ESU Research Triangle NC Branch Photo Gallery

2017 Annual Dinner Meeting, with Rev. Phillip Fackler speaking on "What's So Common about The Book of Common Prayer?

Francine Roberson introduces Rev. Phillip Fackler

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Rev. Phillip Fackler speaking to dinner guests at Christ Church

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Sample from early Book of Common Prayer

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Jane Gabin speaks on Jennie Jerome Churchill

On October 21, 2018, guests were treated to a delicious buffet lunch and a delightful talk by Dr. Jane Gabin on the colorful life of socialite Jennie Jerome Churchill, Winston Churchill's mother, at the Carolina Country Club in Raleigh.

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Tom Earnhardt Speaks at Milburnie Fishing Club

On September 23, 2018, outdoorsman and conservationist Tom Earnhardt presented a delightful, enlightening historical look at North Carolina's richly diverse land. We enjoyed a buffet lunch at the Milburnie Fishing Club in Raleigh, including BBQ chicken and pulled pork, oyster casserole, and black-eyed peas.

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Annual Meeting and Dinner, with Presentation by Fred Kiger on Gettysburg

On May 1, 2018, we held our annual meeting and dinner at the Cypress Club in Raleigh. After a report on past accomplishments, a financial update, and election of officers and board members, we had an entertaining presentation by UNC Professor Fred Kiger about the Battle of Gettysburg and its historical significance, with a focus on Lincoln's address. Guests enjoyed a delicious buffet meal with a British theme of salad, green beans, mashed potatoes, chicken piccata, beef tenderloin with Yorkshire pudding, and sticky toffee trifle.

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Page-Rollins White Garden Tour and Luncheon

We welcomed spring on April 19, 2018, with a visit to the Page-Rollins White Garden at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University in Durham. The White Garden was inspired by the white-flowered cottage gardens of England. The event was hosted by Frances Rollins, who told us about how she planned the garden as a tribute to her parents.

Bill LeFevre, the Executive Director of the Gardens, and Jason Holmes, Curator of the Gardens, gave presentations, after which we toured the lovely white garden. After the tour we returned to the Doris Duke Center for a delicious catered lunch.

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David Crabtree speaks at University Club Luncheon

On March 11, 2018, David Crabtree, news anchor at NBC's WRAL-TV, spoke on "The Power of Words and the Media" at NC State's University Club in Raleigh. Guests enjoyed a delicious luncheon as they heard about David's remarkable career as a journalist. David is also an ordained Deacon in the Episcopal church. Preceding the luncheon, we were treated to a brief recitation by Morgan Swales, winner of the recent student Shakespeare Competition.

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Twelfth Night at the Governor's Mansion in Raleigh

Guests enjoyed a Twelfth Night Celebration at the North Carolina Executive Mansion on January 7. A buffet lunch with an English-themed menu was served, including Brussels sprouts, Shepherd's Pie, watercress salad, and treacle cake for dessert. Director David Robinson told us about the history of the mansion, and Anita Burroughs-Price, noted NC Symphony harpist, played English Christmas carols.

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Fall Luncheon at Midway Plantation Manor House, home of Charlie and Dena Silver, Raleigh

On November 5, we enjoyed delightful afternoon with a delicious buffet lunch at historic Midway Plantation, an 1848 Greek Revival plantation house in Raleigh, home of Charlie and Dena Silver. We were treated to a talk by Charlie about the history of this beautiful home, listed on the National Registry of Historic Sites.

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Lunch and Tour of "North Carolina and World War I" Exhibit at NC Museum of History, Raleigh

On September 24, we enjoyed a wonderful buffet lunch and a tour of the North Carolina Museum of History's fascinating exhibit, "North Carolina and World War I." The exhibit commemorates the centennial of the U.S. entry into the war in 1917, with a focus on North Carolina's role and stories of Tar Heel bravery. The 6,500-square-foot exhibit is believed to be the largest state history museum exhibit of its kind.

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2017 Annual Dinner Meeting, with Rev. Phillip Fackler speaking on "What's So Common about The Book of Common Prayer?

At the 2017 Annual Meeting, the Rev. Phillip Fackler spoke on "What's So Common about The Book of Common Prayer?  The Church of England and Its Founding Document: A Brief History" in the newly renovated Commons at historic Christ Church Episcopal, in downtown Raleigh. Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner.

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Region IV Annual Meeting, March 24-26 in Raleigh

We met old friends and made new ones from the various branches in Virginia and North Carolina, and heard presentations by Christopher Broadwell, ESU Executive Director, and Dr. Julia C. Van de Water, Regional Chair. Weekend events included: Welcome Dinner Friday night at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course Clubhouse on the Centennial Campus; Annual Meeting and Lunch Saturday morning at the Hampton Inn Crabtree; Gala Dinner Saturday evening at the Carolina Country Club featuring the always-entertaining Dr. Elliott Engel speaking on Winston Churchill; Farewell Brunch Sunday morning at the North Carolina State University Club.

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John White and the First Pictures of the New World

A talk given by Jenny Skinner on February 5, 2017, on the travels and artwork of John White, whose watercolors were the first pictures of the New World.

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Fellowship and BBQ at Milburnie Fishing Club

Event held on November 13, 2016, in Raleigh.

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First Folio Gala, May 6, 2016

On Friday, May 6, 2016, the ESU Research Triangle Branch hosted a gala exhibit preview and private cocktail reception at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. The evening was a grand celebration of the opening of the exhibit of a 1623 First Folio of Shakespeare's plays, on national tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.

All photos are by Kent Thompson from the NC Museum of History.

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2014 Shakespeare Competition
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Lord and Lady Lisvane

On April 22 Lord and Lady Lisvane visited Raleigh. Lord Lisvane is retired Clerk of the House of Commons. In the evening we hosted a dinner at the University Club in the Lisvanes honor and he entertained us with his wonderful talk on the Magna Carta. 

Pictured: Claire Bonney, Branch Vice-president; Lord Lisvane; Lady Lisvane; Francine Netter Roberson, Branch President; Ken Howard, Director North Carolina Museum of History 

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Nicole Barone Performing in the 2012 ESU National Shakespeare Competition

Nicole Barone represented the Research Triangle, NC Branch in this year's ESU National Shakespeare Competition held at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 23, 2012.

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Shakespeare at Governors' Club

An Evening Devoted to Shakespeare
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Invited by the Governor's Club Arts society, Branch president Francine Netter Roberson introduced the ESU and its mission, and the exciting visit of Shakespeare's First Folio coming in May 2016 to the North Carolina Museum of History. Michelle McGoogan, Branch winner, 2015 National Shakespeare Competition, won over the audience with a recitation of her competition performance. Dr. Mary Floyd-Wilson, Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor, UNC College of Arts & Sciences provided a comparative analysis across a number of plays and speeches.
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Francine Netter Roberson, Branch President; Michelle McGoogan, 2015 Shakespeare Competition winner; Dr. Mary Floyd-Wilson, Prof. of English at UNC; Koko Marie Thornton, Theater teacher Enloe HS; Matt Arnold, Arts Society host at Governors' Club

 

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