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An Old Fashion Community Christmas


An Old Fashion Community Christmas

The Smithtown Historical Society helped kick off the season for the community with two festive family favorite events last weekend. First on Friday, December 1st, the Smithtown Historical Society’s hosted its annual Holiday Luncheon in the Frank Brush Barn. This year marked the 56th year of this treasured holiday tradition. As always, it was a delightful afternoon with great food, 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 boutique for gourmet treat, decorations and gift items.

The spirit of the season carried over into Saturday, December 2nd, 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 pets, young and old in his workshop, a shadow puppet show brought “Santa’s Day Off” 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 12 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 Community Choice was awarded to Ami Huntand 2nd place went to Gail Hessel’s wreath. Marianna Halufska wreath was placed third in the contest. Thank you to all the participants and contributing community members and Judges Gloria Godsell. The Smithtown Historical Society wishes to extend a happy holiday to the Smithtown Community and thank them for their continued support. 

The 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: People’s United BankThe Schaeffer Agency, Williams &Williams Insurance, Millennium Diner, One Fine Day Photography Mr. Kenneth Donato, Vanguard Insurance Agency.

A special thanks to: News 12 our Media Partner, Luncheon Chairperson Lisa Scott, Designers Joan Harris & community volunteers, 9th Virginia Infantry Co. C - Living Historians, Smithtown, Community Band , Community Wreath Participants, Cookie Bakers * Local Girl Scout Troops 

Boy Scout Troop 301 of St. James, Wreath contest Judge Gloria Godsell, Smithtown Historical Society’s, Board of Trustees, Staff, & Volunteers.