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

<strong>May</strong>/<strong>June</strong> <strong>2019</strong><br />

The Magazine of the<br />

American Women’s Club<br />

of The Hague<br />

5 Officers and Chairwomen<br />

6 Message from the President<br />

7 Installation of Officers<br />

8 Letter from the Editor<br />

10 Membership<br />

11 New Look Campaign<br />

31<br />

11 Construction Around the<br />

Clubhouse<br />

12 Slate of Officers<br />

Margraten<br />

13 Ongoing Activities<br />

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

24 General Meeting Collage<br />

26 Volunteers and Honorary<br />

Members Celebration<br />

27 American Quilts<br />

28 <strong>May</strong> Calendar<br />

31 Margraten Memorial Day<br />

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

36<br />

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

36 F<strong>AWC</strong>O Conference and<br />

Collage<br />

40 A Weekend in Paris<br />

43 Art Reflection: Ossip<br />

Zadkine<br />

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

46 Announcements<br />

51 Keri Potts: Pathways to<br />

Safety<br />

Denneweg 56<br />

2514CH The Hague<br />

Tel. 0703458442<br />

www.lifestylesalonthehague.nl<br />

Paris Vacation<br />

40<br />

52 Classifieds<br />

53 Index of Advertisers<br />

and Ad Rates<br />

54 Restaurant<br />

Recommendations<br />

MAY/JUNE <strong>2019</strong> 3

Editor<br />

Open<br />

<strong>2019</strong>-2020 <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@awcthehague.org<br />

Clubhouse Hours<br />

Tuesday and Thursday<br />

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

Monday, Wednesday and Friday Closed<br />

Dues (Effective <strong>2019</strong>-2020)<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 />

The Pier by Melissa White<br />

Photography<br />

Laurie Brooks, Greetje Engelsman, Marsha<br />

Hagney, Michelle Jacquemain, Suzanne<br />

MacNeil, Teresa Mahoney, Julie Mowat,<br />

Patricia Ramaer, Melissa Rider, Melissa<br />

White<br />

Proofreaders<br />

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

Debbie van Hees, Chelsea Wald<br />

Advertising Manager & Invoicing<br />

Open<br />

Contributors<br />

Donna Brown, Suzanne Dundas, Greetje<br />

Engelsman, Amber Gatewood, Marsha<br />

Hagney, Eileen Harloff, Michelle<br />

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

Melissa Rider, Holly Savoie, 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 />

BTW or VAT: 007408705B01<br />

Honorary President Diane Hoekstra<br />

President Suzanne MacNeil<br />

president@awcthehague.org<br />

Vice President Melissa Rider<br />

vicepresident@awcthehague.org<br />

Treasurer Sheyla Karman<br />

treasurer@awcthehague.org<br />

Secretary Heather DeWitt<br />

secretary@awcthehague.org<br />

Club and Community Development<br />

Amber Gatewood<br />

community@awcthehague.org<br />

Clubhouse Administrator<br />

Jan Essad<br />

clubadministrator@awcthehague.org<br />

Communications Audrey Goodman<br />

communications@awcthehague.org<br />

Member-at-Large<br />

Sunita Menon<br />

Front Office<br />

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

Dominique Duysens, Amber Gatewood,<br />

Shanon Gonzales, Melissa Rider, Jessie<br />

Rodell, Holly Savoie<br />

Activities: Open<br />

Arts: Jane Choy<br />

Assistant Treasurer: Teresa Insalaco<br />

Benefit Event: Michelle Voorn & Deana<br />

Kreitler<br />

Board Advisor: Jessie Rodell<br />

Caring Committee: Naomi Keip<br />

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

eNews: Amber Gatewood<br />

Evening Events: Elizabeth Zeller<br />

Events & Tours: Liduine Bekman<br />

F<strong>AWC</strong>O: Laurie Brooks, Barbara<br />

Brookman<br />

Front Office Coordinator: Open<br />

General Meeting Programs: Open<br />

Heart Pillow: Jan de Vries<br />

Historian/Archivist: Georgia Regnault<br />

Holiday Bazaar: Jaimie Keppel-Molenaar<br />

IT Administrator: Julie Otten<br />

Kids’ Club: Lindsey Turnau<br />

Library: Dena Haggerty<br />

Membership: Melissa Rider<br />

Newcomers: Open<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 />

Tours: Liduine Bekman, Sabine Crowley<br />

Volunteer Coordinator: Laurie<br />

Martecchini<br />

Webmaster: Julie Otten<br />

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

Voorn<br />

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

For example, for the September issue, submissions are due before Monday, July 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 />

awcthehague.org<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 />

MAY/JUNE <strong>2019</strong> 5

Message from the President<br />

by Suzanne MacNeil<br />

Installation of Officers<br />

by Suzanne MacNeil<br />

It seems like yesterday that the 2018-<strong>2019</strong><br />

Board neophytes first started planning the<br />

upcoming year and guiding the Club to<br />

hopefully give Members what they want and<br />

need. Did we achieve everything? Of course<br />

not, but we certainly moved the needle in the<br />

right direction. Looking ahead, the official<br />

Club year may end on <strong>May</strong> 31, but your Board<br />

and committees have plans for summer events<br />

and activities to keep the momentum going.<br />

Please read the One-of-a-Kind section on<br />

page 22, and check our Facebook and new<br />

Instagram page (www.instagram.com/awcthehague)<br />

regularly for information. Looking<br />

back, here’s a condensed reminder of what<br />

took place this Club year.<br />

For starters, our Club gained 40 new<br />

Members since <strong>June</strong> of last year. Many of<br />

those new Members are already involved<br />

and taking advantage of our Club’s offerings<br />

and we’re happy to have them!<br />

Jan Essad and Sunita Menon oversee the<br />

Clubhouse and have more than fulfilled<br />

their promise to update our little place. Even<br />

after a major purge of items during the New<br />

Look Campaign (Phase I), they are determined<br />

to make a final push. There will be<br />

another Clubhouse cleanout on <strong>June</strong> 19 and<br />

20, and details can be found on page 11. To<br />

list all that Jan and Sunita have undertaken<br />

would likely fill this page. Suffice it to say,<br />

this Dynamic Duo is well known by our<br />

property managers!<br />


Our previous website platform,<br />

GroupSpaces,<br />

was unstable. Julie<br />

Otten, our IT<br />

Administrator<br />

and Webmaster,<br />

saw the end of<br />

GroupSpaces<br />

coming but<br />

we wanted to<br />

leave it behind<br />

of our own accord.<br />

Unfortunately,<br />

GroupSpaces<br />

failed us and<br />

Julie worked feverishly<br />

to build<br />

our new website<br />

on WordPress.<br />

Julie did the<br />

technical work<br />

while Marsha<br />

Hagney, our<br />

outgoing Vice President, worked with Julie<br />

to create our new calendar and all of its<br />

components. The behind-the-scenes work<br />

was mind-boggling, and while there are still<br />

a few kinks to be remedied, I’m grateful for<br />

everyone’s ongoing help.<br />

The Club’s philanthropic efforts continued<br />

this year under Naya Pessoa who is stepping<br />

down from chairing Club and Community<br />

Development (new baby!). April’s re-Building<br />

Lives Benefit at Madurodam raised money<br />

for Not For Sale, which helps women<br />

gain independence after having been trafficked.<br />

It was a smashing success! We’ve<br />

made a donation to the Textile Research<br />

Center (TRC) in Leiden for the purchase of<br />

two American quilts from the 1800s to complete<br />

a set that’s already housed in the TRC.<br />

The quilts will be exhibited as part of the<br />

400-year remembrance of the Pilgrims in<br />

Leiden and our Club will be noted as a TRC<br />

benefactor. See page 27 for more details. We<br />

gave € 3,889 to F<strong>AWC</strong>O’s Target Project for<br />

2017-<strong>2019</strong>: Hope Beyond Displacement.<br />

The money came thanks to the generosity<br />

of our Members who donated and bid on<br />

almost 100 purses, jewelry and accessories<br />

at our annual Handbag Auction. The money<br />

put our Club at the Diamond Level, the top<br />

F<strong>AWC</strong>O donor status. And, our philanthropy<br />

team led by Holly Savoie gave everyone<br />

who participated in the Sinterklaas toy and<br />

toiletry drive, the TLC dinner, and Easter<br />

basket assembly that good feeling when you<br />

do something for those who need a helping<br />

hand, not a handout.<br />

>>21<br />

The <strong>May</strong> General Meeting and<br />

Installation of Officers will take place<br />

at the home of <strong>AWC</strong> Member Sabine<br />

Crowley, whose husband Shawn is the<br />

Deputy Chief of Mission of the American<br />

Embassy. Sabine has graciously opened her<br />

home for several events in the past, including<br />

prior Installations. The installation of<br />

the <strong>2019</strong>-2020 Board will take place after a<br />

morning reception and will be followed by<br />

lunch. Space is limited and only Members<br />

who register will be permitted entrance to<br />

the residence. Once you register, the address<br />

and security requirements will be sent to you.<br />

Thursday, <strong>May</strong> 9<br />

10:30 a.m. – Noon<br />

Registration Deadline: <strong>May</strong> 6<br />

Members Only<br />

Sign up at www.awcthehague.org<br />

MAY/JUNE <strong>2019</strong> 7

Letter from the Editor<br />

by Audrey Goodman<br />

As we go to print with this<br />

issue of <strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong>,<br />

our Benefit Committee<br />

is working to wrap up our<br />

<strong>2019</strong> re-Building Lives Benefit.<br />

This year’s event took place at<br />

Madurodam on Saturday, April<br />

13, and the beneficiary was Not<br />

For Sale. The Committee was<br />

co-chaired by Deana Kreitler<br />

and Michelle Voorn, who led<br />

an amazing group of women in<br />

planning the event over the past<br />

several months.<br />

It was agreed upon from the start that<br />

Stichting Not For Sale Nederlands (www.<br />

wearenotforsale.nl) would be the beneficiary.<br />

The organization, based in Amsterdam,<br />

aids victims of human trafficking. They<br />

provide training and education, to enable<br />

victims to lead independent lives within<br />

the local community. Some of this training<br />

takes place in the organization’s restaurants,<br />

Dignita (www.eatwelldogood.nl), with two<br />

locations in Amsterdam.<br />

We started planning in early January, first<br />

looking to nail down the venue. It was suggested<br />

that we hold the event at Madurodam,<br />

which we all agreed would be a fantastic<br />

location. Raise money and schmooze in a<br />

miniature Netherlands theme park? Yes,<br />

please! After confirming availability and<br />

space, our date was set. Now for the fun part<br />

of planning the evening…<br />

Meals were decided upon, <strong>Dutch</strong>-themed<br />

graphics were obtained, a color scheme was<br />

selected, and the planning took off. We had<br />

biweekly meetings and visited the venue<br />

on numerous occasions. While we encountered<br />

a couple hiccups (our online ticket<br />

platform went down for a couple days and<br />

there was concern about the availability of<br />

fresh tulips for our centerpieces), we were<br />

not deterred from our goal of hosting a fun<br />


event to raise funds for Not For Sale. The<br />

Committee members took on various roles<br />

to divide the responsibilities, including auction<br />

item procurement, volunteer coordinating,<br />

decorating, marketing, and media.<br />

Working with such a wonderful and generous<br />

group of women certainly made for a<br />

fantastic experience. The evening went on<br />

without any issues; the cold weather didn’t<br />

keep attendees from participating in the<br />

competitive scavenger hunt, the decorations<br />

were beautiful, the food was delicious, the<br />

music selection was great, and it didn’t rain.<br />

We’re still finalizing numbers but gauging<br />

by the bidding wars during the live and silent<br />

auctions, it would appear the night was<br />

a success.<br />

Many thanks to the volunteers on our<br />

Committee: Barbara Brookman, Dena<br />

Haggerty, Hilde Hatlestad Volle, Jo<br />

van Kalveen, Laurie Brooks, Laurie<br />

Martichinni, Lori Schnebelie, Mary<br />

Adams, Naya Pessoa, Shanon Gonzales,<br />

and Teresa Insalaco. Without these women,<br />

the event would not have been possible.<br />

Details about the evening and the announcement<br />

of total funds raised will be in the next<br />

issue of <strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong>. Thank you to all who<br />

attended, and I hope you had a memorable<br />

night!<br />

Audrey<br />

MAY/JUNE <strong>2019</strong> 9

Membership<br />

by Melissa Rider<br />

<strong>2019</strong>-2020 Membership Dues<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Membership dues for the <strong>2019</strong>-2020<br />

