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Going Dutch

April 2020

Walking Across London

Fashion Tour


Dutch-American Friendship Day



The Magazine of the

American Women’s Club

of The Hague

5 Officers and Chairwomen

6 Walkie Talkies Collage

8 Message from the President

9 April General Meeting

10 Letter from the Editor

12 Membership

13 Clubhouse Corner

14 Ongoing Activities

21 One-of-a-Kind Activities

24 Slate of Officers

28 Calendar

31 AWC and the Arts

31 Easter Basket Assembly

32 Dutch-American Friendship Day

34 Dutch Daily

36 Walking Across London

41 One Billion Rising

42 Fashion Tour Collage

44 Mayflower 400: 1600 - 2020

47 Voting

48 Announcements

52 Classifieds

52 Rates

53 Index of Advertisers

54 Restaurant Recommendations

APRIL 2019 3


Alex Moore

2019-2020 AWC Officers

Committee Chairs

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Cows & Flowers, April 2018 by Melissa



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Honorary President Diane Hoekstra

President Melissa Rider


Vice President Barbara Brookman


Treasurer Teresa Insalaco


Secretary Heather DeWitt


Club and Community Development



Clubhouse Administrator

Jan Essad


Communications Open



Sunita Menon

Front Office

Liduine Bekman, Siska Datema-Kool,

Jan Essad, Deana Kreitler, Hannah Gray,

Georgia Regnault, Jessie Rodell, Lindsey


Activities: Open

Arts: Jane Choy

Assistant Treasurer: Lori Schnebelie

Assistant Membership: Liduine Bekman

Board Advisor: Jessie Rodell

Caring Committee: Naomi Keip

Chat, Craft & Cake: Suzanne Dundas

eNews: Michelle Voorn

Evening Events: Open

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


Parliamentarian: Georgia Regnault

Philanthropy: Erin Baker

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


Walkie Talkies: Emily van Eerten

Webmaster: Julie Otten

Women with Dutch Partners: Michelle


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.

APRIL 2019 5

Walkie Talkies


APRIL 2019 7

Message from the President

by Melissa Rider

April General Meeting – VOTE!

by Melissa Rider

My favorite

month of the

year has arrived

with its usual fanfare

of colorful daffodils,

hyacinths and, of course,

tulips. It is unfortunate

that the coronavirus has

placed a pall over the

beauty of spring in the Netherlands. The AWC

Board must assess the impact the virus will

have on our various events, so we decided

to postpone our two fundraising events: Sip,

Swap & Shop and the Handbag Auction.

We want these events well attended to raise

funds for the FAWCO Target Project. The

AWC wants all of our Members to remain

healthy, so we will be monitoring what the

Dutch government recommends for the public

welfare in regard to canceling other events

and activities. At the time of this writing,

there are no plans to cancel the April General

Meeting where we vote for next year’s Board

Members or the Installation Ceremony of

the new Board Officers on April 30 at the

US Ambassador’s residence (see next page).

April is another full month of events and activities

planned amongst the Easter holidays

and King’s Day, so be sure to check our online

calendar for all of the details and to register.

If it becomes necessary to cancel activities,

notification will be made via email

directly to participants, as well as through

eNews, Facebook and our website. While

I would like to encourage everyone to join

us for our April General Meeting to vote in

person for our new Slate of

Officers (see page 24)

as well as a change

in Membership categories

and dues,

it may be necessary

for Members

to submit a proxy


Perhaps the best way to combat the virus is

to get outside in the fresh air. I ride my bike

year-round as my main mode of transportation,

but April is the month that I dedicate to

riding purely for pleasure. I just can’t resist

cycling weekly through the tulip fields to

see the vivid color progression. After a long

grey winter, the bright multi-colored flowers

coupled with longer daylight hours lift

my spirits. To me there is nothing more exhilarating

than a leisurely bike ride through

the bulb fields of South Holland on a lovely

spring day. I’d like to share my passion for

cycling around the tulip fields by inviting

you to join me on one of my many rides in

April (see page 22).

Finally, I would like to give my heartfelt

thanks to the Nominating Committee

Members: Laurie Martecchini, Chair,

Liduine Bekman, Mary Ellen Brennan,

Heather Dewitt, Jan Essad, Jo van

Kalveen and Hilde Volle for their tireless

work in creating a fabulous new Board of

Officers for the 2020-21 Club Year. I know

it was not an easy task for them since it was

not an easy undertaking to even form the

committee. This group of ladies took on the

responsibility with grace and aplomb. The

entire Membership should be thankful for

the time and effort that these ladies expended

on behalf of the AWC.


This month’s meeting will include voting

for the Officers of the AWC 2020-21

Club Year. Each Member has the right

to cast one vote. Voting may take place by

proxy, but a single Member may not represent

more than one other Member. If you

are unable to attend this important meeting,

please exercise your right to vote using the

General Proxy Ballot that can be downloaded

from our website by clicking on the About

Us tab, then clicking on Club Documents.

When completing your proxy ballot, you may

leave the name of the proxy holder blank if

you haven’t already designated your proxy

Member. The signed proxy ballot can be

photographed or scanned and emailed to

info@awcthehague.org, dropped off at the

Clubhouse or returned with another Member.

A modification in the Membership Dues

categories will also be voted upon, since all

changes to By-Laws require a vote by the

Membership. These changes to the By-Laws

are points 6, 7, 8, and 9 under Section C:

Dues, under Article 1: Membership. The

Business/Professional (#6) and Military

(#8) Membership categories are being deleted.

These Members will now pay € 110.

Student Memberships (#8) will now have the

added age qualification of being 25 years

old or younger. The requirement to be studying

full time in the Netherlands with a valid

ID remains the same. Finally, Overseas

Memberships (#9) will decrease in cost to

€ 15.

The AWC has three Membership categories:

Regular, Associate, and Honorary.

Currently, the Honorary Members (any

women who has maintained a Membership

for an uninterrupted period of 25 years) do

not pay dues, but this is not stipulated in either

the Constitution or the By-Laws. For

those Members who joined the AWC prior

to the year 1999, the dues will continue to

be waived. Any Member attaining Honorary

Membership status starting in the year 2025

will continue paying the regular yearly dues

amount. This change does not require a vote

by the Membership.

At the General Meeting, resolutions may

only be adopted if a quorum of at least 15%

of the Members is present or validly represented

at the meeting, so it is important to either

attend or return a proxy ballot. Georgia

Regnault, our Parliamentarian, will oversee

the voting.

Thursday, April 9

10 a.m. Coffee and Conversation

10:30 a.m. Club News and Voting

AWC Clubhouse


Installation of Officers

The Installation Ceremony for the new AWC

Board of Officers for the 2020-21 Club Year

will be held at the US Ambassador’s residence

in The Hague. Diane Hoekstra, our

Honorary President, has graciously offered

her home for our morning reception. While

it is the last day of April, this event will also

serve as our May General Meeting. Space is

limited and only Members who register will

be allowed entrance to the residence. Once

you’ve registered, the address and security

requirements will be sent.

Thursday, April 30

10 a.m. – Noon

Registration Deadline: April 23

Members Only


APRIL 2019 9

Letter from the Editor

by Alex Moore

If April showers bring May flowers, then

what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims. I

wish I could claim that as an original, but

I don’t have any original one liners at the

moment because I’ve recently been battling

jetlag. Diederik and I went to the US for two

and a half weeks, primarily for a wedding and

to visit family and friends. We came back on

a Saturday and instead of resting like sensible

people, we went to a concert to see Dub FX.

He’s an Australian musician whose songs

span genres from hip hop, reggae, and drum

and bass. He records songs using a loop pedal

where he layers different sounds combining

them into one song before singing over them.

While his style of music may not be for everyone,

we were happy to be at his concert,

even if we were running on adrenaline and

espresso shots.

April in the Netherlands can be quite nice.

The days get longer, the tulips are in full

bloom, and sometimes we get more sunshine.

We also get a chance to celebrate

King’s Day, an occasion where orange is

indeed the new black. Whether you’re an

expat or Dutch, King’s Day festivities are

always fun. I experienced my first King’s

Day last year and while we had a fun day,

it ended with us cycling during a torrential

downpour. Our clothes were soaked

through, but I achieved two rites of passage

in one day: cycling in the rain and celebrating

King’s Day. It's hard not to get excited

about the festivities, even Teddy rose to the

occasion with her orange bandana. She always

seemed to like a good King’s Day.

This winter was an active one for the AWC

with our usual activities such as book clubs,

Walkie Talkies and Out to Lunch Bunch.

Unfortunately, cancellations of many things

could mean that April will be a quiet month

for the Club. We already know that the

Handbag Auction will be postponed. As

disappointing as that may be, perhaps it is

for the better that everything is cancelled.

