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<strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong><br />

<strong>Sept</strong>ember <strong>2018</strong><br />

New Club Year: New Board of Officers!<br />

Jordan Journey with F<strong>AWC</strong>O<br />

6<br />

40<br />

44<br />

Learn a little more about Chat, Craft and<br />

Cake<br />

48<br />

Road Trip through Northern France:<br />

Normandy and Mont Saint Michele<br />

The Magazine of the<br />

American Women’s Club<br />

of The Hague<br />

5 Officers and Chairwomen<br />

6 May Installation of Officers<br />

8 Message from the President<br />

9 <strong>Sept</strong>ember Kick-Off<br />

10 Letter from the Editor<br />

12 Membership<br />

13 Friendship Quilt<br />

14 Ongoing Activities<br />

19 One-of-a-Kind Activities<br />

22 Summer Beach Barbeque<br />

Benefit<br />

28 <strong>AWC</strong> and the Arts<br />

29 New Look Campaign<br />

30 <strong>Sept</strong>ember Calendar<br />

33 Kid’s Club<br />

33 Walkie Talkies Special<br />

Outing<br />

34 Walkie Talkies Collage<br />

36 A Ceremony of<br />

Remembrance and Hope<br />

38 F<strong>AWC</strong>O Corner<br />

40 F<strong>AWC</strong>O Jordan<br />

43 Fran Mainella<br />

44 Chat, Craft and Cake<br />

46 The <strong>Dutch</strong> Daily<br />

48 Normandy— A Road Trip<br />

50 Summer Activites Collage<br />

53 Announcements<br />

56 Classifieds<br />

57 Index of Advertisers<br />

57 Ad Rates<br />

58 Proost! Interview<br />

SEPTEMBER <strong>2018</strong> 3

Editor<br />

Audrey Goodman<br />

<strong>2018</strong>-2019 <strong>AWC</strong> Officers<br />

Committee Chairs<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Clubhouse<br />

Johan van Oldenbarneveltlaan 43<br />

2582 NJ Den Haag<br />

Tel: 070 350 6007<br />

info@awcthehague.org<br />

www.awcthehague.org<br />

<strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong> Magazine<br />

goingdutchmag@gmail.com<br />

Clubhouse Hours<br />

Tuesday and Thursday<br />

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.<br />

Monday, Wednesday and Friday Closed<br />

Dues (Effective <strong>2018</strong>-2019)<br />

€ 110 per year (€ 66 after January 1)<br />

€ 90 business, professional<br />

€ 55 valid US military ID<br />

€ 35 student<br />

€ 35 Outside the Netherlands (<strong>Going</strong><br />

<strong>Dutch</strong> magazine not included)<br />

Add € 15 new member registration fee<br />

Design and Layout<br />

Teresa Mahoney<br />

Cover Photo<br />

A Giant Squid Over Scheveningen Beach by<br />

Melissa White<br />

Photography<br />

Mary Adams, Jane Choy, Sabine Crowley,<br />

Greetje Engelsman, F<strong>AWC</strong>O, Dena<br />

Haggerty, Teresa Insalaco, Suzanne<br />

MacNeil, Julie Mowat, Perspektief, Melissa<br />

Rider, Anne van Oorschot, Melissa White<br />

Proofreaders<br />

Celeste Brown, Jane Gulde, Diane Schaap,<br />

Debbie van Hees<br />

Advertising Invoicing<br />

Open<br />

Contributors<br />

Jane Choy, Susanne Dundas, Roberta<br />

Enschede, Jan Essad, Heather DeWitt, Dena<br />

Haggerty, Marsha Hagney, Eileen Harloff,<br />

Deana Kreitler, Suzanne MacNeil, Sunita<br />

Menon, Julie Mowat, Melissa Rider, Lindsay<br />

Turnau, Emily van Eerten, Melissa White<br />

Printer<br />

www.dwcprint.nl<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Bank Account Number<br />

IBAN: NL42ABNA0431421757<br />

KvK Den Haag<br />

40409274<br />

Honorary President Diane Hoekstra<br />

President Suzanne MacNeil<br />

awcthehague.president@gmail.com<br />

Vice President Marsha Hagney<br />

awcthehague.firstvp@gmail.com<br />

Treasurer Sheyla Karman<br />

awcthehague.treasurer@gmail.com<br />

Secretary Heather DeWitt & Laura Suttles<br />

awcthehague.secretary@gmail.com<br />

Club and Community Development<br />

Open<br />

awcthehague.community@gmail.com<br />

Clubhouse Administrator<br />

Jan Essad & Sunita Menon<br />

awcthehague.clubhousemgr@gmail.com<br />

Communications Rebecca Niles-Pourier<br />

awcthehague.communications@gmail.com<br />

Front Office<br />

Liduine Bekman, Siska Datema-Kool,<br />

Dominique Duysens, Amber Gatewood,<br />

Machelle Hollar, Paula Looijmans, Melissa<br />

Rider, Robin Rose, Holly Savoie, Carol<br />

Schapira, Chelsea Wald<br />

Activities: Open<br />

Arts: Jane Choy<br />

Assistant Treasurer: Teresa Insalaco<br />

Board Advisor: Jessie Rodell<br />

Caring Committee: Naomi Keip<br />

Chat, Craft & Cake: Suzanne Dundas<br />

Community Service Team: Open<br />

eNews Amber Gatewood<br />

Evening Events: Open<br />

F<strong>AWC</strong>O: Julie Mowat<br />

Front Office Coordinator: Open<br />

General Meeting Programs: Dena<br />

Haggerty<br />

Heart Pillow: Jan de Vries<br />

Historian/Archivist: Open<br />

Holiday Bazaar: Jaimie Keppel-Molenaar<br />

Hospitality: Open<br />

IT Administrator: Julie Otten<br />

Kids’ Club: Lindsey Turnau<br />

Library: Dena Haggerty<br />

Membership: Melissa Rider<br />

Newcomers: Holly Savoie, Greetje<br />

Engelsman<br />

Parliamentarian: Georgia Regnault<br />

Philanthropy: Holly Savoie<br />

Public Relations: Open<br />

Social Media: Rebecca Niles-Pourier and<br />

Julie Otten<br />

Social Media Recruitment: Ceci Wong<br />

Tennis: Molly Boed<br />

Volunteer Coordinator: Laurie<br />

Martecchini<br />

Webmaster: Julie Otten<br />

Women with <strong>Dutch</strong> Partners: Loren<br />

Mealey<br />

Deadlines: Submissions are due no later than the last Monday of the month preceding the publication month.<br />

For example, for the October issue, submissions are due before Monday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 24<br />

Please Note: Articles submitted to <strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong> will be published subject to space limitations and editorial approval.<br />

All rights reserved; reprints only by written permission of the Editor. Please email to: goingdutchmag@<br />

gmail.com<br />

Legal Notice: Articles in <strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong> express the views and opinions of their authors alone, and not necessarily<br />

those of the <strong>AWC</strong> of The Hague, its Members or this publication.<br />


<strong>AWC</strong> Mission Statement<br />

The <strong>AWC</strong> is an association formed to provide social and educational activities for American<br />

women living in the Netherlands and to promote amicable relations among people of all nations,<br />

as well as acquiring funds for general public interest. Membership in the club is open<br />

to women of all nations who are friendly and welcoming to American culture. The association<br />

does not endeavor to make a profit. The <strong>AWC</strong> is a 100% volunteer organization.<br />

SEPTEMBER <strong>2018</strong> 5

<strong>2018</strong>-2019 Board Installation

Message from the President<br />

by Suzanne MacNeil<br />

<strong>Sept</strong>ember Kick-Off<br />

by Marsha Hagney<br />

Welcome to the new Club year and<br />

welcome back if you’ve traveled<br />

this summer. I spent two weeks in<br />

Ireland in June, one week for a mosaic workshop<br />

and the other driving through the lovely<br />

countryside with Tim. We ended our trip in<br />

a small town outside Belfast to meet Tim’s<br />

cousins and visit the stone house where his<br />

grandmother and great-grandmother were<br />

born. Then it was a week in Jacksonville<br />

to see my mom and a week with Fran<br />

Mainella and her husband in Amsterdam<br />

and The Hague. Fran graciously stopped<br />

by the Clubhouse in July to share her story<br />

about her time as director of the National<br />

Park Service. If you didn’t make it to Fran’s<br />

discussion, Emily van Eerten sums it up<br />

nicely on page 43.<br />

In between travels, your Board met several<br />

times during the summer and we have<br />

events, activities, and travels already on the<br />

books. Please be sure to check Ongoing<br />

Activities and One-of-a-Kind Activities in<br />

this edition of <strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong>. If you plan to<br />

take part in any of the activities listed, go to<br />

the Club calendar on our website to sign up.<br />

Our Club was founded in 1930 as a social<br />

organization. It continues to be just that, a<br />

fun group that offers friendship and opportunities<br />

to dig in to our <strong>Dutch</strong> life. Without<br />

the <strong>AWC</strong>, my time as an expat (since 2013)<br />

would been more stressful and lonely. It is<br />

thanks to the lovely women in the Club that<br />

I adjusted more quickly to being far from my<br />

family, and it’s my <strong>AWC</strong><br />

friends who introduced<br />

me to the<br />

grand world that<br />

living abroad<br />

offers. I hope<br />

that you have<br />

found a circle<br />

of women<br />

within the<br />

Club who do<br />

the same for you,<br />


and I would<br />

hope that you<br />

offer new expats<br />

and women you<br />

meet the opportunity<br />

to join our<br />

<strong>AWC</strong>. Growing<br />

our membership<br />

is fundamental<br />

so the Club can<br />

continue at least<br />

another 90 years!<br />

If you’re<br />

looking for an opportunity to introduce<br />

friends to the Club, be sure to bring them<br />

to our Prinsjesdag Luncheon on Tuesday,<br />

<strong>Sept</strong>ember 18 to watch the King, Queen, and<br />

other royals ride along the route of the Golden<br />

Coach. The procession leaves Noordeinde<br />

Palace and travels to the Binnenhof where<br />

King Willem-Alexander will address parliament.<br />

We will have a bird’s-eye view of the<br />

procession from an upper floor of Restaurant<br />

Garoeda. Be sure to sign up ASAP!<br />

Since we’re nearing our stone anniversary<br />

(90 years), the Board is looking ahead<br />

and we are developing a three-to-five-year<br />

plan for the Club. Our <strong>AWC</strong> is not unlike a<br />

business. Members are our target customers,<br />

and the Board and committees focus on<br />

meeting our Members’ needs. The Board is<br />

reviewing our strengths, weaknesses, and<br />

opportunities to ensure we can achieve our<br />

potential and improve where necessary. Just<br />

as businesses are always working to improve<br />

their operations, the Board is actively looking<br />

at ways to refine how we manage certain<br />

aspects of the Club. One step we have taken<br />

is the implementation of a fundraising/donation<br />

request form that must be filled out by<br />

Members and non-members to ensure the<br />

Board fully understands each request and<br />

if it meets the Club’s mission. This change,<br />

along with other updates, and improvements<br />

are helping the Board, and the Club, to set<br />

priorities and remain financially sound. >>52<br />

Morning and Evening<br />

Events<br />

Welcome back to Members and welcome to<br />

new Members and friends! Join us to meet<br />

others and learn about Club activities and<br />

events. Sign up for scheduled events, learn<br />

about volunteer opportunities, enjoy some<br />

refreshments, and spend some time catching<br />

up with friends or getting acquainted<br />

with new and prospective Members. All<br />

Members are encouraged to invite friends<br />

and acquaintances who may be interested in<br />

joining the <strong>AWC</strong>!<br />

Thursday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 13<br />

Morning Session 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.<br />

Evening Session 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Clubhouse<br />

Heads-up: The October issue will arrive a few days late. Our fearless Design and<br />

Layout Specialist, Teresa Mahoney, is unplugging to climb a mountain (seriously!)<br />

and will work on the issue after her descent. But don’t worry, you can still find<br />

important <strong>AWC</strong> news and information on Facebook and GroupSpaces.<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> new Board Installation (see p 6 for more photos)<br />

SEPTEMBER <strong>2018</strong> 9

Letter from the Editor<br />

by Audrey Goodman<br />

Early last summer, I received a mid-day<br />

call from my husband, “Hey, I just need<br />

to know if you would ever consider living<br />

overseas?” “Umm, honey. I need a little<br />

more information. For starters, which continent<br />

are we talking about?” He had no specifics,<br />

except that he was pretty sure it would be<br />

Europe. Over the next couple months, the details<br />

started emerging: Europe… The Hague...<br />

Early <strong>2018</strong>... Two Years. So, here I am!<br />

We spent the last part of 2017 making<br />

the necessary arrangements and spending as<br />

much time with friends and family as possible.<br />

use various laundry detergents sorted by color,<br />

stay out of the way of bicycles, always carry<br />

an umbrella, and add salt to my dishwasher.<br />

(On that note: I highly recommend attending<br />

the <strong>Dutch</strong> Products class offered by Carol<br />

Slootweg on Wednesday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 25 at the<br />

