Community Spotlight : Chloe Hewitt

Originally from Yorkshire in England, Chloe was diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer (medulloblastoma) in 2005.

Since moving to New York for treatment, St. George’s Society has financially supported Chloe and her family.

Chloe’s mother Shirley spoke with us about their journey.

How did you hear about the charitable work of St. George’s?

We were staying at the Ronald McDonald House, and the weekend night manager at that time mentioned the Society.

Why did they refer you?
We moved to New York in order for Chloe to receive further treatment in 2006. The city was and still is the only place that can help Chloe. Chloe has a recurrent disease (6 relapses), and there are no treatments available outside the USA for her condition. Employment was not an option for my husband Steve, as he is not a US citizen and did not have a working visa at the time.

What did assistance from St. George’s Society’s mean to your family?
Assistance from St George’s Society was a major help: both when we were first granted a stipend, and later when we lost our health insurance and St George’s paid for Chloe to be insured. We just managed to keep heads above water until Steve was able to find employment.

The friendship and support offered by St. George’s helped so much through those very difficult times, and we are not sure how we would have managed without it.

Where is Chloe now?
Chloe is at college in Boston and doing very well. Her major is in Fibers, and she is enjoying all of her classes. She loves knitting and finds using yarns as a type of meditation. One of the classes this semester is a woodwork class, which she very much enjoys.

Balancing the college work and her cancer treatment is a challenge, but she is doing an amazing job. Her studio classes are 5 hours long, so she gets quite tired at times.

When Chloe was in high school she wrote something in one of her classes that is so very touching:

“Sometimes I am taking large strides, sometimes small steps but I am always looking forward not back. My name is Chloe Hewitt. I am a survivor and I will not be defined by my disease.”

St. George’s Day Celebrations 2017

The St. George’s Day weekend was a smashing success, if we do say so ourselves!

We kicked off the weekend with a post-work pub crawl on Friday, visiting several of our favorite British watering holes including Cock & Bull, The Shakespeare and The Churchill.

The crowds were out in full force on Saturday at the England Day Block Party in spite of the weather. After all, it wouldn’t be very English without a little rain would it? Thanks to everyone who tried their luck at our tombola, and a special thank you to the Cock & Bull for donating the proceeds from their food market to help us raise funds for the Society’s charitable programs.

Our interactive photo booth was a hit too – even the Queen got involved. Check out the gallery.

On Sunday, we rounded off the weekend with a St. George’s Day Brunch at The Churchill. Guests enjoyed a delicious fare, and our photo booth made another appearance as well. View the photos.

May 2017 Membership Perks

Save 10% on tickets to the USA vs. Ireland Rugby Match at Red Bull Arena, as part of the Emirates Airlines Summer Series.

Pre-sale tickets for Michael McIntyre’s Big World Tour.

PLUS… 25 free tickets to the NY Capital District Renaissance Festival in June.

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


The Play That Goes Wrong
Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG “A GUT-BUSTING HIT!” and The Huffington Post says, “THIS IS THE FUNNIEST PLAY BROADWAY HAS EVER SEEN!” Winner of the Olivier Award for BEST NEW COMEDY, this sidesplitting show-within-a-show is a classic murder mystery chock-full of mishaps and more madcap mania than a Monty Python marathon!

Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s bedlam beyond Broadway’s wildest nightmare and “A RIOTOUS EXPLOSION OF COMEDY!” (The Daily Beast).

Date: Through November 19
Venue: Lyceum Theatre Broadway, 149 West 45th Street
Websitehttp://bit.ly/2pWEa1S

Special Offer: Over 35% off tickets


Michael McIntyre’s Big World Tour

 

Britain’s biggest comedian Michael McIntyre is going global with his Big World Tour. Heading to America for the first time, catch him at the Beacon Theatre in February 2018!

