by Marissa Hart
Hey everyone! Hope you guys are having a great summer! With summer comes parties. A lot of the time, those who are college-aged get lectured on partying too much, or get labeled as reckless, irresponsible, and so on. I’m here to tell you that there is NO harm in having a good time! The problem comes about when laws get broken or when people aren’t aware of what has real consequences that will follow them. I can sense you rolling your eyes at me already. I’m here to help educate you on how to have the best time, while making sure it doesn’t haunt you past the weekend. No one wants those labels, or worse, to have a fun get-together to have University consequences. Yeah, didn’t think so. So please, read on, and party smarter this summer. We’re going to talk about a few myths that college-aged adults often miss or mix up.
First things first: who can drink at your house?
So, sometimes this seems a little tricky. One friend says one thing, another friend says something different. Even online, no one seems to really know. Well, I’m here to dispel all the myths. Here’s the law in Ohio: even if you are 21 or older, and anyone is on your property who is under 21, they CANNOT have alcohol. You can’t give it to them, they can’t bring it, etc. It’s illegal for people under 21 to have alcohol on anyone’s property. Even if it’s rented, you own it, whatever. The ONLY exception is if the person under 21 has a parent in the immediate vicinity. The parents or guardians of the person under 21 have to be within eyesight of them. It doesn’t count if you have a note, even if you got it notarized and it’s official. The parents have to be physically there. It’s very specific, and there’s really no room for loopholes. You should really go read it – it’s source one.
Here’s Some Fun Ideas (No Alcohol Required!)
First, if you’re going to have a party, these things make it better…
Line a small garden terracotta pot with foil, then fill it with charcoal. Once it’s lit, you can roast s’mores. This is perfect if you have a lot of people, or if you don’t have a fire pit.
There isn’t one immediately available online, but I found directions for making it. Check source (instructions 1) for them! It’s easy and it’s super yummy. I’ve done it before. The best part is you don’t have to add anything to it; it really doesn’t need the alcohol. Watermelon is delicious on its own!
If you’re looking for something fun to do with friends, I’ve got you covered!
3.) Dinner Party
If you or one of your friends likes to cook, this is a blast! Make whatever you’d like; maybe you start with finger sandwiches, a salad or soup, then have a main course and a dessert, all while wearing fancy clothes and nice dishes. It’s something different than the usual summer barbecue.
4.) Dive-in movie
If you have a pool, take advantage of it! (Although I’m sure you already are! ) Find, borrow, or buy a projector. Hook it up to a computer and play it over a screen on the other side of the pool. Popcorn and punch make this extra special.
Like to be outside?
4.) Canoeing and a Picnic
You probably remember canoeing from summer camp, but it’s way more fun when you’re older (really, it is). Bring a lunch with some sandwiches and chips, and make it a day.
5.) Geo Caching
Geo Caching (said “gee-oh cashing”) is the process of finding a box (cache) of stuff in the woods. You get to take something from the box as long as you bring something else to replace it. The way you find it is by having a GPS with coordinates of the location of the box. It’s like a treasure hunt. Check out sources (instructions 2 and 3) for more. There’s parks that do this in Portage County!
Interested in art?
7.) Gallery Hop!
I live in Columbus, and we have an official gallery hop in our arts district, the Short North. The shops are open late, and there are a lot of sales and samples given out. But you can find something similar on your own. Get a group together and go to galleries and shops. Try going to a restaurant and sharing food, so everyone can try different things. It’s a ton of fun with just a few friends, or a whole bunch.
8.) Paint Your Own Pottery
This is an awesome activity for just a few friends. It’s also pretty self-explanatory, so check out All Fired Up in Akron. They also have lessons for pottery wheels.
And most important…
Be safe and have a great summer!
(Ps – Remember, I add sources because they’re important and you should READ them!)
1.) Drinking Laws with property: http://www.clermontsheriff.org/UnderAgeAlcoholFAQ.aspx
2.) About damages: http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4399
3.) Other info about drinking
2.) Park Guide for Portage County: http://trekohio.com/portage/