The Queen Elizabeth likely would have said "Brilliant!" to this year's festive English Speaking Union (ESU) Birthday Garden Party held on June 23, her 87th birthday, in the backcountry gardens of Natalie and Malcolm Pray. Special guest of honor was Martin Uden, Senior British Official at the United Nations in New York. Also present was Josiah Bunting, the National Chairman of ESU.
With Malcolm Pray's grand vintage automobiles on display, ladies hats were de rigueur and champagne, strawberries and tea sandwiches were served under a tent and on the lawn for 200 ESU members and friends. Uden did the honors of proposing a toast to Queen Elizabeth.
Also honored were three high school teachers who were awarded ESU scholarships to study in the United Kingdom this summer. Mary Beth Smith, from Greenwich High School, will study at Edinburgh University and honorees Mattea Heller and Kristen Rotherman from Bethel High School will study at Oxford University. Gabriella Babun, a winner in ESU's annual Shakespeare Competition, performed a monologue from "Two Gentlemen of Verona.--¨