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!

Post-Thanksgiving Fun in Durham

Once Thanksgiving winds down, and the leftovers are gone, you probably will be looking for a reason to get out of the house. Lucky for you, your friends at Palladian Place have just the thing! We know you love living in Durham, NC because of the fantastic entertainment, and that post-Thanksgiving cabin fever calls for some of the best Durham has to offer! Living at Palladian Place means you are conveniently located near many of Durham’s best attractions, so this weekend take advantage of your great location, and check out these amazing activities!

For Something Out of the Ordinary:

Introductory Fencing Class
Mid-South Fencer’s Club
Friday, November 27
9:00-10:00am

Try something new by checking out a fencing class with a Mid-South staff member! They’ll give your a brief introduction that includes a tour of the facility, a lesson of the varieties of the Olympic weapons, and you’ll even get to try your hand with the sword! This free event is open to anyone ages 7 and up and families are welcome! To learn more contact them at 919.286.3100

For Burning Off that Holiday Meal:

Nature Walk
Little River Regional Park & Natural Area
Friday, November 27
9:30-11:30am

Whether you love getting out and enjoying the beauty of Fall in Durham, NC, or you just need a reason to move after enjoying too much pie on Thanksgiving, this is the perfect event for you! Take advantage of the trails of Little River Park during some informal group walks. The walks are at a pace which allow for picture taking and enjoying the natural surroundings. Little River also provides some guide books and binoculars, so it makes for a great outing for friends and families. Call the park office at 919.732.5505 for more information.

For the Sports Fan:

Duke vs. North Carolina
Cameron Indoor Stadium
Saturday, November 28
1:00pm

This storied rivalry game is not to be missed! If you can’t get a ticket, be sure to find a television to get this heated match up! Last season Duke made it to the NCAA tournament for the 19th time in program history and Coach Jolene Nagel is looking to build upon last year’s success. If you’re looking for a place to watch the game, our 24 hour resident clubhouse social lounge featuring a kitchen lounge, game room with billiards table, and lounge seating is the perfect spot!

Durham has so much to offer, and Palladian Place is in heart of it all! You’re life is designed to be lived to the fullest and Palladian Place is designed for living.

Halloween Events in Durham

Halloween is quickly approaching and if you’re looking for ways to celebrate the season, we’re here with a list of pretty great activities right here in Durham, NC!

Xtreme Haunt- a Real Life Zombie Experience

Xtreme Park Adventures
October 16 -31
6pm – 12am

This is Halloween to the extreme! Live out your walking dead fantasies when you board military vehicles with mounted paintball guns and drive through the park to defend yourself from attacking zombies. The experience costs $30 includes the zombie ride, 100 paintballs and zombie target practice.

halloweenHallow-Eno at West Point on the Eno

West Point on the Eno
October 31
6pm- 9pm

Perfect for families and children, this Halloween event features campfire stories, songs, hayrides, treats, crafts, games, and face painting! Come out rain or shine and enjoy a fabulous Halloween event with the family!

laheader5Durham Ghost Tours

Every Friday & Saturday
Begins at 7:30pm

If you’re interested in local ghost stories, paranormal locations, folklore, and local history, you’ll want to take part in one of Durham’s ghost tours. The Durham Dark & Mysterious Ghost Walk is a family friendly 1.5 mile walking tour for adults and kids (age 8 and older) while the Durham Pub Crawl & Haunted Adventure is a 1 mile walking tour through downtown Durham visiting four bars and four haunted locations.

Living at Palladian Place puts you right in the heart of the action in Durham, NC! That’s one of the many reasons the Apartments at Palladian Place are designed for living!

Spring & Easter Activities in Durham

Spring is here which means warmer temperatures (thank goodness!), allergies, and Easter celebrations! At Palladian Place, we love to celebrate with traditional events as well as a few unexpected activities. If you live at Apartments at Palladian Place in Durham near Chapel Hill, here are just a few upcoming events happening in Durham to help you celebrate the season:

Easter weekend for the kids:

Dino Egg Hunt

Take the kids the Dino Egg Hunt at the Museum of Life and Science! It’s an expected activity full of adventure and excitement and it’s not your typical Easter activity. It takes place April 3-5 from 9:30am-5pm and Sunday 12:30 5pm. Visit their website for more information.

Photos with the Easter Bunny

Nothing says Easter like pictures with the Easter Bunny! Head to Northgate Mall from March 27 – April 4 visit with him during his one week stay!

Easter weekend for the adults:

Boney James

Stop by Carolina Theatre to hear four-time Grammy nominee Boney James. He’s headed to town on April 3rd — visit carolinatheatre.org for tickets.

Katie Basden

Come out to The Tavern and hear country singer/songwriter Katie Basden. She’s a hometown favorite, so you won’t want to miss this show! Contact The Tavern at 919.401.7252.

Celebration of Billie Holiday

Carolina Theatre keeps you entertained by hosting Cassandra Wilson, the greatest living jazz singer in a special tribute concert to Billie Holiday on the centennial of her birth. This is sure to be a treat, so visit carolinatheatre.org for more details and ticket information.