July 1st marked the beginning of another exciting year for the Colonial NC Branch and, as the newly
elected President, I am excited to relate, the monthly programs, events and outreach programs scheduled
to-date for 2020/21, are diverse and promote the organization's mission to utilize English as a catalyst to
foster global understanding by providing educational and cultural opportunities for members, students and
educators. Currently the monthly programs are being offered virtually to members until the COVID 19
crisis no longer requires cancellation of open meetings. Additionally, members can enjoy the ESU Happy
Hour, a series of free virtual programs with live guest speakers who often provide exciting participation
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am taking this opportunity to extend appreciation and thanks to our
many Colonial NC Branch members and friends for your on-going support and enthusiasm.
The Wreaths Across America TM program mission (to Remember, Honor and Teach) is carried out by wreath-
laying ceremonies at more than 1,600 cemeteries in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad every December.
The English-Speaking Union Colonial NC Branch is partnering with Wreaths Across America TM as like-minded nonprofit organizations that each give back to the veterans and local communities through annual programs and initiatives. By sponsoring a tax-deductible wreath(s) you will not only sponsor a wreath(s) to be placed in honor
of an American hero on the 6,673 graves at the New Bern National Cemetery, but $5 of each $15 contribution
will go directly to Colonial NC Branch to support annual programs that benefit local community outreach
projects, teacher training workshops and educational programs.
As members of the ESU Colonial NC Branch, we are asking you to help achieve the community goal of "a
wreath on each grave in the New Bern National Cemetery" by sponsoring as many wreaths as possible through
one of three methods:
1) Complete and mail this form with your check (made payable to: Wreaths Across America TM ) to the following address NLT 30 November 2020:
2) Sponsor a secure online donation via credit card NLT 30 November 2020 by going to the Colonial NC
Branch web site at wreathsacrossamerica.org/NC0393P/ . When it asks, group to support, be sure and enter
our group code first: NC0393P, and then the location code NCNBNC.
3) If you prefer, contact us NLT 20 November 2020: Lee Purcell and he will pick up your sponsorship.
Lastly, whether you sponsor a wreath or not, we invite you to participate in the wreath remembrance ceremony
at the New Bern National Cemetery on Saturday, 19 December 2020 at 12:00 p.m. It is truly a great way to
honor our fallen veterans.
On Wednesday September 2nd at 1:00 p.m., James Payne Beckwith presented, All in the Family: Diomed, Sir Archie, and Henry, from the 1780 Epsom Derby to the Grand Match Race of 1823, via Zoom for Members of the Colonial NC Branch.
You can view the full presentation bellow.
Beckwith's presentation tells the story of Diomed, the great English racer who came to Virginia late in life, was the father of Sir Archie and became the great foundation sire of the American thoroughbred. His son Henry, foaled near Halifax, NC, ran against Diomed's grandson, American Eclipse in the Great Match Race of 1823 in Long Island. This was the first sporting event to capture the imagination of the young republic, causing Congress to adjourn and the stock market to close. Program includes an exhibit of "all things Archie".
October 17, 1:00 pm
New Bern Civic Theatre Hamlet – "a triumph of dramatizing human concerns: men, women, parents and their children, power, politics, crime. war, murder, suicide, possible incest, -- all in marvelous language." – Dr. Christopher Armitage
November 5, 11:30 am
details TBA Orville Wright's Reflections - Bill Hand
December 5, 11:30 am A Christmas Story, In the spirit of the Christmas season - James F. Moody
January 16, 1 pm The Campaign to Retake Detroit, 1813 - Dr. David Skaggs
February 20, 1 pm The Virtual St Paul's Cathedral Project - Dr. John Wall
February 27, 10 am CC College Orringer Auditorium
Regional High School Shakespeare
March 13, 6 pm Annual Shakespeare Dinner and program
April 15, 11:30 am Admiral David Farragut U.S.N.: The NC & Spanish Family Connection - RAdm. Jay DeLoach