About Us & Activities


Holiday Celebration

December 13, 2014

The Yuletide Season is marked with light and lively songs and seasonal favorites in the warmth of the beautifully decorated club. The Silver Notes Barbershop Quartet entertains.

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My Life on Camera

January 10, 2015

Well known for his portrayal of the very popular late night host persona Baron Daemon, which established him in local TV, Mike Price will share memories of his more than forty years in roles ranging from news reporter to weather caster and sports official.

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Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance

February 14, 2015

Participants in the Western New York Teacher Intensive in November, co-sponsored by the Syracuse Branch, will illustrate techniques learned in the two-day workshop. Using Romeo and Juliet, the joint Folger Library/ESU presentation consists of intensive and interactive sessions, as well as hands on materials to take home.

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The Art of Watercolor

March 14, 2015

Nationally recognized portrait artist and educator, ESU branch member Jane Woodruff Carroll has taught privately and at Manlius Pebble Hill.

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Redhouse @ City Center

May 9, 2014

After ten years in Syracuse's Armory Square, the facility will re-emerge in the former Sibley's Department Store as a cultural hub for performing arts and a magnet for new businesses and apartment dwellers downtown. Samara Hannah, Director The Redhouse Arts Center presents.

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On Safari with Carl Pesko, Avid Traveler and Tour Arranger October 11, 2014

Veteran of 17 expeditions to Kenya, Carl described what it is like to be on safari, an opportunity soon to be a thing of the past, as huge numbers of the native animals are being slaughtered.

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Onondaga County and the Environment

All too often cited by federal and state governments for "crimes" against the environment, Onondaga County should be recognized for its efforts to sustain and improve its green resources. Presented by, Joseph Barry Ombudsman for Central New York. September 13, 2014

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Evelyn Wrench Speaker


Introduced by Shirley Bowen April 8, 2014

The Rainborowes: One Family's Quest to Build a New England: In the tumultuous decades between 1630 and 1660, a group of Massachusetts settlements quickly grew into a network of established colonies with their own distinctive social, economic and religious culture, while across the Atlantic, England was involved in a bloody civil war that shook the fabric of English social, political and religious life. At the center of this turbulent time was a remarkable family: the Rainborowes.

Adrian Tinniswood OBE is a distinguished British historian, author and lecturer, whose passion for architecture and history began when he began researching and writing about Sudbury Hall, (owned by the National Trust) located in Derbyshire. Mr. Tinniswood has written many books including, The Polite Tourist, His Invention So Fertile: The Life of Christopher Wren, By Permission of Heaven: The Story of the Great Fire of London, The Verneys: A True Story of Love, War and Madness in 17th-Century England. Mr. Tinniswood currently resides in Bath, England.

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2014 Shakespeare Competition Makes Headlines

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Jeffrey Kringer, Haven Kohanski and Lucy Purnine were the top winners of the 26th annual Shakespeare Competition of the Syracuse branch of the English-Speaking Union of the United States. High school students from 19 Central New York schools competed in the Saturday event. During the competition, students recited a monologue and sonnet. While there were19 local finalists, 159 students competed in the first round at their high schools.

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May 10, 2014 - Amelia Earhart Aviatrix Extraordinaire

A portrayal of the aviation pioneer and author, the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic. Her plane disappeared in 1937 during a flight over the Central Pacific Ocean. Fascination with her life, career, and disappearance have never ceased. Presented by Eleanor Stearns, Actress, Geneva Theatre Guild.


The English-Speaking Union

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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.

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