Clubhouse, if you’re new to the Netherlands.)<br />

This Spring, after the previous editor,<br />

Suzanne MacNeil, accepted the role as our<br />

new Club president, I offered to take on the<br />

editorship of <strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong>. I swear, I only had<br />

half a glass of wine when I made the decision!<br />

Suzanne, Melissa White and Teresa<br />

If you want something said, ask a man;<br />

If you want something done, ask a woman.<br />

Margaret Thatcher<br />

On January 2, <strong>2018</strong> we left Baltimore, and it<br />

has been an amazing whirlwind ever since.<br />

I was introduced to the <strong>AWC</strong> by the former<br />

president, Mary Ann Nation-Greenwall,<br />

(at a Thirsty Thursday, of course!) and it<br />

was the best decision I made since arriving.<br />

I jumped right in to the activities and have<br />

met so many wonderful and amazing women,<br />

from all backgrounds, with very different<br />

experiences, and with various interests. My<br />

fear of being bored or isolated very quickly<br />

dissolved, and I feel incredibly lucky to be<br />

part of such a fantastic organization.<br />

Nearly everyone speaks English in the<br />

Netherlands, making this country seem like<br />

“Expat for Dummies”. But it’s been the little<br />

things that I’ve struggled with since moving<br />

here. The day we arrived, we made our first<br />

trip to Albert Heijn, and we also made our<br />

first mistake. I now know that AH doesn’t<br />

accept MasterCard, or Visa, or Discover, or<br />

any other American credit card. After an extremely<br />

embarrassing trip to the ATM, we had<br />

the basic necessities for our extremely tiny<br />

refrigerator. I’ve also learned that I need to<br />

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Mahoney have been have been overwhelmingly<br />

helpful through this transition. Melissa<br />

is also a former <strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong> editor, and still<br />

contributes greatly to the magazine (check out<br />

the Announcements section!). Teresa handles<br />

the design and layout, making the magazine<br />

absolutely beautiful. Countless hours and<br />

lots of hard work go into the magazine every<br />

month, and without these women, <strong>Going</strong><br />

<strong>Dutch</strong> wouldn’t exist. I have big shoes to fill,<br />

and I hope I can live up to the reputations of<br />

my predecessors.<br />

As we start a new Club year, I would<br />

like to add a new element to the magazine.<br />

It seems everyone has a tried-and-true recipe<br />

that I’m sure is worth sharing. So please pass<br />

along some of your favorites to be included<br />

in upcoming issues! And I’m certainly open<br />

to new article ideas, so don’t hesitate to send<br />

me an email or strike up a conversation at a<br />

Club event. Or, better yet, let’s make plans to<br />

discuss your idea over coffee or wine!<br />

Audrey<br />

SEPTEMBER <strong>2018</strong> 11

Membership<br />

by Melissa Rider<br />

Welcome New Members!<br />

Kristina Andrews<br />

Patti Calabro<br />

Jeanne Crandall<br />

Naya Pessoa<br />

<strong>2018</strong>-2019 Membership Dues<br />

If you have not yet paid your membership<br />

dues, please note they are due no later<br />

than <strong>Sept</strong>ember 30 to avoid a late fee.<br />

The best way to renew is by electronic<br />

transfer to our bank account with IBAN:<br />

NL42ABNA0431421757 (be sure to include<br />

your name and Membership Dues in the<br />

memo section). You can also pay by PIN at<br />

the Clubhouse during office hours. Dues remain<br />

the same as last year: € 110 for Regular<br />

and Associate Members, € 90 for Business/<br />

Professionals, € 55 for Military (with valid<br />

military ID) and € 35 for Students (with valid<br />

student ID).<br />

Update Your Information<br />

It is very important to keep both your<br />

email and mailing addresses accurate, so<br />

you receive<br />

eNews and<br />

<strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong><br />

in a timely<br />

fashion. If<br />

you have<br />

m o v e d<br />

recently,<br />

p l e a s e<br />

contact me at awcthehague.membership@<br />

gmail.com with your updated contact<br />

information.<br />

GDPR<br />

The <strong>AWC</strong>, like all other businesses and organizations<br />

in Europe, must comply with<br />

the General Data Protection Regulation<br />

(GDPR) which sets new rules for the collection<br />

of data of those living in the EU. The<br />

new privacy measures mean you now have<br />

to give the <strong>AWC</strong> explicit and informed consent<br />

for the Club to use your name and likeness<br />

in <strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong>, either of our Facebook<br />

pages, and in our Membership Directory.<br />

Birthday wishes, unfortunately, will no longer<br />

be published in <strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong>, as another<br />

measure towards ensuring your privacy. We<br />

appreciate your help as we work to make<br />

sure we follow the rule of law.<br />

“Tell Me A Story” – The 2019<br />

Friendship Quilt<br />

by Julie Mowat<br />

Every year since 1995, F<strong>AWC</strong>O members<br />

around the globe have worked together,<br />

contributing to the F<strong>AWC</strong>O Friendship<br />

Quilt. The greatly coveted product is raffled<br />

off at the annual F<strong>AWC</strong>O Conference to raise<br />

money for The Foundation’s programs and<br />

charitable causes. This is a great time to start<br />

working on your 2019 quilt squares. What<br />

better way than a book-themed quilt to wrap<br />

up the Target Education cycle!<br />

Deadline: October 10<br />

Square instructions:<br />

www.fawcofoundation.org<br />

Contact Suzanne Dundas at<br />

awcthehague.crafts@gmail.com to<br />

coordinate mailing the squares.<br />

<strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong> is Available Online<br />

Go to www.awcthehague.org to share the current month’s issue with friends and family. You<br />

will also find links to our annual advertisers, whose support makes this magazine possible. If<br />

you visit or contact one of our advertisers, let them know<br />

<strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong> sent you!<br />

Birthdays<br />

Due to changes in European privacy laws, and because <strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong> will soon be posted<br />

on our external Facebook page, we won’t be sharing birthdays in print any longer.<br />

Instead, you’ll see Members’ birthdays in the weekly eNews, which is sent to your private<br />

email account and is more secure. We value our Members’ privacy. If you have any<br />

questions, please contact Melissa Rider, our Membership Coordinator, at awcthehague.<br />

membership@gmail.com.<br />

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SEPTEMBER <strong>2018</strong> 13

Photo credit: GoodReads<br />

Ongoing Activities<br />

Book Clubs<br />

The <strong>AWC</strong> Book Clubs are open to all readers,<br />

and new Members are especially welcome!<br />

There’s no requirement to attend every<br />

meeting or lead a discussion. Snacks are<br />

provided by a different Member each month.<br />

There are two Book Clubs hosted by <strong>AWC</strong><br />

Members: One in the daytime and one in<br />

the evening. Questions? Teresa Mahoney<br />

organizes the daytime group, and Dena<br />

Haggerty handles the evening meetings.<br />

For more information, please contact them at<br />

awcthehague.bookclub@gmail.com. Happy<br />

reading!<br />

Daytime Book Club<br />

<strong>Sept</strong>ember Selection:<br />

Days without End follows<br />

the experiences of Thomas<br />

McNulty, a teenage immigrant<br />

from Ireland, who fled<br />

the Great Famine for the<br />

United States. He enlisted in<br />

the Army in the 1850s and<br />

served in both the Indian<br />

Wars and the Civil War. The story follows his<br />

struggles, heartbreak and lost youth during<br />

the Wars. The New York Times describes this<br />

book as “a haunting archaeology of youth …<br />

A dreamlike Western with a different kind of<br />

hero.”<br />

Thursday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 27<br />

10 a.m.<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Clubhouse<br />

FREE<br />

Daytime Book Club Recap – April<br />

My Absolute Darling, by Gabriel Tallent,<br />

provided for a lively discussion during the<br />

April meeting. The author purposefully<br />

wrote a book full of the flora and fauna of<br />

the northern California coast, and some of the<br />

Members had been to a live session with him<br />

prior to the meeting, so they knew his proclivity<br />

for that part of the United States. The<br />

main character, Turtle, is a young teenager<br />

just blossoming into puberty who lives with<br />

her father. Turtle seems to take care of herself<br />

most of the time and has been allowed the<br />

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freedom to roam the cliffs near their home,<br />

where she exhibits an uncanny knowledge<br />

of the plants and animals around her. Once<br />

into the book, one is mesmerized by the language,<br />

often sending one to the dictionary.<br />

The main theme of the story emerges into<br />

one of the emotional, physical, and sexual<br />

abuse that Turtle endures by her father. Later<br />

in the story, after a long absence, he returns<br />

with a much younger girl who ends up going<br />

through similar seemingly torturous trials<br />

at the whim of the father. Was Turtle brave,<br />

cowardly, entrapped? It was a maternal instinct<br />

for the younger girl that finally brought<br />

her into action to leave the situation and save<br />

herself. The book was definitely a page-turner,<br />

and an impossible-to-put-down selection.<br />

Daytime Book Club Recap – May<br />

Notes on a Foreign Country: An American<br />

Abroad in a Post-American World by Suzy<br />

Hansen. Suzy Hansen left New York City<br />

at the age of 25 with a grant for overseas<br />

journalism and decided to base herself in<br />

Istanbul. Over the next decade, she travelled<br />

to Greece, Egypt, Afghanistan, Iran, and then<br />

to the Mississippi Delta. As time passed, she<br />

gathered foreigners’ impressions and histories,<br />

and began to note a change in her own<br />

views of America: “We cannot go abroad as<br />

Americans in the twenty-first century and not<br />

realize that the main thing terrorizing us is<br />

our own ignorance.” She uses the complex<br />

histories of these countries to illuminate the<br />

way she looks at her own country and the assumptions<br />

of American exceptionalism that<br />

are inculcated by our families, our schools,<br />

and our media. This book is a travelogue<br />

combined with a personal memoir that details<br />

“the vertiginous distance that exists between<br />

what America is and what it thinks of itself”.<br />

Our Members discussed the range of important<br />

issues raised by this book in the light of<br />

their own personal recognition. As expats,<br />

each of us has experienced the uncomfortable<br />

epiphany so eloquently described by<br />

Hansen. The group recommends this book<br />

unanimously and would like to see its readership<br />

widened in the United States.<br />

Daytime Book Club Recap – June<br />

Bernard MacLaverty’s Midwinter Break<br />

is his first novel in 16 years. Set during a<br />

short holiday in Amsterdam during a wintry<br />

January, the novel explores a very mature<br />

marriage that is in quiet difficulty. Gerry<br />

and Stella Gilmore have reached a fork in<br />

the road of their relationship. Gerry’s drinking<br />

has increased in frequency and duration;<br />

Stella desires a contemplative religious life<br />

devoted to service during the years that remain<br />

to her. To achieve this will involve<br />

leaving Gerry possibly for a life in the<br />

Begijnhof in Amsterdam. Familiar tourist<br />

destinations, such as the Anne Frank House<br />

and the Rijksmuseum, serve to move the plot<br />

forward and to reveal more of the marriage,<br />

as well as the unresolved act of violence in<br />

their past that is the impetus for their individual<br />

unhappiness. MacLaverty’s focus on the<br />

poetry of the mundane, lends truthfulness to<br />

his examination of the interior lives of his<br />

characters. This book was well received by<br />

the book club, but it was felt it would be best<br />

appreciated by those in mature relationships.<br />

Daytime Book Club Recap – July<br />

In Revolution Song: A Story of American<br />

Freedom, Russell Shorto weaves six personal<br />

histories into a fascinating look at<br />

the American Revolution. He relies on the<br />

well-documented biographical trails of six<br />

very different people: George Washington,<br />

Indian leader Cornplanter, British Secretary<br />

of State for the Colonies George Germain,<br />

runaway child bride turned professional mistress<br />

Margaret Coghlan, freed slave Venture<br />

Daytime Book Club Reading List:<br />

Thursday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 27: Days Without<br />

