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Atonement Lecture Recap

Pictured above: Program Chairman Carolyn Mitchell,our speaker Judy Pincus and Chairman of the Board, Wesley Devoto.

When ESU member Judy Pincus presented her lecture on Ian McEwan's  Atonement in February, it was indeed a high water mark for our regional programs.  The audience was transfixed as Ms. Pincus clearly presented themes, drama, characters, plot development and literary comparisons.  Seldom does one hear such a thorough analysis of an author's work, and our group knew it.  We all appreciated Ms. Pincus's excellent presentation and everyone wants to have her back .

 

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Shakespeare Competition

Don Pattillo, Branch President with the Winners: Oglesby, Atkinson, Pond with their teachers.

Our annual Shakespeare Competition was held on Feb. 11 at the Shakespeare Tavern, Co-Chaired by Diane and Randy Brannen.

The event was well attended and we had an exceptional group of high school participants. This year's winner was Andrew Oglesby, from Westminster whose teacher is Kate Morgens. The first  runner up was  Katherine Atkinson of North Atlanta High School, and her teacher is Casey Christenson. Our second runner up is Madeline Pond who is home-schooled by her mother, Elizabeth Pond.  Andrew will go to the National competition to be held April 23 in the Lincoln Center in NYC. We wish him every success as he represents the Atlanta Branch in the National Competition!!

 

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January 28 Brunch at the Ansley Club with Patrick Allit

Nearly 80 members and guests enjoyed a beautiful buffet luncheon on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the Ansley Golf Club which was followed by an entertaining and interesting talk by Dr. Patrick Allitt.  Dr. Allitt was born, raised, educated in England and received his advanced degrees from U. of California Berkeley and Harvard University.  He is a professor of history at Emory University and the author of several books and a lecturer of seven Great Courses presentations.   Last summer Dr. Allitt went to England and spent several weeks researching interesting places to tour that are often overlooked by tour guides to England.  The material he presented will soon be found in a new Great Course presentation,  so ESU members and guests were treated to a preview of Dr. Allitt's "The Great Tours:  Britain."

 

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Branch Christmas Party December 16, 2017

Once again the Branch Members gathered at the beautifully decorated home of Elizabeth and Jim Munson for our annual Christmas Party. The last weekend before Christmas guaranteed heavy traffic, but our Members braved the delays and showed up ready to have a good time.  The buffet was nicely catered by the Jerry Dilts group augmented by Elizabeth's rich and tasty desserts.

 

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Presentation on Barnsley Gardens by Clent Coker at November Member Meeting

After listening to the presentation from Clent Coker (pictured left with Carolyn Mitchell, Program Chairman) on the history of North Georgia's Barnsley Gardens, it became obvious that we knew very little about the history of the property.  Four generations of his family lived near the Gardens granting him the opportunity to accumulate many artifacts and stories of the ups and downs of Barnsley.  It was out of love that Godfrey Barnsley bought some land and built the house for his beloved wife Julia to take advantage of the fresh air in the Georgia Mountains as she suffered from poor health.  Mr. Barnsley was originally from Darbyshire, England and was a respected entrepreneur although he never actually became an American citizen. He did very well in business and was able to acquire 8,000 acres of land that became the house and gardens.

 

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