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Fifth Annual Shakespeare Dinner – March 7, 2020

A Midwinter Night’s Dream, the theme of the 5th Annual Dining with Shakespeare fundraiser, is on Saturday, March 7, 5:30 p.m. at the New Bern Golf & Country Club (4301 Country Club Road). The $50 per person ticket (cash bar) includes, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment during the 3-course meal accompanied by short Shakespearean interludes and a silent …

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An Unexpected Journey: 30 Years at the Central Intelligence Agency

ESU Colonial NC Branch – February 15 Program On Saturday, February 15, 12 noon, An Unexpected Journey: 30 Years at the Central Intelligence Agency, presented by Elinor Kelly Wilson, retired as a CIA Senior Intelligence Officer, is open to the public. She will discuss how her background in languages and love for adventure led to …

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George Mason: Forgotten Founding Father

The January 18, program, Saturday, 1 p.m., in the Harrison Center, 311 Middle Street, downtown New Bern is free and open to ESU members, their guests and the public.   Dr. David C. Skaggs’ presentation, George Mason: Forgotten Founding Father, focuses on this founding father who served in the fourth and fifth Virginia Conventions in …

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The History of Downtown New Bern’s Renaissance

The History of Downtown New Bern’s Renaissance, presented by Susan Moffat-Thomas, is a luncheon program that will be held on Thursday, October 24, 11:30 am, at the Chelsea Restaurant. The cost for the luncheon is $18 for members, $22 non-members, with a menu choice of shrimp and grits, baked salmon or chicken bruschetta. To reserve …

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Evacuation from Ravensbruck – English Speaking Union Program

April 13, 2019 at 2 p.m. Evacuation from Ravensbruck, will be held April 13, Saturday, 2 pm in the Naumann Room located in the Craven Community College Student Center (directly behind the Brock Administration Building). This program is free and open to the public. Presented by Richard Ohlsson, Evacuation from Ravensbruck is a true story …

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Lecture on “An Ordinary Founder: Richard Dobbs Spaight Sr.”

On Sunday, April 2nd at 2:00 p.m., the English-Speaking Union in partnership with Tryon Palace will present a lecture entitled “An Ordinary Founder: Richard Dobbs Spaight, Sr.” given by Dr. Karl Rodabaugh, Professor of History at East Carolina University. Dr. Rodabaugh has a long list of credentials. (You can google him) He is currently a …

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Shakespeare Competition

The Colonial N.C. Branch of the English-Speaking Union and co-sponsor Craven Community College will hold the annual Shakespeare Competition on Saturday, February 18th, 10:00 a.m. in the college’s Orringer Auditorium. The public is invited to attend free of charge. This competition is part of a curriculum-based program designed to help high school students develop their …

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Join the English Speaking Union for “The Bayeux Tapestry” Lecture

The lecture will be accompanied by a PowerPoint “slide show” entitled “The Bayeux Tapestry” given by Dr. Caroline A. Paul, assisted by her mother, Jean W. Albanese, English Speaking Union (ESU) Publicity Chair. The Bayeux Tapestry, one of the best preserved remnants of the Middle Ages, is a 227-foot long, 20-inch wide strip of embroidered …

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“Meeting William Faulkner: How an English Schoolboy Found a Literary Lion”

For its April program, the English-Speaking Union will host its annual Evelyn Wrench lecture. This year’s guest speaker is Simon Claxton, a retired English teacher and former ESU Exchange Student. From the fall of 1961 to the spring of 1962, Simon Claxton was a 17-year-old English schoolboy on an English-Speaking Union Secondary School Exchange (SSE) …

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Shakespeare in New Bern

There will be many events in 2016 in North Carolina honoring William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death. Among many statewide presentations, the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh will be exhibiting “First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare”. This 1623 work will be on display May 7 – 30th. Closer …

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