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News And Events

2019 Christmas Party

Harpist Jessica Hayden provided beautiful ambiance and carols for guests and branch members.

The 2019 Dickens Christmas Party was a success!  Guest enjoyed the beautiful music of harpist Jessica Hayden as well as a Christmas Carol performance by past Kentucky Branch Scholar Brandon Meeks. The evening was topped off with a gift basket from Buckingham Palace and English Toffee treats for each guest.  A wonderful time was had by all in attendance.

Members and guest enjoyed a delicious meal at the Pendennis Club

Many of the scholars chosen to attend the UK during 2020 were present and shared their excitement about their upcoming studies.

Brandon Meeks, an Equity actor, and prior branch TLAB scholar, shared an outstanding one-man performance of Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol."

Vice-President Sylvia Bruton and member Rita Bell congratulate Brandon after his stellar performance.

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A very special thank you for all of the party images to Sarah Herron Photography. 

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British Isles Cuisine Competition

Who:  The city of Louisville is invited to participate in the English-Speaking Union Kentucky Branch and Sullivan University cook-off featuring top Sullivan University International Student Chef Competitors.

What:  Over $4000.00 in scholarship prizes will be awarded to the winning teams of this championship cook-off.  The excitement will mount as competitors battle it out, preparing the iconic cuisine of the British Isles. 

When:  February 27, 2020, 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

Where: Hosted in the Pendennis Club Ballroom

Cost:  Before February 20 tickets will be $20.00, after February 20 the cost will be $30.00 per person.  

Don't miss the fun!  This cookoff is open to the public with plenty of tasting portions, a cash bar, and music from the isles.  The audience will join in the voting along with three celebrity judges.  

For tickets and more information please click here. 

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Save the Date: Christmas Party

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 Special thanks to Sarah Herron Photography for creating our invitation.

Please click here to register online. 

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The 2019 Scholar Presentation Brunch and General Meeting

The English-Speaking Union, Kentucky Branch

Cordially invites you to attend

The 2019 Scholar Presentation
Brunch and General Meeting

Come enjoy a delicious brunch and exciting experiences from the ESU 2019 Scholars detailing their outstanding educational and travel experiences in the United Kingdom. A brief General Meeting will precede the talks.

Sunday, September 22, 2019 from
12:00 – 2:00 PM

Audubon Country Club
3265 Robin Rd, Louisville, KY 40213

Cost is $26.00 for members and $30.00 for non-members, you can mail a check to or use the ESU online PayPal at this link. 

The cost is $26.00 for members, $30.00 for non-members. Please RSVP to Lynn Smith, Events Chair by September 8

6000 Eastwind Way, Crestwood, KY, email: or (502)384-4757, or pay at PayPal link at the Kentucky ESU webpage: here.

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The Queen’s Birthday Tea

The ESU Kentucky Branch sponsored a Queen's Birthday Tea on June 2, 2019.  The historic mansion of Mr. and Mrs. William Wetherton was the perfect location to host the annual event.  Members were delighted by the stories of the home, the Queen's favorite music played by Commonwealth Musicians, lively presentations from members of the Colonial Wars, Louisville Fox Hunters, student performers from the Youth performing Arts School and Commonwealth Theatre Company, costumed members from the Jane Austin Society, and a bagpiper.  The delicious food and opportunity to visit with members and guests made the event most enjoyable.

This year, the event celebrated the most recent scholars, funded by the Kentucky Branch, to attend ESU TLab programs in the United Kingdom.  The 2019 scholars, selected from among top students throughout Kentucky, are Shania Goble, Katie Huffman, Hannah Bishop, and McKenzi Gooley.  Each student received a check that covered travel expenses and transportation costs.  This spring event was attended by one hundred guests and members who support the scholarly efforts of the Kentucky Branch.  Thank you to everyone who supported this important event!

If you wish to purchase or view additional event pictures, please click here. 

