It’ll look much the same at the start — but the end result will be far more uplifting.
The 4th Annual Titanic Dinner Party is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (or, as the Facebook event page puts it, “6 p.m. until Iceberg”) this Saturday, April 14 at The Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave. in Dayton.
The RMS Titanic sank April 14, 1912 in the North Atlantic Ocean, four days into the ship's maiden voyage from Great Britain to New York City.
Here’s what the party’s organizer, Matthew Smith, told us about the annual Titanic party:
“I have been a Titanic enthusiast since before its wreck was discovered. I have a huge fascination with history and recreation. I had heard about people having small Titanic dinner parties, so I thought I would give it a try.”
“To my surprise, it has had a large interest, and more people join every year! We have around 100 people who have claimed historical people to portray this year, and there will be even more in attendance, as past years have proven.”
This is a costume party with consequences. To sit at the main tables, attendees must come as someone who was on the ship and be dressed accordingly. There is a list of first class passengers pinned to the Facebook event page, and attendees are invited to comment on the post with who they would like to portray.
“If no one has claimed that person, then I will mark that person as being spoken for with your name,” writes Matthew Smith, the party’s organizer. “You are not limited to the first class passenger list. If there is a crew member, 2nd class, or steerage person you want to come as, let me know ... .”
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There are no admission fees, but Smith wrote on the events page. “Bring money for food and drinks. Please indicate if you are attending whether you are dressing up or not so that we can get a better idea of how many will be attending. This is important for dinner purposes.”