It’s amazing what my kids can suffer through if there’s a mug of hot chocolate in their immediate future. I’m going to use this massive carafe, which keeps 32 ounces of bevy hot for hours, as a metaphorical carrot to keep my kids motivated on winter hikes, bike rides, and campouts. puristcollective.com Even when it’s snowing. Indigenous people living in arctic climates have survived for centuries without central heating. The Yakut have lived in Siberia, where temps drop to -90 degrees Fahrenheit since the 13th century. Is it so crazy to ask my daughter to put on some faux fur and spend a 20-degree night in a tent? Hell, especially as the temperature drops. Layer the global pandemic and economic downturn over the typical seasonal affective disorder that winter brings and we could be headed for a disaster. Basically, what I’m saying is if I can’t get my family outside often, we’re going to kill each other. Purist Founder ($56) Stanley Master Unbreakable Hip Flask ($40) and Nesting Shot Glasses ($25) But that was when the temperatures barely dipped below 65 degrees. Winter is upon us and I’m worried my family won’t be able to keep that stoke alive. We’re still stuck at home hiding from germs, but it’s not warm and sunny outside anymore. It’s not as easy to rally for a lunch-time bike ride when it’s 32 and sleeting. I’ve been on plenty of winter adventures in my day and I can attest to the fact that freezing in the dark kind of sucks. I have no stoke for that. The fire is everything during winter, and I’m not just talking about camping. The backyard bonfire has become a staple in our family. It gives us a chance to avoid the Boob Tube cycle on choice evenings and invite neighbors over for a socially distant beer. The Solo Stove makes that tradition safer (the fire is contained inside the stainless steel can) and easier (holes in the top and bottom of the can circulate air through the fire). solostove.com Rab Hut Boots ($70) The good news is, if I can drag my family out into the woods this winter, we’ll probably have the entire forest to ourselves. We sat in traffic jams coming out of our favorite campsite in Pisgah National Forest during the summer because everyone was hiding out in the woods. We worked hard to avoid the crowds, eschewing the more popular trails for more obscure options, hitting lesser-visited districts and going deeper and deeper into the backcountry. But come winter, we should have the classic trails and crags to ourselves. And maybe we’ll be healthier and happier for braving the cold? There’s some science to suggest exposure to cold boosts metabolism, helps fight anxiety, and improves your immune response. I think we could all use an immune system boost. Science says whiskey doesn’t warm you up in the winter and that, if anything, it can desensitize you to the dangers of over exposure. This is the rare situation where I give scientists the finger. If it’s cold, I need my whiskey. This flask keeps it safe in my pocket and the tiny shot glasses allow me to share some hooch without sharing germs. Safety first. stanley1913.com Solo Stove Bonfire ($250) But damn it, our lives kind of depend on it. The mental health benefits of getting outside on the reg are well documented. An hour of being outside is basically like taking an anti-depressant. Then you have the long-term benefits of exercise, the health benefits of gathering with friends (which we can only safely do outside right now), and it’s basically a public health imperative that we have to keep the outdoor stoke alive, even as the temperature drops. Here are a few key pieces of gear to help stave off the cold for the whole family this winter. My neighbor is perpetually stoked. He’s a professional kayaker and has the zest for life that typically comes standard with that profession, so he’s excited for rain, drought, a cooler full of beer, a comfortable lawn chair, fresh cut grass, a freshly groomed pump track…there is nothing in the world that can get this guy down. And this summer, my family and I had a taste for what that kind of lifestyle entails. The stoke was high. The global pandemic was, and continues to be, a colossal bummer, but if there was a silver lining to the doom and gloom, it’s that my family suddenly had a lot of time on our hands thanks to the widespread cancellation of “life as we know it.” And we made the most of it. We rode bikes constantly and camped most weekends. I built a climbing wall in our backyard and added a jump line to our pump track. We explored random trails, rivers, and peaks close to home. We caught fish. In a lot of ways, our new lifestyle was cathartic; riding bikes through the neighborhood and orchestrating backyard campouts felt like a wholesome diversion while the world crumbled around us. Unfortunately, my wife and kids hate the cold. I’m not in love with it myself. I’ll risk losing toes to frostbite if there’s powder to ski, but if there’s no snow? Pour me a whiskey and plant me next to the fire. I have soft southern blood that’s evolved to tolerate mild winters. The whole world saw what my people do when that ice storm hit Atlanta a few years ago. We’re not suited for true winter conditions. Chances are, if you’re sitting in the south and reading this, you’re also from a long line of people who panic and buy all of the milk and bread when snow is in the forecast. But we’re just going to have to toughen the hell up. There are kids in Germany that go to school outside all year long. Winter Gear Here Ponchos aren’t just for surf bros spending the winter in Baja. The Honcho adds a layer of synthetic insulation wrapped in a water resistant ripstop nylon with a hood. Sure, you’re wearing a coat and standing next to the fire, but one more layer isn’t going to hurt. My wife and daughter live in the Honcho. thermarest.com And listen, maybe there will be snow. Maybe we’ll have one of those “good” winters when the resorts can open all their runs and we can cross-country ski at the higher elevations every weekend. 