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

<strong>Oct</strong>ober <strong>2018</strong><br />

The Magazine of the<br />

American Women’s Club<br />

of The Hague<br />

Denneweg 56<br />

2514CH The Hague<br />

Tel. 0703458442<br />

www.lifestylesalonthehague.nl<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> treats its Honorary Members to a<br />

luncheon.<br />

See what the Holiday Bazaar has to offer.<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> kicks off the new Club year!<br />

6<br />

22<br />

26<br />

5 Officers and<br />

Chairwomen<br />

6 Volunteer and Honorary<br />

Member Luncheon<br />

8 Message from the<br />

President<br />

9 <strong>Oct</strong>ober General<br />

Meeting<br />

9 Vote!<br />

10 Letter from the Editor<br />

12 Membership and<br />

Newcomers<br />

13 Newcomer’s Coffee<br />

14 Club and Community<br />

Chair<br />

15 Ongoing Activities<br />

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

22 Holiday Bazaar<br />

26 Fall Kick Off<br />

28 <strong>Oct</strong>ober Calendar<br />

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

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

34 Recipe<br />

35 <strong>AWC</strong> Community<br />

Calendar<br />

36 Chat, Craft and Cake<br />

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

42 Adventures in Madeira<br />

47 Lunch with Girlfriends<br />

48 Announcements<br />

52 Classifieds<br />

53 Index of Advertisers<br />

and Ad Rates<br />

54 Proost! Interview<br />

OCTOBER <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 />

Cows in Leidschendam by Melissa White<br />

Photography<br />

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

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

Haggerty, Teresa Insalaco, Veronica June,<br />

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

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

White<br />

Proofreaders<br />

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

Debbie van Hees<br />

Advertising Manager & 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 />

Naya Pessoa<br />

awcthehague.community@gmail.com<br />

Clubhouse Administrator<br />

Jan Essad<br />

awcthehague.clubhousemgr@gmail.com<br />

Communications Open<br />

awcthehague.communications@gmail.com<br />

Member-at-Large<br />

Sunita Menon<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: Greetje Engelsman<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 />

eNews Amber Gatewood<br />

Events & Tours: 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: Ceci Wong and Julie Otten<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 December issue, submissions are due before Monday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 29<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 />

OCTOBER <strong>2018</strong> 5

Volunteer and Honorary Member Luncheon

Message from the President<br />

by Suzanne MacNeil<br />

<strong>Oct</strong>ober General Meeting<br />

by Dena Haggerty<br />

The new Club year is off to a rousing<br />

start! I hope you were able to take part<br />

in one (or more) of the many offerings<br />

in September, whether it was Kick Off,<br />

Prinsjesdag, watching an NDT rehearsal, or<br />

the Welcome Back BBQ. I went to most of<br />

the above and it was fun to reconnect with<br />

Members who’ve been away for the summer<br />

and the new Members who are just getting<br />

acquainted with the Club.<br />

One of the September events held in the<br />

Clubhouse was a Board and Committee Chair<br />

Luncheon. My goal was to help our great team<br />

of volunteers to put faces to names and to<br />

meet others who serve under the same Board<br />

Member. More than 20 Members joined us,<br />

including our favorite Club mascot, three-yearold<br />

Simon (Lindsey Turnau’s son), and the<br />

attendees were able to share best practices, ask<br />

questions, and get to know what’s entailed in<br />

the job of other volunteers.<br />

I did notice a few pieces missing at the luncheon,<br />

though. There are several key volunteer<br />

positions still open and I’d like you (if you’re<br />

thinking of how to become more involved) to<br />

consider jumping into the fray. And, when I say<br />

fray, it’s more like a fun fray, not a brawl, but<br />

an easy way to make the Club better.<br />

Pick one, any one of the volunteer opportunities<br />

still open, and find yourself working<br />

with the best team in The Hague! This is just<br />

a sampling:<br />


A major missing<br />

piece is our Gala<br />

Chair. Our<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> offers<br />

social events<br />

and activities,<br />

but we also<br />

give back<br />

through our<br />

philanthropic<br />

programs. This<br />

Club year we<br />

plan to hold a<br />

gala in May.<br />

Several Members<br />

have already<br />

approached me<br />

to say they will<br />

serve on the<br />

Gala Committee.<br />

If planning<br />

and project<br />

management are<br />

your forte, please<br />

consider helping<br />

in this crucial<br />

role. If you would like more information about<br />

the position, please contact Naya Pessoa, our<br />

new Club and Community Officer. She can be<br />

reached by email at awcthehague.community@<br />

gmail.com. (To learn more about Naya, please<br />

turn to page 14.)<br />

<strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong>, our monthly magazine, is<br />

self-sustaining. The ads in the magazine pay<br />

for the printing and mailing of each edition. If<br />

you have sales skills, please consider volunteering<br />

as the Advertising and Invoice Chair.<br />

This is a high-priority role that will enable<br />

<strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong> to continue.<br />

Have you been to Hoge Veluwe National<br />

Park in Gelderland? Did you know that<br />

Maastricht was once a Roman settlement? Or,<br />

that Waddenzee in Groningen is almost 2,500<br />

square kilometers and is home to millions of<br />

migratory birds, fish, and colonies of seals?<br />

If we had a Chair overseeing tours, she could<br />

design trips that will help us explore more of<br />

our host country.<br />

Have you got www.Kayak.com, www.<br />

Booking.com, and www.Hopper.com down to a<br />

science? We’re missing our own travel agent!<br />

The most recent major trip was several years<br />

ago to Iceland. Pick a place you’d like to visit<br />

and chances are other Members would like to<br />

join you. Many of our Members have traveled<br />

thanks to the Club and we already have information<br />

and contacts to get you started. >>39<br />

Garbage. Not the sexiest of topics but<br />

a topic everyone must deal with on<br />

a daily basis. It’s also an important<br />

method by which individuals can lend a<br />

helping hand in saving the environment.<br />

Separating waste is a part of life in The<br />

Hague. Plastic, tin, drink cartons, paper, glass,<br />

batteries… the list of items that do not belong<br />

in the household waste containers (and for<br />

which you can actually get a fine for improper<br />

disposal) is long and varied. These items are<br />

recycled into raw materials for new products<br />

such as plastic bottles, toys and car parts.<br />

Drink cartons are used to make office supplies,<br />

cardboard boxes and toilet paper. Tin/<br />

steel cans are used to make new food cans,<br />

paint cans, aerosol cans and other materials.<br />

A representative of The Hague will join us for<br />

our <strong>Oct</strong>ober meeting to discuss recycling and<br />

how separating your trash can help save the<br />

environment. She’ll discuss what items can<br />

be recycled (which plastic can be recycled)<br />

and where they should be deposited. She will<br />

also discuss the city’s adopt-a-bin program<br />

and how the municipality is aiming to make<br />

The Hague a cleaner city.<br />

Thursday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 11<br />

10:00 a.m.<br />

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

Free<br />

Register NOW to vote on<br />

November 6, <strong>2018</strong>!<br />

To start the process, it is recommended that you submit a Voter<br />

Registration and Absentee Ballot Request, aka the Federal Post<br />

Card Application (FPCA), to your state election official.<br />

This should be done early in every calendar year you<br />

wish to vote, or whenever you change your address.<br />

If you voted in past elections, do not assume you<br />

will continue to receive automatic mailings or<br />

you could end up missing out on the November 6<br />

midterm elections.<br />

For more information, please visit https://fawco.overseasvotefoundation.org/vote/home.<br />

htm.<br />

Photo credit: Federal Voting Assistance Programs<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2018</strong> 9

