Sunday, April 15, 2012

A Night to Remember

On April 15, 1912 Titanic succummed to her injuries and sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. The tragedy captured the hearts and minds of the world. This fascination with the majestic ship continues today. On the 100th anniversary of her sailing and sinking, the media is filled with reminders, memorials, and rememberances.

Last night my local historical society hosted "An Evening Aboard the Titanic". It wasn't so much a remembering of the tragedy, but a celebration of the people who had sailed upon her.

'Passengers' could opt for a steerage ticket and partake in a corned beef and cabbage buffet. Or, for those inclined, a captain's table ticket would provide them with a served multi-course meal featuring items from the Titanic's actual menu. (I opted to dress up and join the Captain at his table, my hubby decided steerage was more his style!)

All passengers were greeted by Captain Edward J. Smith and received replica boarding passes. The 'unsinkable' Molly Brown circulated among guests, as did John Jacob Astor and Helen Churchill Candee.

A unique photo opportunity was available. Before dinner, the Captain offered a prayer and a brief moment of silence for all of those lost at sea. But the night focused much more on celebrating friend'ships' than it did on sinking ships. A trio provided lively Irish music, and passengers were able to test their Titanic knowledge with a round of trivia.

All in all, it was a spectacular night, one I will aways remember.

Until next time,

Happy Reading!



Margot Justes said...

What a wonderful evening, and certainly a way to remember.

Debra St. John said...

It certainly was wonderful.

CA Verstraete said...

That sounded like a neat evening!

Deb Larson said...

We took our granddaughters aboard the "Titanic" when we visited Branson MO last year. Each received a ticket of one of the passengers. By the end of the tour they had a special room where you discovered whether your person (the name on your ticket) survived or not. They also had roses you could toss into a giant container in memory of the person you had. It was a memorable occasion and my girls loved it and learned a bit of history as well. Only 1 of the 4 of us "survived."
DL Larson

Morgan Mandel said...

You look very fancy there, Deb. Once in a while it's good to get out and do something out of the ordinary that you'll remember for many years.

Morgan Mandel

Debra St. John said...


I visited the Branson museum a couple of years ago.

Interesting that you mention the roses, I was just on line today for a school project and we were looking at the site for the museum. They wound up dropping all of those rose petals over the spot where the Titanic sank for the anniversary this year.

The exhibit in Chicago did a similar thing with the names of passengers. I think on both visits, I survived.

Chris and Morgan, It was definitely a night I won't forget soon.