Welcome to nym!! I'm roughly 45 minutes north east of Utica. I go down there fairly often. Do you go to Dave's Diner at all in Schuyler for their cruise ins on Tuesday nights? They usually get a good crowd.
I haven't yet but I might go check them out. I've been a bit out of the loop of the last few years but starting to enjoy the car again this year. I sometimes get intimidated when I see a bunch of nice cars lolol