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How to Pokémon Go MGM!

Posted on Monday, July 18, 2016 | Posted in: Worth Checking Out,

July 6th was the release date for Pokémon Go, and in just a week’s time the app became a craze, surpassing Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook in the iTunes store. Montgomery is full of Pokéstops, gyms, and trainers of all kinds with one thing in common: catching pocket monsters! Montgomery's large collection of historical markers and amazing attractions serve as a gateway for Pokémon Go enthusiasts.  Below are a few tips on how to Pokémon Go MGM.


Gather all of your hunting necessities from Pokéstops in numerous areas of MGM!

First things first, in order to catch Pokémon you’ll need supplies such as Poké Balls, Razz Berries, and Lure Modules. These items can be found at Pokéstops which are located at just about any church or historical marker throughout Montgomery. Downtown MGM is home to at least 40 Pokéstops, making it an extremely popular area for Pokémon hunting. So light an incense while traveling from Pokéstop to Pokéstop to increase your chances of catching these digital creatures.


Become acquainted with the very things that makes MGM spectacular.

Explore MGM through this augmented reality, pocket monster hunting app. With Pokéstops being located near historical markers, take the time to discover some areas of MGM you have yet to see. Whether it be Riverfront Park to catch water Pokémon, Blount Cultural Park to catch grass and bug Pokémon, or the nightlife in the Old Cloverdale area to catch ghost Pokémon, MGM has many great attractions to visit while on your hunt.


Discover MGM by foot to get those eggs hatching.

Hatching eggs is another way to add Pokémon to your collection. These eggs can come from Pokéstops and once placed in an incubator, hatch as the trainer travels a designated distance. So get out and get walking! Travel to The Montgomery Zoo and visit the real-life creatures or checkout the Montgomery Visitor Center for walking tours offered throughout the area such as the Civil Heritage Trail.


Claim gyms with your most powerful Pokémon so others know that this is your MGM.

For those that are serious Pokémon fans and want to do more than catch all 250 creatures, gym battles are an added feature. Once a trainer reaches level 5, they will be prompted to choose a team: Team Yellow-Instinct, Team Blue-Mystic, and Team Red-Valor. Each team is researching a different quality possessed by Pokémon and believe that it is key to winning a battle. The goal of each team is to take over as many gyms as possible. These gym battles allow trainers to engage with other trainers and their Pokémon. Gyms are usually known landmarks such as Hampstead’s Town Center Fountain, The Shoppes at EastChase’s Cowboys sculpture, or the Hank Williams Statue. So be sure to go and declare your turf!

The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitor Bureau is teaming up with Product of Montgomery to sponsor a MGM Poké Scavenger Hunt! Click the link to register, download the info sheet and start searching and posting screenshots when you catch 'em all! The first, second and third place winners will receive a $50, $30 and $20 gift card (respectively) Google or Apple gift card (their choice). The Scavenger Hunt runs till July 25 so get hunting!

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6 Ways to Celebrate in Southern Style this July Fourth

Posted on Friday, June 24, 2016 | Posted in: Events Around Town, Worth Checking Out,


It could be argued that no one has more patriotic pride than the South. The Fourth of July is more than just a holiday to cook out and wear red, white, and blue. It’s an excuse to do typical American things… on a much larger scale. Why eat a few ribs at your house when you can win a rib eating competition? Why play country music in your backyard when you can see a live band by the riverfront? Why wave sparklers in your back yard when you can see an awesome fireworks show over the river? Well thankfully, Montgomery has got you covered this Fourth of July for all your celebrations. Check out this list of fun activities! 

Decorate for your Fourth of July Shindig
All Day Long
Check out the Shoppes at EastChase for all of your Fourth of July necessities, from the perfect outfit to themed party decorations, and more!

Play a Friendly Game of Bowling
11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Bama Lanes 
Beat the heat with a this classic American game! Kids bowl 2 games for free!

Go to a Rib Eating Competition
5:00 p.m., on the Riverfront
Grab your bib and get your grub on with Dreamland BBQ’s rib eating contest at the Riverfront!

Jam Out to Some Good Ole’ Country Music
6:00 p.m., on the Riverfront
Groove to some awesome music from the band, Sweet Young’uns! Enjoy food from local vendors or pack your own star-spangled picnic. There will be plenty of children's activities, so bring the whole family and dance the night away!

Watch a Huge Fireworks Show
Sundown, on the Riverfront      
Prepare to be amazed at this classic American birthday celebration! For the best views, book a ride on the Harriott II Riverboat!

