News And Events

News And Events

40th Anniversary ESU National Shakespeare Competition Winner

Congratulations to the Monmouth Branch's own Claire Liotta, who was a top 10 finalist at the 40th Anniversary ESU National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 24, 2023. Claire, a student of Smita Ganatra of Glen Ridge High School, was one of forty-one semi-finalists who came from all over the country, along with parents, branch coordinators, teachers and supporters for this exciting weekend-long event.

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Summer Cocktail Party

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The English-Speaking Union of the United States
Monmouth County Branch

Cordially invites you to our annual Spring Tea.

Winners of this year's Shakespeare Competition will present prepared monologues and sonnets.

Enjoy an English teatime menu of fine teas, cakes, scones with clotted cream, and other refreshments.
Sunday, May 5th, 2019
1 pm - 3 pm
Bingham Hall, 40 Bingham Avenue, Rumson
$20 for members / $25 for non-members, payable at the door.

RSVP by email to

To pay in advance, mail a check to ESU Monmouth County Branch, PO Box 27, Rumson, NJ   

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Tony Winner Comedy "Noises Off"

ESU Group Event at Two River Theater


Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019 

Time: 3:00 PM 
Location: Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ 07701

Tony Award winner Michael Frayn's Noises Off is one of the funniest plays ever written! And join us after the show for the Two River Theater's Literary Manager Taylor Barfield's entertaining lecture about the history of British farce and comedy! Ticket includes show and speaker in private theater library with appetizers and drinks. 

Get your tickets online now
 or send in a check to ESU Monmouth County, P.O. Box 27, Rumson, NJ 07760.

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Shakespeare's H A M L E T


Date: Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM Check-In, Historic Venue Tour 
          1:30 PM Tea, Coffee and Desserts
          2 PM Performance
          5 PM Meet & Greet with the Actors
Location: Monmouth Players, 149 Monmouth Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716

Purchase your tickets at this link.
Checks can be mailed to: ESU Monmouth County Branch, PO Box 27, Rumson, NJ 07760. 

Join ESU MC for a top production of Hamlet in an historic setting! One low price includes the play, refreshments, a tour of the historic home converted to a theater, and a reception with the actors after the play. 

Members: $30.00   -   Non-members: $35.00 

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Traditional Christmas Dinner 2018

The ESU Monmouth County Branch again celebrated our Traditional Christmas Dinner, this year on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. It was a great success. Everyone enjoyed the delicious dinner, including Yorkshire pudding, carved roast, flaming plum pudding, and other traditional English holiday fare. Our exceptional entertainers, Marti Bookstein and her accompanist, led us in carols and holiday songs. The venue was beautifully decorated. Many thanks to everyone involved in organizing the very enjoyable evening. 

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ENGLISH IN ACTION Spring Semester!

English Conversation participants gathered Saturday morning December 8 to celebrate the holidays and the successful completion of the new joint program sponsored by The English Speaking Union of Monmouth County and the Atlantic Highlands Library. The program, which matches a native English speaker with a non-native speaker, is designed for someone who already speaks basic English but wants to practice their skills in a supportive environment. The Spring Session of 8 classes will begin in February 2019 (dates Feb. 2, Feb. 23, March 9, March 23, April 13, April 27, May 4, and May 18). For additional information about the program, and how to become a student or a volunteer tutor, email

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ESU Monmouth County Christmas Party

December 7, 2018

ESU Monmouth County Christmas Party
Location: Rumson Country Club, Rumson, NJ.
Traditional English feast with entertainment and a selection of wines. 

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Educational And Historic Tour & Tea at Proprietary House

Note To Members: To help make more people aware of the value of ESU MC membership, please bring one or more guests to each event. We are sure everyone will be delighted to join these programs.

Join Us At our Educational And Historic Tour & Tea at Proprietary House

Date: Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
Time: 1-4 PM (arrivals allowed as early as 12:30 PM)
Location: 149 Kearny Ave., Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 13, 1-4 PM, for an exciting and fun event at the Proprietary House in Perth Amboy. Members are encouraged to invite guests of all ages to enjoy a guided tour of the house, followed by dessert and tea in the Governor's Room. Admission by reservation only. Bring friends and guests; non-members will enjoy the event as well as members. Attendees will learn new and fascinating facts about the early English history of New Jersey. Both students and those who know history well will enjoy this experience.

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Wine and Cheese Pairing Membership Event

September 30, 2018


Wine and Cheese Pairing Membership Event, at home of Board President Ralph Wyndrum. Wine, cheese and hors d'ouvres, along with a fascinating tour of historical artifacts in the home. 

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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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