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The Queen’s Birthday Tea

The ESU Kentucky Branch sponsored a Queen's Birthday Tea on June 2, 2019.  The historic mansion of Mr. and Mrs. William Wetherton was the perfect location to host the annual event.  Members were delighted by the stories of the home, the Queen's favorite music played by Commonwealth Musicians, lively presentations from members of the Colonial Wars, Louisville Fox Hunters, student performers from the Youth performing Arts School and Commonwealth Theatre Company, costumed members from the Jane Austin Society, and a bagpiper.  The delicious food and opportunity to visit with members and guests made the event most enjoyable.

This year, the event celebrated the most recent scholars, funded by the Kentucky Branch, to attend ESU TLab programs in the United Kingdom.  The 2019 scholars, selected from among top students throughout Kentucky, are Shania Goble, Katie Huffman, Hannah Bishop, and McKenzi Gooley.  Each student received a check that covered travel expenses and transportation costs.  This spring event was attended by one hundred guests and members who support the scholarly efforts of the Kentucky Branch.  Thank you to everyone who supported this important event!

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The Hosts for the 2019 Queen's Birthday Tea, Mr. and Mrs. William Wetherton

The Fox Hunt Club members

 

William Carroll, Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Kentucky Color Guard )  

The 2019 ESU Kentucky Branch Scholars – Shania Goble, Katie Huffman, Hanna Bishop, credit John Harrelson with the image

A Winter's Tale – Performances of scenes by students from the Youth Performing Arts School and Commonwealth Theatre Company

Members and guests of the ESU Kentucky Branch enjoying the delicious food and performances.

 

 

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Please join us for The Queen's Birthday Tea

Presented by the English-Speaking Union, Kentucky Branch

Don't hang up your derby hats just yet…

Today the English-Speaking Union, Kentucky Branch announced that they will host The Queen's Birthday Tea to be held at the Anchorage Home of Mr. and Mrs. William Wetherton. This annual event celebrates the Kentucky university scholars and teachers chosen to study abroad in England and Scotland. 

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Chance to celebrate outstanding Kentucky Scholars

After a rigorous search process, four scholars have been chosen to study at Cambridge University, Oxford University, and University of Edinburgh. Kentucky ESU has sent over 500 scholar students and teachers to experience educational opportunities available in Britain to foster friendship and global understanding.  Come meet this year's scholars at this event! Along with a delightful tea, the day will also feature performances from the student winner of the 2019 ESU Kentucky Shakespeare Competition, scenes presented by the Youth Performing Arts School and the Commonwealth Theatre Company. All proceeds go to continuing the scholastic outreach and programming of the English-Speaking Union, Kentucky Branch.

Please consider being a sponsor to support our educational mission. Sponsorships are tax deductible:

BUCKINGHAM ($500 AND UP)
4 Event tickets, 1 Year Membership and Program Listing

WINDSOR ($250-499)
2 Event Tickets and Program Listing

BALMORAL ($150-249)
1 Event Ticket and Program Listing

 

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2019 Kentucky High School Shakespeare Competition Winner Chosen

 Vice-President Sylvia Bruton and President Kate Scharre Nitzken stand with 1st place winner Zoe Peterson.

On Sunday, March 3 The Kentucky Branch hosted the annual 2019 Shakespeare Competition.  Branch members and guests were hosted by Commonwealth Theatre Company and treated to a lively competition made up of student finalists from across the state of Kentucky.   The judges did an outstanding selecting the competition winner, Ms. Zoe Peterson, who will be competing in the national competition representing the Kentucky Branch in New York City.  Congratulations to all of the participants.   Best of luck to Zoe!

 

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2018 Kentucky Branch Christmas Party and Scholar Celebration

More than 57 past scholars from the Kentucky Branch were in attendance at this event.

Ambassador Matthew Barzun receives a membership to the Kentucky Branch.  Ambassador Barzun shared his experiences as an Ambassador to the United Kingdom and expressed his support for the work of the Kentucky Branch.

 

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English-Speaking Union, Kentucky Branch Annual Meeting

Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018
Place: Audubon Country Club
Brunch: 11:30 am until 1:30 pm
Program: 1:00 pm

There will be a brief business meeting immediately following the program. 

Join us in welcoming our 2018 scholars who will report on their experiences in England while taking part in British University Summer School programs at Oxford University.

2018 Scholars Presenting:

Hillary Boles, Louisville Collegiate School -
Oxford University

Victoria Fisher, student, Bellarmine University -
Oxford University

After presentations there will be annual business meeting where we will elect officers and accept nominations to the board.

Slate of Officers Submitted by the Nomination Committee:

President:  Kate Nitzken
1st VP - Sylvia Bruton
2nd VP - Paul Whitty
Secretary - Anna Beilman
Treasurer - Ann Lyons

Reservations are necessary even if you only plan to attend the program or business meeting in order to arrange for adequate seating. Reservations payable at the door, cash or check.

Cost for members for brunch: $28.00
Cost for non-members for brunch: $30.00
Program and business meeting only: no cost 

RSVP: Ann Lyons
Phone: 502-893-5499
Email: annlyons@twc.com

 

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