Our health and safety are more important,

and we can use this time spent at home to

do things that we need to do or want to do.

Now we’ve got the chance to read the books

we’ve been meaning to read or watch the

movies or shows we have in our queue.

After having a busy winter, I had been looking

forward to being able to go to Thirsty

Thursday in March, but clearly the coronavirus

had other ideas. Maybe it’s just as

well I stayed home, as my recent trip to the

motherland has left me broke. Especially

the shopping I did at H&M because shopping

in the Netherlands is challenging when

you’re not tall and lanky. As if falling up

and down Dutch stairs (yes, both directions)

wasn’t enough of a disadvantage while living

here. In all seriousness, the coronavirus

is no joke, so everyone, please take care of




APRIL 2019 11


by Mary Ellen Brennan

It’s the Perfect Space!

by Jan Essad & Sunita Menon

Welcome New Members!

Gwendolyn Boevé-Jones

Lisa Christensen

Wynne Davis

Lynn Des Rosiers

Chris Greenfield

Ipek Kotan

Allison Manning

Sarah Partridge

With 13 new women joining between

January 1 and February 24,

our Membership is now at 171

Members—5 fewer Members than this time

last year. As you may already know, any

English-speaking woman may join the AWC.

Currently, 26% of our Membership is international,

which is on par with the number

from last year. Our Honorary Members who

have been with the Club for a minimum of

25 years, compose 14% of the Membership.

Our smallest groups are our Overseas and

Student Memberships at 6% and 2%, respectively.

These percentages are not statistically

different from last year either.

Over the course of the year, I hope to determine

if there are any trends among our

newest Members that we can identify and

utilize to plan for growing and sustaining

our Membership. Our welcome events in

January were quite successful due to the

focus of our communication about the

events and our Members bringing guests.

My observation is that we are most successful

in gaining new Members when the

prospective Member already knows someone

in the AWC who recommends that they


On a separate note, I am pleased to announce

that I have started a monthly networking

activity called Women in Business, which

is open to all AWC Members. Please see

page 20 for further details.

Encourage your friends and acquaintances

to join the AWC, so we can continue to

grow, thrive and evolve!

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As we look back on the past two years as

Clubhouse Administrators, we are truly

amazed at what we actually do with this

wonderful space we call our Clubhouse.

DID YOU KNOW our Clubhouse is used for

the following activities: Chat, Craft & Cake,

Heart Pillow, Daytime Book Club, General

Meetings, TLC Dinner, Newcomers Coffees

and Activities, Mahjong, Chili Cook-off,

Welcome Back Barbeque, Fall and Winter

Kick-Off, Wine Tasting, Game Nights,

Volunteer and Honorary Member Luncheon,

Thanksgiving Potluck, Christmas Lunch,

Children’s Parties (Easter and Halloween),

Handbag Auction, 9/11 Remembrance

Ceremony, Free Member Rentals, Paid

Business Rentals, Special Presentations,

Board Meetings, Committee Member

Meetings, Artist in Residence Receptions,

Philanthropic Support Activities, Various

Workshops, Holiday Bazaar/Bake Sale

Preparation, and One-of-a-Kind Activities.

The meaning of life is to find your gift.

The purpose of life is to give it away.

~ William Shakespeare

As you can see, our space is a gezellig venue

for all types of activities and events. We

hope the above list will inspire you to participate

in one or many of these activities, or

even volunteer to plan a few. You will find it

to be a truly enriching experience.

A Perfect Place for a Celebration: Volunteer

and Honorary Member Luncheon

We certainly would not be enjoying these

wonderful events without the selfless volunteerism

of some amazing ladies (and

sometimes gentlemen!) who have planned,

organized and executed all of the above activities.

Volunteers are the heartbeat of our

Club, working hard to keep it a vibrant and

enjoyable place to make new friendships

and to have fun and fulfilling times together.

It has been said through a quote from

Elizabeth Andrew that, “Volunteers don’t

necessarily have the time, they just have

the heart.” We are very lucky to have those

who share not only their time, but also their

talents, along with a heart for touching and

improving lives of those around us.

We’ll also celebrate a valuable part of our

Membership, our Honorary Members.

These wonderful ladies have been Club

Members for 25 years or more! We are

very thankful for the continued generosity

of their talents, inspiration and mentorship.

Did you know we have a Member who has

been part of AWC The Hague for 55 years?

You won’t want to miss the chance to meet

these lovely ladies and hear a bit of the history

of our Club!

So please mark your calendars as ALL

MEMBERS ARE INVITED to this special

luncheon. Please be sure to sign up on the

AWC website. This is the PERFECT opportunity

to say, “Thank you.”

Thursday, May 14

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

AWC Clubhouse

Free for being a wonderful Member/


Cancellation Deadline: May 7


APRIL 2019 13

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

April Selection: If Only I

Could Tell You by Hannah


Audrey’s family has fallen

apart. Her two daughters

are estranged, and her

two teenage granddaughters

have never been allowed

to meet. A secret

that echoes back 30 years

has splintered the family

in two, but is also the one thing keeping

them connected. As tensions reach breaking

point, the irrevocable choice that one of

them made all those years ago is about to

surface. After years of secrets and silence,

how can one broken family find their way

back to each other?

Thursday, April 23

10 a.m.

AWC Clubhouse


Daytime Book Club Recap – February

Taffy Brodesser-Akner is a profile writer

for publications such as GQ, but with

Fleischman is in Trouble she chose to write

a novel portraying a group of friends from

university who had gone on to their adult

lives before the throes of mid-life wrought

havoc. The centerpiece of the story is Toby,

a successful physician, married to Rachel,

whom he once found enthralling before losing

her to fame and fortune. Not long into

the story, Rachel disappears leaving Toby

with full responsibility for their son, an inquisitive

young science buff, and daughter,

on the cusp of adolescence. Interwoven are

depictions of his best buddy, online sex, and

college friend Libby, who is the narrator and

living through her own questions about life

and marriage. Our discussion was definitely

rousing! Lots was said about the strength

or weakness of the Internet sex, with some

finding it very realistic, while others chafed

at the implausibility. Some found the portrayal

of mid-life crises well done. The group

could not come to any shared conclusion

about which spouse suffered most under the

breakup. While the author’s main goal was

to depict inequality between gender roles in

society, that aspect did not receive the bulk

of our attention. Most agreed to disagree on

the book’s value, as some found it very well

written and others wanted to stop reading.

Evening Book Club

April Selection: The

Secrets We Kept by Lara


Inspired by a true story,

this is the thrilling tale of

the CIA plot to infiltrate

the hearts and minds of

Soviet Russia, not with

propaganda, but with

the greatest love story of

Daytime Book Club Reading List:

Thursday, May 28: Long Bright River by

Elisabeth Egan

Thursday, June 25: The Club: Johnson,

Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an

Age by Leo Damrosch

Thursday, July 23: The Dutch House by

Ann Patchett

the 20th century. At the height of the Cold

War, two secretaries are pulled out of the

typing pool at the CIA and given the assignment

of a lifetime. Their mission: to

smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR,

where no one dare publish it, and help

Pasternak’s magnum opus make its way

into print around the world.

Wednesday, April 15

7:30 p.m.

Location TBA


Evening Book Club Recap – February

Barbara Demick has done what all non-fiction

writers dream of: she has taken a tragic

subject and made it fascinating. Although

several of us were already familiar with the

history surrounding the famines in North

Korea, the individual stories in Nothing

to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

brought the suffering of ordinary citizens

to light. It can be difficult to empathize

when hundreds of thousands of individuals

starve to death, but when you hear the

story of one individual, you can’t help but

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 Reading List:

May 13: Normal People by Sally Rooney

June 10: Lost Children Archive by Valeria


July 15: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely

Fine by Gail Honeymoon

sympathize with them. These stories didn’t

end when the individuals escaped to South

Korea, however. Demick also discussed

the difficulties each had with assimilating

into modern society. This is a reality check

for when the Koreas finally merge, which

is hopefully inevitable. Our group highly

recommends this book as we agreed that it

was incredibly eye-opening and dare you

to not care about North Korea when you


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APRIL 2019 15

Ongoing Activities (cont.)

Continued from page 15

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


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, April 14

Noon – 2 p.m.

AWC Clubhouse


Visitors Welcome

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


Every Tuesday, except second Tuesday of

the month

1 – 4 p.m.

AWC Clubhouse


Out to Lunch Bunch

In the Zeeheldenkwartier you can find one

of the nicest squares in The Hague: Anna

Paulownaplein. It is named after Anna

Paulowna of Russia (1795-1865), who was

Grand Duchess of Russia and belonged to

the Romanov house. After her marriage

to King William II, she was Queen of the

Netherlands from 1840-1849. Around this

square there are quite a few restaurants.

