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Christmas Tea

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Romantic Irish Country Houses

What is it that gives the Irish house such a distinctive character? Why should their personality—and that of their owners—be so often idiosyncratic and eccentric? And how is it that there remains plenty of houses where shabby chic has been the norm for generations? In an amusing and informative talk, mixing history with anecdote, author Robert O'Byrneoffers a tour of some of Ireland's unusual houses. These include the family home whose present occupant has rescued everything connected with his ancestors—including their tombstones. And a house where so much plaster had already fallen off the walls that its owner simply took a hammer to clear away the rest. Then there is the stately home where the maid reputedly fell through the ceiling—landing safely on the dining room table. Robert's introduction to these houses' history and unique characteristics is sure to entertain and enlighten.

Where: The Beauregard-Keyes House & Garden Museum, 1113 Chartres St.
When: Wednesday, November 6 | 6:30 p.m. reception following the lecture
Tickets: $35 members; $45 non-members

To Register: please click "Register" below or call 212-480-2889 x. 201 - A discount code is available to ESU members that will arrive in a separate email. 

Thank you to our co-sponsors:
The Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum
The English Speaking Union, New Orleans
Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Louisiana Chapter
The Royal Society of St. George in New Orleans
American Friends of Attingham

Additional support for our New Orleans lecture is generously provided by Dr. Quinn Peeper and Mr. Michael Harold

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Branch Patron Members' Party
By Invitation Only

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
6-8pm 

at the lovely home of
Mr. Greg Morey & Mr. Scott James
1328 Felicity Street

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Queen's Birthday Brunch 2019 "James Bond on her Majesty's Secret Service"

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An Evening of Purcell - The English Baroque

If you've hummed along with the trumpet solo introduction to CBS Sunday Morning or enjoyed the soundtrack of the recent movie The Favourite, then you have been enjoying Baroque music. Join us for a program about Henry Purcell, the most famous of English composers up until the 20th century, who uniquely composed Baroque vocal music shaped by the natural prosody of English speech.

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National Shakespeare Competition - South Louisiana Regional Semi-Finals

Sunday, February 10, 2019
National Shakespeare Competition

South Louisiana Regional Semi-Finals
Tulane University
McWilliams Hall, Newcomb Circle
2:00 PM

Attendees, Members, & Guests Cocktail Party at the lovely home of Katherine de Montluzin

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Annual Christmas Tea

Date:  December 9, 2018
Place:  Tim Fields
2238 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA  70115
Time:  3-5
Cost:  $20
Valet parking provided

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Gin Tasting!!


Belladonna - 2900 Magazine Street
October 16, 2018
6-8pm
Refreshments included
"The Curious Bartender's Gin Palace" by Tristan Stephenson will be available for purchase
$40/members        $45/guests & non-members

John Magill - history of gin remarks
4-5 Gins available to taste


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Nicholas Ashley-Cooper, 12th Earl of Shaftesbury

OCTOBER 22 AT 5:30 P.M. : ROYAL OAK FOUNDATION, Longue Vue Playhouse; Lord Shaftesbury, St. Giles House Reborn!

Here's a link to the programs landing page and here's the New Orleans page. ESU New Orleans members to get the discounted price, promo code is 18FESUNO. 

For more information, please see the full post or download the .pdf here. 


Nicholas Ashley-Cooper in the Handel Room at St Giles House in 2010, before the restoration work begins © Dan Annett

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Branch Patron Members' Party
by Invitation Only

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
6-8 p.m.

at the lovely home of
Shelly Pecot
44 Audubon Boulevard

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