Club year are payable September 1 and<br />

will be effective until August 31, 2020.<br />

The best way to renew your Membership<br />

is on our website, www.awcthehague.org,<br />

under Become a Member. You can also<br />

pay by PIN at the Clubhouse during office<br />

hours. Dues remain the same as last year:<br />

€ 110 for Regular and Associate Members,<br />

€ 90 for Business/Professionals, € 55 for<br />

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

for Students (with valid student ID).<br />

Update Your Information<br />

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

and mailing addresses accurate in order to<br />

receive eNews and <strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong> in a timely<br />

fashion. If you have moved recently, please<br />

contact me at membership@awcthehague.<br />

org with your updated contact details.<br />

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

Welcome New Member!<br />

Fanny Elena<br />

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

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

visit or contact one of our advertisers, let them know <strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong> sent you!<br />

New Look Campaign (Phase II)<br />

by Jan Essad & Sunita Menon<br />

Time to Spring Clean in the<br />

Summer!<br />

What a wonderful year we have had at the<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> with lots of activities, get-togethers<br />

and events. Like any normal household, we<br />

now need a spring clean-out. So, it’s time<br />

for Phase II of our New Look Campaign to<br />

begin.<br />

Please join us in <strong>June</strong> for spruce-up mania!<br />

Whatever time you can spare—you don’t<br />

want to miss the fun of cleaning, organizing<br />

and mingling with fellow Members.<br />

Remembering “many hands make light<br />

work,” we look forward to many of you<br />

stopping by to lend a hand. Even if you<br />

only have a short time to spare, we’ll find<br />

the perfect thing for you to do since every<br />

small job gets the big job done. There is<br />

some truth to the quote, “The best way to<br />

find out what we really need is to find out<br />

what we really don’t.” Come join us for music,<br />

refreshments and fun as we freshen up<br />

our Clubhouse.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>June</strong> 19 &<br />

Thursday, <strong>June</strong> 20<br />

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.<br />

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

Construction Around the <strong>AWC</strong><br />

Clubhouse<br />

by Jan Essad and Sunita Menon<br />

Birthdays<br />

Due to changes in European privacy laws, and because<br />

<strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong> is posted on our external Facebook page, we<br />

won’t be sharing birthdays in print any longer. Instead, you’ll<br />

see Members’ birthdays in the weekly eNews, which is sent<br />

to your private email account and is more secure. We value<br />

our Members’ privacy. If you have any questions, please<br />

contact Melissa Rider, our Membership Coordinator, at<br />

membership@awcthehague.org.<br />

Members: eNews<br />

Distribution<br />

A weekly electronic<br />

newsletter<br />

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

Members.<br />

If you have not been<br />

receiving your eNews,<br />

please contact Melissa at<br />

membership@<br />

awcthehague.org.<br />

The construction on Johan van<br />

Oldenbarneveltlaan is now just outside our<br />

front door!<br />

According to a <strong>Dutch</strong> website, works will<br />

possibly continue until July. However, we<br />

hope they will finish early. Due to this ongoing<br />

construction, parking will be limited<br />

and public transportation is recommended.<br />

Parking is available on the south side of the<br />

street and on the one-way streets off Johan<br />

van Oldenbarneveltlaan. However, public<br />

transportation is highly encouraged.<br />

The Clubhouse is accessible via tram #16,<br />

tram #1, and bus #21. Consult www.9292.<br />

nl for the best means of travelling to the<br />

Clubhouse from your area.<br />

We sincerely hope this minor inconvenience<br />

won’t keep you from coming to the<br />

Clubhouse to enjoy scheduled activities and<br />

great company. See you at the Club!<br />

10 GOING DUTCH<br />

MAY/JUNE <strong>2019</strong> 11

Slate of Officers <strong>2019</strong>-2020<br />

We are pleased to introduce our last candidate for the <strong>2019</strong>-2020 <strong>AWC</strong> The Hague Board.<br />

Vice President – Melissa Rider: Although<br />

I was born in Richmond, Virginia, I<br />

spent my formative years in Wilmington,<br />

Delaware, where I attended high school<br />

and graduated from the University of<br />

Delaware with a BS in Chemistry. As an<br />

adult, I have lived at least for a short time<br />

in all but two of the Mid-Atlantic states<br />

(NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA, and NC). We have<br />

a house just north of Philadelphia, which<br />

is our retirement home when our overseas<br />

living comes to an end. My desire to live<br />

overseas began with my study abroad in<br />

Vienna during the spring semester of my<br />

junior year at university. Never dreaming<br />

that an international move would ever happen,<br />

my husband and I jumped at the opportunity<br />

to come to the Netherlands with<br />

our two teenage sons in 2006. We were<br />

able to stay for six years so both boys could<br />

graduate high school from the American<br />

School of The Hague (ASH). While I was<br />

an <strong>AWC</strong> Member from 2007-2009, I soon<br />

became overly occupied with the boys’<br />

school trips and activities as well as with<br />

the ASH Parent Teacher Organization, just<br />

as I had been an involved parent in their<br />

sports, music, scouting and school programs<br />

in the US.<br />

In January 2017,<br />

I felt like I had<br />

won the lottery<br />

twice, when we<br />

returned to live<br />

in Wassenaar<br />

after my husband<br />

took a job<br />

with a different<br />

company headquartered<br />

in the<br />

Netherlands. I so<br />

enjoyed my first<br />

time here: meeting<br />

new people from diverse backgrounds,<br />

experiencing different cultures, traveling the<br />

world and, of course, riding my bike everywhere.<br />

My second time around is proving to<br />

be just as pleasurable, thanks to the <strong>AWC</strong>.<br />

With no kids in tow, and therefore no school<br />

community, I promptly joined the <strong>AWC</strong> to<br />

find friendship and volunteer opportunities.<br />

I quickly became a Front Desk volunteer<br />

and took over the role of Membership<br />

Coordinator in January 2018. I am now looking<br />

forward to becoming even more involved<br />

with the <strong>AWC</strong>’s various social and philanthropic<br />

activities as I serve on the Board as<br />

Vice President.<br />

Did you know that any English-speaking woman may join the <strong>AWC</strong>?<br />

Credit: Amazon<br />

Ongoing Activities<br />

Book Clubs<br />

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

and new Members are especially welcome!<br />

There are no requirements that you must<br />

attend every meeting or lead a discussion.<br />

Snacks are provided by a different Member<br />

each month. There are two Book Clubs<br />

hosted by <strong>AWC</strong> Members: One in the<br />

daytime and one in the evening. Questions?<br />

Teresa Mahoney organizes the daytime<br />

group and can be reached at bookclubday@<br />

awcthehague.org. Dena Haggerty handles<br />

the evening meetings and can be reached at<br />

bookclubevening@awcthehague.org.<br />

Daytime Book Club<br />

<strong>May</strong> Selection: Perfume River by Robert<br />

Olen Butler<br />

Robert Quinlan is a<br />

70-year-old historian<br />

teaching at Florida State<br />

University, where his<br />

wife Darla is also tenured.<br />

Their marriage, forged in<br />

the fervor of anti-Vietnam<br />

War protests, now bears<br />

the fractures of time.<br />

The cracks in Robert and<br />

Darla’s relationship remain under the surface,<br />

whereas the divisions in Robert’s family<br />

are more apparent. As his father, a World<br />

War II veteran, is dying, aftershocks of war<br />

ripple across the family once again. And<br />

an unstable homeless man, whom Robert<br />

meets at a restaurant and at first takes to be<br />

a fellow Vietnam veteran, turns out to have<br />

a deep impact not just on Robert, but everyone<br />

closest to him.<br />

Thursday, <strong>May</strong> 23<br />

10 a.m.<br />

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

FREE<br />

<strong>June</strong> Selection: The<br />

Witch Elm by Tana French<br />

Toby is a happy-go-lucky<br />

charmer who surprises<br />

two burglars who beat<br />

him and leave him for<br />

dead. Struggling to recover<br />

from his injuries,<br />

beginning to understand<br />

that he might never be the<br />

same man again, he takes refuge at his family’s<br />

ancestral home to care for his dying uncle.<br />

When a skull is found in the trunk of an<br />

elm tree in the garden and detectives close<br />

in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that<br />

his past may not be what he has always believed.<br />

A spellbinder from one of the best<br />

suspense writers working today.<br />

Thursday, <strong>June</strong> 27<br />

10 a.m.<br />

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

FREE<br />

>> 14<br />

Credit: Amazon<br />

Daytime Book Club Reading List:<br />

Invite your English-speaking friends from other countries who have an<br />

affinity for Americans to join us today!<br />

July 25: Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne<br />

August 22: The Dry by Jane Harper<br />

12 GOING DUTCH<br />

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Ongoing Activities (cont.)<br />

Continued from page 13<br />

Daytime Book Club Recap – March<br />

Yuval Noah Harari is well known for looking<br />

into the past and future to assess what<br />

society did and can expect. He uses his<br />

expertise as a history professor to encourage<br />

his readers to consider and reevaluate<br />

events. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century<br />

was a journey into how the author views<br />

the challenges of our present age. He provides<br />

the reader with 21 vantage points<br />

from which to evaluate the world we live<br />

in; those going from Disillusionment, to<br />

God, to Post-Truth. His goal is to get the<br />

reader to consider how our world of algorithms<br />

and a veritable automatization revolution<br />

poses long-term consequences for<br />

humankind when we are much more shortterm<br />

thinkers. Governments, social media,<br />

schools, even how we raise our children,<br />

are all heavily impacted by a world changing<br />

so rapidly that it is difficult to keep up<br />

at all levels of society. While not attempting<br />

to be doomsday at all, Harari’s book is<br />

meant to be a “wake-up call.” Our group<br />

had a rousing discussion, but only after<br />

there was agreement that the 300+ page<br />

book would have made a better article, or<br />

even a TED Talk. Everyone felt he belabored<br />

most of his points, also not considering<br />

the diversity of society in all of these<br />

changes. Instead it seemed as if he felt<br />

everyone, from super-rich to very povertystricken,<br />

would have to embrace change in<br />

the same manner. Some in the group agreed<br />

that we all need to do our best to keep up in<br />

this rapidly changing world, while others<br />

preferred not to imagine the possible outcomes<br />

of sitting in the midst of a technorevolution.<br />

Much of the discussion was<br />

about our children and the world in which<br />

they must prepare themselves. One particular<br />

turn was when we pondered the various<br />

Credit: Amazon<br />

ways in which schools approach technology.<br />

Generally, we would only recommend<br />

the book to those steeped in all the jargon<br />

of the age.<br />

Evening Book Club<br />

<strong>May</strong> Selection: The<br />

Immortalists by Chloe<br />

Benjamin<br />

If you knew the date of<br />

your death, how would<br />

you live your life? It’s<br />

1969 in New York City’s<br />

Lower East Side, and<br />

word has spread of the<br />

arrival of a mystical<br />

woman, a traveling psychic who claims to<br />

be able to tell anyone the day they will die.<br />

The Gold children—four adolescents on<br />

the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to<br />

hear their fortunes. The prophecies inform<br />

their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon<br />

escapes to the West Coast, searching for<br />

love in '80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara<br />

becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed<br />

with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son<br />

Evening Book Club Reading List:<br />

September (TBA): Buried Appearances<br />

by D.E. Haggerty<br />

October 9: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant<br />

Daniel seeks security as an army doctor<br />

post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself<br />

into longevity research, where she tests the<br />

boundary between science and immortality.<br />

A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition<br />

and depth, The Immortalists probes the<br />

line between destiny and choice, reality<br />

and illusion, this world and the next. It is<br />

a deeply moving testament to the power of<br />

story, nature of belief, and unrelenting pull<br />

of familial bonds. The location changes<br />

every month, so please contact Dena at<br />

bookclubevening@awcthehague.org if you<br />

are interested in attending.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>May</strong> 8<br />

