News And Events

News And Events

Tony Winner Comedy "Noises Off"

ESU Group Event at Two River Theater


Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019 

Time: 3:00 PM 
Location: Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ 07701

Tony Award winner Michael Frayn's Noises Off is one of the funniest plays ever written! And join us after the show for the Two River Theater's Literary Manager Taylor Barfield's entertaining lecture about the history of British farce and comedy! Ticket includes show and speaker in private theater library with appetizers and drinks. 

Get your tickets online now
 or send in a check to ESU Monmouth County, P.O. Box 27, Rumson, NJ 07760.

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Shakespeare's H A M L E T


Date: Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM Check-In, Historic Venue Tour 
          1:30 PM Tea, Coffee and Desserts
          2 PM Performance
          5 PM Meet & Greet with the Actors
Location: Monmouth Players, 149 Monmouth Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716

Purchase your tickets at this link.
Checks can be mailed to: ESU Monmouth County Branch, PO Box 27, Rumson, NJ 07760. 

Join ESU MC for a top production of Hamlet in an historic setting! One low price includes the play, refreshments, a tour of the historic home converted to a theater, and a reception with the actors after the play. 

Members: $30.00   -   Non-members: $35.00 

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Traditional Christmas Dinner 2018

The ESU Monmouth County Branch again celebrated our Traditional Christmas Dinner, this year on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. It was a great success. Everyone enjoyed the delicious dinner, including Yorkshire pudding, carved roast, flaming plum pudding, and other traditional English holiday fare. Our exceptional entertainers, Marti Bookstein and her accompanist, led us in carols and holiday songs. The venue was beautifully decorated. Many thanks to everyone involved in organizing the very enjoyable evening. 

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ENGLISH IN ACTION Spring Semester!

English Conversation participants gathered Saturday morning December 8 to celebrate the holidays and the successful completion of the new joint program sponsored by The English Speaking Union of Monmouth County and the Atlantic Highlands Library. The program, which matches a native English speaker with a non-native speaker, is designed for someone who already speaks basic English but wants to practice their skills in a supportive environment. The Spring Session of 8 classes will begin in February 2019 (dates Feb. 2, Feb. 23, March 9, March 23, April 13, April 27, May 4, and May 18). For additional information about the program, and how to become a student or a volunteer tutor, email

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ESU Monmouth County Christmas Party

December 7, 2018

ESU Monmouth County Christmas Party
Location: Rumson Country Club, Rumson, NJ.
Traditional English feast with entertainment and a selection of wines. 

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Educational And Historic Tour & Tea at Proprietary House

Note To Members: To help make more people aware of the value of ESU MC membership, please bring one or more guests to each event. We are sure everyone will be delighted to join these programs.

Join Us At our Educational And Historic Tour & Tea at Proprietary House

Date: Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
Time: 1-4 PM (arrivals allowed as early as 12:30 PM)
Location: 149 Kearny Ave., Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 13, 1-4 PM, for an exciting and fun event at the Proprietary House in Perth Amboy. Members are encouraged to invite guests of all ages to enjoy a guided tour of the house, followed by dessert and tea in the Governor's Room. Admission by reservation only. Bring friends and guests; non-members will enjoy the event as well as members. Attendees will learn new and fascinating facts about the early English history of New Jersey. Both students and those who know history well will enjoy this experience.

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Wine and Cheese Pairing Membership Event

September 30, 2018


Wine and Cheese Pairing Membership Event, at home of Board President Ralph Wyndrum. Wine, cheese and hors d'ouvres, along with a fascinating tour of historical artifacts in the home. 

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New English Conversation Program

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Our new ENGLISH IN ACTION Program starts in September!

ESU Monmouth County and the Atlantic Highlands Library will start a free English conversation program which matches English-speaking tutors with learners whose native language is not English. Learners must already know English, and seek to improve their conversational speaking skill. The program offers an informal setting for tutors and learners in the Atlantic Highlands public library. To learn more and to participate in the program, contact the Atlantic Highlands Library, 100 First Avenue, at 732-291-1956.

ESU Monmouth County Welcomes New Board Members

ESU Monmouth is Moving Forward!

The ESU Monmouth County Branch welcomed two new Board members this spring, Vicki Schmelzer and Lindsey Slott. Both Vicki and Lindsey bring extensive volunteer backgrounds with them and have jumped in with sleeves rolled up. In her short time on the Board, Lindsey has organized several of our upcoming events and provided a new perspective on outreach that is sure to increase the value of our events and offerings to our members. Vicki has organized the new English Conversation Program to be offered for the first time this September. We are happy to have two such creative and dynamic new members on our Board.

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New English Conversation Program Dates

English Conversation session dates Spring 2018 and Fall 2019

English-In-Action Conversations will take place in the Atlantic Highlands Library (100 1st Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, NJ) from 10:00 am ET to 11:30 am ET on these eight Fall session dates:

Sept 15, Sept 29, Oct 13, Oct 27, Nov 3, Nov 17, Dec 8, 
Dec. 15 (8 classes).

For Spring 2019, the 8 dates are: Feb 9, Feb 23, March 9, March 23,April 13, April 27, May 4, May 18.

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The English-Speaking Union

Monmouth County NJ Branch

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Welcome to the ESU

The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.

To find out more about our programs click here.