Around Midtown

The Magrath Sisters from Hazelhurst, MS

The Magrath Sisters from Hazelhurst, MS

By on 30 September, 2014 in Fun, Greg Thornton with 0 Comments

“Some really good things kind of swing both ways and I like to see people that can swing really, really, really sad and horrible and terrible and really, really, really beautiful and funny.”  -Beth Henley We have just begun rehearsals this week for Beth Henley’s wonderful Crimes of the Heart, directed by Maureen Costello. I […]

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Firing Range: Montgomery Indoor Shooting Complex

Firing Range: Montgomery Indoor Shooting Complex

By on 8 September, 2014 in Fun, Kate and Stephen, Municipal business with 0 Comments

Guns occupy a complicated space in our culture. They’re physical tangible things, similar in some ways to household appliances or tools. But they spark high octane debates that touch on everything from the U.S. Constitution to crime statistics. Even the folks that think handguns ought to be illegal (except for police and military uses) would […]

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Dollhouse Toy Store

Dollhouse Toy Store

By on 18 August, 2014 in Fun, Kate and Stephen, Shopping with 0 Comments

A shop in Midtown that once specialized in dolls and dollhouses is under new ownership and has broadened out to be a full-service comprehensive toy store with a really unique inventory. You should care about this news if: 1. You believe in the importance of supporting local businesses. New owner Joseph Johnson, recently retired from […]

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Neighborhood Goes to the Dogs

Neighborhood Goes to the Dogs

By on 6 August, 2014 in Fun, Pets, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Usually when you read or hear that a neighborhood has “gone to the dogs,” that’s a bad thing.  It implies decay, disinvestment, etc. But in Montgomery’s historic Garden District, it means the neighborhood is celebrating National Night Out with its annual Pups On Parade.  Last night was the sixth annual occurrence of this mile-long parade […]

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Historic Midtown

What’s a Lockwood?

What’s a Lockwood?

By on 25 September, 2014 in Architecture, Carole King, Historic Midtown with 1 Comment

With the recent news that the Standard Club located on Narrow Lane Road will have a new life as a hospice facility, local preservationists are breathing a collective sigh of relief. The Standard Club was designed by noted Montgomery architect Frank Lockwood and built in 1929. You may have heard that name batted around in […]

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Uniting to Save our Hex Blocks!

Uniting to Save our Hex Blocks!

To those of us who enjoy old house living, one of the features we like most about our streetscapes is the hex block sidewalks. These hex blocks have as much history as our neighborhoods. Unfortunately, like many things we love about our historic neighborhoods, these blocks are endangered.   The recent road infrastructure project at Five […]

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Montgomery’s Most Endangered

Montgomery’s Most Endangered

June 23, the National Trust for Historic Preservation released its annual “11 Most Endangered Places” list. It made me think about places and things in our Montgomery community that might also be at risk. First to come to mind is the hex paver sidewalks that occur in our oldest historic areas: Cottage Hill, a turn-of-the-last-century […]

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Conservation Projects with Surprises at the Governor’s Mansion

Conservation Projects with Surprises at the Governor’s Mansion

By on 18 June, 2014 in Art, Carole King, Historic preservation with 1 Comment

Restoration of the public rooms of the Governor’s Mansion continues with the completion of two art conservation projects. Recently, First Lady Dianne Bentley presided over the unveiling of the newly conserved painting in the Mansion’s historic collection, Mountain Tops in Snow, painted by Thomas Moran in 1878 and donated to the Mansion in 1977. The […]

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Eating Midtown

Downtown and Doughnuts

Downtown and Doughnuts

There’s a strange little building downtown, sitting on the corner of Commerce and Tallapoosa, across from the Renaissance Hotel and kitty-corner from Sous La Terre. This building is fairly new, and the landscape around it seems even newer, as if someone had laid sod in a hotel parking lot. Even more unusual, this building has […]

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The Layover Gets a New Door

The Layover Gets a New Door

By on 17 September, 2014 in Bars, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

We’ve long been vocal boosters of the Montgomery airport. Our local airport is close to our house and offers cheap parking, an easy check-in process, small-to-nonexistent security lines, free wireless access, plenty of plugs and comfy chairs (some of which are of the rocking variety). Sure, there are only a few airlines to choose from […]

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Green Chile Alert

Green Chile Alert

By on 25 August, 2014 in Food, Kate and Stephen with 4 Comments

What does home smell like for you? I’m from New Mexico, and for me home has two very distinct smells. First among these is pinon, usually burned as wood or incense. It’s a very unique smoky and ancient odor which you really should experience if you haven’t already. After all, you’ve only got five senses. […]

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The Quest for Vegetarian Barbecue

The Quest for Vegetarian Barbecue

By on 3 July, 2014 in Food, Kate and Stephen with 2 Comments

This summer, it’ll be 20 years since I gave up eating meat. It was a bit of an impulsive decision at the time, based on some things I had been reading about ethics (I took a philosophy major in college, something that basically qualified me to flip burgers, as my father often pointed out). I […]

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Real Estate

Don’t Just Sit There … Do Something!

Don’t Just Sit There … Do Something!

By on 11 September, 2014 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 2 Comments

Rarely a day goes by that I don’t receive a call from one or more Midtown resident who is angry and/or distressed by the condition of a nearby property. Generally I suggest that the caller contact Montgomery’s great 311 service to file a complaint. Sometimes that actually gets done, and often it does not. It […]

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Downtown Redevelopment and Dexter

Downtown Redevelopment and Dexter

April 16 will mark the one decade anniversary of the first-ever pitch at Riverwalk Stadium. The baseball field is more than the home to the Montgomery Biscuits. It’s also a symbol of downtown Montgomery’s rebirth. Many Montgomery residents don’t even remember a time before the stadium was completed in 2004. They can’t imagine the downtown […]

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Location, Location, Location!

