MEMBERS ONLY: Tour of Schloss Ludwigsburg (+1 Event)

Bring a friend along for a fairytale morning with member Angela Weber during an English-language “Duchess Tour” of the beautiful Ludwigsburg Palace on October 13th.

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace (Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg) is one of the largest Baroque buildings in Europe to survive in its original condition.  This extravagant complex stands out not just for its impressive size, but also for its opulent interiors.  Another feature is the unique blend of three quite different architectural styles: Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassicism.

The one-hour tour of Ludwigsburg Residential Palace commences in the apartments of Eberhard Ludwig and then makes its way to the Game Pavilion, the New Palace Wing, the Royal Chapel and Theatre and ends in the Ancestral Portrait Gallery.

We will meet at 10:00 at the Schloss Strasse entrance (see below) and and the one hour tour will start promptly at 10:30

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE LOCATION

Currently the only free entrance to the Ludwigsburg Residential Palace tour is via Schloss Strasse (the “side” entrance along the B27).  All other entrances require a ticket for Blühendes Barock, which is not included in our tour.

Parking is available at the Bärenwiese and the Untere Stadt car park for a fee. Discounted parking is possible at Schlossgarage/Marstallcenter if you have your parking ticket stamped at the entrance.

The Palace is advertised as barrier-free and wheelchairs are available at the ticket office. A maximum of 20 people can attend, so see below to RSVP as soon as possible.

CORONAVIRUS SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

As of the date of this post, this tour requires social distancing, contact data collection, masks for 6 and up, and proof of 3G for adults (vaccination, recovery, or a negative test in the prior 24 hours).

Please note that as a club we will also be keeping a list of members in attendance and collecting contact data for guests belonging to non-member households.

These requirements can change at any time, so please watch for updated information in the Facebook event.

THIS IS A +1 EVENT, WHICH MEANS:

      • Any IWCS member is welcome to attend and bring along a guest
      • Your +1 can be a partner, spouse, 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.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP using the form below or respond in the pending Facebook event. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the  €5 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than Monday, October 11th. 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: Family Halloween at Nymphaea Animal Park

The IWCS Mother’s Corner invites all club members and their families to join us on Halloween weekend (Saturday, October 30th) for a walk through the Nymphaea Animal Park together!

We will let the kids have a taste of Halloween while enjoying feeding the animals at the park (costumes optional but encouraged!). Afterwards we can sit in the attached Biergarten as weather allows and visit while the children use the playground. We will meet up at the entrance at 15:00 to buy our tickets.

Each family will be responsible for their own entrance cost (see below) **BUT VERY IMPORTANT** we must make reservations in advance for the exact number of people due to park regulations that limit the number of visitors. The RSVP deadline for this event is October 15th, so please let Rebecca know before then how many people in your family will be attending so she can reserve enough spots for our entrance time.

Entrance costs are payable on the day of the event at the entrance. Adult tickets are €3, kids 7-17 are €1 and 6 and under are free.

Current Covid-19 regulations – Masks for ages 6+ are required at the entrance and inside the enclosed animal houses/aviaries (no 3G required at this time). The playground is currently open and feeding the animals is also allowed.

To RSVP, please respond in the private Facebook event or use the contact form below if you are not on Facebook.

MEMBERS ONLY: Halloween Walking Tour of Esslingen (+1 event)

This historical walking tour will include a couple of “gruesome” stories that are fitting for this Halloween-day tour, lasting around 2 hours including time for questions and picture taking.

The tour is about 3000 steps, much of which is on cobblestone streets and there are two sets of stairs and one ramp to navigate. Because of the stairs, the tour is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs, but babies in strollers and carriers are fine (as long as they can be carried up about 12 stairs). Not recommended for very young children because of the scary stories we have been promised.

Current Covid-19 rules – social distancing and contact data collection are required (no masking or 3G). These rules can change at any time, so please keep an eye on the Facebook event for updates.

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 (age: parental discretion)
  • 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.

There are 25 spaces available. To reserve your spot, please RSVP using the form below or respond in the pending Facebook event. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the  €5 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than Wednesday, October 27th . 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: REMSTAL WINE WALK & TASTING (+1 EVENT)

Are you in the mood for great company, delicious local wine, a chance at a gorgeous sunset, and beautiful autumn colors? Then join us on Friday, September 24th for an English-language wine walk in the vineyards of Weinstadt-Grossheppach (Rems-Murr-Kreis).

We will meet at Prinz-Eugen-Halle on Zügernbergstraße in Weinstadt at 17:30 and then Monika Lang of Remstal Winewalk will lead us up into the vineyards for approximately 3.5 hours in total. We will sample four regular and one sparkling wine and there will be yummy snacks to accompany the tastings.

The paths are paved but you must be able to walk uphill slowly. Don’t forget supportive footwear and clothing for whatever Mother Nature throws at us. Moni will let us know closer to the event what pandemic requirements will apply (masks, distancing, tests, etc.).

The meeting location is in a residential neighborhood with street parking. If you would like to come via public transportation, there are a few options:
1. S2 to Endersbach, then bus 209 gets you within a 7 minutes walk
2. S3 to Waiblingen, then that same bus 209, also a 7 minute walk
3. S2 to Beutelsbach, then a 22 minute walk
4. S2 to Grunbach and we can arrange for car pick up and drop off
Check the VVS website for your best connection.

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 €27 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.

There are 20 spaces available. To reserve your spot, please RSVP using the form below or respond in the pending Facebook event. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the  €27 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than September 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.

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There are costs associated with some of our open events:

Monthly dinner and Happy Hour – Attendees are responsible for any food or drinks ordered.

Welcome coffees – All drinks are on us!

Tours – Please read the event description carefully. Most of our tours are completely free, but when spaces are limited, you might be asked to send a deposit to hold your spot. That deposit will usually go to charity (we support a women’s shelter in Stuttgart).

Please welcome our new club leaders!

Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, our fabulous little club has been in a state of suspended animation for the better part of a year now. In addition to not being permitted to meet in person for months on end, we’ve had a few vacancies on our steering committee that have only recently been filled.

Now that public and club life is reopening for the summer months (and hopefully longer!), we are pleased to announce the following new additions to our leadership team for 2021:

Charity Coordinator – Alena Doering

Alena will be overseeing all of the ways that we raise money for the Frauenhaus and making sure we have regular fundraising events on the schedule. Talk to her if you have any ideas or suggestions or would like to join her charity planning team that makes fundraisers happen.

Membership Coordinator – Mariana Schwarz

Mariana has taken over all of the behind-the-scenes paperwork concerning our membership data. Although most of her communication is with new members, if you are moving away and need to cancel your club membership, she is the person you will need to contact.

Mother’s Corner Coordinator – Rebecca Weber

Rebecca has been running our group for mothers of 0-3 year olds for a few months now and welcomes all members with little ones who are looking for fun and support.

Club Secretary – Shannon Macika

Now that we can have in-person leadership meetings again, someone has to take the official notes we are required to keep as a registered Verein. Thankfully, that someone is Shannon!

What happens next?

We are so pleased to have a full team working together again and grateful for the time each one of our club leaders donates in service to the group.

Our new steering committee members are currently being set up with email addresses and procedural handbooks to help them do their jobs and our first leaders’ meeting as a group will take place this month.

A full list of leaders’ contact info will be posted in the next newsletter and in the meantime you can reach all of us in the private members’ Facebook group.

Looking forward to a fantastic and fun rest of 2021 with you!