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Committee plans Titanic Festival for April

    WATKINS GLEN—Watkins Glen will be host a Titanic Festival, April 14 and 15, remembering the 100th anniversary of the famous ship and its history.
    The two-day event is being held to respect, remember and reflect upon those who sailed on the iconic liner and to honor Elizabeth Barrett Rothschild, a Watkins Glen native and Titanic survivor, as well as other local families whose lives were affected on that fateful day in 1912.
    Elizabeth Jane Barrett was born on Feb. 10, 1858 in Watkins. She was the ninth child of James William Barrett and the fifth child of James and his second wife, Mary Phelan Barrett. She married Martin Rothschild, whose family had financed the Napoleonic Wars, in 1895. The Rothschilds, who traveled extensively during their marriage, were returning from a winter in France when they boarded Titanic on April 10, 1912 in Cherbourg, France.
    Elizabeth and her Pomeranian were placed in Lifeboat 6 by Martin, who covered the dog in her lap with his top coat. Sitting a few seats away from Elizabeth was Margaret Brown, known after the fateful voyage as the “Unsinkable Molly Brown.”
    Current plans for the event include a Titanic Film Festival at the Glen Theater, and a Titanic Festival self-guided tour of the Rothschild property and mausoleum. A gala dinner at Watkins Glen’s Harbor Hotel will be Saturday’s highlight. Sunday will offer an All Faith Church Service.
    The gala dinner will recreate the entire, and last, eight course meal eaten by first class passengers. The dinner is being organized by restaurant owner John Pulos who commemorated the last evening of the Titanic with dinner at his restaurant for 10 years. In 2010, he started holding the dinner at Rosemary’s Legacy in Watkins Glen. Tickets to this year’s dinner cost $99.12 per person, seating limited to 250.
    The Schuyler County Historical Society will be the beneficiary of all proceeds of the festival.


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