MEMBERS ONLY: WINE TASTING AT WEINGUT WÖHRWAG (+1 EVENT)


Friday, January 13th, 2023 at 16:00
Location: Weingut Wöhrwag, Grunbacher Straße 5,
70327 Stuttgart-Untertürkheim
Nearest station: Untertürkheim (S/U)
This event is for members +1 guest
Prepayment deadline: Friday, January 6th

COME AND LEARN ABOUT LOCAL WINES

Join host Heather T for a guided tasting in English at her favorite local winery. We will try four of their outstanding wines and learn about Weingut Wöhrwag’s winemaking philosophy and style.

Our hour-long tasting will start at 16:00 and last one hour. Wöhrwag Weingut is classified as a Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (VDP) winery, a designation indicating the winery produces high quality and exceptional wines.

THIS IS A +1 EVENT, WHICH MEANS:

  • Any IWCS member plus one guest are welcome to attend.
  • Your +1 can be a partner, spouse, adult child, or friend (18+)
  • You and your guest each pay the member cost listed below.

The cost of this event is €15 per person, paid in advance. The remainder of the event will be sponsored by the IWCS and this is a Round Up For Charity event. All proceeds will benefit Frauen helfen Frauen. Twenty (20) spaces are available for this event.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP in the private Facebook event. If you are not on Facebook, please contact Heather via the email address found in the newsletter.

To confirm your reservation, please transfer the  €15 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than January 6th, 2023. If you have any extenuating circumstances that keep you from getting the funds to us by that date, please speak directly with the host so we don’t assume you are no longer interested.

Prepayments are non-refundable after the payment deadline. Members who have to cancel at the last minute are welcome to find another member or guest to send in their place.

MEMBER ONLY EVENT: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE & BRUNCH 2022

Sunday, December 11th at 11:00
Location: Sandra’s home in Stuttgart-Zazenhausen
Nearest stations: Zazenhausen Viadukt
RSVP in the private Facebook event or using the form below if you are not on Facebook


Join us for our Tenth Annual Christmas Cookie Swap this December!

As always, Sandra will host a unique and delicious brunch to go with all of the cookies and plenty of Sekt will be on hand.

Guests are asked to bake about three dozen of one kind of holiday cookie and bring them along with the recipe so everyone can try them at home! There’s no need to pre-package the cookies; each guest will take the cookies and the quantity they want.

All food and drinks will be provided by the host. A bottle or two of bubbly is always welcome!

This event is limited to 10 guests.

IWCS ANNUAL HOLIDAY DINNER & GIFT EXCHANGE 2022

For members only 💝
Wednesday, December 14th starting at 18:30
Location: H6 Eventlocation, Am Höhenpark 6, 70192 Stuttgart-Killesberg
Nearest stations: Killesberg (U5), exit Höhenpark
Hosted by your 2022 IWCS Steering Committee
Prepayment deadline Monday, December 5th


Our beloved Holiday Dinner and Gift Exchange is finally happening again this December!

We have truly missed this annual event thanks to the pandemic. This is our chance to come together as a community and enjoy good food and fun during the magical German advent time.

This year’s dinner is being organized by the fabulous Adriana at the event center “H6” in the new Killesberghöhe Stadtquartier. It’s a brand new place – so new they don’t even have a sign up yet! But it is easy to find (watch for the chalkboard directions) and gorgeous.

We will start our evening with a complimentary glass of Sekt at 18:30, followed by a three-course meal. You can find all the details about the menu further on in this post and will be asked for your choices when you RSVP.

After dinner, all members are invited to take part in our optional gift exchange, which is loads of fun every year. If you would like to participate, please bring a wrapped gift worth €15 (no gag or re-gifts please). Choose something that you yourself would be happy to receive because with this exchange, that could very well happen! You do not have to participate in the gift exchange to attend the dinner.

Dress up if you wish!! We are calling the dress code for the evening “Holiday Fabulousness” which means anything festive will work. Choose your outfit carefully, because Sandra has organized fun photobooth-style portraits for those who wish!

And as always, Sandra is also organizing the Frauen helfen Frauen Virtual Giving Tree again this year and you are welcome to bring along your wrapped gift for the shelter to give her at this dinner. All the details can be found in the separate Giving Tree Facebook event

This is a members-only event and the IWCS club-sponsored price per person of €35 (for fish or meat meals) or €30 (for the two meatless menus) includes your food, a welcome glass of Prosecco Spumante (or something non-alcoholic), and table water. To reserve your spot, please RSVP in the private Facebook event or email Adriana if you are not on Facebook.

PLEASE NOTE that any drinks ordered apart from the provided table water and welcome beverage must be paid for by you on the night of the event.


And now on to the food! To complete your reservation, we need your food choices and your prepayment. Prices are listed above; please transfer the amount for your dinner choice to our bank account before December 5th. Then please click on this link to our Google survey to give us your appetizer, main, and dessert wishes.

