LEETONIA- Community members can commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic with a dinner party at the Leetonia Community Public Library.
The Friends of the Leetonia Public Library are hosting a recreation of the last dinner served on the ocean liner prior to its sinking after striking an iceberg in 1912 at 6 p.m. April 14 at the library, with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 each and must be purchased by April 1. Tickets are limited.
The menu is a modification of those offered to the first and second class passengers and will include the following:
Hors d'ouevres and refreshments
First course, spring mix salad with raspberry vinaigrette
Second course, cream of barley soup
Third course, roasted sirloin with mushroom demi-glace, roasted red potatoes and glazed baby carrots
Fourth course, French vanilla iced cream
Fifth course, apple puff pastry
Sixth course, fruit and cheese
Diners are encouraged to dress in Edwardian-era style. Ladies are welcome to wear gloves, hats and as much jewelry as seen fit while gentleman are free to look as distinguished as possible.
In addition to the dinner, the event will include a presentation by local historian Paul Rohrbaugh as Capt. Edward J. Smith and a visit from Trudy Mason of Colorado as Molly Brown. Mason is a docent at the Molly Brown Museum in Denver.
The event will also include displays of clothing and jewelry from the Edwardian era, photographic reproductions of Titanic-related items and a raffle of a scaled model of the Titanic built by Rohrbaugh.
Proceeds from the event will go toward the Friends of the Library, which assists the library offset the costs of its services in the face of funding cuts.
"The library is a great asset to the community and we need to support it all we can," said event coordinator Sue Buchanan, vice president of the Friends. "It's going to be a fun night that happens only once every 100 years."
Citing a life-long interest in the Edwardian era, Buchanan encouraged community members to attend the event if just for the historical interest presented by the Titanic.
"It was the end of a golden age," she said. "The Titanic was over the top, it was the utmost mode of transportation at the time. I think after World War I, people looked back wistfully at that; it became romanticized."
Rohrbaugh added that the mystery behind the sinking is also a reason to be intrigued by the tragedy.
"There are a lot of compelling stories- about the passengers and why certain things happened," he said.
For information about the event contact the library at 330-427-6635, Friends President Pat Neiheisel at 330-427-6910 or Buchanan at 330-427-1713.
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