2012 Great Lakes Titanic Society Picnic

2012-01

In the back row, from left: a visiting couple from Erie, Paul, Charlie, Bob, John, Jack, Roman, Barb (peeking from the back), Jim, Tim, Cathy, John, Bruce, Frank. In the front row, from left, Denise, Laura, Helen, Ruth, Mary Ann, Bobbie, Dave’s memorial chair, Craig, Mary Ann.

Our 2012 picnic marked both the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster and our largest crowd ever — 23 people. We had a number of Titanic International Society trustees in attendance, as they were in the Erie area for a summer meeting. Sadly, the event also marked the first picnic without one of our stalwart attendees and longtime TIS trustees, Dave Shuttle, who had passed away July 11 of that year. We felt that Dave was with us in spirit, so we set up a beach chair adorned with some photos of him and some of his favorite items — a Yankees cap and a paper cutout of an image of his favorite beer (Yuengling) in the cupholder. The photo of him that we placed on the chair in which he is holding a card table with a hole in it was taken the previous year when his tabletop grill burned a hole through the table. We all got a laugh out of that one, and joked that it was Titanic salvage. We left it behind with a scrawled note identifying it that way. Always wondered what the park cleanup crew thought of that! Craig took all of these photos.

— Mary Ann

In memory of Dave Shuttle who was gone, but far from forgotten.

In memory of Dave Shuttle who was gone, but far from forgotten.

John and Denise plot their strategy for grilling.

John and Denise plot their strategy for grilling.

Paul and Denise check out the latest book about the Titanic.

Paul and Denise check out the latest ship book.

Jim, Bob and Charlie catch up on old times and talk a little Titanic.

Jim, Bob and Charlie catch up on old times and talk a little Titanic.

Jack and a bottle of soda never seem to be far apart.

Elder statesman Jack and his bottle of iced tea never seem to be far apart.

I didn't know breaking up bread could be this much work! Barb and Helen get the appetizers ready.

I didn’t know breaking up bread could be this much work! Barb and Helen get the appetizers ready.

2012-08

Tim (center) chats with some visitors from the Erie, Pennsylvania, area.

Roman (far left) makes a point during a discussion with Mary Ann, Ruth and Paul.

Roman (far right) makes a point during a discussion with Mary Ann, Ruth and Paul.

2012-10

Cathy and Bruce chat with Mary Ann and Frank.

Flying the White Star flag over the model of Titanic.

Flying the White Star flag over the model of Titanic.

2012-12

Mary Ann and Denise chat in the shade.

2012-13

A closeup of the foam-block Titanic model brought by Frank and Mary Ann.

Ready to set sail.

Ready to set sail — and since it’s made of foam blocks, REALLY guaranteed not to sink!

Advertisements

%d bloggers like this: