March Membership Perks

St. George’s Society of New York has teamed up with the New York Red Bulls for the 2017 season to provide all  members and their families with a special ticket offer! Tickets from $23 per seat.

This month, members can also enjoy discounted tickets for events and lectures in partnership with Historic Royal Palaces, The Anglosphere Society and The English-Speaking Union.

PLUS… last chance to purchase discounted tickets to Broadway’s award-winning KINKY BOOTS.

To request discount codes or for more information about how to redeem any of the offers below, please email GEORGE@stgeorgessociety.org


The Sense of an Ending Screening

The Sense of an Ending, starring Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling and adapted for the screen by award-winning playwright Nick Payne, follows the story of a man who becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life.

Tony Webster (Broadbent) leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love (Rampling) and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago.

Date: Mar 1, 7:00pm
Venue: AMC Lincoln Square

Websitehttp://www.gofobo.com/STGEORGENYC
Special Offer: Free Tickets! (first come, first served)


Brooks Brothers

All St. George’s Society members can SAVE 25% on Thursday, March 2, 2017.  This is a ONE DAY EVENT and valid on full priced purchases online, by phone and in US and Canadian retail stores (factory stores are excluded).

Date: Mar 2
Venue: Online, by phone and in US and Canadian Retail stores
Websitehttp://www.brooksbrothers.com/
Special Offer: 25% off all full priced purchases


Kinky Boots

See the fabulous new pair: YouTube sensation TODRICK HALL and Olivier and Grammy Award® nominee KILLIAN DONNELLY, direct from his acclaimed engagement as Charlie in London.

Now in its fourth smash year on Broadway, KINKY BOOTS is the winner of every major BEST MUSICAL award, including the Tony®, the Grammy and London’s Olivier Award. Featuring 16 original songs by pop icon CYNDI LAUPER, a book by theater legend HARVEY FIERSTEIN, and direction and choreography by Tony winner JERRY MITCHELL, this dazzling sensation is inspiring audiences around the world to LET LOVE SHINE!

Date: Jan 17 – Mar 12
Venue: The Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 West 45th Street
Websitehttp://kinkybootsthemusical.com/
Special Offer: Tickets from $45 – $107 (normally $55-$147)


Historic Royal Palaces Enlightened Princesses Tour

Historic Royal Palaces are pleased to collaborate with Yale Center for British Art for a new exhibition, ‘Enlightened Princesses. Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World’. The exhibition will explore the roles played by Queen Caroline of Ansbach, Augusta, Princess of Wales, and Queen Charlotte in the promotion of the arts and sciences in 18th-century Britain. The princesses’ individual and collective interests in art, botany and gardens, natural philosophy, and medicine, as well as the education of their children, will be examined within a dramatically changing social, political and technological milieu, in association with their roles in the encouragement of the British Enlightenment.

Date: Mar 3, 11:30-3pm
Venue: Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel Street, New Haven CT
Websitehttp://www.hrp.org.uk/support-us/support-us-from-the-usa/events/current-events/#gs.Kf7DYZ4
Special Offer: Member tickets $65 (normally $75)


Reception and Conversation with Daniel Hannan MEP

As Article 50 negotiations begin this month with the EU, Daniel Hannan MEP joins Roger Kimball from The New Criterion, to discuss Post-Brexit opportunities and challenges in the Trump era.

 

Date: March 13, 6pm
Venue: Colony Club, 564 Park Avenue at 62nd Street
Website: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07edsv0gqzd2b4ba9c&oseq=&c=&ch=
Special Offer: Member tickets $100 (normally $125)


Young & Damned & Fair:
The life if Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII

Playwright, novelist, historian and author, Gareth Russell presents a vivid and authoritative biography that sheds new light on Catherine’s rise and the forces that led to her death at the executioner’s block. In the course of his extensive research, Russell uncovered the complete text of Catherine Howard’s interrogation, which has not been published since the 18th century; he incorporates that text along with color photographs, family tree, map, and notes to give us a new understanding of one of history’s most famous women.

 

Date: Apr 3, 6:30pm

Venue: The English-Speaking Union of New York
Website: https://www.esuus.org/newyork/about/catherine-howard-lecture/?
Special Offer: Member tickets $25 (normally $35)


New York Red Bulls – New York Red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew

St. George’s Society of New York has teamed up with the New York Red Bulls for the 2017 season to provide all members and their families with a special ticket offer!