Letter from the Editor<br />

by Audrey Goodman<br />

One of my favorite things about being<br />

an expat is sharing my adventures<br />

with family. Since arriving in the<br />

Netherlands in January, we have had the pleasure<br />

of hosting my mother- and father-in-law,<br />

my sister-in-law, and my mom.<br />

When my in-laws visited in July, we<br />

crossed quite a few things off our bucket list.<br />

We met them in Paris (first time visit for me<br />

and my husband!), where we spent several<br />

days exploring the Louvre, tasting many wonderful<br />

French desserts, strolling through the<br />

Trocadéro while gawking at the Eiffel Tower,<br />

wandering through Versailles, and enjoying a<br />

wonderful dinner on the Seine. But the highlight<br />

of our trip was the two-day adventure to<br />

the Normandy region.<br />

We hired a private guide, Mathias with<br />

D-Day Guided Tours, who made the experience<br />

absolutely perfect. He picked us up<br />

from the train station in Bayeux and took us<br />

to numerous World War II sites on the first<br />

day. Between the stops, while driving, he provided<br />

us with endless facts and stories about<br />

the war. We ended our day at an adorable bed<br />

and breakfast in Bayeux, Hôtel Tardif. The<br />

next morning, Mathias drove us to Mont Saint<br />

Michel, where he again wowed us with endless<br />

facts during our tour. It’s awe-inspiring to<br />

think such an amazing monastery was designed<br />

and built in the 11th century, without the use<br />

of modern tools and technology. It was a trip<br />

that I never thought I would have the opportunity<br />

to take.<br />

10 GOING DUTCH<br />

My mom visited in August and spent two<br />

weeks exploring with me. During her time<br />

here, we took a trip to Munich and (back) to<br />

Paris. She studied in Germany when she was<br />

in high school and again in college, but was<br />

never able to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle.<br />

When I was a teenager, she and I took a trip to<br />

the Bavarian region, where we enjoyed beers<br />

for the first time together. Sadly, the castle was<br />

under renovation at that time, so we were unable<br />

to take a tour. But we made up for it this<br />

year! We took a day trip from Munich, and<br />

she was absolutely thrilled to finally visit the<br />

castle. And, of course, no visit to Munich is<br />

complete without a stop at the Hofbräuhaus,<br />

for a couple very large beers.<br />

When we went to Paris, we stayed at Hotel<br />

Muguet, just a ten-minute walk from Champ<br />

de Mars. We spent our days drinking wine,<br />

visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral, taking a<br />

tour of the King’s Apartments in Versailles,<br />

and wandering the charming streets of Paris.<br />

For her, the highlight of the trip was sitting in<br />

the park and watching the Eiffel Tour sparkle<br />

at night.<br />

It’s sad when family leaves to return to<br />

the U.S., because we know it will be awhile<br />

before we see them again. But it’s thrilling<br />

to spend time with them, enjoying European<br />

adventures that may otherwise be impossible.<br />

Whenever I’m feeling a little homesick, I just<br />

think about the experiences I’ve had since<br />

arriving in The Hague. My time as an expat<br />

will be over before I know it, so I’m taking<br />

advantage every chance I get!<br />

Audrey<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2018</strong> 11

Membership<br />

by Melissa Rider<br />

Thank you for<br />

renewing your<br />

membership to<br />

the <strong>AWC</strong> for<br />

the <strong>2018</strong>/19<br />

Club year and<br />

a warm welcome<br />

to those<br />

just joining<br />

the <strong>AWC</strong>. As<br />

an <strong>AWC</strong> Member you automatically become<br />

a Member of F<strong>AWC</strong>O (Federation of<br />

American Women’s Clubs Overseas).<br />

Welcome New Members!<br />

Theres Akesson<br />

LaTasha Baker<br />

Mary Ellen Brennan<br />

Barbara Brookman<br />

Marianne De Beer<br />

Shanon Gonzales<br />

Rachel Hines<br />

Julie Miller<br />

Lori Schnebelie<br />

Michelle Voorn<br />

More benefits of being an <strong>AWC</strong> Member<br />

include the ability to gain entry into the<br />

wholesale stores Hanos in Delft and Sligro<br />

in Leidschendam and The Hague. The<br />

American Book Center in The Hague offers<br />

a 10% discount and the Crowne Plaza<br />

Promenade offers discounted rates on their<br />

health club, spa, and other services to our<br />

Members. Please remember to bring your<br />

Membership card to these businesses.<br />

If you have any questions about your<br />

Membership, please feel free to contact me<br />

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

Newcomer’s Coffee<br />

Newcomers<br />

by Holly Savoie and Greetje Engelsman<br />

Are you a new <strong>AWC</strong> Member? Be sure to<br />

attend a General Meeting at the Clubhouse<br />

on the second Thursday of the month.<br />

Meetings start at 10:30 a.m., but please do<br />

stop in a bit early to meet Members, sip coffee,<br />

and get the lay of the land. Also, take<br />

advantage of the monthly events planned especially<br />

for Newcomers. If you have questions<br />

about how to navigate in your expat<br />

country, the <strong>AWC</strong> Newcomers’ team is very<br />

eager to help. Greetje Engelsman and<br />

Holly Savoie welcome your emailed questions<br />

at awcthehague.newcomers@gmail.<br />

com.<br />

Unique products<br />

for entrepreneurs<br />

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Birthdays<br />

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

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

see Members’ birthdays in the weekly eNews, which is sent to your private email account<br />

and is more secure. We value our Members’ privacy. If you have any questions, please contact<br />

Melissa Rider, our Membership Coordinator, at awcthehague.membership@gmail.com.<br />

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

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OCTOBER <strong>2018</strong> 13

Club and Community Chair<br />

by Naya Pessoa<br />

I<br />

have been living in The Hague for seven<br />

years, and recently joined the <strong>AWC</strong>. The<br />

path that brought me to The Hague was<br />

unexpected as I was born in the city of Manaus<br />

in Brazil, and grew up in a multicultural and<br />

multilingual family in the small town of<br />

Gainesville, Florida. I completed my undergraduate<br />

degree at the University of Florida<br />

and graduated cum-laude with a Bachelor’s<br />

Degree in Political Science and Spanish. I<br />

spent time in the beautifully preserved town<br />

of Guanajuato, Mexico in order to improve<br />

my Spanish language skills. As graduation<br />

approached, my interests in human rights<br />

drove me to pursue a Juris Doctorate from<br />

New England Law Boston. During my legal<br />

studies, I was an AmeriCorps Fellow working<br />

on the immigration rights project and also<br />

volunteered at the local legal clinic providing<br />

assistance to Haitians seeking temporary protected<br />

status. I decided to take my experience<br />

global as an International Criminal Process<br />

Clinic Fellow at the ICTY in 2010. During<br />

that time, my personal life changed when I<br />

met the Spaniard who is now my husband.<br />

Upon graduation from law school, I decided<br />

to follow my heart and return to The Hague. I<br />

immediately began working at the Permanent<br />

Court of Arbitration in the Peace Palace where<br />

my work focused on Latin American commercial<br />

contract claims, investor-state claims<br />

under bilateral investment treaties, and interstate<br />

disputes. I recently made the decision to<br />

change my career path and now work at the<br />

Webster University Leiden Campus as the<br />

dedicated officer<br />

for Graduate<br />

Studies where I<br />

can embrace a<br />

healthy work-life<br />

balance.<br />

Did you know that any woman who speaks English is<br />

eligible to join the American Women’s Club?<br />

Invite your English-speaking friends, wherever they’re<br />

from, to join us today!<br />

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I have been passionately<br />

involved<br />

in volunteer<br />

work for the<br />

past 15 years, including<br />

Habitat<br />

for Humanity in<br />

the U.S. and Buddy Project for Victims of<br />

Human Trafficking in the Netherlands. Most<br />

recently, I have served as a nonprofit project<br />

manager spearheading refugee-focused<br />

projects including language workshops, access<br />

to higher education programs, active<br />

lifestyle programs, and a number of other<br />

initiatives. The most successful program,<br />

My University Cares Too, is formally part<br />

of the UN campaign to address Sustainable<br />

Development Goal 4 to “ensure inclusive<br />

and equitable quality education and promote<br />

lifelong learning opportunities for all”.<br />

My goal is to help empower others to recognize<br />

they have skills that can be shared. My<br />

aim is to contribute to the continued success<br />

of <strong>AWC</strong> projects, and also learn from fellow<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Members who bring a wealth of<br />

experience to the table. I really am honored<br />

and look forward to this new chapter with<br />

the <strong>AWC</strong>.<br />

Photo and summary credit: Amazon<br />

Ongoing Activities<br />

Book Clubs<br />

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

readers, and new Members are especially<br />

welcome! There are no requirements that<br />

you must attend every meeting or lead<br />

a discussion. Snacks are provided by a<br />

different Member each month. There are<br />

two Book Clubs hosted by <strong>AWC</strong> Members:<br />

One in the daytime and one in the evening.<br />

Questions? Teresa Mahoney organizes the<br />

daytime group, and Dena Haggerty handles<br />

the evening meetings. For more information,<br />

please contact them at awcthehague.<br />

bookclub@gmail.com. Happy reading!<br />

Daytime Book Club<br />

<strong>Oct</strong>ober Selection:<br />

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi<br />

This unforgettable New<br />

York Times best seller<br />

begins with the story of<br />

two half-sisters, separated<br />

by forces beyond<br />

their control: one sold<br />

into slavery, the other<br />

married to a British slaver.<br />

Written with tremendous sweep and<br />

power, Homegoing traces the generations<br />

of family who follow, as their destinies<br />

lead them through two continents and three<br />

hundred years of history, each life indelibly<br />

drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed<br />

in light of the present day.<br />

Thursday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 25<br />

10 a.m.<br />

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

FREE<br />

Daytime Book Club Recap – August<br />

Think about post-revolutionary Russia:<br />

Bolsheviks, famine, Siberia, Stalin. Your<br />

images will hardly be gentle and charming.<br />

Yet, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor<br />

Towles, which takes place in Russia between<br />

1922 and 1954, is gentle and charming.<br />

How does Towles do it? He confines<br />

his protagonist, a serene and genteel Russian<br />

count named Alexader Ilyich Rostov, to<br />

Daytime Book Club Reading List:<br />

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

Memoir by Tara Westover<br />

house arrest in an exclusive Moscow hotel.<br />

With one brief exception, the count spends<br />

32 years within the Metropol. Yes, Rostov is<br />

surrounded by luxury and worldly visitors<br />

but his own accommodation is a small converted<br />

storeroom. As we all must do, Rostov<br />

becomes the architect of his own life within<br />

circumstances over which he has no control.<br />

Rostov’s quest for purpose, meaning, and<br />

love in his life makes for an interesting and<br />

uplifting story. Some of us could have done<br />

without the references to classic Russian literature<br />

but others thought they helped anchor<br />

the story to place and to illuminate the<br />

Russian mindset. Recommended.<br />

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Photo and summary credit: Amazon<br />

Ongoing Activities (cont.)<br />

Continued from page 15<br />

Evening Book Club<br />

<strong>Oct</strong>ober Selection: A<br />

Long Way from Home by<br />

Peter Carey<br />

A Long Way from Home is<br />

Peter Carey’s latest style<br />

masterpiece; a thrilling<br />

high-speed story that starts<br />

in one way, then takes you<br />

to another place altogether.<br />

Set in the 1950s in the embers of the British<br />

Empire, painting a picture of the Queen and<br />

her subjects, black, white and those in-between,<br />

this brilliantly vivid novel illustrates<br />

how the possession of an ancient culture<br />

spirals through history —and the love made<br />

and hurt caused along the way.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 10<br />