2020 has given us little reason to be hopeful, but let’s nurture the last ember of optimism that remains and wish for a killer, snowy winter. Either way, I’m determined to embrace the cold. To ski when we can ski and bike when we can’t. To continue the backyard bonfires and weekend campouts. We’ll layer up. We’ll bring cocoa and those handwarmer packets that cause second degree burns. We’ll toughen up and keep the stoke alive! These camp shoes have helped me fight off cold toes on many frosty nights in a tent and by the fire. They’re stuffed with synthetic insulation in a ripstop outer with a grippy sole that’s tough enough to let you wander around camp. rab.equipment Therm-a-Rest Honcho Poncho ($115)
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Cowboy JunkiesThis alt-country/blues/folk rock band formed in 1985 in Toronto and gained popularity with their second album, The Trinity Session, which the Los Angeles Times named one of the best albums of ’88. Their version of The Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane,” which appears on the Natural Born Killers soundtrack, was described by Lou Reed as his favorite cover of the song. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett. stephentalkhouse.com $85-$100. 8 p.m. July 14.LettuceLettuce has been performing classic funk for more than two decades. Their unique blend of hip-hop, psychedelia and funk makes Lettuce stand out in their genre as an ongoing experiment. Lettuce describes their latest album, 2015’s Crush, as being very open in terms of style, while staying true to its funk roots. Besides the innate ability to inspire large groups of listeners to uncontrollably get up off their tuckuses and groove, the band’s infectious, delirious, and utterly mind-blowing intoxicating tunes pays homage to classic rock artists, ’90s hip-hop, and of course, classic funk. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$25. 8 p.m. July 14. (Postponed from July 8)Jim MessinaA man of many talents, Jim Messina is a musician, songwriter, singer, guitarist, recording engineer and record producer who’s been a member of the folk rock group Buffalo Springfield, country rock band Poco, and half of the soft rock duo Loggins and Messina (which sold over 20 million albums domestically), with Kenny Loggins. Like a musical geyser that just can not stop gushing, Messina continues to drop compilations of his guitar work and previous hits and rock, rock, rock his greatest hits. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $65-$70. 8 p.m. July 14.The Slim Kings and Steve UrbanThis 4-year-old Brooklyn-born band blends a soulful mix of old blues and classic rock. Consisting of veteran musicians who have recorded alongside Billy Joel and composed songs and soundtracks for popular shows such as Law and Order and Sons of Anarchy, these rockers are forever expanding from their supportive New York base to musical nirvana and beyond. They’ll be performing with multi-instrumentalist Steve Urban. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $10 8 p.m. July 14.Great South Bay Music FestivalThis waterfront music festival is back with an irresistible lineup including Third Eye Blind, Graham Nash, Manchester Orchestra, Umphreys McGee, Kevin Devine, Joe Nichols and Dopapod, plus many more. It would be a mistake to miss out on the largest-running music, art and cultural event on Long Island. What’s better than an amazing view of the water, live music and great food? Uh, Greek food? Sorry. Nothing, of course. And there’s a kidzone for the children. Shorefront Park, Patchogue. greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com $32-$125. July 14-17.Long Island International Film ExpoFor all movie lovers, the Long Island International Film Expo is a must-attend event, known for featuring films from countries all around the world, attracting a celebrity presence, and showcasing everything from documentaries to short movies to movie trailers. And the subjects covered are even more diverse. These films will make you laugh one minute, cry the next, and scream your lungs out in sheer, unrefined excitement a little later. Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore. longislandfilmexpo.com $8-$110. Runs through July 21.Gaelic StormThe Celtic band that has been around for nearly two decades is resurfacing after their latest, 2015’s Matching Sweaters. As the album is testament, Gaelic Storm cleverly combines traditional Irish music with modern influences by performing both traditional Scottish melodies and original songs in Celtic rock. Its five members have topped the Billboard World Chart fives times throughout their career. The group has played at music festivals such as Summerfest and Telluride, and regularly headlines Irish festivals around the world. A perfect set list of drinking songs, rapid instrumentals, and sing-along songs is something you don’t want to miss! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$40. 8 p.m. July 15.Patent Pending, a Long Island-based pop-punk band (Photo by Joe Nuzzo).Patent PendingHometown pop-punk heroes are making the long drive from their native Mt. Sinai to Amityville for their latest show to remind all the emo kids to cheer up. For proof that this band has a heart, check out this feature on the band in the Press. With opening acts Craving Strange, Silver Silver and Fawkes. