Morgantown Apartment Living: February 2018
Welcome to this month's edition of Morgantown Apartment Living, brought to you by The Lofts, our apartments for rent in Morgantown, West Virginia. This month we're bringing our residents suggestions for celebrating National Grapefruit Month and Black History Month; topics surrounding upcoming holidays like Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year; movies you might want to check out this month like Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built and Black Panther; and book suggestions such as Water for Elephants and The Power. Read on to learn more about these topics in today's blog post.
National Grapefruit Month
Celebrate National Grapefruit Month by making a delicious grapefruit recipe. Check these recipes out and enjoy them at your apartment this month:
This tasty Grapefruit Poppy Seed Cake is from The View From Great Island. To mix this up you’ll need the following ingredients: poppy seeds, buttermilk, zest of a grapefruit, fresh grapefruit juice, unsalted butter, sugar, eggs, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and powdered sugar.
This strawberry and grapefruit smoothie recipe from Martha Stewart is sure to wake you up in the morning and start you off on the right foot. You’ll need a peeled, seeded, and chopped grapefruit; hulled fresh or frozen strawberries; a sweet apple; and fresh ginger.
Black History Month
February is Black History Month. We want to share the origin of this holiday as well as a great book to check out in honor of this month.
“Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.”
“Using Stanford University's voluminous collection of archival material, including previously unpublished writings, interviews, recordings, and correspondence, King scholar Clayborne Carson has constructed a remarkable first-person account of Dr. King's extraordinary life.”
Valentine's Day (February 14th)
“Focusing on the craft of food and drink, Table 9 is Morgantown’s first gastropub, a celebration of the seasons and local farms in West Virginia… Our comfortable and welcoming atmosphere make Table 9 the perfect spot for an outing with friends or a romantic date. We are located right on the water, with a beautiful patio, ready for you to soak up the sunshine.”
Table 9 is about a 15-minute drive from The Lofts. Happy Valentine's Day!
Chinese New Year (February 16th)
Celebrate Chinese New Year at your apartment by making lanterns. Lanterns are a traditional way to decorate for and celebrate the Chinese New Year. Make one at home using the following supplies: red and gold paper, a pencil, a ruler, scissors, glue, tape, and a stapler. This fun project idea comes from A China Family Adventure.
Check out Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built this month on Friday, February 2. "On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted house in the world. Built by Sarah Winchester, (Helen Mirren) heiress to the Winchester fortune, it is a house that knows no end. Constructed in an incessant twenty-four hour a day, seven days a week mania for decades, it stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms. To the outsider it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness. But Sarah is not building for herself, for her niece (Sarah Snook) or for the brilliant Doctor Eric Price (Jason Clarke) whom she has summoned to the house. She is building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters." Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built is a great weekend movie to see. Buy your tickets online today!
Do you have any weekend plans yet? We suggesting going to your local theater and checking out Black Panther. It comes out in theaters on Friday, February 16. "T'Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. Plan your weekend today by buying tickets for Black Panther.
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (2007)
Check out this classic novel read by many. “An atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932 illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and place. Winner of the 2007 Book Browse Award for Most Popular Book.”
The Power by Naomi Alderman (2016)
The Power is a fascinating read that you won’t regret. Check it out this month! “This extraordinary novel by Naomi Alderman, a Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year and Granta Best of British writer, is not only a gripping story of how the world would change if power was in the hands of women but also exposes, with breath-taking daring, our contemporary world.”