By JEANNIE WILEY WOLF
More than 100 years after the fact, people are still fascinated by the sinking of the great ocean liner, the Titanic.
To commemorate the event, a group of volunteers working to preserve and restore the historic Jones Mansion are planning a special “Taste of the Past: Dinner on the Titanic.”
Saturday’s event will feature dishes that have been recreated from Titanic’s first-, second- and third-class menus, along with period cocktails and music.
Four days after leaving Southampton, England, en route to New York, the Titanic hit an iceberg on April 14, 1912, and sank in the Atlantic Ocean. More than 1,500 people, including passengers and crew, lost their lives in the disaster.
“We’re honoring the lives of those lost and commemorating the maiden voyage of the ship,” said lead volunteer Casey Heilman.
Although all 60 tickets for the dinner have been spoken for, the event may be held again next year, she said.
Heilman said planning began in December. The menu will include a sampling from all three classes, including roast sirloin of beef forestiere representing first-class fare. Baked haddock with sharp sauce would have been served to second-class passengers, while vegetable soup represents food that was served to those in third class.
The Bistro on Main will cater the meal.
Recordings of music played on the Titanic will provide entertainment. Attendees are encouraged to dress in period clothing.
Each guest will also be given the name and age of a passenger who was actually on board the Titanic. At the end of the evening, they will learn what ultimately happened to that passenger, along with other biographical information.
Heilman said about 15 volunteers along with caretakers Eric and Jane Van Renterghem are helping with the event. Proceeds will go toward restoration and upkeep of the historic landmark.
Located at 313 E. Sandusky St., the three-story brick mansion was built between 1867-69 for Elijah Pelton “E.P.” Jones, a Findlay banker and businessman. The residence was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
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