 

 

 

Date: April 22, 7.30pm
Venue: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ
Website: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/nyredbulls/EN/promotion/home
Special Offer: Tickets from $23 per seat


 

 

February Membership Perks

Thanks to our friends at Historic Royal Palaces, members can purchase discounted tickets to a lunch and private tour of the most recent exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art, ‘Enlightened Princesses’.

PLUS there’s still time to get discounted tickets to Arthur Miller’s The Price, Steven Levenson’s If I forget and Broadway’s Tony®-winning KINKY BOOTS.

To request discount codes or for more information about how to redeem any of the offers below, please email GEORGE@stgeorgessociety.org


Kinky Boots

kinky bootsSee the fabulous new pair: YouTube sensation TODRICK HALL and Olivier and Grammy Award® nominee KILLIAN DONNELLY, direct from his acclaimed engagement as Charlie in London.

Now in its fourth smash year on Broadway, KINKY BOOTS is the winner of every major BEST MUSICAL award, including the Tony®, the Grammy and London’s Olivier Award. Featuring 16 original songs by pop icon CYNDI LAUPER, a book by theater legend HARVEY FIERSTEIN, and direction and choreography by Tony winner JERRY MITCHELL, this dazzling sensation is inspiring audiences around the world to LET LOVE SHINE!

Date: Jan 17 – March 12
Venue: The Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 West 45th Street
Websitehttp://kinkybootsthemusical.com/
Special Offer: Tickets from $45 – $107 (normally $55-$147)

 


If I Forget

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From Steven Levenson, acclaimed writer of Dear Evan Hansen and Roundabout’s The Language of Trees, comes If I Forget, a sharply funny, unflinchingly honest new play about the stories we choose to believe, the compromises we can’t avoid and the hurt only our nearest and dearest can inflict.

In the final months before 9/11, liberal Jewish studies professor Michael Fischer has reunited with his two sisters to celebrate their father’s 75th birthday. Each deeply invested in their own version of family history, the siblings clash over everything from Michael’s controversial scholarly work to the mounting pressures of caring for an ailing parent. As destructive secrets and long-held resentments bubble to the surface, the three negotiate—with biting humor and razor-sharp insight—how much of the past they’re willing to sacrifice for a chance at a new beginning. If I Forget tells a powerful tale of a family and a culture at odds with itself.

Date: Feb 2nd – 4th
Venue: The Steinberg Center, 111 West 46th Street
Websitehttp://www.roundabouttheatre.org/Shows-Events/If-I-Forget.aspx
Special Offer: Preview Tickets $10 (normally $79)


92Y Reel Pieces Screening with Annette Insdorf: “A United Kingdom” & Conversation with David Oyelowo

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David Oyelowo has been acclaimed for his performance as Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, as well as diverse dramatic roles from ‪Red Tails and The Paperboy to Lee Daniels’ The Butler (as the radicalized son of Forest Whitaker) and ‪Queen of Katwe‪.

‪A United Kingdom‪ is based on the true story of Seretse Khama, an African prince who fell in love with a white British woman (Rosamund Pike) in the late 1940s. Their marriage sparked international controversy, especially given Britain’s economic interests in neighboring South Africa, which was implementing apartheid.

Date: Feb 8th
Venue: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

Websitehttp://www.92y.org/Event/Reel-Pieces-David-Oyelowo
Special Offer: 20 free tickets (max 2 per person), first come first served. Contact: george@stgeorgessociety.org to register.


The Price

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When the Great Depression cost his family their fortune, Victor Franz gave up his dream of an education to support his father. Three decades later, Victor has returned to his childhood home to sell the remainder of his parents’ estate. His wife, his estranged brother, and the wily furniture dealer hired to appraise their possessions all arrive with their own agendas, forcing Victor to confront a question, long-stifled, about the value of his sacrifice.

One of the most personal plays by the consummate voice of the American everyman, Arthur Miller’s The Price is a riveting story about the struggle to make peace with the past and create hope for the future. Steppenwolf co-founder Terry Kinney (reasons to be pretty) directs.

