MEMBERS ONLY VIRTUAL EVENTS WINTER 2021

The December Coronavirus rules have been announced and we are facing at least another month of being unable to meet in person. At this point, it’s hard to say if we will be able to hold regular meetings this upcoming winter at all.

It’s time to get creative!

At our delightful activities planning Zoom meeting in November, we brainstormed up a few new events that combine actually leaving the house with a community activity we can do online! You will see us roll out a couple of these new hybrid events starting in January:

  • CONVERSATIONS ON MODERN ART – This activity is meant to replace tours of local art museums for the time being. Members will be given directions on how to find a public art installation (sculptures, for example) to visit on their own before the date of a scheduled Zoom meeting. Then at the meeting we will use the art as a starting point for our discussion – a bit like a book club, but with art!
  • TREASURE HUNT WALKS – Members will be given a walking route to follow somewhere in the city and a list of clues to try and find on their own before the scheduled Zoom meeting. See how many clues you can find and get some exercise in the process!

Under the current rules, the outdoor part of both events can be done alone, with your household/family, or with one other friend or club member.

Hopefully these ideas (and a few others we are working on) will keep us busy, connected, and safe for as long as necessary this winter. We’d love to hear any feedback or additional suggestions or ideas via the comment form below!

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MEMBERS ONLY: CHRISTMAS COOKIE BAKING VIA ZOOM

Because we can’t meet in person this year for our usual Christmas Cookie Exchange, let’s try it via Zoom on Sunday, December 13th at 15:00!

In this members-only event, your host Sandra will post a few options for cookie recipes in the Facebook event and you can vote on your favorite. We will bake the winner!

She will give instructions beforehand so that you can have your dough prepared and chilled before the event. All we have to do then is make the cookies and bake them (and eat them!).

You are also welcome to bake a completely different kind of cookie from one of your own recipes, and share that with us, if you’d rather.

Have a cup of Glühwein or Sekt on hand and we can chat and drink together while the cookies bake.

Looking forward to seeing you all, I hope we can spread some Christmas cheer!

If you are not on Facebook and would like to participate in the Zoom call, please use the contact form below to let Sandra know.

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IWCS 2020 HOLIDAY GIVING TREE FOR FRAUEN HELFEN FRAUEN

In keeping with one of our favorite annual traditions, the IWCS is once again supporting Frauen helfen Frauen e.V. by creating a virtual Holiday Gift Tree for its residents this December!

Every year our members can sign up to buy gifts for the women and children living in the Frauenhaus. You will receive the age of the women or the age/gender/wish of the children to assist you in choosing what to buy. If you would like to take part, please let Sandra know in the event that can be found in the members Facebook group OR by using the RSVP form at the end of this post.

We already have some ages and wishes, so you can go ahead and start shopping! We do not yet know how many people we need, so we will assign folks on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please choose a gift valued between €15-20 and try to keep in mind that the shelter is multicultural and many of the families might not yet have strong German skills.

You will need to wrap the gift and add a tag with the age/gender information you were given to identify who it is for when they have their annual party. You can drop the finished gifts off at Sandra’s house in Stuttgart-Zazenhausen or mail them to her.

Thank you to all of our members for your continuing enthusiasm for this project every year! 

IWCS 2020 VIRTUAL ADVENT CALENDAR

Image by Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay

Since we can’t get together in person for our Annual Holiday Dinner and Gift Exchange, this year we are inviting members to join us in our private Facebook group for an interactive Advent Calendar every day in December!

Every evening, we will post the theme for the following day, which will be something related to Christmas in Germany or winter or other December holidays.

Members are then welcome to share a photo from their past that fits the theme or to go out and find something to take a photo of, like a scavenger hunt. Tell us a bit about your photo and what it means to you.

We know that not everyone will have the time to participate every day, but hopefully we will still get to know each other a little better during this unusual time and also have something to look forward to each day.

Looking forward to seeing your photos and comments starting on December 1st!

