2016 dates in NY, IL, & CA

  • Mar 26: Niagara Falls, NY
  • Apr 8: St. Charles, IL
  • Apr 15: San Juan Capistrano, CA
  • Apr 16: Pasadena, CA

Tickets for the April shows are available now.


Smilow Glass – Blowout Sale

Smilow Glass  – In stock and ready to ship, just in time for your Holiday Gift needs.
Hurry – Purchase NOW limited stock available !!
Dots and Dash Tumblers and Plate Sets
A Cyber Monday / Holiday Deal now at 20% off through December 1, 2015.
Normally $120
Now $96
Smilow Glass – Blowout Sale
Smilow Glass, has been handcrafted in America since 1986. The Plates are dishwasher and microwave safe for gentle heating.
Set includes one 12”, one 9”, and one 7” round glass plate
Normally $38.00
Now $32.00
This set of two elegant glasses are 12.5 oz each and are dishwasher safe.
Email your Order with name and shipping address  to info@smilowdesign. We will respond with a confirmation order and payment link

December 2015 Book Recommendations

Heroes–to the future President.

TRUMAN by David McCullough
A definitive and fun-to-read biography about the 33rd President of the United States.

FEAR OF FLYING by Erica Jong
Isadora Wing’s erotic rant.

In the 1980 debut of the Capital Crimes Series, the Secretary of State is discovered murdered in the Lincoln Bedroom.

December 2015 Book Recommendations


Gift suggestions for the holidays

Holiday gift giving can be a truly onerous task, particularly when you are shopping for suitable presents for children and grandchildren.

“Checks, cash and gift cards are easy ways out for some parents and grandparents.  Electronic gadgets and geegaws might also be top-of-the-list to ensure hero/ heroine status in the eyes of cherished children.  But, if you want to give a gift that entertains, creates excitement, edifies and enlightens, buy them engaging books that touch off a yearning for learning,” suggests David Bruce Smith.

Smith is an author, publisher and co-founder of the Grateful American Book Prize that rewards authors of factually accurate historical fiction and non-fiction so he is biased, of course.  But his message resonates with almost every adult who endured middle school and high school history classes and their mechanical, rote-based, name-and-date lesson plans.

“But after graduation the great majority of us began seeking historical novels and movies because they put history into a context that was exciting and engaging.”

Kathy Cannon Wiechman was awarded the 2015 Book Prize this fall for her book Like A River, A Civil War Novel.  It’s an exciting “page-turner” for children of all ages, particularly for youngsters who can relate to the novel’s teen-age protagonists.

In a recent interview, author Wiechman agreed with the notion that a good read goes a long way toward the goal of engaging our kids in the study of history.  While science and math train our youngsters for the 21st Century world, history provides important life lessons that put their young lives in context, she said.


“I rarely liked history class.  Memorizing lists of generals, battles, and causes bored me, but when history read like a story, I was hooked.  I fell in love with history through biographies of Lincoln, Washington, and Lee, and I relished stories that transported me into the past.  Well-developed fictional characters took me on marvelous adventures and I always eagerly read the Author’s Note at the end of a story that separated fact from fiction.  It never seemed like a history lesson because I learned so much.  When I hear from readers of Like A River, my favorite compliment is ‘I felt I was there with Leander and Polly.’  If I can transport a reader into the past, the lesson will stay with him longer than any history class, because he has ‘been there’.”

Like A River is a top holiday gift recommendation from Book Prize co-founder Smith.  So are two novels that won Honorable Mentions in this year’s competition: Wheels of Change by Darlene Beck Jacobson and The Revelation of Louisa May by Michaela MacColl.  Wheels of Change confronts Washington DC’s racial turbulence during Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency.  The Revelation of Louisa May is a deftly appealing combination of actual events and history culled from the life of Louisa May Alcott.
Smith had additional title recommendations for young readers.  “They probably will find these stories so interesting that they won’t even know they are learning how to be good citizens who will enthusiastically participate in the democratic process as they grow older.”