End by Sebastian Barry<br />

Thursday, October 25: Homegoing by<br />

Yaa Gyasi<br />

Thursday, November 15: Educated: A<br />

Memoir by Tara Westover<br />

Evening Book Club Reading List:<br />

October: TBD: see eNews for October<br />

book and date<br />

Smith, and Albany shoemaker turned framer<br />

of the US Constitution Abraham Yates.<br />

Building on the theme of personal freedom<br />

unleashed by the Enlightenment, Shorto<br />

masterfully tells the six tales against the<br />

backdrop of colonies fighting for both political<br />

and individual freedom and struggling to<br />

construct a new nation once that freedom is<br />

won. A colossal, timely, and endlessly fascinating<br />

book.<br />

Evening Book Club<br />

<strong>Sept</strong>ember Selection:<br />

The Italian Teacher by Tom<br />

Rachman<br />

What makes an artist?<br />

In The Italian Teacher, Tom<br />

Rachman displays a nuanced<br />

understanding of art and its<br />

demons. Moreover, in Pinch<br />

he achieves a portrait of vulnerability<br />

and frustrated talent that—with<br />

his signature humor and humanity—challenges<br />

the very idea of greatness.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 19<br />

7:30 p.m.<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Clubhouse<br />

FREE<br />

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Photo credit: GoodReads

Ongoing Activities (cont.)<br />

Continued from page 15<br />

Chat, Craft & Cake<br />

Chat, Craft and Cake is a weekly<br />

highlight for those who enjoy crafts<br />

and camaraderie. Whether your craft is<br />

knitting, quilting, needlepoint or simply<br />

mending your clothes, or whether you are<br />

a beginner or an expert, you are welcome to<br />

join us. Fish that UFO (Unfinished Object)<br />

out of the drawer and get going on it again.<br />

CCandCer’s are always ready with a helping<br />

hand, a lesson, or some advice. Each week,<br />

a different Member brings a tried and true<br />

or experimental cake. Babysitting is not<br />

available and there are lots of sharp objects<br />

about (pins, needles, scissors and wit), so<br />

we cannot accommodate children. Contact<br />

Suzanne Dundas at awcthehague.crafts@<br />

gmail.com for more information<br />

Every Tuesday<br />

10 a.m. – Noon<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Clubhouse<br />

FREE<br />

Heart Pillow Project<br />

Members work together to make heartshaped<br />

pillows designed to help support<br />

the arms of recent mastectomy patients.<br />

Each pillow is made with TLC, wrapped,<br />

and comes with a note signed by an <strong>AWC</strong><br />

volunteer. No sewing skills are needed, as<br />

you can cut, stuff, or wrap the heart pillows.<br />

We are proud to provide women and men<br />

with something both practical and comforting,<br />

and we know our work helps because<br />

we often receive thank-you notes and emails<br />

from the patients who have received a heart<br />

pillow. For more information, please contact<br />

Jan de Vries at awcthehague.heartpillow@<br />

gmail.com.<br />

Tuesday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 4<br />

Noon – 2 p.m.<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Clubhouse<br />

FREE<br />

Visitors Welcome<br />

Out to Lunch Bunch: <strong>Sept</strong>ember<br />

For a change in venue, the Lunch Bunch will<br />

be having lunch in Leiden this month. This<br />

restaurant, close to the train station, forms<br />

the gateway to the old town of Leiden. It is<br />

named after Pieter Van der Werff, a 16thcentury<br />

mayor of Leiden, who offered his<br />

arm to the starving city. (Info about this<br />

later!) The atmosphere in Stadscafe Van<br />

der Werff is similar to what you find in the<br />

city of Leiden: sparkling and cozy. Curious?<br />

Come and have lunch!<br />

Stadscafe Van der Werff<br />

Steenstraat 2, Leiden<br />

www.stadscafevanderwerff.nl<br />

Thursday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 27<br />

12:15 p.m.<br />

Sign up on GroupSpaces<br />

Tennis League<br />

Players needed! The <strong>AWC</strong> Tennis<br />

Group plays doubles every Tuesday in<br />

Warmond. Ladies move up and down<br />

the courts according to a ladder tennis<br />

system. The emphasis is on having fun!<br />

The League is available for all levels >> 18<br />

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Ongoing Activities (cont.)<br />

Continued from page 17<br />

One-of-a-Kind Activities<br />

by Dena Haggerty<br />

except true beginners. Contact Molly<br />

Boed at mollyboed@gmail.com for more<br />

information.<br />

Tuesdays starting <strong>Sept</strong>ember 4<br />

(except specific holidays TBD)<br />

1 –3 p.m.<br />

Dekker Tennis Courts<br />

Veerpolder 14, Warmond<br />

€275 Members / €325 Nonmembers<br />

Sign up on GroupSpaces<br />

Thirsty Thursday<br />

Join us for a casual evening at our first<br />

Thirsty Thursday of the new Club year. For<br />

just €15, Fratelli’s Restaurant is providing<br />

two drinks + pizza, bruschetta, and ciabatta.<br />

Relax with <strong>AWC</strong> friends and be sure to<br />

bring anyone you know who might be interested<br />

in joining the Club. It’s a fun and easy<br />

night to get back into fall.<br />

Thursday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 20<br />

6–9 p.m.<br />

Tournooiveld 1, Den Haag (Near Lange<br />

Voorhout)<br />

€15 for two drinks and food<br />

No RSVP needed<br />

Walkie Talkies<br />

Whether you count your steps or just want<br />

to walk with friends, the Monday morning<br />

Walkie Talkies is a fun, healthy and energetic<br />

way to start the week. The group meets<br />

in front of the Clubhouse before heading out<br />

to walk to various destinations in the area,<br />

usually racking up 10,000 steps along the<br />

way. Sign up on GroupSpaces to receive<br />

email updates or contact Emily van Eerten<br />

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at vaneerten@gmail.com (or Greetje<br />

Engelsman at greetje.engelsman@gmail.<br />

com).<br />

Mondays<br />

9:30 a.m.<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Clubhouse<br />

FREE<br />

Sign up on GroupSpaces<br />

Wassenaar Coffee & Conversation<br />

If you live in or north<br />

of Wassenaar, join<br />

your neighbors for<br />

coffee and conversation<br />

once-a-month<br />

without having to<br />

drive to the clubhouse.<br />

One Member will host a casual coffee at her<br />

home at 9:30 on the first Thursday of every<br />

month. Suzanne Dundas coordinates these<br />

gatherings, so please contact her if you are<br />

interested in attending or for more information.<br />

Prospective Members are always welcome<br />

too.<br />

Thursday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 6<br />

9:30 a.m.<br />

FREE<br />

Members: eNews Distribution<br />

A weekly electronic newsletter is sent to<br />

all <strong>AWC</strong> Members. If you have not been<br />

receiving your eNews, please contact<br />

Melissa at<br />

awcthehague.membership@gmail.com.<br />

RSVP directly on <strong>AWC</strong> GroupSpaces.com. Direct any questions to<br />

awcthehague.firstvp@gmail.com.<br />

Payment must be made within 5 calendar days of reserving or your name will be moved to<br />

a waitlist. Payment can be made in the Front Office by PIN or by bank transfer to the <strong>AWC</strong><br />

account NL42ABNA0431421757.<br />

Walk the Route of the Golden<br />

Coach (Gouden Koets)<br />

Although the Golden Coach is under repair,<br />

the route the royals will follow in the<br />

Glass Coach on their way to the Binnenhof<br />

on Prinsjesdag to open parliament is one<br />

and the same. Join Greetje Engelsman<br />

(<strong>AWC</strong> Member and <strong>Dutch</strong> ex-expat ) for a<br />

royal walk from the Noordeinde Palace to the<br />

Ridderzaal (Knights Hall). Learn more about<br />

Prinsjesdag (budget day), <strong>Dutch</strong> royalty and<br />

democracy, and the buildings and institutions<br />

along the route—their history and current<br />

use.<br />

Sligro The Hague Forepark is the perfect fit for you as entrepreneur.<br />

We inspire and support you with our products and services, that will<br />

help you with your business. Our people are always there for you<br />

with professional and tailored advice.<br />

sligro.nl<br />

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Monday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 17<br />

2 – 3:30 p.m.<br />

Meet opposite the Noordeinde Palace,<br />

Noordeinde 68, Den Haag<br />

Maximum 15 / FREE<br />

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One-of-a-Kind Activities (cont.)<br />

Continued from page 19<br />

Prinjesdag Parade & Buffet<br />

Luncheon<br />

An <strong>AWC</strong> tradition! View this special, festive<br />

day from a unique vantage point reserved<br />

specifically for <strong>AWC</strong> Members and<br />

friends. Sign up now to view King Willem-<br />

Alexander and Queen Maxima’s parade as<br />

they arrive for the King to open Parliament.<br />

The third floor of Garoeda Restaurant is<br />

the perfect viewing opportunity for this traditional<br />

Nederlands event! The King and<br />

Queen ride from the palace at Noordeinde to<br />

the Binnenhof and back, escorted by horsemen,<br />

bands, and horse-drawn carriages. The<br />

pomp and circumstance make this a must<br />

see! Price includes Indonesian rijsttafel, a<br />

glass of wine and tea or coffee.<br />

Cancellation Policy<br />

Members may reserve a spot for an <strong>AWC</strong> tour, activity or<br />

event in advance. Payment is required within five business<br />

days of the reservation or before the deadline date (whichever<br />

is sooner) otherwise your name will be moved to a waitlist.<br />

It is the responsibility of the Member to notify the Club at<br />

awcthehague.finance@gmail.com to cancel a reservation<br />

prior to the cancellation deadline. Please note that there will<br />

be NO REFUNDS (no exceptions) after the cancellation deadline.<br />

Members may find a substitute in lieu of cancellation<br />

provided that arrangements are made with the tour, activity<br />

or event organizer. Members shall be held responsible for<br />

their guest reservations in accordance with this policy.<br />

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Tuesday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 18<br />

Arrive no later than 11:00 a.m.<br />

Garoeda Restaurant<br />

Kneuterdijk 18A, Den Haag<br />

€50 Members (€55 non-Members)<br />

Sign up on GroupSpaces<br />

Cancellation deadline: <strong>Sept</strong>ember 7<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Guest Policy<br />

Guests are welcome<br />

to participate in <strong>AWC</strong><br />

activities and tours on<br />

a limited basis. As a<br />

nonmember, a guest is<br />

limited to attend two<br />

functions per calendar<br />

year and will be<br />

charged an additional<br />

nonmember fee. Only<br />

Members are entitled to<br />

use babysitting services.<br />

Nederlands Dans Theater<br />

Invitation<br />

Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) has invited<br />

the <strong>AWC</strong> to watch a morning lesson. NDT<br />

was founded in 1959 and is known for its<br />

avant-garde aesthetic, and nonconformist<br />

and progressive productions. The company<br />

will hold eight world premieres this season,<br />

including numerous original works and several<br />

revivals.<br />

Paul Lightfoot<br />

has served as<br />

the artistic director<br />

since<br />

2011, and says<br />

his choices for<br />

the season are,<br />

“About artistic<br />

creation, not<br />

just choreography.”<br />

Prior to<br />

the start of the<br />

lesson, there will be an introduction about<br />

the lesson. This is a unique opportunity for<br />

our Members to watch the talented dancers<br />

of NDT. There are limited spots for the<br />

lesson, and only 15 guests will be able to<br />

attend. <strong>AWC</strong> Members will be given first<br />

priority, so please sign up ASAP.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 19<br />

Arrive no later than 10:30 a.m.<br />

Schedeldoekshaven 60, Den Haag<br />

Maximum 15 / FREE<br />

Sign up on GroupSpaces<br />

Photo credit: © Rahi Rezvani<br />

<strong>Dutch</strong> Products Class<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Member Carol Slootweg will explain<br />

<strong>Dutch</strong> cooking and cleaning products. As<br />

a long-time <strong>Dutch</strong> resident and cooking<br />

instructor, Carol is an expert in using local<br />

products and converting American recipes.<br />

Carol and Greetje Engelsman have coauthored<br />

a book entitled <strong>Dutch</strong> Products,<br />

which will be offered for sale for €10.<br />

Join us and say goodbye to that confusion<br />

we’ve all experienced in the kitchen (and<br />

grocery store)! If you have questions,<br />

contact Greetje Engelsman at awcthehague.<br />

newcomers@gmail.com.<br />

Tuesday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 25<br />

10 a.m. – Noon<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Clubhouse<br />

