Drawing: Tickets for the Gathering of the Farm Cideries 2018 at Nine Pin

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Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

The annual Gathering of the Farm Cideries returns to Nine Pin Cider in Albany February 17.

We have a pair of tickets for the event to give away and they could be yours. To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

If you think about spring right now, what do you think about?

This is the usually the coldest week of the year here, which means we're turning the corner toward spring. So we'd love to hear about spring-y things to help pull us through. Maybe it's an activity, maybe it's a place, maybe it's a food, maybe it's whatever. We'll draw one winner at random, and that person gets the pair of tickets.

Sixteen cideries are currently slated to be at the Gatering (there's a list below). They'll be offering samples of unique batches of cider and talking about what they do. There will also be ciders available for purchase to take home.

There are two sessions that Saturday: noon-3 pm and 4 pm-7 pm. *The drawing prize tickets are for the noon-3 pm session.* Tickets are $25 online, $30 at the door (they include a tasting glass). Last year's event sold out.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 11:59 on Thursday, January 18, 2018 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by noon on Friday and must respond by noon the following Monday.

Participating cideries

Nine Pin Cider (Albany, NY)
Graft Cider (Newburgh, NY)
Descendant Cider Co. (Queens, NY)
Bad Seed Cider Company (Highland, NY)
Blue Toad Hard Cider (Rochester, NY)
St. Lawrence Cider (Massena, NY)
The Cidermakers LTD (Catskill, NY)
Little Apple Cider Inc (Hillsdale, NY)
New York Cider Company (Ithaca, NY)
ABCider LLC (Parksville, NY)
Treasury Cider (Hopewell Junction, NY)
Sundog Cider (Chatham, NY)
Rogers' Cideryard (Johnstown, NY)
Embark Craft Ciderworks (Williamson, NY)
Brooklyn Cider House (Brooklyn, NY)
Saratoga Apple Hard Cider (Schuylerville, NY)

Nine Pin advertises on AOA.


Planting early spring crops -- lettuce, spinach, peas.

All the fresh and newly grown plants in the Pine Bush Preserve!

Bringing my dog to the dog park! Time to escape that cabin fever!

Taking a walk around the SUNY Indian Quad pond without a hat, scarf and gloves on!

Yellow daffodils

The hundreds of tulip bulbs planted in my gardens!

Gonna go with the classic crocus

The really delicate light green color of new buds on trees before they bloom.

Tulip Festival

Rowing on the Hudson: it may be a little cool but it is great to be out again after a long winter indoors.

Tulip Fest!

The smell of lilacs in Washington Park.

rolling down the windows!

That first warm day, a great earthy smell in the air, the tulips just starting to open.

Wearing less clothes.

starting my garden!

Baseball at National Little League!

That smell in the air. We caught a whiff on Friday when it was abnormally warm.

Concert season lineup announcements!

Not needing to wear a hat, gloves, a scarf, and a heavy jacket every time I step outside.

Spring makes me think of Albany Craft Beer week and festival the first week in April. Can't wait!

Patio drinking!

Breaking out the grill!

This year, putting in a new patio in the backyard, and riding a bike that isn't connected to an indoor trainer.

75 degrees and patio beer.

Getting back to hiking! My sister and I are halfway through the ADK Fire Tower Challenge and plan to finish this year. Winter hikes are not for me so spring needs to find its way here soon!

Having a hot cup of coffee on my porch on a cool spring morning.

The start of the baseball season!

Forsythia blooming in my yard.

Fresh, warm air. Wearing shorts. Being in the sun without a million layers. Enjoying my back porch.

Beer, hiking, grilling!@!

Planning my first spring bike tour

The sun shining, trees budding, and flowers blooming

Hanging out in the park. Having a drink on a terrace.

Running outside (treadmill blows) and the outdoor Farmer’s market in Troy.

Going on the first hike of the year!

Running and riding the bike paths

When I think of spring, I think about riding my bike along the Mohawk. The spring breeze flows over me and I'm free.


The sound of birds and bright sunshine on my early morning runs to Buckingham Pond.

When I think of spring, I think of butterflies, dandelions, ice cream, baby kittens, and LOVE

Every spring, I look forward to the blossoming apple trees. I drive by Altamont Orchards going to work all the time and it's beautiful in the spring!

I think about the end of curling season.

Running the gas out of the snowblower and putting it in the shed for the season!

Hundreds of them in different colors at my old garden and some lazy sleepy bees flying slowly from plant to plant.

Starting the garden with my dog

Sunshine, flowers and dogs. Aka Washington park.

I love the snow, but by the spring time we get to get rid of that nasty sal-encrusted stuff by the side of the road.

When Spring comes it feels as if all is Alive again. Birds return and wake us with their Cheery songs. Children are more active outside and their laughter brings us Joy. The warmth of the Sun makes us venture out on warm Spring days. I look forward to the Apple blossoms and the fruits that will come in Summer. Flowers, Laughter, Sunshine, Happiness. Happy Spring Everyone

Sunny days that start crisp and warm up and the smell of lilacs outside of my window

Can I just say it? WARMTH

That first kayak outing on the open water with the sun shining!

Biking along the Albany County rail trail!

Finally putting in that French Drain to stop the flooding next to my house.

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