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Titanic Festival is this weekend

    WATKINS GLEN—Watkins Glen native Elizabeth Barrett Rothschild was one of the approximately 700 survivors of the sinking of the Titanic, and she is among those who will be honored during the community’s observance of that disaster 100 years ago.
    Titanic observances in Schuyler County begin Friday, April 13, with an event at Atwater Estate Vineyards and end Sunday, April 15, with an ecumenical memorial service at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church in Watkins Glen.
    While Elizabeth Barrett Rothschild survived the sinking, William “Hull” Botsford, who grew up in Millport, did not. Botsford was an architect for the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, designing railway stations across New York, including stations in Elmira, Ithaca and Bath.
    After the Titanic disaster, Barrett Rothschild continued to spend summers in Watkins Glen, and some of the community’s older residents remember her visits, accompanied by her chauffeur. She is buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery in a family mausoleum she built.
    Descendants of Barrett Rothschild, as well as descendants of two other Titanic passengers with New York state connections, Mary Farquarson Marvin and Frederick William Blainey Shellard, will be speaking about their ancestors on Saturday afternoon.
    That gathering will be followed Saturday evening by a gala dinner at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel that will recreate a first-class Titanic dinner.
    All events are open to the public. Of the 260 tickets for the dinner, only 16 were left by Monday, April 9.
The weekend details:
    • Friday, 4-7 p.m., Atwater Estate Vineyards, Route 414, Hector. The winery is one of six Seneca Lake wineries issuing wines with commemorative labels honoring the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking.
    • Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., special Titanic exhibit at the Schuyler County Historical Society, Montour Falls.
    • Saturday, 1 p.m., Watkins Glen Elementary School. Descendants of three Titanic passengers will share their family stories about their ancestors.
    • Saturday, 6 p.m., Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel. A gala dinner will offer eight courses paired with wines donated by Glenora Wine Cellars. Violinist Trevor Burrall, pianist Ed Clute and singer Andrea Gregori will provide musical entertainment. Thomas Leary, godson of Elizabeth Barrett Rothschild, will be one of the speakers. Proceeds from the dinner will be donated to the Schuyler County Historical Society.
    • Sunday, 1 p.m., St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church, Decatur Street, Watkins Glen. An ecumenical memorial service will be led by ministers of Schuyler County churches. A community choir will sing, and special readings will be offered.
    For more, visit here. For ticket information, contact John Pulos at or by phone at 742-2235.



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