Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 27, 2012

Spend an evening aboard the Titanic in Greentown

Fundraiser will benefit the Greentown Public Library

By KEN de la BASTIDE
Tribune enterprise editor

GREENTOWN — The world was shocked during the morning hours of April 15, 1912, when the believed unsinkable HMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic on its maiden voyage.

Since that time, there have been numerous movies and books written about the ill-fated ship. It struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912, and sank within hours, taking with it more than 1,000 lives.

“Titanic: 100 Years of Remembering” is a special event planned at the Greentown Public Library on April 14 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Eastern Howard Performing Arts Center.

Only 150 tickets are available for the night, which will include a meal similar to what was served on the Titanic, live string music from the 1910s, and a presentation by local Titanic expert Marty Talbert.

When guests arrive, each will receive the identity of a real passenger on the Titanic and may have their picture taken, which will serve as a boarding pass.

At the end of the program, guests will learn the fate of the person whose identity they assumed for the evening.

“This is something that Marty Talbert approached us about doing,” said Joy Detweiler, administrative assistant at the library. “We decided it would be a good fundraiser for the library.”

Detweiler said on display will be a copy of a newspaper the day after the Titanic sank and other memorabilia that Talbert has collected over the years.

“It has taken a lot of planning,” she said. “We have been working on it for more than a year.”

The event is being sponsored by First Farmers Bank & Trust. She said a group of Eastern High School students will provide the music and “All in Good Taste” will cater the event.

Detweiler said 50 tickets have been sold and 100 are still available. The cost of a first-class passage is $50 per person and $40 for a second-class passage.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 765-628-3534.