7:30 p.m.<br />

Location TBA<br />

FREE<br />

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Credit: Amazon<br />

Credit: Amazon<br />

Ongoing Activities (cont.)<br />

Continued from page 15<br />

Evening Book Club (cont.)<br />

<strong>June</strong> Selection: The Lost Girls of Paris by<br />

Pam Jenoff<br />

While passing through<br />

Grand Central Terminal,<br />

Grace Healey finds an<br />

abandoned suitcase beneath<br />

a bench. Unable to<br />

resist her own curiosity,<br />

Grace opens the suitcase,<br />

where she discovers a<br />

dozen photographs of<br />

different women. In a moment of impulse,<br />

she takes the photos. Grace soon learns that<br />

the suitcase belonged to the leader of a network<br />

of female secret agents who were deployed<br />

out of London during the war. Those<br />

12 women were sent to Occupied Europe<br />

to aid the resistance. They never returned<br />

home, their fates a mystery. Setting out to<br />

learn the truth, Grace finds herself drawn to<br />

a young mother turned agent named Marie,<br />

whose daring mission reveals a remarkable<br />

story of friendship, valor and betrayal.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>June</strong> 13<br />

7:30 p.m.<br />

Location TBA<br />

FREE<br />

July Selection: Asymmetry by Lisa<br />

Halliday<br />

Told in three distinct sections,<br />

this novel explores<br />

the imbalances that spark<br />

and sustain many of our<br />

most dramatic human relations:<br />

inequities in age,<br />

power, talent, wealth,<br />

fame, geography and<br />

justice. “Folly,” tells the<br />

story of Alice, a young<br />

American editor, and her relationship with<br />

the famous and much older writer Ezra<br />

Blazer. This tender coming-of-age account<br />

of an unexpected romance takes place in<br />

New York during the early years of the Iraq<br />

War. “Madness” is narrated by Amar, an<br />

Iraqi-American who, on his way to visit his<br />

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brother in Kurdistan, is detained by immigration<br />

officers and spends the last weekend<br />

of 2008 in a holding room in Heathrow.<br />

These two seemingly disparate stories gain<br />

resonance as their perspectives interact and<br />

overlap in the third section.<br />

Wednesday, July 10<br />

7:30 p.m.<br />

Location TBA<br />

FREE<br />

August Selection: The Alice Network by<br />

Kate Quinn<br />

1947. In the chaotic aftermath<br />

of World War<br />

II, American college<br />

girl Charlie St. Clair is<br />

pregnant, unmarried,<br />

and on the verge of being<br />

thrown out of her<br />

very proper family. She’s<br />

also desperately hopeful<br />

that her cousin Rose, who disappeared in<br />

Nazi-occupied France, might still be alive.<br />

So when Charlie’s parents banish her to<br />

Europe to have her “little problem” taken<br />

care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to<br />

London, determined to find out what happened<br />

to the cousin she loves like a sister.<br />

1915. Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight<br />

against the Germans and unexpectedly gets<br />

her chance when she’s recruited to work<br />

as a spy. She’s trained by the mesmerizing<br />

Lili, the “Queen of Spies,” who manages<br />

a vast network of secret agents right<br />

under the enemy’s nose. Thirty years later,<br />

haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore<br />

apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her<br />

days drunk and secluded in her crumbling<br />

London house until a young American<br />

barges in uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard<br />

in decades, and launches them both on a<br />

mission to find the truth...no matter where<br />

it leads.<br />

Wednesday, August 14<br />

7:30 p.m.<br />

Location TBA<br />

FREE<br />

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Evening Book Club Recap – March<br />

Our group had mixed feelings about The<br />

Dinner by Herman Koch, but it certainly<br />

wasn’t a favorite. Interestingly, three of the<br />

Members read the novel in <strong>Dutch</strong> (the language<br />

in which it was originally published)<br />

and were decidedly more positive about the<br />

novel. They found the writing caustically<br />

witty, and it’s possible that humor does<br />

not translate well. In English, the narration<br />

is simple and boring. The main character,<br />

Paul, tells us in excruciating detail the specifics<br />

of the menu and his ordering. But he<br />

omits simple details like the disease from<br />

which his wife suffered and his own medical<br />

condition. Although the story ostensibly<br />

takes place over one dinner, the narration<br />

jumps back and forth through various happenings<br />

in the past. There was not one character<br />

in this novel who redeemed himself.<br />

They are all horrible people covering up a<br />

heinous crime committed by their children.<br />

The question should arise as to how far you<br />

would go to protect your children. This issue,<br />

however, is irrelevant here as the severity<br />

of the crime committed by the children<br />

is such that a decent human being can only<br />

hope they would not cover up the crime as<br />

these parents did.<br />

Chat, Craft & Cake<br />

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

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

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

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Continued from page 17<br />

clothes, and whether you are a beginner<br />

or an expert, you are welcome to join us.<br />

Fish that UFO (Unfinished Object) out<br />

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

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

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

a different Member brings a cake—tried<br />

and true, or experimental. Babysitting is not<br />

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

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

we cannot accommodate children. Contact<br />

Suzanne Dundas at chatcraftcake@<br />

awcthehague.org 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 the<br />

arms of recent mastectomy patients. Each<br />

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

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

No sewing skills are needed, as you<br />

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

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

something both practical and comforting,<br />

and we know our work helps because we often<br />

receive thank-you notes and emails from<br />

the patients who have received a heart pillow.<br />

For more information, please contact<br />

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

org.<br />

Tuesday, <strong>May</strong> 14<br />

Tuesday, <strong>June</strong> 11<br />

Noon – 2 p.m.<br />

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

FREE<br />

Visitors Welcome<br />

Out to Lunch Bunch: <strong>May</strong> – In<br />

Delft<br />

Café Brasserie Huszár is located in the former<br />

office building of the steel company<br />

Royal Braat, which produced iron and steel<br />

decorations for buildings in the art nouveau<br />

style. Production halls were built outside<br />

the city center of Delft, but the large office<br />

was built at the Hooikade. Naturally,<br />

the building had steel windows from its<br />

own production. Elsewhere in the building<br />

is a four-story decorative stained-glass<br />

window, designed by the Hungarian artist<br />

Vilmos Huszár, for which the restaurant<br />

is named. The word “Huszár” (Huzaar, in<br />

<strong>Dutch</strong>) means "soldier on horseback" and is<br />

pictured in the logo. We will not be able to<br />

see the stained-glass window but will have<br />

a nice lunch: a combination of sustainable<br />

and organic products, with great service. To<br />

sign up, please contact Greetje Engelsman<br />

at activities@awcthehague.org.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>May</strong> 15<br />

Noon – 2:30 p.m.<br />

Café Brasserie Huszár<br />

Hooikade 13, Delft<br />

www.huszar.nl<br />

Out to Lunch Bunch: <strong>June</strong> – In<br />

Leiden<br />

In a monumental old building, in the<br />

middle of one of the Leiden University<br />

areas, close to the Lipsiusbuilding (arts,<br />

languages and humanities), and close to the<br />

Academiegebouw (Academic Headquaters,<br />

a former nuns cloister), you will find Grand<br />

Café Pakhuis (<strong>Dutch</strong> for “warehouse”) in<br />

a narrow steeg (alley) right off the famous<br />

Rapenburg. The café’s slogan is, “Good,<br />

affordable, cozy!” To sign up, please<br />

contact Greetje Engelsman at activities@<br />

awcthehague.org.<br />

Friday, <strong>June</strong> 14<br />

Noon – 2:30 p.m.<br />

Grand Café het Pakhuis<br />

Doelensteeg 8, Leiden<br />

www.pakhuisleiden.nl<br />

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Upcoming Out to Lunch Bunches:<br />

July 18: Dudok, in Den Haag<br />

August 21: Luden, in Den Haag<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 on<br />

a limited basis. As a<br />

nonmember, a guest<br />

is limited to attend<br />

two functions per<br />

calendar year and will be<br />

charged an additional<br />

nonmember fee. Only<br />

Members are entitled to<br />

use babysitting services.<br />

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Continued from page 19<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 />

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

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

plus snacks.<br />

Thursday, <strong>May</strong> 16<br />

6 – 9 p.m.<br />

Restaurant Toko Frederik<br />

Frederikstraat 225, 2514 LC, Den Haag<br />

€ 15 for two drinks and food<br />

No RSVP needed<br />

Thursday, <strong>June</strong> 20<br />

6 – 9 p.m.<br />

Grieks Restaurant Knossos<br />

Kerkplein 1, 2513 AZ, Den Haag<br />

€ 15 for two drinks and food<br />

No RSVP needed<br />

Upcoming Thirsty Thursdays:<br />

July 18: Location TBA<br />

August 15: Location TBA<br />

Walkie Talkies<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We will continue to walk most Mondays<br />

throughout the summer. Please check the<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Facebook page or contact Emily van<br />

Eerten at walkietalkies@awcthehague.org<br />

for last minute updates and cancellations.<br />

Mondays<br />

9:30 a.m.<br />

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

Free<br />

Sign up at www.awcthehague.org<br />

Wassenaar Coffee &<br />

Conversation<br />

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

neighbors for coffee and conversation once<br />

a month without having to drive to the clubhouse.<br />

One Member will host a casual coffee<br />

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

of every month. Prospective Members are<br />

welcome too. Suzanne Dundas coordinates<br />

these meetings and can be reached at<br />

chatcraftcake@awcthehague.org. Because<br />

the location changes every month, contact<br />

Suzanne if you are interested in attending or<br />

for more information.<br />

Thursday, <strong>May</strong> 2<br />

Thursday, <strong>June</strong> 6<br />

9:30 a.m.<br />

Location TBA<br />

FREE<br />

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

Continued from page 6<br />

I’m especially appreciative of Sheyla<br />

Karman, a CPA and our Treasurer, who<br />

manages our accounts with finesse as I’m on<br />

the other side of the spectrum when it comes<br />

to numbers. Sheyla and the Finance Team<br />

have made their hours of work on our budget<br />

and oversight of our finances easy for<br />

me to understand and feel confident, even<br />

when we went through a nasty period in the<br />

market this Club year.<br />

It’s difficult to quantify the time and energy<br />

that goes into running a volunteer<br />

organization. There aren’t enough words<br />

to express my gratitude to all those who<br />

make our Club run, and run well. Your<br />

Board takes its job seriously, but we don’t<br />

take ourselves seriously. Our meetings are<br />

sometimes long, there are many discussions<br />

about minor and major issues, and we work<br />

together as a team, which makes the work<br />

enjoyable. So, indulge me with a few more<br />

thanks. Heather DeWitt, our Secretary, is<br />

relatively new to the Club, but has been an<br />

invaluable addition. Audrey Goodman,<br />

our Communications Officer, oversees the<br />

Club’s communications portals, is the <strong>Going</strong><br />

<strong>Dutch</strong> Editor, and launched our Instagram<br />

account last month. She is indefatigable!<br />

And, many thanks to Georgia Regnault,<br />

our Parliamentarian, and Jessie Roddell,<br />

who serves as our Board Advisor. They kept<br />

us (me) on the right track.<br />

Please welcome Melissa Rider as the Club’s<br />

new Vice President and Amber Gatewood<br />

who will chair Club and Community<br />

Development. They both come to the Board<br />

as long-time Members of our Club with lots<br />

of ideas. I’m honored to serve with them<br />

and all the remarkable women who give<br />

of their time and energy to make our <strong>AWC</strong><br />

what it is becoming.<br />

Bedankt and tot ziens!<br />

Suzanne<br />

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

by Marsha Hagney & Suzanne MacNeil<br />

RSVP directly on www.awcthehague.org. Direct any questions to<br />

vicepresident@awcthehague.org<br />

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

Payment can be made in the Front Office by PIN, on the <strong>AWC</strong> website (www.awcthehague.org) or by<br />

