April 2017 Membership Perks

St. George’s Society of New York has teamed up with STX Entertainment to offer complimentary tickets to a preview of Their Finest on April 5.

Receive 20% discount on all tickets to An Evening with Frank Bidart and Alice Oswald on April 3. The Guardian describes Oswald’s work as “an astonishing book of beauty, intensity and poise – a revelation”.

PLUS… discounted tickets to shows, concerts and lectures. Mandolino Pizzeria Restaurant is offering 10% discount on all food and drink. Also, Brook Brothers is hosting a two-day shopping event.

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


Ernest Shackleton Loves Me
ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME is the epic musical adventure starring GrooveLily’s fierce and funny electro-violinist Valerie Vigoda (Striking 12), and the courageous and charismatic Wade McCollum (Priscilla Queen of the Desert). This innovative, high-tech adventure tells the story of a sleep-deprived single mom who struggles to work as a video game music composer. Unexpectedly, she is contacted across time by the famous polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton. Inspired by her music, he shares his epic Antarctic journey with her in video and song. Against all odds, they discover that their greatest inspiration lies within each other.
Directed by Obie Award winner Lisa Peterson and written by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis), with music composed by Brendan Milburn and lyrics by Valerie Vigoda, ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME features production design by Alexander V. Nichols (Nice Work If You Can Get It), costume design by Chelsea Cook and sound design and original compositions by Tony Award winner Rob Kaplowitz (Fela!), ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME was originally co-commissioned by Theatre Works and La Jolla Playhouse.

Date: April 14-June 11
Venue: TONY KISER THEATRE – 305 West 43rd Street (btwn. 8th & 9th Aves)
Websiteernestshackletonlovesme.com

Special Offer: Tickets Only $55* (reg. $89)


Harney & Sons Fine Teas
This month, we have teamed up with Harney & Sons Fine Teas to offer 10% off in-store tea purchases at their Soho and Millerton locations.

It is not only the Harney mission to deliver quality tea products to their customers, but also to educate the world of tea history and taste. Whether through their dedicated customer service team, their published guides to tea drinking, or their two tea tasting shops, the Harney & Sons team works to pass on their passion for tea to a broad audience.  Harney & Sons remains committed to delivering their customers a superior tea drinking experience.

Date: Ongoing
Venue: Harney & Sons’ Soho and Millerton locations

Websitehttps://www.harney.com/
Special Offer: 10% discount on in-store tea purchases


Jolly Grub
Receive 10% off your order (excluding delivery) from this online store delivering British foods and fare straight to your door.

Date: Ongoing
Venue: Online

Websitehttps://www.jollygrub.com/
Special Offer: 10% discount on all orders (excluding delivery)


Mandolino Pizzeria Restaurant
Mandolino is where the East Village NYC meets Napoli. Open all day seven days for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

At Mandolino, the magic and the art happens in the kitchen. Bold flavors and fresh ingredients evolve into delicious meals created by the hands of our truly talented and skilled chefs. Both bring an array of skill and their own passion for cooking is shown in each meal they create. Our goal is to satisfy your tastebuds and to keep you coming back for more.

Date: Ongoing
Venue: Mandolino Pizzeria Restaurant

Websitewww.mandolinonyc.com
Special Offer: 10% discount on food and drink


An evening with Frank Bidart and Alice Oswald
A reading by two of our finest performers of poetry.

Frank Bidart’s new book is Half-light: Collected Poems. “No other poet sounds like Bidart,” wrote Garth Greenwell. You can hear the muscular physicality of his language, the way the sentence twists around the line breaks, never quite as expected. His work is one of the unfolding wonders of the literature of our time.”

Alice Oswald’s new collection is Falling Awake. “Hers is a mystical work, and when she writes you can hear the long heritage of English verse behind her,” wrote The Economist. “Her poems have a rhythmical tightness. They are propulsive, forward-pulsing, knitting one line to another. She is acutely alive in the world.” Impressively,  Oswald will recite her poems from memory.