No max / FREE<br />

Welcome Back BBQ<br />

Fall has arrived and with it comes a new Club<br />

year! What better way to say “Welcome<br />

Back” than with an American BBQ? Come<br />

one, come all and join us for this great event<br />

for Members and their families. We’ll be<br />

grilling hamburgers, veggie burgers and hotdogs.<br />

Side dishes, soft drinks, beer and wine<br />

will be provided. We’ve got the food and<br />

drinks covered. Just bring your appetite!<br />

Saturday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 29<br />

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.<br />

€10 Members or Partners<br />

(€15 Non-Members). Children under age<br />

of 12 are half-price.<br />

Sign up on GroupSpaces<br />

Cancellation deadline: <strong>Sept</strong>ember 24<br />

Delft Blue Tile Workshop<br />

Our day will begin at PAAUW 1651 where<br />

we will discover how the world-famous Delft<br />

Blue porcelain is made. A professional guide<br />

will show us around the pottery factory and<br />

will explain each step in the production of<br />

Delftware.<br />

After the tour, we will begin the tile workshop<br />

which will take place in a painter’s room. A<br />

professional painter will guide us through<br />

the process of painting our own Delft tile.<br />

Unfortunately, we will not be taking a completed<br />

tile home with us that day. The tiles<br />

will be collected, so that they can be glazed<br />

and fired. After seven days, Holly Savoie will<br />

pick up all the completed tiles. You will be<br />

notified by email when your finished piece is<br />

ready to be picked up at the <strong>AWC</strong> Clubhouse.<br />

After the workshop, we will have lunch at<br />

de Brasserij (www.brasserig.nl). Feel free<br />

to join us after lunch as we wander the town<br />

center of Delft, or head back on your own after<br />

the workshop or lunch. We will be traveling<br />

via public transportation, so please bring<br />

your OV Chipkaart and money for lunch.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 26<br />

Meet at Starbucks in Den Haag Central:<br />

8:50 a.m.<br />

3 Min/35 Max / €29.50 Members<br />

Sign up on GroupSpaces<br />

Cancellation deadline: <strong>Sept</strong>ember 19<br />

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Summer Beach Barbeque Benefit<br />

by Dena Haggerty<br />

Thanks to all the <strong>AWC</strong> Members, their<br />

partners and friends who came out on<br />

June 2 with their thinking caps on, the<br />

Summer Beach Barbeque Benefit was a great<br />

success. The Strandpaviljoen Sport was filled<br />

to capacity with guests coming out to benefit<br />

Perspektief, our selected charity. The evening<br />

began with a cocktail while everyone<br />

perused the silent auction items. Although<br />

the items in the silent auction were limited<br />

in number, the items were varied enough to<br />

pique everyone’s interest. While some items<br />

led to bidding wars, other items were cut out<br />

of the competition by a Member immediately<br />

purchasing the item to lock out the competition.<br />

It was all in good fun for a great cause!<br />

The evening really heated up when we<br />

began the main event of the benefit—the<br />

trivia quiz! Twelve teams participated in<br />

four rounds of quiz questions varying from<br />

“What is the most common metal on earth?”<br />

to “In which Star Wars movie did Ewoks<br />

first appear?” to “How many men walked<br />

on the moon?”. The competition was fierce.<br />

At the end of four rounds, two teams were<br />

tied leading to a tie-break round. The tie was<br />

only broken when one team misspelled the<br />

word Scoville (of the Scoville scale). I’m<br />

sure the losing team won’t ever forget how<br />

to spell Scoville again!<br />

The evening continued with the announcement<br />

of the winner of the raffle. There<br />

were over 100 raffle tickets sold leading<br />

up to the benefit and over the course of the<br />

evening. Perspektief graciously supplied a<br />

bench, which had been handcrafted in their<br />

woodworking workshop for the winner of<br />

the raffle. There were many sighs of disappointment<br />

in the tent when the winner was<br />

announced.<br />

With the ‘agenda’ of the evening completed,<br />

it was time to party! The DJ played<br />

a variety of 80s music to ensure everyone<br />

could get their boogie on. The night ended<br />

with a bang when fireworks lit up the sky<br />

over the beach.<br />

Proceeds from the tickets (25% of the<br />

entry cost), the raffle tickets, and the silent<br />

auction will be used to benefit our chosen<br />

charity: Perspektief. Barbara Berkelaar, director<br />

of Perspektief, explained the organization<br />

and their goals with the help of a video.<br />

She was also on hand during the evening<br />

to discuss the organization with attendees.<br />

Perspektief is dedicated to supporting<br />

and counseling victims of domestic abuse,<br />

the homeless and other at-risk individuals.<br />

In different areas of life, Perspektief helps<br />

these individuals restore their lives. This<br />

can be by providing housing, helping with<br />

finances, providing network connections, or<br />

teaching a trade. Our donation is earmarked<br />

for women’s causes within the organization.<br />

This can be to help women learn a trade<br />

or to support domestic abuse victims, for<br />

example.<br />

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Summer Beach BBQ Benefit (cont.)<br />

Continued from page 23<br />

At the <strong>Sept</strong>ember Kick-Off, the donation<br />

amount will be announced, and<br />

Perspektief will be provided with a check<br />

in that amount. Make sure you come along<br />

to Kick-Off to hear how much money was<br />

raised and for a chance to meet the women<br />

who ensure the good work of Perspektief<br />

continues.<br />

None of the above would have been possible<br />

without the support of the Members<br />

of the <strong>AWC</strong>. Specifically, the Committee<br />

Members worked tirelessly to ensure the<br />

night was a success. Thanks to Audrey<br />

Goodman, Teresa Insalaco, Rebecca Niles-<br />

Pourier, Anna-Lena Thuren-Vogel, and<br />

Suzanne MacNeil. Only through their hard<br />

work was this evening possible.<br />

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Summer Beach BBQ Benefit (cont.)<br />

With Deep Gratitude to Our Sponsors<br />

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SEPTEMBER <strong>2018</strong> 27

<strong>AWC</strong> and the Arts<br />

by Jane Choy, <strong>AWC</strong> Member and Mauritshuis Docent<br />

“New Look Campaign” (Phase One)!<br />

by Jan Essad and Sunita Menon<br />

Guided Tour of <strong>Dutch</strong> Masters<br />

from British Country Houses<br />

This autumn there will be a special exhibit<br />

at the Mauritshuis of <strong>Dutch</strong> 17th century<br />

paintings that are found in National Trust<br />

Houses. English country houses have traditionally<br />

been the home to <strong>Dutch</strong> Golden<br />

Age Masters. Most of these paintings were<br />

acquired in the 18th century, the heyday<br />

of the English country house. Although<br />

RSVP for all Arts Activities directly on<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> GroupSpaces.com<br />

Direct any questions to jechoy@me.com<br />

over time many owners were forced to<br />

sell works to raise funds, there are still<br />

many extraordinary paintings to be found<br />

in country houses today. For this exhibition,<br />

the Mauritshuis has selected the most<br />

beautiful <strong>Dutch</strong> paintings from houses<br />

managed by the National Trust. This will<br />

be a first for the Mauritshuis: Never before<br />

has such a selection been exhibited in the<br />

Netherlands. For further information, contact<br />

Jane Choy.<br />

Thursday, November 1<br />

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.<br />

Mauritshuis<br />

Museum Plein 29, The Hague<br />

€10 Members / €15 Non-members<br />

Museum entrance fee of €15.50 is not<br />

included (entrance is free with Museum<br />

Card)<br />

Maximum 15 / Minimum 12<br />

Cancellation deadline: October 22 (It<br />

is possible to sign up after this date, if<br />

there is space)<br />

Sign up on GroupSpaces<br />

Did you know that any woman who speaks English is eligible to join the<br />

American Women’s Club?<br />

What a great summer it has been here<br />

in The Hague…sunshine, seaside<br />

activities, travel, and vacation fun!<br />

Ahh, but somewhere in between all that fun<br />

our “Home Away from Home” received a<br />

little bit of a facelift.<br />

Since our installation, we were excitedly<br />

planning our way to refurbishing the clubhouse.<br />

But first things first: clean-out days!<br />

Once we had the plan and the dates (July 10<br />

and 11), it was truly amazing all the help we<br />

received to make it all happen. The old cliché<br />

“many hands make light work” is definitely<br />

true as we found out when Dena Haggerty,<br />

Cynthia Chung, Heather DeWitt, Krishna<br />

Thakrar, Debbie van Hees, Deana Kreitler,<br />

Melissa Rider, Avanti Menon, Andre Langa,<br />

Una Mulvihill, Chelsea Wald, Anneke van<br />

Hees, Carol Slootweg, Amber Broughton,<br />

Teresa Insalaco, Natalie Essad, Sheyla<br />

Karmen, and Fiona Passantino all showed<br />

up for the first phase of our “new look” campaign.<br />

These industrious workers were a<br />

whirlwind: sorting books and toys, clearing<br />

and wiping cabinets, shredding, transforming<br />

the front office desk, and cleaning the kitchen<br />

from top to bottom. Even the basement<br />

got a much-needed thorough cleaning and<br />

reorganizing. The list of tasks they accomplished<br />

goes on and on. And where would<br />

we have been without Georgia Regnault’s<br />

super shredder. Thank you, Georgia. What<br />

an enormous difference two afternoons of<br />

cleaning can make! And of course, there was<br />

food, drink, laughter, fun and great company.<br />

So, in the end, it truly wasn’t like work at all.<br />

We are so grateful to all of you who came<br />

out and rolled up your sleeves to make this<br />

little facelift a success. Very special thanks to<br />

Dena Haggerty for all her work spearheading<br />

the consolidation of our library, to Fiona<br />

Passantino for the donation of a beautiful<br />

Chinese credenza, to Sarah Dunn for the donation<br />

of two lovely chairs at the front desk,<br />

and Suzanne and Paul Dundas for taking the<br />

time and effort to dispose of all the unwanted,<br />

obsolete items. Together all these things created<br />

a wonderful transformation of our space.<br />

We hope you’ll find your Clubhouse<br />

even more open and inviting! We have many<br />

more plans in the works and are looking forward<br />

to a great Club year as your Clubhouse<br />

Administrators. We always welcome innovative<br />

ideas and suggestions, so please don’t<br />

hesitate to be in touch. We look forward to<br />

hearing from you!<br />

Invite your English-speaking friends, wherever they’re from, to join us today!<br />

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<strong>Sept</strong>ember <strong>2018</strong><br />

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat<br />

Upcoming:<br />

<strong>Dutch</strong> Masters Mauritshuis Tour - November 1<br />

Holiday Bazaar - November 10-11<br />

Thanksgiving in Leiden - November 22<br />

Jewelry/Pearl Party - December 6<br />

1<br />

2 3<br />

4<br />

5 6<br />

7 8<br />

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m<br />

Chat, Crafts & Cake 10 a.m.<br />

Heart Pillow Workshop<br />

Noon<br />

Wassenaar Coffee and<br />

Conversation 9 a.m.<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Baord Meeting Noon<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Tennis 1 p.m.<br />

9 10<br />

11<br />

12<br />

13 14 15<br />

16 17<br />

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m<br />

18<br />

Chat, Crafts & Cake 10 a.m.<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Tennis 1 p.m.<br />

A Ceremony of<br />

Remembrance and Hope<br />

5:30 p.m.<br />

19<br />

Walkie Talkies Special<br />

Outing 9:30 a.m<br />

Buddy Check 12<br />

20<br />

Fall Kick-Off - Daytime<br />

Session 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.<br />

Fall Kick-Off - Evening<br />

Session 5 -8 p.m.<br />

21 22<br />

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m<br />

Route of the Golden Coach<br />

Walk 2 p.m.<br />

Chat, Crafts & Cake 10 a.m.<br />

Prinsjesdag Parade and<br />

Luncheon 11 a.m.<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Tennis 1 p.m.<br />

NDT Dance Rehearsal<br />

10:30 a.m.<br />

Evening Book Club<br />

7:30 p.m.<br />

Thirsty Thursday 6 p.m.<br />

23 24<br />

25<br />

26<br />

27<br />

28 29<br />

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m<br />

<strong>Dutch</strong> Products Class<br />

10 a.m.<br />

Delft Blue Tile Workshop<br />

8:50 a.m.<br />

Daytime Book Club 10 a.m.<br />

Chat, Crafts & Cake 10 a.m.<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Tennis 1 p.m.<br />

Welcome Back BBQ<br />

6 p.m.<br />

Out to Lunch Bunch<br />

12:15 p.m.<br />

30<br />

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Kid’s Club<br />

by Lindsay Turnau<br />

Calling All Mamas!<br />

The <strong>AWC</strong> Kid’s Club is gearing up for another<br />

great year! We’re looking forward to<br />

sponsoring great events for all the international<br />

kids in the Den Haag area and need<br />

your help.<br />

Are you a mama to international kids in<br />

the area and want to stay up to date on our<br />

events? Let us know! Maybe your kids are<br />

grown but you’re still interested in helping<br />

with our monthly social events or holiday<br />

events?<br />

Please contact our new chair, Lindsey<br />

Turnau, at awcthehague.kidsclub@gmail.<br />

com. We’re looking forward to a fantastic,<br />

fun filled year for the kids and their families.<br />

Walkie Talkies Special Outing<br />

by Melissa Rider<br />

With the start of the new Club year,<br />

the Walkie Talkies will host another<br />

long-distance walk on Wednesday,<br />

<strong>Sept</strong>ember 12. While this walk will be longer<br />

in mileage than our weekly Monday walks,<br />

all levels of walkers are welcome as the distance<br />

can be shortened to your preference.<br />

The group will walk through the various parks<br />

connecting Den Haag to Wassenaar, totaling<br />

roughly 14 km. There will be several<br />

opportunities along the route to catch a bus<br />

back to Den Haag Centraal, if you prefer a<br />

shorter day hike. Further details regarding<br />

the walk will be posted on our Facebook page<br />

and on eNews.<br />

Please email me to confirm your participation<br />

in the walk or if you have questions:<br />

awcthehague.membership@gmail.com.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 12<br />