bank transfer to the <strong>AWC</strong> account NL42ABNA0431421757.<br />

Author, Mother, Sober, & Expat!<br />

Book Reading and Signing with Janelle<br />

Hanchett: I’m Just Happy To Be Here<br />

Pregnant just three months after meeting her<br />

baby’s father, 21-year-old Janelle Hanchett<br />

thought she knew what she was getting into<br />

and could handle all that motherhood was supposed<br />

to offer. After her daughter was born,<br />

she realized her new marriage, new baby, and<br />

new life was not what she expected. Soon,<br />

afternoon glasses of wine became full-on<br />

benders and a deep dive into drug addiction.<br />

Now sober, Janelle Hanchett, author, mother<br />

and wife, will join us at the Clubhouse to discuss<br />

her open and honest memoir: I’m Just<br />

Happy to be Here. The book takes readers on<br />

the ten-year rollercoaster ride of Janelle’s addictions,<br />

many unsuccessful rehab attempts,<br />

and then finally finding her way to sobriety.<br />

They are just working. That’s it. We are surviving.<br />

Full stop.”<br />

Please join us in welcoming author, mother,<br />

and soon-to-be expat, Janelle Hanchett, to our<br />

Clubhouse. You can purchase a copy of I’m<br />

Just Happy To Be Here at the American Book<br />

Center located at Lange Poten 23. If you<br />

have any questions, please contact Suzanne<br />

MacNeil at president@awcthehague.org.<br />

Monday, <strong>May</strong> 6<br />

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.<br />

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

www.renegademothering.com<br />

€ 10 Members / € 15 non-members<br />

Maximum 30<br />

Sign up at www.awcthehague.org<br />

Painted Collage Workshop<br />

No Drawing or Painting Skills Required!<br />

Join Karla Duterloo at the Clubhouse to<br />

learn how to make abstract paintings that<br />

you will then use to make several small<br />

collages. Karla is an artist from The Hague<br />

who now lives in Cape Town, South Africa,<br />

and she specializes in abstract compositions<br />

and mosaics. She encourages participants to<br />

“Let it go” and enjoy the process of painting<br />

to create original artwork in this hands-on<br />

course. Learn more about Karla at www.<br />

karladuterloomosaics.com.<br />

Tuesday, July 9<br />

7 – 10 p.m.<br />

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

Maximum 15 / Minimum 8<br />

€ 50 Members / € 55 non-members<br />

Price includes all material<br />

Sign up at www.awcthehague.org<br />

American Baseball Comes to the<br />

Netherlands!<br />

If you can’t make it<br />

to your favorite baseball<br />

park in the US<br />

this summer, you can<br />

still take in America’s<br />

favorite pastime<br />

in Rotterdam.<br />

The World Port<br />

Tournament (www.worldporttournament.nl)<br />

will take place at Neptunus Family Stadium<br />

and the US will field a team, along with<br />

teams from the Netherlands, Japan, Curaçao<br />

and China. The tournament runs from July<br />

12 through July 21, and Wednesday, July 17<br />

has been named USA Day. The American<br />

team will play Curaçao at 7 p.m. and <strong>AWC</strong><br />

Members are invited to field our own team to<br />

cheer on our countrymen.<br />

Tickets have not yet gone on sale for the<br />

July 17 game. However, if you would like<br />

to attend the game, please send your name<br />

and number of tickets you need to Suzanne<br />

MacNeil. We would like to secure a block of<br />

seats so Club Members can sit together.<br />

Wednesday, July 17<br />

7 p.m.<br />

USA vs. Curacao<br />

World Port Tournament<br />

Neptunus Stadium, Rotterdam<br />

Arrangements will be provided upon<br />

registration<br />

Sign up with Suzanne MacNeil at<br />

president@awcthehague.org<br />

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April General Meeting<br />

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Celebrating Our Volunteers<br />

and Honorary Members<br />

by Jan Essad & Sunita Menon<br />

American Quilts: 200 Years of<br />

Dedicated Recycling<br />

by Audrey Goodman & Suzanne MacNeil<br />

“Because I want to give back to a Club that<br />

has given me a soft place to fall while I adjusted<br />

in a new country.”<br />

“I love participating in our philanthropic activities.<br />

It’s wonderful to see how these acts<br />

of caring and kindness bring joy to people in<br />

The Hague community.”<br />

“I left my career behind for my first expat<br />

assignment and serving on the Board is a<br />

great way to keep my skills sharp and my<br />

resume current, while meeting new friends<br />

and enjoying all the activities the Club has<br />

to offer.”<br />

“Planning activities for the Club is a great<br />

way to show newcomers my country.”<br />

“I’ve got to stay busy or this rain and dreary<br />

weather will drive me crazy.”<br />

There are so many reasons for volunteering.<br />

Whatever the reason, it is undeniable<br />

that the selfless volunteerism of many of<br />

our Members is the true heart of the <strong>AWC</strong>.<br />

The Volunteers and Honorary Members<br />

Luncheon is our chance to recognize and<br />

thank all who dedicate their time and talents<br />

to make our <strong>AWC</strong> the vibrant Club it is today.<br />

While many Members come to the<br />

Netherlands for short-term expat assignments,<br />

others have come for a lifetime with<br />

their <strong>Dutch</strong> partners. Some of these ladies<br />

have been Members for more than 25 years!<br />

They are our Honorary Members and an<br />

invaluable asset to our Club, offering their<br />

knowledge, expertise, advice, and support<br />

from an undisputable proud history of <strong>AWC</strong><br />

The Hague. These are women, who in the<br />

true spirit of volunteerism, created a legacy<br />

for our Club. We are very thankful, not only<br />

for their contributions that made the Club<br />

what it is today, but the continued generosity<br />

of their talents, inspiration and mentorship.<br />

Did you know we have a Member who<br />

has been part of <strong>AWC</strong> The Hague for 55<br />

years, and another for 53 years? You won’t<br />

want to miss this chance to hear some of<br />

their stories.<br />

“Volunteers don’t necessarily have<br />

the time, they just have the heart.”<br />

~ Elizabeth Andrew<br />

Mark your calendars and come celebrate<br />

our Volunteers and Honorary Members at<br />

the luncheon. Please be sure to register so<br />

we’ll know how many to plan for. This is<br />

the perfect opportunity to thank those who<br />

volunteered this past year, get to know<br />

our Honorary Members, and find out more<br />

about where you would like to volunteer in<br />

the next Club year.<br />

Wednesday, <strong>May</strong> 22<br />

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.<br />

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

FREE<br />

Registration/Cancellation Deadline:<br />

<strong>May</strong> 17<br />

Sign up at www.awcthehague.org<br />

This year our Club donated € 990 to<br />

the Textile Research Center (TRC) in<br />

Leiden. The funds will be used for the<br />

purchase and preservation of quilts from the<br />

1800s, in connection with an exhibition that<br />

will arrive in Leiden in 2020. Many of our<br />

very own Members are involved in this project,<br />

including Beverley Bennett, Susan Cave<br />

and Loren Mealey. You can learn more about<br />

their quilting histories and involvement with<br />

the project by reading Susan’s article, Clues<br />

in the Calico, in our January/February issue.<br />

Below is a blog submission that was featured<br />

on TRC’s website (www.trc-leiden.nl)<br />

in December 2018 and provides information<br />

about the upcoming exhibition.<br />

Gillian Vogelsang, TRC Director,<br />

announces a new exhibition<br />

at the TRC, to be opened in<br />

February 2020.<br />

Almost 400 years ago, in 1620, a group<br />

of 102 English Protestant Puritans left<br />

the town of Leiden, where they had<br />

found refuge some 10 years before,<br />

and sailed via Plymouth in England on<br />

board the <strong>May</strong>flower to Massachusetts in<br />

America. The Pilgrim Fathers, as they were<br />

to be called, are traditionally regarded as the<br />

founders of the United States. A daughter<br />

of two of the Pilgrims, namely Myles and<br />

Barbara Standish, has become famous for<br />

producing the first extant embroidery sampler<br />

in the US, commonly known as the<br />

Loara Standish Sampler.<br />

To mark the 400-year anniversary of the<br />

Massachusetts settlement in 2020, Leiden is<br />

organizing the <strong>May</strong>flower 400 Program with<br />

a series of exhibitions, theater productions,<br />

sports meetings, and many other events. For<br />

more information, see www.visitleiden.nl/<br />

nl/ontdek-leiden/specials/pilgrim.<br />

As part of the <strong>May</strong>flower 400 Program, the<br />

Textile Research Centre (TRC) in Leiden<br />

will be setting up an exhibition and series<br />

of workshops about 200 years of American<br />

quilt making. This has been made possible<br />

by the recent donation of over 50 American<br />

quilts and quilt tops by Sherry Cook and<br />

others. Examples of quilts dating from the<br />

1830s to the present day will be on display.<br />

A series of lectures on American quilts<br />

and quilt making will accompany the exhibition.<br />

There will also be practical workshops,<br />

during which various technical aspects<br />

of quilting will be explored.<br />

The exhibition is being organized in<br />

conjunction with Sherry Cook from<br />

Washington state, Susan Cave (New<br />

Zealand/The Hague) and Beverley Bennett<br />

(UK/The Hague).<br />

“Modern American Quilt with Scalloped<br />

Edge.”<br />

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<strong>May</strong> <strong>2019</strong><br />

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat<br />

Save the Dates:<br />

<strong>June</strong> 19 & 20: Clubhouse Clean-Out<br />

<strong>June</strong> 30: July 4th Picnic at ASH<br />

July 9: Painting Workshop<br />

July 17: American Baseball<br />

Sept 17: Prinsjesdag<br />

1 2<br />

Wassenaar Coffee and<br />

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

3 4<br />

5 6<br />

7<br />

8<br />

9<br />

10 11<br />

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

Book Reading and Signing<br />

12:30 p.m<br />

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

Installation of Officers<br />

10:30 a.m.<br />

Evening Book Club<br />

7:30 p.m.<br />

12<br />

13<br />

14<br />

15<br />

16<br />

17 18<br />

Buddy Check 12<br />

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

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

Heart Pillow Workshop<br />

Noon<br />

Out to Lunch Bunch<br />

Noon<br />

Thirsty Thursday 6 p.m.<br />

19 20<br />

21<br />

22<br />

23<br />

24 25<br />

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

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

Volunteer and Honorary<br />

Members Luncheon<br />

10:30 a.m.<br />

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

26<br />

27<br />

28<br />

29 30 31<br />

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

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

Margraten Ceremony<br />

3 p.m.<br />

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Come to Memorial Day at Margraten<br />

by Roberta Enschede<br />

Margraten American Cemetery lies in the southernmost tip of the Netherlands, in the<br />

rolling Limburg countryside, amidst oak and maple trees, dark hawthorn hedges and<br />

Polyantha roses. In the month of <strong>May</strong>, pink and maroon velvet rhododendrons are in<br />

glorious bloom.<br />

The new <strong>AWC</strong> Website is now up and running!<br />

Please visit<br />

www.awcthehague.org<br />

for all of your Club-related needs:<br />

Payment of Membership dues, registration for activities and events, Membership<br />

directory, etc.<br />

If you have any questions about the website, please contact<br />

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

The Mourning Woman, a bronze sculpture, stands by a reflecting pool with doves and a<br />

new shoot from a war-ravaged tree. Her message is on the stone upon which she stands, “New<br />

life from war’s destruction proclaims man’s immortality and hope for peace.”<br />

There is a glistening white marble tower behind the Mourning Woman chiseled with the<br />

ancient words of Pericles of Athens, “Each for his own memorial earned praise that will never<br />

die and with it the grandest of all sepulchers, not that in which his mortal bones are laid, but a<br />

home in the minds of men.”<br />

Margraten is beautiful, if you can call such a sad place beautiful. It’s trimmed, meticulous,<br />

eternal. 8,301 white marble crosses and Stars of David stand on its land and 1,722 names are<br />

inscribed on the Wall of the Missing. 10,023 lives tell us over and over, “Freedom is not free!<br />

Freedom is not free.”<br />

Margraten is overwhelming. It jumbles your thoughts. One question comes, and another<br />

and another. You find yourself gazing over the glistening white marble of the crosses and the<br />

stars, asking, “Why? Why?” And “why” again! “Was it all worth it? What did we learn?”<br />

Questions keep coming: Why did they have to die so young? Why did they have to die so<br />

hard? Why did they have to die so far from home—Texas, New York, Kansas, everywhere?<br />

Who got the telegram, “The Secretary of War desires me to express his deep regret that your<br />

(son, husband, brother, father) was killed in action”? Who hung a Gold Star flag in another<br />

window of America?<br />

Margraten tells you what you already know. Most of them probably never had a trace of<br />

white in their thick boy hair. Most of them didn’t live long enough to be a farmer, a firefighter,<br />

an engineer, an auto mechanic, a doctor, a lawyer, the neighborhood grocer, a ball player, a<br />

teacher, a preacher, a father, a husband. And those who did live, the veterans who came home,<br />

and married, and worked, and raised a family, and grew old lived with memories of war and<br />

fallen friends forever 18 or 19 or 20 years old.<br />

Every Memorial Day those veterans return to Margraten to say, “Hello.” There are fewer<br />

and fewer these days. You know them when you see them. Some wear their hats, ribbons, medals,<br />

and some, green jackets. After the ceremony, they usually gather in little groups between<br />

the crosses and the stars. They laugh and poke fun, then you watch them get serious and know<br />

they’re telling their soldier stories. Stories of a slogging, sleepless world of men and boys,<br />

determined to do what had to be done. Stories of friends they lost so long ago.<br />

