ESU Monmouth County NJ Branch

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Welcome to the ESU on the Jersey Shore!

At the right of this letter, you will see that the Monmouth Branch of the ESU is taking advantage of its locale and its growing population on the Jersey Shore to produce one of its most ambitious cultural programs ever in 2015-2016.

With a focus on British cuisine at our English Pub Night at the Monmouth Cultural Center and our Traditional Christmas Dinner at the Rumson Country Club,  we will introduce many to delightful social venues. Our focus on Shakespeare will continue with the Annual Regional High School Shakespeare Competition, open to all in March and followed by our scholarship awards to its winners!

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News And Events

Teaching Shakespeare Workshop

Thirty-five high school English and drama teachers from Monmouth, Ocean, Mercer, Middlesex, and Somerset counties will congregate at Two River Theater in Red Bank on March 1, 2016, for a full-day (9-5) workshop in teaching Shakespeare.

The "Teaching Shakespeare Workshop," a partnership between The English-Speaking Union and the world-renowned Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, gives teachers the tools they need to bring Shakespeare to life in their classrooms. The workshop will be led by an expert from the Folger National Teacher Corps and will focus on the Folger Four (scholarship, performance, curriculum, and assessment).

Read more here and register here. 


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Christmas Party

Father Christmas (aka Ron Brown) ladled punch, and harpist Marjorie Mollenaur  played while members and guests of the Monmouth Country ESU gathered for their annual Christmas Party at the Rumson Country Club. 

Branch President Ralph Wyndrum welcomed the attendees and presented a signed and framed photo of last year's Board to past president Richard Biernacki.  Mr. Wyndrum also announced that the Branch had met a challenge grant to raise $1,000 in donations; these funds will enable the Branch to fund education activities, including the  Folger Teaching Shakespeare Workshop for High School Teachers to be held at the Two River Theater on March 1st of 2016.


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An English Pub Night

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Downton Abbey Themed Tea, Period Fashion Show, and Shakespeare Recitations Presented by the Monmouth County English-Speaking Union

Mrs. Patmore may have approved of the variety of finger sandwiches; Mrs. Hughes certainly would have enjoyed the flavored teas, Lady Cora would have worn a stylish hat and greeted everyone warmly, Mr. Carson might have frowned at the lack of footmen, but he would have been moved by the Shakespearean recitations;  The Dowager Countess surely would have bristled at the use of the words "high tea" and Lady Mary would have rolled her eyes at it all…….Still the 50 or so guests who assembled at Bingham Hall in Rumson on Sunday, April 12, for a Downton Abbey themed tea were, to all appearances, quite delightfully entertained by The Monmouth County English-Speaking Union's annual event which this year featured a Victorian/1920's fashion show and tea tasting, provided courtesy of  Suzanne Ryan of Serya Tea.  (


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Page Scholar, Andrew Nowak, Is Hosted By The Monmouth County New Jersey Branch

First row, left to right:  Board Members:  Robin Blair, Richard Biernacki, Janet Smuga, Harry Brady

Second row:  left to right:  David Henritzy, Andrew Nowark, Page Scholar; Ron Brown, Janet Pitman

 Andrew Nowak makes a strong impression as a young man dedicated to finding and implementing improvements in the education of students on the autism spectrum.  As such, he was awarded a Walter Hines Page Scholarship by the British ESU for further study of this field in the U.S., and he elected to visit Monmouth County New Jersey where members of The English-Speaking Union were pleased to host him.   

To see more pictures of Andrew's visit, please click here. 


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The English-Speaking Union

Monmouth County NJ Branch

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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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