Meet at Den Haag Centraal by the<br />

Starbucks at 9:30 a.m.<br />

Bus fare and lunch at your own expense<br />

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Walkie<br />


A Ceremony of Remembrance and Hope<br />

by Roberta Enschede<br />

An elementary school child from P.S. 22 in Staten Island, New York wrote, “What the<br />

terrorists wanted is for us to be scared, to go in our house and never come out. But<br />

we didn’t do that. We didn’t hide in the shadows. We went in the sun.”<br />

When we speak of 9/11 today, we remember the 2,983 people who died that blue and<br />

golden morning, when the north and south towers of the World Trade Center crumbled, when<br />

the Pentagon was seared and sliced, when a meadow in Shanksville, Pennsylvania burned! We<br />

remember ordinary people, the firefighters, police, members of the military, first responders.<br />

We remember minute details of that day and all the days that followed.<br />

I was at the American School marking papers in the teacher’s lounge. The kids had gone<br />

home. One of the teachers who always stayed late walked in and said, “They just bombed<br />

the World Trade Center. Go down and see!” I couldn’t believe it so I went to the library to<br />

check out her story. A few teachers and students were gathered in front of a small TV. A<br />

man I didn’t know sat and stared. His legs and arms were crossed around each other like he<br />

was isolating himself. He never said a word. Finally, he uttered, “It’s gonna fall.” Seconds<br />

later, I watched the south tower crumble. The man was a substitute teacher and was a retired<br />

engineer. He understood what I could not conceive, what millions could not conceive. At<br />

9:59 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the south tower fell. At 10:28 a.m., the north tower fell.<br />

It’s been 17 years since that day. Still,<br />

when we say <strong>Sept</strong>ember 11th, each of us<br />

remembers where we were and what we<br />

were doing. We remember all the times we<br />

talked about what happened and why. We<br />

remember conversations with friends who lost<br />

friends and family. We remember the stories<br />

Tuesday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 11<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Clubhouse, 5:30 p.m.<br />

Everyone is welcome<br />

of firefighters and policemen, and first responders, and ordinary people who did whatever<br />

they could to save lives and those who lost their own life.<br />

“They didn’t hide in the shadows. They went in the sun.” David Halberstam, the distinguished<br />

American journalist wrote: “There are dates which seem to separate yesterday from<br />

today and then from now. <strong>Sept</strong>ember 11th, 2001 is such a date.”<br />

Etched into the stone of the 9/11 Memorial is a challenge! “Dedicated to those who fell<br />

and those who carry on. May we never forget.”<br />

“It was the worst day we’ve ever seen,<br />

but it brought out the best in all of us.”<br />

John Kerry, former Secretary of State<br />

And so, each year, we hold A Ceremony of Remembrance and Hope. We remember former<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Member Rebecca Fry’s friend Barbara Olsen who died on American Airlines flight 77<br />

when it crashed into the Pentagon. We remember firefighter Steve Blackwell, the best friend<br />

of a former security attaché at the American Embassy, who ran into the Trade Center twice.<br />

He didn’t come out the second time. We remember the best friend of Cameron Mitchell’s<br />

dad, a firefighter, who Cameron is named after. We remember the men and women of Squad<br />

One in Brooklyn. We adopted their firehouse and collected money for their Widows and<br />

Children’s Fund. We remember names.<br />

Zelda, an Israeli poet wrote, “Each man has a name given him by his father and mother.<br />

Each man has a name, given him by the sea and given him by his death.” At the first ceremony<br />

of Remembrance and Hope, we repeated that couplet in English, French, Spanish, <strong>Dutch</strong>,<br />

Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean, all the languages the students at<br />

the American School spoke. 9/11 was not and is not an American tragedy. It was and will<br />

always be a challenge for our common humanity.<br />

This year, Pete Hoekstra, the American Ambassador to the Netherlands, will join us<br />

at the ceremony. Ambassador Hoekstra was a member of Congress at the time. Jim Hines<br />

from the NYPD will also join us. Officer Hines was at 9/11 from that day until January. U.S.<br />

Marine Sgt. Shane Cell will share his personal thoughts. “That’s one of the reasons I joined<br />

the Marines,” he said.<br />

For more information please contact Roberta Enschede - OAR coordinator at 0654253650<br />

oarinnl@yahoo.com, a.beeuwkes@xs4all.nl, mcgrewta@state.gov, jessierodell@gmail. com,<br />

or meow00@hetnet.nl<br />

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SEPTEMBER <strong>2018</strong> 37

F<strong>AWC</strong>O Corner<br />

by Julie Mowat, <strong>AWC</strong> The Hague F<strong>AWC</strong>O Representative<br />

Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas, a United Nations NGO with<br />

consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council<br />

www.fawco.org.<br />

F<strong>AWC</strong>O Development Grant:<br />

Creating Better Futures<br />

Development Grant<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> The Hague has decided to donate<br />

$4,500 to support F<strong>AWC</strong>O’s “Creating<br />

Better Futures” Development Grant. The<br />

Kitchen for Rural Kenyan Catering Program<br />

in Chepkanga, Kenya is the current recipient<br />

of our <strong>AWC</strong> The Hague Development<br />

Grant. The nominating club, AAWE Paris,<br />

has been affiliated with the organization for<br />

ten years.<br />

The grant will provide funding to Rafiki<br />

Ya Maisha, an NGO that raises money for<br />

schools in Kenya. The funds will construct<br />

At F<strong>AWC</strong>O’s General Meeting in<br />

India in April 2017, Hope Beyond<br />

Displacement, a program created and<br />

run by the Collateral Report Project (CRP) in<br />

Amman, Jordan was announced as the next<br />

Target Project. The Target Project is a project<br />

voted on by all the F<strong>AWC</strong>O Member Clubs.<br />

Once selected, the F<strong>AWC</strong>O Rep brings information<br />

about the issue to the club members<br />

and we help raise money for the organization<br />

for two years. The excitement was everywhere,<br />

and this project was clearly very supported.<br />

The Target Chair, Tricia Saur, asked to meet<br />

with me and we began to discuss a possible<br />

site visit. This would be a first for F<strong>AWC</strong>O.<br />

Therese Hartwell, who is on the board of CRP<br />

and is FAUSA President, was also very enthusiastic<br />

and the work began. We wanted<br />

to make sure that everyone who belongs to a<br />

a teaching kitchen at the Sergoek Vocational<br />

Training Center in Chepkanga. The Center<br />

provides education and training to 126 rural<br />

youths. The catering program is the flagship<br />

program of the center and currently has 18<br />

students. Programs offered at the Center<br />

help youths, particularly girls, find employment<br />

outside the home and break the cycle of<br />

poverty. Construction of the Center started<br />

in 2007 and buildings have grown as funds<br />

become available. There are currently nine<br />

classrooms, a small administrative building,<br />

a makeshift corrugated iron kitchen and pit<br />

latrines. A proper kitchen will help improve<br />

professionalism as well as the self-esteem of<br />

the students.<br />

F<strong>AWC</strong>O: Hope Beyond Displacement<br />

by Julie Mowat, <strong>AWC</strong> The Hague F<strong>AWC</strong>O Representative<br />

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F<strong>AWC</strong>O Member Club would have a chance<br />

to sign up for a potential spot on the trip. We<br />

also wanted to make sure that club members<br />

from as many F<strong>AWC</strong>O regions as possible<br />

would be able to attend. Our final challenge<br />

was to keep our numbers small enough so CRP<br />

could accommodate our visit. A year later, 22<br />

of us, representing 6 regions and FAUSA were<br />

off to Jordan!<br />

We traveled together for five days in April<br />

<strong>2018</strong> visiting sites of historical and cultural<br />

importance. (Please see my Jordan article<br />

on page 40 about the sightseeing.) We got to<br />

know one another while learning about the<br />

country’s history, culture, and current conditions.<br />

We arrived at CRP comfortable with<br />

each other and with a good understanding<br />

of the past and recent history of the region,<br />

including the social and economic implications<br />

Jordan copes with, as a result of hosting<br />

such a large number of displaced persons<br />

in relation to their population size. With this<br />

background, we were ready to meet the CRP<br />

community!<br />

CRP is based in a residential area close to the<br />

center of Amman. It is a grassroots effort that<br />

brings much-needed assistance to refugees<br />

and other victims of war and conflict—those<br />

commonly referred to as “collateral damage.”<br />

CRP mainly serves Iraqi and Syrian refugees,<br />

but they have now added services for<br />

the most recent victims of war and conflict<br />

(Yemen, Sudan and Somalia). The programs<br />

that F<strong>AWC</strong>O supports through Hope Beyond<br />

Displacement include Super Girls, Gender-<br />

Based Violence, Women Empowerment,<br />

Vocational Training, and Hope Workshop<br />

(which makes crafts to sell).<br />

During the three-day visit, we spoke to the<br />

staff (mostly refugees themselves) about<br />

their experiences and challenges; met with<br />

the yoga kids; saw Super Girls in action;<br />

admired the efforts of the Hope Workshop<br />

women; heard the teen group talk about their<br />

challenges; and listened to the men in the<br />

Gender-Based Violence groups. We had interpreters<br />

and learned so much. We had cooking<br />

lessons and were “clients” for the women<br />

who had just finished beauty training. We<br />

made connections with people and I know I<br />

am forever changed. Every one of us came<br />

away humbled and inspired.<br />

After this site visit, I can say with complete<br />

confidence that the money our club raises for<br />

CRP’s Hope Beyond Displacement has been,<br />

and will be, very well spent. The programs<br />

are very helpful for these vulnerable people<br />

and we are helping to make a difference in<br />

so many people’s lives. We are making a big<br />

impact!<br />

If you have any questions about this organizations,<br />

please do not hesitate to ask myself<br />

or Celeste Brown. CRP’s website is www.<br />

collateralrepairproject.org/.<br />

For more detailed info about our trip including agenda, participant’s thoughts, etc., please visit<br />

www.fawco.org/global-issues/target-program/education/blog-let-s-get-schooled/3 920-site-visitpart-one<br />

SEPTEMBER <strong>2018</strong> 39

My Journey to Jordan<br />

by Julie Mowat<br />

In April <strong>2018</strong>, a group of F<strong>AWC</strong>O women<br />

went to visit Hope Beyond Displacement,<br />

the program run by the Collateral Repair<br />

Project in Amman, Jordan that is F<strong>AWC</strong>O’s<br />

current Target Project. One of the trip’s goals<br />

was to learn about the region to better understand<br />

the challenges facing the refugees. So<br />

we were tourists for a few days before visiting<br />

the program.<br />

One of the best trips of my life! Jordan is an<br />

amazing country that I highly recommend<br />

visiting. While its history is thousands of<br />

years old, as a country it is only 100 years<br />

old. A little over 50 years ago, 85% of the<br />

people were nomads. Today it’s 1%. The<br />

people were so incredibly kind, I felt very<br />

safe, the food was delicious, and the history<br />

was nothing short of amazing. Our tour<br />

guide described Jordan as an open-air museum<br />

and that was a perfect description. There<br />

are too many experiences to write about,<br />

so I will only mention a few. But please do<br />

not hesitate to reach out if you want to learn<br />

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more about Jordan. I would be happy to<br />