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The 104th Infantry, the Timberwolves, with their green jackets, used to come back every<br />

year. Now, most of them are gone. There was Glenn, an architect from Kansas who said, “I<br />

gotta go say hello,” broke away from the little group, ambled among the crosses and the stars<br />

and a few minutes later ambled back. “I said Hello.” Tears filled up his crusty old eyes. There<br />

was Hy Davis, the Jewish jeweler from California who used to say, “Margraten is my church.”<br />

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Margraten (cont.)<br />

Continued from page 31<br />

There was Cliff from Ohio who went to schools and talked to kids about the war. “As long<br />

as I’m alive, I’ll keep talking.” And he did. There was Dan. They’d joke and call him “The<br />

Poet in the Foxhole.” He kept his notebook in his foxhole and wrote when the war was quiet.<br />

Each for his own memorial earned praise that will never die and with it the<br />

grandest of all sepulchers, not that in which his mortal bones are laid but a<br />

home in the minds of men.<br />

Erik Hazelhoff, a <strong>Dutch</strong> citizen and after the war a naturalized American, wrote a book<br />

called Soldier of Orange (Soldaat van Oranje). It’s a true story of what he and his friends from<br />

Leiden University did for freedom. “There comes a time in our lives” he wrote, “when we have<br />

to take a stand —when we say to ourselves—this can’t go on! This can’t be.”<br />

Glenn, Cliff, Hy, and Dan took a stand. Their comrades-in-arms, who rest in Margraten,<br />

took a stand. Freedom is not free! It wasn’t free then and it isn’t free now! Young men and<br />

women are taking a stand today because, “Some things simply can’t be.”<br />

Margraten isn’t just about yesterday, it’s a message—a challenge for now! Eli Wiesel, a<br />

survivor of the Holocaust, author, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, cautioned, “It’s not<br />

just that we remember, it’s what we do with those memories.”<br />

Every Memorial Day, <strong>Dutch</strong> families, thousands of Americans, and people from many<br />

countries come to Margraten. There is a memorial service conducted by a rabbi, a priest, and<br />

ministers. The American ambassador and the Queen’s Commissioner speak, and usually a<br />

high-ranking member of the military or the government.<br />

For thousands of <strong>Dutch</strong> people, every day is a memorial day. Grandparents and parents come<br />

with their children—sometimes three, or even four, generations. They come with springtime<br />

flowers or on a birthday. They come on rainy, windy autumn days and trudge in the snow with<br />

shopping bags of Christmas arrangements. You see them walk from one grave to another to<br />

take care of their soldiers.<br />

The service concludes with the wreath laying, followed by a flyover. Each year Overseas<br />

Americans Remember (OAR) lays a wreath. The wreath-layer is either a combat veteran or<br />

a family member of a veteran. This year, Lt. Col. Mike Hanson, USAF, an “Iowa boy” and<br />

a decorated veteran of two tours in Afghanistan, will lay the OAR wreath. OAR also lays a<br />

wreath for the Timberwolves, to fulfill a promise made long ago. More than 100 Timberwolves<br />

are buried in Margraten, comrades-in-arms of Glenn, Cliff, Hy, and Dan.<br />

After the wreath-laying, there is sometimes is a few seconds of silence. In the distance<br />

comes the roar of F-16s. They streak across the horizon over the crosses and stars and almost,<br />

it seems, scrape the towering white chapel. One breaks away and climbs, and climbs and disappears<br />

into what feels like forever. At that moment, you know why you came.<br />

Soldaat van Oranje was made into a musical. It has been playing for years in a hanger converted<br />

to a theater on what was the Valkenburg Airbase. There is a memorial to Erik Hazelhoff<br />

behind the Wassenaar War Memorial on the Schouweg. Half of his ashes are buried there and<br />

the other half in Hawaii, his home in America.<br />

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Since 1945, the <strong>Dutch</strong> people have cared for the graves at Margraten. Every single grave<br />

and name on the Wall of the Missing is adopted by a <strong>Dutch</strong> family. The Adopt a Grave program<br />

is unique to Margraten.<br />

They Are Buried in Margraten<br />

Six Recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor:<br />

• Lt. Col. Robert G. Cole – San Antonio, TX<br />

September 18, 1944 near Best, Eindhoven<br />

• Sgt. George Peterson – Brooklyn, NY<br />

March 30, 1945 near Eisern, Germany<br />

• Pvt. George J. Peters – Rhode Island<br />

March 24, 1945 near Fluren, Germany<br />

• Pfc. Willy F. James, Jr. – Kansas City, MO<br />

April 8, 1945 near Lippoldsberg, Germany<br />

• 1st Lt. Walter J. Will – West Winfield, NY<br />

March 30, 1945 near Eisern, Germany<br />

• Pfc. Walter C. Wetzel – Virginia<br />

April 3, 1945 near Birken, Germany<br />

Four women—two nurses and two Red Cross workers:<br />

• Dorothy J. Burdge – Ohio<br />

<strong>May</strong> 1, 1945<br />

• Anita McKenny – Florida<br />

Nov. 26, 1945<br />

• 1st Lt. Christine Gasvoda – Michigan<br />

April 13, 1945<br />

• 1st Lt. Wilma R. Vinsant – Texas<br />

April 14, 1945<br />

40 sets of brothers and a set of twin brothers.<br />

106 Graves of the Unknowns: “Here Rests in Honored Glory a Comrade in Arms Known<br />

But to God.”<br />

172 African-American Soldiers.<br />

179 Jewish Soldiers:<br />

• Maj. Gen. Maurice Rose – Denver, CO<br />

March 30, 1945 near Paderborn, Germany<br />

The highest-ranking American killed by enemy fire in the European Theatre of<br />

Operations, and the most decorated soldier buried in Margraten.<br />

• Pfc. Robert van Klinken – Kitsap City, WA<br />

September 20, 1944 near Neuen, Netherlands<br />

A first generation <strong>Dutch</strong>-American, a veteran of Normandy and Market Garden, and<br />

a liberator of Eindhoven who astonished the locals during a victory celebration. He<br />

spoke their dialect when he reassured them they would catch some hidden Nazis.<br />

“Wacht more eevns. Wie hoain heur der wel oet.” (“Hold on, we’ll get them out.”) – Robert<br />

van Klinken, who died in the land of his mother and father.<br />

Come to Margraten this Memorial Day. You will never forget it.<br />

Bring a flower, walk around, say, “Hello.”<br />

Ceremony<br />

Sunday, <strong>May</strong> 26<br />

3 p.m.<br />

Netherlands American Cemetery<br />

Amerikaanse Begraafplaats 1, Margraten<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 />

I<br />

want to start by saying thank you to you,<br />

the Members of <strong>AWC</strong> The Hague. I have<br />

been the F<strong>AWC</strong>O Rep for the past three<br />

years and it has been a wonderful experience.<br />

During my tenure in this position, the<br />

Club has been so supportive. People jump in<br />

when asked to volunteer for various F<strong>AWC</strong>O<br />

events: speakers/talks, the Stand Up Against<br />

Human Trafficking Symposium, last year’s<br />

Interim Meeting held here in The Hague<br />

(helping with the welcome desk, tours, dinners,<br />

among many other things), etc. You<br />

made squares for the gorgeous F<strong>AWC</strong>O<br />

Foundation quilt and bought raffle tickets.<br />

You raised money for the Target Projects: Free<br />

The Girls and Hope Beyond Displacement.<br />

Our Club is among the top money-raising<br />

clubs for these amazing projects. Our <strong>AWC</strong><br />

makes a difference and you are all a big part<br />

of that. Thank you!<br />

Scholarships<br />

You can win scholarships through F<strong>AWC</strong>O!<br />

There are many scholarships available for<br />

which our Members and their children can<br />

apply. It is<br />

a wonderful<br />

perk for our<br />

Club. Keep<br />

your ears<br />

open in the<br />

fall for more<br />

details. My<br />

son Ben won<br />

a $5,000<br />

Humanities<br />

Scholarship,<br />

which is<br />

super exciting.<br />

He is<br />

thrilled and<br />

honored.<br />

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Development Grants<br />

At the F<strong>AWC</strong>O Conference held recently in<br />

Edinburgh, many Development Grants were<br />

awarded, accompanied to lots of cheering<br />

in the room. Disappointingly, our Club’s<br />

submitted proposal for Stahili did not win,<br />

though I heard that it was a close vote. (I<br />

was proud though to share just how helpful<br />

last year’s Development Grant was for<br />

Stahili’s Pillow Project). However, many of<br />

the grants our Club voted for were awarded.<br />

They included Keeping Backpacks Full of<br />

Hope, Stepergy, Fistula Repair Program,<br />

and our spring benefit recipient, Not for<br />

Sale’s More than Just a Cup of Coffee.<br />

Quilt<br />

While no one from our Club won the beautiful<br />

quilt this year, many Members made<br />

squares for this gorgeous quilt which was<br />

raffled at the conference. Terri Mahoney<br />

won the Hermes scarf raffle. All proceeds<br />

from the raffles go to the F<strong>AWC</strong>O<br />

Foundation which provides Educational<br />

Scholarships and Development Grants to<br />

Members and their<br />

children and grandchildren.<br />

Board<br />

Many of our own <strong>AWC</strong> Members are very<br />

active in F<strong>AWC</strong>O. Laurie Brooks served<br />

for these past two years as First Vice<br />

President. She will continue being active<br />

by helping with the website and other technical<br />

needs. Emily van Eerten is the new<br />

F<strong>AWC</strong>O President for <strong>2019</strong>-2021. She was<br />

previously President from 2005 through<br />

2007 and has been elected again for the position.<br />

What a huge honor and a lot of work. Go<br />

Emily! Anne van Oorschot will continue<br />

as Co-chair of the Environment Team, and I<br />

am excited to begin a term as Co-chair of the<br />

Human Rights Team. Other Members have<br />

held positions in the past: Georgia Renault<br />

and Celeste Brown are past Presidents and<br />

now serve as counselors. Mary Adams was<br />

on the Board of F<strong>AWC</strong>O Foundation and<br />

Co-chaired the Stand Up Against Human<br />

Trafficking Symposium. If you have any<br />

questions about F<strong>AWC</strong>O, there are many<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Members you can ask. There are also<br />

many ways for you to be involved, if you<br />

wish!<br />

New F<strong>AWC</strong>O Board<br />

Upcoming F<strong>AWC</strong>O Events<br />

The F<strong>AWC</strong>O Youth Program is a wonderful<br />

experience for teens ages 15 to 18. The cultural<br />

volunteer program is fun and informative.<br />

Most participants come home saying<br />

this experience had a great impact on them,<br />

and many make long-term friendships. This<br />

year it will be held in Greece from October<br />

16 – 23. Please consider registering your<br />

child or grandchild for this amazing opportunity.<br />

Our Regional Conference will be hosted by<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Amsterdam on October 4 – 6. More<br />

details to come soon.<br />

Next year’s Interim Meeting will be held<br />

on March 20 – 22 in Luxembourg. This is<br />

a shorter meeting and often less expensive.<br />

All Members are invited, and it is a great<br />

way to learn about F<strong>AWC</strong>O. More information<br />

to follow.<br />

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

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

The F<strong>AWC</strong>O Biennial Conference <strong>2019</strong> was held recently in Edinburgh. It was an exciting<br />

conference and many of our <strong>AWC</strong> Members attended. The four days were filled with<br />

inspiring speakers, practical workshops, cultural events and themed evenings. In addition,<br />

we networked and learned about what the various F<strong>AWC</strong>O teams have done throughout the<br />

year The final night included a silent and live auction where funds were raised for the F<strong>AWC</strong>O<br />

Foundation. These auctions raised $33,000 for Scholarships, Development Grants, etc.<br />

There was so much information shared during this conference that I will only touch on a<br />

few items. Please reach out to me if you have any questions.<br />

The opening Keynote Speaker was Alice Thompson of Social Bite. I don’t think there was<br />

a dry eye in the house when she finished. Everyone came away from this speech inspired and<br />

in awe of what her organization does for the homeless. I highly recommend checking out their<br />

website: www.social-bite.co.uk. They are organizing an international event called Sleep in<br />

the Park which you may hear more about. Our closing speech was by award-winning actress<br />

and poet Gerda Stevenson. She is quite accomplished; her credits include Braveheart and<br />

authoring several books. She read poems from Quines, her book about Scottish women,<br />

which were fascinating stories told by an amazing poet.<br />

Some of the workshops we attended included: Combatting Exploitation in NGOs,<br />

Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scottish Dancing, Genealogy, Literary Conversations, Refugees<br />

in the UK, Managing Wealth Abroad, Environmental and Health Impact of our Food Choices,<br />

#MeToo Abroad, and Fundraising Advice. Our final panel was Women in Science and Health:<br />

At the Forefront of Medical Research, during which a lot was learned about stem cell research.<br />

The four Global Issues Teams (Human Rights, Environment, Education, and Health) work<br />

throughout the year to educate clubs on the issues and what we can do to help. They shared<br />

some of their efforts by recommending articles, books, and events to attend, such as >> 38<br />

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F<strong>AWC</strong>O Conference (cont.)<br />

Continued from page 37<br />

One Billion Rising. A new sub-team, the Refugee Network, has started to link clubs together<br />

that work on this initiative. The F<strong>AWC</strong>O Stand Up Against Human Trafficking Facebook page<br />

continues to be active; please request to join this group if you’re interested in learning more.<br />

The UN and US teams’ workshops were very well attended. There was so much information<br />

given that we hope to hold a session at the Clubhouse to specifically talk about the issues<br />

presented during these workshops. www.F<strong>AWC</strong>O.org has much more information available.<br />

Since F<strong>AWC</strong>O is a United Nations (UN) accredited non-governmental organization<br />

(NGO) with special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council, we are<br />

quite involved in many UN activities. F<strong>AWC</strong>O has UN representatives in New York, Geneva,<br />

Vienna, Athens, and Bonn. They recently attended the Commission on the Status of Women<br />

(CSW) Conference in DC during which they had a panel that included Amanda Lane from<br />

Collateral Repair Project’s Hope Beyond Displacement.<br />

The US team is chaired by our Club’s former president, Johanna Dishongh. This team<br />

works to keep the public up to date on issues important to Americans living and working<br />

overseas, including citizenship, voting, taxation, and banking concerns. They shared the latest<br />

concerns about the low overseas voter turnout in the last election (about 4%) and there was a<br />

lot of discussion about the citizenship laws regarding children born to American parents who<br />

live abroad. Many of these children have difficulty with the legal requirement for citizenship<br />

(living five years minimum in the US, including two years after their 14th birthday). Also discussed<br />

were Medicaid challenges and ongoing tax issues. So many questions and so little time!<br />

This conference was so much fun, and I learned a lot. I hope you can all join me for the<br />

next one in Luxembourg in March 2020.<br />

Photo Credit: Patricia Ramaer<br />


A Weekend in Paris<br />

by Audrey Goodman<br />

In early April, my husband and I enjoyed<br />

a long weekend in Paris. We’ve both been<br />

before, but not without family tagging<br />

along. I’m not sure I would call it a romantic<br />

weekend, but it was nice to unplug and spend<br />

some alone time together. And the beautiful,<br />

sunny weather made it almost perfect.<br />

We took the Thalys from Rotterdam to Paris<br />

Nord, arriving mid-day Saturday without<br />

any delays. I had stayed at Hôtel Muguet<br />

(www.hotelparismuguet.com) when I visited<br />

with my mother in August, and my experience<br />

was so wonderful that I booked the<br />

same hotel for this trip. It’s located in the 7th<br />

arrondissement, just around the corner from<br />

the Army Museum, a 15-minute walk from<br />

the Seine River, and a 10-minute walk from<br />

Champ de Mars. The location can’t be beat.<br />

dinner reservations at Cézembre (www.<br />

cezembrerestaurant.com) for our first night<br />

and were glad we did. During dinner, we<br />

watched the host turn away at least a dozen<br />

groups. It’s located in the 6th District, in an<br />

area overflowing with bars and restaurants.<br />

We opted for the wine pairing, to accompany<br />

the fixed five-course dinner menu. Hands<br />

down, this was one of the best meals I’ve had<br />

in months. The service was fantastic, and the<br />

courses were both beautiful and delicious.<br />

I know there are endless dinner options in<br />

Paris, but I would highly recommend adding<br />

this restaurant to your list.<br />

Our next morning started with a skip-theline-entrance<br />

to the Louvre (which I strongly<br />

urge visitors to purchase in advance from<br />

the official website: www.ticketlouvre.fr).<br />

My third time in Paris, and I finally saw the<br />

Mona Lisa. I don’t really have an appreciation<br />

for art, but I love this museum. The<br />

walls, ceilings and stairwells are gorgeous;<br />

I would estimate that I spent at least 75%<br />

of my visit looking up. The building itself<br />

is just as beautiful as its contents. This was<br />

my second visit to the museum, and I still<br />

haven’t seen all the rooms and halls. Unless<br />

you’ve been to the Louvre, it is almost impossible<br />

to grasp the sheer size of this museum.<br />

We got lost several times!<br />

After four hours of wandering through<br />

the Louvre, we headed to Dalí Paris, the<br />

Salvador Dalí Museum near Sacré-Cœur,<br />

which was disappointing. It’s small and feels<br />

more like a tourist trap than an art museum.<br />

Save yourself € 12 and skip this.<br />

We took our time making our way back to<br />

the hotel, where we freshened up before<br />

dinner. We hadn’t made reservations in<br />

advance, but took some time earlier in the<br />

day to research the restaurants around us.<br />

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After lunch at a nearby restaurant, Le Champ<br />

de Mars, we spent the afternoon walking<br />

around the area, over several bridges, up and<br />

down the Tuileries Garden, and through the<br />

Champ de Mars. We intentionally left our<br />

entire afternoon open, so we could enjoy the<br />

sights of the city at our leisure. Of course,<br />

we stopped at a café for a glass of wine<br />

somewhere along the way.<br />

Several weeks before our trip, we spent time<br />

researching restaurants online. We made<br />

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Art Reflection: Ossip Zadkine<br />

