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Photography at Stonehenge

Photography at Stonehenge

By on 20 June, 2019 in Art with 0 Comments

Stonehenge Gallery presents its 2019 Photography Competition Exhibit – A review by Susan Hood What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time. — John Berger (1926-2017) This exhibition runs July 8 through July 31. There is a reception on July 11, 5:30 p.m. until 8:00. The 2019 Photo Competition […]

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Electricity for Beginners

Electricity for Beginners

By on 7 June, 2019 in Fun, Kate and Stephen, Shopping with 0 Comments

Editor’s note: Although this post has two bylines, it is written in first person. In this case, the author is Kate. If you live in Midtown Montgomery, you probably purchase electricity from Alabama Power. But this isn’t a post about utilities and the energy they sell us. Although it is about electricity, this post is […]

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Adventures on the Coosa

Adventures on the Coosa

By on 29 May, 2019 in Fun, Kate and Stephen, Outdoors with 1 Comment

  We’ve written before about our interest in spending more time on the river that runs through the heart of our city. We’ve also written about some of the challenges in doing so. Approaching the long Memorial Day weekend with ruthlessly hot temperatures in the forecast, we were feeling the pressure of two particular exigencies: […]

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Escaping to Blue Ridge

Escaping to Blue Ridge

By on 14 May, 2019 in Fun, Holidays, Kate and Stephen, Outdoors with 0 Comments

We needed a vacation. More specifically, we needed to get out into the quiet, beautiful natural world — ideally somewhere with mountains. Alabama has many beautiful parts, but not a lot of mountains. So we decided to look for something in North Georgia because it’s pretty close, and we have heard from friends that it […]

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Historic Midtown

Any History Foodies Out There?

Any History Foodies Out There?

By on 25 June, 2019 in Food, Historic Midtown, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

It’s summer. While popular lyrics would have us think “the living is easy,” that is not how I would describe my current reality. Carole King and I are working on our latest book, Montgomery’s Classic Restaurants. It’s a project with History Press, and we’re digging deep for material. I’m pretty much writing on it every second […]

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Renovators’ Open House Wins Preservation Award

Renovators’ Open House Wins Preservation Award

I am proud to plead guilty to the charge of being an “hysterical preservationist,” as some cynics insist on calling those of us who value our history, architecture and timeless resources. As such, I am deeply involved with our local historic preservation organization, Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery. You may never have heard of Landmarks. But […]

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Picture of the Week – 5/28/19

Picture of the Week – 5/28/19

Our city has many hidden gems like this Cottage Hill alcove that Katie spotted recently. It’s the kind of detail that any one of us might walk or drive right by, maybe while looking at our phones. Rob Walker’s new book The Art of Noticing opens with a quotation from Susan Sontag urging us to see, […]

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Historic Preservation: What I Learned

Historic Preservation: What I Learned

All across the country, people are marking the end of one of their life’s chapters and starting a new one. Graduation! We were up in Tuscaloosa this past weekend, when every possible hotel room and parking space seemed filled by folks looking to wish this new cohort well as they matriculated from the University of […]

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Eating Midtown

Is Montgomery a Hamburger Town?

Is Montgomery a Hamburger Town?

By on 1 August, 2019 in Food, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

I’m still working on the new book  (Montgomery’s Classic Restaurants) with Carole King, and unable to think about much of anything else except the heat this summer. So I decided to share some of what I have learned about food in Montgomery and in the process give you a “taste” of the book to come. It […]

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Scandinavia and Soul Food

Scandinavia and Soul Food

By on 15 July, 2019 in Food, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

We don’t buy a lot of furniture. The best furniture buying experience we’ve ever had involved no purchases, but did allow us to see the inside of the old Bishop-Parker building downtown. Someday soon that place will be a “boutique hotel.” Hopefully it will retain the interior details that signal a bygone era of consumption […]

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Cauliflower “Wings” and Home Frying

Cauliflower “Wings” and Home Frying

By on 1 July, 2019 in Cooking, Food, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

Buffalo sauce is delicious. No matter the brand, it’s always good – unless you try to be a hero and eat something above your heat tolerance. Something else that’s generally delicious (if not healthy) is fried food. For the non-vegetarians out there, these often find an optimal mix in chicken wings. Which, judging by the […]

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The Impossible Whopper is Here!

The Impossible Whopper is Here!

By on 14 June, 2019 in Food, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

It’s on the signs of Burger King outlets all over town: “The Impossible Whopper.” Although we don’t normally eat much fast food, we were very excited to check this out. For those who may be wondering what the fuss is about, here’s some background. As more people are looking to eat plant-based meals at least […]

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Real Estate

In Praise of the Fearless Few

In Praise of the Fearless Few

If you are like me, you’re fascinated with the idea of buying a wonderful old home and making it like new or better again. The popularity of make-over TV shows, which you find all over cable, confirms that there are a lot of us. The reality, however, is the majority of the homebuying public is […]

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Getting on the Ladder to Homeownership

Getting on the Ladder to Homeownership

By on 6 August, 2018 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Recently I read a blog post about Millenials and their being largely absent from the ranks of homeownership. It delved pretty deeply into the factors that might contribute to that situation. “Settling down is being pushed further out,” the article observed. And that made me think of my two youngest nieces, Emily and Lilly, the […]

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A Good Thing Lasts a Long Time