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AWC App for Members

Wild Apricot, our membership management

package, has a free app that

can be downloaded from the Apple

App Store or Google Play. Here you

will find the latest information about

AWC events and activities. The app

also provides contact information for

all our Members so you can stay connected

until Club activities resume.


APRIL 2019 17

Ongoing Activities (cont.)

Continued from page 17

We will enjoy a lunch influenced by French

and Asian cuisines at Wicked Wines (www.

wickedwines.nl). As the name already

reveals, the restaurant serves “wicked”

wines, chosen with passion and care, many

of which are served by the glass. From

March until October there is a beautiful terrace

at the renowned Anna Pauwlonaplein.

We can see this sculpture of Anna sitting

on a couch made by the Russian artist

Alexander Taratynov. If you have any questions,

please contact Greetje Engelsman at


Thursday, April 23

Noon – 3 p.m.

Wicked Wines

Bazarstraat 42, 2518 AK Den Haag

Sign up at www.awcthehague.org

Registration deadline: April 21

Out to Lunch Bunch

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, May 25: Rotterdam TBD

Friday, June 19, Voorschoten TBD


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 nonmembers

Saturday Night Out at the


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: Beyond Balderdash

Balderdash is based on bluffing your opponents

into guessing your false definitions to

obscure words. Beyond Balderdash adds

several new categories to the mix: Movies

(make up a plot), Dates (say what happened

on it), People (say what the person did), and

Initials (make up what they stand for). The

real answers are often even more outrageous

than the bluffs, so the game offers plenty of


Date and time TBD

AWC Clubhouse

€ 5 Members / € 10 non-members

Minimum 8 / Maximum 36

Sign up at www.awcthehague.org

Cancellation deadline: April 1

Tennis League

Players needed starting in September for

next season! 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 thru April 21

(except specific holidays TBD)

1 – 3 p.m.

Dekker Tennis Court

Veerpolder 14, Warmond

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Thirsty Thursday

Join us again for our monthly gathering.

Thirsty Thursday is a casual evening of

companionship and good conversation―a

favorite for AWC Members and prospective

Members. Postponed from March, 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, April 16

6 – 9 p.m,


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 >>20

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Ongoing Activities (cont.)

Continued from page 19

One-of-a-Kind Activities

by Barbara Brookman

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.


9:30 a.m.

AWC Clubhouse


Wassenaar Coffee &


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, May 7

9:30 a.m.

Location TBA


New! Women in Business

With over ten interested Members, we have

started a new AWC networking activity: a

monthly meeting of Women in Business, a

group of women interested in sharing information

about starting or maintaining a

business in the Netherlands. The organizational

meeting in February was a success,

and everyone left having enjoyed an informative

discussion. We will meet on the 4th

Friday of each month, alternating between

the Clubhouse and other locations closer to

The Hague Centrum. This is a networking

group formed primarily to share information,

so bring your questions and your experience.

All are welcome, no matter what


amount of experience you may have with

owning a business. Feel free to email Mary

Ellen Brennan for more information at


Friday, April 24

10 a.m. – Noon

Location TBA


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


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


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.

Tour of National Monument


Oranjehotel was the nickname for

Scheveningen Prison during World War

II, where 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,

Jehovah’s Witnesses and 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 were well-known people

like 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). Some prisoners 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.

Highlights of the Oranjehotel include:

• Death Cell 601 in Death Row D is still exactly

as it was during the war. While the

public is not allowed to enter, the cell door

is open for viewing. By visiting the adjoining

cells, you will get an idea how terrible

life in prison was during WWII.

• Het Poortje (the small gate), in the outside

wall of the prison, gateway to the

Waalsdorpervlakte where many prisoners

were executed

• A memorial plaque on the outside wall

with the text “zij waren eensgezind” (“they

were united”) referring to the resistance


• The four Doodenboeken (Books of the


In renovated and enlarged cells, you will

be informed via audio guide (English or

Dutch) about the different aspects of the

war in the Netherlands: Dutch army, NSB,

Nazis, collaborators, members of the resistance,

and life in the Oranjehotel. Take Bus

23 towards Scheveningen Noord to stop

Duinkerksestraat followed by a short walk

back to the entrance. We will meet at 1 p.m.

in the reception of the museum. Afterwards

there is a possibility to have coffee in the museum

café (at own expense).

Friday, April 10

1 – 3 p.m.


van Alkenmadelaan 1258, Den Haag

€ 9,50 Entrance fee to be paid at the museum

(PIN only)

Maximum 14 >> 22

APRIL 2019 21

One-of-a-Kind Activities (cont.)

Continued from page 21

Cycling the Tulip Fields

Don’t let spring in South Holland go by

without experiencing the beauty of the

striations of color in the tulip fields by

bike. Melissa Rider will be your guide on

this leisurely tour through the bulb fields

surrounding Keukenhof Gardens. We will

meet at Leiden Centraal to catch the special

Keukenhof bus. The bike rental is located in

the front parking lot of Keukenhof, so that

will be the start and end point of our day’s

adventure. For only € 15, we’ll have the

bikes until 7 p.m., although we expect to be

back at Leiden Centraal by 4 p.m. The route

includes several loops through the tulip

fields surrounding Keukenhof, so the tour

length can be adjusted to your particular

time frame. The main route will be 3 loops

totaling approximately 18 miles (30 kilometers)

stretched out over around 6 hours

with plenty of breaks for photos and lunch.

It certainly won’t be a race, so please feel

free to join us even if you are a slow cyclist.

Weather permitting; it will be a rewarding

day! As the fields change with each passing

day, we will be offering this activity on multiple

Fridays. For more details, please contact

Melissa at president@awcthehague.org.

Registration is required to ensure rental of

a bike.

Fridays, April 17 & May 1

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Meet at Leiden Centraal at 9 a.m.

€ 15 payable to Van Dam Bike Rental

Bus fare and lunch at own expense

RSVP Required


The Impact of What You Wear

In this fun and interactive presentation,

you will learn about the impact of wearing

the right color and style of clothes, understand

why some things work for us and

others don’t, and get top tips on creating an

ideal wardrobe.

Did you know that most people only wear

15% of what is in their closet, leaving 85%

just hanging there? Why do we so often

stay in our comfort zone and choose to

buy and wear the same things? When you

look good, you feel good and this positively

affects everything you do, plus the

people around you. Find out how easy is

it to get dressed every morning and find

clothes that make you feel confident. Maud

Janssen, a Color and Style Consultant, will

give us tips on how to be able to create

this ideal wardrobe and have something

for every occasion. You will learn about

the impact of color and wearing something

that not only suits your body shape, but

also your personality. Find out how you

can dress professionally and casually with

confidence, knowing that what you wear

makes you look and feel good. Maud has

been working for House of Colour since

2013 and offers personal style classes and

color analysis sessions for individuals and

groups. She also offers personal shopping

trips and wardrobe clean outs for her clients.

She is passionate about empowering

and teaching people how to look good

and she loves her job because it is such a

positive one. Contact Jo van Kalveen at

newcomers@awcthehague.org for more


Friday, June 5

AWC Clubhouse

10 a.m. – Noon

€ 5 Members (€ 10 non-members)

Minimum 10

Cancellation deadline: June 1

Open Boat Tour of The Hague

Come explore the neighborhoods around

the old defensive canal of The Hague in

a 10-person open boat with a knowledgeable

guide: AWC Member Ada Boer. Our

reservation includes a Beautiful Weather

Guarantee, so if the weather isn’t ideal for

sailing the canals in an open boat, we can

cancel within three hours of our sailing

time. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity

for a personal tour of The Hague by

boat. If there is a waiting list of at least 8,

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.

then there is the possibility of arranging for

a larger boat that holds 22.

Saturday, June 20

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Meet at canal by Hilton Hotel

€ 15 Members (€ 20 non-members)

Maximum 10

Cancellation deadline: June 1

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Slate of Officers 2020-2021

We are pleased to introduce the candidates for the 2020-2021 AWC The Hague Board.

The election of Officers will take place during the General Meeting on April 9. If you

are unable to attend this important meeting, please submit a proxy ballot. When we

went to print, the Nominating Committee was continuing to try to fill the remaining

two open Board positions: Club & Community Development and Clubhouse

Administrator. They are also working hard to make sure the Committee Chairs under

these two open positions are filled.

