ESU Colonial NC Branch

Message from the President

Dear Members,

In addition to supporting the national ESU initiatives, our Branch offers monthly luncheons and lecture programs by prominent speakers on a wide variety of topics, sponsors a Teachers Training Workshop, a High School Regional Shakespeare contest and the Annual Shakespeare Dinner. Members also enjoy fellowship at special members only events, including a Christmas luncheon and the celebration of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II's birthday every June at our annual meeting.

In support of local community outreach projects that benefit teacher and student scholarships, teacher training workshops and educational programs, our Branch made a major contribution, in September 2019, to the Department of Education's English as a Second Language Program, and we are exploring additional opportunities to participate in other local  educational programs and local community outreach projects.

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News And Events

Cancelled April 4 Luncheon Program

Please note that this event has been cancelled. 

Pocahontas, From Jamestown to the British Royal Court

On April 4, 11:30, a luncheon program, "Pocahontas, From Jamestown to the British Royal Court" will be held at the New Bern Golf & Country Club for members and guests. 

Lou Johanson's presentation, Pocahontas, From Jamestown to the British Royal Court, focuses on, the Native American princess of the Powhatan Confederacy during the time of the colonization of Jamestown, the first permanent settlement in 1607, located in the Tidewater region of Virginia. Captured by the Colonists during hostilities in 1613, her relationship with the English colonists helped bring healing between Native Americans and the Europeans. Pocahontas' acceptance of Christianity led to her marriage in 1614 to John Rolfe, a member of the colony, who was a native of Heachem England. In 1616, they traveled to England where this Native American princess was presented to English society and became a celebrity.


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On May 1, 11:30 a.m., "The ultimate Sir Archie Experience" – Chelsea Restaurant

On Friday, May 1st, 11:30 a.m., James Payne Beckwith's presentation, All in the Family: Diomed, Sir Archie, and Henry, from the 1780 Epsom Derby to the Grand Match Race of 1823, will be held at the Chelsea Restaurant and open to ESU members, their guests and to the public.

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".

The cost of the luncheon, is $18 for members and $22 for non-members. Menu choices are: salmon with champagne sauce, shrimp and grits with mixed medley of vegetables, or Apollonian chicken salad, tuxedo cake for dessert. .  Reservations and payment must be received by April 27.  Please send menu choices and checks to Colonial NC Branch, P.O. Box 645, New Bern, NC 28563 or pay on-line by going to this link. 


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June 13, Queens’ Birthday/Annual Meeting

On Saturday, June 13, 11:30 am,  the Queen's Birthday/Annual Meeting will be held at the residence of Dr. Jim Congelton, 315A Pollock Street, in downtown New Bern. For members and guests, the event includes heavy appetizers, a salute to the Queen, an overview of this and the coming year's activities and special recognitions. $25 per person. Due to space limitations, reply no later than June 10. Send check(s) to ESU-Colonial NC Branch at P.O. Box 645 New Bern, NC 28563, or pay on-line at this link. 


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