In the UK, Michael has performed three arena tours selling over 1.5 million tickets, including a record 28 times at London’s 16,000 capacity O2 Arena where he was awarded the keys to the venue along with Prince, Take That and One Direction. Around the world, Michael has previously sold out arenas in New Zealand, Australia and Dubai and holds the record for the biggest selling comedy shows in South Africa and Norway.

Michael currently presents his own television show Michael McIntyre’s Big Show on BBC1. The last series averaged over 6.5 million viewers and recently received two BAFTA nominations.

Date: Februrary 1, 2018
Venue: Beacon Theatre
Website: http://www.beacontheatre.com/events/2018/february/michael-mcintyre.html
Special Offer: Pre-sale tickets for $60 (now through May 31, 2017)


USA vs. Ireland Rugby Match at Red Bull Arena
As part of the Emirates Airlines Summer Series, Rugby is coming to New York/New Jersey with the Irish squaring off against the United States at Red Bull Arena!

This June 10 at 4pm, World No. 4 Ireland returns to U.S soil for the first time since their historic victory against the mighty All Blacks at Soldier Field. Coming off a marvelous second place finish in March’s Six Nation’s Cup, the Irish look to do battle with a United States team who’ve just won their first ever America’s Cup Championship.

Now through May 19, select tickets will be a special 10% off when you use the code: SUPPORTER.

Date: June 10, 4pm
Venue: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ
Websitehttps://www.usarugby.org/usavire/

Special Offer: 10% off select tickets


Brits Off Broadway Festival 2017

59E59 Theaters is the number one Off-Broadway destination in New York City and hosts the annual Brits Off Broadway festival when the best of British theater comes to New York in a veritable feast of new work never before seen in the US!

St. George’s Society members can register for FREE membership (worth $59.59) with 59E59 Theaters and enjoy discounts on tickets to more than 40 productions, all year long, including Brits Off Broadway shows as well as a 15% discount at selected local restaurants and $15 parking with your member ticket stub on the day of show.

Date: April 4 – July 2
Venue: 59E59 Theaters, New York
Website: http://www.59e59.org/
Special Offer: Free membership worth $59.59


The Choral Society of Grace Church in New York’s Spring Concerts

This year, the program features Vaughan Williams’ ‘Dona Nobis Pacem’ and Barber’s rarely performed ‘Prayers of Kierkegaard’. These are both monumental mid-century choral works, for full orchestra, which also succeed in remaining deeply human.

John Maclay is in his 18th season as Music Director of the Choral Society of Grace Church in New York. Under his leadership, the 150-voice ensemble has emerged as one of New York City’s most exciting choruses and is the only large chorus in New York City to perform in mixed formation, not in voice-part blocks.

Date: May 12 &13
Venue: Grace Church in New York, New York
Website: www.thechoralsociety.org/
Special Offer: Save $5 off the door price upon presentation of your membership card (normally $30)


NY Capital District Renaissance Festival

Prepare for a weekend of knights, ladies, minstrels and more amongst the apple trees and strawberry fields of Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont NY.

The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11, 2017, features performances throughout the day with plenty of time to browse the thirty-plus marketplace vendors.

 

Date: June 10 & 11
Venue: Indian Ladder Farms, Altamont, New York
Website: www.nycapitaldistrictrenfest.com
Special Offer: 25 free tickets to St. George’s Society members (usually $13)


Seamus Heaney’s “Aeneid, Book IV” with Stephen Rea and Neil Martin

Acclaimed actor Stephen Rea teams with cellist Neil Martin to present the U.S. premiere of their staging of Seamus Heaney’s translation of Aeneid Book VI. “There’s one Virgilian journey that has indeed been a constant presence and that is Aeneas’s venture into the underworld,” Seamus Heaney once told an interviewer. “The motifs in Book VI have been in my head for years — the golden bough, Charon’s barge, the quest to meet the shade of the father.”

