News And Events

News And Events

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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Hamlet at Monmouth Players

ESU MC Branch & Monmouth Players
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

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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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ESU Monmouth 60th Anniversary Celebration

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The ESU of Monmouth County celebrates its 60th anniversary this year! We are starting new programs and opening up new avenues of communication. Now is a great time to join or renew your membership. ESU members contribute both financially and personally to programs like our Shakespeare competition and our new English Conversation program which enrich the lives of people right here in our community. Additionally, members will enjoy special 60th Anniversary cultural and social events.

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ESU Monmouth Branch Spring Tea A Great Success

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ESU Monmouth Branch 2018 Shakespeare Competition Winners, from left: Devlin Stark, Christiana Akinsanme and Shea Grant

Everyone had a wonderful time at the ESU Monmouth County NJ Branch Spring Tea, held at Bingham Hall in Rumson, NJ May 20, 2018. The sun finally came out after several days of rain, making for a delightful afternoon. We were very honored to host as our special guests all three of our Shakespeare contest award-winners and their families: Devlin Stark, Shea Grant and Christiane. Refreshments included all the hot tea ☕️ you could drink, as well as assorted tea sandwiches, scones, and savory snacks. Desserts included a birthday cake for ESU Monmouth Board Member Harry Brady, as well as brownies, peanut butter fudge and chocolate and cream cookie sandwiches. More photos and details at our Facebook page at this link:

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ESU Monmouth Branch Visits Monmouth Players for "I Hate Hamlet"

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The cast of "I Hate Hamlet", a play by Paul Rudnik

On April 29, ten ESU Monmouth Branch members visited the Monmouth Players in Navesink, NJ, for the first-ever branch partner event there, a production of the comedy "I Hate Hamlet". The venue was sold-out and the play was very funny. Audience members laughed and chuckled throughout, as the actors unfolded the wacky story and zany antics of a crisis-riddled would-be Shakespearean actor (Andrew Rally), a formerly-alive actual Shakespearean actor (John Barrymore), and their friends. Hilarity ensued. The Monmouth Players venue is the former home of an early 20th-century automobile magnate which was then converted into a library and then adapted for theatre. Refreshments were delicious and ample, and also free with paid admission, a deal not seen anywhere else. We look forward to next season and additional successful partner events with Monmouth Players.

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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.