Charlie Elias

Charlie is a Sport Communication major in the School of Public Health, and will graduate in the Spring of 2018. He is from Highland Park, Illinois, a suburb 25 minutes north of Chicago.



Projects by Charlie Elias

Passion For An Orchard

 

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They say a picture could tell 1000 words. Well an experience can tell a million if that’s the case. I was at the grocery store about a week ago and I noticed that there was a whole section dedicated to Apple Cider. Given the time of year, it made sense. Bringing people together for nearly 85 years, Musgrave Orchard connects people with Apple Cider, and more. Located in Bloomington, Indiana, Musgrave is a local business that has thrived in the state and takes great pride in how it runs its business. Come take a look at how Andy Hamilton and his family have been able to keep the tradition and feel of the special and unique landmark (apple orchard).

Crumble: The Convenient Cafe

In college, Conveniency is key. As is coffee. And when it comes to college students, these are the perfect match. At Crumble Coffee & Bakery, comfort is known to be a staple for those doing work, whether it be students or adults/locals. Located on College Avenue, just off of 10th street, this is the only coffee shop within multiple blocks which can be made useful to those living off campus and especially to those in the surrounding area. Crumble provides a relaxing and memorable experience, come find out how/why!

Passion for an Orchard

They say a picture could tell 1000 words. Well an experience can tell a million if that’s the case. I was at the grocery store about a week ago and I noticed that there was a whole section dedicated to Apple Cider. Given the time of year, it made sense.

For anyone who doesn’t know what cider is, it is the following: an unfermented drink made by crushing fruit, typically apples, and yes there is a difference between that and apple juice, the process especially. Luckily, traveling far wasn’t on the agenda. Money leads to happiness, but so does tradition, and passion, and caring for what we do and love.

The Musgrave Orchard is located in Bloomington, Indiana, just off of Old State Road 37, and has been in business for what is closing in on 100 years soon enough. This place has a special feel to it, one that felt almost like home. Musgrave Orchard has always been that way, and Andy Hamilton, owner for the past 15 years has made sure that has been a tradition carried over year after year in a place he cares so deeply about.

The Orchard features a small shop, with outdoor seating on a patio, where you can find a band every now and then as you see in one of the pictures. Along with that, there are a couple of large buildings behind the store where the press operates, along with some gardens and crops growing. It surely is beautiful, and the store is always buzzing during operating hours. The Hamilton family is a great example of a strong family business.

Andy would die for Musgrave, as he touched on the intimate relationship he has with it. “It’s not about the money, if it were I wouldn’t be doing this. But we’re saving a piece of history and maintaining the family feel this place has brought to so many people, including myself and my family.” Andy has made it one of his goals to maintain the feel the Musgrave family had stemming back from the 1930’s. As he has heard a multitude of stories of the positive light it has had on so many different people.

He enhanced the “homey” feel to the historic and natural site it has always been in, and allowed his family members, his wife and kids to help work the Cider Mill/Orchard to preserve this. “We take a lot of pride in this, were caretakers of this beautiful place. It is the second oldest business still in operation in Monroe County, we take great pride in this company and look forward to what it will bring us in the future.”

The process of owning an Orchard like such is not easy. It takes a ton of hard work and dedication. The press, which is the backbone of the Orchard, makes Apple Cider, which is by far their best seller. It was brought to Musgrave in 1935, used, and is still in use today. The process of making their famous cider is an extensive and unusual one.

Tradition and Apple Cider are just a couple of the reasons Musgrave Orchard has flourished over the past 82 years, and Andy assured us he wants to keep it that way in the future. “Customers keep me happy, work keeps my busy, I cannot complain. I may not make a lot of money, but I do what I love, with the people I love, doing what I feel is best for the surrounding community and myself. It’s a cycle, and I’m just part of it. Look at all the goods we are able to produce, and for so many people. I’m glad I can provide to others as needed.”

This isn’t just about the Apple Cider, but rather a life lesson. Andy, and other expressed their feelings, and the impact Musgrave Orchard brings