Fly Creek or Bust!

Fly Creek or Bust!

What is the Fly Creek Cider Mill?

Fly Creek Cider Mill is located in Fly Creek, New York, just a few minutes away from Cooperstown. I have only been there once, so I turned to my best friend Marissa to tell me more about it. She says “Fly creek cider mill with have a place in my heart, the fall atmosphere is always a warm welcome for anyone. The sweet smell of apples is always in the air.”

Even though I have only been there once, I will be going to Fly Creek Cider Mill more often, because I want to be able to have a special place in my heart for the cider mill like Marissa, and I am sure I will. It is about a 45-minute ride from Delhi. It is a great day trip if you want to get out of Delhi for a few hours. Unfortunately, there are no buses from Delhi to go there, so you would need to drive out or find a friend to take you there. Fly Creek Cider Mill is only open during the fall for the most part. It offers mostly cider products, but it is really good place for those on budget and it's fun.

A little bit of history about Fly Creek Cider Mill — they have been making cider for guests for over 160 years, their cider mill is water-powered and it runs daily during the fall. You can actually go to the cider mill and see the machine in action from the upstairs watch deck. It has become a tradition for some people to take a ride out there and witness fresh cider being pressed. The cider mill is owned by the Michaels family. It is a historic tourist attraction and being so close to Delhi and Cooperstown. it would be a great day trip to get away from Delhi. Their hours are 9-6 when in season, and they have many food products that you can sample. There are about 40 samples, sometimes even more, so if you go there I suggest going on an empty stomach. This is because the one time I went there, it was before dinner and I couldn’t even finish my dinner. They also have a snack shack that is open daily during the season the cider mill is open, and here you can satisfy your sweet tooth. Or if you want a quick lunch, they have it. A fun product to try is their Bloomin' Apple. I have yet to try it but it looks really good.

Their marketplace is stocked full of really cool food such as apple salsa, yummy salad dressings, aged cheddar and, of course, they have the fudge counter. I tried all of these, and they are all so good. There are many more samples to choose from — these are just the main ones they have. If you like some samples and you want to take some products home and are 21 and over, with a valid ID, you can try some of their apple pie moonshine, their apple wine and, of course, their hard cider. I tried all three of them, and even though I am not quite a fan of apple pie moonshine, it was not that bad, and I could have had some more if I really wanted to. If you are home for the summer and you don’t have a way to get to the Fly Creek Cider Mill, you can always order their products online here. And while you are at it, check out their website — it has a lot more info than what I can give you. Go and check it out—I mean why not, right?

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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A Saturday In The Life Of A Freshman

Welcome to Darty Season


Have you ever had a more stereotypical freshman's Saturday than my friends Maddie, Lauren, Jocelyn, Meg, Barbara, and I? Keep reading to see a packed day in darty season from a freshman's point of view.

9:00 am

My alarm that I meant to set for the day before goes off. I begrudgingly roll over, and turn it off, falling back asleep.

10:00 am

I finally wake up, roll, or jump, out of my lofted bed, grab my laptop, and do a little studying for my exam on Monday -- there's no time for that later today, so I've gotta get some of it done then.

10:30 am

Shower. Pick an outfit. Brush teeth. Makeup. Pack a bag of extra clothes.

12:00 pm

I walked downstairs to the lobby to meet two of my friends who were gonna walk with me to Tutweiler Hall.

12:30 pm

My friends and I at the fundraising event

Elizabeth Gainey

We arrived at Tut, met our friends, then left to go to a philantropy event at Sig Tau sponsored by B+, an organization that assists the families of children diagnosed with cancer. Their burgers and fries were top notch.

2:30 pm

The Hackberrys, a band comprised of UA students, played the event. We left to go back to Tut after a few songs.

3:00 pm

We finally got back at Tut, changed clothes, listened to music, hung out.

3:45 pm

We *finally* left for Pike (sorry mom!). You know how long it takes five girls to get ready, so don't act so shocked.

4:10 pm

Myself, super escstatic about having to wait in a mob of people to get in

Elizabeth Gainey

Have you ever arrived to a frat when it's at capacity? Yeah, around 100 screaming girls were shoving to get into the darty. It was an experience like no other, but eventually, we made our way in. It may have been in groups of two, and we definitely lost a girl to the crowd (she's fine!), but we made it.

6:30 pm

After dancing on an elevated surface or two, walking in circles around their courtyard, watching an active climb into a basketball goal, and waiting in a way-too-long line for the restroom, we decided to go back to Tut.

6:45 pm

We definitely made a stop to grab a snack or two on our way back to Tut.

7:15 pm

After realizing that none of the parties at night were gonna start until around 10 pm, we decided to watch some random YouTube videos and Netflix to pass the time. There was also another stop for snacks at the infamous Julia's on the first floor of Tut.

9:30 pm

My third outfit change of the day. We decided to leave Tut for frat row for the third time that day, too. I wanna say my total steps for the day was around 17,000? It was a lot.

10:00 pm

Best view in the house (Myself on the left, Maddie on the right)

Elizabeth Gainey

We got to Sigma Pi as the party was just starting to build up. Their band room was filled within the hour, and they had a pretty good DJ. Although the active yelling at me and my friend to get off the stage was no fun.

11:00 pm

Have you ever faked out a frat boy with a soccer ball? Well, now I can say I have.

12:00 am

After someone pulled the fire alarm on Sigma Pi, we decided to walk back to Tut.

12:45 am

My two Ragecrest friends and I decided to take the bus back because, after the stretch to and from frat row three times, we had no more walking left in us.

1:00 am

Canes chicken tenders. Enough said. It's the way to end a night.

It was a very packed, but very fun and eventful day. We pretty much hit all the spring semester stereotypes: walking along and to frat row, going to a darty, going to a frat party, going to a philanthropy event, and more. As crazy as the day was, I highly recommend trying a day like this once because you won't forget it!


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