Celebrate Early with a Festive Drink at Blackfinn          
Thursday, June 30 @ 8 p.m.           
Can't wait to start the celebration? Join Blackfinn Ameripub for all American drink specials, extended happy hour food specials, and live music on the Patio! The best part? Proceeds go to Folds of Honor Charity!

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The Freedom Rides: 55 Years Ago

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016 | Posted in: Events Around Town, Worth Checking Out,

Freedom Rides Anniversary CommemorationOn May 20, 1961 at 10:23 a.m., a Greyhound bus arrived at the bus station in Montgomery with 21 brave young people on board. They were riding to desegregate the interstate bus station and they'd already been met with voilence and anger in other cities. In Montgomery, a violent mob was waiting for them.

This weekend the Freedom Rides Museum located at that historic greyhound station in Montgomery will commemorate this anniversary with ceremonies, book signings, tours and even a commemorative bike ride with the Montgomery Bicycle Club. Check out the complete schedule below!

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Three Words That Say It All:

Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | Posted in: The Latest News,

This. Place. Matters.

Everyone has places that are important to them. Places they care about. Places that matter.

This Place Matters is a national campaign that encourages people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and to their communities. Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery is joining with the National Trust's campaign to raise awareness for our mission of preserving, interpreting and presenting Central Alabama’s architecture, history, and culture.

You can help us spread the word about Montgomery's rich history!

Just download and print this sign, take a picture or video at a place that matters to you, and share using #MgmMatters and #ThisPlaceMatters!

Looking for some great historic places? Start with this list!

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25 Years and the Southern Accent Hasn’t Changed…

Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016 | Posted in: Events Around Town, Worth Checking Out,

For 25 years the Alabama Shakespeare Festival has been bringing new plays with a distinctly southern accent to the stage through the Southern Writers' Project.

Each year during a three-day festival they debut brand new work that has never been performed for audiences before. Quite often, those plays go on to great fame and future production. Examples are the sell-out football show "Bear Country" about Paul "Bear" Bryant, and "Gee's Bend" about the famed quilters of Gee's Bend, Alabama who fought for voting rights.

Check out the new plays lined up for this year's festival:

Friday, May 6 at 4 p.m.
Lovesick by Peter Hicks
When an advertising executive begs off of a fundraiser mixer with his wife to stay at home to “work” with his curvaceous assistant, he has no idea that his scorned wife has some murderous plans of her own!

Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m.
Delta Secret by Prince Duren
An ex-boxer working on a farm in 1920s Mississippi outbids his boss when he and his brother-in-law purchase a building downtown to convert into a night club.  The resulting tensions cause family secrets to be revealed.

Saturday, May 7 at 4 p.m.
In the Midnight Hour by Kenneth Green
A new musical in development celebrating the life and music of Prattville native Wilson Pickett!   One of the most popular singers of the ’60s, Pickett scored a series of R&B and pop hits on Atlantic Records between 1963 and 1972 that included “In the Midnight Hour,” “Mustang Sally,” and “Funky Broadway.”

Sunday, May 8 at 10:30 a.m.
Starstruck by Lucile Lichtblau
In the midst of the Great Depression and impending war, a struggling Jewish family is dazzled by dreams of Hollywood.

One of the coolest things about SWP Fest is that there's a chance to respond to the playwright in a talkback after each reading where audience members share their reactionsn to the play. The weekend can be enjoyed show by show for $15 each  ($10 for students) or as a package including meals and artist interaction events. Packages need to be booked by May 5th here or by calling 1.800.841.4273.

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What’s COOL in October

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 | Posted in: Events Around Town,

October's turning crisp and this month’s COOL events are sure to be a hit!

October 1-31 – Haunted Hearse Tours: Come along with us on a ride through Montgomery's dark history in a REAL hearse and listen to our ghostly tales of events that happened along the quiet streets of the Capital City. The cost is $15 per person and hourly tours begin at 7PM.

October 3 and 17 – Oakwood Cemetery Tour: You’ll get goosebumps hearing about vigilante hangings, misplaced soldiers, and a strange New Orleans rendezvous. Admission is FREE for Landmark members and $10 for the general public. For more info or to register, please call 334-240-4500 or 888-240-1850.