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $15. 6:30 p.m. July 16.Nine DaysNine Days, the Long Island-based band best known for their late ’90s pop hit “Absolutely (Story of a Girl)” is back and better than ever, ending a 10-year hiatus. In advance of their July 16 album release show, the Press spoke with the band’s lead singer, John Hampson, and lead guitarist, Brian Desveaux, to discuss their upcoming album, Snapshots, as well as working with legendary music producer Jim Scott and their relentless commitment to making music. Wow. A must-read, to be sure. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $15-$20. 8 p.m. July 16.BlackstreetA top R&B vocal group of the ’90s, Blackstreet continues to ride the fame of previous hit singles “Before I Let You Go,” “Booti Call,” “No Diggity,” “Don’t Leave Me” and “Take Me There.” Though their roster has rotated, with several members leaving to pursue successful solo careers after earning fame through the band, the group has partnered with big names like Jay-Z and Dr. Dre, and earned a Grammy Award after several albums went platinum. Opening the show is Jagged Edge and Shai. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. July 16.Johnny Mac’s Blues BandBased on Long Island, The Johnny Mac Band plays blues, R&B, funk and reggae. In other words, all the best stuff to get you up in front of the stage and shake, shake, shakin’! Known for their high-energy jams and in-the-moment improvisation, these jazz masters (See what we did there?) make every gig an unforgettable, soul-soothing experience! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. July 16.The Lost Works (And World) Of Don MurrayAlways more than a movie star, Don Murray demonstrated an unwavering commitment to social service on and off screen—and played roles that other actors weren’t willing to risk. By doing so, he forfeited a superstardom that was his for the taking in order to be true to his beliefs. Learn about his career in an exclusive documentary preview screening and one of the very first opportunities to see a compelling 1972 lost feature film. Don will be in person to discuss both films, along with documentarian Don Malcolm, son Chris Murray, and film historians Foster Hirsch and Jud Newborn. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 10 a.m. July 17.Florida Georgia Line / Cole Swindell / The Cadillac Three & Kane BrownGet out those 10-gallon cowboy hats, strap on those designer leather sham-shackle boots and let’s giddy-up a doozy, cause this country night, and you’re a country gal! The brothers who make up Florida Georgia Line, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, will perform their tasteful hit single, “Cruise,” which sold 10 million copies, making FGL the first-ever country band to receive RIAA’s Diamond certification. Cole Swindell, who has written singles for country boys such as Scott McCreery and Luke Bryan, in addition to releasing two albums, joins FGL this summer, too! Kane Brown, who joins The Cadillac Three on this tour, is an up-and-coming country star, whose first EP was only released a year ago. Wow now this night thar har gonna rock! Nikon at Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $32-$76.75. 7 p.m. July 17.Gilbert GottfriedWhether you find him absolutely can’t-stop-laughing hilarious or occasionally somewhat annoying, Gottfried is a master of his comedic craft. He is bound to leave all those in attendance of this must-see gig feeling a sordid mixture of both. That’s a good thing! It means they’ve been laughing so damn hard their gut will hurt for weeks after, which will leave them somewhat annoyed. That’s what we meant in the opening line of this blurb. Get it? Oh well. His voice will be ringing in your ears for years. McGuires Comedy Club, 1627 Smithtown Ave., Bohemia. mcguires.govs.com $25. 7, 9:30 p.m. July 16.Micky Dolenz of The MonkeesGeorge Michael “Micky” Dolenz, perhaps the most well-known member of The Monkees, is forever ingrained in America’s collective hearts and minds as that whirlwind heartthrob drummer, singer, actor, and all-around great guy who couldn’t help but make us all smile. In addition to their popular television show of the same name, The Monkees sold more than 65 million records worldwide and had three No. One singles: “Last Train to Clarksville,” “Daydream Believer” and “I’m a Believer.” This engaging, spirited 70-year-old musician is also credited with directing numerous theatrical and television shows. Back in the ’60s, Dolenz rocked the stage–and he’s still got it, as he’s joined by new members to play all the hits from those crazy, hilarious, insanely talented hellraisers, The Monkees. Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $60. 7:30 p.m. July 17.Dianne ReevesDianne Reeves is a five-time Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist whose latest album, Beautiful Life, earned that prestigious honor for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $65-$95. 8 p.m. July 17.Eric StonestreetHey, Modern Family fans, Cameron Tucker is coming to Long Island! Well, the actor, Eric Stonestreet, who plays the flamboyant character, is. The two-time Emmy Award-winning talent has graced our television and movie screens with a variety of personas. Growing up in Kansas City, acting wasn’t his top career choice. But, after being dared in college to audition for the play Prelude to a Kiss, and landing a small role, Stonestreet was hooked. Since then, he has built up an impressive resume, starring in popular television series, such as Malcolm in the Middle, American Horror Story: Murder House, and Nip/Tuck. Most recently, he voiced “Duke” in the new animated film The Secret Life of Pets. Now, he is on an interactive comedy tour, where audience members will hear behind-the-scenes stories, life experiences, and have the opportunity to ask Stonestreet questions about literally, anything. Something tells me this is gonna be really, really, really funny. