A fundraiser of historic proportions will be held at Magness Library next Saturday, April 28. More than 100 years after its fateful voyage, the Titanic will set sail again to benefit the library.
“We just want to have fun,” said organizer Pat Bigbee. “No one will get wet this evening. It’s too late to save the Titanic, but not the library.”
At 11:40 p.m. on the night of April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic was en route to New York on her maiden voyage when it struck an iceberg. The ship disappeared beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean at approximately 2:20 a.m. on April 15. Of the 2,223 people on board, there were 706 survivors.
Bigbee and other library supporters will be trying to reenact the dinner that took place the evening before the disaster.
“It was a very elegant dinner,” said Bigbee. “The captain was having dinner with the passengers. Everyone dressed to impress. Ours will be more of a light dinner.”
During the fundraiser, hors d’oeuvres will be served that are inspired by the actual food served on the ship that evening. A string orchestra will be offering the evening’s entertainment. Dancing will be encouraged. Period dress or church clothes are encouraged among participants, but not required.
To set the mood for the occasion, decorations will include paintings by Ann Smotherman, a display of Titanic information, nautical items, and a recreation of the ship’s deck accomplished by the windows of the library covered with black construction paper and painted with small icebergs floating in the dark sea.
“Come enjoy a light dinner aboard the RMS Titanic,” said Bigbee. “It will be memorable and a benefit to the library. We will even have a telegraph station set up, which was the problem. The ship actually received six ice warning before the collision.”
The funds will go to upgrade the library’s electrical infrastructure to further enhance the safety of the historic building.
Boarding commences at 1800 hours (6 p.m.) at Magness Library on Main Street. Dinner begins at 1900 hours (7 p.m.). Tickets are $50 per person and are tax deductible. To reserve a spot on board, or for more information, call 473-2428.