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An Old Fashion Community Christmas At Smithtown Historical Society

An Old Fashion Community Christmas

The Smithtown Historical Society helped kick off the holiday season for the community with two festive family favorite events last weekend. First on Friday, November 30th, the Smithtown Historical Society hosted its annual Holiday Luncheon in the Frank Brush Barn. This year marked the 57th year of this treasured holiday tradition. As always, it was a delightful afternoon with great food catered by Elegant Eating, gracious community relations, and generous support for the restoration of our historic buildings. After dining, guests bought raffle tickets to win one of the beautiful Community Wreath Contest entries or one of the many festive holiday prizes donated by local merchants and Smithtown Historical Society supporters. There was also a boutique for gourmet treat, decorations and gift items.

The spirit of the season carried over into Saturday, December 1st, celebrating the annual Heritage Country Christmas. Live music performed by the Smithtown Community Band, Long Island Blue Grass Group, Paul Antonios and the Dirty Stay Outs as well as Sampawam’s Creek set the tone of the day. Santa greeted kids, young and old in his workshop, a shadow puppet show brought “T’was The Night Before Christmas” to life and Lionel trains mesmerized guests as they looped on their track. At the center of the festivities was the popular Community Wreath Contest. Guests had the opportunity to view and vote on a selection of 17 unique entries. At the end of the evening each wreath was auctioned off in a drawing to raise funds for the Smithtown Historical Society. The Best in Show was awarded to Marianna Halufska’s wreath and Community Choice was awarded to Sandy Bond’s wreath in the contest. Thank you to all the participants and contributing com- munity members and Judge Myra Naseem. The Smithtown Historical Society wishes to extend a happy holiday to the Smithtown Community and thank them for their continued support.

Community ChoiceBest in ShowThe Smithtown Historical Society works to preserve the historic structures on our properties and seeks to expand and improve upon programs for both adults and children sharing Smithtown’s rich history. All this activity requires funding that is acquired through our fundraising efforts like these and the generosity of the Smithtown community. We have been fortunate to have the support of friends and neighbors in the community who, through the years, have recognized our group’s importance as a vital community resource.

We would like to thank our partners: Millennium Diner, Mr. John Zollo, Mr. Kenneth Donato, Academy Fence Inc., Skinnon & Faber CPA’s, Whisper Woods at Smithtown, Island FCU, Sterling Bank.

A special thanks to: Media Partner The Smithtown News, Luncheon Chairperson Lisa Scott, Designers Joan Harris & community volunteers, 9th Virginia Infantry Co. C - Living Historians, Smithtown Community Band,
Community Wreath Participants, Boy Scout Troop 301 of St. James, Wreath Contest Judge Myra Naseem, Smithtown Historical Society’s Board of Trustees, Staff, & Volunteers. 


Turning On The Lights At Girl Scouts Holiday Light Show


Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone officially kicked-off the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County’s 2018 - 2019 Holidays Light Show. The County Executive was joined by Shirley resident and 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Selling Champion, Olivia Phillips, for a ceremonial “turning on of the lights” at Smith Point County Park. Along with representatives from the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County and the Suffolk County Parks Department, the County Executive and Olivia illuminated the holiday spectacular before a line of excited spectators waiting to enjoy the show on opening night. Olivia Phillips is in sixth grade and is a member of Girl Scout Troop 12 here in Suffolk County.

Proceeds from the event support Suffolk County Girl Scout programs such as summer camp for children in need and outreach services. This is the third year that Suffolk County has hosted the annual event at Smith Point County Park. For the first time, this year’s event includes a Holiday Village portion that features a live Santa Claus, a photographer, snacks, refreshments and more. See more photos


Vanderbilt Museum Looking For Ice Sculptors

Vanderbilt Ice Sculpture Festival:
‘Ice Fest at Eagle’s Nest’

February 2019

CENTERPORT, N.Y. (November 30, 2018) – The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum is looking for ice artists to feature their work in Ice Fest at Eagle’s Nest, its first ice sculpture festival, to open in February 2019.

“We are looking for all ice sculptors who would like to participate in this exhibit and showcase their talents,” said Jim Munson, the Vanderbilt’s operations supervisor.
“We are looking for live demonstrations as well as ice sculpture displays that will help advertise the artists’ businesses. We have a limited number of spots available and encourage early entrants.”


Senator Flanagan Is Participating In the ReesSpecht Life Toy Drive

Senator Flanagan Joining With ReesSpecht Life And Family Service League To Support Toy Drive

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) has announced that his office is again joining with ReesSpecht LIFE and Family Service League for a special Toy Drive during the upcoming holiday season.  From now through Friday, December 14th, Senator Flanagan’s office will serve as a drop-off location for Project TOY (Treasure Our Youth) to help make sure that all local families are able to enjoy the holiday season.

Donations of new, unwrapped toys or gift cards will be accepted at Senator Flanagan’s office, which is located at 260 Middle Country Road in Smithtown, during regular business hours.  All donations are greatly appreciated and will go a long way in making the holidays brighter for area families.

“During the holiday season, it is essential that we all do our best to help everyone in our community enjoy the holidays and my office is pleased to once again be helping out with Project TOY.  We invite all residents to visit our Smithtown office to help ensure that every child has a happy holiday season,” stated Senator Flanagan.

For more information on this special effort, please visit http://www.reesspechtlife.com/toy-drive-2018/.




"Caught In The Act"

“Caught In The Act” submitted by Judy Marlow-Ratway