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50- $74.50. 8 p.m. July 17.Chuck MosleyFans have missed former Faith No More frontman Chuck Mosley, but after a few years of silence, the alternative funk-metal legend has returned. Mosley will be bringing his unforgettable voice and stage persona to Long Island during his “Reintroduce Yourself” acoustic tour. These unplugged sessions will include music and favorites from his past bands. Mosley was the Faith No More singer in 1985 for two of the group’s albums, We Care A Lot and Introduce Yourself. After leaving the band, Mosley formed Cement and released two albums: Cement and Man With the Action Hair. In 2009, he dropped the EP Will Rap Over Hard Rock for Food. Now, he is reissuing the album We Care A Lot with new tracks. This is a must-not-miss gig. Like, “Epic.” Looney Tunes, 31 Brookvale Ave., West Babylon. ltcds.com $11.99-$39.99. 7 p.m. July 18.Lost EmulsionGlenn Andreiev’s new documentary revealing how and why so many silent and early sound films are missing includes rare film clips and images to illustrate the plight of lost cinema, along with lively interviews with noted film historians (including Cinema regulars Bill Shelley, Ben Model and Philip Harwood). Director Glenn Andreiev will be on hand to lead the audience in a lively discussion after the film. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. July 18.Harry Chapin TributeWhat better venue to host a concert celebrating the music of the late, great folk singer, than the one that bears his name? There is none. Besides his hit single “Cats in the Cradle,” the Long Island native’s fan favorites include “Taxi,” Sniper” and “Flowers Are Red.” Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. nassaucountyny.gov/parks Free. 8 p.m. July 18. PinkaliciousThe whimsical story by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann about an exuberant little girl who adores everything pink comes to Long Island as a musical that is sure to delight her devoted following. The audience is sure to be dressed as fuchsia as the set. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $19.50. 11 a.m. July 19.Patrick ColabellaThis professor and author will be speaking and signing copies of his new book How to Get Rid of Socialism. Was going to add a political joke here and just decided to move on to the Yellow Ape Film Festival, instead. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. July 19.Yellow Ape Film FestivalYellow Ape is not your typical film festival. It showcases local filmmakers’ movies intended for the midnight-hour audience. You can see anything from a silly zany comedy to a bizarre and disturbing horror flick. Not only are films shown, there are musical acts, stand-up comics, a celebrity panel, and sexy burlesque dancers that make it more of an event than just a film festival. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $25. 7 p.m. July 20.Priscilla, Queen of The DesertGet ready to “Shake Your Groove Thing,” and hop aboard the party bus Priscilla in our laugh-out-loud comedy musical smash hit, fresh off Broadway. This splashy, Tony-nominated musical is based on the 1994 film of the same name that tells the story of three colorful “divas” that drive their lavender bus, appropriately named Priscilla, across the desert and meet an array of fantastic characters, all while pushing the norms of society. Set to a score of well-known pop, funk, gospel, and disco songs such as “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Boogie Wonderland,” and “Hot Stuff,” this is one adventure you won’t want to miss! Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $59-$89. July 20-Aug. 6.–Compiled by Kate Nalepinki, Leo Capobianco, Ana Borruto, Ellie Schoeffel and Timothy Bolger.[Featured image: Florida Georgia Line via Facebook]
A father from Arizona is now facing child abuse charges after he reportedly injured his 1-month-old daughter by bending her backward until he heard a popping sound.Officials say they were alerted to the incident after the father took the child to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the medical staff examining her found that the child had extreme injuries from both the past and the present.The father, 22-year-old Adan Flores told medical staff that the child was injured after a relative accidently sat on her, however, doctors reported that none of the injuries matched what Flores told them.According to the report, the 1-month hold had fractured legs, a damaged liver, hemorrhaging eyes, and bleeding from her mouth. In addition to that, the child also had multiple recent and healing fractures on her ribs.When authorities spoke to Flores he admitted that he put the baby on a bed on her knees and bent her backwards until he heard a popping sound. He then began squeezing her in an effort to get her to stop crying.He also admitted to twisting her legs until he heard them pop and shoving a thermometer into her mouth.Investigators say Flores then told them that he hesitated to take the child to the hospital initially because he knew DCF would be contacted and that the child’s mother would find out what he did and leave him.The child’s mother was reportedly in the shower at the time of the incident.Flores has since been arrested and charged with six counts of child abuse. His bail has been set at $100,000.