Strange Utica Customs

Strange Utica Customs

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Dan

Long Eddy, NY

#1 Jun 23, 2012
I've only lived in Utica for about a year now and this city seems to have some very unusual customs and oddities unlike any I have ever encountered in any other city. By far, the strangest one I've come across is how bachelor parties are done here. When a co-worker was going to get hitched, one of the guys at worked asked me to buy a ticket to his bachelor party. I never heard of such a thing, and had no idea of what he was talking about. It seems that in Utica when a guy is getting married, his friends finance his bachelor party at some local Italian restaurant by selling tickets. I later found out that the purchase of a ticket doesn't include any food or booze. I think this is really tacky and low class. In Philly, when a guy is having a bachelor party, it usually involves a night of bar hopping. No tickets are sold to some sort of party. I'm wondering if this is just a Utica thing, or if it is common in other parts of this state? I'd also like to hear of any other strange and outlandish Utica traditions anyone else might have come across, such as eating pizza that is cold and without cheese. Seems like the stuff you come across in Utica only happens in Utica. Such a strange town, can't wait to get out of here!
Utica is a disgrace

Utica, NY

#2 Jun 23, 2012
Here is one for ya Dinkus

Numerous men accused of sex acts in South Utica park
SAT, 23 JUN 2012 20:54:31 EDT
UTICA -
Numerous men have charged following an undercover operation at Roscoe Conkling Park in South Utica that was triggered by numerous complaints of men engaging in sexual acts, city police said.

It was reported that the men would meet each other for the purposes of engaging in sexual acts on themselves and each other. They would also accost people passing by, often times propositioning them while exposing themselves, police said.

When officers checked this area, they found several discarded items used during the acts as well as blankets, clothing and undergarments.

As a result, the police Special Operations Unit conducted an investigation utilizing an undercover officer.

The officer walked the area of the park and was approached numerous times by men, who would then expose themselves and masturbate, police said.

On several occasions, a suspect would allegedly grab the officer in a sexual manner while propositioning him.

These crimes occurred on the roadway, trails, and woods in the park, which is well traveled by vehicles, walkers and runners.

The following arrests were made:

Brian G. Slocum, 54, State Route 12B, Deansboro

-Exposure of a person, a violation
-Public Lewdness, a misdemeanor

Marc N. Stagliano, 58, Oldfield Drive, Herkimer

-Exposure of a person, a violation
-Public Lewdness, a misdemeanor

William H. Williams, 53, Whitesboro Street, Yorkville

-Exposure of a person, a violation
-Public Lewdness, a misdemeanor

George C. Brockett, 79, Steuben Hill Road, Herkimer

-Exposure of a person, a violation
-Public Lewdness, a misdemeanor

Joseph S. Aiello, 66, Lansing Street, Utica

-Exposure of a person, a violation
-Public Lewdness, a misdemeanor

Robert E. Havranek, 77, Waterford Street, New Hartford

-Exposure of a person, a violation
-Public Lewdness, a misdemeanor

Richard J. Emmert, 69, Bolton Road, New Hartford

-Exposure of a person, a violation
-Public Lewdness, a misdemeanor

Timothy M. Wissenbach, 55, Noyes Street, Utica

-Exposure of a person, a violation
-Public Lewdness, a misdemeanor

Patrick H. Murray, 47,  Old Oneida Road, Rome

-Exposure of a person, a violation
-Public Lewdness, a misdemeanor

Francis J. Grippe, 54, Main Street, Frankfort

-Harassment 2nd, a violation
-Forcible Touching, a misdemeanor

Michael F. Leary, 67, Jones Road, Sauquoit

-Harassment 2nd, a violation
-Forcible Touching, a misdemeanor

Craig A. Hood, 60, Sunset Avenue Utica

-Exposure of a person, a violation
Last one out

Rome, NY

#3 Jun 23, 2012
Dan wrote:
I've only lived in Utica for about a year now and this city seems to have some very unusual customs and oddities unlike any I have ever encountered in any other city. By far, the strangest one I've come across is how bachelor parties are done here. When a co-worker was going to get hitched, one of the guys at worked asked me to buy a ticket to his bachelor party. I never heard of such a thing, and had no idea of what he was talking about. It seems that in Utica when a guy is getting married, his friends finance his bachelor party at some local Italian restaurant by selling tickets. I later found out that the purchase of a ticket doesn't include any food or booze. I think this is really tacky and low class. In Philly, when a guy is having a bachelor party, it usually involves a night of bar hopping. No tickets are sold to some sort of party. I'm wondering if this is just a Utica thing, or if it is common in other parts of this state? I'd also like to hear of any other strange and outlandish Utica traditions anyone else might have come across, such as eating pizza that is cold and without cheese. Seems like the stuff you come across in Utica only happens in Utica. Such a strange town, can't wait to get out of here!
Stores,bakeries and restaurants closed on Monday. I'll never understand that.
Umm---

Little Falls, NY

#4 Jun 23, 2012
"pizza that is cold and without cheese"---lol! Love it!
Dan

Long Eddy, NY

#5 Jun 23, 2012
Last one out wrote:
<quoted text>Stores,bakeries and restaurants closed on Monday. I'll never understand that.
Yes, that is another strange one. I've noticed that the ones that are closed on Monday are usually the small mom and pop kind of places, but all the chain restaurants and stores are open.
Parlay

