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Going Dutch

March 2020

Kick Off

International Women's Day

Antwerp Day Trip

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The Magazine of the

American Women’s Club

of The Hague

5 Officers and Chairwomen

6 Kick Off

8 Message from the President

9 March General Meeting

10 Letter from the Editor

12 Membership

13 Clubhouse Corner

14 Ongoing Activities

22 One-of-a-Kind Activities

24 AWC and the Arts

26 Winter Activities Collage

28 Calendar

31 International Women’s Day

32 Tending to Zero

35 FAWCO Corner

38 Antwerp Day Trip

41 Who Needs Cash?

42 Clothes Swap

44 Dutch Daily

46 Farewell to Suzanne

48 Announcements

52 Classifieds

52 Rates

53 Index of Advertisers

54 Restaurant Recommendations

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Editor

Alex Moore

2019-2020 AWC Officers

Committee Chairs

AWC Clubhouse

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2582 NJ Den Haag

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Design and Layout

Teresa Mahoney

Cover

Den Haag Centraal by Melissa White

Photography

Greetje Engelsman, Alex Moore, Melissa

Rider, Emily van Eerten, Melissa White

Proofreaders

Celeste Brown, Audrey Goodman, Jane

Gulde, Diane Schaap, Debbie van Hees,

Melissa White

Advertising Manager & Invoicing

Open

Contributors

Barbara Brookman, Mary Ellen Brennan, Jane

Choy, Suzanne Dundas, Greetje Engelsman,

Roberta Enschede, Jan Essad, Dena Haggerty,

Eileen Harloff, Suzanne MacNeil, Sunita

Menon, Melissa Rider, Jo van Kalveen, Anne

van Oorshot, Emily van Eerten, Hilde Volle,

Michelle Voorn, Melissa White

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Honorary President Diane Hoekstra

President Melissa Rider

president@awcthehague.org

Vice President Barbara Brookman

vicepresident@awcthehague.org

Treasurer Teresa Insalaco

treasurer@awcthehague.org

Secretary Heather DeWitt

secretary@awcthehague.org

Club and Community Development

Open

community@awcthehague.org

Clubhouse Administrator

Jan Essad

clubadministrator@awcthehague.org

Communications Open

communications@awcthehague.org

Member-at-Large

Sunita Menon

Front Office

Liduine Bekman, Siska Datema-Kool,

Jan Essad, Deana Kreitler, Hannah Gray,

Georgia Regnault, Jessie Rodell, Lindsey

Turnau

Activities: Open

Arts: Jane Choy

Assistant Treasurer: Lori Schnebelie

Assistant Membership: Liduine Bekman

Board Advisor: Jessie Rodell

Book Club: Daytime: Teresa Mahoney

Book Club: Evening: Dena Haggerty

Caring Committee: Naomi Keip

Chat, Craft & Cake: Suzanne Dundas

eNews: Michelle Voorn

FAWCO: Barbara Brookman

Front Office Coordinator: Open

General Meetings: Open

Heart Pillow: Jan de Vries

Historian/Archivist: Georgia Regnault

Holiday Bazaar: Open

IT Administrator: Julie Otten

Kids’ Club: Open

Lunch Bunch: Greetje Engelsman

Membership: Mary Ellen Brennan

Movie Network: Tina Andrews

Newcomers: Jo van Kalveen & Hilde

Volle

Parliamentarian: Georgia Regnault

Philanthropy: Open

Pickleball: Barbara Brookman

Social Media Facebook and Instagram:

Michelle Voorn

Social Media LinkedIn: Julie Otten

Tennis: Molly Boed

Thirsty Thursday: Dena Haggerty

Tours: Liduine Bekman

Volunteer Coordinator: Laurie

Martecchini

Walkie Talkies: Emily van Eerten

Webmaster: Julie Otten

Women with Dutch Partners: Michelle

Voorn

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

For example, for the May/June issue, submissions are due before Monday, March 30.

Please Note: Articles submitted to Going Dutch will be published subject to space limitations and

editorial approval. All rights reserved; reprints only by written permission of the Editor. Please email to:

goingdutchmag@awcthehague.org

Legal Notice: Articles in Going Dutch express the views and opinions of their authors alone, and not necessarily

those of the AWC of The Hague, its Members or this publication.

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AWC Mission Statement

The AWC is an association formed to provide social and educational activities for American

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

as well as acquiring funds for general public interest. Membership in the club is open

to women of all nations who are friendly and welcoming to American culture. The association

does not endeavor to make a profit. The AWC is a 100% volunteer organization.

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Kick Off

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MARCH 2019 7



Message from the President

by Melissa Rider

March General Meeting

by Suzanne MacNeil

Spring is just around the corner. We’re

now only 30 days away from my favorite

month of the year in the Netherlands,

April, and my favorite activity, cycling through

the tulip fields. In the meantime, I hope you

have been able to take advantage of the many

and diverse activities on the AWC calendar

this winter, thus making those grey, dreary

days pass quickly.

If there is an activity or event that you would

like to see offered by the AWC, then why not

consider organizing it for the Membership?

This just requires a little coordination with

our Vice President, Barbara Brookman at

vicepresident@awcthehague.org, who will

determine a suitable date, post the event online,

and help with managing the registrations.

You just need to provide the following

information:

• Event description and options

• Possible dates (check the AWC online

calendar first, so there are no conflicts

with other One-of-a-Kind activities)

• Prices

• Minimum and maximum number of participants

• Cancellation policies and dates

• Dates when final registrations and payments

are due

• Public transportation options

• Contact information for the business

Barbara and I will do our best to see that your

activity makes it onto the AWC calendar, if

possible. Please keep in mind that sometimes

the logistics just don’t work out, but it’s always

worth a try.

Would you like to sign

up for an activity?

It’s really very

simple now with

the Wild Apricot

Management

System handling

our online calendar

and membership

database. If you

are still having

difficulties logging

into the Members’

side of our website,

then please contact

me at president@

awcthehague.org

so I can help. The

online registration

is a big help to

event organizers and the Treasurer, so we

would really like for all Members to take

advantage of it. The first step is to go to www.

awcthehague.org and click on the Member

Login button in the top right corner or on the

far right of the banner line. Next enter your

email and password. If you do not know

your password, then click “forgot password”

to have it reset. If you need to know which

email address we have on file for you, then

please contact me. Hint: it’s the same email

that your eNews is delivered to weekly. Once

you are logged in, you’ll be able to access

the online calendar. Just click on the specific

event and register. You have the option to pay

online via PayPal or offline via bank transfer.

I recommend that you pay using the bank

transfer option to avoid the extra PayPal fees.

Finally, please be aware of our registration

and cancellation dates. A minimum number

of participants is needed by a certain date

for an activity to happen, so don’t delay.

Payment is required within five business

days of the reservation or before the deadline

date (whichever is sooner). There will

be NO REFUNDS once the cancellation date

has passed unless your spot can be filled by

someone from the waiting list.

I look forward to seeing you soon at an AWC

sponsored activity!

Melissa

Three young women, sisters Freddie

and Truus Oversteegen and their best

friend, Hannie Schaft, were unlikely

heroines within the Dutch resistance during

World War II. The unexpected path

they strode from childhood to small roles

within the resistance, to shooting and killing

Nazis and Dutch collaborators during

what was to have been an intimate stroll,

is the stuff of legend. Sophie Poldermans,

an attorney who specializes in women and

war crimes with degrees from the University

of Amsterdam and University of Berkeley,

has written the book Seducing and Killing

Nazis: Hannie, Truus, and Freddie: Dutch

Resistance Heroines of WWII based on her

close relationship with the Oversteengen

sisters. Hannie died just three weeks before

the war ended, but even her death is the

stuff of legends. It is said that her last words

were, “I’m a better shot” after one of her

executioners wounded her with his first shot.

Sophie became friends with the

Oversteegen sisters during her time as

a board member of the National Hannie

Schaft Foundation. The sisters shared with

Sophie their early roles within the resistance

helping to move Jewish children

to safe houses, then using explosives to

destroy train tracks, and eventually flirting

with Nazis with the goal of killing the

highest-ranking officers.

Sophie’s relationship with the heroines of

the Dutch resistance gave her insight into

a little-known aspect of the war and the

three women who saved many, but their

work came with a price. Sophie says, “War

affected everything in their lives. Truus

became a well-known sculptor, but the war

was present in all of her artwork. The trauma

never went away for them. Every day

around Liberation Day in May, they would

wake up screaming, having nightmares

about the war. All the memories came back

to them.”

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear

Sophie share her work to preserve the memory

of these three brave women.

Thursday, March 12

10 a.m. Coffee and Conversation

10:30 a.m. Club News and Updates

10:45 a.m. Presentation by Sophie

Poldermans

AWC Clubhouse

Guests are welcome

Free

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MARCH 2019 9



Letter from the Editor

by Alex Moore

There is a saying that March goes in

like a lion and goes out like a lamb.

Or something like that. All I know is

that March signals the time of the year when

the weather improves a bit and maybe, just

maybe, singing Here Comes the Sun won’t

be so out of place. Not that there’s ever a bad

time for the Beatles. It’s quite nice not having

to go to work and come home in the dark. The

tulips might start to make an appearance as

will seasonal allergies. It’s all fun and games

until the whole office is startled by a chorus

of loud sneezing.

