News And Events

News And Events

All the World's a Stage for Teen from East Rockingham High School

Captivating audiences with a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Tatiana Hodgins from Elkton, Virginia, a student of Erica Williams at East Rockingham High School in Elkton, placed as one of 10 finalists at the 31st annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition.  The Competition was held on May 5th at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City for 58 winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Tatiana had previously won the ESU Lexington, VA Branch regional competition.

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Lexington Branch welcomes The Rev. Dr. John Hall, Dean of Westminster

Members who attend the ESU Annual Conference are urged to bring what they experience back to the leadership and members of their own Branches.  At the 2013 Seattle conference former Lexington Branch President and National Board Member Joy Harris went way beyond this admonition by inviting the conference's main Speaker, The Rev. Dr. John Hall, Dean of Westminster, to include Lexington in his next US visit to present his richly illustrated talk about Westminster Abbey's past and future to the Branch members.  Branch President Rose Gordon enthusiastically seconded the invitation and, working with Joy and Valerie Humphrey, the Director of the Westminster Abbey Foundation, they planned a March 18 program and reception at Moody Hall on the Campus of VMI.

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Night at the Museum

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"An evening both beautiful and educational" was the way in which one ESU member described our November 6th meeting at the George C. Marshall Museum. Dr. Havers, president of the Marshall Foundation, spoke on the relationship between Marshall and Churchill. He also spoke of future plans for the Foundation.

Following Dr. Havers remarks, members had a chance to explore the Museum and its many fascinating artifacts and memorabilia from General Marshall's time as Army Chief of Staff during World War II, President of the American Red Cross, and Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense. Among the items which members found particularly interesting were: a WWII Era Jeep;the Enigma machine;the illuminated map of World War II; and Marshall's desk.

There was much to see about The European Recovery Plan, better known as the Marshall Plan. Among the posters illuminating Marshall's later year is the Nobel Prize Medal for Peace, awarded to Marshall in 1953. 

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Annual Lexington Branch Christmas Party

'Twas two weeks before Christmas and under the mistletoe,
The Jones hung tinsel and bows, where did they all go?
Out came the nutcrackers and oyster plates,
Silver was polished to a shimmering glow.
Then their friends descended from the ESU
Al's Eggnog was finished and dishes were cleared,
When finally they left, full of good cheer,
Jolly,and happy and blessed for the coming New Year!

This year the party was held at Spring Farm, the lovely home of Margaret Fletcher.

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A Message from the Lexington Branch President

The Lexington Branch of the English-Speaking Union has been actively involved, both nationally and internationally, in the English-Speaking Union since 1966.  Our aim is to provide both teachers and college students educational opportunities to study abroad.  In addition, we heartily support the Shakespeare Competition which gives high school students an opportunity to compete on a national level.

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Annual Christmas Party

For its December meeting the Lexington Branch hosts a Christmas Party in the home of one of the members.  Members contribute Christmas hors d'oeuvres and drinks. This year the party was held at Spring Farm, the lovely home of Margaret Fletcher. 

Branch Shakespeare Competition

The annual Branch Shakespeare Competition is held at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia.  Our competition involves high schools from Rockbridge, Augusta, Rockingham, Appomattox, and Rockingham Counties.  The winner goes on to compete in the National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center.  Our latest competitor, Tatiana Hodgins of East Rockingham County High School, was one of the ten finalists at the National Competition.

Annual Meeting and Garden Party in Honor of the Queen’s Birthday

Maxwelton, the lovely historical property of Rosa McLaughlin was the site of our Annual Meeting/Garden Party.  Nelle and Jim Busch served as hosts.  This is one of our most popular events and honors the official birthday of the Queen of England.


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