Around Midtown

Huntingdon Hawks: Hidden Hoops

Huntingdon Hawks: Hidden Hoops

By on 28 March, 2014 in Fun, Interviews, Kate and Stephen with 1 Comment

College basketball is on nearly every television this time of year. “March Madness” has become an iconic (and expensive) national brand. Even households that don’t follow basketball suddenly find themselves talking about “bubbles” and RPI rankings. But step away from the media blather about brackets and “Cinderellas” for a moment and reflect for a moment […]

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Seeing Stars

Seeing Stars

By on 27 March, 2014 in Carole King, Fun with 0 Comments

At long last, Gayle Planetarium in our beloved Oak Park is getting noticed and appreciated. The Planetarium has been closed since late January for upgrades and officially reopened earlier this month. This $500,000 renovation project was funded by the city of Montgomery, who owns the Planetarium, and Troy University at Montgomery, who operates it, with […]

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In Praise of Books

In Praise of Books

By on 20 March, 2014 in Fun, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

My husband Jim and I trek down to New Orleans each March for the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival.  And before you misinterpret that to mean we’re highbrows, let me explain. There’s a lot more to the Festival than just talk about Tennessee Williams. Literature does form the core of the event, but hardly just literature […]

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The Taming of the Shrew at ASF

The Taming of the Shrew at ASF

By on 17 March, 2014 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

We try to go and see Shakespeare whenever his plays are on the ASF schedule. We love the facility, but we especially love Shakespeare. There’s something very special about seeing his plays performed with lovely sets and costumes in our own city. We were surprised to see Taming of the Shrew on the schedule this […]

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Historic Midtown

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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Getting Plastered

Getting Plastered

By on 25 November, 2013 in Historic preservation, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

A few weeks ago we wrote about getting our chimney stabilized. Not leaning visibly, it was nevertheless falling slowly. After 83 years, it was time to give the old girl a lift. We didn’t set out to pour concrete pillars underneath our chimney. Who does? We were just looking to fix some sagging crown molding […]

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Civil Heritage Trail Debuts in Downtown

Civil Heritage Trail Debuts in Downtown

The Downtown Business Association (DBA), a fairly new group of merchants and businesspersons, has introduced a great new attraction. In an attempt to appeal to out of town visitors coming to Montgomery and to create an awareness with locals that downtown is alive and well, DBA decided to cash in on something totally Montgomery. What […]

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Taking It On The Chimney

Taking It On The Chimney

If you have been reading this blog for a while now, you know the deal. We’re interested in historic preservation and home repair projects here. Why? Well, it’s simple. Living in Midtown Montgomery means that odds are better than decent that you have a historic home, or at least something other than brand new construction. […]

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Eating Midtown

Green Papaya

Green Papaya

By on 11 March, 2014 in Food, Jesseca Cornelson, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

It seems like people either love or hate Green Papaya (409 Coliseum Blvd), and I can kind of see why. My first experience with Green Papaya was during my first year in Montgomery. I was living near the fairgrounds, and almost nightly I’d lie in bed in my lonely new town shaking the Urban Spoon […]

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Montgomery Chinese Food: A Surge of Excellence

Montgomery Chinese Food: A Surge of Excellence

By on 6 February, 2014 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 6 Comments

What could Chinese food in Montgomery possibly have to do with Alabama’s unemployment rate? Allow us to explain. While people often celebrate a decrease in the unemployment rate, the statistic can often be misleading because it only accounts for people who are looking for work but unable to find it. That means that if enough […]

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Oil and Vinegar: Home Cook’s Essentials

Oil and Vinegar: Home Cook’s Essentials

By on 3 February, 2014 in Cooking, Food, Natilee McGruder with 0 Comments

On my journey to a healthier me, I have recently started an elimination diet where I am cutting out known inflammatory foods such as dairy, meat, sugar, grains (rice, wheat, etc), starchy vegetables (beans and potatoes) and alcohol. It has been a challenging and eye-opening experience to keep my meals both satisfying and tasty. As […]

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D’Road Cafe

D’Road Cafe

By on 15 January, 2014 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

Persistence pays off, whether you are talking about some sort of big noble life goal, or simply making it to that restaurant that you’ve been meaning to try. Back in July, we tried to go to D’Road Cafe. Finding it closed, went next door to Mr. G’s instead. Since then, the chorus of raves about […]

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Real Estate

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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Cottages! A Tour

Cottages! A Tour

An exciting new fall event will cater to our Midtown fascination with house tours and seeing how our neighbors live! The Old Cloverdale Spring Tour, Capitol Heights by Candlelight, the Cottage Hill Christmas Tour and the Old House Expo have been very successful in creating interest in old house living. This year, Landmarks Foundation and […]

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Midtown: A Beacon of Diversity

Midtown: A Beacon of Diversity

By on 31 July, 2013 in Historic Midtown, Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 1 Comment

