News And Events

February Lunch and Talk

Members and guests of the Monmouth County Branch of the ESU gathered on February 21st in the Fireside Room at the Nauvoo Grill Club for lunch and an informative talk by Dr. Jack Lynch of Rutgers, on the subject, "The Universe in Alphabetical Order: What Can We Learn From Dictionaries?"  On his blog, "You Could Look It Up," Jack Lynch describes himself as the "author of a pile of books, both scholarly and popular."  He is currently working on a biography of Shakespeare forger William Henry Ireland.

Pictured: Ralph Wyndrum, President, and Janet Smuga, Secretary of the Monmouth County Branch of the ESU, and speaker, Dr. Jack Lynch of Rutgers, Newark.


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Teaching Shakespeare Workshop

Thirty-five high school English and drama teachers from Monmouth, Ocean, Mercer, Middlesex, and Somerset counties will congregate at Two River Theater in Red Bank on March 1, 2016, for a full-day (9-5) workshop in teaching Shakespeare.

The "Teaching Shakespeare Workshop," a partnership between The English-Speaking Union and the world-renowned Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, gives teachers the tools they need to bring Shakespeare to life in their classrooms. The workshop will be led by an expert from the Folger National Teacher Corps and will focus on the Folger Four (scholarship, performance, curriculum, and assessment).

Read more here and register here. 


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Christmas Party

Father Christmas (aka Ron Brown) ladled punch, and harpist Marjorie Mollenaur  played while members and guests of the Monmouth Country ESU gathered for their annual Christmas Party at the Rumson Country Club. 

Branch President Ralph Wyndrum welcomed the attendees and presented a signed and framed photo of last year's Board to past president Richard Biernacki.  Mr. Wyndrum also announced that the Branch had met a challenge grant to raise $1,000 in donations; these funds will enable the Branch to fund education activities, including the  Folger Teaching Shakespeare Workshop for High School Teachers to be held at the Two River Theater on March 1st of 2016.


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An English Pub Night

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Downton Abbey Themed Tea, Period Fashion Show, and Shakespeare Recitations Presented by the Monmouth County English-Speaking Union

Mrs. Patmore may have approved of the variety of finger sandwiches; Mrs. Hughes certainly would have enjoyed the flavored teas, Lady Cora would have worn a stylish hat and greeted everyone warmly, Mr. Carson might have frowned at the lack of footmen, but he would have been moved by the Shakespearean recitations;  The Dowager Countess surely would have bristled at the use of the words "high tea" and Lady Mary would have rolled her eyes at it all…….Still the 50 or so guests who assembled at Bingham Hall in Rumson on Sunday, April 12, for a Downton Abbey themed tea were, to all appearances, quite delightfully entertained by The Monmouth County English-Speaking Union's annual event which this year featured a Victorian/1920's fashion show and tea tasting, provided courtesy of  Suzanne Ryan of Serya Tea.  (


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