January’s intermittent sunshine made that

dreary month more bearable, so while we

may have braced ourselves for the winter

blues, the milder winter means that maybe

they weren’t so bad this year. My January

was spent resting from the madness of the

holiday season, but I’ve already kicked

off February with a concert in Amsterdam.

Since it’s unlikely Oasis will ever get back

together, seeing Liam Gallagher made me

happy even if I had to dodge flying beer

cups and moshing fans. The mosh pit was

quite fun, and I didn’t leave with bruises.

Unlike the last mosh pit I experienced in the

Netherlands, where I hid behind Diederik

because I got shoved onto the floor along

with a 6’4” Dutchman who landed on my

hip. It wasn’t Diederik, because he got

pulled by the mosh pit in the opposite direction.

At least the Dutchman who fell also

gave me a hand, but I learned my lesson

about mosh pits and Dutch music fans. I enjoy

concerts and living close to Amsterdam

is a huge advantage because I can catch a lot

of the shows I want to see.

January might be somewhat of a low-key

month at the Club, but March has quite a

few activities planned. One of them is a

Sushi-Making Workshop where you can

learn how to make Japan’s iconic food.

Maybe you’ll get on a roll and make enough

to feed Okinawa. I hereby solemnly swear

that I will never give up my penchant for

atrocious one-liners. Not when other Club

Members use them in their submissions

to the magazine. No, especially not then.

Game Night is also promising, especially

with a game like Cranium which is always

fun whether you’re 8 or 80. The Dutch

Etiquette class is bound to be informative,

clearing up any confusion you may have

over Dutch customs. If food workshops or

games aren’t your thing, then there is a tour

of the International Criminal Court and also

a tour of the Oranjehotel planned for April.

Quite a few new Members have joined

the Club, so we’d like to extend a warm

welcome to all of you. We’ve got plenty

of events this spring such as the Handbag

Auction, the Clothing Swap, and several

others where you can get to know various

Club Members. I hope to see you all around,

whether it’s at a Thirsty Thursday or another

event. Unless, of course, I find a concert.

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Alex

MARCH 2019 11



Membership

by Mary Ellen Brennan

Clubhouse Corner

by Jan Essad & Sunita Menon

Welcome New Members!

Rachel Allen

Gwendolyn Boevé-Jones

Krista Fox

Jenni Franklin

Annebeth Hawkins

Wilma Hooftman-de Waard

Cherry Johnson

Allison Manning

Sarah Partridge

Mimi Sur

We’ve had a busy start to 2020. Our

Welcome Back Event was very

well attended with many prospective

new Members joining us at the morning

coffee and evening borrel. During January,

six new Members joined the AWC. Please

welcome them when you see them at an event.

In February, we had a booth at The Hague’s

Feel at Home Fair where we met more prospective

Members. Thank you to our volunteers:

Sarah Dunn, Lana Heidar, Carol

Schapira, Jo van Kalveen, Hilde Volle,

and Michelle Voorn for setting up and staffing

the booth. Between their friendly faces

and Julie Otten’s cookies, our booth was a

hit again this year!

As you know we have a new Membership

area on our website. Did you know that you

can login and update your profile as well as

view the Membership Directory?

If you are like me, sometimes you remember

a face but not a name or vice versa. We

would like to encourage everyone to add

their photo to their Member profile so that

our Membership Directory shows Members

and their photos. I did this myself while

writing this article! Please follow these

steps:

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Adding Your Photo in 7 Easy

Steps

1. Go to our website www.awcthehague.

org

2. Click on “Member Login”

3. Login using your email and password

4. Go to “My AWC The Hague profile”

5. Click “Edit profile” gray button

6. Scroll down to “Avatar” and click the

“Browse” button to upload your picture

from your laptop or device

7. Click the “Save” button on the bottom

of the page

If you have trouble or can’t do it yourself,

please email your photo to Julie at

itc@awcthehague.org and she can upload it

for you.

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Go to www.awcthehague.org to share the

current month’s issue with friends and

family. You will also find links to our annual

advertisers, whose support makes this

magazine possible. If you visit or contact

one of our advertisers, let them know

Going Dutch sent you!

Let’s Celebrate!

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year

again…. SPRING! Yes, March 20 marks

the day of a new season, our favorite of the

year. For some of us, this is a time to look

back on the first part of the year and see how

we did with those New Year’s resolutions,

if we made any at all. Perhaps we’ll look at

where we are with accomplishing our goals

or, our personal favorite, simply be rejuvenated

by the newness of the season and all

the added sunlight. Who doesn’t love more

sunshine!?

For us it’s also the time of year when we

look forward to planning the celebration of

volunteers and Honorary Members. We’ve

set a date, so please mark your calendars

for THURSDAY, MAY 14 from 11 a.m. – 1

p.m. for our annual Volunteer and Honorary

Member Luncheon. Every Club Member

is invited to enjoy the Luncheon. So, don’t

miss this time to come together as a Club to

celebrate all we have done this year. It’s a

perfect time to thank all who give their time

and talents to make our Club so vibrant,

along with honoring those who have been

Members for more than 25 years. Be sure to

look for more details to come.

Oh, no! We forgot spring also means spring

cleaning! Oh well, we’ll think about that later.

Planning a celebration is much more fun!

Happy spring everyone and see you at the

Club,

Jan and Sunita

Clubhouse Corner

Did you know you can use the Clubhouse for a private event or business workshop

or meeting? Interested? Contact your Clubhouse Administrators, Sunita and Jan, at

clubadministrator@awcthehague.org for more details.

Did you know that any woman who speaks English is eligible

to join the American Women’s Club?

Invite your English-speaking friends, wherever they’re from,

to join us today!

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Ongoing Activities

Book Clubs

The AWC Book Clubs are open to all readers,

and new Members are especially welcome!

There are no requirements that you

must attend every meeting or lead a discussion.

Snacks are provided by a different

Member each month. There are two Book

Clubs hosted by AWC Members: One in the

daytime and one in the evening. Questions?

Teresa Mahoney organizes the daytime

group and can be reached at bookclubday@

awcthehague.org. Dena Haggerty handles

the evening meetings and can be reached

at bookclubevening@awcthehague.org.

Happy reading!

Daytime Book Club

March Selection: Normal People by Sally

Rooney

Connell and Marianne

grew up in the same

small town, but the similarities

end there. In high

school, Connell is popular,

while Marianne is

a loner. When the two

strike up a conversation,

something life changing

begins. A year later,

they’re both studying at Trinity College in

Dublin. She has found her feet in a new social

world while he hangs at the sidelines.

They circle one another, straying toward

other people and possibilities, but always irresistibly

drawn back together. As she veers

into self-destruction and he begins to search

for meaning elsewhere, each must confront

how far they are willing to go to save

the other.

Thursday, March 26

10 a.m.

AWC Clubhouse

FREE

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Daytime Book Club Recap – December

Some of the native Dutch speakers read it in

the original Dutch. Some read the English

translation. One English speaker read the

Dutch text as she listened to the Dutch audiobook.

The book was De Amerikaanse

Prinses/The American Princess by Annejet

van der Zijl, a biography of beautiful and

rich American socialite Allene Tew (1872-

1955). This book was, we decided, basically

fleshed out journalism. Think “really

detailed long-form magazine piece,” which

makes sense since popular Dutch writer

van der Zijl began as a journalist and specializes

in non-fiction. Allene Tew was a

woman of America’s Gilded Age and a survivor.

She lost two of her children within

one week in 1918 but persevered, navigating

diverse social spheres with an open

and giving heart. She took Dutch Princess

Juliana under her wing, negotiating a husband,

Prince Bernard, for her and elevating

Juliana’s fashion sense. In return, Tew was

one of several godmothers to Juliana’s oldest

daughter, Beatrix. The book touched on

almost a century of turbulent American history,

which was new to some of our Book

Club Members and a reminder to others

of what they’d learned in high school and

mostly forgotten. We don’t want to damn

this book with faint praise but, helaas, faint

praise is all it deserves. It is a routine, innocuous

enough biography.

Daytime Book Club Recap – January

Boza! Boza! The main character of Orhan

Pamuk’s novel A Strangeness in My Mind is

a humble boza seller. It’s a drink sold by the

kilo in Turkey and now we know why. Our

moderator made us boza topped with cinnamon

and crunchy chickpeas. Fermented,

therefore lightly alcoholic, bulgur is lightened

with sugar and vanilla. Think liquid

porridge, in the same way that vla is liquid

pudding. That was one cool thing about our

meeting. The other was that the discussion

Daytime Book Club Reading List:

Thursday, April 23: If Only I Could Tell You by

Hannah Beckerman

Thursday, May 28: Long Bright River by

Elisabeth Egan

was lively. But was the book itself cool?

Those who finished the book—and only two

out of five attendees did—had to agree to

disagree. At 624 pages, this is an ambitious

attempt to tell the story of a poor villager

in the big city to support his extended family,

all against the backdrop of the changes

Istanbul underwent between the 1960s and

2010s. The one finisher who liked the book

felt it well conveyed the currents of time and

change and family life that flowed through

a moving story. The other finisher felt the

book was an utter failure which told a boring

story of an uninteresting lead and didn’t

capture the essence of Istanbul’s metamorphosis.

Better to call it A Banality of My

Mind, she said. Most telling is the majority

of our group either did not read the book

at all or felt no desire to finish the book.