share travel agent info, agenda, recommendations,<br />

etc.<br />

Our group was in Jordan during their high<br />

season in April. Overall, however, tourism<br />

is down. Every day, one of the local residents<br />

thanked me for being there. Because<br />

they do not have large amounts of natural<br />

resources, they are dependent on tourism.<br />

Speaking of a lack of resources, they have<br />

a huge water shortage and only get water in<br />

their homes one to two times a week. Most<br />

homes have a rain collector on their roof<br />

and it doesn’t rain often!<br />

Anjara<br />

Our first stop was ​Anjara​, a quiet and unassuming<br />

town. Tradition holds that Jesus,<br />

Mary and some of his disciples stayed overnight<br />

in a cave in the Ajloun Mountains<br />

nearby during one of Jesus’ trips from<br />

Jerusalem to Galilee. We visited Our Lady<br />

of the Mount. In 2010, the statue of Mary<br />

was found with tears of human blood.<br />

Thousands go on a pilgrimage there though<br />

we were the only ones there during our visit.<br />

Jerash<br />

Jerash was the perfect example of what Zaid,<br />

our tour guide, meant when he described<br />

Jordan as an open-air museum. The excavations<br />

were started 75 years ago but due to<br />

lack of money and resources, there is still so<br />

much more to find. While walking around,<br />

I could see 2,000-year-old pottery sticking<br />

out of the walls. Astonishing! They recently​<br />

unearthed two human skulls that date back<br />

to the Neolithic​period, 7500 – 5500 B.C.<br />

The visible ruins in Jerash include Hadrian’s<br />

Arch, a hippodrome, temples, aqueducts, a<br />

theater, and much more.<br />

Dead Sea<br />

Another wonderful stop on the journey was<br />

the ​Dead Sea​. It is the Earth’s lowest point<br />

on land and is a salt lake. It was the first<br />

health resort for King Herod and believed<br />

to be the place of refuge to King David.<br />

Floating in the Dead Sea watching the sunset<br />

was a highlight!<br />

Mosaics<br />

Madaba​is known for its Byzantine-era<br />

mosaics. The mosaic map on the floor of<br />

St. George’s Church was beautiful. I love<br />

how it explains so much history. Our travel<br />

agent, Nimisha, knew how much our group<br />

would appreciate not only seeing the mosaics,<br />

but also the making of mosaics. She<br />

arranged for us to visit a place where differently-abled<br />

people were employed to make<br />

exquisite mosaics. I fell in love with a piece<br />

that is now home with me! >> 40<br />

SEPTEMBER <strong>2018</strong> 41

Jordan (cont.)<br />

Continued from page 39<br />

Petra<br />

There has been so much written about ​Petra​<br />

(Rose City) so I will keep it brief. It is the<br />

most popular place to visit in Jordan and I<br />

highly recommend it. It is listed as one of the<br />

new Seven Wonders of the World. Arab people<br />

settled here more than 2,000 years ago<br />

as it was a safe location among the rocks. It<br />

became an important hub for the silk, spice,<br />

and other trade routes. ​Petra ​<br />

was hidden<br />

from Western eyes for hundreds of years until<br />

the 1800s, and became quite known when<br />

it was featured in Indiana Jones III.<br />

There is so much amazing history to see,<br />

starting with the gorgeous walk in the gorge.<br />

We were fortunate to be able to make the<br />

walk twice, once during the day and once<br />

at night lit by candles and the stars. Celeste<br />

Brown and I enjoyed ourselves in the Cave<br />

Bar, the oldest bar in the world as well as at<br />

a cooking class of traditional foods at Petra<br />

Kitchen.<br />

Wadi Rum<br />

The final day was spent in Wadi Rum. I was<br />

especially excited to stay where they filmed<br />

The Martian (one of my favorite books).<br />

Wadi Rum is gorgeous. Fun experience taking<br />

the “jeeps” (pickup trucks with benches<br />

in back) around looking at the gorgeous nature,<br />

including the sunset. I was amazed at<br />

the 4,000-year-old map-carved rock, that<br />

helped travelers know where to go. Out in<br />

the open for anyone to damage. Again, another<br />

reminder of how Jordan is an open-air<br />

museum.<br />

Traveling in Jordan with 22 F<strong>AWC</strong>O women<br />

was an amazing experience. I learned so<br />

much about myself, others, and our world. I<br />

treasure this experience and the friendships<br />

made! Highly recommend Jordan!!<br />

Fran Mainella,<br />

Director National Parks Service (ret.)<br />

by Emily van Eerten<br />

I<br />

really enjoyed the opportunity to hear Fran Mainella, the<br />

former (and first female) director of the National Park<br />

Service (NPS) speak at the Clubhouse this summer and was<br />

very happy to be able to have my daughter Silke tag along. I<br />

was super impressed with her can-do pragmatism. Hearing<br />

about her challenges and successes during her career, and<br />

particularly during her stint as NPS director from 2001—2006,<br />

I was struck by how effective a person can be when they are<br />

issue-driven and not handicapped by partisanship.<br />

It was great to hear how she accomplished some of her goals throughout her career and<br />

it was also interesting to hear how her mandate shifted and evolved having assumed the NPS<br />

director’s role in the summer before 9/11. It was a reminder that EVERYTHING changed in<br />

the aftermath of 9/11, and the National Park<br />

Service was no exception.<br />

Fran is clearly a natural at understanding<br />

the need for public and private interests to<br />

work together to make good things happen.<br />

She had great tips for working in a political<br />

environment and she was genuinely inspiring<br />

as a female role model, encouraging young<br />

women to adopt the three Cs—courage, connections,<br />

and communication—as a way to<br />

keep moving forward.<br />

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SEPTEMBER <strong>2018</strong> 43

Chat, Craft and Cake: The Culture<br />

(Part One of a Two-Part Series)<br />

by Suzanne Dundas<br />

We Call it CCandC For Short<br />

Chat, Craft and Cake meets every Tuesday<br />

at 10 a.m. in the wonderful natural light of<br />

our Clubhouse’s backroom. We appreciate<br />

just how great this overhead light is because<br />

we began meeting eight years ago in<br />

our former, darker, Clubhouse on Nieuwe<br />

Duinweg. We’ve enjoyed as many as 15<br />

people around our big table but, depending<br />

on the time of year, we number usually between<br />

5 and 7. Being from many countries<br />

besides the U.S., we are proud poster girls<br />

for today’s multinational <strong>AWC</strong>.<br />

Conversation, Craft, and Cake<br />

The gentle clacking of knitting needles and<br />

the scratchy scrape of a tapestry needle being<br />

pulled through rough canvas are not the<br />

sounds you hear when you enter our room.<br />

In fact, it’s a good bet you’ll hear us before<br />

you enter the room. We’re talking and we<br />

like it. We are not silently immersed in<br />

our handwork because, as Members of the<br />

American Women’s Club of The Hague,<br />

our default settings are “Interesting” and<br />

“Interested.”<br />

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We carry on a<br />

long American<br />

tradition of sewing<br />

circles and<br />

quilting bees but<br />

with a decidedly<br />

modern take. Our<br />

conversations careen<br />

from families<br />

to travel to sports to popular culture.<br />

Sometimes sex. Occasionally gossip. Only<br />

under extraordinary circumstances does the<br />

gossip involve sex.<br />

And, in a changing world, it is a given we<br />

discuss controversial topics. But we keep<br />

it civil. We listen respectfully, even if we’ll<br />

never agree on such important issues as<br />

whether the Outlander tv series lives up to<br />

the promise of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander<br />

novels.<br />

Chat, Craft, and Cooking<br />

Originally, our group was called Chat and<br />

Craft. Janet van der Laan, a charter<br />

CCandC member and a former home economist<br />

with the Netherland’s Libelle and the<br />

U.K.’s Good Housekeeping, (she knows<br />

Delia Smith!) suggested the group would<br />

enjoy trying out cake recipes on each other.<br />

And we do. We take turns baking (because<br />

having us all bake every week would be…<br />

let’s call it…”excessive”). We have had<br />

some colossal successes and colossal failures.<br />

My Bill Gerritz’s Serbian Dream Cake<br />

was as dry as adobe.<br />

Some of our bakers treat us to old favorites<br />

and some experiment on us, sometimes ambitiously.<br />

In July, Loren Mealey treated<br />

us to the wedding cake of the Duke and<br />

Duchess of Sussex (Harry and Meghan):<br />

Lemon and Elderflower Cake with a Swiss<br />

Merinque Buttercream icing. Some love to<br />

decorate their creations with sugar flowers.<br />

Others go for bounty and not décor. And,<br />

sometimes, our “mistress of the cake” decides<br />

a quick stop at the French bakery suits<br />

her schedule better this week.<br />

So far, we’ve managed to choke everything<br />

down. The <strong>AWC</strong>’s delicious coffee<br />

is a great accompaniment but also a multipurpose<br />

fix. A dousing in coffee transforms<br />

chocolate adobe into “Interesting texture,<br />

Suzanne.”<br />

Chat, Creativity, and Cake<br />

What crafts do we do in CCandC? Whatever<br />

we want—whatever we’re good at, whatever<br />

we want to learn, and sometimes, whatever<br />

F<strong>AWC</strong>O or the <strong>AWC</strong> asks of us. I’ve described<br />

the crafts separately in an adjoining<br />

article, Chat, Craft and Cake: The Crafts.<br />

My third article in this series will be Chat,<br />

Craft and Cake: How Historically Accurate<br />

is Outlander?<br />

Our skill levels may vary but our enthusiasm,<br />

the soothing pleasure we take in simply<br />

keeping our hands busy, and our joy<br />

in creating something that wasn’t there<br />

before never wane. Many of us started<br />

young. Beverley Bennett began knitting at<br />

age four. I began sewing at 12, in Middle<br />

School Home Economics class. Sonja Kelle<br />

knitted a lot as a child in Germany and took<br />

it up again as an adult because a group of<br />

friends met weekly to knit.<br />

Chat, Cooperation and Cake<br />

We share. “Would anyone like…” is often<br />

heard before a pattern book, extra wool, unneeded<br />

fabric, the wrong size crochet hook<br />

is laid out on our table. “Take what you<br />

need.”<br />

We ask. “Does anyone have any fabric in<br />

soft pinks they don’t want?” Anja Knoop<br />

was working on a quilt for a new granddaughter<br />

and simply could not find what<br />

she needed. We had more than enough soft<br />

pinks in our fabric stashes.<br />

Knowledge is freely shared too. “How do<br />

I …?” leads to brainstorming over the solution<br />

to a technical quilting problem. “Do<br />

you think I should…” and a sweater the<br />

knitter thought too plain takes on kicky<br />

pom-poms or a lacy hem. “Can you teach<br />

me to…?” We teach each other informally<br />

but we have also arranged classes for all of<br />

the <strong>AWC</strong>.<br />

One such course was Back Basted Applique,<br />

which Beverley Bennett taught us as a<br />

trial run for a course she would later teach<br />

at the traditional fabric store Den Haan en<br />

Wagenmakers in Amsterdam. We came<br />

away not only with a new skill, but a cute<br />

needle holder with various appliqué needles<br />

and a detailed instruction booklet. Beverley<br />

came away with an understanding of how to<br />

deal with an obtuse student or two.<br />

Agatha Zwaan taught a nine-week Sampler<br />

Quilt course. In a sampler quilt, each block<br />

is a different pattern or uses a different technique.<br />

Paula Traynor, who had never quilted,<br />

discovered she had a flair for color, grew<br />

to love quilting, and ended the course with a<br />

quilt of vivid batik fabrics.<br />

Paula has since repatriated to the U.S. and<br />

Agatha lives in Oman, but both come back<br />

to CCandC when they are in town. In fact,<br />

we often welcome returning visitors to<br />

CCandC. It always feels like they never left.<br />

“Pat Raynolds, it is so good to see you!”<br />

Chat, Craft, and (ex)Cursion<br />

Some things just must be seen and occasionally<br />

we go to see them. For instance, we<br />

piled into a train to see the Open European<br />

Quilt Championship and EXPO in<br />

Veldhoven.. We’ve also driven to see something<br />

interesting, most recently American<br />

quilts made from feed sacks at the Textile<br />

Research Center in Leiden.<br />

Chat, Community, and Cake<br />

We are a community within the <strong>AWC</strong> but<br />

we were once individuals who decided to<br />

check out Chat, Craft and Cake and bravely<br />

ventured into the Clubhouse one Tuesday,<br />

maybe toting a UFO. That’s “Unfinished<br />

Object,” crafters slang for that project you<br />

never got around to finishing. Crafters<br />

slang. We’re just that cool. So, come see us.<br />

Pull up a chair. Have a cup of coffee and a<br />

slice of whatever. Pull out that project you<br />

started before your child was born and begin<br />

anew. Join us.<br />

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Credit: Algemeen Nederalnds Persbureau © ANP<br />

The <strong>Dutch</strong> Daily<br />

by Eileen Harloff<br />

Welcome back to the Netherlands,<br />

The Hague, and/or the American<br />

Women’s Club if you’ve been away,<br />

or back to the autumn-winter schedule if<br />

you’ve braved the summer here (which you<br />

might have thought was going to be cool and<br />

rainy, but which surprised us all by being<br />

sunny and just plain hot). It’s time to meet<br />

up with old friends, welcome newcomers and<br />

“get back to business” in this rapidly changing<br />

world. First, a follow-up on three stories that<br />

took our attention prior to the break, and then<br />

on to the present and the future.<br />

Gone, but Not Forgotten<br />

The first follow-up story is about six-year<br />

old Tijn Kolsteren who was mentioned in<br />

the <strong>Sept</strong>ember 2017 issue of <strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong>.<br />

