ESU Dallas Branch

A Message from the Dallas Branch President

The Dallas Branch of the English-Speaking Union extends a warm welcome to visitors and members to attend all events.

As a reminder, please put Saturday June 10th on your calendar for the Queens Tea. Details will be sent out the 3rd week of May. I will be in Europe for the next month or so. If anyone has a question or a comment, please contact our Secretary Taylor Sharpe and he'll be happy to assist.

Happy Easter and Happy Mothers Day to all. Enjoy the spring and get out and smell the flowers!

Ruth M. Mader 

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News And Events

2020 National Shakespeare Competition

The ESU will host the 2020 National Shakespeare Finals in New York City on Monday, April 27th. This is a truly inspirational and engaging event bringing together high school students from all across the United States as they compete through presentation of Shakespearean monologues and sonnets. Our Dallas branch has been sending students for many years. This year, we will send (student finalist) to NYC – and we are genuinely delighted!

As you can imagine, hosting nearly 60 students in New York City for the finals is an expensive and costly endeavor. I am hoping you might help support this most worthwhile initiative that I am directing Your support will fund a one-of-a-kind program that since 1983 has engaged more than 360,000 young people like Jackson. Approximately 2,500 teachers and 20,000 students in nearly 60 ESU Branch communities nationwide have also been involved.


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Dallas Branch National Shakespeare Competition


The annual Shakespeare Competition sponsored by the Dallas English-Speaking Union will take place on March 7th at 9:00 AM at Highland Park High School Auditorium. 

Local high school students compete by performing one Shakespeare sonnet and one recitation from Shakespeare's plays. Performances are judged by members of Shakespeare Dallas. Our winner receives a free trip to New York City to compete in the national contest with the possibility of winning a scholarship to the Royal Shakespeare Society in London.


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Christmas Party

We had an enjoyable visit to the Dallas Holocaust Museum last month. We also had scheduled an event for November 23rd, but our presentation has not worked out. But if you're still available then and would like to just socialize, Ruth is organizing several of us to just go out to dinner at Lavendou ( If you're interested, give her a call to let her know you are coming at 214-734-6844.

Our next ESU event will be our annual Christmas Party which will be Judge Jim Kerr's house. We will send out more details right after Thanksgiving, but be sure to put this on your calendar. It always is a fun and joyous event!

Also mark you calendar for March 7th which will be our annual Shakespeare Competition for high schoolers. If you are able to assist in this program, please contact Gwen Dixie to volunteer.

We have exciting programming for our 2019-2020 season and we hope to see you all at the events. If any of you have ideas on speakers you've seen or would like to see, please share with us and we'll see what we can do.

-Ruth M Mader


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Tour of the Holocaust Museum


This month's event has been moved from October 19th to October 26th. We will be touring the new opening of the Holocaust Museum in downtown Dallas. But we will first go to the Corner Bakery Cafe on Market Street for brunch at 11am. Tickets to the musem are $16 and a brunch at Corner Street Bakery is about the same.

Please RSVP ONLINE or call Gwen Dixie at 972-620-1772.


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Queen's Tea on Saturday June 8th

The Queen's Tea will take place on Saturday June 8th this year at Chocolate Angel Cafe and Tea Room which is on the inside of High Street Antiques, located at 800 North Central Expressway, Plano, TX 75074. It is on the Highway 75 frontage road heading north just one block north of Plano Parkway. You will see the Italian Gardens Restaurant, then Hooters and it will be right after that. After entering High Street you'll turn to your left and you'll see the tea room.

High tea starts at 3:15pm, along with scones, tea sandwiches, fresh fruit, mini desserts, accompanied teas and of course champagne. The price is $39.00 per person and you can pay at the door or you can pay online. This will be an Afternoon tea, so ladies WEAR YOUR HATS!

Click here to see pictures of the event!


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