Pamuk is a Nobel Prize winning author. You

can trust the committee or you can trust us,

but block out some long chunks of time in

your schedule if you plan to read this book.

AWC Guest Policy

Guests are welcome to participate in AWC

activities and tours on a limited basis. As

a nonmember, a guest is limited to attend

two functions per calendar year and will

be charged an additional nonmember

fee. Only Members are entitled to use

babysitting services.

Evening Book Club

March Selection: The Signature of All

Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Spanning the globe

from London to Peru to

Amsterdam, this novel

tells the tale of enterprising

botanist Henry

Whittaker, who makes a

great fortune in the South

American quinine trade,

and his gifted botanist

daughter, Alma. When

scientist Alma falls for

the utopian artist, Ambrose, everything each

of them thinks they know about the workings

of the world is challenged. This fastpaced

novel is full of unforgettable, engaging

characters from all walks of life who

bear witness to the dawn of the Industrial

Revolution and beyond, narrating what happens

when “dangerous” new ideas clash

with old assumptions.

Wednesday, March 11

7:30 p.m.

Location TBA

FREE

Evening Book Club Recap – December

This choice was something a bit different:

a memoir from a woman whose husband >> 16

Evening Book Club Reading List:

April 15: The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott

May 13: Normal People by Sally Rooney

June 10: Lost Children Archive by Valeria

Luiselli

July 15: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by

Gail Honeymoon

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Ongoing Activities (cont.)

Continued from page 15

suffered a traumatic brain injury. Love You

Hard by Abby Maslin was a story of Abby’s

journey during her husband’s recovery. It

should be no surprise that our discussion

was more subdued than usual. While reading

this, it was impossible not to consider

how you would act in Abby’s situation.

Would I have been graceful? Would I have

fallen apart? Everyone left our discussion

profoundly grateful we did not have to answer

the questions Abby faced.

Evening Book Club Recap – January

This month’s selection was the 1928 Pulitzer

Prize winning novel The Bridge of San Luis

Rey by Thornton Wilder. The novel centers

around one event―the breaking of the finest

bridge in all Peru―and the lives of the five

travelers who plummet to their death. In a

sense, it can be read as a novel about meaning:

are accidents and coincidences planned

and how do these take on meaning in our daily

lives? This question led to a lively discussion.

Do we blame persons for the illnesses

or accidents that befall them? And if a person

lives a less-than-stellar life, do we blame

them when a tragedy occurs? We recommend

this book that has stood the test of time.

Chat, Craft & Cake

Chat, Craft & Cake is a weekly highlight

for those who enjoy crafts and camaraderie.

Whether your craft is knitting, quilting,

needlepoint or simply mending your

clothes, or whether you are a beginner

or an expert, you are welcome to join us.

Fish that UFO (Unfinished Object) out

of the drawer and get going on it again.

CCandCer’s are always ready with a

helping hand, a lesson, or some advice.

Each week, a different Member brings

a cake―tried and true, or experimental.

Babysitting is not available and there are

lots of sharp objects about (pins, needles,

scissors and wit) so we cannot accommodate

children. Contact Suzanne Dundas at

chatcraftcake@awcthehague.org for more

information

Every Tuesday

10 a.m. – Noon

AWC Clubhouse

FREE

Heart Pillow Project

Members work together to make heartshaped

pillows designed to help support

the arms of recent mastectomy patients.

Each pillow is made with TLC, wrapped,

and comes with a note signed by an AWC

volunteer. No sewing skills are needed, as

you can cut, stuff or wrap the heart pillows.

We are proud to provide men and

women with something both practical and

comforting, and we know our work helps

because we often receive thank-you notes

and emails from the patients who have

received a heart pillow. For more information,

please contact Jan de Vries at

heartpillow@awcthehague.org.

Tuesday, March 10

Noon – 2 p.m.

AWC Clubhouse

FREE

Visitors Welcome >> 18

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Ongoing Activities (cont.)

Continued from page 17

Mah Jongg

Mah Jongg is a popular tile-based game

of Chinese origin. This exciting game is

similar to the card game, rummy. We will

play the international version with 144 tiles

with no scoring. Be prepared for a game of

strategy and luck that will quickly become

addictive! All beginners and experienced

players are welcome at any time. Once

the group is established, beginners can

join and learn from doing. Please join us

as this game is simply good fun. For more

information and to RSVP, contact Jen van

Ginhoven at activities@awcthehague.org.

Every Tuesday, except second Tuesday

of the month

1 – 4 p.m.

AWC Clubhouse

FREE

Out to Lunch Bunch

Restaurant Walter Benedict (www.

walterbenedict.nl) is a trendy bistro with

a cozy casual atmosphere located on the

Denneweg. In addition to serving eggs

Benedict in a variety of ways, there is a

surprising range of breakfast items served

throughout the day in addition to more

traditional lunch offerings. They feature

Kompaan beer on tap and Provence rosé

wine by Brad Pitt. This Lunch Bunch will

be a winner! If you have any questions,

please contact Greetje Engelsman at

outtolunchbunch@awcthehague.org.

Out to Lunch Bunch

Upcoming Dates:

Thursday, April 23: Wicked Wines,

Bazarstraat 42, Den Haag

Monday, May 25: Rotterdam TBD

Friday, June 19, Voorschoten TBD

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Friday, March 27

Noon – 3 p.m.

Restaurant Walter Benedict

Denneweg 69a, Den Haag

Sign up at www.awcthehague.org

Pickleball

Pickleball is a sport that combines elements

from tennis, badminton and table tennis. It

is played with a paddle and light ball in a

badminton-sized court. It is a friendly sport

for all age groups and levels! Pickleball is

the fastest growing sport in the US and is

exploding in popularity internationally.

The AWC now meets weekly with AWC

Member Krishna Thakrar guiding us on

how to play. Contact Barbara Brookman

at activites@awcthehague.org to join a trial

session with the option to join for the season.

Every Wednesday

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Sporthall Houtrust

Laan van Poot 22, Den Haag

Trial Session: € 10 Members /

€ 15 non-members

NEW! Saturday Night Out at the

Club

The latest addition to our Ongoing Activities

will be a monthly Saturday Night Out at the

Club in which we’ll host a variety of social

events at the AWC Clubhouse.

Game Night: Cranium

Cranium is a fun board game where players

are divided into teams of two to four players.

In order to advance across the board, team

members complete a variety of activities

that include creativity (drawing on paper or

sculpting in clay), trivia, word challenges

and charades. Join us for another great social

activity at the AWC on a Saturday night.

The fee covers drinks and snacks.

Saturday, March 14

7 – 10 p.m.

AWC Clubhouse

€ 10 Members / € 15 non-members

Minimum 8 / Maximum 32

Sign up at www.awcthehague.org

Cancellation Deadline: March 7

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Tennis League

Players needed! The AWC Tennis Group

plays doubles every Tuesday in Warmond.

Ladies move up and down the courts according

to a ladder system. The emphasis

in on having fun! The League is available

for all levels except true beginners. Contact

Molly Boed at mollyboed@gmail.com for

more information.

Every Tuesday

(except specific holidays TBD)

1 – 3 p.m.

Dekker Tennis Court

Veerpolder 14, Warmond

Thirsty Thursday

Join us again for our monthly gathering.

Thirsty Thursday is a casual evening of

companionship and good conversation―a

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prospective Members. This month’s

deal: the Sicilian owner of this adorable

cafe has agreed to open his doors in the

evening especially for the AWC. He will be

providing us with two drinks (alcoholic or

otherwise) and scrumptious antipasto such

as cheeses, homemade breads, and meats.

All for the low price of € 15. Please join us

for a fun evening.

Thursday, March 19

6 – 9 p.m,

Zamcaffé

Reinkenstraat 51a, 2517 CP Den Haag

No need to RSVP

Walkie Talkies

Whether you count your steps or just want

to walk with friends, the Monday morning

Walkie Talkies is a fun, healthy and energetic

way to start the week. The group meets

in front of the Clubhouse before heading

out to walk to various destinations in the

area, usually racking up 10,000 steps along

the way. Please check the AWC Facebook

page or contact Emily van Eerten at

walkietalkies@awcthehague.org for last

minute updates and cancellations.

Mondays

9:30 a.m.

AWC Clubhouse

Free

Wassenaar Coffee &

Conversation

If you live in or north of Wassenaar, join

your neighbors for coffee and conversation

once a month without having to drive to

the Clubhouse.

One Member

will host a casual

coffee

at her home

at 9:30 a.m.

on the first

Thursday of

every month.

Prospective

Members are welcome too. Suzanne Dundas

coordinates these meetings and can be

reached at chatcraftcake@awcthehague.org.

Since the location changes every month,

contact Suzanne if you are interested in attending

or for more information.

Thursday, March 5

9:30 a.m.

Location TBA

FREE

Members: eNews Distribution

A weekly electronic newsletter

is sent to all AWC Members.

If you have not been receiving your

eNews, please contact Melissa at

membership@awcthehague.org.

Cancellation Policy

Members may reserve a spot for an

AWC tour, activity or event in advance.

Payment is required within five

business days of the reservation or

before the deadline date (whichever

is sooner) otherwise your name

will be moved to a waitlist. It is the

responsibility of the Member to

notify the Club at vicepresident@

awcthehague.org to cancel a

reservation prior to the cancellation

deadline. Please note that there will be

NO REFUNDS (no exceptions) after the

cancellation deadline. Members may

find a substitute in lieu of cancellation

provided that arrangements are

made with the tour, activity or event

organizer. Members shall be held

responsible for their guest reservations

in accordance with this policy.