7:30 p.m.<br />

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

FREE<br />

Evening Book Club Reading List:<br />

Wednesday, November 14: A Gentleman in<br />

Moscow by Amor Towles<br />

Wednesday, December 12: The Only Story<br />

by Julian Barnes<br />

Chat, Crafts & Cake<br />

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

for those who enjoy crafts and camaraderie.<br />

Whether your craft is knitting, quilting,<br />

needlepoint or simply mending your<br />

clothes, or whether you are a beginner or an<br />

expert, you are welcome to join us. Fish that<br />

UFO (Unfinished Object) out of the drawer<br />

and get going on it again. CCandCer’s are<br />

always ready with a helping hand, a lesson,<br />

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

Member brings a cake—tried and true,<br />

or experimental. Babysitting is not available<br />

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,<br />

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

pillows. We are proud to provide men<br />

and women with something both practical<br />

and comforting, and we know our work<br />

helps because we often receive thank-you<br />

notes and emails from the patients who<br />

have received a heart pillow. For more<br />

information, please contact Jan de Vries at<br />

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

Tuesday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 9<br />

Noon – 2 p.m.<br />

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

FREE<br />

Visitors Welcome<br />

Out to Lunch Bunch: <strong>Oct</strong>ober<br />

Restaurant De Haagsche Beek is as <strong>Dutch</strong><br />

as <strong>Dutch</strong> can be, and as Haags as The Hague<br />

can be. But for most expats, it is a hidden<br />

secret. It is time the Lunch Bunch discovers<br />

this restaurant in Kijkduin, close to the<br />

beach. The restaurant is located in a >> 18<br />

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Ongoing Activities (cont.)<br />

Continued from page 17<br />

modern building but tells you a lot about the<br />

history of the Haagsche Beek (The Hague<br />

brook). The restaurant is used by many citizens<br />

in The Hague for parties, weddings,<br />

birthdays, bridal showers, etc. But also for<br />

dinner or lunch of course: never a dull moment.<br />

The food is international, but with a<br />

Kijkduin touch. The restaurant is easy to<br />

reach by car or public transport. After signing<br />

up, you will receive a leaflet about the<br />

the Haagsche Beek and about the panorama<br />

in the dunes. It’s a piece of art on top of the<br />

dune, opposite the restaurant!<br />

Restaurant De Haagsche Beek, Machiel<br />

Vrijenhoeklan 175, Kijkduin<br />

www.dehaagschebeek.nl<br />

Friday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 26<br />

Noon – 2 p.m.<br />

Sign up on GroupSpaces<br />

Tennis League<br />

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

plays doubles every Tuesday in Warmond.<br />

Ladies move up and down the courts according<br />

to a ladder tennis system. The emphasis<br />

is on having fun! The League is available<br />

for all levels except true beginners. Contact<br />

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

more information.<br />

Every Tuesday<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 again for our monthly gathering.<br />

Thirsty Thursday is a casual evening of<br />

companionship and good conversation—a<br />

new favorite for <strong>AWC</strong> Members and prospective<br />

Members. Two soft drinks, wine or<br />

beer, plus tapas.<br />

Thursday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 18<br />

6 – 9 p.m.<br />

Tapisco, Kneuterdijk 11, Den Haag<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<br />

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

meets in front of the Clubhouse before<br />

heading out to walk to various destinations<br />

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

along the way. Sign up on GroupSpaces<br />

to receive email updates or contact Emily<br />

van Eerten or Greetje Engelsman at<br />

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

Mondays<br />

9:30 a.m.<br />

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

Free<br />

Sign up on GroupSpaces<br />

Wassenaar Coffee &<br />

Conversation<br />

If you live in or north of Wassenaar, join<br />

your neighbors for coffee and conversation<br />

once a month without having to drive to<br />

the clubhouse. One Member will host a casual<br />

coffee at her home at 9:30 on the first<br />

Thursday of every month. Prospective<br />

Members are welcome too. Suzanne<br />

Dundas coordinates these meetings and<br />

can be reached at awcthehague.crafts@<br />

gmail.com. Because the location changes<br />

every month, contact Suzanne if you are<br />

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

Thursday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 4<br />

9:30 a.m.<br />

FREE<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 />

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

Guests are welcome<br />

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

activities and tours<br />

on a limited basis.<br />

As a nonmember, a<br />

guest is limited to<br />

attend two functions<br />

per calendar year<br />

and will be charged<br />

an additional<br />

nonmember fee. Only<br />

Members are entitled<br />

to use babysitting<br />

services.<br />

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

by Marsha Hagney<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 />

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

from British Country Houses<br />

This autumn the Mauritshuis will feature a<br />

special exhibit of <strong>Dutch</strong> 17th-century paintings<br />

from National Trust Houses. This will<br />

be a Mauritshuis exclusive: never before<br />

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

Netherlands.<br />

Thursday, November 1<br />

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.<br />

Mauritshuis, Museum Plein 29<br />

Den Haag<br />

Max 15 / Minimum 12<br />

€ 10 Members (€ 15 nonmembers)<br />

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

included (Entrance is free with Museum<br />

Card)<br />

Registration Deadline: <strong>Oct</strong>ober 22 (Later<br />

registration possible if space is available)<br />

Sign up on GroupSpaces<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Members, please connect with<br />

us on LinkedIn<br />

https://nl.linkedin.com/in/<br />

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awcthehague<br />

Members: eNews Distribution<br />

A weekly electronic newsletter<br />

is sent to all <strong>AWC</strong> Members.<br />

If you have not been receiving your<br />

eNews,<br />

please contact Melissa at<br />

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

Halloween Trick-or-Treating in<br />

Voorburg<br />

We’re thrilled to be partnering with the<br />

town of Voorburg for a Halloween event<br />

this year. Join us for trick-or-treating. All<br />

are invited, including nonmembers.<br />

Saturday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 27<br />

Time TBA<br />

Location TBA<br />

FREE<br />

See eNews for details<br />

Morning Tea with Diane<br />

Hoekstra, <strong>AWC</strong> Honorary<br />

President<br />

Join us for tea, coffee and great company.<br />

Our Honorary President, Diane Hoekstra,<br />

invites <strong>AWC</strong> Members to gather at her<br />

home. Details will be sent directly to those<br />

who register, closer to the event. Please<br />

note that this event is for <strong>AWC</strong> Members<br />

only.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 24<br />

10:00 a.m. – Noon<br />

Location will be provided upon registration<br />

Max 30 / No Minimum<br />

FREE<br />

Registration Deadline: <strong>Oct</strong>ober 18<br />

Sign up on GroupSpaces<br />

Tour of Private Art Collection<br />

The <strong>AWC</strong> and The Arts are honored to offer<br />

this very special activity. The collection<br />

you will visit is a private art space<br />

that houses a multidisciplinary collection<br />

spanning the genres of painting, sculpture,<br />

photography, installations and video. You<br />

will visit this collection in a unique building<br />

which in part is built 26 feet (8 meters)<br />

underground. It is situated close to The<br />

Hague; you will receive location information<br />

once you have signed up on Group<br />

Spaces and confirm that you will be taking<br />

part in the tour.<br />

Tuesday, November 13<br />

10:30 a.m. – Noon<br />

Location will be provided upon registration<br />

Max 22 / No Minimum<br />

€ 10 Members (€ 15 nonmembers)<br />

Registration/Cancellation Deadline:<br />

<strong>Oct</strong>ober 15<br />

Sign up on GroupSpaces<br />

Visit from F<strong>AWC</strong>O’s Amanda<br />

Lane<br />

Amanda Lane, Executive Director of the<br />

Collateral Repair Project, will be visiting<br />

to discuss F<strong>AWC</strong>O’s Target Project: Hope<br />

Beyond Displacement. This is a great opportunity<br />

to ask her questions and learn<br />

more about the efforts to support refugees.<br />

See the F<strong>AWC</strong>O article in last month’s<br />

<strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong>, for more information.<br />

Monday, November 5<br />

10:30 a.m. – Noon<br />

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

FREE<br />

Sign up on GroupSpaces<br />

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Holiday Bazaar - Come One, Come All…<br />

and Shop!<br />

by Amber Gatewood<br />

Believe it or not, the holidays are right<br />

around the bend. This means Santa and<br />

his <strong>AWC</strong> elves are in full swing preparing<br />

for our annual <strong>AWC</strong> Holiday Bazaar!<br />

On November 10 & 11 you’ll find the most<br />

unique range of gift options under one roof, as<br />

The Hilton Hotel is transformed into a winter<br />

wonderland. From baked goods to paintings<br />

to textiles to beer and wine, there is something<br />

for everyone. You’ll also have the opportunity<br />

to support several of our own Members who<br />

will be selling their goods.<br />

Let your senses carry you by the Aromatique<br />

Shop. You’ll find a selection of candles, wax<br />

melts and reed diffusers to satisfy all your<br />

fragrance needs. (www.aromatiqueshop.com)<br />

Are you enthusiastic about vintage finds?<br />

Atelier34bc brings flea market discoveries to<br />

life and transforms them into revitalized interior<br />

furnishings. (www.atelier34bc.com)<br />

Need something with some <strong>Dutch</strong> flare?<br />

Check out a Bazaar favorite, Alexandra<br />

Breeze Ceramics, and her line of imprinted<br />

porcelain Amsterdam canal houses. Each<br />

piece has its own unique character. (www.alexandrabreezeceramics.nl)<br />

The variety doesn’t stop here. Make your list<br />

and check it twice: the <strong>AWC</strong> Holiday Bazaar<br />

is coming to town!<br />

Hilton Hotel, Zeestraat 35, Den Haag<br />

Saturday, November 10<br />

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.<br />

Sunday, November 11<br />

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.<br />

Entry: € 2 Adults / Children Free<br />

Kid’s Corner: € 5 per Child<br />

A friend or family member must be with<br />

your child, so bring your spouse, partner, or<br />

friends, and take turns shopping!<br />

Bake for the Bazaar<br />

by Cathleen Owens<br />

The days are getting shorter, which means<br />

it’s almost time to show off those baking<br />

skills! Break out those recipes for your famous<br />

cookies, brownies, or pies (non-perishable).<br />

If baking isn’t in your repertoire,<br />

or you prefer savory treats, why not stir up<br />

spicy cashews or marinated olives? Your<br />

baked goods give our guests the energy to<br />

shop ‘til they drop!<br />

The Holiday Bazaar is taking place this year<br />

at the Hilton Hotel on November 10 and<br />

11. Baked goods drop off takes place at the<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Clubhouse on Friday, November 9.<br />