The Hosts for the 2019 Queen's Birthday Tea, Mr. and Mrs. William Wetherton

The Fox Hunt Club members


William Carroll, Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Kentucky Color Guard )  

The 2019 ESU Kentucky Branch Scholars – Shania Goble, Katie Huffman, Hanna Bishop, credit John Harrelson with the image

A Winter's Tale – Performances of scenes by students from the Youth Performing Arts School and Commonwealth Theatre Company

Members and guests of the ESU Kentucky Branch enjoying the delicious food and performances.


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Please join us for The Queen's Birthday Tea

Presented by the English-Speaking Union, Kentucky Branch

Don't hang up your derby hats just yet…

Today the English-Speaking Union, Kentucky Branch announced that they will host The Queen's Birthday Tea to be held at the Anchorage Home of Mr. and Mrs. William Wetherton. This annual event celebrates the Kentucky university scholars and teachers chosen to study abroad in England and Scotland. 


Chance to celebrate outstanding Kentucky Scholars

After a rigorous search process, four scholars have been chosen to study at Cambridge University, Oxford University, and University of Edinburgh. Kentucky ESU has sent over 500 scholar students and teachers to experience educational opportunities available in Britain to foster friendship and global understanding.  Come meet this year's scholars at this event! Along with a delightful tea, the day will also feature performances from the student winner of the 2019 ESU Kentucky Shakespeare Competition, scenes presented by the Youth Performing Arts School and the Commonwealth Theatre Company. All proceeds go to continuing the scholastic outreach and programming of the English-Speaking Union, Kentucky Branch.

Please consider being a sponsor to support our educational mission. Sponsorships are tax deductible:

4 Event tickets, 1 Year Membership and Program Listing

WINDSOR ($250-499)
2 Event Tickets and Program Listing

BALMORAL ($150-249)
1 Event Ticket and Program Listing

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2019 Kentucky High School Shakespeare Competition Winner Chosen

 Vice-President Sylvia Bruton and President Kate Scharre Nitzken stand with 1st place winner Zoe Peterson.

On Sunday, March 3 The Kentucky Branch hosted the annual 2019 Shakespeare Competition.  Branch members and guests were hosted by Commonwealth Theatre Company and treated to a lively competition made up of student finalists from across the state of Kentucky.   The judges did an outstanding selecting the competition winner, Ms. Zoe Peterson, who will be competing in the national competition representing the Kentucky Branch in New York City.  Congratulations to all of the participants.   Best of luck to Zoe!

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2018 Kentucky Branch Christmas Party and Scholar Celebration

More than 57 past scholars from the Kentucky Branch were in attendance at this event.

Ambassador Matthew Barzun receives a membership to the Kentucky Branch.  Ambassador Barzun shared his experiences as an Ambassador to the United Kingdom and expressed his support for the work of the Kentucky Branch.

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English-Speaking Union, Kentucky Branch Annual Meeting

Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018
Place: Audubon Country Club
Brunch: 11:30 am until 1:30 pm
Program: 1:00 pm

There will be a brief business meeting immediately following the program. 

Join us in welcoming our 2018 scholars who will report on their experiences in England while taking part in British University Summer School programs at Oxford University.

2018 Scholars Presenting:

Hillary Boles, Louisville Collegiate School -
Oxford University

Victoria Fisher, student, Bellarmine University -
Oxford University

After presentations there will be annual business meeting where we will elect officers and accept nominations to the board.

Slate of Officers Submitted by the Nomination Committee:

President:  Kate Nitzken
1st VP - Sylvia Bruton
2nd VP - Paul Whitty
Secretary - Anna Beilman
Treasurer - Ann Lyons

Reservations are necessary even if you only plan to attend the program or business meeting in order to arrange for adequate seating. Reservations payable at the door, cash or check.

Cost for members for brunch: $28.00
Cost for non-members for brunch: $30.00
Program and business meeting only: no cost 

RSVP: Ann Lyons
Phone: 502-893-5499

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Annual Christmas Party
Speed Art Museum

Sunday, December 2, 5:30-8:30 pm

            Please plan to attend the Christmas party to be held at the Speed Art Museum on Sunday, December 2nd from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The party will be a grand reunion of all past and present participants in the Kentucky branch of the E-SU, including scholars, members and friends. All are invited as guests of the Kentucky branch of the E-SU.

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Kentucky Branch

Welcome to the ESU

The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.

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