Marie D. Galyean: Nampa eagerly awaits Titanic's 'Last Dinner'

SPECIAL TO THE IDAHO STATESMANMay 12, 2013 

The gourmet meal being prepared for the HasBrouck House's unique trip into the past is gathering steam and attention from near and far. A Boise resident sent a link to last month's Statesman article to a friend in South Carolina, who has a special interest in Nampa. As a result, Carol HasBrouck, granddaughter of the original owners, called marketing director Judy Moore and made arrangements to attend the May 17 dinner. HasBrouck is an artist and event planner, and she was excited to hear that Susan Montierth now owns the building.

Moore says that Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18, passengers will board the doomed ocean liner at 6:15 p.m., with the five-course dinner in first class served at 7 p.m. There will be live music, costumed "ghosts," artwork and other surprises. As in the film, a copy of the lovely Heart of the Ocean will be dropped overboard for some lucky passenger to catch after the ship "hits" the iceberg.

Master chef Michael Mohica, the owner of Kanak Attack Katering, is preparing the special meal.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the nonprofit Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Coalition.

Reservations can be made until Thursday by calling Moore at 899-2547 or 463-9196. The cost is $75 per person or $125 per couple.

Members of the Style in Time will be attending and dancing in authentic vintage costumes, and the "Titanic Lady" of Kuna, Vickie Gearring will be attending on Friday as the famous "Unsinkable" Molly Brown, who survived the tragedy.

DEER FLAT PROGRAM

According to a report from Kim Portwood, an environmental educator with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services, the public is invited to learn how the service is involved with much more than refuges. She said there will be a photo tour at 7 p.m. Tuesday giving an "inside" look at the construction of the U.S.-Mexico border fence and the federal response to the Gulf oil spill.

Local biologist Janice Engle will share information on these and other conservation efforts.

This program is part of the Wild About Life monthly lecture series at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge. The entrance to the refuge visitor center is at the intersection of Roosevelt and Indiana in Nampa. For more information, call 467-9278.

CIVIC CENTER BIDS DIRECTOR FAREWELL

At the recent Civic Center auxiliary board meeting, the 12 members present were saddened to learn that Director Marie Baker had resigned to pursue new "adventures." Baker thanked the auxiliary for its service and its help to her and the center. Auxiliary President Doris Thompson lauded Baker for her guidance.

As a member of the auxiliary board since its inception, Baker dedicated to making the center an artistic asset for the community. She made sure that it was a delightful venue to serve business and social needs of the area. I also admired her entertaining and helpful reports.

She will be missed.

Marie D. Galyean is a journalist and freelance writer who has lived in Canyon County for more than 38 years. Do you have any news about West Treasure Valley people, events and other subjects of interest? Email your ideas and stories to: riedevine@cableone.net.

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