President – Barbara Brookman: I returned to The Hague

in August 2018 after almost 30 years in the US, mostly in

Portland, Oregon. While I was born in The Hague and have

visited yearly, the repat experience has been surprising. I feel

like an insider and an outsider at the same time. In many ways

I have been discovering this country again as I have been

introducing my teenage daughter, Madeleine, and husband,

Thayer, to living here. I joined the AWC as soon as I arrived

and couldn’t wait until activities started in September. What

I love about the Club is that it’s everything that’s good about

America: it has a big heart and is the most welcoming place!

After getting settled downtown and finding my new favorite

shops, I have really jumped into Club activities and joined

the Board late last year as Vice President.

I’m really excited to serve as President as the AWC

celebrates its 90th anniversary in November and would like to hear from you how we can

best celebrate. My goal will be to position the Club for a long future ahead with the great

Board we have assembled and help from all of our volunteers. Community, transparency

and communication will be our guiding principles. I can’t wait to get started!

I bring to this a 25-year background as a business development and sales executive in the

engineering and construction industry. I’m used to putting teams together and developing

successful strategies to win large infrastructure projects. The

last project I was involved in was the people mover, which

is now under construction at Los Angeles International

Airport. What I learned in this job is that the best qualified

team and right approach are critical to success, but that you

don’t get anywhere without passion. You have to love what

you do. I will bring this passion to the AWC to continue the

legacy of the women who built our Club.

Vice President – Melissa Rider: Since I did not get to

complete a full year as Vice President, I agreed to fill this

position once again. Back in my comfort zone, I am happy

to be playing more of a supporting role than a leadership

one in a job where I feel I can be most effective and useful

with my skill set for the AWC. I have learned a lot and


grown both personally and professionally over the last three years in my various AWC

jobs: Front Desk Volunteer, Membership Chair, Vice President and President. Since moving

back to the Netherlands in January 2017, the AWC has been my main focus for finding

friendships and volunteer opportunities. What I enjoy most about living here is meeting

new people from diverse backgrounds, experiencing different cultures, traveling the

world and, of course, riding my bike everywhere. Once my expat life eventually ends, I’ll

return to the East Coast where we still own a house north of Philadelphia. In the meantime,

I plan to make the most of my adventures abroad beginning with exploring The

Hague and its environs with the AWC.

Treasurer – Sarah Dunn: I came to the Netherlands in

2011 when my husband Sebastian came to work for a

Dutch bank in The Hague, leaving behind a career in HR,

payroll and finance. I have worked and studied in the US,

UK and Bermuda and have always loved to travel. In fact.

Sebastian and I met when we were both working at Bank

of Bermuda in the late 90s. We have family in the US and

UK. We both very much enjoy living in the Netherlands

and hope to be here for many more years to come! I joined

the AWC in 2012 at the suggestion of my mother who had

been a Member of AWC Manila when my father was working

in the Philippines in the 80s. I have held the position

of Assistant Treasurer, worked the Front Desk and was

involved in the Hearts and Minds Gala in 2014. Through

an enquiry to the AWC, another Member and I ended up

working for one of the international courts in The Hague. I worked in the Finance department

until recently and now have more time to be active in the Club once again. I

look forward to joining with Lori Schnebelie and Teresa Insalaco who have done some

tremendous work rebuilding our accounting systems and processes. I am excited to be

working together to look at the ways that our finances can best be utilized for the benefit

of the Club.

Secretary – Mary Ellen Brennan: I was born in

Portsmouth, Virginia, but lived most of my adult life in

Northern Virginia. I went to college in Washington, DC,

but my love affair with the Metro DC area started much

earlier when I visited my aunt and uncle and saw Tyson’s

Corner Mall. I graduated from Catholic University with a

bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and pursued a career

as an opera singer in my early 20s. I later earned an

MBA from UMUC. During most of my professional life,

I have been a human resources professional working in

non-profit professional associations and law firms. My son,

Sean, lives in Seattle, works at Microsoft, and plans to get

married on May 23 (if the coronavirus doesn’t make him

postpone). I moved to The Hague in June 2018 and opened

a consulting business focusing on HR and coaching. The

AWC has meant so much to me. The newcomers’ event

provided me so much information that I needed to finish getting settled here and optimize

my experience. I have enjoyed the women I’ve met and the activities very much. Having

worked with non-profit membership organizations and wanting to give back to the AWC,

I am pleased to accept the nomination for Secretary.

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Slate of Officers (cont.)

Continued from page 25

Communications – Michelle Voorn: Howdy y’all! Yes,

I gave it away. We moved to the Netherlands from Katy,

Texas, one of the many suburbs of Houston. My family

is made up of my Dutch husband, Sander, and two teenaged

boys: Aidan, 14 and Liam, 13. We’ve been here in

The Hague for nearly two years, although this is the second

time I’ve lived here. While volunteering for my kids’ PTA,

I served as Communications Chair and helped develop a

communication strategy and kick-started the social media

presence for both their elementary and junior high schools.

I think in all organizations, communication amongst its different

levels is one of the keys to have growth, participation

and harmony. I hope to be able to increase our reach across

our current and prospective Members in a fun and refreshing


Club and Community – Open

Clubhouse Administrator – Open


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April 2020

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

1 2

3 4

Spring is Here!

May 14: Volunteer and Honorary Member Luncheon

FAWCO Handbag Auction:


June 5: What to Wear Workshop

June 20: Boat Tour of The Hague

April 1 - 4 Club Closed Due to Covid-19

5 6






Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m

Easter Basket Assembly

10 a.m.

Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.

Mah Jongg 1 p.m.

AWC Tennis 1 p.m.

Pickleball 10 a.m.

Coffee 10 a.m.

April General Meeting

10:30 a.m.

Visit to National Monument

Oranjehotel 1 p.m.

Happy Passover








Buddy Check 12

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m

Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.

Heart Pillow Workshop


Pickleball 10 a.m.

Field trip Fridays: Cycling

the Bulb Fields 9 a.m.

Happy Easter

AWC Tennis 1 p.m.

Mah Jongg 2 p.m.

Evening Book Club

7:30 p.m.

Thirsty Thursday 6 p.m.

19 20






Dutch - American

Friendship Day

Special Walkie Talkies:

Walking Tour of

Scheveningen 9:30 a.m

Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.

Mah Jongg 1 p.m.

AWC Tennis 1 p.m.

Pickleball 10 a.m.

Daytime Book Club 10 a.m.

Out to Lunch Bunch Noon

Women in Business 10 a.m.

26 27




Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m

Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.

Mah Jongg 1 p.m.

Pickleball 10 a.m.

AWC Board Installation

Ceremony 10 a.m.


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AWC and the Arts

by Jane Choy -Thurlow, AWC Member and Mauritshuis Docent


Walking Tour of Old


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.


Scheveningseweg 233, 2584 AA Den


€ 10 Members

(€ 15 non-members)

RSVP for all Arts Activities directly on


Direct any questions to


Minimum 12 / Maximum 15

Cancellation deadline: April 9

It is possible to sign up after this date if

there is space

Easter Basket Assembly

The AWC will once again be giving Easter

baskets to the children residing at Vliet en

Burgh, the Leger des Heils (Salvation Army)

foster home in Voorburg. Look for the link in

eNews or on Facebook to make a donation

to the contents of the baskets. The donations

of toys and chocolates will be assembled

at the AWC Clubhouse, so please register

on our website to join us for a fun morning

of fellowship and wrapping fun. If you

have any questions, please contact Lindsey

Turnau at philanthropy@awcthehague.org.

Monday, April 6

10 a.m. – Noon

AWC Clubhous


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Dutch-American Friendship Day

by Roberta Enschede

Two hundred and thirty-eight years ago on April 19, 1782, the United Provinces recognized

the independence of the United States of America. On October 8 of that same

year, the US and the United Provinces signed the Treaty of Amity and Commerce, the

longest standing treaty to which the US is a party. The Dutch then loaned money to the new

nation. That loan helped sustain the American Revolution.

of values and beliefs. We concluded it would be fitting and proper to focus on our shared

history and all that unites our nations. For that reason, we chose to create Dutch-American

Friendship Day.

We submitted the Resolution to the US Congress in the fall of 1981 and started to plan

the John Adams Dinner to be held at the Kurzaal on April 19, 1982. With much work, the

resolution was passed by both Houses of Congress in March 1982, just in time for the first

Dutch-American Friendship Day. It became HJ 410, a joint resolution of both Houses of


Who we are and what we have become have deep roots in the Dutch nation. John Adams,

our second President and the first ambassador to the Netherlands, lived in The Hague. The

very first embassy residence our country ever owned was located at Fluwelen Burgwal 18 in

a house Adams purchased in anticipation of Dutch recognition of American independence.

He wrote in a letter to his wife Abigail that it was “suitable for a Hotel Des Etats-Unis”―an

American Embassy. Now it is the site of a city parking garage!

