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Shake Up Shakespeare

Wednesday, May 5 from 4:00-5:00 PM (EDT)
Carol Ann Lloyd

This ESU Happy Hour program is being co-sponsored by The ESU Central Pennsylvania Branch and The Pennsylvania Department of Education.

For more than 400 years, Shakespeare and his plays have been part of our lives. From the playhouses of the sixteenth century to the American Wild West, and from formal theatres to high school festivals, Shakespeare's stories have resonated around the world. Shakespeare created worlds our of words that continue to inform and shape our language and our culture. His histories, tragedies, and comedies capture the human condition, explores what it means to love and to hate, and display the humorous, the terrifying, and the absurd sides of life. This interactive program will invite attendees to participate in polls, chats, and discussions. We'll take a look at how Shakespeare created stories that raise questions about relationships that we are still trying to answer today. We'll explore the power of his language and how it has shaped and been shaped by experiences over hundreds of years. Finally, we'll look at ways Shakespeare's characters and his plays say "goodbye," considering how these final lines encourage us to continue our consideration of ideas and insights.

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Carol Ann Lloyd

Carol Ann Lloyd is a speaker and writer who shares English history and Shakespeare with a broad audience across the US and abroad.

A life-long fan of Shakespeare his time, Carol Ann has enjoyed a long relationship with Folger Shakespeare Library, first as a volunteer and tour guide, then as Manager of Visitor Education Programs, and now as a Reader. For more than a decade, Carol Ann has been speaking for the Smithsonian Associates, Royal Oak Foundation, Agecroft Hall, George Mason University Lifelong Learning Institute, and other organizations. She recently offered a very popular course on the History of the British Monarchy, as well as programs about The Six Wives of Henry VIII in Popular Culture, Inside Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Women, Decoding the Royal Wardrobe, Royal Consorts, The Wives who Survived, and Secrets and Spies in the Elizabethan Court. She is currently working on a book about the Tudors. When not researching, writing, or speaking, Carol Ann is likely finding new guests and exploring new questions for her podcast, British History: Royals, Rebels, and Romantics.

To receive one Continuing Education credit hour, all participants must complete the entire program. Once you've attended the program, you will need to complete additional forms for Act 48 credit through CIU 10 that will be provided to you. 

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Much Ado About Romance Mocktail
AKA Beatrice and Benedick Double Berry Blast


  • Handful of fresh raspberries
  • Handful of fresh blueberries
  • One lime, one lemon
  • Red sprinkles (or sugar) to garnish glass
  • Fresca

Prepare your glass by brushing honey or corn syrup along the rim and dipping in red sprinkles.

Slice half the lime and lemon into thin slices. Squeeze a bit of lime and lemon juice into the bottom of your glass.

Add berries to your glass.

Carefully pour Fresca over the fruit.

Add sliced lime and lemon.

Raise a glass to Beatrice and Benedick!

Drink quotations in Shakespeare's plays

"I hope we shall drink down all unkindness." (Merry Wives of Windsor)

"I have very poor and unhappy brains for drinking." (Othello)

"Do you think because you are virtuous, that there shall be no more cakes and ale?" (Twelfth Night)

"I drink to the general joy o' the whole table." (Macbeth)

"Good company, good wine, good welcome can make good people." (Henry VIII)

"Eat and drink as friends." (Taming of the Shrew)

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