Tea with AWC

Honorary President,

Diane Hoekstra

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One-of-a-Kind Activities

by Barbara Brookman

RSVP directly on www.awcthehague.org. Direct any questions to

vicepresident@awcthehague.org

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

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

bank transfer to the AWC account NL42ABNA0431421757.

Dutch Etiquette

One of the most important aspects of living

in and traveling throughout the Netherlands

is getting to know the people and their customs.

You will quickly learn that what you

might consider to be customary and polite in

your home country, may differ substantially

from what is expected in The Hague. Do

not be misled by the sometimes seemingly

brusque Dutch manners, as behind it lies a

friendly good humor and an old-fashioned

dependability.

This class is all about “Dutch manners” and

will help you to understand the differences in

culture between the US and the Netherlands.

You will learn more than just “facts,” such

as the Dutch three kisses, eating with knife

and fork, and rules for cycling. Join AWC

Member Greetje Engelsman for fun in this

special class!

Wednesday, March 4

10 – 11:30 a.m.

AWC Clubhouse

FREE

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Sushi-Making Workshop

Have you always wanted to learn the art

of making sushi? During this workshop at

Sushi Time at the New Babylon next to Den

Haag Centraal Station, you will learn to

make various types of sushi: nigiri, hosomaki,

special maki and temaki (hand rolls). We

will eat the sushi that we make, which means

that the workshop is also a meal. A drink is

included in the cost―soda, Japanese green

tea, white wine or beer―and we will toast

with sake. At the end of the workshop there

will be time for extra practice and you can

take this sushi home with you.

Saturday, March 7

4 – 6:30 p.m.

Sushi Time

Anna van Beurenplein 12, Den Haag

€ 50 Members (€ 55 non-members)

Minimum 8 / Maximum 24

Non-refundable

Tour of the International

Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is

a permanent international court established

to investigate, prosecute and try individuals

accused of committing the most serious

crimes of concern to the international community

as a whole: the crime of genocide,

crimes against humanity, war crimes and the

crime of aggression. The primary mission

of the ICC is to help put an end to impunity

for the perpetrators of such crimes and

contribute to their prevention. Our tour will

start with a visit to the ICC Visitor Center,

followed by a presentation on the Court and

its current developments. There will be time

for Q&A after the presentation. If the court

is in session that day, you can attend a hearing.

Alternatively, there will be a courtroom

explanation. NOTE: A valid ID is required

for this visit.

Tuesday, March 31

10:15 a.m. – Noon

Oude Waalsdorperweg 10, Den Haag

FREE

Handbag Auction

We will have an afternoon of bubbly, bites,

and fun, bidding on donated handbags

from our own AWC Members to support

FAWCO's new Target Project, which will

be selected in March. Donations of once

loved handbags, to be auctioned off, can be

dropped off at the Clubhouse during opening

hours between now and March 24.

Thursday, April 2

Beginning at 1 p.m.

AWC Clubhouse

RSVP via our online calendar

Tour of National Monument

Oranjehotel

The Oranjehotel was the nickname for the

Scheveningen Prison during World War

II. The Germans detained over 25,000

people there for interrogation and prosecution.

A diverse group from all corners of

the Netherlands had broken German laws:

mostly resistance fighters, but also Jews

and Jehovah’s Witnesses, as well as those

who were detained due to an economic

misdemeanor, like black market traders.

Even during the war, the complex was

called “Oranjehotel” as an ode to the resistance

fighters who were locked up there.

Among the prisoners in the Oranjehotel were

well-known people like the Erik Hazelhoff

Roelfzema (whose autobiography Soldaat

van Oranje (Soldier of Orange) inspired

both a movie and musical) and Corrie ten

Boom (who later wrote her autobiography

The Hiding Place about hiding Jews

in her family’s home in Haarlem). Other

prisoners included Rudolph Cleveringa,

Titus Brandsma, George Maduro, Pim

Boellaard, Henri Pieck, Heinz Polzer (Drs.

P.), and also countless others. Some were

released, others were deported to other

prisons or camps, while others were executed

on the nearby Waalsdorpervlakte.

Their stories of fear, hope, faith and love

for the fatherland are told in the National

Monument Oranjehotel. Learn how vulnerable

freedom really is, and which choices

people make when injustice, repression

and persecution control society.

Friday, April 10

10 a.m.

Oranjehotel

van Alkenmadelaan 1258, Den Haag

Further details to follow

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AWC and the Arts

by Jane Choy -Thurlow, AWC Member and Mauritshuis Docent

Guided Tour of George Stubbs:

The Man, the Horse, the

Obsession

There will be a very special exhibit this

spring in the Mauritshuis focusing on

George Stubbs, one of England’s most significant

18th century artists. This exhibition

represents a first for the Mauritshuis: never

before in the Netherlands has an exhibition

been dedicated to this important artist. The

extraordinary highlight of the exhibition

is the life-sized portrait of the racehorse

Whistlejacket of 1762: an iconic work in

which Stubbs painted the horse against an

entirely empty background. This is the first

time that this masterpiece from The National

Gallery in London has travelled to mainland

Europe.

By means of 13 paintings, 10 anatomical

drawings and the original skeleton of

the world-famous racehorse Eclipse, the

Mauritshuis will trace how Stubbs developed

to become the leading horse painter

in the United Kingdom. Eighteenth-century

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RSVP for all Arts Activities directly on

www.awcthehague.org

Direct any questions to

jechoy@me.com

Dutch painting is a lesser known, yet important

part of the permanent collection

and display at the Mauritshuis. With this

exhibition, the museum is introducing the

work of one of the most important 18thcentury

English artists to the Dutch public.

The oeuvre of Stubbs relates to important

17th-century artworks in the Mauritshuis,

such as Rembrandt’s Anatomy Lesson of Dr

Nicolaes Tulp, the life-sized Bull by Paulus

Potter and the work of the horse painter

Philips Wouwerman.

Save time by buying your entrance ticket

online in advance at www.mauritshuis.nl.

Thursday, March 26

11 a.m.

Mauritshuis

Plein 29, Den Haag

€ 10 Members (€ 15 non-members)

PLUS

Museum entrance fee is € 15.50 or free

with Museumkaart

Minimum 11 / Maximum 15

Cancellation deadline: March 10

It is possible to sign up after this date if

there is space

Walking Tour of Old

Scheveningen

Walkie Talkies regularly walks the neighborhoods

to Scheveningen, so it will be

interesting to learn a little history about the

area and its inhabitants plus see some hidden

treasures. Contrary to popular belief,

Scheveningen was never an independent

municipality; nevertheless, it has its own

coat of arms and always had a strong identity

of its own.

Monique Varma, frequently

our docent during tours at the

Kunstmuseum, will be our guide

on this special outing. Please be

sure to wear sensible shoes.

Monday, April 20

9:30 a.m. – Noon

Meet in front of the Antonius

Abt. Church

Scheveningseweg 233, 2584 AA

Den Haag

€ 10 Members

(€ 15 non-members)

Minimum 12 / Maximum 15

Cancellation deadline: April 9

It is possible to sign up after this date if

there is space

Mayflower 400

The 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’

journey to America will be commemorated

this year in close collaboration

between the Netherlands, America and

England. The Pilgrims lived in Leiden

from 1609 to 1620 before departing for

the New World. The official opening of

the Mayflower 400 commemorative year

coincides with the opening of the exhibit

Pilgrims to America – And the Limits

of Freedom at Museum De Lakenhal in

Leiden from March 27 through July 12

(www.lakenhal.nl).

To mark the start of the Pilgrim

Year, Leiden is hosting a free

public event allowing visitors

an ample opportunity to become

acquainted with Leiden Pilgrim

history and the themes connected

to it: migration, tolerance

and oppression. Throughout the

day, several locations and museums

linked to the Pilgrims and

the Golden Age will offer free

entry to the public: Museum De

Lakenhal, Pieterskerk, Museum

Wevershuis and others. A series

of lectures will take place

at various locations in the city, as well

as complementary guided tours. In addition,

city guides will offer free tours of the

historic city center, while explaining the

fascinating story of Leiden in the Golden

Age and the role of the Pilgrims during

this period. The festivities will end with a

late afternoon concert at the Pieterskerk.

Friday, March 27

Noon – 6 p.m.

Various Locations in Leiden

FREE

www.leiden400.nl

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Wine Tasting

Church Tour

Tea with Diane Hoekstra

Winter Activities

Out to Lunch Bunch

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March 2020

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

1 2

3

4

5

6 7

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m

Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.

Mah Jongg 1 p.m.

AWC Tennis 1 p.m.

Pickleball 10 a.m.

Dutch Etiquette Class

10 a.m.

Wassenaar Coffee and

Conversation 9:30 a.m.

Sushi-Making Workshop

4 p.m.

8

9

10

11

12

13 14

Women's March in

Amsterdam 12:30 p.m

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m

Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.

Heart Pillow Workshop

Noon

Pickleball 10 a.m.

Coffee 10 a.m.

March General Meeting

10:30 a.m.

AWC Tennis 1 p.m.

Evening Book Club

7:30 p.m.

Buddy Check 12

Game Night: Cranium

7 p.m.