It happened again this past weekend. I got a call from a friend who had another friend that needed advice about whether to stay in her Midtown neighborhood or move elsewhere. I don’t know for sure, but I imagine there were those pressing her to move to a part of the city that is less […]

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Other Recent Posts

It’s All About the Books

By on 21 March, 2014 in Karren Pell with 0 Comments
It’s All About the Books

It’s almost spring! It’s almost spring! The Bradford pears are spreading lacy blossoms on sidewalks. Cheery daffodils wave from flower beds, and redbuds splash their color here and there. People, dogs, and children in strollers are out in the sunshine. Spring in Montgomery is a glorious thing. In addition to flowers, balmy breezes, and light […]

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Now is the Time

By on 14 March, 2014 in Fun, Meg Lewis with 0 Comments
Now is the Time

This moment in time – when temperatures are rising, the breeze is turning from an icy razor blade into a gentle waft of mild air against skin warmed by sun – this is the perfect time to get out and run. The trees are popping out little yellow-green leaves and pink blossoms. Grass is turning […]

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Welcome to the Neighborhood: Midtown Massage

By on 11 March, 2014 in City Living with 0 Comments
Welcome to the Neighborhood: Midtown Massage

If inspiration strikes from unexpected places, it’s possible that relaxation follows the same muse. Just across from Sushi Cafe on Zelda Road, in a nondescript little block of office suites, you just might find the relief you’re seeking this spring. Midtown Massage opened there in early January, part of Angela Jones’ dream to bring her […]

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Early Spring Calendar, Part 2

By on 11 March, 2014 in City Living, Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Early Spring Calendar, Part 2

Yesterday, we ran through some exciting upcoming events here in Montgomery. Today, we tell you more great stuff that is coming up: April  6 marks the first free concert of the Cloverdale-Idlewild concert series. These are free shows. They are Sundays at 4 p.m. The series kicks off with a really great band called Federal […]

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Early Spring Calendar, Part 1

By on 3 March, 2014 in City Living, Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Early Spring Calendar, Part 1

The polar vortex has finally been defeated and we are due to enjoy  fleeting window of decent spring joy before the Death Heat™ arrives. What to do with this so-called “spring?” We’ve got some ideas. Break out your calendar and carefully inscribe the following: Springtime means baseball, and we’ve got some decent college teams in […]

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On the Wetumpka Junk Trail

By on 17 February, 2014 in Kate and Stephen, Shopping with 0 Comments
On the Wetumpka Junk Trail

It can seem like Wetumpka’s pretty far away. We have friends who live there, and sometimes they (and we) refer to them as living “in the country,” but really it’s just a few minutes up 231 to the greater thrift/pawn/vintage/antique zone. This fall, we had the opportunity to drive along Maine’s antiquarian bookseller’s trail – […]

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Into The Woods

By on 13 February, 2014 in Art, Fun, Greg Thornton with 0 Comments
Into The Woods

“You Have To Every Now And Then.” – Stephen Sondheim “The realm of fairy-story is wide and deep and high and filled with many things: all manner of beasts and birds are found there; shoreless seas and stars uncounted; beauty that is an enchantment, and an ever-present peril; both joy and sorrow as sharp as […]

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Great Gatsby: Alabama Shakespeare Festival

By on 10 February, 2014 in Art, Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Great Gatsby: Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Montgomery has an ongoing affinity for F. Scott Fitzgerald, who lived here too briefly for us to lay much claim to his literary genius. But we do claim as a native his tortured wife, Zelda, and celebrate the life they lived together here (and elsewhere) creating enduring works of art. So it’s appropriate that Montgomery […]

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Questplex…Should the Dream Become Our Reality?

By on 7 February, 2014 in City Living, Fun, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments
Questplex…Should the Dream Become Our Reality?

On a recent family holiday we visited the Salt Lake City Public Library. “Why in the world would you go to a library when there are so many other wonderful things to do in that area?!” you might wonder. And if you followed the hyperlink in the first sentence, you would not wonder at all. […]

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Coin collecting

By on 30 January, 2014 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Coin collecting

I inherited a mish-mash of coins recently, some in bags, some in special coin collecting folders, some in commemorative boxes. I wasn’t at all sure what they were worth, or what do to do with them. I picked out a few that I thought might be worth something, based on the crazy array of Internet […]

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Fired Up About Alabama

By on 22 January, 2014 in Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments
Fired Up About Alabama

Baby, it’s cold outside. While we hunker down during these cold January days, we can get fired up about two February events about Alabama. On February 8, Landmarks Foundation and the Alabama Department of Archives and History present the next program in their “Cultural Crossroads XIII: Another Step to becoming Alabama.” The promo also lists […]

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The Herb Chateau

By on 20 January, 2014 in Kate and Stephen, Shopping with 3 Comments
The Herb Chateau

The commercial district around Cloverdale’s Five Points was my first entry to Montgomery. Seeing the Capri, eating Tomatino’s, I thought – yes, I could live here. Later, when we did move here, we made being within walking distance to this part of town one of the major criteria for buying a house. Over time, we’ve […]

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