Date: April 3, 8pm
Venue: Buttenwieser Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St
Websitehttp://www.92y.org/event/frank-bidart-and-alice-oswald
Special Offer: Tickets from $12 – $17.60 (normally $15-$122)


Young & Damned & Fair:
The Life of 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)


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


Preview screening of Their Finest

St. George’s Society of New York has teamed up with STX Entertainment to offer complimentary tickets to a preview of Their Finest on April 5.

With London emptied of its men now fighting at the Front, Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) is hired by the British Ministry as a “slop” scriptwriter charged with bringing “a woman’s touch” to morale-boosting propaganda films. Her natural flair quickly gets her noticed by dashing movie producer Buckley (Sam Claflin) whose path would never have crossed hers in peacetime. As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and a colorful crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation. Although Catrin’s artist husband looks down on her job, she quickly discovers there is as much camaraderie, laughter and passion behind the camera as there is onscreen.

Date: April 5, 7pm
Venue: Cinepolis Chelsea, New York
Website: http://www.cinepolisusa.com/
Special Offer: Complimentary tickets


Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life – Royal Oak Foundation lecture

Drawing on her extensive access to the Royal Family’s inner circle, the New York Times bestselling author Sally Bedell Smith presents the first major biography of Prince Charles in more than two decades: Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life.

Ms. Smith will give unprecedented insights into Prince Charles, a man who possesses a fiercely independent spirit, and yet has spent his life in waiting for the ultimate role of monarch. Beginning with his childhood, Smith will detail his intellectual quests, his entrepreneurial pursuits, and his love affairs—from the tragedy of his marriage to Diana to his eventual reunion with Camilla. She will also describe his relationship with the next generation of royals, including William, Katherine, Harry, and his beloved grandchildren. Ms. Smith captures a man who has been described as an 18th-century gentleman with a 21st-century mission—a life filled with contradictions and convictions. This is a lecture not just about a man who would be king, but also about the duties that come with privilege.

Date: April 5, 6.15pm
Venue: The Union League Club of New York, 38 East 37th Street
Website: www.royal-oak.org/lectures
Special Offer: $35 members & co-sponsors only; $45 member’s guest


Call Collymore Live at dotmailer NYC

Join Stan Collymore and the dotmailer team for a meet-and-greet, drinks, snacks and football starting at 3pm. Stay for a live recording of ‘Call Collymore’ from 5pm – 7pm.

Call Collymore is the first independent broadcasting platform of its kind. Built for fans with unfiltered opinion at its core. It is home of the World’s Football Phone In – Call Collymore.

Listen to ex-England International and award winning broadcaster Stan Collymore get the opinions that really matter from fans across the globe. Stan won’t shy away from the topics that really impact on the very foundations of the game.

Date: April 17, 3 – 7pm
Venue: dotmailer New York Office, New York
Website: https://r1.dotmailer-pages.com/p/2PJN-26Q/call-collymore-live-at-dotmailer-nyc
Special Offer: Complimentary tickets


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, New Jersey
Website: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/nyredbulls/EN/promotion/home
Special Offer: Tickets from $23 per seat


Brooks Brothers’ April Corporate Shopping Event

All members will SAVE 25% on Sunday, April 23 & Monday, April 24, 2017. This is a TWO-DAY EVENT and valid on full-priced purchases online, by phone and in US and Canadian Retail stores. (Factory stores are excluded).

Date: April 23 & 24
Venue: Online, by phone and in US and Canadian Retail stores  (excluding factory stores)
Website: www.Membership.BrooksBrothers.com
Special Offer: Save 25% on all full-priced purchases


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)


Dylan’s Story

Dylan is now age 22 months old.  He has undergone many challenges in his short life but he is well prepared for them because of the love and kindness of many, including St. George’s Society.

Dylan was born in May 2015 with an interior cleft palate that was inadequately treated at the local community hospital, leaving the infant with severe surgical damage. The medical/surgical team involved was not able to correct the anomaly and unfortunately exacerbated the situation for this little boy.  He was referred to Babies Hospital in New York to repair the cleft palate and the damage caused by the original surgical procedures but sadly, he now relies on a tracheotomy to breathe and a feeding tube.

