When concerning the current state of interaction on Long Island, many think online media and web gatherings can deter men and women from going out and physically meeting in person. In other words, social media can prevent actual socializing.
It’s not uncommon for modern couples today to sweet-talk via texts, or for best friends to spend a night together chatting on Facebook from separate locations. And while this behavior is very normal in our time, local owners of nightclubs, bars and other hangouts do on occasion express unhappiness that so many Long Islanders are satisfied with this sort of contact. However, over at the Nutty Irishman in Bay Shore, there is a plan to get some of those who have met online to move forward and use the spot as a destination to party offline.
In this case, the Bay Shore pub is calling on a group of people known as “Chivers” to log off from their screen names and be present in person on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. For those unaware, Chivers (also known as the “Chive Nation”) are labeled as such due to their following and dedication to a website known as theCHIVE.com. A property of Resignation Media LLC, theCHIVE is described by its parent company as a stop for “viral photos and videos thoughtfully curated from user submitted photos and collected throughout the web by theCHIVE’s internal editors.”
It also offers statistics (at resignationmedia.com/properties/thechive) that express audience demographics indicating Chivers tend to be male, ages 18-34, and further claims to have millions of online visitors monthly. With a bold slogan of “Probably the Best Site in the World,” the content it hosts is aimed at adults -- and while it is full of photos featuring scantily-clad women, there is no actual nudity or items that would deem it overly risque -- comparable to what can appear on Facebook (the acronym “NSFW” or “Not Safe For Work” doesn't truly apply to theCHIVE, but it is easy to assume it may not be perfect for office viewing either).
As it turns out, the website’s regulars have formed localized chapters across the USA, which are known to throw unofficial meet-ups, often at bars and clubs (theCHIVE encourages its base to hold these bashes, offering a national map of chapter locations and a Chive Nation Facebook page to aid in finding such events). With many who attend wearing attire bearing the mantra “Keep Calm and Chive On,” photos taken at these happenings indicate a frat-party sort of atmosphere, with crowds of guests engaging in rowdy and slightly raunchy -- yet common and legal -- behavior.
New York City and Long Island both have "Chive On" chapters, and if the promotions of previous Chive events held elsewhere offer any indication, it looks as if the Oct. 18 meet-up may be a major party in the making.
General admission tickets are available at wantickets.com for $10, but there's also a $35 VIP option available (which includes an open bar from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.). Any remaining tickets are to be sold at the door the night of the event (prices are subject to change), with all proceeds going to benefit the Chive Charities, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit pending organization working to aid and raise awareness toward a number of causes in need (chivecharities.org).
For more information on Chive On Long Island, visit the group at facebook.com/chiveonlongislandny, and the Nutty Irishman Bay Shore can be found online at thenuttyirishman.com and facebook.com/nuttyirishmanbshore.
Nutty Irishman: 60 E. Main St. Bay Shore 631-969-9700