Choice of appetizer:

  1. Tomato soup served with homemade bread
  2. Bruschetta Classic
  3. Beetroot Carpaccio with Goat Cream Cheese served
    with homemade bread

Choice of main dish:

  1. Fish – Lemon risotto with prawns
  2. Beef – Tagliata di manzo with rosemary
    potatoes
  3. Vegetarian – Tesori Pasta Parmigiani
  4. Vegan – Pasta Napoli with vegetables (vegan)

Choice of dessert:

  1. Spekulatius Tiramisu
  2. Panna Cotta with cinammon and rasberry
  3. Italian Variation (a small portion of both desserts)

Looking forward to celebrating the end of another wonderful year together!

MOVING AWAY IN 2023? HAVE A NEW ADDRESS?

Katja will be sending out renewal invoices for 2023 membership fees at the beginning of November and we need your help to make this a smooth process!

ONE – Have you moved in the past year and have a new mailing address? We need it to get the invoice to your mail box! Please let us know.

TWO – Are you moving away or otherwise not planning to renew your membership for 2023? Please send an email to cancel your membership for next year ASAP! We will then make sure you aren’t sent a renewal invoice in November and annoying reminders in early 2023. Your 2022 membership will still be active until the end of the year.

Who to contact?
Please email your address change or cancellation to Membership Coordinator Mariana Schwarz at membership @ iwcstuttgart (dot) org.

Why do we need to have you cancel your membership in writing?
Because we are a registered organization here in Germany, we are required to follow the rules specified in our by laws when members leave the area or otherwise wish to withdraw their membership in our club.

Those rules are:

➡️Members must notify us in writing if they wish to cancel their membership in the club (emails are fine).

➡️Members must notify us before the end of 2022 if they wish to cancel their membership for 2023.

➡️Members who do not cancel their membership before the end of 2022 and then fail to pay their renewal dues before the end of the first quarter in 2023 will be mailed one reminder invoice and then an letter notifying them that they are being removed from the membership list.

If you know you will be leaving, tell us now! It will save lots of headaches for everyone.

THANKS!!!

SPECIAL EVENT: ENGLISH-LANGUAGE TOUR BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE STUTTGART OPERA & SCHAUSPIELHAUS


This event is for members +1 guest
Saturday, November 19th at 13:45
Location: Staatstheater Stuttgart, Oberer Schloßgarten 6,

70173 Stuttgart-Mitte
Nearest stations: Hauptbahnhof, Schlossplatz
Your host: Heather T.
Prepayment deadline: Thursday, November 10th


The curtains of the Stuttgart Staatstheater rise on more than 300 performances of opera, theater, and ballet each year.

But what happens during the day and what does it take to get each production stage ready? We will find out in November at our behind-the-scenes tour at the Staatstheater Stuttgart!

The Staatstheater refers to both the grand old Opera House (opera and ballet) and its modern neighbor, the Schauspielhaus (theater and ballet). These two houses are joined in the middle by an administration building.

We will meet at 13:45 on the front steps of the Opera House and our 90-minute tour will start at 14:00. We are scheduled to visit both auditoriums, the foyers, and the backstage areas.

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE LOCATION

Unfortunately the buildings are not wheelchair- or stroller-friendly and there will be stairs.

Photography and filming during the tour are not allowed.

CORONAVIRUS SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

According to the confirmation letter we received, they do not currently enforce any pandemic regulations. However, their website does say that masks are still required for guided tours – bring one along in case it’s needed.

THIS IS A +1 EVENT, WHICH MEANS:

  • Any IWCS member plus one guest are welcome to attend.
  • Your +1 can be a partner, spouse, adult/teen child, or friend
  • You and your guest each pay the member cost listed below.

The cost of this event is €5 per person, paid in advance. The remainder of the tour costs will be sponsored by the IWCS and this is a Round Up For Charity event. All proceeds will benefit Frauen helfen Frauen. Twenty (20) spaces are available for this tour.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP in the private Facebook event. If you are not on Facebook, please contact Heather via the activities email address found in the newsletter.

To confirm your reservation, please transfer the  €5 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than Thursday, November 10th. If you have any extenuating circumstances that keep you from getting the funds to us by that date, please speak directly with the host so we don’t assume you are no longer interested.

Prepayments are non-refundable after the payment deadline. Members who have to cancel at the last minute are welcome to find another member or guest to send in their place.

MEMBERS ONLY: IWCS GOES TO THE WASEN!

For members only – 10 spaces available
Thursday, October 6th from 17:00
Location: Sonja Merz Zelt, Cannstatter Wasen, Mercedesstrasse 50, 70372 Stuttgart

Nearest station: Wasen (U) or Bad Cannstatt (S)
Cost per member €30 paid in advance no later than Friday, September 30th

Are you ready for an introduction to one of the most well-known cultural events in Stuttgart? Join fellow members of the IWCS at the Cannstatter Volksfest this fall for one of our much-anticipated evenings out!