Sign up to donate your baked goods by filling<br />

out the form at http://bit.do/bazaarbakesale.<br />

You will be contacted closer to the date to<br />

confirm. If you have any specific questions,<br />

feel free to email hol.baz@gmail.com.<br />

To volunteer for the Bake Sale, contact<br />

Laurie Martecchini at awcthehague.<br />

volunteercoord@gmail.com.<br />

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We Need Your Hands at the Holiday Bazaar<br />

by Jaimie Keppel<br />

Calling all hands ... and bodies and smiles!<br />

The <strong>AWC</strong> annual Holiday Bazaar is one<br />

of our major fundraising activities. It’s<br />

also a lot of fun. Volunteers are needed for<br />

both Saturday, November 10 and Sunday,<br />

November 11. There are two shifts each<br />

day: 11a.m. – 2 p.m., and 2 p.m. – close. For<br />

most shifts, we pair an experienced Member<br />

with someone new to the Bazaar. There are<br />

plenty of areas in which to volunteer:<br />

• Entry Table: Welcome visitors and sell<br />

entry tickets<br />

• Floor Monitors: Help as needed<br />

• Bake Sale: See Cathleen’s article on<br />

page 23 for details<br />

• Raffle Table: Sell raffle tickets and<br />

highlight all the wonderful donations<br />

• Payment Tables: Accept payment for<br />

goods using a PIN machine and tallying<br />

funds received. No prior experience<br />

needed, just a comfort with taking payments.<br />

• Kids’ Corner: See Holly’s article below.<br />

Will you come and help? Please contact our<br />

Volunteer Organizer, Laurie Martecchini:<br />

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

Help Share Christmas Fun at the Kid’s Corner<br />

by Holly Savoie<br />

Do you enjoy crafts or working with<br />

children? Then this is for you! The Kid’s<br />

Corner is a dedicated play space with<br />

activities run by <strong>AWC</strong> volunteers. All the<br />

activities and crafts will be planned and<br />

organized ahead of time. The children will<br />

be accompanied by a parent or family friend<br />

during their time in the Kid’s Corner.<br />

Saturday, November 10<br />

Sunday, November 11<br />

Shifts: Noon – 3 p.m. & 3 – 6 p.m.<br />

(2 adults per shift)<br />

To volunteer, please contact Holly Savoie<br />

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

com.<br />

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Fall Kick<br />


<strong>Oct</strong>ober <strong>2018</strong><br />

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat<br />

1<br />

2<br />

3 4<br />

5 6<br />

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

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

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

Wassenaar Coffee and<br />

Conversation 9:30 a.m.<br />

7 8<br />

9<br />

10<br />

11<br />

12<br />

13<br />

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

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

Heart Pillow Workshop<br />

Noon<br />

Coffee 10 a.m.<br />

<strong>Oct</strong>ober General Meeting<br />

10:30 a.m.<br />

Buddy Check 12<br />

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

Evening Book Club<br />

7:30 p.m.<br />

14 15<br />

16<br />

17 18<br />

19<br />

20<br />

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

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

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

<strong>AWC</strong> Board Meeting<br />

9:30 a.m.<br />

Thirsty Thursday 6 p.m.<br />

21 22<br />

23<br />

24<br />

25<br />

26<br />

27<br />

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

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

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

Morning Tea with Diane<br />

Hoekstra, Honorary<br />

President 10 a.m.<br />

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

Out to Lunch Bunch Noon<br />

Halloween Trick-or-Treating<br />

in Voorburg TBA<br />

28 29<br />

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

30<br />

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

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

31<br />

Upcoming:<br />

Holiday Bazaar - November 10 – 11<br />

Thanksgiving in Leiden - November 22<br />

Jewelry/Pearl Party - December 6<br />

Christmas Lunch - December 14<br />

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

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

Tour of Private Art Collection<br />

The <strong>AWC</strong> and The Arts are honored to offer<br />

this very special activity. The collection<br />

you will visit is a private art space<br />

that houses a multidisciplinary collection<br />

spanning the genres of painting, sculpture,<br />

photography, installations and video. You<br />

will visit this collection in a unique building<br />

which in part is built 26 feet (8 meters)<br />

underground. It is situated close to The<br />

Hague; you will receive location information<br />

once you have signed up on Group<br />

Spaces and confirm that you will be taking<br />

part in the tour.<br />

Tuesday, November 13<br />

10:30 a.m. – Noon<br />

Location will be provided upon registration<br />

Max 22 / No Minimum<br />

€ 10 Members / € 15 Nonmembers<br />

Registration/Cancellation deadline:<br />

<strong>Oct</strong>ober 15<br />

Sign up on GroupSpaces<br />

RSVP for all Arts Activities directly on<br />

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

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

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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 />

This year, our Club sponsored a<br />

Development Grant, naming it the <strong>AWC</strong><br />

The Hague Creating Better Futures.<br />

Recipient: Kitchen for Rural Kenyan<br />

Catering Program<br />

Location: Chepkanga, Kenya<br />

Nominating Club: AAWE Paris<br />

Purpose of the Grant: Grant funding will<br />

go to Rafiki Ya Maisha, an NGO that raises<br />

money for two schools in Kenya. The funds<br />

will be used to construct a teaching kitchen<br />

at Sergoek Vocational Training Center in<br />

Chepkanga to help improve professionalism,<br />

as well as the self-esteem of the students.<br />

Wonderful way for our Club to make<br />

a difference again!<br />

Curious to learn about F<strong>AWC</strong>O? Contact<br />

Julie Mowat or Terri Mahoney<br />

(awcthehague.fawco@gmail.com) to learn<br />

more!<br />

On November 5, Amanda Lane, Executive<br />

Director of the Collateral Repair Project<br />

(CRP), will be visiting to discuss our<br />

F<strong>AWC</strong>O Target Project: Hope Beyond<br />

Displacement. (Teaser: we will have the<br />

Helping Hands Fundraiser for them on<br />

February 21.) Even if you attended Celeste’s<br />

and my dinner discussion about our Jordan<br />

trip, you will still find this session informative.<br />

This is a great opportunity to ask<br />

Amanda questions and learn more about the<br />

efforts to support refugees.<br />

Monday, November 5<br />

10:30 a.m. – Noon<br />

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

FREE<br />

Sign up on GroupSpaces<br />

F<strong>AWC</strong>O’s Biennial Conference will be<br />

hosted by <strong>AWC</strong> of Central Scotland in<br />

Edinburgh. Mark your calendars for this<br />

major conference, Thursday, March 21<br />

through Sunday, March 24. Many of us<br />

from this Club will be attending. Scotland<br />

is not too far away (last one was in India),<br />

so it is a great opportunity to see what<br />

F<strong>AWC</strong>O is about and hear some great<br />

speakers. More information to follow in<br />

the near future.<br />

We are in Region 4, but are invited to other<br />

regions’ meetings. Region 5 will be in<br />

Heidelberg November 9 through 11, for<br />

an opportunity to get to know the newest<br />

F<strong>AWC</strong>O member club. International<br />

Women’s Club Heidelberg is a brand-new<br />

club and looks forward to welcoming<br />

you. This Regional Meeting will throw<br />

out watches and give ample time to connect,<br />

chat, help, support, understand and,<br />

of course, inspire. Please check out www.<br />

F<strong>AWC</strong>O.org or reach out to me if you have<br />

any questions.<br />

Did you know as a Member of this Club<br />

you and your family are eligible to apply<br />

for an Educational Grant? Did you also<br />

know that you can nominate your favorite<br />

nonprofit for a Development Grant? Several<br />

of our Members and their families have<br />

received one. There are several different<br />

catagories and it can be well worth your<br />

time! Member Michelle Oliel’s Pillow<br />

Project with Stahili was awarded a grant<br />

this spring and this amazing program has<br />

already started making a difference. Please<br />

check out fawcofoundation.org for further<br />

information.<br />

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A Retrospective of Past <strong>Oct</strong>ober Covers<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Community Calendar –<br />

Fall <strong>2018</strong><br />

Philanthropy is a large part of what the<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> does for our community, and this<br />

fall we will again ask you to open your<br />

hearts for Children’s Gift & Clothing Drive<br />

and the Toiletry Drive. Your donations mean<br />

so much to the families who receive them,<br />

and even the smallest gift can go a long way<br />

in the eyes of a child. For those of you who<br />

have contributed in the past, many thanks for<br />

your kindness! And for those considering a<br />

contribution this year, please know the organizations<br />

to whom we donate always deeply<br />

appreciate anything you can give.<br />

Toiletries Donations<br />

Collection of toiletries:<br />

Thursday, November 1 through Tuesday,<br />

November 27<br />

Package toiletries:<br />

Thursday, November 29 (time TBA)<br />

Toiletries drop-off:<br />

Monday, December 3<br />

Holiday Bazaar<br />

Saturday, November 10 (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.)<br />