A Good Thing Lasts a Long Time

Why pay rent when a beautiful home is within your reach? Is your object to enrich your landlord or to provide a cosy corner for yourself and family? Please remember that we are offering lots for almost nothing as compared to City lots, and on terms which will enable you to pay for them with […]

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Fixer-Upper TV Shows and the Unrealistic Expectations They’ve Created

Fixer-Upper TV Shows and the Unrealistic Expectations They’ve Created

By on 3 July, 2018 in Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Chances are you’ve seen, and may be a fan of, Property Brothers, Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop and a host of other fix-up shows classified as “reality TV.” And like the Bachelor, Pawn Stars, Hell’s Kitchen and so many other iterations of reality television, very little “reality” is included in these highly scripted and edited […]

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Other Recent Posts

Picture of the Week – 6/13/19

Picture of the Week – 6/13/19

Cahaba lilies near West Blocton – about an hour and a half from Montgomery. The flowers bloom once a year in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina – a reminder of the rich biodiversity found in Alabama’s rivers. There’s a festival on the third Saturday in May each year, and it is a celebration of the […]

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Flowers!

By on 9 May, 2019 in Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments
Flowers!

The Old Alabama Town Revue presents its last show of the 2018-2019 season on May 11 at 2 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Colored Church (1885) in Old Alabama Town. The Revue will be part of the activities of Old Alabama Town’s Second Saturday event. Guests are invited to tour Old Alabama Town’s beautiful and […]

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Picture of the Week – 5/8/19

By on 9 May, 2019 in Katie Pollock, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week – 5/8/19

While the recent tornado has changed the view, the view is still a good one. If you want to feel like you’ve gotten out of the city but don’t want to go far, visit Wetumpka sometime for a nice walk along the river. Stop for a moment to take in views like this one. Water […]

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Montgomery Celebrates May as Historic Preservation Month

Montgomery Celebrates May as Historic Preservation Month

Each May, our city celebrates National Historic Preservation Month by acknowledging Montgomery’s rich architectural heritage and our continuing efforts to preserve it. For the third year, Montgomery’s Historic Preservation Commission has accepted nominations for Preservation Awards. The purpose of these awards is to: Encourage excellence in the planning, design and execution of projects affecting the […]

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Customer Service: An Odyssey

By on 25 April, 2019 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments
Customer Service: An Odyssey

This story has a happy ending. Eventually, a combination of corporations and insurance paid for our historic Midtown home to have nearly $15,000 worth of unintended kitchen repairs. But it took hundreds of hours and considerable dedicated effort to get these various entities to make good on their promises. We’re here to offer some advice […]

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Picture of the Week – 4/24/19

By on 24 April, 2019 in Fun, Katie Pollock, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week – 4/24/19

  This is an image from September 2018. It was taken at the Lower Dexter Cruise-In. This event happens on the first Friday of every month in downtown Montgomery. The next one is on May 3rd at 5:30 p.m. When I took this photo, I was stopped in my tracks by all of the visual […]

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Picture of the Week – 4/17/19

By on 17 April, 2019 in Fun, Katie Pollock, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week – 4/17/19

The Pine Hill Haints playing at the Sanctuary. The way this photo captures energy and movement and light is obvious, but you may not know about the word “haints.” It’s a spectral word, encouraging you to read the Gothic folklore of Kathryn Tucker Windham, or maybe just spend some time alone in an Alabama cemetery at […]

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Picture of the Week, 4/10/19

By on 11 April, 2019 in Katie Pollock, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week, 4/10/19

Loblolly pine seedlings went to the moon and back in 1971. Yes, that moon. The Alabama Forestry Commission and the U.S. Forest Service presented one of the seedlings to Gov. George Wallace upon their return to Earth. That tree still grows today next to the statue of a martyr named Albert Patterson. More information on […]

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Picture of the Week, 4/3/19

By on 3 April, 2019 in Fun, Katie Pollock, Picture of the Week with 0 Comments
Picture of the Week, 4/3/19

This is a photo of the water pouring from Doster Road Artesian Well in Prattville, AL.  It’s a source of free spring water.  Just bring a container, fill it, and take a sip. The well is covered by a well-house that includes a bench. It’s also right beside the Autauga Creek trail and near Pratt […]

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Yuka review

By on 3 April, 2019 in Food, Kate and Stephen, Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments
Yuka review

Yuka Roll and Pho, just across the Boulevard on Vaughn, is a really great and affordable place to eat. We’ve been there twice, and it may be the best place in town for sushi – at least when you mix in factors like price, crowd, quick service, and variety. Montgomery’s sushi scene has always been […]

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Photo of the Week – 3/14/19

By on 15 March, 2019 in Fun, Katie Pollock, Outdoors, Parks with 0 Comments
Photo of the Week – 3/14/19

  Bamboo in the Prattville Wilderness Park – Fun fact: so similar to Asia that the military used it to train soldiers before sending them to Vietnam. Editors’ Note: This is one of our favorite local places. Read more here.  Katie Pollock is a photographer who tries to capture the startling beauty of the natural and human-made […]

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Leadership Seminar for Old House Lovers

By on 12 March, 2019 in Carole King with 1 Comment
Leadership Seminar for Old House Lovers

This year Montgomery’s Historic Preservation Commission is sponsoring a Historic Preservation Leadership Seminar. Just what, you might ask, is this Historic Preservation Leadership Seminar about? The seminar is an informative seven week program to familiarize the citizens of Montgomery with its history and the importance of preserving the city’s built environment. Each weekly session will […]

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