The Silas Griffith Christmas party, a tradition spanning 110 years was recently held at the Danby Congregational Church.

The Silas Griffith Christmas party, a tradition spanning 110 years was recently held at the Danby Congregational Church.

 

Silas Griffith may have been born the son of a poor farmer, but he went on to be one the area’s most celebrated personalities. A wealthy lumber baron, he was responsible for installing Danby’s municipal water system and public library. When he died in 1903, he bequested to generations of the town’s children funds for an annual Christmas party, so each child would receive a gift. The party is held, as it always has been, in the Danby Congregational Church, just across from the Silas Griffith Inn, the benefactor’s former home. These days, it is complemented by a puppet show and live nativity, spearheaded by the Church’s musical director, Beth Thompson.

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