15 16

17

18

19

20 21

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m

Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.

Pickleball 10 a.m.

Mah Jongg 1 p.m.

AWC Tennis 1 p.m.

Thirsty Thursday 6 p.m.

FAWCO Interim Meeting 2020 - Luxembourg

22 23

24

25

26

27

28

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m

Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.

Pickleball 10 a.m.

Daytime Book Club 10 a.m.

FAWCO Interim Meeting

Mah Jongg 1 p.m.

AWC Tennis 1 p.m.

Sip, Swap and Shop Clothes

Swap 6:30 p.m.

Mauritshuis: Guided Tour of

George Stubbs 11 a.m.

Out to Lunch Bunch Noon

29 30

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m

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Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.

Tour of the International

Criminal Court 10:15 a.m.

Mah Jongg 1 p.m.

AWC Tennis 1 p.m.

Looking Forward to a Busy Spring:

April 2 - Handbag Auction

April 10 - Tour of Oranjehotel

April 30 - Officer Installation

May 14 - Volunteer Luncheon

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International Women’s Day

by Mary Adams

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated

globally on March 8 every year in

honor of women’s contributions to society.

The day also commemorates the inspiring role

of women around the world to secure women’s

rights and build more equitable societies.

The first National Woman’s Day was celebrated

in 1909 in America to honor the women

who protested against working conditions in

the garment industry by organizing a workers’

strike in 1908. Over the next 66 years, different

countries honored women’s social efforts, but

it wasn’t a global event until 1975 when the

United Nations made March 8 the official date.

Today, IWD belongs to all women. It is not

organization, group or country specific.

My first celebration of IWD was at the biennial

FAWCO meeting in Bern in 2013. We

started the morning with an inspirational address

from Betty E. King, US Ambassador

to the UN in Geneva. Ambassador King then

joined us in standing on the bridge over the

Aare River in support of Women for Women

International’s Join Me on the Bridge campaign.

This global act of solidarity was created

to bring awareness to violence against

women in war-torn countries. When I stood

on the bridge, I really felt connected to the

women in the club as well as women standing

on bridges all over the world. In that

moment, we were united and strong, bridging

the geographical gap with pure feminine

energy.

In 2020, the IWD theme is An Equal World

is an Enabled World - #EachforEqual. The

IWD 2020 campaign theme is drawn from

a notion of collective individualism. We

are all parts of a whole. Our individual actions,

conversations, behaviors and mindsets

can have an impact on our larger society.

Collectively, women can make change

happen. Collectively, we can each help to

create a gender equal world. So put out your

arms and strike the #EachforEqual POSE to

motivate others and to make International

Women’s Day YOUR day. Do what you can

to truly make a positive difference for women

everywhere; not just on March 8, but every

day.

A women’s march is scheduled in Amsterdam

on Sunday, March 8 at 12:30 p.m. If

you would like to “strike a pose” for equality

and march with AWC The Hague, please

check eNews and our Facebook Group for

more information.

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Tending to Zero

Using the 5 Rs to Combat Climate Change

by Valerie Garforth and Anne van Oorschot (AWC Member & FAWCO Environment

Co-Chair)

straight into the waste stream. Bring

your own refillable water bottle and insulated

coffee cup with you. Take reusable

metal flatware to picnics.

As forest fires rage in Australia and

glaciers disappear in Iceland, climate

change is becoming ever more “in

your face.” While real, significant changes

need to be made by governments and businesses,

there is much that we as individual

citizens can do, and one of those things is to

reduce waste. A recent article by FAWCO’s

Environment Team presents a new and easy

way to achieve that: refuse. Read on for some

background information and 14 straightforward

suggestions of what to refuse.

Humankind has always generated household

waste. Archeologists learn a great deal

about ancient, and not so ancient, populations

by investigating their middens. Future

archeologists will probably have a lot to say

about us when they investigate our landfills

and the great garbage patches in the oceans,

and it is not likely to be very complimentary.

According to a University of Georgia

study, 18 billion pounds (8 million metric

tons) of plastic trash winds up in our oceans

each year. Plastics cause more than 80% of

the negative effects on animals associated

with ocean trash and over 100,000 marine

animals die every year from plastic entanglement

and ingestion. The world generates

2.01 billion tons of municipal waste annually.

The US, with 5% of global population,

creates 25% of the waste, much of it going

to landfills. Landfills are among the biggest

contributors to soil pollution and roughly

80% of the items buried in landfills could

be recycled. For instance, over 11 million

tons of recyclable clothing, shoes, and textiles

make their way into landfills each year.

Although 75% of America’s waste is recyclable,

only around 30% of it actually gets

recycled.

All the waste we create started off as products

(machinery, electronics, furniture,

clothing, food, etc.) that required resources

(often derived from oil) to manufacture

and transport, all adding to greenhouse gas

production and pollution. In order to tackle

the mountain of waste that we create, we

know that we need to “Reduce, Reuse, and

Recycle.” In her book Zero Waste Home,

Bea Johnson adds another two “Rs” to the

mantra, which becomes “Refuse, Reduce,

Reuse, Recycle, and Rot (compost).”

Tending to zero is an algebraic term (if I remember

correctly) by which a number continuously

approaches zero but never reaches

it. We cannot eliminate all waste, but we can

aspire to creating as little waste as possible

and dealing responsibly with the rest.

In a series of articles, the FAWCO

Environment Team will address each of the

“Rs” and suggest ways we can all contribute

to the reduction of waste. I will pass them

on to you, starting with the first “R” in this

process: Refuse.

In order to reduce the amount of waste coming

outof our homes (and other buildings),

it makes sense to reduce (by refusing) what

comes into them. The concept of “refusing”

is a way to eliminate waste, or at least reduce

it, at the source. This saves money,

clutter, the need for maintenance and cleaning,

and sends a strong message to shops

and manufacturers.

Suggestions on What to Refuse

• Anything that is not recyclable or is

difficult to recycle: Check the labels.

Polystyrene is in this latter category; it

is difficult to avoid and, while it can be

recycled, you need to search for recycling

locations near you.

• Single use plastics: Disposable bottles,

cups, lids and flatware are designed

to be used once and thrown away going

• Plastic straws: Straws were originally

made of straw (!), which is biodegradable.

Plastic straws cause a lot of

harm to birds and other wildlife. Paper

straws are available but are still more

expensive than the plastic variety. You

can buy reusable metal straws which

can be washed and reused indefinitely.

Alternatively, refuse the straw and

drink from the cup!

• Disposable toothbrushes: Take a

regular toothbrush with you in a container.

• Hotel toiletries: Small hotel shampoo

and conditioner packs provide very

little product and a lot of plastic; they

are not “free” as we pay for them in the

room price. Some hotels now provide

bulk dispensers for soap, shampoo and

conditioner. If you have a stock of hotel

toiletries, use them at home or pack

them to take on your next trip and recycle

the plastic. Don’t give them to

homeless shelters as they want regular

size products. When the stock is exhausted,

take shampoo and conditioner

in small refillable screw-top bottles.

• Conference goodies and giveaways:

Refuse these unless they are a) consumable,

or b) you actually can use them or

know someone who will.

• Plastic bags: We all know that we need

to refuse plastic bags and some countries

already ban plastic bags. Always

take a bag full of reusable bags when

shopping and present them at the checkout.

Make a fuss about not wanting

to accept plastic bags. A reusable bag

takes more resources to manufacture

and transport but over the years, if not

decades, of use it will reduce the need

for thousands of plastic bags. Those

which do sneak into the house can be

washed (if necessary) and reused.

• Restaurant containers: Take a reusable

container with you if you go to a

restaurant for a meal so that you can

bring back any leftovers in your washable

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polystyrene, plastic or coated paper

container.

• Unwanted packaging: Many grocery

stores are selling bulk food items, and

this allows you to fill your own reusable

containers and eliminate packaging.

• Paper napkins: Use washable cloth

napkins. Use cloth handkerchiefs instead

of paper tissues (unless you have

a very heavy cold).

• Fast fashion: Buy good quality classic

clothes which look good and last a long

time.

• Air travel: This is a big one: refuse to

fly if there is a mass transit (high speed

train) alternative. Post-Cold War flight

paths travel over the Arctic and fuel residues

landing on the ice make it absorb

more sunlight which speeds melting. For

expatriates overseas, it may be easier to

“Reduce” flying rather than “Refuse.”

• Unwanted gifts in the mail: All kinds

of organizations seem to send “free”

gifts in order to persuade us to send

them money. They may be very worthwhile

organizations, but there is a limit

to how many calendars, notepads, address

labels, etc. we can use. Anything

that looks like a “free gift” can be placed

back in the mail with “please return to

sender” written above the crossed-out

address label.

• Disposable diapers and wipes:

Washable cloth diapers and wipes have

been used since time immemorial and

owning a washing machine and dryer

eases the process. Disposable diapers

are difficult to dispose of as they don’t

biodegrade easily or quickly. Consider

using them just for overnight and for

traveling with your baby. Wikipedia has

a good overview of cotton and disposable

diapers.

References

Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson

Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have by

Tatiana Schlossberg

50 Recycling & Trash Statistics That Will Make You Think Twice About Your Trash at www.

rubiconglobal.com/blog/statistics-trash-recycling/

The Carbon Trust Standard for Zero Waste to Landfill at www.carbontrust.com

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FAWCO Corner

by Barbara Brookman, AWC the Hague FAWCO

Representative

Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas, a United Nations NGO with

consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council

www.fawco.org.