Heaney’s translation of Book VI of the Aeneid, which he began when his father died in 1986, was virtually complete when he himself died in 2013. Now the Poetry Center teams with Rea and Martin, two of Heaney’s old friends, to present a staged reading of the translation — “a remarkable and fitting epilogue to one of the great poetic careers of recent times,” wrote Nick Laird.

Date: May 22, 7:30pm
Venue: Kauffmann Concert Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street Y
Website: http://www.92y.org/event/seamus-heaney
Special Offer: 20% discount on tickets


From Dickens to Downton: Victorian and Edwardian Food by Carl Raymond

From Dickens to Downton: Victorian and Edwardian Food by Carl RaymondFrom Dickens to Downton is a journey through British food and dining traditions from the mid 19th century through to the 20th century. Beginning with a look at food references in Dickens which helped establish some of Britain’s most cherished culinary traditions all the way thorough the world of town and country houses known to lovers of Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs, as well as Gosford Park, this talk will take a look at culinary traditions upstairs and downstairs, inside and outside the house. Carl Raymond will lead the audience on a tour of some classic dishes and discuss their background, how they were prepared and served. In addition, he will discuss trends and influences in eating and entertaining from the Industrial Revolution to World War I.

Date: June 15, 6:30pm
Venue: The English-Speaking Union, NYC
Website: https://www.esuus.org/newyork/about/Dickens-to-Downton/
Special Offer: $25 tickets for St. George’s Society members

St. George’s Day Celebrations

St. George slays the dragon

St. George’s Day remembers St. George, England’s patron saint, on the anniversary of his death (23rd April). Every year, St. George’s Society of New York celebrates St. George’s Day with our members and extended community in the New York metropolitan area through a variety of events as well as collaborations with NYC-based British businesses and the hosts of England Day NYC.

Join us 21-23 April 2017
for a host of activities throughout NYC!

ENGLAND DAY PUB EXPLORER KICKOFF

Where:
Start at Cock & Bull
23 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

When:
Friday 21rd April 2017
From 6:00pm

Join us for a post-work pub crawl to kick off the weekend of England Day events. We will meet at Cock & Bull and travel to The ShakespeareThe Churchill and Lillie’s Victorian (Union Square) to enjoy drink specials throughout the evening. Play the interactive English Pub explorer game—powered by Wildgoose—for the chance to win BritBox annual subscriptions.

While we encourage you to wear red and white throughout the weekend, all participating restaurants and pubs will be selecting “Best Dressed” candidates to be entered to win a FREE Old Speckled Hen t-shirt on St. George’s Day (while supplies last).

ENGLAND DAY BLOCK PARTY

Where:
The Queen Elizabeth II Garden
11 Hanover Square
New York, NY 10005

When:
Saturday 22nd April 2017
1:00-4:00pm

Come and celebrate St George’s Day and all things English with a New York attitude! Hosted by England Day NYC and various sponsors, the England Day Block Party is a free, family-friendly event celebrating English food, music, sport, and culture. Members, friends, family, ex-pats & New Yorkers… Everyone is welcome!

The St. George’s Society team will have a table set up featuring an interactive photo booth and tombola with a plethora of giveaways, ranging from beauty products and books to wine and theatre tickets. Make sure you stop by to say hello and win some prizes!

ST. GEORGE’S DAY BRUNCH

Where:
The Churchill
45 East 28th Street
New York, NY 10016

When:
Sunday 23rd April 2017
12:00-2:00pm

You’re invited to a St. George’s Day Sunday Brunch at The Churchill. This event is open to all and will feature an all-British playlist, giveaways, a photo booth and more! Families and guests of all ages are welcome.

There will be a pre fixe menu of brunch items available ($25) or choose a separate Sunday roast ($35). Include unlimited mimosas and draft Old Golden Hen with your meal for an additional $15. A portion of the proceeds will directly support our charitable programs.

To RSVP, please email Grace Owen at george@stgeorgessociety.org with your name, contact information, and number of attendees. Please bring cash to pay upon arrival.

We look forward to seeing you there!