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ESU Happy Hour

ESU Members Sharing…
Poems, Sonnets, Verses, & Prose

Wednesday, June 29th at 4:00 pm Central

Oh literature, oh the glorious Art, how it preys upon the marrow in our bones. It scoops the stuffing out of us and chucks us aside. Alas! –D.H. Lawrence

Join our next ESU Happy Hour as members share their favorite poems, sonnets, verses, or flash fiction*. We all have our favorite verses or memorable poems and members and guests from branches across the U.S. will share their favorites. 

Long-time ESU member, Dr. Susan Sinclair, will lead this special Happy Hour program, Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 5:00 pm EDT. This is a free program for all ESU members and guests. Invite your friends to join us.

Please submit your favorite poem, verse, sonnet, or flash fiction*.

  • Limit of 500 words or less
  • You may choose from your favorite author, or you may compose your own piece.
  • You will be reading your submission at the Happy Hour, so, practice, practice, and practice.
  • Deadline for submissions: Tuesday, June 21
  • We will select as many submissions as time permits.
  • We will notify you by email on June 23rd if your submission is selected.
  • If you want to submit, click Submit.
  • If you just want to attend and watch the Happy Hour, click Register only. 


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ESU Festival Group Night

Romeo and Juliet 
Wednesday, June 29, 2022

It's been two years since the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival has produced a play at Southmoreland Park. And even more special this year—this is their 30th anniversary season! This summer we are thrilled to watch a terrific cast perform Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet outdoors in the beautiful, moonlit park. So, after two years in waiting, ESU members and friends are invited to this special evening on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.


Romeo & Juliet's timeless appeal lies in its beautiful language and powerful affirmation of love over hate. This is a must-see production directed once again by Sidonie Garrett.

This will certainly be a spectacular production with lavish stage sets, colorful costuming and all our favorite actors and actresses including: Evan Cleaver as Romeo, Jess Andrews as Juliet, John Rensenhouse, Matt Rapport and Cinnamon Schultz just to name a few.

When: Wednesday, June 29, Curtain is 8:00 pm

Where: Southmoreland Park, just west of the Nelson-Atkins Museum.

Seats: We will have reserved seats near the stage!

Tickets: We have arranged a group discount for our reserved seats at a price of $22.00 per seat. To purchase your tickets, simply phone the Festival's office at (816) 531-7728. Tell them you are ordering a reserved seat(s) for the "ESU Group" so you will get the $22.00 discount price. You can pay over the phone by credit card. When you arrive at the Park, just tell the staff at the entrance you are part of the ESU Group and have a reserved seat. 

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An ESU Tea Party Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

All ESU Members and Friends of ESU are cordially invited to attend a special English Tea celebrating HRH Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee and 96th birthday. In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen, who has held the record for the longest reign since 2015, will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service. This will be quite a special milestone and a celebration you will not want to miss.

This Platinum Jubilee Tea Party will be held at Anna Marie's Teas in Liberty, Mo., in a stately 3-story, 5,000 square foot home built in 1913. The house boasts Frank Lloyd Wright details--oak trim, 3 fireplaces and large open spaces. Its large wraparound porch and period American, French and English antique furnishings create the perfect setting for tea parties--served on a special collection of china and silver.

The tea will include a variety of tea sandwiches, sweets, Brenda's signature scones, mock Devonshire cream, fine fruit butter or fruit jams and premium tea.  Our tea will include a special champagne toast to HRH Queen Elizabeth II's 96th  birthday. We will again have our popular Trivia Quiz as well as some special door prizes.

Brenda Hedrick, the owner and proprietress of Anna Marie's Teas proudly proclaims, "This is not just any tea party--our tea experiences are delightfully extravagant!"

When: Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 10:30 am

Where:  Bohnet House, 343 W. Liberty Dr., Liberty, MO.

Directions and parking: Click here

Tickets: $33 per person. This price is all-inclusive, including taxes and gratuities.

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ESU Happy Hour

Happy Hour Series: The Eccentric Billionaire
Guest Speaker: Nancy Kriplen

If you have watched programs on National Public Radio, you will recognize the names John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur. Their foundation provides the funding for many NPR programs.

John Donald MacArthur (1897-1978) was the country's second-richest man at the time of his death and became one of its great benefactors. He was hated, feared, and admired. Join this ESU Happy Hour on Wednesday, June 8 at 3:00 pm Centra Time to learn his fascinating story. It's a free program but registration is required. Read More.

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ESU Happy Hour

Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 4:00 PM Central Time

Lusitania was the pride of Cunard's fleet when she entered service in 1907, the first of three great four-funnel liners built for the company.  She was to become the fastest and most luxurious ship on the cross-Atlantic crossing and was popular with British and American passengers because of her speed and life-style onboard.


However, her last voyage from New York to Liverpool in May 1915 is a story of tragic loss, deception, and possible conspiracy. The talk follows the circumstances and mystery surrounding that fatal crossing. As well as considering those circumstances and Cunard's decision to sail her despite warnings, we shall follow the fate of a number of British and eminent American passengers. Don't miss this free Happy Hour. Register now. Read more.

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