by Michele Jacquemain<br />

had suggested La Fontaine de Mars (www.<br />

fontainedemars.com), which happened to<br />

be a 10-minute walk from our hotel. We<br />

arrived at the restaurant around 6 p.m. and<br />

snagged the last available table. It’s clearly<br />

a popular restaurant, because all of the other<br />

tables were reserved and there was a line<br />

when we left. The atmosphere was casual,<br />

and the food was fantastic.<br />

Our last day was fully devoted to the<br />

Musée de l’Armée (Army Museum) and<br />

Napoléon’s Tomb, both of which were<br />

fascinating. We had purchased these tickets<br />

in advance as well, which turned out<br />

to be unnecessary. The museum contains<br />

countless military artifacts dating back to<br />

the 13th century. Our first stop was in the<br />

Contemporary Department, housing artifacts<br />

from both World Wars. My husband is<br />

a history buff, so this was the most interesting<br />

to him, while I found the old armor to be<br />

most captivating. The museum has some of<br />

Louis XIII’s childhood armor, which looks<br />

incredible when displayed next to his adulthood<br />

armor. They have so many pieces that<br />

they’ve added windows into storage rooms,<br />

so visitors can see items which are not in<br />

formal displays. Our museum tickets also<br />

provided us entrance into the Dôme des<br />

Invalides, which houses Napoléon’s Tomb.<br />

The dome is ornate and beautiful, and the<br />

tomb is unsurprisingly massive. This was<br />

the shortest part of our visit (no pun intended),<br />

but well worth the stop.<br />

Before catching a cab back to Paris Nord<br />

for our train ride home, we had a late lunch<br />

near our hotel at a casual café, Le Tribeca.<br />

This was on Rue Cler, just a few doors down<br />

from Boutique Pralus Paris Cler, a colorful<br />

little chocolate and pastry shop. No trip to<br />

Paris would be complete without a small<br />

box of macarons!<br />

This winter I was fortunate enough to<br />

visit the Ossip Zadkine Exhibition<br />

at the Museum Beelden aan Zee in<br />

Scheveningen. This beautiful museum is located<br />

in the dunes, next to the ocean waves. The<br />

setting made the exhibit even more powerful.<br />

Ossip Zadkine was born in Russia, where<br />

he went to school with fellow artist Marc<br />

Chagall. Zadkine later studied the arts for several<br />

years in England and France. After completing<br />

his studies, he settled in Paris, where<br />

he became acquainted with many other French<br />

artists. To escape the Nazis during World War<br />

II, he fled occupied France for the US. It would<br />

have been too dangerous for him to stay, given<br />

his Jewish origin. At the end of the war, he<br />

returned to France, where he lived out the rest<br />

of his life. In order to represent the awful confinement<br />

of the French people during the war,<br />

he created a sculpture depicting three men in a<br />

metal cage. This piece is called The Prisoners<br />

and depicts many emotions. It could make you<br />

cry while admiring it.<br />

Zadkine was mainly a sculptor. He would<br />

chisel directly into the material without making<br />

a sketch before starting to sculpt. He worked<br />

with a variety of materials: all sorts of woods<br />

from elm to dead trees, stones from granite to<br />

marble, and terracotta. He even covered some<br />

of his creations with gold leaves. He had a deep<br />

connection<br />

to trees and<br />

saw them as<br />

his friends.<br />

Most of<br />

his sculptures<br />

of humans<br />

portray<br />

women<br />

with long<br />

hair down<br />

their backs<br />

but without<br />

a face. He<br />

was also<br />

very interested<br />

in music,<br />

poetry<br />

and mythology.<br />

He was<br />

inspired by<br />

Italian artist<br />

Amedeo<br />

Modigliani,<br />

French<br />

sculptor<br />

Auguste<br />

Rodin, and<br />

African art.<br />

Zadkine<br />

was also a<br />

painter, creating<br />

no less<br />

than 200 watercolors. First being inspired by<br />

cubism, he later created his own style.<br />

Zadkine had several contacts with <strong>Dutch</strong><br />

people, at different stages of his life. His first<br />

student in Paris, Johannes Toorop, was <strong>Dutch</strong>.<br />

Many of us may be familiar with his extremely<br />

moving sculpture, The Destroyed City, which<br />

represents Rotterdam after the World War II<br />

bombing which devastated the city. The sculpture<br />

depicts a human figure grieving and crying<br />

to heaven with a hole in its body.<br />

To end on a humorous note, Zadkine<br />

changed the day of his birth according to the<br />

country where he was living: July 4 while in<br />

the US and July 14 while in France.<br />

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Credit: volkskrant.nl<br />

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

by Eileen Harloff<br />

Brabant Goes to New York<br />

Mark Manders, a 50-year-old renowned artist<br />

from Volkel, Netherlands, creates statues<br />

made of what appears to be clay but is actually<br />

cast iron. He began his artistic career as<br />

a graphic designer, but then decided to be<br />

a writer. Not with a pen or typewriter, but<br />

by way of mostly very large objects. Over<br />

the years he has exhibited in many cities<br />

throughout the world and has won various<br />

international awards, including the Prix<br />

de Rome in 1992. In 2015, he was chosen<br />

to design the Netherlands Pavilion for the<br />

55th Venice Bienniale, and is also the creator<br />

of the two-headed fountain at Rokin in<br />

Amsterdam. Manders was recently selected<br />

by the Public Art Fund of New York, which<br />

brings art to the streets of that city, to display<br />

his Tilted Head sculpture at the southeast<br />

entrance to famous Central Park. This<br />

remarkable statue lies with closed eyes on<br />

its left ear, and is intended to encourage at<br />

least some of the 3.2 million annual passersby<br />

to stop and contemplate its meaning.<br />

Payback Time<br />

The National Museum of World Cultures<br />

(www.museumovermensen.nl), founded<br />

in 2014, includes the Tropical Museum in<br />

Amsterdam, the Africa Museum in Berg<br />

en Dal, and the Volkenkunde (Ethnology)<br />

Museum in Leiden. It also works closely<br />

with the World Museum in Rotterdam. The<br />

museums have now adopted a rule that<br />

they will examine their collections with the<br />

aim of returning to their place of origin, on<br />

request, those artifacts that were formerly<br />

stolen or removed by force during this<br />

country’s 400-year colonial past. Since the<br />

museums are in possession of some 375,000<br />

items, only 5% of which are on display, this<br />

will be an enormous task. The items were<br />

obtained through public auction, gifts, and<br />

purchase; only half could be considered<br />

stolen. On a personal note: I have previously<br />

approached two museums offering to gift<br />

Indonesian art objects that I have inherited,<br />

and was met with the comment, “Thank you<br />

for your offer, but we already have more of<br />

these than we need.”<br />

So far, no claims for the return of objects<br />

have been received. Claims will be expected<br />

to be carefully composed; once accepted,<br />

background information will be sought with<br />

the aid of the Netherlands Institute for War<br />

Documentation, which does research into<br />

the country’s colonial past. In the end, a decision<br />

will be made at the local or national<br />

governmental level, as all public museum<br />

collections are possessions of the central<br />

government. However, as the collections of<br />

the World Museum are owned by the municipality<br />

in which they are located, their<br />

approval will need to be sought.<br />

Modern Bricklaying<br />

The days of bricklayers outfitted with knee<br />

pads and using hand tools to pave a road<br />

are coming to an end, if what is happening<br />

in The Hague nowadays continues. The<br />

Credit: volkenkunde.nl<br />

Credit: tiger-stone.nl<br />

Scheveningseweg, the road down to the<br />

beach (and our Clubhouse), will soon reopen<br />

with its wider tram tacks and renewed<br />

red brick road. The road is being constructed<br />

by the Tiger-Stone machine, a <strong>Dutch</strong> invention<br />

that can lay 3,229 square feet (300<br />

square meters) of bricks per day. Not one by<br />

one, but like a carpet—and without pausing<br />

for lunch!<br />

Exit the Unsightly Tattoos<br />

Erasmus University in Rotterdam recently<br />

offered nine people the opportunity, free<br />

of charge, to rid their bodies of unwanted<br />

ink: scrolls, stars and stripes, hearts, colorful<br />

landscapes and the like. In exchange, the<br />

recipients were required to take part in a<br />

film targeting teenagers called Dag Tattoo—<br />

Hello Baan (Goodbye Tattoos—Hello Job).<br />

In addition, recipients must participate in a<br />

study being undertaken by Media Professor<br />

Henri Beunders on the nonverbal communication<br />

of tattoos.<br />

One of the participants is a young man from<br />

Tilburg who was covered head-to-toe with<br />

a variety of tattoos. He acquired them when<br />

he was 17 years old and “lived in the shadows,”<br />

hating the world and often coming in<br />

contact with the police. One day he got a job<br />

working as a garbage collector. This lasted<br />

but a short time, as his supervisor told him<br />

at the end of his first day that he looked so<br />

awful he didn’t want him to come back to<br />

work. Not even his mother could accept his<br />

markings; she was embarrassed to introduce<br />

him as her son. Now he wants to look “normal”<br />

again, especially for his one-year-old<br />

daughter.<br />

Andy Han, who runs a tattoo and laser<br />

shop in Rotterdam with his wife, has set<br />

up a foundation called Spijt van Tattoo<br />

(Regret Tattooing). The foundation helps<br />

those who cannot afford to pay the high<br />

price of laser removal by removing tattoos<br />

which can hinder them from finding a job.<br />

The idea came to Han after his 23-year-old<br />

daughter came home from a night out with<br />

a wine glass tattooed on the back of her ear.<br />

He now devotes one day a week to laser<br />

removals for people that he has screened<br />

and who meet his requirements: minimal<br />

income, willingness to take part in a documentary<br />

shown to teenagers, and with visible<br />

tattoos on their hands, neck or face. His<br />

three-phase selection process consists of a<br />

written application, interview with the applicant,<br />

and a trial laser treatment to allow<br />

the applicant to decide if they wish to continue.<br />

The treatment often takes a long time.<br />

Laser rays warm up the ink, which eventually<br />

disintegrates into small pieces that are<br />

subsequently absorbed into the body. More<br />

than one treatment is required, and sometimes<br />

it is not possible to get completely rid<br />

of the tattoo. Only tattoos on hands, faces<br />

and necks are lasered by Mr. Han, as these<br />

are visible areas and can stand in the way<br />

of being accepted for a job. Once they complete<br />

treatment, participants are also helped<br />

by job agencies to find work.<br />

Good News<br />

Since February 1, the new director of Albert<br />

Heijn is 45-year-old Marit van Egmond,<br />

who began her career at the supermarket<br />

in 1997 as a trainee. She joins the women<br />

who are CEOs of two other daughter companies<br />

of Ahold Delhaize: Gall & Gall and<br />

Etos.<br />

Credit: schildersvak.nl schildersvak.nl<br />

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Announcements<br />

<strong>Dutch</strong> Remembrance Evening<br />

(Herdenking)<br />

Two minutes of silence are observed at<br />

8 p.m. on <strong>May</strong> 4 of each year to remember<br />

all those who have died, in war and<br />

in peace operations, during and since the<br />

outbreak of World War II. For information<br />

about commemorations around the country,<br />

visit: www.4en5mei.nl. Locally, a commemoration<br />

will take place at the dunes of<br />

Scheveningen: a silent procession on the<br />

Waalsdorpervlakte, where people were put<br />

to death by the occupying forces during<br />

World War II. www.erepeloton.nl<br />

<strong>Dutch</strong> Liberation Day<br />

(Bevrijdingsdag)<br />

Whereas <strong>May</strong> 4 is a day of sadness and<br />

commemoration, <strong>May</strong> 5 is the “Day of<br />

Liberation” with celebrations marking<br />

the end of the Nazi occupation of the<br />

Netherlands. This year marks 74 years of<br />

freedom. Celebrations are held throughout<br />

the country. To see what’s happening at the<br />

free festival at the Malieveld in The Hague,<br />

go to: www.bevrijdingsfestivaldenhaag.nl<br />

National Windmill Days<br />

Over 900 mills will be open to the public on<br />

Saturday, <strong>May</strong> 11 and Sunday, <strong>May</strong> 12. It<br />

is an ideal opportunity for young and old to<br />

experience these historical works that have<br />

played such an important role in the development<br />

of the Netherlands. Participating<br />

mills are identified by the blue flag, spinning<br />

blades or festive flags. www.molens.nl<br />

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The Arts Society Lecture<br />

Three Andalusian Cities<br />

Invaded in 711, the Iberian Peninsula was<br />

dominated by Arab civilization for nearly<br />

800 years. Seville, Cordoba and Granada<br />

grew to be centers of culture, learning,<br />

luxury and magnificence. Great Moorish<br />

architectural gems were built, such as the<br />

Mezquita in Cordoba and the Alhambra in<br />

Granada. Examining the interchanges between<br />

Moors and re-conquering Christians<br />

are vital to an understanding of the diversity<br />

of Spanish culture. Lecturer Gail Turner<br />

studied Modern History at Oxford and<br />

History of European Art at the Courtauld<br />

Institute. Nonmember fee is € 13. www.<br />

theartssocietythehague.org<br />

A Court in the Alhambra at the Time of the<br />

Moors, Edwin Lord Weeks, 1876<br />

Tuesday, <strong>May</strong> 14<br />

8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)<br />

Cultural Centrum Warenar<br />

Kerkstraat 75, Wassenaar<br />

<strong>Dutch</strong> Beer Tasting Festival<br />

The Grote Kerk in The Hague provides a<br />

unique setting for 43 <strong>Dutch</strong> breweries to<br />

showcase 250 of their best beers on <strong>May</strong> 16<br />

– 18. www.weekvanhetnederlandsebier.nl<br />

Sushi Festival<br />

From <strong>May</strong> 17 – 19, the Lange Voorhout in<br />

The Hague will be transformed into a vibrant<br />

Asian food market full of sushi and<br />

popular street foods such as dim sum, sukiyaki,<br />

noodle bowls, and tempura. There<br />

will also be karaoke, games for young and<br />

old, and sushi workshops. Entrance is free.<br />

When ordering your first drink, there is<br />

a one-off fee of €2.50 for a festival glass,<br />

which saves tens of thousands of single-use<br />

plastic cups. Don’t forget your PIN card as<br />

cash is not accepted. www.festival-joy.nl<br />

Opera Days in Rotterdam<br />

Operadagen (Opera Days) Rotterdam is an<br />

opera and music theater festival at various<br />

venues around Rotterdam from <strong>May</strong> 17 –<br />

26. www.operadagenrotterdam.nl<br />

61st Tong Tong Fair<br />

The world’s largest Eurasian Festival is<br />

held annually at the Malieveld in The<br />

Hague. Many of the exhibitors come from<br />

Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia just for<br />

this event. From <strong>May</strong> 23 – <strong>June</strong> 2, there will<br />

be cultural events, an East-West fair, food<br />

fest, and street vendors. www.tongtongfair.<br />

nl<br />

Hague Bunker Day<br />

More than 50 giant concrete bunkers built<br />

during WWII as part of the Atlantic Wall<br />

still dot the <strong>Dutch</strong> coastline. Normally<br />

closed to the public, they are opened annually<br />

for Bunker Day. On Saturday, <strong>May</strong><br />

25, in various locations within the dunes at<br />

Scheveningen and Kijkduin, there are bunker<br />

tours, walks and re-enactments with historical<br />

vehicles and actors. Proceeds from<br />

tickets help maintain the bunkers and can be<br />

purchased at www.bunkerdag.nl.<br />

Delta Lloyd North Sea Regatta<br />

The largest <strong>Dutch</strong> sailing event starts<br />

on <strong>May</strong> 28 with the 110-mile Fire Ships<br />

(Vuurschepen) Race from Scheveningen<br />

to Harwich, England. The Regatta is held<br />

from <strong>June</strong> 8 – 10 with over 500 boats of 25<br />

different classes, including yachts and catamarans,<br />

competing in races starting from<br />

Scheveningen Harbor. www.nsr.nl<br />

Food Truck Festival<br />

Dozens of food trucks, lots of music and<br />

delicious bites will combine to turn the<br />

Lange Voorhout into a huge open-air restaurant<br />

over two weekends this summer:<br />

<strong>May</strong> 30 – <strong>June</strong> 2 and August 9 – 11. This<br />

free event will also be held in Leiden and<br />

Rotterdam throughout the summer. www.<br />

rrrollend.nl<br />

Rooftops of Rotterdam Tours<br />

The city of Rotterdam allows visitors on<br />

their rooftops on <strong>May</strong> 31 – <strong>June</strong> 2 to show<br />

how rooftops can contribute to a healthy,<br />

lively, attractive, and future-proof city.<br />

Last year, 56 rooftops were visited by<br />

20,000 participants. Registration is necessary<br />

at www.rotterdamsedakendagen.nl<br />

Culinary Festival in The Hague<br />

From Friday, <strong>June</strong> 7 through Monday,<br />

<strong>June</strong> 10, the Lange Voorhout will host the<br />

free Haagse Wereld Hapjes (Hague World<br />

Appetizers) Festival featuring cuisine from<br />

18 local restaurants and entertainment<br />

for both adults and children. www.<br />

haagsewereldhapjes.nl<br />

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Japanese Gardens<br />

Don’t miss a chance to take a stroll through<br />

the serene Japanese Gardens in Clingendael<br />

Park in The Hague. There is no charge to<br />

visit these gardens, which are open daily<br />

from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through <strong>June</strong> 9.<br />