Even before the time of John Adams, we are reminded each year at the Thanksgiving Day

Service in Leiden of our Dutch-American roots. The Pilgrims lived in Leiden for 11 years.

They were welcomed and granted religious and press freedoms. It was from Leiden that

they began their voyage to the vast American continent they said, “was fruitful and fit for

habitation.” Americans still sing a Dutch hymn and usually think it is American: Wilt Heden

Nu Treden—We Gather Together. This year, 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the departure

of the Pilgrims from Leiden. Thousands and thousands of Americans are descended

from the Leiden Pilgrims including, most recently, Presidents Bush and President Obama.

Our sixth President, John Quincy Adams, and his brother, Charles Francis Adams, attended

Leiden University “to pursue their studies of Latin and Greek under the excellent masters”

according to their father, John Adams. Presidents Martin Van Buren, Theodore Roosevelt

and Franklin Delano Roosevelt directly trace their ancestry to the Provinces of Gelderland

and Zeeland.

Other Americans who have shaped and continue to shape our country also have roots in

this nation: Walt Whitman, poet; Herman Melville, author; Thomas Alva Edison, inventor;

Humphrey Bogart, Henry, Jane and Peter Fonda, actors; Bruce Springsteen, singer and poet;

Walter Cronkite, news commentator; Eleanor Roosevelt, human rights activist; and General

David Petraeus, to name a few.

To honor the contributions of the Dutch nation to the US and commemorate the Bicentennial

of Dutch-American diplomatic relations, a group of us chose to submit a resolution to the

US Congress in the fall of 1981. The resolution would declare April 19 as Dutch-American

Friendship Day.

At the time, which was during the height of the Cold War, the traditional good relations

between the US and the Netherlands were being tested. The US was proposing to station

48 cruise missiles in the town of Woensdrecht in the Province of North Brabant. There

were protests all over the country including very large demonstrations on the Malieveld

in The Hague. At the same time, organizations and the governments were making plans

for the Bicentennial. In light of the circumstances, we thought about what would be fitting

and concluded that the relations between friendly nations are sometimes like the relations

within families. Even in troubled times, there are unbreakable bonds and a common sense


In the Kurzaal on April 19, 1982, HRH Princess Margriet accepted the Resolution from

Congressmen Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Ben Gilman (R-NY). Congressman Hoyer came for

Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark) who together with Ben Gilman had co-sponsored HJ 410 and

gathered congressional support. Thomas Boyleston Adams and Charles Francis Adams, direct

descendants of John Adams came from Boston. At the time, Thomas Boyleston Adams

was the Curator of the Massachusetts Historical Society and Holder of the Adams Papers.

The following day, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix even allowed the Huis Ten Bosch to be

opened for the members of Congress and the Adams family. On April 19, 1982, she was in

Washington, DC speaking to a joint session of Congress.

Every year since 1982, we have observed Dutch-American Friendship Day. In recent years,

we have given a Dutch person a Certificate of Appreciation for what they do and have done

to reinforce the friendship between our nations. In 2019, we honored Dr. Wiel Lenders, the

curator of the National Liberation Museum in Groesbeek, a museum that focuses on what

American soldiers did to liberate the Dutch nation. Last year, we chose to give a second

certificate to Sander Voogel, a young firefighter from Wassenaar who, when on an exchange

program in Detroit, saved the lives of a mother and two children.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Dutch-American Friendship Day, we re-submitted

the resolution of Dutch-American Friendship. It became HR 89 and was sponsored by

Rep. Pete Hoekstra, now Ambassador Hoekstra (R-MI), and Chris van Hollen (D-Md), now

Senator Van Hollen.

This year, we will commemorate Dutch-American Friendship Day once more. A friendship

such as this should be remembered and extolled. In the words of John Adams, “There are

no friends more faithful than they.”

Watch for further information about Dutch-American Friendship Day in the eNews. Also,

think about inviting your Dutch friends and neighbors and telling them about what their

country did for ours.

APRIL 2019 33

The Dutch Daily

by Eileen Harloff

Floods and Flooding

The photos on television and in the newspaper

showing the results of the excessive

rainfall in the UK make me very thankful

for the way in which the Dutch government

reacted to the flood of 1953, which was the

country’s largest natural disaster. On the

night of Saturday, January 31 major parts

of the Provinces of Zeeland, South Holland

and Brabant were flooded, along with areas

in England, Scotland and Belgium. Homes,

farms, and businesses in the Netherlands

were partially or fully destroyed and 2,551

people died.

The reaction of the Dutch government to this

tragedy was to construct the Delta Works,

which at that time was the largest flood protection

system in the world. Costing much

time and money, this project consists of 13

sections, each of which is adapted to the

specific needs of its location and features:

surge barriers, dikes, dams, and sluice gates.

The surge barriers are enormous sliding

gates that are open during normal weather

and closed in times of storms and high seas.

In other areas, large arms have been installed

that consist of floating pontoons that

can be filled with water to make them sink

and form a solid barrier to potential incoming


A visit to the Delta Works is well worth

one’s time and effort. There is a visitors center

with explanatory information, and visits

can be made to the different constructions

that keep this land, 26% of which is below

sea level, safe in times of raging waters.

Strengthening the Coast in


At present, the five-year task of preserving

the beach at Scheveningen is in full

swing. Starting at a middle point, a dredger

(ship) is out in the sea scooping up sand

which, by means of a mile long (one and a

half kilometers) pipe, is then being deposited

onto the beach where it is spread out

by bulldozers. The work, which is going

on day and night, will add more than 248

square miles (400,000 cubic meters) to the

beach. The dredging and spreading activity

have aroused interest among the public,

who watch the comings and goings of the

bulldozers with great interest. But it appears

the greatest admirers of the task are the sea

gulls, who come by droves to dine on the

delicacies that have come from the sea bottom

and are now laid out on the beach.

windmills, all its polyester is recycled, and

its wood comes from well-managed forests.

The current challenge is how to produce the

products in a sustainable manner and what

to do with unsold articles or articles that

customers no longer want in their homes.

One solution that has been established by its

branch in Eindhoven is a “bargain corner”

where second-hand furniture is on sale. And

a branch in Amsterdam rents out furniture

for a minimum of two years. Elsewhere felt

products, such as handbags, are being made

from Ikea left-over textiles. Ikea’s aim of

achieving full recycling is on its way.

The Lost is Found

Bart Mooiweer from Zwartsluis, a small

city in the Province of Overijssel, got quite

a jolt when watching a local television program

that showed a day in the life of an

88-year-old bachelor farmer who lived in a

nearby town. The farmer had a weekly habit

of hopping on his moped and heading off to

a nearby town where he went to a Chinese

restaurant and ordered a small container of

bami. Once home, he sat down to eat and

gave a portion of the rice to his cat. It was

the cat that caught Bart’s attention—it had

the same hang belly as his cat, Vlekje, that

had been missing for four years and the face

was familiar. He was so excited that he immediately

jumped into his car and went over

to the farmer’s house to see the cat closeup.

The cat had been chipped, and when this

proved positive, Mr. Mooiweer could take

his cat home. The farmer was surprised but

said that he did not check up on where the

cat had come from, as he thought it was from

one of the neighboring farms. He would of

course give up the cat, although he would

be missed.

Back home, Vlekje was recognized by

the two other cats who lived there, and he

quickly let them know who was boss. As for

Bart, he has promised that whenever bami

should be on the menu at his house, Vlekje

would certainly be given a suitable portion.

Velkje then went on to give his old boss a

loving lick on the side of his face.

Photo by Freddy Schinkel

Did you know that any woman who speaks English is eligible

Ikea’s New Goal

With its 400 branches, Ikea is the largest

department store in the world, and as such

it sells a huge number of products made

from a wide variety of materials. It recently

decided to operate in a sustainable manner

moving forward. Already, all stores produce

their energy by way of sun panels and

to join the American Women’s Club?

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

to join us today!


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Walking Across London

by Melissa White


have done some crazy intense treks with

my friends Carlin and Kent: crossing

England on the Coast-2-Coast (C2C)

and hiking to Everest Base Camp in the

Himalayas. So when they invited my husband

James and me to join them for a walk across

London in November 2019, I couldn’t help

but laugh as clearly this was in an entirely less

challenging league. We took them up on the

offer and are really glad we did as we were

surprised how fun it was to see a city that we

know so well in a very different way.