Sunday, November 11 (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)<br />

Children’s Gifts & Clothes<br />

Collection of tagged gifts:<br />

Thursday, November 1 through Tuesday,<br />

November 27<br />

Wrap gifts and clothes:<br />

Thursday, November 29 (time TBA)<br />

Gift drop-off: Monday, December 3<br />

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OCTOBER <strong>2018</strong> 35

Chat, Craft and Cake: The Crafts<br />

(Part Two of a Two-Part Series)<br />

by Suzanne Dundas<br />

Quilting<br />

Most <strong>AWC</strong> Members think “quilting”<br />

when they think of CCandC because quilting<br />

is our most visible handwork. It’s hard<br />

to sneak into the Clubhouse unnoticed with<br />

a queen-size quilt tucked under your arm.<br />

Some of our quilts are for charity. CCandC<br />

as a group have made and donated quilts<br />

to be auctioned off for our local causes.<br />

Anja Knoop and Agatha Zwaan made an<br />

“Arkansas Crossroads” quilt out of scraps<br />

left over from the Heart Pillows Project. It<br />

was destined to be auctioned off but was<br />

so beautiful that Sonja Kelle bought it outright.<br />

The money raised was used to buy a<br />

dedicated sewing machine and more fabric<br />

for Heart Pillows.<br />

Every year CCandC quilters contribute<br />

squares to be incorporated into a F<strong>AWC</strong>O<br />

quilt. Since 1996, Roberta Zollner of the<br />

Munich International Woman’s Club has<br />

sewn together donated blocks to make 24<br />

F<strong>AWC</strong>O quilts. Auctioned off at F<strong>AWC</strong>O<br />

conferences, these quilts have raised approximately<br />

$75,000. This year we’re<br />

making a simple “bookcase” block. If<br />

you’d like to make one, contact me and I’ll<br />

send you the instructions.<br />

We have some very experienced quilters<br />

among us. Beverly Bennett is experienced<br />

in all forms of quilting and is amazingly<br />

prolific. In fact, one of our outings was to<br />

see Beverley’s quilt-filled home and her<br />

well-appointed quilting room. She keeps<br />

abreast of what experts are doing in terms<br />

of quilt and fabric design and has had a pattern<br />

of one of her own designs published.<br />

Beverley is a geologist by training and her<br />

quilts are crafted with scientific precision.<br />

As a quilting teacher herself, Beverley<br />

keeps current, taking classes at quilting<br />

shows and online via such sites as<br />

www.craftsy.com. She and I met in a<br />

2008 appliqué class at Quilter’s Palet on<br />

Weissenbruchtstraat in Den Haag.<br />

The instructor was the internationally renowned<br />

quilting superstar, Ted Storm, who<br />

lives in Monster. Lifelong learners, most<br />

CCandC members relish a class that teaches<br />

them either a new technique in their craft<br />

of choice or an entirely new craft.<br />

Agatha Zwaan’s speciality is appliqué<br />

and she turns out three-dimensional blocks<br />

of great intricacy and beauty. Agatha also<br />

has a very large sewing machine, called a<br />

long-arm machine. About ten feet (three<br />

meters) long, it is used to machine quilt<br />

entire quilts. Agatha has an empowering<br />

saying that comforts me when I am struggling<br />

with a quilt. “You are the boss of your<br />

fabric.”<br />

My goal for my quilts is warmth and washability.<br />

No one will ever make a pattern of<br />

the quilt I’m currently designing and working<br />

on (A Tribute to My Dogs), but I enjoy<br />

the process. My dogs, already spoiled, now<br />

strut through the park like runway models.<br />

Susan Baragwanath is not a quilter herself<br />

but an expert nonetheless. Susan is an extremely<br />

knowledgeable collector of historical<br />

quilts. She is currently a long-distance<br />

curator of an exhibit of her own quilts to be<br />

shown in New Zealand in 2019. It’s called<br />

Conversations with the Quilts and features<br />

many fascinating antique American quilts<br />

along with their histories. If we ask nicely<br />

and often enough, Susan may be willing<br />

to speak on this topic at an <strong>AWC</strong> General<br />

Meeting.<br />

Cross Stitch<br />

Dory Ritchie can cross-stitch anything,<br />

including a “medieval” box. Her latest<br />

project, a mermaid, gleamed with golden<br />

thread and beads throughout.<br />

Dory is currently working on her second<br />

mystery stitch-along. Every month for a<br />

year, instructions are downloaded onto<br />

http://linenandthreads.com/mysterysampler-stitch-a-long.<br />

Each part to be<br />

completed before the next part is available.<br />

You don’t know what the finished project<br />

will look like until it is done. It’s free and it’s<br />

fun for the 10,000 participants worldwide.<br />

There are similar monthly mystery projects<br />

for quilts, called “Block of the Month” .<br />

Knitting<br />

We have a lot of knitters—Sonja Kelle,<br />

Elaine Pimm, Gabrielle van der Winden,<br />

Hilde Hatlestad Volle—who turn gorgeous<br />

yarns into wearable art. It’s amazing<br />

to see how they can hold up a piece of knitting<br />

and, working without a pattern, modify<br />

the fit, change the sleeves, or add an intricate<br />

border. >> 38<br />

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OCTOBER <strong>2018</strong> 37

Chat, Craft and Cake (cont.)<br />

Continued from page 37<br />

Message from the President (cont.)<br />

Continued from page 8<br />

Eileen Baker, who has repatriated to<br />

Colorado, is also a superb knitter. I had the<br />

good fortune to win a set of her famous fingerless<br />

gloves and a scarf at an <strong>AWC</strong> auction<br />

one year. She is also extremely knowledgeable<br />

about wools, especially handspun<br />

wools. The patinaed wooden spinning wheel<br />

that stood in her dining room was not a conversation<br />

piece. It was well used.<br />

Sewing<br />

Yes, we sew. Susan Baragwanath and<br />

Loren Mealey maintain, mend, and modify<br />

their clothing, often with advice from<br />

Anja Knoop, who has been sewing her own<br />

clothing since she was a young girl. Anja is<br />

so skilled at sewing that she has been known<br />

to make her own, very intricate bras.<br />

<strong>Dutch</strong> women of a certain age learned to<br />

sew, and sew very well, at school. Dory<br />

brought in a charming yellow cotton dress<br />

for a young girl, beautifully detailed and<br />

sewn by hand.<br />

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Gabrielle van der Winden, our Jill of all<br />

Trades, also sews, her latest creation being<br />

a Tory Birch inspired summer dress with<br />

long sleeves and an embellished neckline.<br />

Gabrielle also dyes silk scarves and sews<br />

elegant cushions.<br />

Miscellany<br />

At any given time, CCandC’s table can<br />

be laden with needlepoint destined to be a<br />

pillow, green rope being crocheted into a<br />

purse, or family photographs—hard copies<br />

being arranged in an album or virtual ones<br />

being organized onto a laptop.<br />

Once or twice, an adult coloring book has<br />

made an appearance. That makes sense.<br />

Though they yield nothing wearable or usable,<br />

adult coloring books distill the soothing<br />

repetition of handwork into its purest<br />

form. Creativity can take many forms and<br />

operate at many skill levels. Chat, Craft<br />

and Cake welcomes them all.<br />

Interested in history? Specifically, the<br />

Club’s history, dating back to 1930? The<br />

Historian/Archivist Chair is available.<br />

Preserving almost 90 years of history was<br />

started by a Member who recently repatriated,<br />

so this isn’t a start-from-scratch job.<br />

Our <strong>AWC</strong> offers numerous opportunities to<br />

use our skill sets in significant ways, whether<br />

you chair a committee or join other Members<br />

for the events and activities we offer. One of<br />

the most significant ways we can reduce the<br />

stress of moving to a new country and putting<br />

our own career on-hold (for those of us who<br />

were employed outside the home) is helping<br />

one another realize we are significant, no matter<br />

the role we play within our family, at a job,<br />

within the Club, or with friends.<br />

I subscribe to a number of expat Facebook<br />

pages. Some posts are funny, some members<br />

ask advice, while other posts are written by<br />

expats who need a boost because they’re experiencing<br />

loneliness, miss their home country<br />

comforts, and are looking for a way to enjoy the<br />

expat experience without self-imposed guilt.<br />

One recent post caught my attention. It was<br />

written by a woman who had been floundering,<br />

having given up her long-time career to follow<br />

her husband to a country that didn’t offer her<br />

the opportunity to continue working in her<br />

field. She found workarounds and is building<br />

her new life piece-by-piece through her volunteer<br />

work. In her post, she wrote that she’s gone<br />

from success to significance. For many of the<br />

Members of our American Women’s Club, this<br />

is what we’re doing. We are all significant and<br />

have much to offer one another.<br />

We are continuing the Membership drive<br />

that was started last Club year. More than<br />

five new Members joined the day of Kick Off<br />

and more say they will soon become part of<br />

our <strong>AWC</strong>. And we welcome them with open<br />

arms! It’s important that we keep welcoming<br />

new Members as the expat community<br />

in The Hague and nearby communities is<br />

constantly shifting, and with that shift, we<br />

sometimes lose Members who repatriate or<br />

leave for personal reasons. One such recent<br />

loss is Rebecca Niles-Pourier who served<br />

on the Board as our Communications Officer.<br />

We wish her well.<br />

As you can see, it’s a bit of a chess game<br />

to maintain our numbers, but we have so<br />

much to offer women who are looking for<br />

their home away from home. Whether you<br />

hear someone speaking English at your<br />

neighborhood Albert Heijn, or read a post<br />

on a local Facebook page written by a<br />

woman who wants to meet other expats,<br />

please reach out and let her know that our<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> offers many possibilities for interesting<br />

and unique experiences. I truly believe<br />

the warm welcome new Members receive<br />

from our amazing group of women is what<br />

separates our Club from all other organizations.<br />

Thanks to everyone for all you do to<br />

make our <strong>AWC</strong> special and for making each<br />

and every Member feel significant.<br />

Tot ziens,<br />

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OCTOBER <strong>2018</strong> 39