Palmyra, NY

#6 Jun 23, 2012
Dan wrote:
I've only lived in Utica for about a year now and this city seems to have some very unusual customs and oddities unlike any I have ever encountered in any other city. By far, the strangest one I've come across is how bachelor parties are done here. When a co-worker was going to get hitched, one of the guys at worked asked me to buy a ticket to his bachelor party. I never heard of such a thing, and had no idea of what he was talking about. It seems that in Utica when a guy is getting married, his friends finance his bachelor party at some local Italian restaurant by selling tickets. I later found out that the purchase of a ticket doesn't include any food or booze. I think this is really tacky and low class. In Philly, when a guy is having a bachelor party, it usually involves a night of bar hopping. No tickets are sold to some sort of party. I'm wondering if this is just a Utica thing, or if it is common in other parts of this state? I'd also like to hear of any other strange and outlandish Utica traditions anyone else might have come across, such as eating pizza that is cold and without cheese. Seems like the stuff you come across in Utica only happens in Utica. Such a strange town, can't wait to get out of here!
I've never been to a bachelor party that didn't have food & drinks. I think the bachelor parties here are equivalent to "fee showers" for the bride -- a money-raising scheme. I really don't know if it goes on elsewhere -- when I've been to weddings in other cities, I've just gone to the wedding, not the preliminaries.
Dan

Long Eddy, NY

#7 Jun 23, 2012
I've been to lots of bachelor parties in other cities (Philly, NYC, Miami, Atlanta, etc.) and I have never heard of selling tickets until I got to Utica. What I'm used to is bunch of guys out clubbing, buying drinks and paying for dinner for the bachelor. The one Utica bachelor party I attended seemed strange to me. I paid fifty bucks for a silly ticket, and when I got to the restaurant, I still had to shell out cash for food and drinks. It seemed like the ticket selling thing was just a fundraiser. I thought the whole thing was in poor taste and not what I would expect from folks who should have more class. Only in Utica.
Parlay

Palmyra, NY

#8 Jun 23, 2012
Dan wrote:
I've been to lots of bachelor parties in other cities (Philly, NYC, Miami, Atlanta, etc.) and I have never heard of selling tickets until I got to Utica. What I'm used to is bunch of guys out clubbing, buying drinks and paying for dinner for the bachelor. The one Utica bachelor party I attended seemed strange to me. I paid fifty bucks for a silly ticket, and when I got to the restaurant, I still had to shell out cash for food and drinks. It seemed like the ticket selling thing was just a fundraiser. I thought the whole thing was in poor taste and not what I would expect from folks who should have more class. Only in Utica.
What also has happened in this area is that the bride to be still gets a bridal shower with gifts and/or money, and then has a Bachelorette party which is more like your description of the Bachelor parties in other areas.
ron

Utica, NY

#9 Jun 23, 2012
Smaller places are closed Mondays or Tuesdays bcs they're usually open Sundays.

Mispronouncing simple Italian words is a big thing in Utica.

Our "barbeque" is not close to real bbq.
Doula

Utica, NY

#10 Jun 24, 2012
One of the oldest and strangest customs in Utica is talking about how good it used to be 50 years ago, before the [insert least favorite ethnic group here] came here and ruined everything. I think this custom was started by the Native Americans back in the 1600's.
never surprised

Rome, NY

#11 Jun 24, 2012
what happens in utica. seems like everthing these people do here is a scam. Most of the resturants dont even serve fresh food. Most of is made,leftover is frozen then nuked and served again as fresh. What about that bread with sauce?4410
LOL

Utica, NY

#12 Jun 24, 2012
My favorite Utica custom is being a worthless piece of garbage that accomplishes nothing with your life.
Last one out

Rome, NY

#13 Jun 24, 2012
The year round tan.
City of shattered dreams

Camillus, NY

#14 Jun 24, 2012
When you are playing golf you go out in a 5 or 7 some.
Can't have any type of function without alcohol being served.
A 50-50 raffle is usually an 80-20 split especially during a Proctor football game at home against RFA.
please leave

New Hartford, NY

#15 Jun 24, 2012
I have come to realize that topix is a place for people to cry about everything they don't like. If most of the people who regularly posted on topix would leave town, Utica would be better for it.
I think its fun

Cortland, NY

#16 Jun 24, 2012
Uticans are all tacky and full of themselves it's pretty funny to an outsider to go through your day embarrassing them and pulling the plug on all their bizarre self-image fantasies and ridiculous claims. It's like sport!
Why

Utica, NY

#17 Jun 24, 2012
I moved here about four years ago and found the bachelor party thing strange as well. My husband was asked to buy a ticket to one of his co-worker's bachelor parties. I had never heard of such a thing. I am from the west, Washington/Montana area and husband is from California. Both of us were surprised.
Lief Coach

United States

#18 Jun 24, 2012
Let's start a new custom. I bend over and all of you kiss...
ForReal

Charlestown, MA

#19 Jun 24, 2012
It's called tomato pie and of you don't like it, don't eat it. I wonder if you would visit a foreign country and bad mouth it for its TRADITIONS.
Dan wrote:
I've only lived in Utica for about a year now and this city seems to have some very unusual customs and oddities unlike any I have ever encountered in any other city. By far, the strangest one I've come across is how bachelor parties are done here. When a co-worker was going to get hitched, one of the guys at worked asked me to buy a ticket to his bachelor party. I never heard of such a thing, and had no idea of what he was talking about. It seems that in Utica when a guy is getting married, his friends finance his bachelor party at some local Italian restaurant by selling tickets. I later found out that the purchase of a ticket doesn't include any food or booze. I think this is really tacky and low class. In Philly, when a guy is having a bachelor party, it usually involves a night of bar hopping. No tickets are sold to some sort of party. I'm wondering if this is just a Utica thing, or if it is common in other parts of this state? I'd also like to hear of any other strange and outlandish Utica traditions anyone else might have come across, such as eating pizza that is cold and without cheese. Seems like the stuff you come across in Utica only happens in Utica. Such a strange town, can't wait to get out of here!
Last one out

Rome, NY

#20 Jun 24, 2012
The best is being proud your mother and/or grandmother was some 'Utica big shots' gumdra!

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