News And Events

Raising a Glass to the Queen

On a lovely afternoon, Sunday, June 12, members of the Denver Branch of the English-Speaking Union and their guests gathered to celebrate the birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.  The celebration was held at The House of Commons, an English Tea Room located in lower downtown Denver.  Members and their guests were treated to individual pots of tea, selected from an extensive tea menu, as well as sandwiches, miniature scones, Scottish shortbread and homemade petit fours.  Champagne glasses were filled and as ESU Denver Program Co-Chair, Josie Papazis offered toasts, first to U.S. President Barack Obama and then to Queen Elizabeth, members raised their glasses in tribute to the Heads of State.  

Guests make their selections from the tea menuGuests make their selections from the tea menu


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Denver Branch Hosts a Successful Region XIII Conference

The weekend of May 20-22 was a busy one as the ESU Denver Branch hosted the Region XIII Conference. Denver Branch members welcomed representatives from five branches in addition to ESUUS Executive Director Christopher Broadwell and Deputy Executive Director Edward Mohylowski for an action-packed affair.  The weekend started off with a Friday evening reception at the Denver Athletic Club.  Saturday morning, the Denver Branch Board meeting was followed by a presentation of National programs by Christopher Broadwell.  Many guests proceeded to lunch and a Denver Art Museum tour led by our own Mary McLean.   Saturday evening at the Denver Country Club,  members and guests enjoyed dinner and a lecture by Evelyn Wrench Speaker, Paul Edmondson.  The weekend concluded Sunday morning with the Region XIII meeting.  

Seattle Branch members Patricia Haggerty and Clarke O'Reilly at the Friday night reception


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Sensational Shakespeare Competition on Super Bowl Sunday

2016 Shakespeare Competition Winners

The 2016 Denver Branch Shakespeare Competition was held on Sunday, February 7 at the University Theatre on the University of Colorado, Boulder Campus.  ESU Denver was fortunate to partner with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and the CU Department of Theatre and Dance for this year's competition.  Each student advanced to the competition by preparing a Shakespearean monologue and sonnet and winning their individual school competitions.  The day before the event, Amanda Giguere, Literary Manager of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, coordinated a half-day workshop with a teaching artist to help participating students prepare for the competition.


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Holiday Celebration Friends, Refreshments and Scholars

Winning Writing Competition Students with Ruth Beckley
Holiday spirit was alive and well at the ESU Denver Holiday Tea and Award Presentation on Saturday, December 12. As the streets filled with snow, members gathered inside the Denver Women's Press Club, to share holiday cheer and honor the winning writers from the sixth annual Dr. Howard F. Beckley Writing Competition. These students read their entries based on this year's topic "What is Genius," for those in attendance. The 2015 winning students, all from Denver East High School were: First Place, Eric Dellavalle; Second Place, Nicholas Chavez; Third Place, Charlotte Thayer; Honorable Mention, Brendan Douglas; Honorable Mention, Zak Jacobs. These students' entries were evaluated by a panel of judges including high school and college educators; and outstanding members of the ESU community.


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BUSS Recognition Dinner

Karen Kellogg-Fain, Polly Cox, Sue Stokley, Aimee Arens (BUSS scholarship recipient) and Michael Lopez

The annual British Universities Summer School (BUSS) Dinner is an anticipated event that never disappoints and this year's event was no exception. The evening, held on November 5 at Denver's University Club, began with a cocktail reception, providing a perfect time for members to mingle while chatting with the 2015 BUSS scholarship recipients and their guests. Following dinner, Chairperson of the BUSS Committee, Michael Thornton, introduced the honorees by reading excerpts from their scholarship applications. It was then time for the teachers to speak and their presentations were captivating.


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