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

by Eileen Harloff<br />

Broken Record<br />

One of the complaints that are often made<br />

by visitors, temporary citizens and nativeborn<br />

<strong>Dutch</strong> people themselves has to do<br />

with the weather here, especially the summer<br />

weather—the sun never shines, it is<br />

cold, it’s always raining, etc. This is the reason<br />

that once vacation days come around,<br />

the airports and the roads are overcrowded<br />

with people escaping to the south and east,<br />

to the sun. This year, however, there was a<br />

turn-about: the country experienced the longest<br />

ever period—since records have been<br />

kept beginning in 1901—of warm, sunny<br />

weather. One day it was even so hot that<br />

people didn’t want to go to the beach and<br />

bask in the sun. The previous record of 53<br />

days in a row occurred in 2003. In fact, the<br />

<strong>2018</strong> record may even be higher by the end<br />

of the summer, we shall have to wait and<br />

see. So if you were here for only the beginning,<br />

the end, or the whole summer period,<br />

you have experienced a rare phenomenon<br />

that may never happen again, or may instead,<br />

according to the environmentalists,<br />

be the weather of the future.<br />

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Another Record<br />

Near the end of summer each year, Stichting<br />

De Noordzee (North Sea Foundation) carries<br />

out a clean-up day by volunteers of<br />

the beaches from Schiermonnikoog in the<br />

north to Cadzand in the south, with local<br />

groups each covering some 10 kilometers.<br />

The purpose of the clean-up, aside from<br />

beautifying the beaches, is to see how much<br />

trash is left, as all trash eventually ends up<br />

in the North Sea where it becomes part of<br />

the “plastic soup”. Not only is the soup unsightly,<br />

it is also the cause of death for many<br />

sea animals. This year, the 125 volunteers<br />

from The Hague area were asked to focus<br />

especially on cigarette butts, as these tend<br />

to remain on land and are often mistaken as<br />

food by birds. The findings were amazing—<br />

between the Hook of Holland and Monster<br />

(The Hague’s neighbor to the south), 14,696<br />

cigarette filters were found, or 184 filters per<br />

100 meters of beach. Add to this the findings<br />

of another organization with a similar aim,<br />

TrashUre Hunt, whose volunteers cleared<br />

up 31,712 cigarette filters from the beach<br />

at Scheveningen last year, and the danger<br />

is clear. Filter cigarette butts are the worst<br />

of all beach trash as they account for 95%<br />

of cellulose acetate plastic, which takes two<br />

years to deteriorate. There is a lesson to be<br />

learned from these clean-ups. If one insists<br />

on smoking, don’t throw your butts away,<br />

put them in a container for trash. But most<br />

of all, just stop smoking—our air will be<br />

purer and your breathing will be easier.<br />

Windmills in the Limelight<br />

Who hasn’t seen or heard about windmills<br />

in the Netherlands? There are 1,200<br />

of them: 397 are for drainage purposes as<br />

26% of the country lies below sea level,<br />

594 are industrial and corn mills, and the<br />

others, in my view, are there to pretty-up<br />

the landscape. The most famous group of<br />

windmills is at Kinderdijk, where 19 rise<br />

above the flat landscape and are so remarkable<br />

that they are on the UNESCO World<br />

Heritage list. But windmills don’t just work<br />

on their own volition. They have molenaars<br />

or millers who maintain and run them, and<br />

these important people have now also been<br />

added to UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage List,<br />

describing this as “a splendid trade that is<br />

through and through interwoven with the<br />

Netherlands culture”. At present there are<br />

50 professional millers and hundreds of<br />

volunteers who are keeping the <strong>Dutch</strong> mills<br />

turning.<br />

Historical Exhibition<br />

Across the street from the Mauritshuis is The<br />

Hague Historical Museum, where an exhibition<br />

devoted to the life and times of Johan<br />

van Oldenbarnevelt (1574 – 1619) will open<br />

on December 1. This man rose from a modest<br />

background to become the most powerful<br />

person in the country. He lived in turbulent<br />

times, with the Netherlands rebelling<br />

against and breaking away from Spain, the<br />

murder of William of Orange, the country’s<br />

so-called ”Father”, and giving support, advice<br />

and encouragement to his son and successor,<br />

Maurits. The two worked together in<br />

harmony for several years, but eventually<br />

fell out over state and religious matters, with<br />

the result that Maurits and his followers accused<br />

van Oldenbarnevelt of high treason,<br />

which ended in a public beheading on the<br />

Buitenhof in The Hague on May 13, 1619.<br />

This is the first ever exhibition held on this<br />

historic figure and is named “Johan van<br />

Oldenbarnevelt, Man, Power and Murder”.<br />

Aside from an historical interest in this figure,<br />

Club Members may want to know more<br />

about the person for whom the street on<br />

which the Clubhouse stands is named.<br />

In Short<br />

• According to a German institute for economic<br />

research, the Netherlands has the<br />

fairest income distribution in Europe.<br />

Next in line are Finland and Norway, with<br />

Lithuania, Italy and Romania showing the<br />

least fair distribution of income among<br />

their citizens.<br />

• By the end of this year, smoking will be<br />

forbidden in all Paris parks, following the<br />

example of Strasbourg, which initiated<br />

the ban on July 1. The reasoning behind<br />

this decision is that parks are the lungs of<br />

the city and that citizens must be given the<br />

cleanest possible air to breathe. Moreover,<br />

each year some 350,000 kilos of cigarette<br />

butts are swept off public property;<br />

last year fines of € 68 each were issued<br />

to 21,000 people for discarding butts in<br />

parks and on the streets. Also, since 2015<br />

smoking has been forbidden in the vicinity<br />

of all children’s play areas.<br />

• In an effort to attract entrepreneurs and<br />

institutions with ingenious and doable<br />

innovations, the City of The Hague has<br />

laid out a 100 x100 sea mile experimental<br />

garden outside the Scheveningen Harbor.<br />

Experiments can be carried out, new ideas<br />

tested and demonstrations held. These<br />

experiments will deal with sailing, boats,<br />

water sports and technology that can detect<br />

drowned victims.<br />

• The headlines read that 1 out of 5<br />

Netherlanders between the ages of 18<br />

and 34 suffers from serious mental complaints,<br />

which can lead to a burn-out.<br />

The cause? The smartphone. From tests<br />

it was found that 80% of those questioned<br />

took their telephones to bed with<br />

them, with the result being that they fell<br />

asleep later than intended, and 5% even<br />

set their phone alarm so as to wake up in<br />

the middle of the night to check for any<br />

new messages so that they would not miss<br />

what was going on in their social and/or<br />

work environment. Facebook, Instagram,<br />

Twitter, etc., all lead to distress. The test<br />

sample revealed that 17% of those questioned<br />

felt they were acting badly if they<br />

did not immediately respond to a call or<br />

message.<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2018</strong> 41

Adventures in Madeira<br />

by Melissa White<br />

I<br />

must admit that I have always been geographically<br />

challenged. When an <strong>AWC</strong><br />

Member first mentioned years ago that<br />

she thought my family would love Madeira,<br />

I had no idea what she was talking about, as<br />

the only Madeira I had ever heard of was a<br />

type of wine. More recently, Jan Essad came<br />

back from Madeira raving about it and said<br />

that she thought it was a perfect vacation<br />

spot for my adventurous family. The timing<br />

of her recommendation was ideal, as I had<br />

just begun to investigate options of where<br />

to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.<br />

Rather than a romantic holiday for two, we<br />

brought along our two daughters, Veronica<br />

and Ashlynn, to celebrate their 21st and 18th<br />

birthdays, respectively.<br />

Madeira is an autonomous region of<br />

Portugal, located 620 miles (1,000 kilometers)<br />

southwest of Portugal. It was founded<br />

by Portuguese mariner Joao Goncalves Zarco<br />

in 1418 and became autonomous in 1976.<br />

Nearly half of the island’s 280,000 inhabitants<br />

live in the capital city of Funchal, named<br />

by the first settlers due to an abundance of<br />

wild fennel. Formed on top of a volcano, the<br />

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terrain is very rugged and hilly, forming one<br />