His parents, Jon (United Kingdom parentage), an Occupational Therapist, and Eleanor, a Physical Therapist, were prepared for the struggle ahead because of their professional skill sets but not without some support. Dylan requires 24 hour care and Eleanor is currently on leave of absence without pay to look after him. Both parents and doctors are optimistic that he will lead a normal life in the future but for now the family’s income has been drastically reduced making it difficult for them to pay the bills each month and keep a regular routine for their other young children (aged 3 and 5).

St. George’s Society responded to the emergency appeal by providing a monthly stipend of $1000 to assist with the family’s day-to-day expenses and our social worker has regular check-in calls with Dylan’s father to offer emotional support and advice.

Today, as we approach Dylan’s second birthday, he is a taking his first steps literally and figuratively. He is walking on his own, smiling at all he meets, and thriving.  When our social worker did a home visit in December she asked him, “Where is Dylan?” He chuckled at such a silly question, lifted up his little finger, pointed to his chest and gave the biggest smile.

The next challenge is a surgical repair to realign his jaw as well as repair the damage to the tracheal. This is scheduled for March 2017 which will take him to the next step on the road to a full and productive life. Both parents are very appreciative of all that St. George’s Society has provided to them.

I am so grateful for everything St. George’s Society has done to help my family during such a distressing time. It allows us to focus on the well-being of all of our children, taking away some of the financial worries that we have faced since my wife gave up her job to care for our baby.” Dylan’s father, Jon

 

 

Member Spotlight – Paula Nance

 

Paula Nance
Individual Member
Teacher
The Beekman School

Joined: 2014
Born: Greensboro, NC
Lives: Upper West Side

What brought you to New York?
I moved to NYC eighteen years ago to be the Associate Pastor of Metro Baptist Church, a progressive social ministry church in Hell’s Kitchen. Both the church and I knew that after the two-year internship ended, I would pursue a career as an actor. Today I work as an actor and educator, while continuing to be active in the ministries at Metro.

What do you enjoy about being a member of St. George’s Society?
I love the gatherings throughout the year that allow me to meet new folks and enjoy fun activities, all the while knowing that the money raised is helping people in need.

What is your favorite New York place or pastime?
Obviously, theatre is one of New York’s most impressive offerings. I enjoy Broadway, but especially enjoy the more intimate venues like the Irish Rep and 59E59.

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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St. George’s Society

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.

 

 

January Membership Perks

This month members can purchase discounted tickets to a variety of shows including KINKY BOOTS, now in its fourth smash year on Broadway, with discounted tickets starting from $45!

PLUS Roundabout Theatre Company is offering $10 tickets to Arthur Miller’s The Price and Steven Levenson’s If I forget.

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)

 


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)

Member Spotlight – Joanna Dingle

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Joanna Dingle
VP, Marketing Manager
Bernstein
Junior Member 

Joined: 2016
Born: Cambridge, U.K.
Lives: West Village

What brought you to New York? After a few years in Miami, I went back to the U.K. to spend time with family. When thinking about my next move, New York (having always felt like a second home) was the standout contender! For me, this city has always been somewhere to meet new people, discover hidden gems, and to find inspiration to take on new challenges…exactly what I was after!

What do you enjoy about being a member of St. George’s Society? Like many members, my introduction to George was through the pub quiz, and over the course of a year I have morphed into quite the quiz superfan. And of course, a special mention must go to the people of George! A complete cliché, but undoubtedly the best part, I just adore everyone I have met so far through George and embrace all the excuses you give us to get together.

What is your favorite New York place or pastime? (1-2 sentences) So much to choose from! But sometimes there is nothing better than spending a cosy afternoon at my local, Hudson Clearwater, after a day of outdoorsy adventuring around the city. Last summer I also discovered how easy it was to rent sailing boats to take friends, family, and out-of-town visitors out on a little sunset sail (complete with a Whole Foods picnic)—highly recommended!

 

St. George's Society of New York is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. Tax ID: 23-7426425