Date: Feb 16th-18th
Venue: American Airlines Theatre, 227 West 42nd Street
Websitehttp://www.roundabouttheatre.org/Shows-Events/Arthur-Millers-The-Price.aspx
Special Offer: Preview tickets $10 (normally $79)


Historic Royal Palaces Tour

Historic Royal Palaces are pleased to collaborate with Yale Center for British Art for a new exhibition, ‘Enlightened Princesses. Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World’. The exhibition will explore the roles played by Queen Caroline of Ansbach, Augusta, Princess of Wales, and Queen Charlotte in the promotion of the arts and sciences in 18th-century Britain. The princesses’ individual and collective interests in art, botany and gardens, natural philosophy, and medicine, as well as the education of their children, will be examined within a dramatically changing social, political and technological milieu, in association with their roles in the encouragement of the British Enlightenment.

Date: Mar 3, 11:30-3pm
Venue: Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel Street, New Haven CT
Websitehttp://www.hrp.org.uk/support-us/support-us-from-the-usa/events/current-events/#gs.Kf7DYZ4
Special Offer: Member tickets $65 (normally $75)

Pancake Day

Shrove Tuesday, more commonly known as Pancake Day, marks the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. Traditionally, pancakes were created to use up any stocks of milk, butter and eggs which were forbidden during the abstinence of this period before Easter.

pancakesDiffering from American-style pancakes, the British-style pancakes (pictured above) are thin and more crepe-like and traditionally served with a sprinkling of caster sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice.

mardi-gras-galveston-parades-2014-750x400In many countries, the day is known as Mardi Gras or ‘Fat Tuesday’ to mark the tradition of using up all the fattening foods before lent. Mardi Gras carnivals and celebrations are held throughout the world, most famously in Rio de Janiero and New Orleans.

EnglishPancakeRaceThe most famous pancake race is held in the small town of Olney in Buckinghamshire,  England. Legend has it that in 1445, a mother cooking her pancakes heard the chime of the church bells and ran to the service still in her apron, frying pan in hand! Nowadays, to prove they are not cheating, racers must toss their hot pancake three times during the race to be eligible to win!

Another interesting Pancake Day custom, held each year at London’s prestigious Westminster School, is known as the ‘Pancake Greaze’. The head cook makes a substantial pancake, reinforced with horse hair, and tosses it over a 15ft high iron bar. The students, assembled below, scramble for a piece of the pancake and whoever has the largest piece wins a gold coin from the Dean.

The most flips anyone has ever done with a pancake is 349 in two minutes and the highest pancake toss reached 329cm.

The world record for the largest pancake was set in Rochdale, England in 1994, by the Co-Operative Union, Ltd. Measuring 15.01 m (49 ft 3 in) in diameter and 2.5 cm (1 in) thick, the pancake weighed 3 tonnes (6,614 lb), and took two cranes to flip.

Wondering where you can get some flippin’ good British-style pancakes in NYC? Join us on 28th February at The Churchill and get your fix of complimentary British pancakes, drink specials and good conversation. This event is an OPEN HOUSE, so spread the word and bring friends along for a FREE introduction to GEORGE. Click here for more details. 

Make your own British-style pancakes using this easy recipe.

Meet Our New Board Members

 

St. George’s Society’s AGM was held on 26th January 2017 at the English-Speaking Union. During the meeting, four new members were elected to the Board of Directors. 

jahJosephine Auerback Haft

Josephine is an entrepreneurial executive who has provided marketing consultancy, leadership and strategic guidance to local, national and global businesses for more than 30 years.  She began her career at Young & Rubicam’s London office serving a broad range of clients in the pharmaceutical, beauty and confectionery sectors, as well as being assigned to its European new business team.

After relocating to California in 1990, Josephine held a variety of executive management and leadership positions in production companies and advertising agencies throughout the southwest, before joining the start-up team of the Open University’s US institution, as its Vice Chancellor for Marketing and External Relations.

In 2003, she established her own consulting practice to provide strategic advice to institutions, as well as to guide families and individuals in making international education choices.  To date, her work for British universities has contributed over £300 million of economic impact to the British economy.

British-born, Josephine has lived throughout the US and now resides in Manhattan.