of Europe’s highest sea cliffs: Cabo Girao at<br />

1,932 feet (589 meters). With a subtropical<br />

climate, the island is like a vast garden with<br />

incredible plant diversity.<br />

When researching our travel plans, I was<br />

happy to see that Transavia had very affordable<br />

flights to Madeira. However, their return<br />

flights were over twice as expensive. Luckily<br />

TapPortugal’s fare was more reasonable for<br />

our return and I was happy to learn that they<br />

offer free layovers in either Lisbon or Porto.<br />

Thus, we were able to add a two-night stay<br />

in Lisbon for less than the Transavia flight<br />

would have cost, even after considering the<br />

cost of our additional accommodation.<br />

While I was originally determined to rent<br />

a villa with a private pool for an entire week,<br />

I had to compromise with just four nights<br />

in Arco do Calheta in the western part of<br />

the island, and an apartment in Funchal for<br />

the remaining three nights. Although I was<br />

initially disappointed, these arrangements<br />

turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it<br />

allowed us two entirely different experiences<br />

during our stay.<br />

We began our adventures after leaving<br />

the airport. Since we couldn’t check into our<br />

apartment until the afternoon, we had several<br />

hours to kill. James asked the rental car<br />

agent if she had any suggestions of places<br />

that would be easy for us to park and she suggested<br />

that we head to Garajau to see Christo<br />

Rei (Christ the King), a 49-foot (15-meter)<br />

statue built in 1927. The views from the top<br />

of the cliff were incredible. After our short<br />

hike, we hopped on the cable car down to<br />

the beach. What we assumed would just be<br />

a snack bar at the bottom turned out to be<br />

a nice café with a lovely terrace. It was the<br />

perfect way to start our trip. Although there<br />

are a few black-sand beaches on the island,<br />

Garajau Beach consists of grey pebbles and<br />

black basalt stones, but that didn’t stop our<br />

daughters from swimming and sunbathing.<br />

Our apartment in Funchal was exactly as<br />

advertised on www.booking.com with amazing<br />

views of the hills and the ocean from<br />

every room and an incredible rooftop terrace<br />

where we ate many of our meals. It was in a<br />

great location within easy walking distance<br />

of the old town, so we had no need for the<br />

car. We thoroughly enjoyed wandering >> 44<br />

OCTOBER <strong>2018</strong> 43

Adventures in Madeira (cont.)<br />

Continued from page 43<br />

the small streets and alleyways of what we<br />

affectionately nicknamed Funky Town. The<br />

Painted Doors Project in the old town has<br />

transformed that neighborhood into an openair<br />

art gallery.<br />

We had planned to go up the mountain<br />

via cable car to the village of Monte to take<br />

the carrinhos (wacky wood and wicker sleds)<br />

pulled by two guides in traditional costumes<br />

down the mountain, but we never managed<br />

to get our timing right. James and Ashlynn<br />

also hoped to go scuba diving, but had failed<br />

to book in advance and were turned away<br />

when they arrived at the dive center. Luckily,<br />

we did manage to fulfill one of our biggest<br />

desires: whale and dolphin watching. Our<br />

two-hour sea safari on a semi-rigid boat was<br />

incredible! While there were no whales to<br />

be seen, we saw dolphins in three locations.<br />

At the last, James and the girls got in the<br />

water, held onto a rope and were dragged<br />

along so that they could “swim” with the<br />

Atlantic Spotted Dolphins. When three dolphins<br />

swam right along beside her, Ashlynn<br />

forgot that she was human and nearly forgot<br />

to lift her head to breathe.<br />

Often island prices seem very inflated, so<br />

we were surprised that the grocery store at the<br />

modern shopping center within a short walk<br />

of our flat was cheaper than <strong>Dutch</strong> stores. We<br />

became quickly addicted to the local bread:<br />

bolo do caco, which is made with sweet potatoes<br />

and is cooked over a stove or stone rather<br />

than in an oven because of a medieval ban<br />

on using ovens without paying an extra tax.<br />

Restaurant prices were also very reasonable,<br />

which was another pleasant surprise.<br />

Driving in Madeira is not for the faint of<br />

heart. While I am not afraid of speed, I am a<br />

wimp when it comes to mountain roads, so I<br />

opted to sit in the backseat and let Ashlynn<br />

play navigator. The drive to Funchal wasn’t<br />

too scary, but the drive to our villa was rather<br />

hair-raising. Much of the journey was on<br />

the main road around the island which went<br />

through a series of tunnels built to keep the<br />

road relatively flat. However, once off that<br />

road we encountered a series of incredibly<br />

steep switchbacks. Although there was always<br />

a guardrail, I still found the roads terrifying.<br />

Luckily James doesn’t share my fears<br />

and drove with confidence. Once he perhaps<br />

had too much confidence as he attempted to<br />

drive up a road with a warning sign about a<br />

32% grade. As he neared the crest, he realized<br />

that he wasn’t going to make it. Luckily<br />

there was no one behind us and he was able<br />

to back into a driveway to turn around.<br />

For our anniversary, we piled into the<br />

car and drove further up into the hills so<br />

we could hike to an incredible lagoon and<br />

an impressive waterfall. Most of Madeira’s<br />

hiking trails are narrow paths built alongside<br />

levadas, stone irrigation canals dating back to<br />

the 16th century used to carry surplus water<br />

from the wet northwest of the island to the<br />

more arid parts. The path to the levada itself<br />

was quite steep, but most of the route was<br />

quite flat and easy going.<br />

After our hike, we continued to drive<br />

up and over the island to make our way to<br />

the northwest town of Porto Moniz. I kept<br />

my eyes closed for much of the journey, but<br />

the views coming down into the town were<br />

breathtaking. Our destination was the natural<br />

swimming pools formed by the volcanic<br />

rock along the rugged coastline. There was<br />

a nominal entry fee for what proved to be an<br />

excellent way to spend a few hours. Once<br />

back at the villa, the girls made us a lovely<br />

three-course anniversary dinner. >> 46<br />

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Adventures in Madeira (cont.)<br />

Continued from page 45<br />

Lunch With Girlfriends<br />

by Kathy O’Malley (submitted by Rebecca Failor)<br />

For one last adventure, James and the<br />

girls went diving. I also know how to scuba<br />

dive, but prefer diving in warmer water. I<br />

entertained myself by walking up the steep<br />

roads to the modern art museum, followed<br />

by reading in a café until their return. Our<br />

final day was spent just hanging out at the<br />

villa, which was relaxing and a wonderful<br />

end to our week. As Jan had said, Madeira<br />

was perfect for our family. Perhaps it is for<br />

yours as well?<br />

Elaine’s vertigo has never been worse<br />

Kay can’t recall where she left her purse<br />

Rhonda’s about to replace her knees<br />

Linda’s breathing is tinged with a wheeze<br />

Donna’s left boob has a troublesome lump<br />

Diane’s on her third trip to take a dump<br />

Lorraine’s husband can’t remember a thing<br />

Nine years a widow, Marge still wears her ring<br />

Marlene is dealing with another UTI<br />

Sally’s giving a hearing aid another try<br />

Marie has decided she can’t drive at night<br />

Sharon still wears clothes two sizes too tight<br />

They’ve been through divorces and babies and wakes<br />

They do for each other whatever it takes<br />

They’ve already buried Marcia and Kate<br />

And truthfully, Lizzie’s not looking so great<br />


Thanksgiving Ceremony at the Pieterskerk<br />

Thursday, November 22<br />

Meet at Starbucks in Den Haag Centraal at 9:45 a.m.<br />

The Thanksgiving Ceremony will take place at the Pieterskerk in Leiden, at 11:00 a.m.<br />

After the ceremony, lunch will be at Restaurant Koetshuis de Burcht, Burgsteeg 13,<br />

Leiden<br />

The ceremony is Free / Lunch and transportation is at your own expense<br />

Registration deadline: November 20<br />

Sign up on GroupSpaces<br />

Contact Greetje Engelsman with questions (awcthehague.newcomers@gmail.com)<br />

So whenever they can, they get out to eat<br />

Open bottles of wine and forget their sore feet<br />

There’s laughing and crying and letting down guards<br />

And when the bill comes, there’s ten credit cards<br />

So here’s to the waiters who keep orders straight<br />

And to the places that let lunches run three hours late<br />

And here’s to the girlfriends, those near and those far<br />

Here’s to the girlfriends, you know who you are!!!<br />

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OCTOBER <strong>2018</strong> 47

Announcements<br />

Leiden Liberation Celebration<br />

This annual Leiden event commemorates<br />

the Spanish siege and subsequent relief<br />

of the city in 1574. The party starts on<br />

Monday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 2 at 1 p.m. with a huge<br />

fun fair and market that covers a large part<br />

of the city center. On Tuesday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 3,<br />

the official day of liberation, Breestraat is<br />

turned into a lively street theater boulevard<br />

with a giant parade featuring floats,<br />

bands, and dancers starting at 1 p.m. This<br />

year is the 131st anniversary of the parade<br />

with a theme of: Parade Royale. The day<br />

concludes with fireworks at 11:30 p.m.<br />

www.3october.nl<br />

Saturday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 6 and Sunday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober<br />

7 from noon to 6 p.m. Within the informal<br />

atmosphere of these studios, visitors can<br />

view and buy artwork as well as see artists<br />

working in different disciplines. www.<br />

openateliersdenhaag.nl<br />

Community Fair for<br />

Internationals<br />

Experience the 16th annual “I am Not a<br />

Tourist” Fair, a community fair for internationals<br />

and expatriates living in<br />

the Netherlands, hosted by Expatica in<br />

Amsterdam. Whether you’ve lived in the<br />

Netherlands for five months or five years,<br />

you will no doubt find a workshop or entertainment<br />

session of interest to you. One<br />

hundred and twenty-five exhibitors will be<br />

available to offer advice on topics as diverse<br />

as employment, housing, relocation,<br />

taxes and banking. Free tickets are offered<br />

online: www.expatfairamsterdam.nl<br />

Sunday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 7<br />

10 a.m. − 5 p.m<br />

Beurs van Berlage<br />

Damrak 243, Amsterdam<br />

Japanese Garden Open<br />

The Japanese Garden in Clingendael Park,<br />

home to rare trees and plants, is so fragile<br />

that it is only open six weeks per year, four<br />

in the spring and two in the fall. Don’t miss<br />

the chance to see this special garden in magnificent<br />

fall colors. Free entrance.<br />

Saturday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 13 –<br />

Sunday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 28<br />

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.<br />

Clingendael Park, Den Haag<br />

Canal Race in Amsterdam<br />

On Saturday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 13, the canals of<br />