October 9 – Tavern Fest at Old Alabama Town: Celebrate history in a quaint historic village at this popular annual event. There will be live music, food, dancing, craft beer tasting, and even a silent auction! Tickets are $15 per person pre-sale and $20 at the gate. For more information, call 334-240-4617 or visit

October 15-17 – Junior League Holiday Market: Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping! Make your gift giving one-of-a-kind this holiday season. Merchants offer unique gift ideas and holiday trends in a fun, family friendly atmosphere with special events, live entertainment and merchants from across the United States. Click here to purchase tickets. For more information, call 334-288-8816 or email

October 15-31 – ZooBoo: This is sure to be a Halloween favorite for the whole family. Enjoy games, bouncy castles, concessions and much more at Zoo Boo. $15 per ticket and includes entry, one ride on either the Haunted Hay Ride (scary ride) or the Pumpkin Pull Hay Ride (non-scary) and one sheet of game tickets (10 tickets per sheet). For more information, call (334) 240-4900.

October 16 – Art in Concert at MMFA featuring Futurebirds: Join the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art’s Junior Executive Board for a concert on the lawn at the Museum beginning at 8:00 pm. Futurebirds is a touring psychedelic country band ready to rock the night away. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

October 17 – Riverwalk Wine Festival: Make plans now to join us for this spectacular afternoon of wine on the water with live music and food vendors. Event will include wine tasting from 10 different distributors representing over 100 wineries. Your admission includes an etched commemorative wine glass and discount wine purchases from participating wine shoppes. For more information, call (334) 625-2300.

October 19 – Guangzhou Dance Troupe at ASF: Join the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for a ONE-NIGHT ONLY performance you won’t want to miss! Experience the passion and wonder of this magical celebration of modern Chinese dance brought to life by some of China’s most talented dancers. Tickets - Adults: $20-$35; Students $10-$20. 

October 19-24 – 2015 SCOTT World Firefighter Combat Challenge: Cheer on Montgomery’s own home team as they defend the world championship through a series of physical demands found in firefighting. Savor a cook-off competition and let the children express their inner hero on fire truck rides. For more information about this FREE event, visit

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yokohama tire lpga classic

Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 | Posted in: Events Around Town, Worth Checking Out,

Montgomery and the River Region will once again take center stage as it hosts the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, August 24-30 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Prattville. While it is difficult to quantify the exact impact to local businesses, the real impact from the tournament goes far beyond dollars and cents. The weeklong event welcomes international corporate executives, media from around the globe, and visitors who may be exposed to our community for the very first time. From an economic development and image perspective, the event has a significant coup for Montgomery and the entire region.

For a complete list of events and ticket information visit: Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic

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southern league all-star game

Posted on Friday, June 19, 2015 | Posted in: Events Around Town, Worth Checking Out, The Latest News,

The 2015 Southern League All-Star Game presented by Wind Creek Hospitality returns to Montgomery on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. The Southern League All-Star Home Run Derby presented by Alfa Insurance kicks off the night's events, with the league's top hitters and prospects competing for the Home Run Derby Title. Gates open at 6:00pm with the Home Run Derby and the Southern League All-Star Game will begin shortly after. Following the game, fans will enjoy a MAX Fireworks Spectacular.

Tickets are $22 for reserved seating and $15 for general admission and include admission to the Home Run Derby. Click here to purchase single game tickets. For more information, call 334.323.2255.

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capital cool cruisers

Posted on Monday, May 18, 2015 | Posted in: Events Around Town, A Taste of Montgomery, Worth Checking Out, The Latest News,

Navigate your way through downtown to any of the historical attractions, various restaurants and cool spots on a Regions Bike. You can rent a bike from the Montgomery Area Visitor Center and be well on your way to exploring what makes Montgomery unique. No helmet, no problem! All the bike essentials are provided in the rental. Bikes are available Monday-Saturday from 8:30am-5:00pm. Please call 334-262-0013 to reserve your Capital COOL Cruiser today!

2 hours $14.00
4 hours $20.00
8 hours $30.00

Riders will be required to watch a short 2.33 minute bike safety video before they can sign the rental waiver.


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southern makers

Posted on Friday, April 10, 2015 | Posted in: Events Around Town, A Taste of Montgomery, Worth Checking Out,

Southern Makers is an annual two day event that celebrates creativity in Alabama. This years' event will be held on May 2nd and 3rd at the Union Station Trainshed.

Southern Makers purpose is to bring together highly curated, handpicked top talent - artists, chefs, breweries, craftsmen, and designers - to one central place, making it easy for adventurers to get a sampling of Alabama’s best. Rich with history in textiles, food, farming, literature, art and design, Southern Makers will explore contemporary Alabama-based food and design with panel discussions, demonstrations, tastings, workshops, maker conversations and a market featuring  goods from these southern artisans and chefs.

For more information, please visit Southern Makers or email

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