Earlier in the summer, Carlin and Kent had

set off to walk the Thames Path National

Trail, a 184-mile (294-kilometer) trail from

the Thames River’s source to where it reaches

the sea. This large tidal river that anyone

who has ever visited London will be familiar

with starts from a spring in a meadow in the

Cotswolds, eventually bubbling up through

adjoining fields until eventually becoming

a stream and then a river. While not as demanding

as their previous treks because the

majority of the Thames Path was flat, Carlin

shared that it was still physically challenging

to complete the “long legs.” Along the

way, they used guidebooks to learn the

significance of many of the historic buildings

and bridges they passed. Similar to our

C2C trek, they hired a company to transport

their luggage between the inns, so they only

needed to carry daypacks. Unfortunately,

due to timing, they were unable to complete


the walk over the summer and saved the final

39 miles for early November, at which

time we joined them.

London is huge, so the plan was to allow

three days to walk from Richmond Bridge to

the Thames Barrier, the official ending point

of the Thames Path The first big decision

we needed to make was would we stay at

a different hotel each night, thus needing to

carry all of our own gear, or make use of the

Tube to get back and forth to the path. Since

I knew that I would be going onward to

Exeter to visit our daughter (who’s doing her

Master’s in Food Security and Sustainable

Agriculture) and would want additional

clothes for that part of the trip, I was highly

in favor of staying in just one hotel allowing

me to leave a bag behind. We settled on the

Hub by Premiere Inn at Tower Bridge, an

affordable hotel with small but comfortable

rooms in a convenient location.

Richmond to Battersea Park

We picked up the Thames Path where Carlin

and Kent had left it: White Cross Pub by

Richmond Bridge. The path ran along both

the north and south shores of the river, but

we stuck to the southern shore as it had less

diversions into the surrounding neighborhoods.

Richmond itself has lots of interesting

history, including that it is where Queen

Elizabeth I died in 1603, but we actually

didn’t see any of those sites as they weren’t

along the riverfront.

However, we didn’t mind missing some history

as this leg of our walk was definitely

the prettiest as it was the most rural section

with the path running alongside many parks.

There were so many lovely tunnels formed

by trees, that I eventually had to stop myself

from photographing yet another tree tunnel.

It was fortuitous that we were walking along

the river during low tide, as it was surprising

to learn that parts of that path can be underwater

during high tide.

Unlike the C2C where we carried packed

lunches due to the lack of pubs along

the trail, this time we had lots of options

along the way. We opted to cross to the

more urban north shore at Hammersmith

Bridge, which was opened in 1887 and was

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carrying 20,000 cars and 1,800 buses daily

for so many years, it was no longer safe for

vehicular traffic. Most interesting, as we

were taking photos, a Transport for London

employee explained that the IRA had tried

to blow up the bridge three times over the

years: the first attempt was in 1939, again

in 1996, and then one span was actually

seriously damaged in 2000. We then walked

to the next bridge on the northern shore,

before crossing back over again.

By far the most spectacular bridge that day

was the Albert, which we were happy to

see fully lit by 4,000 LED lights. We then

crossed Battersea Park and declared our first

day officially finished.

in the evenings, but a pretty sleepy place

early on a Saturday morning in a business

district. Kent’s enthusiasm was contagious

and I found myself surprisingly interested in

watching the game. No doubt it helped that

we had excellent seats and were anticipating

a big breakfast once the kitchen finally


We eventually arrived back at Battersea Park

just after noon to begin the second leg of our

walk. We made a short detour into Battersea

Dogs & Cats Home, which opened in 1860

and is one of the oldest animal charities in the

world, having cared for over three million

animals since its founding. We then skirted

around Battersea Power Station, which is

undergoing a massive rehabilitation and I

imagine will eventually be incorporated into

the path itself. Built in 1929, the decommissioned

coal-fired power station is one of the

world’s largest brick buildings, utilizing six

million bricks. The iconic building is now

being repurposed to accommodate apartments,

scheduled to be opening this year.

One of the chimneys is slated to become a

glass elevator offering visitors one of the

most unique viewing platforms in London.

Soon afterwards, we passed in front of the

infamous MI6 Building at Vauxhall Cross,

which houses the UK’s foreign intelligence

agency and was fictitiously blown up in

Skyfall, a 2012 James Bond movie. Across

the river we had a good view of Parliament,

which Guy Fawkes and crew tried to blow

up in 1605. This event is celebrated annually

on November 5, which is a reminder

of the dry sense of humor of Brits that they

still celebrate over 400 years later when

someone tried to blow up Parliament. The

iconic Big Ben was fully covered in scaffolding

(and will be until 2021 when its

four-year renovation work, including the

addition of an elevator, is scheduled to be


Once we crossed under Westminster Bridge,

we were in the heart of South Bank, which is

notoriously overrun with tourists. We darted

around them until finally arriving at the Tate

Modern, a huge modern art museum opened

in 2000 in the old Bankside Power Station. Its

newest building opened in 2016 and features

a free 360° view of London from their open

viewing platform on the 10th floor. We also

checked out two of the free temporary contemporary

art exhibits, before heading back

out into the throngs. Eventually we made it to

Tower Bridge, which looked quite majestic

lit for the night.

The previous evening we had come across

a pub near our hotel that had a sign >> 40

Battersea Park to Tower Bridge

It was fortunate that the second day was our

shortest route as we got a late start since we

wanted to watch the Rugby World Cup Final

first. Of the four of us, only Kent regularly

watches rugby and was very excited to see

South Africa play (he was born in England,

but lived in South Africa for most of his

life). Personally, I’d never watched rugby

and James had just recently watched his first

game with another South African buddy, but

we were both intrigued by the idea of in sitting

in a pub in England watching England

play. We had made multiple attempts the

previous day to find a pub that still had

space available, but all we could confirm

was the Brewdog at Tower Hill, a fun pub


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One Billion Rising

by Mary Adams

displaying their wide variety of savory pies

and I had my mind set on a fish pie all day.

That particular pub turned out to be a complete

disappointment because they were out

of nearly everything on their menu, but we

found some delicious pies at a pub with excellent

service and quite a memorable name:

Hung, Drawn and Quartered.

Tower Bridge to Thames Barrier

We were able to start our final day without

using public transport as our hotel was

close enough to walk alongside the Tower of

London and then across Tower Bridge. We

were thrilled to start the day with vibrant blue

skies rather than the usual gray. Although this

leg was also very urban, it was extremely different

than the previous day. As soon as we

turned east from the bridge, we left the crowds

of tourists behind and entered a different era

in history: the time of sailing ships and warehouses.

Once some of the worst slums in

London, this area was heavily damaged during

the Blitz and is now fully renovated and

upmarket. As the facades on our side of the

river seemed stuck behind in time, the other

side morphed into Canary Wharf, home of

skyscrapers for many UK and international

banks. The biggest “city” along the way

was Greenwich, home of Greenwich Prime

Meridian where we crossed from the Western

Hemisphere into the Eastern Hemisphere.

Lastly, we walked nearly around the O2, the

immense entertainment center built for Y2K,

and to the Thames Barrier, the official endpoint

of the Thames Path.

Frankly, I’m embarrassed to admit that before

Kent and Carlin’s invite, I’d never heard

of the Thames Barrier and I had no idea what

to expect as we approached it. Built in 1984

in answer to the horrible North Sea floods

of 1953, the same impetus to the building

of the Maeslant Barrier near Hoek van

Holland, the methods used by the UK versus

the Netherlands to prevent flooding along

their main river could not be further apart.

While the Netherlands uses two huge floating

gates which remain in a dry dock when

not being used, the Thames Barrier is made

up of ten steel gates, eight of which lie flat on

the riverbed and rise to close during extreme

flooding risk. The Dutch test their system annually

in September, whereas the Brits test

theirs monthly. Consider checking www.gov.

uk/guidance/the-thames-barrier to see when

the closure will be when planning your next

trip to London.

Technically, the Thames Barrier is not actually

at the North Sea, so some diehard trekkers

continue to walk to the Thames Estuary.

However, that leg is not considered part of

the official Thames Path because it is very

industrial and not conducive to walkers.

Although Kent seems to think that perhaps

someday they will walk that final leg, I agree

with Carlin that I’d rather skip that to walk

along the coast to see pretty views instead.

I’m not ashamed to admit that I have simple

needs: a nice place to walk and an occasional

fish pie.

One Billion Rising (www.onebillionrising.

org) is a global campaign founded by

Eve Ensler, playwright of The Vagina

Monologues, to end rape and sexual

violence against women. It was started

in 2012 as part of the V-Day movement

(www.vday.org). The “billion” refers to the

UN statistic that one in three women will

be raped or beaten in her lifetime, which

equates to approximately one billion women


Since 2013, Webster Leiden Campus organizers

have mobilized fellow students,

faculty and women’s groups from the area

to dance in unison as a “flash mob” on

Valentine’s Day on the Beestenmarkt in

Leiden. Dr. Sheetal Shah said the larger

group in Leiden reflected the wider involvement

of volunteers from Bridge2Hope

(www.thebridge2hope.org) based in the

Bijlmer, a culturally diverse area in the

southeast section of Amsterdam stigmatized

by its portrayal as a developing neighborhood.

