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Titanic: In Memory and Style

Elegant fundraiser Saturday celebrates the Titanic

April 3, 2014
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

In an effort to raise funds for the Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts, a very special evening of history, memory and celebration will be held at Fish Tale Marina's "Propeller Lounge," 7225 Estero Blvd., Saturday, April 5, beginning at 7 p.m. Labeled "Titanic: In Memory & Style," the benefit will feature a wealth of decadent desserts created by Truly Scrumptious, along with elegant timeless ensembles worn during the era of class and sophistication.

"While at first I very much wanted to serve at least a variation of the 11-course meal First Class Titanic passengers indulged in, I quickly saw that direction leading to an unmanageable ticket price. Thankfully, Michelle Pyle of Truly Scrumptious is not only a fabulous baker, she and her family are also Titanic buffs. Together, we decided upon variations of desserts Titanic passengers could have ordered," said Laurie Nienhaus, emcee and lead coordinator of the historic evening, as well as local writer, actor, director, producer and fashionista of all styles from past eras. "With Skye's help, we're able to serve a variation of a true Edwardian Champagne punch and Brandy Alexanders, as well as wine and other cocktails."

The evening, rich in desserts and in history, will also feature a fabulous vintage fashion show, as well as many intriguing stories and experiences from the "unsinkable" ship.

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Laurie Nienhaus will be your emcee of the elegant evening Saturday.

"There have been over 11 films made about Titanic with James Cameron's 1997 Titanic film grossing more than any of other movie of the last century. Hundreds of books, articles and videos have been created about it. It's also said that, along with God and Coca Cola, Titanic is one of the three most recognized words on the planet. What could I possibly do that would be engaging, fun and not already common knowledge?" Laurie said. "It made sense to share some of the personalities and some of the late Edwardian world. That took me directly to the concept of my first vintage fashion show, The Stories My Clothing Can Tell. It is indeed a true statement. Clothing always has a story to tell. I was off and running."

So, why does the Titanic story continue to fascinate?

"It is interesting that Titanic is about the only disaster forever remembered and commemorated like it is. I think it has to do with people making the ultimate choice of their lives. We have this magnificent ship said to be unsinkable that ends up sinking in the time it takes a full length play to run. Yet, this time frame was long enough for people to assess their few options. People could also see what other individuals were doing and consider their responses," Laurie explained. "The Great Chicago fire of 1871 or the 1906 San Francisco earthquake are remembered as more of a city's ability to withstand forces of nature. But in the Titanic story, we see the drama of individual choice and dignity. I think that tends to mesmerize people."

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The historic coordinator gives readers a little glimpse of what to expect during this luxurious and enchanting evening.

"Expect a fascinating and unique evening as you help support the Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts! As we wanted ambience, Fish Tale Marina's Boat Barn No. 2, lately dubbed the Propeller Lounge, seemed the perfect venue as we could put lights on the boats. So, between a 'starlit' evening, unusual culinary delights, beautiful women in beautiful gowns of a by-gone era and little known bits of Titanic lore, guests will truly have an Edwardian adventure."

The cost to experience Titanic: In Memory & Style, is $28, $5 of each ticket going to the Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts. One may purchase tickets online at, or call Laurie Nienhaus, 239-463-1079.



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