ESU Colonial NC Branch Queen’s Birthday and Annual Meeting
The ESU Colonial NC Branch Queen's Birthday and Annual Meeting, held on June 12th at the New Bern Golf & Country Club was a grand affair attended by 60 members and guests. Following her welcome remarks, President Elinor Kelly recognized special guests, Dr. Julia Van de Water, Chair of the Regional Representatives of the ESU leadership in New York, and the Region 1V representative Darlene Brown, the Executive Director of Craven County Partners in Education (PIE), the fundraising organization that raises money for the Craven County School System, April King, Executive Director of the Craven Literacy Council and Charles Wethington, Director of the Community College Foundation.
The two families of the 2020 and 2021 recipients of the ESU English Second Language Merit Award, Ruay Htoo -2020, Spencer Ha were recognized. They were chosen by the teachers of the ESL program through the Craven County School System and the Branch contribution is given to PIE for this program. In addition to an annual contribution of $1,000 to PIE, each ESL student recipient receive $100 and a certificate of achievement.
On Wednesday September 2nd at 1:00 p.m., James Payne Beckwith presented, All in the Family: Diomed, Sir Archie, and Henry, from the 1780 Epsom Derby to the Grand Match Race of 1823, via Zoom for Members of the Colonial NC Branch.
You can view the full presentation bellow.
Beckwith's presentation tells the story of Diomed, the great English racer who came to Virginia late in life, was the father of Sir Archie and became the great foundation sire of the American thoroughbred. His son Henry, foaled near Halifax, NC, ran against Diomed's grandson, American Eclipse in the Great Match Race of 1823 in Long Island. This was the first sporting event to capture the imagination of the young republic, causing Congress to adjourn and the stock market to close. Program includes an exhibit of "all things Archie".
*September 9 Thursday at 7 p.m.Trivia Contest and Introduction to the New Program, Pirates Cove, 417 S. Front Street, New Bern (OTP)
*October 23, Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Palace Auditorium, co-sponsors (OTP) Sailing on the Mayflower II – featuring Doug Lindeman who was invited by the Captain of the Mayflower II to be a crew member.
November 4, Thursday 11:30 Luncheon, Chelsea Restaurant (members/guests) Orville Wright's Reflections- Bill Hand becomes Orville Wright when he reflects in first-person on the trials and tribulations of him and his brother Wilbur.
December 18, Saturday 11:30 Christmas Luncheon, NBGCC (members/guests) In the Spirit of the Christmas Season – James F. Moody, author, song writer and musician, will read the special short Christmas story he has written for ESU Colonial NC Branch Branch.
*January 15, Saturday 1 p.m. Christ Church Harrison Center (OTP) The Campaign to Retake Detroit, 1813- Dr. David Skaggs' presentation is an account of the cooperation between Maj Gen William H. Harrison and Commodore Oliver H. Perry to secure American dominance of Lake Erie by driving out the Royal Navy and British Army.
*February 19, Saturday, 1 p.m. Christ Church Harrison Center (OTP) The Virtual St. Paul's Cathedral Project –Dr. John Wall will present a program on a visual reconstruction of St. Paul's in London before it was destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666 and an acoustic reconstruction of worship inside the cathedral in the 1620's.
*February 27, Saturday at 10am, Craven College Orringer Auditorium (OTP) Regional High School Shakespeare Competition – Bob Husson, chair
*March 13, Saturday, 6 p.m. Annual Shakespeare Dinner and program NBGCC (OTP)
April 30, Saturday 11:30 luncheon TBD (members/guests) The Gaspee Affair – presented by Jay Deloach. On June 9, 1772, an incident in the small colony of Rhode Island ignited a maelstrom of fury between Great Britain and her colonial subjects in America.
May 21, Saturday at 5 p.m. speech, 5:45 betting and drinks, 6:45 Preakness Race, 7 p.m. dessert on porch at 516 Midde Street (members/guests) Story of Diomed, great English racer –James Payne Beckwith's presentation tells the story of Diomed, the great English racer who came to Virginia late in life, was the father of Sir Archie and became the great foundation sire of the American thoroughbred.
June 11, Saturday 4 p.m., Queen's Birthday/Annual meeting (members/guests) Garden Party: Hollister house, 613 Broad St