FRIDAY NIGHT CHAT GOODBYE 2020, HELLO 2021!

For current IWCS members only
Friday, November 13th at 19:00 via ZOOM
Host: Alison and Alex

Every year at our winter AGM we receive many wonderful suggestions for events and activities from members. This year we’d like to get your suggestions early so we can get to work on planning for the first part of 2021 now.

To that end, we’d like to invite all members to join us for a Zoom chat the evening of Friday the 13th of November to share any and all ideas and raise a glass together to surviving 2020.

Alex and Alison will be making a list of possible events based on your suggestions and then work off of that to kick off the 2021 planning. Please keep in mind that not all suggestions are guaranteed to be used, but they will all be considered!

If you would like to join us, please RSVP using the form below so that we can send you the Zoom link the day before the event.

If you cannot attend this event but have a suggestion, please use the form to submit it to us.

Looking forward to a new year with many exciting events as possible!

FOR MEMBERS ONLY: ENGLISH LANGUAGE TOUR OF BAD CANNSTATT (+1 EVENT)

For members +1 guest
Thursday, June 24th at 10:15
Meeting point: DB-Info-Counter at Bahnhof Bad Cannstatt
Nearest stations: Bad Cannstatt-Wilhelmsplatz (U) or Bad Cannstatt (S)
Host: Alison Tyler
€5 pre-payment per person, deadline June 17th

Are you ready for our first in-person event since the winter lockdown??

Join us this month for an English-language walking tour through Bad Cannstatt, the oldest part of Stuttgart (dating back to Roman times). Futuristic views, age-old half-timbered buildings and beautiful architectural monuments make this walk an exciting journey of discovery through Swabian history and inventiveness.

We will meet at 10:15 inside of the Bad Cannstatt train station (S/DB) and start our tour promptly at 10:30. The tour is approximately two hours long and is stroller- and wheelchair-friendly.

Coronavirus notes: this tour takes place outdoors and is limited to 20 people maximum. Additional requirements for this tour:
1. Medical masks must be worn
2. Contact information must be given in advance
3. A negative test less than 24 hours old must be presented to the guide to take part in this tour
4. Alternatively, proof of complete vaccination or recovery can be shown

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+ only)
  • You and your guest each pay the member cost listed below.

The cost of this event is €5 per person, paid in advance. The tour guide 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 Thursday the 17th of June. 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.

 

OPEN EVENT: GHOST WALK THROUGH STUTTGART

Thursday, October 15th at 19:15
Location: Downtown Stuttgart
Host: Emily Born
Open to current and prospective members
Maximum 20 people

Because it’s the month of Hallowe’en, we will be taking a fun and spooky “Ghostwalk” through downtown Stuttgart and learn a bit more about the darker side of the city’s history.

This English-language walking tour is being held in lieu of our regular monthly dinner in October. Prospective members interested in learning more about the city and our club are welcome to join us for the tour – just follow the RSVP instructions below!

This entire event will take place outside, so please dress warmly and bring a rain hat or umbrella if necessary – the tour will still take place in all weather! Although our guide will not being wearing a mask (so that we can hear her), we are asking all participants to wear one during the tour for safety.

The cost of this event is €5 per member or prospective member, paid in advance via bank transfer

To reserve your spot, please RSVP using the form below or respond in the Facebook event. To confirm your reservation, please transfer your participation fees to the IWCS bank account no later than Monday the 12th of October. 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. Participants who have to cancel at the last minute are welcome to find another member or guest to send in their place.

Once you have confirmed your reservation, we will send you information about the exact meeting point. Hope to see you there!

FOR MEMBERS ONLY: MUSHROOM HUNTING

MUSHROOM FORAGING WORKSHOP WITH ABENTEUERREICH
For members and their families
Sunday, October 18th from 13:00 – 16:00
Location: Schorndorf area, exact location given a week beforehand

Nearest station: Ride sharing is recommended
Maximum 20 participants

We are pleased to be working with local guides Abenteuerreich again this fall!! Our guide will meet us in the car park and give a short intro before proceeding into the woods with us to learn how to recognize and collect edible mushrooms.