He was suffering from an incurable brain<br />

cancer and wanted to raise funds for an organization<br />

that grants wishes of sick children.<br />

His idea was to paint people’s fingernails<br />

for a small fee. The idea caught on<br />

and in December 2016, all over the country<br />

nails were being painted on young and old,<br />

women and men, including the <strong>Dutch</strong> Prime<br />

Minister. The end result of this initiative was<br />

an overwhelming 2.5 million euros, and its<br />

initiator was himself a recipient and was given<br />

a trip to Disneyland Paris. His sunny personality,<br />

wish to help others, and acceptance<br />

of his illness made him a young hero, and<br />

he was honored by having a planetoid which<br />

circles the sun being being named after him.<br />

He then became one of a very exclusive<br />

group of <strong>Dutch</strong> recipients, such as the diary<br />

writer Anne Frank and the artist Vincent van<br />

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Gogh, to receive this honor. And now, a year<br />

after Tijn’s death a monument to him has<br />

been unveiled at the Netherlands Red Cross<br />

Headquarters on the Anne van Saksenlaan<br />

in The Hague: a wall of nail polishes. Due<br />

to the large amount of money that he helped<br />

raise, by the end of this year a new machine<br />

for the treatment of children’s brain cancer<br />

will be installed at the Princess Maxima<br />

Centrum in Utrecht, and on the wall at the<br />

Red Cross Headquarters there are three long<br />

shelves filled with multi-colored nail polish<br />

bottles, a simple but touching reminder of a<br />

young hero.<br />

American Street Musician<br />

The next follow-up story is of a person on<br />

the upper side of the age ladder. Chuck<br />

Deely was a seemingly permanent fixture<br />

on the Grote Marktstraat in The Hague city<br />

center. He sat outside the HEMA store, playing<br />

his guitar and singing in a somewhat<br />

gruff voice, his dog and a small cardboard<br />

box for donations always at his feet. People<br />

would stop to have a chat about his music<br />

or the world in general, and he came to be<br />

considered as part of the local crowd. After<br />

he died last winter, his friends and casual<br />

acquaintances took up a collection to pay<br />

for his funeral and to set up a competition to<br />

choose a painting to be created on the wall<br />

of a nearby tram tunnel with high-visibility.<br />

And now a book about his life has been<br />

written by author Ineke Bosman. It is based<br />

on weekly talks she had with him when he<br />

came to lunch with her and her American<br />

husband. Chuck agreed to the idea saying<br />

that he knew everyone, but no one knew<br />

Credit: Rode Kruis (Red Cross)<br />

Credit: Ineke Bosman<br />

him—in fact, it was only later that it was<br />

learned that he was of American Indian origin.<br />

Ineke and her husband were in Africa<br />

when Chuck died, so she was not able to<br />

continue her talks with him. She wanted to<br />

honor him by publishing what she knew,<br />

which she has called Chuck Was In The<br />

Hague, with the proceeds from the sale of<br />

the book to be given to Operation Clear<br />

Mind Ghana, a Ghanese organization that<br />

gives help and support to people suffering<br />

from alcohol addiction.<br />

Mega Crane goes East<br />

Our last follow-up story concerns the crane<br />

whose designers and producers have called<br />

“the crane that conquers the world “. Its first<br />

overseas operation is in Malaysia, where<br />

it will be in operation in two months’ time<br />

unloading ship cargoes. Although it has a<br />

volume of only 162 cubic meters, it can nevertheless<br />

handle a 60-ton load. This is equivalent<br />

to the weight of 85 Volkswagen Ups<br />

which, when put in a row, would measure<br />

almost 300 meters. Back in the Netherlands,<br />

the designers are continuing to make ever<br />

smaller cranes to move ever heavier loads.<br />

Note--for those like me, who know little<br />

about automobiles, the Volkswagen Up! is a<br />

small family city car.<br />

Here a Robot, There a Robot<br />

And now, into the present and the future.<br />

Old MacDonald certainly could have used<br />

robots on his farm, but unfortunately he was<br />

too early to profit from our new BFF’s (best<br />

friends). A new BFF for the City of Delft<br />

will be Urby, a rubbish/refuse robot who is<br />

now in the testing phase at Delft Technical<br />

University, being worked on by 23 students<br />

from various colleges and schools in the<br />

area. He/it has an enormous task ahead,<br />

namely to encourage us, the people, to put<br />

our trash into his open mouth instead of<br />

dropping it on the street or in the bushes.<br />

Urby is not expected to take over the city’s<br />

street cleaning task but to help with it, and<br />

particularly in times of large gatherings such<br />

as festivals or “Shopping Sundays”. When<br />

trash is thrown into its thirsty mouth the<br />

thrower will be thanked with a large wink<br />

of Urby’s eye. The inspiration for Urby’s<br />

eye winking has come from Holle Bolle<br />

Gijs, a paper gobbling trash can that speaks<br />

to you at the theme park Efteling in North<br />

Brabant, and Wall.E, the well-known trash<br />

collector from the Pixar Animation Studios<br />

in the U.S.<br />

Another robot, developed by KLM, is in<br />

its first testing stage this summer at JFK in<br />

NYC and SFO in San Francisco. It’s called<br />

the Care-E Trolley. This “help for travelers”<br />

will be a robot of many tasks: helping the<br />

traveler to find his/her gate, carrying suitcases,<br />

making sure the traveler is on time,<br />

announcing gate changes, etc. What a delight<br />

these robots will be—it’s too bad that<br />

they will not also be able to quickly steer the<br />

traveler through check-in and luggage control;<br />

but on the other hand, they will never<br />

go on strike.<br />

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Credit: Omroep West

Normandy – A Road Trip<br />

by Deana Kreitler<br />

Being new expats with an interest in<br />

the rich history and culture of the<br />

European countries, my husband and<br />

I took a three-day road trip to the Normandy<br />

region of France. We found the road trip<br />

through southern Netherlands and Belgium<br />

not particularly scenic, and traffic can be a bit<br />

of a bear, but luckily things got much more<br />

interesting as we approached Normandy.<br />

We spent a couple of days soaking up the<br />

considerable history of beaches, battlefields,<br />

bunkers, and museums, and paying respect<br />

to the heroic efforts of those who sacrificed<br />

greatly during World War II. What I found<br />

fascinating were the personal stories from<br />

and about real people who were there. It felt<br />

so different than the textbook education I<br />

received back in the United States. In Europe,<br />

all this history includes an effort to provide an<br />

understanding for the difficult decisions real<br />

people had to make in such terribly difficult<br />

times. Very moving.<br />

We spent one night in the old fishing village<br />

of Port-en-Bessin. We had a long lovely<br />

dinner overlooking the harbor and then stayed<br />

out late to celebrate Bastille Day with the locals<br />

which included a wonderful celebratory<br />

firework display over the harbor.<br />

As interesting as the rest of the trip was,<br />

our highlight was visiting Mont Saint-Michel.<br />

We spent an amazing night on the island<br />

where we had the unique opportunity to stay<br />

in a modest three-star hotel, La Mère Poulard.<br />

In spite of the lack of air conditioning and four<br />

flights of stairs, it quickly became the favorite<br />

of the trip. The ability to stay overnight gave<br />

us the chance to experience the island after the<br />

day traffic left for the day. It was incredible<br />

to be able to explore the ramparts and views<br />

without crowds and to watch the awesome<br />

tide while we ate dinner.<br />

Between low and high tides, the water<br />

tables can vary by 64 feet. It literally transitions<br />

from an uncovered bay area to one<br />

that is almost completely covered by water.<br />

Although we didn’t do it ourselves, many<br />

people wandered around to explore the bay<br />

during low tide. I am not sure I would have<br />

felt safe enough to “follow in their footsteps”<br />

as the tides were coming in, but our<br />

evening entertainment included watching a<br />

brave group stand right on the edge of the<br />

incoming tide and then journey back to the<br />

safety of the island, staying just in front<br />

of the water. Our explorations, watching<br />

the tide, and listening to the final cheers as<br />

France overtook Croatia to win the World<br />

Cup made for a very interesting and memorable<br />

evening.<br />

The next morning, we enjoyed a nice<br />

breakfast at the hotel before trekking back<br />

up the numerous steps towards the Abbey<br />

for an early morning tour. The audio guide<br />

provided a good overview of the long history<br />

of this monument that exhibits an incredible<br />

diversity of architectural styles since its construction<br />

began in the 10th century continuing<br />

up to 19th century restorations.<br />

Between the tidal activity and the history<br />

and architecture of the Abbey, we definitely<br />

got to see first-hand why the bay around Mont<br />

Saint-Michel has the distinction of being categorized<br />

as one of the world’s most beautiful<br />

bays. Both the bay and Mont Saint-Michel are<br />

listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This<br />

weekend road trip was an experience that I<br />

would highly recommend!<br />

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Fourth of July<br />

Summer<br />

Activities<br />

Out to Lunch Bunch<br />

Clubhouse Cleanup<br />

Clubhouse Cleanup<br />

>> 50<br />

Van Kleef Tour<br />

Walkie Talkies<br />

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Thirsty Thursday<br />

Van Kleef Tour<br />

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Message from the President (cont.)<br />

Continued from page 8<br />

You’ll see the early fruits of change when<br />

you drop by the Clubhouse for Kick-Off on<br />

Thursday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 13. Jan Essad, our<br />

Clubhouse Administrator, and Sunita Menon<br />

who co-chairs with Jan, have spent the summer<br />

cleaning and redecorating the Clubhouse.<br />

The transformation is noticeable as soon as<br />

you walk into the building where you’ll see<br />

the new décor, a beautiful credenza donated<br />

by Fiona Passatino, two new chairs for the<br />

office donated by Sarah Dunn, and fewer<br />

bookshelves, giving the Clubhouse more open<br />

space. Jan and Sunita are on their way to<br />

creating a more gezellig Clubhouse.<br />

In addition to our social activities, philanthropy<br />

is key. Our annual Holiday Bazaar<br />

is the only fundraiser that directly helps the<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> continue our work within the community.<br />

The Holiday Bazaar returns in November<br />

with Jaimie Keppel-Molenaar at the helm.<br />

The big news for this year’s event is it is<br />

moving to the Hilton Hotel. The new location<br />

offers a much larger space for our vendors<br />

and guests as they peruse all the items<br />

that are perfect for your gift giving this year.<br />

Jaimie is just one of many volunteers who<br />

have stepped up this Club year and we could<br />

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not continue without their help. My hope is<br />

