June is here and with summer in full swing the Colonial Village Blog brings members of our apartment community a post about summer eating — that’s right, we’ve got some tips for grilling at your favorite Manchester, NH park, plus some recipes to complete a summer meal. Yum! (more…)
Springtime brings with it a sense of newness and growth, and that can apply to our personal life too. Exhibiting gratitude on a regular basis enhances our sense of well-being and growth. Did you know that in addition to producing warm fuzzies, giving thanks creates documented health benefits? That’s right: various studies have shown that people who express gratitude reap benefits of better physical, emotional, and spiritual health. This article, from Happier Human, identifies The 31 Benefits of Gratitude You Didn’t Know About: How Gratitude Can Change Your Life — which is a long way of saying that being grateful is good for you. (more…)
If you’re thinking about moving to one of our Colonial Village apartments in Manchester, NH, today’s blog post is applicable — it’s actually helpful for anyone who needs to fill out most types of applications. If this is your first apartment away from home, we know that deciding to move into a new apartment is exciting, exhausting, and perhaps a bit intimidating all at the same time. (more…)
The number π is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, approximately equal to 3.14159, which goes on to infinity and beyond. All across America, including in Manchester, NH, we’ll be eating pie come the 14th of the month. But, not everyone likes pie (it’s hard to imagine, but it’s true), so we’ve come up with some alternatives to pie to add to your Pi Day pie offerings for those in your set who don’t care for pie. (more…)
It’s February, and that means that love is in the air, what with Valentine’s Day coming up on the 14th. But Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers. Take time to show all the important people in your life that you love them. Today the Colonial Village Blog has pulled together some ideas to help you get started.
Living at Colonial Village apartments in Manchester, NH means having access to a variety of amenities, including our clubhouse. Our clubhouse boasts billiards, card tables, TV, and a reading library for members of our community to use. We thought it would be interesting to share a brief history and some fun facts about billiards in today’s blog post.
A Brief History of Billiards
“Billiards” is the collective term for various games that can be played on a billiard (pool) table, as well as the name for one of those games in particular. Most American tables are of the variety with pockets along each side and a set of numbered/colored pool balls. American tables are designed for playing variations of the game of pool, in which opponents use cue sticks to clear the table of balls.
The first known written record of the existence of billiards played on a table was in 1470 in an inventory of items purchased by King Louis XI of France. Listed were “billiard balls and billiard table for pleasure and amusement.” Members of the English Monarchy got in on the game, too; Mary Queen of Scots had a billiard table in her prison cell while she was awaiting execution. Billiards has enjoyed a long history and is played around the world. We’ve just touched the surface when it comes to the history of the game. For a more in-depth look, check out this history of billiards, which includes some awesome pictures.
The first coin-operated billiard table was patented in 1903. The cost of a game on the first pay-for-play table: one penny
Tables originally had flat vertical walls for rails and their only function was to keep the balls from falling off. They resembled riverbanks and even used to be called “banks.” Players discovered that balls could bounce off the rails and began deliberately aiming at them. Thus a “bank shot” is one in which a ball is made to rebound from a cushion as part of the shot.
The term “poolroom” now means a place where billiards is played, but in the 19th century, a poolroom was a betting parlor for horse racing. Billiard tables were installed so patrons could pass the time between races. The game of billiards and the poolroom became connected in the public’s mind. Today, the two terms are used interchangeably.
A game of billiards or pool is a great way to relax. If for some reason the billiards table in the Colonial Village clubhouse isn’t available, there are several places in the area to play pool. An easy way to find them is to go to our map and type pool hall in the Search Neighborhood box. What is your favorite amenity at Colonial Village? Please feel free to share in the comments!
*More fun facts about billiards/pool can be found here.
December is here, and that means the holidays are in full swing. Whether you are staying in your Manchester apartment or heading out of New Hampshire for the holidays, adding a fancy drink to the mix is the perfect way to get in a holiday mood. We’ve pulled together a collection of recipes, from hot chocolate to cider and eggnog, that will hit the spot!
Puzzles come in many shapes and forms, from riddles and who-done-it mystery books to jigsaw puzzles, three-dimensional puzzles that must be manipulated to be solved, and one of the newest trends, live action “Escape Room” games that pit you and your team against time to solve a series of puzzles, uncover a key or treasure, and escape. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
Fall is here with its crisp, clear mornings, warm afternoons, and sunsets that arrive earlier each evening. The autumn fashion show of leaves changing from green to golden brown, orange, and red hues catch us unaware, and we know that winter is coming; but for now, we can indulge in the lingering warm afternoons with a good book. So pour a warm drink, grab a cozy throw, and head for your favorite reading spot in your Colonial Village apartment with one of these fall-themed books, complete with reviews from Goodreads.com.
Autumn, with its sunny days and cool evenings, is a good time to travel, and better yet, travel for a vacation rather than business. Today, our blog post takes a look at ways to save money while you are on vacation, so plan a trip soon.
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