Day of the Castle<br />

Here is your chance to learn all about <strong>Dutch</strong><br />

castles and country estates. On Monday,<br />

<strong>June</strong> 10, these cultural heritage sites, many<br />

of which are not generally accessible, open<br />

their gates to the public. This year’s theme<br />

is Over the Border, examining foreign family<br />

ties and the Netherland’s colonial past.<br />

www.dagvanhetkasteel.nl<br />

Open Garden Days<br />

Each year, several Amsterdam Canal<br />

Museums organize Open Garden Days.<br />

On <strong>June</strong> 14 – 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,<br />

you will be allowed a rare glimpse into 30<br />

canal gardens. Tickets can be purchased<br />

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at the sponsoring museums: www.<br />

opentuinendagen.nl<br />

Day of Architecture<br />

Every year, cities around the country allow<br />

the public a chance to look inside some of<br />

their special buildings. On Saturday, <strong>June</strong><br />

15, you can look inside unique buildings in<br />

The Hague that are otherwise closed to the<br />

public. There will be free guided tours (some<br />

of them in English), and architects will present<br />

information about the design and history<br />

of the buildings. www.dvda-denhaag.nl<br />

Flag Day (Vlaggetjesdag)<br />

On Saturday, <strong>June</strong> 15 is a festival celebrating<br />

the arrival of the first herring (Hollandse<br />

Nieuwe) at Scheveningen Harbor. Hundreds<br />

of thousands of people gather for the<br />

festivities and fishing boats are decorated<br />

especially for the occasion. The first barrel<br />

of herring is traditionally sold at an auction<br />

on the preceding Thursday with the proceeds<br />

going to charity. Visitors are invited to<br />

watch demonstrations by rescue teams,<br />

participate in old <strong>Dutch</strong> children’s games,<br />

tour boats and old fire engines, and enjoy<br />

the many colorful traditional costumes.<br />

www.vlaggetjesdag.com<br />

Tall Ships in Scheveningen<br />

Dozens of tall ships are coming to The Hague<br />

for the Liberty Tall Ships Regatta from <strong>June</strong><br />

20 – 23. The 25 ships will sail from France<br />

to the port of Scheveningen arriving with a<br />

large Sail-in Parade at 10 a.m. on Thursday,<br />

<strong>June</strong> 20. Coinciding with the 75-year<br />

Jubilee of D-Day and the liberation of the<br />

occupied territories in Northwest Europe,<br />

the Liberty Tall Ships Regatta <strong>2019</strong> will<br />

reflect the theme of international friendship<br />

and understanding that is central to every<br />

Sail Training International Tall Ships event.<br />

Tickets aren’t necessary for the parade or to<br />

visit the ships. However, if you want to take<br />

a cruise on one of the ships, you will need<br />

to buy a ticket. www.sailopscheveningen.nl<br />

Leiden Culinary Festival and<br />

Boat Parade<br />

On Thursday, <strong>June</strong> 27, Leiden launches its<br />

Culinary Festival, which runs through<br />

Sunday, <strong>June</strong> 30. Entrance is free for this<br />

great opportunity to try small portions<br />

from several of Leiden’s best restaurants<br />

while being entertained by live music. That<br />

Friday evening, Leiden hosts its annual<br />

boat parade when 150,000 spectators will<br />

gather to watch decorated boats make their<br />

way through the city’s lovely canals. www.<br />

leidenculinair.nl and www.lakenfeesten.nl<br />

<strong>Dutch</strong> Veterans Day<br />

On Saturday, <strong>June</strong> 29, thousands of veterans<br />

from all over the country will descend<br />

upon The Hague to take part in Veterans<br />

Day. This event focuses on acknowledging<br />

and showing appreciation for the<br />

111,000 veterans who have been deployed<br />

in the service of peace, now and in the<br />

past. There will be festivities at Malieveld<br />

including a parade and flyovers of many<br />

kinds of jets, airplanes and helicopters<br />

over the Hofvijver. www.veteranendag.nl<br />

4th of July Picnic<br />

Come celebrate America’s birthday with<br />

an old-fashioned picnic. Bring a blanket,<br />

chairs and a picnic or enjoy some hot<br />

dogs and hamburgers off the grill; drinks<br />

and ice cream will also be for sale. There<br />

will be a bouncy castle and games for the<br />

kids and, of course, baseball. For information,<br />

contact <strong>AWC</strong> Member Roberta<br />

Enschede.<br />

Sunday, <strong>June</strong> 30<br />

2 – 6 p.m.<br />

ABF Clubhouse adjacent to ASH<br />

>> 50<br />

Ammonslaantje 1, Wassenaar<br />

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Announcements (cont.)<br />

Continued from page 49<br />

The Hague Urban Trail<br />

More of a “fun run” than a race, participants<br />

can choose either a 5K or 10K course<br />

which loops not just around historic buildings<br />

and secret spots, but through them as<br />

well making this truly a unique way to see<br />

and experience an entirely different side of<br />

The Hague. The Urban Trail on Sunday,<br />

July 7, also makes running more accessible<br />

for those who don’t want the pressure of a<br />

timed race. www.denhaagurbantrail.nl<br />

North Sea Jazz Festival<br />

The world’s largest indoor jazz festival will<br />

be held at Ahoy in Rotterdam on July 12 –<br />

14. Groove and move to the beat of swing,<br />

bop, electronic jazz, blues, gospel, funk,<br />

soul, hip hop and Latin. www.northseajazz.<br />

com<br />

Rotterdam Summer Carnival<br />

Rotterdam celebrates cultural diversity<br />

during the Rotterdam Unlimited Festival<br />

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which will immerse the city in music, dance<br />

and carnival from July 23 – 27 in one of<br />

Europe’s largest free street festivals. The<br />

Summer Carnival Street Parade features<br />

amazing costumes on over 2,500 energetic<br />

dancers and 30 floats on Saturday, July 27 at<br />

1 p.m. www.rotterdamunlimited.nl<br />

Amsterdam Gay Pride<br />

For 24 years Amsterdam has celebrated<br />

diversity at the end of July and beginning<br />

of August each year with live music and<br />

street parties. The world’s only gay Canal<br />

Parade on Saturday, August 3 at 12:30<br />

p.m. is definitely the highlight! www.<br />

amsterdamgaypride.nl<br />

Wild Rooster Festival<br />

Raise a little hell at this annual free music<br />

festival in the city center of The Hague on<br />

August 23 – 24. When the summer is at its<br />

hottest, life on the Grote Markt revolves<br />

around two days of BBQ, beer and rockabilly,<br />

bluegrass, blues and rock ‘n roll. www.<br />

wildroosterfestival.nl<br />

Jazz in the Canal Festival<br />

This free event is held annually on the picturesque<br />

canals of The Hague around the<br />

Bierkade, Groenewegje, Veenkade, and<br />

Hooikade. On August 29 – 31, musicians<br />

will perform as they pass by these canal<br />

quaysides on flat bottom boats. The canals<br />

will be swinging to jazz, blues and other<br />

musical influences. www.jazzindegracht.nl<br />

Keri Potts: Assault and<br />

Survival in Rome<br />

by Suzanne MacNeil<br />

Of the many workshops I attended at<br />

the F<strong>AWC</strong>O Biennial Conference in<br />

Edinburgh, the one led by Keri Potts<br />

has stuck with me. Potts, Senior Director of<br />

Communications for ESPN, told the workshop<br />

attendees via Skype about her work to<br />

help women who are sexually assaulted while<br />

on vacation in a foreign country. It’s a subject<br />

she understands all too well.<br />

Potts was visiting Rome in 2008 when she<br />

was assaulted by a man who also attempted<br />

to rape her. She was able to free herself and<br />

to identify him to police. It took two years<br />

of international legal wrangling before her<br />

assailant pled guilty and was given a suspended<br />

sentence of 11 months and 10 days,<br />

and ordered to pay all of Potts’ $10,000 in<br />

legal fees.<br />

It has been more than ten years since Potts<br />

was assaulted and she hasn’t stopped<br />

working to help other travelers who’ve<br />

found themselves in similar circumstances.<br />

Potts founded A Fight Back Woman, Inc.<br />

(www.afightbackwoman.com), which<br />

provides best practices to businesses and<br />

organizations about issues of sexual and<br />

interpersonal violence. In addition, she’s<br />

now the Vice President of the Board of<br />

Pathways to Safety International (www.<br />

pathwaystosafety.org), the organization<br />

whose ad often runs in <strong>Going</strong> <strong>Dutch</strong> and<br />

whose poster is hanging in our Clubhouse.<br />

Pathways to Safety is the only US-based<br />

organization that provides comprehensive<br />

services to the millions of Americans who<br />

are at risk of being sexually assaulted or<br />

abused while traveling or living abroad.<br />

Pathways to Safety International has a 24/7<br />

hotline that’s confidential and anonymous.<br />

Please add the organization’s phone number<br />

(833-7233-833) to your contacts list.<br />

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Private Pilates Lessons in<br />

Your Own Home<br />

I am a Certified Pilates<br />

instructor offering mat<br />

Pilates—tailored to your<br />

body’s specific needs.<br />

Monday to Friday, office<br />

hours. Women only. Private<br />

one-on-one or small groups<br />

of up to three possible.<br />

Lessons in English.<br />

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only.<br />

Please email christina@gikas.<br />

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Life Drawing Lessons<br />

Portrait & Nude figures<br />

Monday to Sunday<br />

In the studio of visual artist<br />

Rubins J. Spaans in a most inspiring<br />

old building near the<br />

harbour of Scheveningen.<br />

Sign up for a free trial lesson!<br />

All levels welcome!<br />

info@rubins-art.com<br />

+31 6 27898963<br />

ACCESS<br />

page 30<br />

American Travel<br />

Center<br />

page 19<br />

Aveda Lifestyle<br />

Salon<br />

Inside Cover<br />


Airport Service<br />

Inside Back Cover<br />

Happy Critters<br />

page 17<br />

Marcel<br />

Vermeulen<br />

Jewelry<br />

page 9<br />

Petros Eyewear<br />

page 9<br />

Playball Kids<br />

page 17<br />

Sligro<br />

page 23<br />


WIJK brilmode<br />

page 15<br />

Wassalon<br />

Weissenbruch<br />

page 13<br />

Your Cleaning<br />

Service<br />

page 30<br />

Support Fellow <strong>AWC</strong><br />

Members<br />

Find links to a large<br />

variety of businesses<br />

owned by <strong>AWC</strong> Members<br />

at www.awcthehague.<br />

org/site/newcomers/<br />

Event information, suggestions or comments<br />

for eNews?<br />

Please send all eNews information to<br />

enews@awcthehague.org<br />

no later than end of day each Friday for the following<br />

week’s eNews.<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> is a Pet-Free Zone<br />

As much as many of our Members love<br />

their pets, please do leave them at home<br />

as the <strong>AWC</strong> has a long-standing policy of<br />

no pets in the Clubhouse. Thank you for<br />

your understanding!<br />

The <strong>AWC</strong> is not responsible for accidents<br />

or injuries occurring at Club activities or<br />

on Club property. Sports and exercise<br />

instructors must carry their own liability<br />

insurance.<br />

business-links<br />

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information in any communication other than <strong>AWC</strong> official business is strictly prohibited. Members may<br />

not share the list with anyone other than another <strong>AWC</strong> Member in good standing and never to any<br />

third party.<br />

The <strong>AWC</strong> takes care to protect Member information and adherence to this policy is critical to maintain<br />

Member privacy. Members are asked to report suspected misuse of the list to any <strong>AWC</strong> Board Member.<br />

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Rates<br />

Classified Mini-Ads:<br />

Deadline: In general, the 1st of the month prior to the<br />

month in which your ad will appear, although subject to<br />

change due to holiday schedule.<br />

<strong>AWC</strong> Member Rates:<br />

For 45 Words<br />

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For 45 Words<br />

For 25 Additional Words<br />

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For 25 Additional Words<br />

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How to Submit Your Ad:<br />

Email your ad to: goingdutchads@awcthehague.org<br />

Payment Information:<br />

Please indicate the name of your ad on your payment so that<br />

we are able to match up your payment with your ad.<br />

By Bank Transfer:<br />

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Display Ads:<br />

For full, half, third or quarter page commercial display ads,<br />

email our magazine staff at<br />

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Restaurant Recommendations<br />

by Audrey Goodman<br />

Recommendations by Amber Gatewood<br />

Please send your recommendations to goingdutchmag@awcthehague.org.<br />

Bistro Mer<br />

Specializing in fish, lobster and oysters,<br />

Bistro Mer can be recognized by the oyster<br />

cart outside the front door and the beautiful<br />

display window of fresh fish, shellfish and<br />

crustaceans.<br />

Javastraat 9A, 2585 AB, Den Haag<br />

070 360 7389<br />

bistro-mer.nl<br />

Seafood, European, French<br />

€€€<br />

Lunch: Tuesday – Friday, Noon – 2 p.m.<br />

Dinner: Monday – Sunday, 5 – 11 p.m.<br />

Lapsang<br />

Authentic and creative, serving high tea,<br />

lunch, breakfast, cake, wine, and picnics.<br />

Everything is made fresh daily, organic<br />

(when possible) and without additives.<br />

Oude Molstraat 11A, 2513 BE,<br />

Den Haag<br />

070 360 3598<br />

lapsang.nl<br />

European, Dessert, Wine Bar<br />

€ - €€<br />

Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.<br />

Wednesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – Midnight<br />

Closed Monday<br />

Pastis<br />

Located in the center of The Hague, Pastis<br />

is a classic French bistro. Everything is prepared<br />

fresh and à la minute.<br />

Oude Molstraat 57, 2513 BA, Den Haag<br />

070 363 3031<br />

pastis.nl<br />

French, European, Seafood<br />

€€ - €€€<br />

Monday – Sunday, 5 – 10:30 p.m.<br />

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