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Happy, Jolly Time of Lights in Capitol Heights

Happy, Jolly Time of Lights in Capitol Heights

By on 15 December, 2017 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas, at least in Capitol Heights! For decades the folks of Capitol Heights have chosen to celebrate this joyous season of the year as a community. When I first moved there in 1983, we decided to implement the Yuletide Decorating Contest. The entry rules were simple: just have […]

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South Capitol Parkway Past & Present Fun

South Capitol Parkway Past & Present Fun

By on 10 October, 2014 in City Living, Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

Because the annual Capitol Heights by Candlelight Christmas Tour will feature homes on South Capitol Parkway this year, I thought it would be fun to look at some history and some the folk tales about that famous parkway in that famous neighborhood. Before that, though, a friendly reminder: The holidays are just around the corner, […]

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Our First Tree

Our First Tree

By on 9 December, 2013 in Fun, Holidays, Kate and Stephen, Shopping with 3 Comments

We’re hosting Christmas for the first time ever this year, so we’re excited but also nervous. We wanted to get a live tree. Although one of us grew up with a plastic tree kept in pieces in trash bags in a storage shed, the other of us grew up with live trees for Christmas and […]

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Montgomery Holiday Traditions

Montgomery Holiday Traditions

By on 22 November, 2013 in Holidays, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

The golden autumn light sifts through the remaining colored leaves on the trees and gives a soft glow to the streets of Capitol Heights these fall evenings. Walking the dogs, we crunch leaves on the sidewalk and enjoy the crisp air and cool breeze that rustles the tree limbs. Those hot steamy summer walks are […]

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Christmas at the Governor’s Mansion

Christmas at the Governor’s Mansion

On Monday, the holiday spirit moved us. Well, to be fair, the promise of getting a look inside the Governor’s Mansion moved us. But we also can’t say no to a festive display this time of year. Even after living in Montgomery for years and driving by the mansion on Perry just about every single […]

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Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012

By on 19 November, 2012 in Karren Pell with 0 Comments

Every year, my husband complains in November that stores have Christmas stuff out and it is not yet Thanksgiving. I am going to risk his ire and fall in line with the early marketing scheme and send out a “Hark!” about two upcoming Christmas events. The Old Alabama Town Holiday Open House runs from 4 […]

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A Farmers Market Chrismas

A Farmers Market Chrismas

By on 19 December, 2011 in City Living, Food, Holidays, Kate and Stephen, Shopping with 3 Comments

It’s been a while since the farmer’s market out on Coliseum closed down for regular business. You know the place — out there by Garrett Coliseum, out where they have the state fair. To be honest, we never really went out there anyway. We get a great CSA from Red Root Farms, and it was […]

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Twas the Heights Before Christmas

Twas the Heights Before Christmas

By on 9 December, 2011 in City Living, Holidays, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

The Capitol Heights Civic Association decided this year to really light up our neighborhood. The first place to be decorated was Armstrong Park on Madison Avenue. Traditionally, we have wrapped colored lights around the large fir tree at the front of the park, but this year the tree is draped in white mini lights, and […]

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Montgomery—Then & Now Hits the Shelves

Montgomery—Then & Now Hits the Shelves

Midtown’s Dynamic Duo has done it again! Because of the wonderful response from Montgomery’s Midtown dwellers and history lovers, Montgomery’s Historic Neighborhoods was an awesome success last year. So Arcadia Publications came back to the weary authors – Karren Pell and me – with another proposal. Their newest series is Then & Now books featuring […]

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Deck the Neighborhoods

Deck the Neighborhoods

By on 10 December, 2010 in Carole King, Holidays with 0 Comments

Yes, it’s here … the holiday season with all its traditions! Does anybody remember the animated window scenes in the Loveman’s Department Store windows in Normandale each year? Or the Christmas tree lot at the corner of Fairview Avenue and South Court Street? Or visiting Santa in the window at Montgomery Fair in Eastbrook? It’s […]

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