Kathy Tusa interviewing Smithtown Historical Society's April “Evening with a Star,” X. Cristofer Damianos, principal of Damianos Realty Group LLC. (Photo by Ed Shin)

By Nancy Vallarella

After a long and unpleasant pause, the Smithtown Historical Society launched the first talk in its “Evening with a Star” series on Thursday, April 22.

Priya Kapoor, SHS executive director, was motivated by the recent completion of outdoor features constructed on the 22-acre property.

“Our outdoor stage is the perfect venue to conduct performances, hold lectures, and give speeches. We now can host gatherings in a Covid compliant environment both indoors and out in the open”, Kapoor said.  “This program reunites the community in a safe networking environment.”

The first community star, X. Cris Damianos, principal of Damianos Realty Group LLC, drew a near-capacity audience. Interviewer Kathryn Tusa, former Smithtown Historical Society board president, queried Damianos about his family-owned business’ 50-year history, community involvement, pandemic pivots, and future goals.

The audience participated in a question-and-answer period. Many attendees lingered past the closing remarks. By all accounts, pre-pandemic energy emerged from behind the facemasks, and it almost felt like a community gathering reminiscent of the “old” normal.

Attendees were served individually boxed refreshments donated by Elegant Eating Caterers of Smithtown.

The Smithtown Historical Society’s “Evening with a Star” series will be presented through August 2021 at 6 p.m.

Community stars scheduled are:

Chef Marco Pellegrini, Osteria Umbra – May 18

Gary Duff, Gary Duff Designs – June 24

Will Flower, Winter Bros. Waste Systems – July 22

Scott Posner, Edward Jones – August 26

The Smithtown Historical Society is located at 239 Middle Country Rd, Smithtown.

Registration for an “Evening with a Star” is on Eventbrite. A link can be found on the Smithtown Historical Society’s Facebook page under Upcoming Events. There is a suggested donation of $10 per person. Light refreshments to be served.

The Smithtown Historical Society can be reached at 631-265-6768.

Kathy Tusa and X. Cristofer Damianos. (Photo by Ed Shin)
X. Cristofer Damianos. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Ken Donato, president of the Smithown Historical Society, and Nancy Twardowski-Vallarella. (Photo by Ed Shin)
X. Cristofer Damianos and Barbara Franco, executive director of the Greater Smithtown Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Ed Shin)
(Bottom row) Nancy Twardowski-Vallarella and Myra Naseem. (Top row) Gary Duff, Alexandra Damianos and Helayne Damianos. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Myra Naseem and Gary Duff, owner of Gary Duff Designs. (Photo by Ed Shin)
X. Cristofer Damianos, Sharon Hill & Jack Strauss. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Priya Lasky, executive director of the Smithown Historical Society, Karen Haleiko, and Diana Schneider. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Guests enjoying the evening with the interview with X. Cristofer Damianos, principal at Damianos Realty. (Photo by Ed Shin)
The Smithtown Historical Society’s “Evening with a Star” series will be presented through August 2021. (Photo by Ed Shin)
Kathy Tusa and X. Cristofer Damianos. (Photo by Ed Shin)

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