Get Ready for the Holidays in Durham!

During Christmas and New Year seasons, the focus in Durham turns to our community’s culture and history. Residents of the Apartments at Palladian Place will find a number of interesting events to attend this time year. Here are some of our favorites for your consideration:

Christmas by Candlelight

Duke Homestead State Historic Site
December 2 and 9, 6:45 p.m. 

Head to the Duke Homestead State Historic Site on Fridays in early December to discover what the holidays were like in the 1870s in Durham. Take a candlelit walk through the historic area with costumed interpreters and enjoy stories of days past as well as cookies and hot cider. You can even help decorate a tree in Victorian style before joining carolers around a fire for some classic holiday songs.

Durham Holiday Parade

Downtown Durham
December 10, 10:00 a.m. 

Head downtown to watch schools, community organizations, bands and cheer teams as well as a number of colorful floats as they wind through town and welcome the holidays. Santa himself typically makes an appearance at this popular holiday tradition.

AADE KwanzaaFest

Durham Armory
January 1, 10:00 a.m.

Kwanzaa is a celebration of the community, so bring toiletry items to KwanzzaFest for the Genesis Home as a way to give back. This festival, hosted by the African American Dance Ensemble, features a children’s village and a free dance program. This is a great way to experience the culture of Kwanzaa for yourself!

Christmas in the Piedmont During the Civil War

Bennet Place State Historic Site
December 10, 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m. 

Bennet Place will give you a chance to see how Christmas was celebrated during the Civil War. Less flashy than the Victorian style of the Duke Homestead site, the Bennet Place will show just how modest the fashion of the civil war period was. You will see decorations and cooking demonstrations as well as a demonstration of what Christmas was like in the field for the soldiers of the time. Enjoy hot apple cider and cookies and a visit with Ole St. Nick at this free event.

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As you can see, the holidays in Durham are a time to experience the history and culture of our community. Make your plans now for these events so you can experience it for yourself!

Hosting the Holidays in Your Apartment

ba99ff6bc2e24f591ae05ac8247634c7275e72cfIt’s the holiday season. With that comes thoughts of family dinners around the table, sharing stories and renewing relationships. Yet when it’s your turn to host the holidays, and you live in an apartment, what can you do? Here are some tips to make the most out of your space as you welcome friends or family for the holidays:

1. Rearrange the Furniture

One of the fastest ways to manufacture more space in an apartment floor plan is to open it up by rearranging the furnishings. For example, move your couches into the bedroom for the evening, and then set up a dining space in your living room. Everyone will have more space to spread out, and you can throw a leaf into the table to make it just a little more spacious.

2. Ask Others to Contribute

As an apartment resident, you may have a little less space to put out a full spread. If your counter space is not sufficient for cooking turkey with all of the fixings you’re planning, consider asking your guests to contribute to the meal. You can cook up the main dish, and the sides can come from your guests. This frees you from some of the stress of the day, and also frees your counter space to hold already-cooked food.

3. Use Fridge Space Wisely

Your fridge space may be limited. In the weeks before you host, try to clean out all of the leftovers. Then, make sure that you aren’t taking up fridge space with packaging. Pre-wash and prep your foods to ensure that you aren’t filling the fridge with unnecessary packaging.

4. Make Ahead

Some items can be prepped ahead and frozen for the big day. Pie, cranberry sauce and some baked goods can easily be made ahead and stored, freeing your pre-party time (and space) for the items that have to be made that day.

5. Serve Food Buffet Style

Instead of putting all of the food on the table to dine, consider serving it “buffet style.” This will free up more space for your lovely place settings on your dining room table. Remember, it’s about spending time together much more than having the perfect table setting!

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As you can see, hosting a holiday dinner in your apartment takes some creativity, but it is definitely possible. Keep these tips in mind to have a stress-free holiday in your apartment at Palladian Place!

Fall Fun and Halloween Activities Near Palladian Place

From shooting zombies to carving pumpkins and even sniffing out a murder suspect, fall in Durham is an exciting time, with so many Halloween-inspired events to enjoy. Every weekend through October, you’ll find something fun to do. Here’s a run-down of some of the best upcoming activities not far from Palladian Place: 

Xtreme Haunt – A Real-Life Zombie Shooting Experience

Xtreme Park Adventures
October 14 – October 29 

If you want to try your hand at a real-life zombie apocalypse experience, head to Xtreme Park Adventures on Friday or Saturday between October 14 and October 29 for Xtreme Haunt. Board your own military vehicles mounted with paintball guns, and drive through the park to shoot costumed zombies. Tickets are $15 and include the ride with 100 paintballs.