that you find a group or committee that you<br />

want to become more involved with and will<br />

have time to spare to volunteer.<br />

And, speaking of volunteers, many<br />

thanks to Lindsey Turnau who is reviving<br />

the Kids’ Club. She has lots of ideas and<br />

plans for parties and activities for our littlest<br />

Members! Lindsey has also agreed to serve<br />

with Emily van Eerten and me on an ad hoc<br />

committee to review and revise the Club’s<br />

Policies and Procedures Manual, Bylaws,<br />

and Constitution. Several other Members are<br />

needed to help on the committee, so please<br />

consider volunteering as this is a key project<br />

for the Club going forward.<br />

Don’t hesitate to let me know if you<br />

have ideas to improve the Club, are looking<br />

for a volunteer opportunity, or just want to<br />

schmooze! I look forward to a fun Club year<br />

with all the fabulous women in our <strong>AWC</strong>.<br />

Tot ziens,<br />

Suzanne<br />

Announcements<br />

Embassy Festival<br />

You can take a cultural trip around<br />

the world at this free festival which<br />

spotlights the many different cultures of<br />

The Hague through music, art, dance and<br />

culinary delights. The musical program<br />

includes pop, jazz, folk and classical.<br />

Activities geared towards children will<br />

allow them to experience various cultures<br />

and open their eyes to different ways<br />

of playing. The international market<br />

features global delights. The Embassy<br />

Festival is organized in close co-operation<br />

with the Municipality of The Hague’s<br />

Department of International Affairs and<br />

the city’s many embassies, spotlighting the<br />

different cultures that reside in the <strong>Dutch</strong><br />

administrative capital.<br />

Friday, August 31 and<br />

Saturday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 1<br />

Lange Voorhout, Den Haag<br />

www.embassyfestival.com<br />

Comic Con in Amsterdam<br />

Lovers of movies, TV shows, gaming, comics,<br />

superheroes and pop culture can meet<br />

their heroes and participate in a variety of<br />

activities, such as photo shoots or signing<br />

sessions with Hollywood stars (at additional<br />

charge), Q&A panels, workshops, demos<br />

and live acts. This event often sells out, so<br />

check if there are any tickets left at www.<br />

comiccon-europe.com.<br />

Saturday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 1 and<br />

Sunday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 2<br />

RAI<br />

Europaplein 2-22, Amsterdam<br />

Food Truck Festival<br />

Whereas once food trucks were referred to<br />

as “roach mobiles,” they are now very trendy<br />

and offer a wide assortment of gourmet<br />

foods. See what all the fuss is about when<br />

Westbroekpark is transformed into one large<br />

attractive open-air restaurant during this festival<br />

with free admission. In addition to a<br />

large variety of tasty foods, there will be live<br />

music and other entertainment.<br />

Thursday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 6 –<br />

Sunday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 9<br />

Westbroekpark<br />

Kapelweg, Den Haag<br />

www.festival-trek.nl<br />

World Port Days Rotterdam<br />

Wereldhavendagen (World Port Days) is a<br />

large, annual free maritime event that will<br />

appeal to your whole family. During this festive<br />

weekend, you can get a glimpse behind<br />

the scenes of Europe’s busiest port through a<br />

wide range of activities, such as ship tours,<br />

demonstrations, excursions and exhibitions.<br />

Port companies demonstrate exactly<br />

what their ships and other sailing equipment<br />

are capable of in a continuous program of<br />

spectacular presentations with breathtaking<br />

stunts and nautical expertise. You can experience<br />

it all from the Erasmus Bridge or near<br />

the grandstand on the Wilhelminakade. This<br />

year’s theme is Energize, highlighting how<br />

Rotterdam Port is turning to sustainable energy<br />

to become the cleanest port in the world.<br />

Rotterdam Europoort<br />

Friday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 7 through<br />

Sunday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 9<br />

www.wereldhavendagen.nl<br />

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Announcements (cont.)<br />

Continued from page 53<br />

Open Monument Days<br />

Open Monumentendag (European Heritage<br />

Days in the Netherlands) is designed to<br />

bring people into historical buildings in an<br />

effort to rally support for the preservation<br />

of historical monuments. About 4,000 historical<br />

buildings and sites across the country<br />

will be open to the public free of charge.<br />

Here’s your chance to enter some buildings<br />

that are not normally accessible to the public.<br />

This year’s theme is In Europe.<br />

Saturday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 8 and<br />

Sunday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 9<br />

Countrywide<br />

www.openmonumentendag.nl<br />

Dahlia Flower Parade<br />

Since 1929, Lichtenvoorde (east of Arnhem)<br />

has hosted a parade featuring impressive<br />

floats covered by dahlias grown in local<br />

fields. Approximately 1,000 volunteers<br />

participate in this impressive spectacle.<br />

Entrance tickets are required to stand along<br />

the 1.5-mile (2.5-kilometer) route and can<br />

be purchased online. The parade ends at the<br />

exhibition grounds, which charges a nominal<br />

fee to see the floats illuminated at night.<br />

Sunday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 9<br />

Lichtenvoorde Centrum<br />

www.bloemencorso.com<br />

The Plunge, an Audio Tour<br />

The Plunge is an on-location cultural project<br />

concluding on <strong>Sept</strong>ember 9, which<br />

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features an audio tour that takes you on a<br />

literary walk through Scheveningen Beach.<br />

It centers around German composer Felix<br />

Mendelssohn, who came to Scheveningen<br />

in 1836 in the hope of restoring his failing<br />

health. Novelist Marente de Moor, winner of<br />

the EU Prize for Literature, has written two<br />

short stories―one for grown-ups and one<br />

for children aged six and over―inspired by<br />

Mendelssohn’s sojourn on the <strong>Dutch</strong> coast.<br />

The tour starts on the Pier after you rent an<br />

MP3 player and headset. What at first seems<br />

to be an ordinary walk, leads to three dramatic<br />

locations designed for sitting and listening.<br />

www.en.ohdiezee.nl<br />

The Hague Hat Walk<br />

On the Saturday before Prinsjesdag, which<br />

is also the International Day of Democracy,<br />

the first edition of The Hague Hat Walk will<br />

take place. The walk starts and ends at the<br />

Plein, giving you the opportunity to be a<br />

spectator after the walk at the Prinsjes Hat<br />

Walk, the hat design competition of the year.<br />

Saturday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 15<br />

1:15 – 2:45 p.m.<br />

Plein, Den Haag<br />

www.prinsjesfestival.nl<br />

Closing of Storm Surge Barrier<br />

Once a year, the Maeslant Storm Surge<br />

Barrier in Hoek van Holland is closed as<br />

part of an annual test of the system in preparation<br />

for hurricane season, which runs from<br />

October 1 to April 15. Opened in 1997 as<br />

part of the Delta Works to protect Rotterdam<br />

Harbor and surrounding cities, it is one of<br />

the largest moving structures on Earth.<br />

Check the website for timing if you want<br />

to witness this unique engineering marvel.<br />

Tours in English are available; reservations<br />

are strongly encouraged.<br />

Saturday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 15<br />

Keringhuis<br />

Maeslantkeringweg 139, Hoek van<br />

Holland<br />

www.keringhuis.nl<br />

New Hague Art Festival<br />

Masterly The Hague is a new annual festival<br />

for Old Masters and <strong>Dutch</strong> Design. Three<br />

magnificent historic buildings located opposite<br />

the Hofvijver will open to the public<br />

together for the first time presenting<br />

the collections of Dr. Abraham Bredius,<br />

Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder, and Cornelis<br />

Kruseman. This new festival will introduce<br />

these historical paintings in combination<br />

with works by contemporary designers<br />

specially commissioned for this<br />

event. Tickets can be purchased online at<br />

www.masterlythehague.com.<br />

Thursday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 20 –<br />

Sunday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 23<br />

Lange Vijverberg 14 – 16, Den Haag<br />

40th International Kite Festival<br />

Scheveningen is ideally situated for kite-flying<br />

with consistent prevailing winds blowing<br />

along the beach. During this annual free festival,<br />

international kite builders and enthusiasts<br />

come together to show their skills along<br />

the beach surrounding the pier. This year’s<br />

theme is Sea Aquarium. The skies will be<br />

filled with Megabyte, the world’s largest flying<br />

monster, as well as a huge variety of kites<br />

of every shape and color including teddy<br />

bears, dragons and fish.<br />

Saturday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 29 and<br />

Sunday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 30<br />

Scheveningen Beach<br />

www.vliegerfeestscheveningen.nl<br />

Leiden Liberation Celebration<br />

This annual Leiden event commemorates<br />

the Spanish siege and subsequent relief of<br />

the city in 1574. The party starts on Tuesday,<br />

October 2 at 1 p.m. with a huge fun fair and<br />

market that covers a large part of the city<br />

center. On Wednesday, October 3, the official<br />

day of liberation, Breestraat is turned into a<br />

lively street theater with a giant parade featuring<br />

floats, bands, and dancers starting at<br />

1 p.m. The day concludes with fireworks at<br />

11:30 p.m. www.3october.nl<br />

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members are eligible for a<br />

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Visit my atelier at Noordeinde<br />

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or call 0687598566 for an<br />

appointment or send an email<br />

to meriemoukil@hotmail.com.<br />

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Counselling International<br />

For professional, confidential<br />

individual counselling or<br />

coaching, relationship/couple<br />

therapy or conflict mediation.<br />

Experienced, multilingual<br />

professional Els Barkema-Sala,<br />

MPhil, MBACP.<br />

Contact 071 528 2661 for FREE<br />

initial telephone consultation<br />

or for an appointment.<br />

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Pippa’s Friendly Pilates<br />

I am a certified Stott Pilates<br />

Instructor offering private<br />

matwork and reformer lessons<br />

in a comfortable setting at<br />

my home studio in central<br />

Den Haag. Please contact<br />

me at pippahillstrathy@gmail.<br />

com or 06 82529931 for more<br />

information.<br />

Expat Families in Transit &<br />

Work Life Balance<br />

Ingrid offers Child & Teens<br />

Counseling, Life Work<br />

Coaching, Accountability<br />

Coaching and Workshops<br />

& Training. Experienced<br />

Bilingual Psychosocial<br />

Therapist/Counselor & Coach.<br />

Certified NFG member.<br />

Check for Coverage Health<br />

Care Insurance. Contact<br />

0640216544. FREE 30 MIN<br />

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Household Help<br />

Young woman is searching for<br />

a job in the household taking<br />

care of the children and doing<br />

light chores in the Hague.<br />

I’m able to start on the first of<br />

August. Please contact me at:<br />

0625495312<br />

Blossoming Health and<br />

Beauty<br />

Looking for a professional,<br />

licensed acupuncturist?<br />

Contact Linda Chen<br />

at 06-37315840. With a<br />

background in leadership<br />

development by Shell, Linda<br />

graduated with Cum Laude<br />

in TCM Acupuncture. She<br />

is a registered member of<br />

the professional association<br />

ZHONG.<br />

Insurance<br />

reimbursement of the fee is<br />

possible.<br />

www.blossoming-healthbeauty.<br />

com<br />

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ACCESS<br />

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page 41<br />

Aveda Lifestyle<br />

Salon<br />

Inside Cover<br />

Beacon Financial<br />

Education<br />

Back Cover<br />

Frans Burgers<br />

Tapijt<br />

page 13<br />


Airport Service<br />

Inside Back Cover<br />

Happy Critters<br />

page 15<br />

Marcel<br />

Vermeulen<br />

Jewelry<br />

page 11<br />

Petros Eyewear<br />

Sligro<br />

page 11<br />

Wassalon<br />

Weissenbruch<br />

page 32<br />

Your Cleaning<br />

Service<br />

page 32<br />

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Club activities or on Club property. Sports and exercise instructors<br />

must carry their own liability insurance.<br />

Support Fellow <strong>AWC</strong> Members<br />

Find links to a large variety of businesses owned by <strong>AWC</strong> Members at www.awcthehague.<br />

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page 19<br />


WIJK brilmode<br />

page 17<br />

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Proost! Questionnaire<br />

by Heather DeWitt<br />

Why are you living in the Netherlands, and<br />

when did you arrive?<br />

I’m a trailing spouse! My husband works<br />

for Shell, and we arrived in mid-January.<br />

What do you love best about living here?<br />

The experience. It’s a totally different<br />

freedom without kids, and we’re<br />

rediscovering our pre-kid life.<br />

Your Home Away from Home<br />

Tours, Activities, Philanthropy, and<br />

Friendship!<br />

Any English-speaking woman may<br />

join the <strong>AWC</strong>.<br />

Thursday, <strong>Sept</strong>ember 13<br />

Morning Session: 11 - 2 a.m.<br />

Evening Session: 5 - 8 p.m.<br />

Give us a quick wrap-up of your family.<br />

I am here with my husband, Mike, and we<br />

have two children. Logan is 19 and a rising<br />

sophomore at Purdue, studying Mechanical<br />

Engineering. Skyler is 23 and will graduate<br />

in August with her Physician’s Assistant<br />

degree.<br />

www.<strong>AWC</strong>TheHague.org<br />

Johan van Oldenbarneveltlaan 43, 2582 NJ, The Hague<br />

Questions: <strong>AWC</strong>TheHague.Membership@gmail.com<br />

Tell us about your pet.<br />

Rocky is a big, sloppy chocolate lab. He’s<br />

been a good friend, and a comfort in our<br />

travels.<br />

What is it about the <strong>AWC</strong> that you most<br />

enjoy?<br />

The comradery. We all have at least one<br />

common thread, even though we’re all so<br />

different.<br />

What do you consider the most overrated<br />

virtue of being an expat?<br />

People have a weird connotation about<br />

living abroad. Growing up overseas, this<br />

has been a dream. But many people back in<br />

the U.S. don’t understand, if they’ve never<br />

travelled.<br />

Which travel experience has been the<br />

most memorable?<br />

In 1980, my parents bought a Suburban and<br />

had it shipped to Rotterdam. We drove it<br />

home to Saudi Arabia.<br />

Which locations haven’t been ticked off<br />

your bucket list?<br />

Spain, South Africa, and Dubai.<br />

Where would you most like to live?<br />

We purchased lakefront property in<br />

Knoxville, Tennessee, for our retirement.<br />

What’s your hobby?<br />

Sewing, reading, and walking. I’m training<br />

for the Santiago de Camino, which I will do<br />

with my parents and daughter in <strong>Sept</strong>ember.<br />

Who’s a better chef at home, you or your<br />

partner, and why?<br />

I’m the Cook, but Mike is the Grill Master.<br />

Which living person do you most admire?<br />

My mom, Linda.<br />

What is your most treasured possession?<br />

A bracelet my husband gave me, around the<br />

time we got married.<br />

What is your favorite dessert?<br />

Grandma Ellie’s cream puffs, which are<br />

strangely similar to the Hema cream puffs.<br />

What is your favorite drink?<br />

Gin and tonic.<br />

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