Location, Location, Location!

By on 15 November, 2013 in Real Estate with 1 Comment

Never has this expression been truer than when buying property with resale in mind! Many buyers I work with, usually local and familiar with the area, are extremely location sensitive. This can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Some people want to be in a certain school district, some […]

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Gone Fishin’

Gone Fishin’

By on 1 October, 2013 in Legal Issues, Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 3 Comments

So a lot of federal employees are out of work as of today. “I’m not headed to a National Park,” you may say, “so it matters not to me.” Or perhaps your response is that you think a lot fewer federal worker bees is really a good idea. Chances are, you see little (if any) […]

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Picture of the Week: September 23, 2014

By on 23 September, 2014 in Brian Holt, Outdoors with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week: September 23, 2014

Brian’s Thoughts: It doesn’t get much better then this – Yoga in Cloverdale-Idlewild’s “Bottom” Park. While I had images of the big group actually doing yoga, I really liked this one. I feel as though it captures many of the attributes that define our wonderful community: close friendships and the ability to participate in local […]

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Singing the Blues and Hollering “Boo”

By on 19 September, 2014 in Karren Pell with 0 Comments
Singing the Blues and Hollering “Boo”

The Old Alabama Town Revue starts its fourth season on October 2 at 7 p.m. We are still on the first Thursday of every other month. We are still happily in the Old Church on Columbus Street in Old Alabama Town. We still have the band. I call us the OAT Crue. However, I am […]

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Picture of the Week, September 16, 2014

By on 16 September, 2014 in Brian Holt, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week, September 16, 2014

Brian’s Thoughts: There is something very interesting about this area between Cloverdale Rd and Galena St. Maybe it is the way the light comes through the old trees at sunset or the calming flow of water off the fountain. While everything appeared so green and lush when I took this photo, I thought viewing the image […]

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Picture of the Week, September 9, 2014

By on 9 September, 2014 in Brian Holt, Picture of the Week with 1 Comment
Picture of the Week, September 9, 2014

Brian’s Thoughts: This image really doesn’t need much explanation. However, the best part to me is the multitude of unique features that exist within such a relatively small area. I often leave my house with camera in hand and a grand vision for what I want to capture that week, only to find myself discovering something […]

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Picture of the Week, September 2, 2014

By on 2 September, 2014 in Brian Holt, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week, September 2, 2014

Brian’s Thoughts: Initially this week I was drawn toward the Historic Union Station Train Shed but accidentally came across this image of a train coming around the tracks downtown. It feels good to be back in the city, it isn’t often you come across a train in the suburbs! Photographer Brian Holt (www.holtconnections.com) has recently […]

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Picture of the Week, August 26, 2014

By on 26 August, 2014 in Brian Holt, Picture of the Week with 2 Comments
Picture of the Week, August 26, 2014

Brian’s Thoughts: After a weekend of record heat, I found my creativity being forced to places that one could cool off in our community.  This image was taken at the Splashpad located in Riverfront Park, one of the coolest places to hang out with the kids. Photographer Brian Holt (www.holtconnections.com) has recently moved to town […]

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Garden District Jewel Gets New Life

By on 20 August, 2014 in Carole King with 1 Comment
Garden District Jewel Gets New Life

One of Montgomery’s most notable residences, the Thigpen-Hill House, sits atop the South Perry Street hill several blocks south of Interstate 85. In a development we all can cheer for, the house is getting a new life. In 1969, my very first summer job was working at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, which at […]

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Picture of the Week – August 19, 2014

By on 19 August, 2014 in Brian Holt with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week – August 19, 2014

Brian’s Thoughts: The porch is still a place to be seen, especially in Midtown Montgomery. It is great to see this unique and beautiful feature on so many homes! Photographer Brian Holt (www.holtconnections.com) has recently moved to town and will be sharing a photo with us every Tuesday.

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The Mysteries of the Capitol Heights School

By on 13 August, 2014 in Karren Pell with 4 Comments
The Mysteries of the Capitol Heights School

Some years ago, Carole King and I were working on the text for the historical marker on the site of the Capitol Heights School on Winona Avenue. Two incidents occurred recently that reminded me of some research mysteries regarding the school that are unsolved (at least so far). The first incident that brought all of […]

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Picture of the Week – August 5, 2014

By on 5 August, 2014 in Brian Holt, Picture of the Week with 3 Comments
Picture of the Week – August 5, 2014

We’re very pleased to introduce a new feature here at MML – the Picture of the Week. Photographer Brian Holt (www.holtconnections.com) has recently moved to town and will be sharing a photo with us every Tuesday. He will also provide some comments about the photo from his perspective. Please feel free to chime in with […]

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The Training Room

By on 4 August, 2014 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
The Training Room

I’ve never really gone in for fitness. I was actually cut from my childhood tee-ball team and almost failed to graduate from both high school and college because of missing P.E. credits. Every gym I’ve ever been in has left me cold at best, anxious at worst — so many machines that I didn’t know how […]

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Up the Alabama River … With a Paddle

By on 23 July, 2014 in Fun, Jesseca Cornelson, Outdoors with 0 Comments
Up the Alabama River … With a Paddle

I’ve previously written about Alabama’s many rivers and my love of kayaking on the Coosa here before, and last year Kate and Stephen interviewed Alabama River Alliance’s executive director Cindy Lowry about Rivers of Alabama Day 2013. Last week, I was lucky enough to participate in ARA’s Defend Rivers Paddle, launching the new Defend Rivers […]

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