 

DDDavid Drinkwater

David Drinkwater has been the CFO of Manikay Partners LLC, a New York based investment manager, since 2008 when the firm’s first fund was launched. He has over 25 years of experience in the financial markets including positions at Brown Brothers Harriman and ING Clarion Capital. David first came to New York in 1991 with Arthur Andersen and was made a partner in 1997. He graduated in Chemical Engineering from Birmingham University and is a UK Chartered Accountant.

David is on the Board of the University of Birmingham USA Foundation and is Chair of the University of Birmingham USA Alumni Society. He also runs the UK Alumni Group of New York.


Clifford FranklinCF

Clifford Franklin is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sabre Integrated Security Systems. Sabre designs, installs and maintains electronic security systems such as; access control, video surveillance and intruder alarms. Prior to establishing the company in 2000, he spent six years with Fire and Security, Inc., as vice president of operations, with responsibility for acquisitions in the United States.

Clifford has been a member of The St George’s Society of New York since 2000 and is also a member the Security Industry Association. A former board member of the Greenwich Village, Chelsea chamber of commerce and is an alumni of the Goldman Sachs 10k Small Business program.


MKMoya Keys

Born and raised in Nottingham, England, Moya holds a B.A in English Literature and a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law. She has practiced environmental and commercial litigation in both New York and New Jersey for over 20 years, principally representing corporate clients in the oil, banking, insurance, and real estate industries.

She is currently a six-year member of the Beneficiaries Committee of St. George’s Society and also serves on the board of directors of the New York State society of the Daughters of the British Empire (“DBE”), where she has also served in various other capacities including third VP and treasurer. She was instrumental in obtaining a group 501(c)(3) for the DBE’s 30 separate corporations and oversaw the compliance for each corporation and attended several IRS training seminars on the formation, management, and compliance of 501(c)(3) entities.

Through her service on the St. George’s Beneficiaries Committee, she has come to know the invaluable work the Society does in supporting and helping our beneficiaries so that they can live more enriching live with hope and dignity.

Introducing Philip Warner OBE

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Philip Warner OBE was elected President of St. George’s Society of New York at its Annual General Meeting held on 26 January, 2017. Philip succeeds Richard Sexton MBE, who held the position for the past two years.

We caught up with our new President to learn more about him and his vision for the Society:

What brought you to New York?
I arrived in February 1989 to take up an appointment at the British luxury goods company, Asprey. A few years later I became the Chief Executive responsible for North American business. I spent 17 years at Asprey before establishing my own business.

Why do you think it’s important to become a member of St. George’s Society?
Firstly, the St. George’s society is one of the oldest charitable institutions in the United States that has been committed to assisting English, British and Commonwealth citizens over the past two hundred and forty six years. Secondly the membership of St. George’s is comprised of a wide variety of people of different age groups and backgrounds whose common bond is a commitment to the society’s charitable endeavors. The Society is a place where one can form lasting friendships.

What is your vision for St. George’s Society?
The Society has gradually evolved over the years while maintaining its core charitable mission. More recently we have seen the growth of a younger group of members with ‘George’. Now we wish to bring all members, young and old under the single St. George’s name. At the same time, we will introduce a new visual identity that will help us to promote the Society with potential new members and benefactors.

Our 250th Anniversary is fast approaching in 2020 and we need to make sure that we start planning now so that we can suitably mark this historic occasion.

Longer term my hope is that, what we do over the coming years, will enable the Society to thrive and grow both in terms of its membership and its charitable giving.

What do you miss about the UK?
‘England’s green and pleasant land’. There is something unique and beautiful about the British countryside. There is nothing better than a long autumn walk through woods and fields, across hill and down dale ending in a village pub with a pint of English ale in front of a log fire.

What is your favorite place in New York?
I lived in Manhattan for about eleven years before moving to Bedford in Westchester County. My favorite place in the city is Central Park. I spent countless hours there with my children and covered many miles cycling and running around the park. At the right time, it can be a tranquil break from the bustle of the city.

Tell us something we don’t know about you.
My best friend is Jocksburn ‘Cammie’ Cameron, my black lab that came from the Scottish Borders. He’s a trained retriever with a champion pedigree. We walk 2-3 miles together every morning, rain or shine, and then he lies under my desk all day.