Luxembourg Interim Meeting

The FAWCO Interim Meeting will be

held in Luxembourg from March 20 to

March 22. FAWCO hosts a shorter and

less costly “Interim Meeting” between

Biennial Conference years to attract more

Club Members to learn about the ABCs of

FAWCO. It may be a shorter meeting, but

it’s sure not short on content! The agenda is

packed with workshops on the work of the

FAWCO teams, sessions for Club Reps and

Presidents, and lots of networking opportunities.

I’m really looking

forward to learning

more about

the FAWCO SDG

Toolkit which will

provide tools and

training for Member

Clubs like ours

to integrate the

UN’s Sustainable

Development Goal in

our communications and activities. Most of

all, this is another opportunity for you to join

me, as another FAWCO newbie, in learning a

whole lot more about the organization. Why

not join me and many other AWC The Hague

women? Our Club is always very well represented,

so plan to join us! If you haven’t

registered yet, you can do so by following

the link on the FAWCO website: www.fawco.

org.

Target Project Update

At the Interim Meeting, the Member Clubs

will announce the fourth Target Project:

Health: Ensuring Healthy Lives and

Promoting Well-Being to Improve the Lives

of Women and Girls. In January, 3 projects

were shortlisted out of 15 submittals and the

Member Clubs voted on their favorite project

in February. You can get the latest update and

see the shortlisted projects here: www.fawco.

org/global-issues/target-program/health/

blog-health-matters/.

FAWCO 25th Anniversary

Friendship Quilt Raffle Tickets

There is still time to buy raffle tickets for

the 25th Anniversary FAWCO Friendship

Quilt: A Stitch in Time. Every year, Members

around the world create the squares to be included

in the quilt which will be raffled at

the FAWCO Interim Meeting to raise money

for The FAWCO Foundation’s programs and

charitable causes. You can buy raffle tickets

online by going to The FAWCO Foundation

website at www.fawcofoundation.org or by

following this link: https://form.jotformeu.

com/92934416145358.

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FAWCO (cont.)

Continued from page 35

FAWCO Handbag Auction

Scheduled for April 2

Yes, we are planning a Handbag Auction

this year! Join us on April 2 at 1 p.m. at the

Clubhouse. The auction is a perfect opportunity

to combine spring cleaning with a new

seasonal look. Loren Mealey, our wonderful

auctioneer, will reprise her role assisted

by our handbag models.

I’m looking for a few more volunteers to

give the bags some love, merchandise our

auction room and model the bags during the

auction. Please send me an email (fawco@

awcthehague.org) if you can help make this

event a success.

Check your closets, friends’ closets, the

Kringloopwinkel—who knows where

you’re going to find suitable, lightly used

bags to donate for the auction. Drop them at

the Club so that our team of volunteers can

spiff them up. On April 2, plan to return to

enjoy bubbles, snacks and a fun afternoon as

we auction the bags in support of FAWCO’s

philanthropic programs.

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Antwerp Day Trip

by Alex Moore

In December, my friend Lizzy came all the

way to visit me from the UAE. It wasn’t her

first time in the Netherlands as she came

to visit me last year. As soon as she said my

name at the arrival hall at Schiphol, I screamed.

My scream soon devolved into laughter as I

realized I made a fool of myself in public.

Thankfully, the rest of the people waiting for

friends and loved ones found it just as amusing

as we did.

I met Lizzy in the fall of 2007 at Converse

College in South Carolina. We were cast

in a play together as part of a senior’s theatre

project. One day during rehearsal, my

black Motorola Razr rang, playing the intro

to All Along the Watchtower, Jimi’s version,

naturally. As soon as Lizzy heard the first

few notes, she stage whispered, “I love that

song!” It was then and there that a friendship

began. One that has lasted for years, whether

we’re lounging on the beach in Florida, braving

the winter in Chicago, or going to concerts

in New Orleans. We also backpacked

Southeast Asia together, traipsing through

Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. We almost

died together―a story I’ll save for a

rainy day. If that didn’t solidify our bond, I

don’t know what would.

gotten so used to hearing Netherlands Dutch.

I’m not exactly fluent in Dutch, but sometimes

I can understand it. Flemish, however,

had me back at square one.

The last time I went to Antwerp was in late

2014 and my husband Diederik had to drive

on dodgy Belgian roads while it was snowing.

He’s still my hero for that maneuver. Since

Frozen was popular that year, I annoyed him

with Do You Want to Build a Snowman as

soon as he stopped driving. Alas, there was

no snow on this cold December day, so I had

to settle with annoying Lizzy with my horrific

jokes, which I’d been doing ever since

we were reunited at Schiphol.

Our first priority was food since those sandwiches

were already a distant memory. I led

us to Grote Markt, where we found a place

that served waffles, coffee and desserts. We

each ordered coffee and decided to share

a Belgian waffle with chocolate. The fun

part was getting to order the whole thing in

Dutch and translating the menu for Lizzy.

I was able to hold a conversation in Dutch

with the friendly owner switching to English

when I ran out of Nederlands, a small victory

I couldn’t help but smile about.

Outside the café, we found what appeared

to be a giant art exhibit beside the cathedral.

There were bare trees and patches of

green moss at the bottom. Lights were strung

throughout the branches and a fog machine

dispersed bits of fog throughout the exhibit.

As we walked around, we heard creepy horror

movie music. Neither of us understood

why that particular music was chosen since

we thought the exhibition didn’t need any. We

didn’t know whether to admire it all or run

from Freddy and Jason. Since we didn’t hear

chainsaws, we opted for admiration while

walking further towards the Christmas market.

I’d forgotten that everyone else has the same

idea to visit a Christmas market, so we had to

maneuver our way through the crowds waiting

in line for gluhwein, hot chocolate and

waffles. There were waffles galore: covered

in chocolate, sprinkles, chocolate and sprinkles,

fruit and cream, everything that makes

a Belgian waffle magnificent. Instead of

gluhwein, we decided on fries, mine with curry

ketchup and hers with regular ketchup. >> 40

During her visit, I suggested we take the train

to Antwerp for a day trip. Since she’d never

been to Belgium, she agreed. We bought our

tickets at Rotterdam Centraal, and enjoyed

hummus, rucola, and sundried tomato sandwiches

and tomato soup from Lebkov &

Sons before catching our train. Our leisurely

lunch seemed to set the tone of our Sunday

Funday.

As we stepped out of the train, we were both

taken by how beautiful Antwerp Centraal is.

The whole time we rode the escalator, we

commented on the beauty of the high ceilings

and the ornate architecture that will

never cease to amaze. When I heard Flemish,

it was initially somewhat jarring because I’ve

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Who Needs Cash?

by Melissa White

No sour mayonnaise for us. Just our luck, we

found a bench where we could people-watch

and enjoy our fries.

Next we found a store where Lizzy could

buy some Delirium Belgian beer. One of her

goals was to acquire Belgian beer while being

in Benelux. We selected two Delirium

beers complete with the pink elephants on

the labels. We’ve got a love of elephants

thanks to our time in Southeast Asia. I was

grateful that I’d brought my backpack on this

day trip as I took on the role as keeper of the

beer. We only stayed in Antwerp for a few

hours, but we paused on our walk back to the

train station to listen to a group of Christmas

carolers. Between the big Christmas tree

in the square, lights, Christmas market and

various festivities, it was hard not to smile

about it all.

After a fulfilling day, it was time to go back

to Rotterdam. It’s all fun and games until

you can’t figure out what’s coming and

going from Antwerp Centraal Station. The

signs were confusing, and there was no one

around to ask for clarification. As much as

I enjoy Belgium, I longed for the order of

the Netherlands, if nothing else so we could

get back to Rotterdam. We went to a store

to buy snacks for the ride home, which included

things like bread and Belgian cheese.

When we left the store, we checked the

screen again for our train. We also found an

employee who told us where to go, much to

our relief. Our relief soon faded to dismay as

it was standing room only until Breda. Our

dismay turned to amusement when it soon

became a game of “try not to fall on people

around you.” At least the close calls were

good fun.

Christmas crowds and train frustration aside,

we had a great time in Antwerp. We’ve already

decided we are exploring more of

Belgium when she makes it back to the glorious

region of Benelux. Whether we stay a

few days or channel the Beatles to be day

trippers, round trip tickets yeah, Belgium

won’t be seeing the last of us.

Long-term AWC Members might remember

that I previously wrote an article

where I declared myself a dinosaur

because I refused to start using a cellphone.

Everything changed when I went to Tokyo for

six weeks while my youngest daughter was

working as a model in 2015. Just before we

left, my husband ordered a refurbished iPhone5

so that I could keep in regular contact with

Ashlynn, who was using a rented phone from

her Japanese modeling agency. It soon became

evident that I really did need a smartphone as

Ashlynn would often message me at the last

minute that she was free for lunch and I would

need to get quickly across town using Google

Maps and the metro app. Being able to take

photos of items in the grocery store and have

the ingredients translated by Google Translate

also came in immensely handy.

