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Celebrating the Queen

Doris Payne, Jean Riddle, Pat LaMoe, Beverly Cotten and Ruth Beckley

On Sunday, June 7, members of the Denver Branch of the English-Speaking Union and their guests gathered to celebrate the birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.  The celebration was held at Beacons Community Space, a unique venue in the heart of the Cherry Creek North Shopping District.  Members and their guests had time to socialize prior to sitting down for the formal tea, catered by English café and tearoom, The House of Commons.  Tea sandwiches, miniature scones, Scottish shortbread and homemade petit fours were accompanied by pots of tea.  Guests were then served glasses of champagne as ESU Denver President, Bruce Haefner offered toasts, first to U.S. President Barack Obama and then to Queen Elizabeth. Glasses were raised and socializing continued.


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Sara Doerner : Semi-Finalist at ESU National Shakespeare Competition

New York City, April 27th, 2015 – With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Sarah Doerner from Denver, CO, a student of Shawn Hann at Denver School of the Arts in Denver, placed as a semi-finalist in the 32nd annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. The Competition was held on April 27th at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City for 57 winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Sarah had previously won the ESU Denver Branch regional competition.

This year's winner of the English-Speaking Union Hawaii Branch competition, Sarah Spalding, won first prize in the ESU National Shakespeare Competition, winning a full Scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art's Young Actors Summer School in London, England. Second place winner, Evelyn Johnson, representing the Philadelphia Branch, won a scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp. Third place winner, Elizabeth Mears, representing the Boston Branch of the ESU, won $500 from The Shakespeare Society.


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Queen's Birthday Celebration

The Denver Branch of the English-Speaking Union
Cordially Invites you to the Birthday Celebration of
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Sunday, June 7, 2015, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Beacons Creative Community Space in Cherry Creek North, 2630 East 3rd Avenue (between Clayton and Columbine)
Limited street parking is available for free on Sunday.  There are also several parking garages in the

Cherry Creek North District

Afternoon tea will be served with champagne toasts to

The President of the United States, Barack Obama, and
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The cost is $32.00.  Advance reservation with payment is required.

Contact the ESU Denver Branch for more information by phone at 303-755-1752 or by email at  Reservation deadline is May 29.  See you there!


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Elizabeth I: The Changing Face of Portraiture in Tudor England

Presented by Kathleen Stuart, Curator of the Berger Collection at the Denver Art Museum

The English-Speaking Union, Denver Branch hosted a March social event in St. John's Cathedral's stately Dagwell Hall. ESU Members and guests enjoyed refreshments and mingled during a reception time before guest speaker, Kathleen Stuart, was welcomed to the microphone by ESU Denver President, Bruce Haefner.   Kathleen, Curator of the Berger Collection at the Denver Art Museum, presented a slide show talk on the subject of the changing face of portraiture in Tudor England with a focus on the portraits of Elizabeth I.  Kathleen familiarized guests with the process of patterning that was used to produce versions and copies of Tudor portraits.  Kate explored the varied images of Elizabeth I and explained the control the monarchs had in insuring acceptable images of themselves were produced.  Kate explained that the use of infrared reflectography has made it is possible to examine the preparatory underdrawing beneath the paint layers and discover the commonality of existing portraits. Many of the pictures from the Berger Collection are currently on tour but be certain to plan a trip to the DAM to view this collection upon their return.   



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Page Scholar Visit

Ceci, Basil Carpenter & Bonnie Pritchett Saint Andrew
               Society of Colorado Burns Supper

For six fabulous days, the Denver Branch hosted Page Scholar Cecilia Hunter, a teacher from Argentina visiting several ESU Branches. Ceci teaches Mathematics in Primary School and ESL to adults in a suburb of Buenos Aires.  She visited Math classes at Denver Center for International Studies at Fairmont (thank you Vanessa Acevedo!) and Stanley British Primary School (thank you Margaret Duke!), as well as Spanish classes at East High School (thank you Mary Connelly!).  We entertained Ceci at a Robert Burns Supper, a Super Bowl party, and a wine and cheese social for new ESU Denver Branch members.  Thank you to Basil Carpenter for driving Ceci around Denver; to Polly Cox for hosting the social and taking Ceci to church on Sunday; and to Mary Connelly and David Wurtzebach, for opening their home to Ceci for five nights.  Her stops after Denver include the Nashville, Richmond and Lexington Branches.  We send our best wishes with Ceci as she shares teaching experiences in more schools and charms more cities with her sparkling personality!

For more pictures of Ceci's trip to Denver, please click here.  


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