Here are some of additional books recommended by the Grateful American Book Prize.  Google them to see which ones will be appealing for the kids on your holiday gift lists:

Judy Blume’s FOREVER
Charlotte Bronte’s, JANE EYRE
Esther Forbes’s, JOHNNY TREMAIN
Kathryn Forbes’s, MAMA’S BANK ACCOUNT
Frank B. Gilbreth’s and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey’s, CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN
Frank B. Gilbreth’s and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey’s, BELLES ON THEIR TOES
Kirby Larson’s, DASH
Madeleine L’Engle’s, A WRINKLE IN TIME
Madeleine L’Engle’s, CAMILLA
Gayle Rosengren’s, WHAT THE MOON SAW
Kathy Cannon Wiechman’s, LIKE A RIVER: A CIVIL WAR NOVEL
Elie Wiesel’s, NIGHT

Chestertown Winterfest Weekend

December’s First Friday kicks off an eventful weekend of holiday performances, special activities for kids and shopping for everyone on your list!

Jazz Cabaret Featuring The Bratcher Project at Sumner Hall

Jazz Cabaret Featuring “The Bratcher Project” at Sumner Hall

Saturday, November 28, 2015
TWO SHOWS! 6pm-730pm
Tickets: $30










Tickets can be purchased at Sumner Hall during regular business hours – Saturday 10am-1pm or by calling 443-282-0023 or emailing

Entertainment sponsored by The Kent County Arts Council.


Smilow Bench Woven Bench Featured in Holiday House 2015

Smilow Bench Woven Bench Featured in Holiday House 2015

Smilow Furniture’s Rush Woven Bench is attractively displayed in a sumptuous display Bedroom-Sitting Room: ‘Home From the Holidays’ by Paris Forino. The room is featured in Design Life Network and Houzz.

Paris Forino’s bedroom is ethereal and light yet abundantly filled with rich, unexpected details, an homage to travel memories and a space where one can relax and recall the thrill of adventure and discovery. Art from Neuhaus Gallery and fabrics from Jim Thompson coexist with an array of decorative objects and artisanal treasures gathered from around the globe.” Rikki Snyder – Houzz

Smilow Bench Woven Bench Featured in Holiday House 2015

Smilow Bench Woven Bench Featured in Holiday House 2015

Smilow Bench Woven Bench Featured in Holiday House 2015

The 2015 Holiday House NYC is an extraordinary display of designers and should not be missed. It is located at The Academy Mansion
– 2 East 63rd Street in New York City and is  open daily through Dec 2, 2015. Hours are  11am – 5pm and Thursdays until 8pm.

Holiday House Design Show was founded in 2008 by Iris Dankner to raise breast cancer awareness in the design industry. $35 Admission benefits the Breast Cancer Research Fund.



VMFA’s Alex Nyerges Connects American History + Art History

News Channel 8’s Let’s Talk Live reporter Kidd O’Shea helps viewers make the connection between American history and art history in this interview with David Bruce Smith, founder of the Grateful American™ Foundation — and Alex Nyerges, director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.


William Bushong Takes Us Inside the White House

The White House Historical Association was founded in 1961 through the efforts of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. This private, nonprofit organization has a big mission — to enhance the public’s understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the White House.

Working with the National Park Service, the curator of the White House, the White House chief usher, and the “first family” — the WHHA is charged with the care, conservation, and interpretation of the historic staterooms of the White House Executive Residence and larger White House Complex.

So we are thrilled to interview historian William Bushong, the chief White House historian and VP of the WHHA, who has been with the organization since 1997. Scroll down for our Q&A. — Hope Katz Gibbs, executive producer, and David Bruce Smith, founder of the Grateful American™ Foundation.

Be sure to check out more fascinating facts and interviews on The Grateful American™ TV Show designed to restore enthusiasm in American history for kids, and adults!


Timeless Style: Smilow Dining Chairs Surrounding Pedestal Dining Table

Smilow Furniture Woven Rush Dining Chairs surround a Smilow Furniture Pedestal Dining Table.

Timeless, Enduring, Elegant Modern Style that we are proud to have reintroduced to enhance any dining room today.


Timeless Style: Smilow Dining Chairs Surrounding Pedestal Dining Table