Members of the AWC The Hague

were happy to join the mob for the third

year in a row to RISE UP against violence

against women.


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Mayflower 400: 1620 – 2020

by Jeremy Bangs (Director, Leiden American Pilgrim Museum)

This year marks the 400th anniversary of

the sailing of the Mayflower, bringing

the Pilgrims from Leiden and England

to their destination of Plymouth Colony, in

what is now southeastern Massachusetts.

Numerous commemorations are planned in

the Netherlands, England and the US.

Three other anniversaries receive attention

at the same time. First, it is now 100

years since the sentiment received wide

support that too much attention had been

given to the men, sometimes called reverently

the “Pilgrim Fathers.” Their role was

emphatically emphasized in 1889 with the

81-foot (25-meter) National Monument to

the Forefathers in Plymouth, Massachusetts

(also called the Pilgrim Memorial). New

times required that equal honor and respect

should be given to the “Pilgrim Mothers.”

For the 1920 – 1921 tercentenary celebrations,

the Daughters of the American


Revolution erected a representation of the

ideal Pilgrim woman, the Pilgrim Mother

sculpted by Paul O. Jennewein as the main

image on a fountain at the corner of North

and Water Streets in Plymouth. As its inscription

states, “They brought up their

families in sturdy virtue and a living faith in

God without which nations perish.”

Three years later, a stirring bronze statue

by Henry Hudson Kitson imagining the

Pilgrim Maiden was placed on a rock in

Brewster Gardens. A plaque explains the

dedication, “To those intrepid English

women whose courage, fortitude, and devotion

brought a new nation into being, this

statue of the Pilgrim Maiden is dedicated.

Presented to the Town of Plymouth by The

National Society of New England Women,

September IV, MCMXXIV.” Despite this

century of emphasis, the feeling that the

women have been neglected has resurfaced.

In 2020, lectures, articles and books are

appearing that will tell us that the Pilgrim

women have been overlooked and will now

be given their due.

Second, similarly, it has been a century

since the sentiment that Native American

contributions to the ultimate success of

the Pilgrims’ colony had received sufficient

notice. Contributions supported the

1921 erection of a bronze statue representing

Massasoit Osamequen, the Pokanoket

Indian leader whose friendship with the

Pilgrims was essential to their survival. This

sculpture, by Cyrus Dallin, was the gift of

the Improved Order of Red Men, a fraternal

organization of non-Indians emulating the

assumed virtues of what used to be called

the “Noble Savage.” Notably, to them the

Indians’ importance was their contribution

to the colonists’ triumph. (Dallin’s counterpart

sculpture, depicting William Bradford,

was ready in 1921 but funding was not

found until much later; casting and installation

was in 1976.)

Third, it has been 50 years since Dallin’s

sculpture of Massasoit Osamequen became

the location from which Frank Wamsutta

James, of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe,

delivered a stirring speech that had been invited

but then suppressed by the organizers

of the 350th anniversary of the Pilgrims’

arrival. As James said, “High on a hill,

overlooking the famed Plymouth Rock,

stands the statue of our great Sachem,

Massasoit. Massasoit has stood there many

years in silence. We the descendants of this

great Sachem have been a silent people. …

Today, I and many of my people are choosing

to face the truth. We ARE Indians!

“Our lands were invaded. We fought as

hard to keep our land as you the whites did

to take our land away from us. We were

conquered, we became the American prisoners

of war in many cases, and wards of

the United States Government, until only


“Our spirit refuses to die. … We stand tall

and proud, and before too many moons

pass, we’ll right the wrongs we have allowed

to happen to us. … Our lands have

fallen into the hands of the aggressor. We

have allowed the white man to keep us on

our knees. What has happened cannot be

changed, but today we must work towards

a more humane America, a more Indian

America, where men and nature once again

are important; where the Indian values of

honor, truth, and brotherhood prevail.”

So—who and what is to be commemorated

in 2020?

The Pilgrims

The Pilgrims were Calvinist dissenters

from the Church of England (the Anglican

Church). Fleeing from religious persecution

in England, the Pilgrims found refuge

in Leiden, then they started to emigrate in

1620 on the Mayflower to America. Before

landing, they drew up an agreement, the

well-known Mayflower Compact, to serve

as the basis of their future legal and social

organization. John Quincy Adams recognized

it as an early example of a social

contract and as a forerunner of ideas developed

in the Constitution of the United

States of America. The Pilgrims’ memory

is recalled annually on Thanksgiving Day,

which commemorates the Pilgrims’ harvest

feast of 1621, when colonists sat down

peacefully with their Native American

neighbors to give thanks for a bounteous

creation and for continued preservation

through times of hardship. Having spent a

dozen formative years in the Netherlands,

the Pilgrims are recognized as the source

through which several innovations derived

from Dutch legal and social precedent entered

American culture, of which the most

important are democratic self-government,

civil marriage and the separation of church

and state.

The Women

After safe arrival in November 1620, half

the colonists died in the first three or four

months in Plymouth Colony. The adult

women who survived to the Thanksgiving

feast in the autumn of 1621 were Eleanor

Billington, Mary Brewster, Elizabeth

Hopkins, and Susanna White Winslow.

Susannah had given birth on the Mayflower

(in Cape Cod Harbor) to Peregrine White.

Then, as a widow, became the bride of

Edward Winslow, whose first wife had

died. This was the first marriage in the colony.

Both Winslow and Governor William

Bradford mentioned that Dutch law had

been followed in the civil ceremony. In

England, all marriages had to be solemnized

in the Church of England, but in

Leiden many Pilgrims were married in civil

ceremonies in the town hall. That these

women fulfilled important roles in the

colony, where all residents were organized

within family groups, has not escaped the

attention of most historians. Attention is

given to daily routines and women’s activities

in crafts and business in chapter

ten of my book, Strangers and Pilgrims,

Travellers and Sojourners – Leiden and the

Foundations of Plymouth Plantation. That

chapter is called “Nurseries of the Church:

Authority and Family Life Among the

Pilgrims” and it has various sub-sections,

such as “Marriage Civility,” “The Ideal

Housewife,” “Children,” and “The Day and

Women’s and Children’s Labors.”

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The Indians

Plymouth’s colonists settled in land that lay

in or next to the territories of four tribes:

the Patuxets, the Pokanokets, the Nausets,

and the Massachusetts. The Pokanokets

had lived where the Pilgrims established

the town of Plymouth, but an epidemic

had killed almost all of them (one escaped)

about three years before the Pilgrims’ arrival.

The leader of the Pokanokets, Massasoit

Osamequen, established a treaty of mutual

aid and defense with the Pilgrims, which

lasted until King Philip’s War in 1675, an

uprising led by Osamequen’s son, Philip

Metacomet. The Nausets, sometimes allied

with the Pokanokets and sometimes with

the Massachusetts, welcomed survivors

of the Pokanokets after the war. In the last

couple of centuries this amalgamated group

has become known as the Wampanoags

(not a name used for this group in the 17th

century). Several Wampanoags have proclaimed

themselves representatives to express

Native American outrage at the ongoing

mistreatment suffered by tribes across

the American continent. Their voices will

be heard in 2020.

The Massachusetts

were and remain independent

of the

Wampanoag. The

Pilgrims’ attempt to

treat Indians fairly in

law is demonstrable;

but the overall effect

of attempts at legal

fairness in the acquisition

of land, piece

by piece, from the

Indians was cumulatively

destructive dispossession.


were made by the

colonists’ court and

by Indian Sachems to

create reservations of

land that could never

be taken away from


Indian possession – at Mashpee, Titicut and

Mount Hope. Despite later neglect of these

agreements, some hope exists for restitution

of Indian control of those land reserves.

That topic is the subject of chapter two in my

new book, New Light on the Old Colony –

Plymouth, the Dutch Context of Toleration,

and Patterns of Pilgrim Commemoration.

Commemorations in Leiden

The Leiden American Pilgrim Museum


org) exists to tell the Pilgrim story in all

its facets, focusing primarily on their exile

in Leiden (1609-1620, and beyond),

but also covering the English background

and the colonial developments. The museum,

located at Beschuitsteeg 9 in front

of the Hooglandsekerk, is open Thursday,

Friday and Saturday, 1 – 5 p.m. In addition,

there will be a temporary exhibit

through July 20 at the Museum De Lakenhal

(www.lakenhal.nl) in which the Pilgrim story

will inspire questions about modern problems

of refugees and immigration.

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Cancellation Warning

Due to the unpredictable spread of Covid-19,

many public events are subject to being cancelled.

