NEW CANAAN, Conn. Susie Repko is ready to leave New Canaan and take a trip aboard Titanic.
But rather than going aboard the ill-fated luxury ship, Repko will join dozens of others Saturday night at the Roger Sherman Inn for a special Final Dinner, beginning at 6 p.m. The famed inn will be decorated like the dining room of the legendary ship, which hit an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage 100 years ago Sunday.
Ive always wanted to see what it was like to be on board. I dont want to sink, though, said Repko, 59, of West Road. Hopefully we wont have any water coming through the dining room halfway through dinner.
Repko says she has always been fascinated by the Titanic, after hearing stories about it as a child and watching the James Cameron film of the doomed cruise. She bought tickets to the Roger Sherman dinner a month in advance. She and her mother-in-law Bette will wear special dresses reminiscent of the clothing worn by women on the voyage.
Im a hopeless romantic about it, Repko said. It brings back a lot of my childhood. That was the way of travel for my grandparents.
Saturdays event will also feature author Helen Behr Sanford, who has published a memoir of her grandfather, Karl Behr, who survived the sinking of the Titanic with his wife. Sanford will sign copies of her book at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Elm Street Books.
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