last weekend I purged my closet of years’ accumulation of miscellaneous stuff. This past Friday our Hat Team met with a facilitator to brainstorm how better […]

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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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Other Recent Posts

Day Trip: Mobile

By on 1 May, 2017 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Day Trip: Mobile

We had concert tickets, given as a Christmas gift, to see Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals at Soul Kitchen in Mobile this past Saturday. It was the kind of gift that promises a future adventure together while also fitting into a stocking. Then, suddenly, it was time. So we planned our weekend trip. Which, […]

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The Crucible

By on 28 April, 2017 in Amanda Burbank, Art, Fun with 0 Comments
The Crucible

Leonard Cohen’s harsh rasp broke the silence and the near pitch black room was barely illuminated only by red hellfire-like light burning up from underneath the stage. From those opening moments, I felt the prickles of suspicion that the Cloverdale Playhouse’s production of The Crucible would be a different kind of theatrical experience. Then the […]

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Renovators’ Happy Hour Showcases Old Cloverdale Renovation

Renovators’ Happy Hour Showcases Old Cloverdale Renovation

The Historic Neighborhood Coalition sponsored by Landmarks Foundation is coordinating a new fun spring event to create awareness of notable preservation projects that are happening in Montgomery’s historic neighborhoods. The inaugural Renovators’ Happy Hour will be Thursday, April 27 from 5:30 until 7 p.m. The renovation at 740 Felder Avenue (Old Cloverdale) by the Price […]

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If It’s Spring, It Must Be…

By on 20 April, 2017 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments
If It’s Spring, It Must Be…

The late, great Robin Williams said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” Personally, I think spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Get off your lazy duff and take care of this place!” Lynne Burford’s heart-wrenching recent post, “Homeless,” reminds us of the importance of having our wiring checked regularly. That’s particularly important if […]

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Homeless

By on 17 April, 2017 in Lynne Burford with 0 Comments
Homeless

Homeless. It is not a word most of us think will ever apply to us. But as of last Friday evening, that is my life situation. I came home from work at my usual time, as I do five days a week. I had been home at lunchtime to check on my dogs and let […]

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What the Muses Said About Mom

By on 14 April, 2017 in Fun, Holidays, Karren Pell with 0 Comments
What the Muses Said About Mom

The Old Alabama Town Revue will celebrate moms and Mother’s Day on May 4 in the church on Columbus Street in Old Alabama Town. We will start at 7 p.m. and present a combination of original songs and old faves. The OAT Revue Crue hopes the audience has a lot of moms present and encourages […]

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Farewell to Sinclair’s

By on 9 April, 2017 in Bars, Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 2 Comments
Farewell to Sinclair’s

The rumors finally were confirmed when it was announced (by essentially every media outlet in town) that Sinclair’s would be closing. That sturdy cornerstone of the Cloverdale Five Points neighborhood, that trusty staple of the restaurant scene. There were some people that described Sinclair’s as their favorite place for food, but many more described it […]

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The Power of an Audience

By on 31 March, 2017 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 1 Comment
The Power of an Audience

“There is a certain immortality involved in the theatre, not created by monuments and books, but through the knowledge the actor keeps to his dying day that on a certain afternoon, in an empty and dusty theatre, he cast a shadow of a being that was not himself but the distillation of all he had […]

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Science on the Screen: Imitation Game at The Capri

By on 29 March, 2017 in Art, Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Science on the Screen: Imitation Game at The Capri

For $20, it’s hard to find a better bargain for your entertainment dollars than the Science on the Screen at The Capri. That price got us two movie tickets, a bottle of water, and our brains stuffed full of information about World War II and cryptography. It was a lot of fun. First of all, […]

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Happy Spring!

By on 23 March, 2017 in Lynne Burford, Pets with 0 Comments
Happy Spring!

I don’t know about your pets, but mine are thrilled to be able to go outside and soak in this gorgeous weather. As I look in the yard I see tiny sunbathers in little pods. It must feel so good to feel the sunshine after so many rainy cold days! There is new grass to […]

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How Do We Take the Bus?

How Do We Take the Bus?

I didn’t have to work today, and wanted very much to finally make good on my multi-year goal of taking the bus somewhere, anywhere really. I decided to go to the mall. I had heard that there was a new comic book store in Eastdale Mall, and I wanted to check it out. At 10:54 […]

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This Place Matters – Too

By on 16 March, 2017 in Karren Pell with 0 Comments
This Place Matters – Too

You might perchance remember last year I wrote that our good friends Bobby and Fred were leaving our wonderful North Lewis Street. I wrote about their home, known as the Belser House, and hoped that my blog post would help attract just the right neighbor. Well, that is exactly what happened! Our new neighbors, Jim […]

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