ESU Research Triangle NC Branch Photo Gallery

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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President Bob Leak (left) with Mansion Director David Robinson

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Josie Walker with President Bob Leak

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 Harpist Anita Burroughs-Price

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Bob and Martha Leak (front with folder) and other guests

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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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