Three years later, my parents upgraded their

iPhones and were happy to pass down their

old ones. I was thrilled to swap out my 5S for

a bigger 6Plus. Please keep in mind that unlike

my husband James, I am someone who

has been slow to drink the Apple Kool-Aid;

while I do love my iPhone, I don’t own any

other Apple products. So, imagine his surprise

when I fully embraced using Apple Pay

last year (Apple Pay was initially released in

2014, but wasn’t launched in the Netherlands

until June 2019). I was also surprised. I never

imagined that I could travel abroad without

using either cash or my ATM card; I just used

my phone to pay for everything during a trip

to Stockholm in the fall. It was nice not to

have to fumble with foreign coins and try

to guess just how much money I was likely

to spend. Ironically, on another trip in the

fall, we discovered that Apple Pay was not

accepted in several restaurants in Silicon

Valley, home to Apple.

Netherlands and ABN Amro, Rabobank and

Bunq have followed). It works with any merchant

that accepts contactless payments, so

instead of tapping your PIN card against the

point-of-sale terminal, you tap your phone

and use your phone’s internal security system

(passcode, fingerprint or facial recognition

with newer iPhones) to approve the payment.

Not only does this speed up the transaction

because there’s not the € 25 contactless limit

that exists for a PIN card in the Netherlands,

but it is more secure because the retailer never

has your personal credit or debit card information

due to the encryption used by Apple

and the biometric authentication provided by

your phone. This also means no more risk of

having your debit or credit card skimmed by

a modified card reader.

Personally, I keep my Dutch debit card and

US credit card in my iPhone Wallet. I can then

set either of them as the “default” depending

upon whether I am here in the Netherlands or

travelling. Here at home, I use it to pay for

nearly everything. My dental hygienist was

convinced it wouldn’t work with her system

and was quite impressed when it did. Most

of the NS ticket machines have been modified

to accept contactless payments, and my

phone works there as well, much to my husband’s

surprise. Presumably, Google Pay

works in the same manner for Android users.

For those not indoctrinated yet, Apple Pay is

a mobile payment service which allows users

at no charge to digitally save credit cards and

debit cards of certain banks in a “wallet” on

their phones (ING Bank was the first in the

Not long ago I would have thought we would

still be many years away from living in a

cashless society, but now I can see the benefits

and think it might happen in the not so

distant future. Try it, you might like it.

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Clothes Swap

by Jo Van Kalveen

Have you heard of the “20/80 rule

of wardrobes”? Apparently, we use

only 20% of our clothes 80% of the

time. The other 80% is just hanging there,

untouched (in my case making me feel guilty

every time I open my wardrobe!) before we

eventually discard it. In fact, 30% of clothing

in an average household closet has not been

worn for over a year and around 85% of our

used, unwanted textiles ends up in landfills.

As we have been talking about recently at the

AWC, when it comes to sustainability and

creating less waste, things need to change―

even on the smallest of scales.

With that in mind <>, I’d

like to encourage you all to join us at the inaugural

AWC’s Sip, Swap and Shop Clothes

Swap at the AWC Clubhouse on Wednesday,

March 25 from 6:30 p.m.

A clothes swap allows unworn clothes to get

a new lease of life in someone else’s wardrobe.

So clear out those closets, come along

on the 25th, enjoy some wine and refreshments

(the sip part), donate your unwanted

clothes and accessories (the swap part),

browse the rails, try things on and hopefully

return home with a few new items

of clothing for your reinvigorated wardrobe

(the shop part).

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Sip, Swap and Shop Clothes Swap

AWC Clubhouse

Wednesday, March 25

6:30 p.m.

Free Entry if Donating

Or € 5 Entry Fee

How Does It Work?

Attendees who donate three or more items

of clothing will receive three tickets (handed

out at the event itself), which can be redeemed

against three items available in the

clothing sale. Attendees are welcome/encouraged

to donate more than three items of

clothing, but will still only receive a maximum

of three tickets in return.

Should attendees who donated wish to

“buy” more than three items of clothing, a

€ 5 fee will be charged per item. Attendees

who have not donated any items will be

charged a € 5 entry fee in addition to € 5 for

every item they wish to buy.

How to Donate

A drop-off box has been placed in the

AWC Front Office (under the wooden

bench) to enable you to drop off your donations

for the clothes swap. In order

for us to record how many “swap” tickets

you are entitled to, please label your

items with your name (stickers and pens

are in the box, if required) or email me at

newcomers@awcthehague.org with the

number and type of items you have donated.

The box will be emptied on a regular basis.

Please consider donating items even if you

do not plan on attending the event. You can

also bring clothes with you to the swap itself

as we have allotted a 30-minute drop-off period

at the start of the evening.

Donated items should be in a sellable condition:

clean, gently worn and in a good state

of repair. Ladies clothes only, please. We will

accept the following types of clothing:

• Dresses

• Trousers

• Jeans

• Skirts

• Blouses & shirts

• Tops

• Jackets

• Coats

• Knitwear

• Accessories: scarves, belts, watches &

jewelry

• Footwear will be accepted if in extremely

good condition (unworn or barely worn)

No handbags please (but if you have any,

please donate to the upcoming AWC Handbag

Auction on April 2).

No underwear, swimwear, activewear, nightwear

or leggings, please.

The Clothes Swap Team reserve the right not

to accept any items they deem unsuitable in

terms of type or quality. Any profits made

will be donated towards an AWC/FAWCO

supported charity and any items remaining at

the end of the evening will be donated to a

local charity.

Thank you to those of you who have already

donated items and please bare the Swap in

mind should you be undertaking an early

spring closet clear out. We would love for

you to join us on March 25 for a fun-filled

evening and who knows, maybe you will find

the dress of your dreams or the jumper that

fills that wardrobe gap!

In the spirit of our environmentally-friendly

event, we will not be supplying plastic bags.

Please bring your own reusable bags for your

purchases.

More details available on the AWC website.

The Sip, Swap & Shop Team

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The Dutch Daily

by Eileen Harloff

Growing Up and Up?

For me, one of the most notable aspects of

life in the Netherlands is the height of its

citizens―they are TALL―and I, alas, am

short. At every event involving a large number

of people sitting or standing, I feel that

I am in a forest of tall trees. And while it is

pleasant to be shaded in hot sunny weather,

this is often not the setting or the case.

Instead my view, if I am standing, is of a

broad back. Or if I am sitting, the head of

the person in front of me who, I am sure, is

the tallest one in the audience.

How has this all come about? Surely former

generations of Dutch people were of more

normal height, i.e. my height or just a little

bit taller. I found an answer in the work of

sociologist Gert Stulp of Rijksuniversiteit

Groningen. According to his research,

height is not determined by genes, but by a

degree of prosperity and a lack of dangerous

diseases. Prior to the 19th century, when life

in this country was hard, the Dutch were the

shortest people in Europe. When the standard

of living improved and good medical

care resulted in less sickness, the height of

its citizens began an upward trend. It also

helps that tall people seek tall mates; according

to Stulp, “What makes the Netherlands

special is that, on the whole, tall people tend

to have more children than in other countries.”

And while tall people do not necessarily

have children taller than themselves,

the chance is that the children will be close

to two meters or even taller. Moreover, the

national average height is still increasing,

although the rate is slower than in previous

generations.

Nowadays, according to the CBS (Central

Bureau of Statistics), the average Dutch

man is 1.81 meters (nearly 6 feet), up almost

3.8 centimeters (1.5 inches) from

1981, and Dutch woman are now around

1.67 meters (5-foot 6-inches), which is an

increase of 1.5 centimeters (0.59 inches).

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Increased height can also be a problem. This

was the case with ten-year-old Nienke from

Haaksbergen, who had already reached a

shoe size of 40, which is five sizes larger

than the shoe size of other young people in

her age group. The doctors predicted that

when fully grown, she would be wearing

shoes of size 44 or 45. A solution suggested

was an operation to stop the continuing

growth. This would have a recovery period

of some six weeks, approximately the same

recovery period as that of a broken arm.

The family reluctantly decided to take the

plunge and the operation was carried out to

a happy result. A good by-product of the operation

was that Nienke gave an oral report

to her school class explaining why and how

the operation was carried out, for which she

received a mark of nine.

The Hague Is Also Growing

In this case, the growth is in the rapidly

increasing number of inhabitants, which

today numbers around 535,000 people.

On the one side, the younger generation is

growing―last year more people were born

than died. At the same time, some 3,400

citizens moved out of the city to nearby

towns, while approximately 11,000 people

came in, which is many more than ever before.

The greatest group of newcomers are

migrants―job seekers, expats, and asylum

seekers. This trend gives rise to two important

needs: sufficient work and affordable

housing. Housing has been on the munici-

pal agenda for many years. Currently older

buildings which have become vacant are

being converted into apartments, and new

buildings are springing up whenever an

empty space occurs. Unfortunately, the new

housing is far too expensive for the average

citizen, who has been waiting sometimes

for years for a decent place to live. Added

to this is the increasing number of people

who are living so many years more than in

the past. At the same time, the city is bent

on making the city “greener” by opening

up closed canals, increasing park areas, and

planting more flowers and trees in an effort

to meet higher environmental standards.

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A Fond Farewell to Suzanne



Announcements

Tattoo Convention

The Rotterdam Ink n Art Tattoo Convention

attracts a large and varied audience. This

10th year features more than 150 booths and

200 artists from a variety of countries on

Saturday, March 7 – Sunday, March 8 at the

Ahoy in Rotterdam. There will be a cross

section of the best offerings in the tattoo

industry with traditional, realistic, script,

black and gray, New School and Old School

tattoo artists all under one roof. Tickets are

available at the door. www.inknart.nl

TEFAF – The European Fine Art

Fair

The world’s leading art and antiques fair

will be held in Maastricht from Saturday,

March 7 – Sunday, March 15.