2febecda87Durham Symphony Orchestra’s 3rd Annual Halloween Spooktacular

Northgate Mall
October 23 

Head to the Northgate Mall to enjoy live spooky music from the Durham Symphony Orchestra. This family-friendly event also features a puppet show put on by Paperhand Puppets Intervention. Local food trucks will be on hand for your dining needs, and children’s activities will keep all attendees engaged well. The concert and events start at 4 and there is no cost to attend.

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Duke Homestead
October 28 

Explroe the history of Halloween aind spiritualism at Duke Homestead on October 28. This kid-frienldy event focuses on historical concepts instead of frightful ones, and will provide an interesting look into the origins of this popular holiday. The event starts at 6:30, and put on your walking shoes as it will take you all over the Homestead.

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Maggiano’s Little Italy
October 31 

From 6-9 on Halloween, Maggiano’s Little Italy will transform into a dinner theater for a hilarious muder mystery dinner theater experience. Guests should remember that by attending, they could become a participant and evne a murder suspect! Tickets to hte enent include a three-course dinner, non-alcoholic beverages and the show.

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Life in Durham is rarely boring, and in October it comes alive with spooky fun. Take some time to plan for one of these events on your calendar!

2016 Olympic Medal Winners with Ties to North Carolina

The 2016 Olympics may be over, but the state of North Carolina comes out with quite a few bragging rights! Our state sent a number of Olympians to Rio de Janeiro, and several came home with tales of glory. Here are some athletes with ties to North Carolina who brought home a little bit extra in their suitcases this summer:

kathleen-bakerKathleen Baker

Kathleen Baker is, perhaps, one of the most memorable. This 19-year-old swimmer not only brought home a silver medal in the women’s 100 meter backstroke, but she did so in spite of the fact that she suffers from Crohn’s disease, a debilitating gastrointestinal disease. She was also one of the four women in the 4×100 meter medley relay that won gold for the United States.

ryan-heldRyan Held

Ryan Held is an NC State student who competed with the famous Michael Phelps in the men’s 4×100 meter freestyle relay for his first Olympic gold medal. He certainly made the Wolfpack proud with his performance!

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Ibitihaj Muhammad is a Duke graduate who made headlines for being the first athlete from the United States to compete using a hijab. However, even more impressive was the fact that she brought home gold in sabre, a sport that’s often overlooked in the US during the Olympics.

Anthony Ervin

Anthony Ervin may not be from North Carolina, but since he trains with the Charlotte-based SwimMAC Carolina, he definitely has a connection to our state. Anthony was part of the 4×100 meter freestyle relay gold medal-winning team, and he also brought home gold in his other event, the men’s 50 meter freestyle.

Kyrie Irving

After playing one season at Duke, Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers to their NBA championship by hitting the winning shot in game 7, and he also helped lead the US men’s basketball team to victory in Rio!

New Duke Students: Things to Know About Living in Durham

DukeHospitalA new fall semester is gearing up to begin at Duke University and the Duke School of Medicine! If your education is bringing you to Durham to study, now is the time to get to know the area a little better so your transition can be a smooth one. Here’s what you need to know about Durham:

SouthpointMallWhere to Shop

Durham’s districts are what make the community unique, and knowing the districts will help you find the shopping opportunities that meet your needs. Are you looking for eclectic boutiques? Head to the Brightleaf District, where two restored tobacco warehouses are filled with shopping and dining options. For unique artwork, the Golden Belt District with its artists and galleries await exploration. The Ninth Street District has a number of shops that cater to the college scene, while the Rockwood District with its antique stores is a great location for treasure hunting. Of course, for the traditional mall experience, the Streets at Southpoint and the Northgate Mall are both available.

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When you’re coming home from a busy shift at Duke Medical Center or a late night study session for your graduate program, the last thing you want to think about is cooking. Durham has you covered with an excellent foodie scene. Here you can find everything from barbecue cooked up by a family in a hole-in-the-wall joint to international cuisine to tantalize your taste buds. Some local favorites include the deli food at Foster’s Market, the Cosmic Cantina for burritos or Elmo’s Diner for breakfast. Don’t forget Cocoa Cinnamon for your morning coffee!

Utilities in Durham

As you get settled in your new apartment at Palladian Place, you are going to need to set up your utilities. Palladian residents are responsible for power through Duke Energy, water (with sewer, trash, and storm water) through CWE (this utility bill will be set up for you by our office), cable or satellite television, telephone, and internet.

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When you’re not in the classroom or the clinic, you’ll find that Durham has plenty for you to do! Whether you take in a sporting event at Duke (like a late-season Durham Bulls game), explore the Susan P. Duke Gardens, spend some time enjoying the nightlife of the city or taking a tour of a local museum, this community is always active and inviting. From the Apartments at Palladian Place, you will be well positioned to enjoy all that it has to offer.

To schedule a private tour or reserve your new apartment in Durham, call our Leasing Office at 919-401-9991 today!