It’s not news that these days LI has fully embraced country music, especially as part of the area’s nightlife, with several spots in Nassau and Suffolk counties holding weekly parties that provide the music and ambience necessary to properly tush-push until the wee hours of the morning.
But what about the kids?
Ask any parent, and they will agree that although many moms and dads have made the honky-tonk sound a part of their lives, the younger ones are probably more interested in tunes by pop stars like One Direction, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift (who is at least technically a country singer).
Could it be that because the youngest generation of Long Islanders doesn't hear a lot of Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and other Nashville stars in their circles, they're just not being drawn in? Of course, one can't bring minors to a late-night hangout to two-step and boot-scoot in order to nurture a love for the stuff -- but on Oct. 13, one of those evening destinations best known for its country bash will be throwing a pre-dinner barn dance -- and both parents and children are invited to take in a day that’s all about that Southern sound.
From noon-7 p.m., the Nutty Irishman of Bay Shore is hosting a “Country Fall Festival,” which will be a family-friendly affair featuring caramel apples, face painting and other amenities geared for children, as well as a cotton candy machine. The L.I. Boot Kickers (libootkickers.webs.com) -- a group of instructors that strives to teach line-dancing, especially to children under 21 -- will be present to give lessons. For musical accompaniment, the band Rattlesnake Dawn will be performing live (and will be further supported by the Nutty Irishman’s regular country night DJ Ben E).
And yes, there will be a mechanical bull.
The Nutty Irishman: 60 E. Main St., Bay Shore, 631-969-9700