Amsterdam will come alive with 140<br />

rowing teams participating in the 32nd<br />

edition of the Grachtenrace Amsterdam,<br />

a 15-mile (24-kilometer) race in the city<br />

center. In addition to staying out of each<br />

other’s way, the boats must contend with<br />

many narrow bridges and tourist boats.<br />

www.grachtenrace.com<br />

>> 50<br />

Open Ateliers The Hague<br />

Sixty-five artists in the center of The<br />

Hague will open their studios to visitors on<br />

The Arts Society Lecture<br />

The Changing Face of London<br />

The Romans arrived 2,000 years ago on<br />

the banks of the River Thames. Then<br />

came the Norman Invasion, Elizabeth l,<br />

the Great Fire of 1666, Samuel Pepys,<br />

Christopher Wren, John Betjeman, the railways<br />

and Docklands. The street names remain<br />

while the buildings change constantly.<br />

Lecturer Andrew Davies is the author of<br />

nine books and is a frequent contributor to<br />

radio and television. Previously known as<br />

DFAS, The Arts Society The Hague aims<br />

to bring people together through a shared<br />

curiosity for all types of art. Nonmember<br />

fee is € 13. www.theartssocietythehague.<br />

org<br />

Tuesday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 9<br />

Doors open at 7:15 p.m.<br />

Lecture begins at 8:00 p.m.<br />

Cultural Centrum Warenar<br />

Kerkstraat 75, Wassenaar<br />

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Announcements (cont.)<br />

Continued from page 49<br />

International Children’s Art<br />

Festival<br />

From <strong>Oct</strong>ober 19 to 27, children between<br />

the ages of 2 and 12 years old will be<br />

treated to 550 enchanting performances<br />

of both <strong>Dutch</strong> and international origin and<br />

workshops at 50 different locations around<br />

The Hague as part of De Betovering (The<br />

Enchantment). Performances, a number of<br />

which are suitable for a non-<strong>Dutch</strong> speaking<br />

audience (highlighted in the program<br />

as NDR), include puppet shows as well as<br />

dance, music and film. To see the program,<br />

go to: www.debetovering.nl<br />

LEGO World<br />

LEGO World is the largest LEGO event in<br />

the Netherlands for kids of all ages. Your<br />

kids can play and build with millions of<br />

LEGO bricks, giving them the possibility<br />

to build anything they can imagine.<br />

Your little ones can play with DUPLO<br />

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in a separate area. Discounted tickets are<br />

available online: www.legoworld.nl<br />

Thursday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 18 to<br />

Wednesday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 24<br />

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.<br />

Jaarbeurs Utrecht<br />

Jaarbeursplein, Utrecht<br />

Sea Sights Festival<br />

This festival at Scheveningen Beach from<br />

Friday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 19 – Sunday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 21,<br />

offers a unique insight into the future of cities<br />

by the sea. In ten sea containers placed<br />

on the boulevard, you will find a variety of<br />

forward-thinking start-ups, students, artists<br />

and architects presenting their vision on the<br />

development of our coast. www.seasights.nl<br />

<strong>Dutch</strong> Design Week<br />

During <strong>Dutch</strong> Design Week (DDW) in<br />

Eindhoven from Saturday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 20 –<br />

Sunday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 28, you can see with your<br />

own eyes how tomorrow’s world is taking<br />

shape with smart solutions and inventive<br />

designs by 2,500 national and international<br />

designers offering new perspectives. This<br />

year’s theme is If Not Us, Then Who? meaning<br />

it is up to all of us to embrace and stimulate<br />

creative solutions because together we<br />

will decide how the world will look in the<br />

future. DDW offers 400 events at 100 venues<br />

throughout Eindhoven, including exhibitions,<br />

experiments, lectures and workshops.<br />

www.ddw.nl<br />

Wildlife Film Festival<br />

This multi-day film festival, organized<br />

by a non-profit foundation, focuses on the<br />

screening of 40 wildlife films and documentaries.<br />

The main program consists of a juried<br />

competition that is open to professional and<br />

non-professional nature filmmakers from<br />

the Netherlands and abroad.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 24 –<br />

Sunday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 28<br />

Cinerama Filmtheater<br />

Westblaak 18, Rotterdam<br />

www.wffr.nl<br />

Crossing Border Festival<br />

Ever since the first edition in 1993,<br />

Crossing Border has examined the frontiers<br />

of music and language in the city center of<br />

The Hague. It has expanded to become one<br />

of the most progressive international music<br />

and literature festivals in Europe featuring<br />

more than 100 artists ranging from<br />

renowned names to promising upcoming<br />

talent.<br />

Monday, <strong>Oct</strong>ober 29 –<br />

Sunday, November 4<br />

Various venues in Den Haag Centrum<br />

www.crossingborder.nl<br />

Affordable Art Fair<br />

Amsterdam is also hosting an art fair early<br />

next month. This four-day event presents a<br />

wide array of contemporary art from a variety<br />

of galleries. You can find thousands<br />

of original paintings, prints, sculptures and<br />

photography all under one roof, and all under<br />

€ 6,000. The work of young, emerging<br />

artists hangs alongside some of the biggest<br />

household names.<br />

Thursday, November 1 to<br />

Sunday, November 4<br />

De Kromhouthal<br />

Gedempt Hamerkanaal 231, Amsterdam<br />

www.affordableartfair.com<br />

Annual Church Bazaar<br />

The American Protestant Church of The<br />

Hague will host its 61st Annual Bazaar.<br />

You can savor appetizing dishes and delicacies<br />

from the international kitchen, as<br />

well as shop for books, clothing, accessories,<br />

arts and crafts, and more. Free entrance<br />

with proceeds from sales to support<br />

charities worldwide. www.apch.nl<br />

Saturday, November 3<br />

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.<br />

Esther de Boer-van Rijklaan 20,<br />

Den Haag<br />

Frans Hals and the Moderns<br />

This year marks the 150th anniversary of<br />

the rediscovery of Frans Hals (Antwerp c.<br />

1582 – Haarlem 1666) and his transformation<br />

from a drunkard into a modern idol.<br />

He was admired and venerated by late 19th<br />

century artists like Manet, Singer Sargent,<br />

Liebermann and Van Gogh. From <strong>Oct</strong>ober<br />

13 through February 24, this exhibition<br />

shows the immense impact Hals had on<br />

these modern painters as works by the famous<br />

17th century portrait painter are being<br />

shown alongside responses to his work<br />

from other major eras of painting. www.<br />

franshalsmuseum.nl<br />

Postman Joseph Roulin by Vincent<br />

van Gogh, 1888, Museum of Fine Arts,<br />

Boston<br />

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jewelry, and repairs. <strong>AWC</strong><br />

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 />

www.meriem-dor.com<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 />

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Insurance<br />

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Contact 071 528 2661 for FREE<br />

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Expat Families in Transit &<br />

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Counseling, Life Work<br />

Coaching, Accountability<br />

Coaching and Workshops<br />

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Proost! Questionnaire<br />

Answers by Deana Kreitler<br />

What do you love best about living here?<br />

Everything, truly everything. The pace is<br />

slower, everyone speaks English, it’s a better<br />

environment. There’s time to just live, and<br />

people take time to stop and smell the roses.<br />

Give us a quick wrap-up of your family.<br />

I have three children: two boys and one girl.<br />

Darren, my husband, has one of each. We<br />

met, and our families came together about 12<br />

years ago. We have two grandchildren. Aidan<br />

just started kindergarten and Lily is 10.<br />

What do you consider the most overrated<br />

virtue of being an expat?<br />

I don’t think any of it is overrated. I get to<br />

travel and meet new people. None of that is<br />

overrated.<br />

Which <strong>Dutch</strong> words or phrases do you most<br />

overuse?<br />

“Tot ziens!” I’ve been trying to incorporate<br />

more <strong>Dutch</strong>, but it’s really all just<br />

conversational.<br />

What is your greatest travel extravagance?<br />

Excursions. We try to splurge on the<br />

experience.<br />

What was your best travel experience?<br />

Our trip to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons<br />

National Parks. We did a road trip through<br />

South Dakota and Wyoming for about<br />

three weeks. It was the most beautiful and<br />

interesting trip. We got to see so many things,<br />

and it was relaxing.<br />

Which locations haven’t been ticked off<br />

your bucket list?<br />

I don’t have a bucket list, but we still want<br />

to go to Australia, Japan, and so many other<br />

places.<br />

Which talent would you most like to have?<br />

There are two: I wish I could sing really well,<br />

and be a good photographer without even<br />

trying.<br />

Tells us about your pets.<br />

We have Maggie, who is a one-and-a-halfyear-old<br />

corgi. Then there are the cats: Oreo,<br />

Tigger, Snuggles, and Molly. We started our<br />

pet collection almost 11 years ago.<br />

What is your motto?<br />

Oh, I have so many! But I always tell the<br />

children, “Make good decisions.”<br />

What is your most treasured possession?<br />

Some of my mom’s possessions… A quilt<br />

she made for me, some of her jewelry, and a<br />

Christmas runner for my table.<br />

What is your favorite drink?<br />

That’s evolving. My new favorite is gin and<br />

tonic. But I also really love a good margarita<br />

or chocolate martini.<br />

Where is your favorite place in the<br />

Netherlands?<br />

Maastricht. It was one of the first places we<br />

spent a weekend, so it still had newness. We<br />

were still in awe of the country. We had the<br />

most delicious dinner at Courage, from the<br />

Chef’s menu. And we brought Maggie for<br />

that trip!<br />

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