Always check the relevant websites

for further information before heading to

any of the following events or museums as

they could have been cancelled or closed

since we went to print.

Scottish Country Dancing


The St. Andrew’s Society of the Netherlands

invites the AWC to a Potluck Ceilidh

(Scottish country dancing). There is no

previous experience needed. Similar to

American square dancing, there is a “caller”

who walks everyone through each dance

before the music starts and then calls out

the moves throughout. Dress code is smart

casual or kilt. Entrance to the dance with refreshments

is € 10 plus a potluck item for

the buffet. Register at www.standrews.nl.

Friday, April 3

7:30 – 10:30 p.m.

British School of the Netherlands

Saffierhorst 117, Den Haag

International Amsterdam Motor


Visit the largest auto show in the

Netherlands from Thursday, April 9 through

Monday, April 13 at the RAI in Amsterdam.

Featuring over 300 supercars, hypercars,

sports cars, movie cars, future cars and classics,

this show has it all. You’ll also find an

F1 simulator and more than 100 exhibitors

spread across 7 halls with products and services.



Spring Beer Festival

Start the long weekend on Good Friday,

April 10 from 4 p.m. and on Saturday, April

11 from 2 p.m. at the Grote Markt with a

specialty beer in hand and the first rays of

sunshine on your face. There will be 14

small Dutch brewers offering about 70 beers

in a decorated beer garden. www.gmdh.nl

The Arts Society Lecture

The Wit and Art of Winston Churchill &

Noel Coward

For over 40 years, Winston Churchill was a

keen amateur artist. His landscapes record

almost every country which he visited as

a distinguished statesman. His wit is legendary.

He discussed painting with Noel

Coward, who was another keen amateur

artist for over 40 years. Indeed, Churchill

persuaded Coward to stop using watercolors

and convert to oils. Coward, of course,

used wit and humor in many of his plays

and musicals, as well as in his personal life.

Both were talented wordsmiths, keen amateur

artists, and great friends. This lecture

will highlight their famous writings and colorful

locations for their paintings. Lecturer

Nicholas Reed is an art historian, author

and archaeologist. Nonmember fee is € 13.


Tuesday, April 14

8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)

Cultural Centrum Warenar

Kerkstraat 75, Wassenaar

Bonfire Beach Fest

Celebrate the official opening of beach

season at this festival that will put

Scheveningen on fire. On Friday, April 17

and Saturday, April 18, the beach transforms

into a large open and free festival

area. Bands and DJs will perform in beach

tents near the Pier while a colorful theater

spectacle will perform on the beach twice a

night at Noordboulevard (between the Pier

and Zwarte Pad) with a light show, acrobatics

and music. www.bonfirebeachfest.com

National Museum Week

For more than 30 years, over 400 museums

across the country have offered a special

weekend with free or discounted entrance

including free films, slide shows, tours,

demonstrations and workshops. The fun

has been expanded to an entire week from

April 20 – 26 with the theme of Freedom

is Gold in honor of the 75th anniversary of

the Liberation. For more information and to

see which museums are participating, visit


Flower Parade

On Saturday, April 25 at 9:15 a.m., the

73rd edition of the annual Flower Parade

will leave Noordwijk to travel its 25-mile

(40-kilometer) route along the main roads

to arrive in Haarlem around 10 p.m. The

procession will be comprised of 16 large

floats with the theme of Freedom and more

than 30 decorated luxury cars, interspersed

with marching bands. There will be plenty

of space on the roadside for the hundreds

of thousands of spectators who always congregate

along the route. The Flower Parade

passes Keukenhof around 3:30 p.m. If you

miss the parade, you can see the floats on

view in Haarlem on Sunday, April 26 until

5 p.m. There will also be an illuminated parade

in Noordwijkerhout on Friday, April 24

at 9:15 p.m. To see the schedule of the route,

go to www.bloemencorso-bollenstreek.nl.

Life I Live Festival

Starting at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, The

Hague city center will be transformed into a

free open-air music festival to kick off the

celebration of the King’s birthday and continuing

on Saturday, April 27 for King’s Day

itself. During these two days, 50 local bands

and DJs will perform next to international

acts on stages scattered around playing a variety

of musical styles: soul, rock, funk, hip

hop, blues, indie pop, jazz and dance tunes.


Tulip Festival

This festival celebrates the famous tulip

and ensures it blooms all over Amsterdam

each spring. In 2015, nearly 550,000 tulip

bulbs were planted in beds and pots around

the city for the first festival. Additional

bulbs have been planted each year, moving

towards the goal of one bulb for every

inhabitant of Amsterdam. All through the

month of April, colorful and rare tulips

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Continued from page 49

can be seen at 85 locations scattered among

the gardens of museums, private homes and

other city institutions. A festival guide and

route map showing the participating locations

is available for € 2 at the information

points. www.tulpfestival.com

Dutch Grand Prix Zandvoort

The Dutch Formula One Grand Prix Race

is back in the Netherlands after a 35-year

absence (it was originally held here from

1948 – 1985). From May 1 – 3, engines are

back to roaring on the Zandvoort racetrack,

which has been heavily renovated during its

absence from the Grand Prix calendar. The

racetrack is located right next to the beach,

about an hour north of The Hague. The

screech of whirring tires will be set to fat

beats spun by some of the world’s best DJs.

In the event of a postponement, all tickets

will remain valid. www.dutchgp.com

line pinball machine or relax on the comfortable

cat bed. Free with Museumkaart.


Global Perspective on Gender

Through August 23, Tropenmuseum in

Amsterdam examines gender, which is currently

a hot topic. Did you know that what

we see as masculine or feminine is largely

culturally determined? In a festival-like setting,

dive into the world of gender and discover

how this is expressed and experienced

worldwide. Consider: sitting on a chair specially

for women by designer Anna Aagaard

Jensen, which is only possible with wide

legs. Taking a dip in a ball pit of breasts

that makes you think about what it means

to be reduced to an object. And a photo

shoot that makes visitors aware of the typically

male or female poses that they take on

themselves. Free with Museumkaart. www.


KunstRAI Art Fair

From Wednesday, April 29 until Sunday,

May 3, the longest running art fair in the

Netherlands (now in its 36th year) will offer

contemporary Dutch art for sale at RAI

Amsterdam. During the fair, over 80 galleries

will show their paintings, sculptures,

photography, new media, design and jewelry.


Cats in Japanese Art

Through July 5, Japanese Museum

SieboldHuis in Leiden presents NEKO,

The Cat in Japanese Art. In traditional and

contemporary Japanese prints, rare drawings,

artifacts, scrolls and photographs, the

role of the cat in Japanese art throughout

the ages will be exhibited for all visitors of

all ages to enjoy. Japan, famous for its love

of cats (neko) has produced such icons as

Hello Kitty and even boasts cat cafés, cat

shrines, and a number of cat islands. The

love of the cats will be presented in all its

diversity: see the cat in art, take part in the

neko-treasure hunt, try your hand on a fe-

Maneki neko in Mikawa-stijl, 19th century

Photo by Mario Patiño Sanchez


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Restaurant Recommendations

Recommendations by Michelle Voorn

Please send your recommendations to wwdp@awcthehague.org


A minimalist with a comfy look, Teds is a great spot for brunch, sandwiches and high tea.

Serving brunch and mimosas all day, it makes for a fun spot to go with girlfriends and enjoy

good quality, fresh-made dishes. As a plus, the

service is extremely friendly.

Brunch, International


Frederikstraat 32

2514 LK Den Haag


070 331 1975

Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

UMAMI by Han

Umami originates from Japanese and literally means “delicious taste.” This is because most

ingredients that contain a high amount of umami are often experienced as delicious. Social

dining is a new trend in which guests share their dishes making it an experience bringing

people together. Their dishes are smart and refined, combining a bit of molecular gastronomy

with traditional flavors. A great place for the adventurer foodie.

Asian, Fusion


Buitenhof 46

2513 AH Den Haag

070 392 1808


Monday – Tuesday 5 – 10 p.m.

Wednesday and Sunday Noon – 10 p.m.

Thursday – Saturday Noon – 10:30 p.m.

Gran Sasso

At the foot of the church in the center of Old Rijswijk, you will find a lovely traditional Italian

restaurant. Open since 1993, their menu offers an extensive variety of classic meat, fish, pasta

and pizzas dishes. The playful chef will charm you when he is not too busy; with a characteristic

Italian accent, he loves making his guests feels special. The pasta and pizzas are fresh

and delicious. Make sure to save space for some of

his finger-licking good desserts!

Traditional Italian


Herenstraat 79

2282 BS Rijswijk

070 399 4120


Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday

5 – 10 p.m.

Thursday – Saturday Noon – 10 p.m.


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