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Hospitali~TEA at the Smithtown Historical Society

Smithtown by the Sound

By Nancy Vallarella 

Hospitali~TEA at the Smithtown Historical Society

Miss Penelope Proper of the Mad Harlot Tea SocietyOverseeing 22 acres of grounds, 4 historical buildings, and over 100 programs offered throughout the year, Executive Director, Priya Kapoor and supporting staff open SHS’s doors for a new event. 

On Sunday, April 14, 2019, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm ** history repeats itself as the Smithtown Historical Society’s Frank Brush Barn is transformed into a Royal Victorian Tea Experience.

In the 1920s, women entrepreneurs converted old barns and deserted mills into tea rooms throughout Long Island.  The Orchard Tea Room in Yaphank was one of Eleanor Roosevelt’s favorites.  The Roslyn Grist Mill was converted into the Grist Mill Tea House by Alice Titus. It attracted celebrities from around the world long before the Hamptons.

From western Nassau County to the tip of the island’s tines in Suffolk County, women operated tea rooms in Great Neck– Blue Moon Tea House, Garden City –Black Swan Tea Shop,  Westhampton-Blackbird Tea Shop. 

In the heart of Smithtown, relive this tradition and go even further back in time as Long Island’s Mistress of Tea Time, Miss Penelope Proper of the Mad Harlot Tea Society hosts the afternoon filled with jaunty fun, whimsy, and culture. Victorian garb is encouraged (Prizes will be awarded for the fanciest hat and most historic costume).

Temptations of scrumptious delights to tickle the palate will be prepared by Smithtown’s own Culinary Goddess, Myra Naseem of Elegant Eating Catering. Proper Victorian afternoon tea time fare (scones, clotted cream, tea sandwiches, an assortment of sweets, a selection of teas, and sparkling cider) will be served with customary accoutrements.  

Tickets are available from the Smithtown Historical Society. Call 631-265-6788.

 $50/pp* - Minimal seating available.  

*Proceeds will fund the Smithtown Historical Society.  

**Edited to correct time. The event begins at 1:30 pm NOT 10:30 pm as originally posted.


Standing Baldly To Raise Money For Childhood Cancer


Volunteers baldly stand in solidarity with the 160,000 kids diagnosed with cancer each year while raising money to fund pediatric cancer research

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money to fund the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives, has issued a lofty challenge to everyone who wants to help raise money for pediatric cancer research: Be a hero for kids with cancer by shaving your head in return for pledges of financial support from friends and family.

Hamilton Tickets Raffle-May 1, 2019 ($10 per entry) We’re helping to raise money for childhood cancer research

Beginning now, enter our raffle for a chance to win 2 tickets to Hamilton Musical on May 1, 2019 at 8:00pm!! Each $10 donation will give you one chance at winning. You may enter as many times as you like. Please be sure to include both your preferred phone number and email address at the time you make your donation to ensure we are able to contact you if you win. Your donation will go towards lifesaving childhood cancer research grants. We can’t do this without you!!

Participants find that shaving their head in solidarity with the approximately 160,000 children who are diagnosed with cancer each year and frequently lose their hair as a result of treatment, is a small sacrifice in comparison to what these children endure. 

On March 1, 2019, we invite all parents, students, community members, and faculty to join us in our efforts shave their heads to help Conquer Kids’ Cancer! The event will be held locally at Commack High School. The head shavings will commence at 3:00 PM.          SIGN UP TODAY!            .

Last year, at our 9th event, we raised over $52,000 to help Conquer Kids’ Cancer, over 20 million dollars were raised nationally! Over the 9 years that we have been doing this event, Commack has raised over $650,000!

About the St. Baldrick’s Foundation

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation makes grants to research institutions to find new cures for childhood cancer, and to find treatments to ensure a better quality of life for patients and survivors. The Foundation funds research projects conducted by established pediatric cancer experts, as well as younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, offering the best available care for every child. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is grateful to its many volunteers (bald or not!), donors and sponsors, including Allied World, Barbicide, Dowling & Partners, elope, Markit, and PartnerRe. For more information about St. Baldrick’s, please call 1.888.899.BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.


Donations Of Formal Wear Needed For LI Students

Do you have formal wear hanging up in your closet that you never wear and is just taking up space?

We are collecting for the many Long Island students that are in need of formal wear for the upcoming prom season.

Items Needed:

  • Formal wear
  • Dresses
  • Suits/shirts
  • Accessories
  • Shoes
  • Ties

All donations of formal wear that are clean, gently used and in good condition will be accepted. Please send all donations to Burr Intermediate School, attention Debbie Virga by February 25, 2019.  

More info: http://www.commackschools.org/Downloads/FormalWearDriveFlyer1-2019.pdf 


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