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Fly Creek NY – – This weekend the Fly Creek Cider Mill will be doing what it does best, making fresh, sweet cider the old-fashioned way on its 1889 water-powered cider press. The special weekend feature will be a collection of antique apple parers demonstrated by Charlie Michaels, the Mill’s modern day founder and president of the International Association of Apple Parer Enthusiasts. Joining Charlie is Jerry Laverty, the Enthusiasts’ treasurer who will demonstrate a rare collection set of three iron-made parers manufactured in 1869 by the Tripp Brothers in Sodus, New York.

The Mill’s extensive collection of hand-operated antique presses will be demonstrated. Families are encouraged to participate in operating the presses for the fun of it. Apple and cider sampling will be available plus two other Mill specialties: Howe Cavern’s cave-aged cheddar cheese and sweet butter-cream fudge.

Sunday will feature a performance by lyricist and impressionist, Ody B. Goldy, who will entertain visitors with his humorous tributes to well-known performers. Name the song and writer and win some fresh cider. The festival and parking are free. For more information on this and other events at the Fly Creek Cider Mill.


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The Daily Star published an article about Cider Mills in New York and talked to Bill at the Fly Creek Cider Mill. 

From the Article: According to Bill Michaels, vice president of family-owned and -operated Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard, the mill staff began pressing apples on Labor Day weekend and will continue to make cider through Thanksgiving. “We produce over 20,000 gallons of cider annually,” Michaels said. “We freeze 5,000 gallons to sample and sell to our spring summer and December visitors as well as our online store, year-round customers.”

Fly Creek Cider Mill, located just a few minutes from Cooperstown, and in its 152nd year, is one of the area’s largest cider producers and a premiere tourist destination. It was purchased by Charles and Barbara Michaels in 1962 and was sold to son Bill and his wife, Brenda Palmer-Michaels, in 1999. Since retaining ownership, the younger Michaelses have added many features including gourmet food, a bakery and even a winery. As a licensed New York State Winery, the mill has developed hard ciders and apple wines. “We are offering these winery beverages as a return to the cider making traditions of the past here at the mill,” Michaels said. Read the Full Article


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