The Cannstatter Volksfest, aka “the Wasen,” is the second-largest beer festival in the world after Munich’s Oktoberfest and will be taking place for the 175th time this year. Together we will enjoy traditional fest food, drinks, dancing, singing, and general madness in the Sonja Merz Wasenzelt (beer tent).

We have a table reserved for 10 and your reservation includes:

  • Four(4) vouchers worth 10 euros apiece to be used for any food or drink
  • Your entry bracelet to the tent
  • A reservation at a prime table in front of the band

The IWC Stuttgart will be subsidizing our table so members pay only €30 each. This includes a portion going to Frauen helfen Frauen, as this is a Round Up for Charity event. Participants are responsible for mandatory tips, so please bring some euro coins along. Trachtenmode (dirndls and lederhosen) is optional but encouraged 😊

To start the reservation process, please RSVP in the private Facebook event. If space is available, you will be asked to transfer your prepayment of €30 per member to the IWCS bank account no later than September 30th.

If you are not on Facebook, please message Sandra directly using the email address in the newsletter to RSVP.

If you have any extenuating circumstances that keep you from getting the funds to us by that date, please speak directly with the host so we don’t assume you are no longer interested. Prepayments are non-refundable after the payment deadline. Members who have to cancel at the last minute are welcome to find another member or guest to send in their place.

Ein Prosit!!

MEMBERS ONLY SPA WEEKEND 2022

This event is for members only
Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th

Location: Baden Baden
RSVP/Prepayment in full required no later than September 10th
Space limited to 15 members!

Join us for a ladies’ weekend away in beautiful Baden Baden! We will leave Saturday morning via train, have a relaxing day at the baths (or spa – your choice!), and return on Sunday afternoon. Spaces are limited, so reserve your place now!!

OUR SCHEDULE

The agenda for the weekend is as follows:

  • Leaving from the Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof Saturday morning
  • Lunch at Rivazza Italian Restaurant, including a glass of bubbly on the club
  • Checking in to our hotel rooms
  • In the afternoon we will spend time at one of the nearby baths/spa described below
  • Dinner at Leo’s Restaurant (slightly fancy and delicious!)
  • An optional visit to the historic Baden Baden casino (bring your passport, ID is required – smart casual clothes required for women, no jeans)
  • We will discuss ideas for Sunday as a group, including breakfast (which is not in the hotel room price)
  • Returning to Stuttgart on a Sunday afternoon train

ACCOMMODATIONS

Our hotel will be the Hotel Quellenhof Sophia  where we have reserved beds for 15 people – 5 double rooms (€49,50+ 3,80 city tax per person) and 5 singles (€89 +3,80 city tax per person).

The hotel is located right in the heart of the spa town of Baden-Baden, between the romantic old town and the cozy Baths District, in the shopping district of Sophienstrasse.

SPA & BATHS VISITS

What makes Baden Baden so special are the Roman-Irish baths at the Friedrichsbad  (no swimsuits allowed). From their website:

“Roman bathing culture displays its full splendor in combination with Irish hot-air baths. This exclusive bathing treat can be experienced and enjoyed by completing a special circuit of 17 different stations. The changing temperatures and the precious thermal water in the various baths have a regenerative effect on body and soul.“

You can also choose a traditional spa with treatments such as the Caracalla Spa (no swimsuits allowed in the sauna area). Our hotel is within 50 meters of both places, so we won’t have to go far.

TRANSPORTATION & RESERVATIONS

Part of the fun is traveling together on a group train ticket, so you do not need to arrange your own transportation. Once everyone has RSVPed and paid, we will choose our connections.

To start the reservation process, please RSVP in the private Facebook event. If you are not on Facebook and would like to attend, please message Sandra directly using the email address provided in the newsletter.

After RSVPing and confirming with Sandra that there is space available, you will be asked to prepay your hotel room + €15 towards the train ticket (total is €68.30 for a double room and €107.80 for a single). Your prepayment should be in our account no later than Monday, September 10th.

PAYMENTS & CANCELLATIONS

Each guest will be asked to pay for their own food, drinks and spa treatments. The IWCS will be sponsoring the table water at our evening dinner together and a glass of Sekt for each member at lunch on Saturday.

We are unable to cancel the hotel rooms after September 14th. If you need to cancel after that date, you will need to find another member to take your place.

Our train tickets will cost approximately €25 per person, with each member paying €15 and the club subsidizing the rest. However there has been some talk recently about a possible extension to the 9 euro train ticket into September and October. Although that seems unlikely to be approved and financed so quickly, if that does happen we will keep your €15 prepayment as a charity donation and each person will be responsible for buying (or already having) a 9 euro ticket for September.

Looking forward to a wonderful weekend together! Hope to see you there!!