This massive fair features 35,000 art objects

from 275 dealers from 20 countries in a

space as large as 7 football fields. What sets

this fair apart from others is that, despite the

dealers being the world’s finest, each item

is still investigated for its quality, condition

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and authenticity. Even contemporary works

are vetted and checked against The Art Loss

Register. Enjoy the stimulating atmosphere

full of dealers, collectors, academics, art

critics and curators from major museums

around the world. www.tefaf.com

The Arts Society Lecture

The Arts and Crafts of Kashmir

For many people, Kashmir conjures up a

beautiful valley surrounded by the snowcapped

peaks of the Himalayas. For others,

it is a land of conflict. Less well known is

that Kashmir has been of historic artistic

importance for nearly 2,000 years. This

lecture introduces the astonishing diversity

of arts and crafts produced in this tiny

area, influenced by Buddhist, Hindu and

Islamic cultures. It explores Buddhist

sculptures, Hindu temples, great Islamic

gardens, painting, calligraphy, Moghul

carpets and Kashmir shawls. Despite its

troubled history, Kashmir has fostered a

unique environment of artistic diversity

and religious co-existence. Lecturer Zara

Fleming is an independent art consultant,

lecturer, tour guide and exhibition curator

with specialist knowledge of Buddhist art,

focusing on the art and culture of Tibet and

the Himalayas. Nonmember fee is € 13.

www.theartssocietythehague.org

Tuesday, March 10

Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Lecture begins at 8 p.m.

Cultural Centrum Warenar

Kerkstraat 75, Wassenaar

Amsterdam Boat Show

From Wednesday, March 11 – Sunday,

March 15, the HISWA Amsterdam Boat

Show will be held at the Amsterdam RAI.

As the largest watersport exhibition in the

Netherlands with over 250 exhibitors and

40,000 visitors anticipated, it features a

huge range of boats, nautical accessories,

sportswear, vacations and watersports services.

There is free entrance for children under

17, who will enjoy the Sport Xperience

where they will find the coolest sports under

one roof: surfing, sailing, skimboarding and

golf. They will be able to try the activities,

get tips from pros and watch spectacular

demos. www.hiswarai.nl

Pink Floyd Project: The Wall

Pink Floyd’s magnum opus The Wall, with

lyrics written by Roger Waters, is a rock opera

that has no equal. In this theater show,

the legendary double album by Pink Floyd

is performed integrally, supported by many

projections and a challenging backdrop. The

Wall 40 Years is a grand, two-hour show,

musically based on the live concerts that

Pink Floyd gave in 1980 and 1981, made

and performed by one of Holland’s most acclaimed

tribute bands. Expect new images

in this show, inspired by the lyrics on the album,

including references to current events.

For tickets, go to: www.zuiderstrandtheater.

nl.

Thursday, March 12

8 – 10 p.m.

Zuidstrandtheater

Houtrustweg 505, 2583WB Den Haag

Social Irish Dancing Evening

The Irish Club of the Netherlands invites

the AWC to join them for an evening of social

Irish dancing. No experience is needed.

Dance instruction will be given. When Irish

dance is mentioned, Riverdance and competitive

girls in embroidered dresses usually

come to mind. This is non-competitive traditional

Irish dance, danced at weddings, in

community halls and for St. Patrick’s Day.

Irish snacks will be on sale. Tickets are € 15

or free for children under 12. Reserve your

spot by emailing irishclubnl@gmail.com.

Friday, March 13

7 – 10 p.m.

Church of Our Saviour

Koningin Marialaan 2, Den Haag

Museum Night for Kids

On Saturday, March 14, around 20

museums and cultural institutions in The

Hague and Voorburg will open their doors

for the youngest cultural night owls with

activities aimed at 4- to 12-year-olds. This

year’s theme is Calling All Adventurers with

treasure hunts, workshops, educational tours

and an after-party at the Tweede Kamer der

Staten-Generaal (House of Representatives).

Every child and each parent will need >> 50

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Continued from page 49

their own ticket which includes entrance to

all locations, participation in all activities

and use of historic buses between the

city center and further afield museums.

Please note that the Museumkaart is not

accepted for this special evening. www.

museumnachtkids.nl

St. Patrick’s Festival

Wear something green and head to Grote

Markt to celebrate with all things Irish

for the largest celebration of St. Patrick’s

Day in the Netherlands. Get ready to

turn green with the best Irish dancing

schools in Europe, large pints, Irish

food, great music and good laughs. www.

stpatricksdaydenhaag.nl

Sunday, March 15

Grote Markt, Den Haag

Noon – 11 p.m.

Movies That Matter Festival

The Movies that Matter Festival, an initiative

of Amnesty International, takes place

Friday, March 20 – Saturday, March 28 at

Filmhuis Den Haag and Theater aan het

Spui in The Hague. This festival presents

around 60 human rights feature films and

documentaries from around the world.

Many of these films will be screened for

the first and only time in the Netherlands.

Many film screenings are followed by an

in-depth program which might be an introduction,

debate or talk show. Most films are

in English or subtitled. For the program and

tickets, go to www.moviesthatmatter.nl

Open Tower Day

The 8th Open Tower Day will return to

Amsterdam on Saturday, March 21. Around

20 historical and contemporary towers will

open their doors to the public from 10 a.m.

to 4 p.m. Check the website at the beginning

of the month to see which towers are

participating and which require registration

at www.opentorendag.nl.

Keukenhof Opens

Each year more than seven million flower

bulbs are planted in the historic park in

Lisse, which opens its doors for the spring

season from March 21 through May 10.

The central theme for 2020 is A World of

Colors with more than a million people

from across countries and cultures meet in

Keukenhof to enjoy the Dutch splendor of

flowers. The strength of flowers will be evident

in the flower mosaic which was planted

in two layers, providing a longer flowering

period in the spring, with 50.000 tulips,

muscari and crocuses. Discounted tickets

with a special bus option from Leiden can

be purchased online. www.keukenhof.nl

Edvard Munch, Self-Portrait in Hell, 1903,

Munchmuseet, Oslo

Artist Selfies

A portrait tells us more than you may initially

think. How did Vincent van Gogh,

Edvard Munch, Thérèse Schwartze and

other artists

present themselves

in their

portraits? Find

out more in

the exhibition

In the Picture

through May

24 at the Van

Gogh Museum

featuring 75

portraits. Our

image of Van

Gogh has

been primarily

shaped by his self-portraits. In the

19th century, painters made self-portraits

to practice, experiment or to set out their

identity. They also made portraits of one

another, often as a token of friendship.

Free with Museumkaart, but free tickets

need to be reserved with a start time at

www.vangoghmuseum.nl.

Fashion on a Ration

Through June 2, the Verzetsmuseum

(Dutch Resistance Museum) in Amsterdam

is examining how Dutch fashion changed

during the German occupation due to fabric

shortages. The exhibition shows dresses

made of jute and flour sacks, a women’s

suit made of underskirts, christening and

wedding gowns made of parachute fabric,

a jacket made of dog hair and shoes with

wooden soles. It will also show the stark

contrast to the throwaway society we live

in today and highlight how re-using is a rising

trend among fashion designers because

of a growing awareness that we waste too

much. Included are designs by famous

Dutch designers as well as young designers

from design schools inspired by clothing

from WWII.

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Restaurant Recommendations

Recommendations by Peggy v. Luyn, Hilde Volle, Michelle Voorn and Cathleen Owens

Please send your recommendations to wwdp@awcthehague.org

LaSalle

Opened in May 2018 by owner/chef Eric van Hartingsveld, this welcoming little place is a

well-kept secret hidden away in the center of The Hague. European/French cuisine with local

Dutch ingredients is featured on a small menu that changes regularly to ensure freshness. You

won’t be disappointed whether you choose à la carte or a threecourse

meal (€ 27.50). Easily accessible by public transport and

plenty of paid parking garages in the area.

Nieuwstraat 21A

2511AT Den Haag

070 743 4598

restaurantlasalle.nl

French

€€-€€€

Wednesday – Sunday 4 – 9:30 p.m.

Dekxels

A nice restaurant on Denneweg which offers a great menu with Mediterranean and Asian flavors

as well as a great wine menu. I highly recommend starting with the Etsu Japanese Gin

& Elderflower tonic. For dinner, they recommend two to three dishes per person. Our group

of ten can highly recommend the following dishes: Gamba Tacos, Kung Pao Cauliflower,

Chicken & Shrimp Dumplings, Scallops, Truffle Risotto, Edamame, and Dekxels French

Fries. The service was really good!

Denneweg 130

2514CL Den Haag

070 365 9788

www.dekxels.nl

European, International, Fusion

€€-€€€

Sunday – Thursday 5:30 – 10 p.m.

Friday – Saiurday 5:30 – 11 p.m.

Cheap Eats of the Month

SupermarktNL Pizzeria

Cheap eats tip! Tucked away in the back corner of a convenience

store, you will find the best pizza and paninis in The

Hague made fresh to order. Pizzas start around € 5. I would give

six stars if I could.

Herengracht 13

2511 EG Den Haag

070 753 7634

Pizzeria

Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

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