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Dec. 19, 2011

Looking for a Last Minute Gift Idea?

OSWEGO - This year's holiday season is well underway and there are only a few shopping days left. If you're looking for a unique last-minute gift idea, the H. Lee White Marine Museum in Oswego has 'just the ticket' for you!

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the great ship Titanic and the museum will commemorate the centennial with 'A Titanic Affair' gala. This premier fund-raising event is planned for Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the American Foundry in Oswego.

"People look for new gift ideas each holiday season and this year they will have the opportunity to give something truly unique - tickets to 'A Titanic Affair,'" said Mercedes Niess, executive director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum. "This very special event will honor the centennial by re-creating a magical evening aboard the Titanic."

Tickets are on sale now for $100 each. The highlight of the admission price is the preparation of a first-class menu similar to that served aboard the Olympic-class Titanic. It will feature an eight-course meal with the appropriate wine pairings. Guests will also enjoy music, dancing, and games similar to those played on the ship.

They can participate in a silent auction with an assortment of beautiful prizes and enter to win a pair of replica RMS Titanic deck chairs.

Each person will also receive a keepsake gift to mark the occasion and a professional photographer will be at hand to take commemorative photos against a backdrop of the famous grand staircase for a nominal fee.

"The story of the Titanic continues to bring people together and connect them in a way that few events in our history have," said Niess. "These tickets are a great gift idea and we are encouraging people to call and reserve their tickets early."

The H. Lee White Marine Museum recently hosted two sold-out programs with Oswego Town Historian George DeMass. As chaplain of the Titanic Historical Society, DeMass spent time developing close ties to a number of survivors of the Titanic disaster and their families.

The museum also featured the exhibit, "Titanic: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary," which included many items from DeMass's personal collection as well as a painting by artist Russell Porter, (1975) titled "Leaving the Coast of France, April 10, 1912, 9:30 pm." The latter piece was on display courtesy of the artist's son Robert Porter, of Auburn, New York.

To reserve your tickets for the gala or to learn more about upcoming events, contact the museum by phone at 315-342-0480, or online at their Web site www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com or Facebook page.

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