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News And Events

     An ESU Tea Party Fit for a Queen


All ESU Members and Friends of ESU are cordially invited to attend one of our biggest social gatherings of the year—our annual Queen's Tea. We will be celebrating HRH Queen Elizabeth II's 92nd birthday. This will be an ESU Tea Party Fit for a Queen!

Our tea party will include a variety of tea sandwiches, sweets, Brenda's signature scones, Mock Devonshire cream, fine fruit butter or fruit jams and premium tea.  Brenda Hedrick, the owner and proprietress of Anna Marie's Teas proudly proclaims, "This is not just any tea party--our tea experiences are delightfully extravagant!" This is a special occasion not to be missed!

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ESU Members and Guests--
Celebrate the 33rd Annual British Faire

The British Are Coming!  All ESU members and guests are invited to the 33rd Annual British Faire and Tea in Shawnee, KS.  This fun event is sponsored by the Daughters of the British Empire in Kansas. This annual fundraising event benefits retirement communities and local charities. Some of the events and activities at the British Faire

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ESU Annual Conference
Setting English in Action for a New Century
New Orleans, Louisiana

November 17-19, 2018 

The English-Speaking Union welcomes all members to New Orleans, Louisiana, November 17-19 for the 2018 Annual Conference. This year's conference will continue to develop and define English in Action as the banner under which the ESU employs English in its second century as a catalyst for peace and understanding in a shrinking, turbulent world.

 It will include the ESU 2018 Annual General Meeting, workshops, lectures, social events, updates and camaraderie to advance our nationwide efforts to conduct our programs supporting teachers, students and recent immigrants. The conference cost is $475 with an optional plantation tour for $130. Information on an optional concert with Dr. Quinn Peeper, ESU President, at the piano with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, including discount code for conferees, will be forthcoming. Register here 

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'A Winter's Tale in Words and Song'

Performed by Bach Aria Soloists & 
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival

The English-Speaking Union is about bringing English in Action. All ESU members and guests are invited to a wonderful program that does just that—brings English in Action.

On December 7, 2018, the Bach Aria Soloists and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival come together to present a special seasonal collaboration, A Winter's Tale in Words and Song. This extraordinary program combines scenes from Shakespeare's greatest plays with music composed by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Cecilia McDowall and more.

The talented musicians of the Bach Aria Soloists, led by Elizabeth Suh Lane, artistic director and violin, include Elisa Williams Bickers, harpsichord, Sarah Tannehill Anderson, soprano, and Hannah Collins, cello.

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Midwest Tea Festival Returns to
Kansas City
The Midwest's Original Tea Celebration

Attention All ESU Tea Lovers 

The Midwest Tea Festival returns to Kansas City for its fourth annual celebration of tea and tea culture featuring tea tasting, education and vendors September 8-9, 2018.

All ESU Members and Friends of ESU are invited to attend this two-day Festival.   What is a tea festival? Well, in short, it is a day all about tea. Learning about tea, tea preparation, tea culture and history and of course, tons of tea tastings! It's celebrating everything that tea has to offer!

The Midwest Tea Festival will feature a tea market with local, regional and national tea vendors and tea related arts and other merchandise, educational presentations throughout the day on various tea related topics, focused tasting café sessions with tea merchant experts, and tea tastings all day long. 

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Added Membership Value for First-Time Members!

Even though our new membership year doesn't begin for three months on July 1, there is an opportunity in this fourth quarter (April, May, June) for new members to take advantage of bonus months during their first year of membership. 

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ESU Celebrates 2018 British Gala

Brits International, a Kansas City-based non-profit organization, is hosting their 6th Annual British Gala KC. All ESU members and Friends of ESU are welcome to attend this one-day festival of all-things-British!

The ESU Kansas City Branch will have an information table at the British Gala so be sure to stop by and say hello to our ESU volunteers!  Bring your family and friends as there is something for all ages!

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English in Action!
ESU Festival Group Night
June 27, 2018   

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival's 26th season brings to Kansas City audiences what is considered one of Shakespeare's best-known and timeless comedies, Much Ado About Nothing. You will chuckle, even LOL, at Beatrice and Benedick who throw satirical jabs back and forth. It has light, bubbly, and very clever dialogue that shows Shakespeare's comedic side so well.

If you like Shakespeare, or if you just like witty comedy, a beautiful evening in the park, and sharing with friends and family, then plan to join fellow ESU members and friends to experience the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival's Much Ado About Nothing, Wednesday, June 27, 2018, directed by Sidonie Garrett.

This promises to be a spectacular production with lavish stage sets, colorful costuming and all of our favorite actors and actresses including: Mark Robbins as Leonato, Darren Kennedy as Benedick, Matt Rapport as Borachio; Cinnamon Schultz as Beatrice and Jan Rogge as Ursula just to name a few in this great cast!

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TLab: Travel and Learn Abroad HURRY! Deadlines Approaching for One-Week Summer Courses

To all of our ESU members and lifelong learners, there is still time to register for the one-week short courses offered this summer in TLab: Travel and Learn Abroad.

Study in the UK for an unforgettable immersive experience! Live and learn on the famed campuses of England and Scotland or take a deep dive into Shakespeare -- exploring his hometown. Lose yourself in our short (one-week) courses and explore the history while soaking up the culture for a truly comprehensive learning experience.

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ESU Kansas City Branch Supports Fine Arts Education Day at Mo State Capitol

The ESU Kansas City Branch will again be represented at the Fine Arts Education Day at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri, on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

The purpose of Fine Arts Education Day is to highlight the importance of fine arts education in Missouri schools. This program is sponsored by the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education which is a consortium of arts education associations that represent dance, theatre, music and visual art. By joining together, these organizations in Missouri speak with a powerful and unified voice about the importance of the arts in Missouri schools.

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