We will learn which kind of mushrooms grow in which places, what is a cauliflower mushroom, can one eat giant puffballs and which mushrooms make great tinder. After collecting all our goodies we will then gather to prepare and sample a little of what we have collected.

Please note: as with prior Abenteuerreich tours, the tour will be conducted in German. It’s a great chance to practice your German comprehension and there will be plenty of members there who can help translate (such as your host, Alex Elwin).

This 2-3 hour event will take place in the woods, so please bring along proper walking shoes, a raincoat, camera and rucksack with something to drink. Wheelchairs and strollers are possible to use on the main forest path and babies can come along at no cost. We will be outside, so masks are not required but recommended for when social distancing isn’t possible.

The cost of this event is €10 per adult, €5 per child (5-17) or €20 per family, paid in advance. The tour guide 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 your participation fees to the IWCS bank account no later than Friday the 2nd of October. 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.

FOR MEMBERS ONLY: TOUR OF WÜRTTEMBERG SEPULCHRAL CHAPEL & VINEYARD WALK

For members and their families
Saturday, October 10th at 10:00
Location: Grabkapelle auf dem Württemberg
, Württembergstraße 340, 70327 Stuttgart
NO PREPAYMENT REQUIREDMaximum 17 guests

Come and learn about the love of King Wilhelm I and the people of Baden-Württemberg for his wife, Queen Katharina, and how she founded the Volksfest as a thanksgiving party for the people after a good harvest. The couple are buried here and you can learn lots more about them and the place itself through an audio guide tour of the chapel, the crypt and the circular walkway around it.

After this approximately 30-minute tour (it’s only a small place), host Alex Elwin will lead us on a stroll around the vineyards. Feel free to bring a brezel with you, or a small picnic lunch to keep the hunger pangs at bay. There are lots of beautiful spots from which to sit and enjoy the view over the city and vineyards.

We will meet in front of the chapel itself. Parking is available there, or you can reach it via public transportation (Bus 61 from the Untertürkheim S/U train station – the 9:44 bus arrives at Rotenberg at 9:53 and from there it’s a 3 minute walk to the chapel).

The chapel entrance fees will be sponsored by the IWCS and no prepayment or charity round up is required for this event. Please bring €20 along per person for the audio guide deposit, which is completely refundable. The audio guide is available in English, German, and Russian.

Masks need to be worn inside the chapel and a maximum of 17 people can be inside at one time. There are steps up to the chapel and again down to the crypt, so it is NOT wheelchair friendly and strollers are not allowed inside. Babies can be brought inside the chapel in carriers. The walk through the vineyards, however, IS stroller/wheelchair friendly.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP using the form below or respond in the pending Facebook event.

FOR MEMBERS ONLY: TOUR OF THE BREZEL MUSEUM & LUNCH

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TOUR OF THE BREZEL MUSEUM
For members only
Wednesday, 14th October at 11:30
Location: Brezel Museum, Badstraße 8, 71729 Erdmannhausen

Nearest station: Erdmannhausen
Cost €5 per person (prepaid)Maximum 10 participants

The pretzel has been the symbol of the bakery trade for as long as there have been craft guilds in Germany. However, their real origin is framed by legends. No other pastry has so many places that boast of its invention!

Join host Alison Tyler in a tour where we will learn about the history of the ultimate Swabian baked good, including a 20 minute video that is only available in German. The rest of the 60 minute tour will be in English.

The tour will be followed by lunch for those interested. The Vereinsgaststätte Erdmannhausen is a 20 minute walk from the museum and is booked for a maximum of 10 people for 13:00.

The location is stroller and wheelchair-friendly. This is an indoor event and you are required to wear a mask inside the building although the guide herself will not be wearing a mask during the presentation.

The cost of this event is €5 per person, paid in advance. The tour guide will be sponsored by the IWCS and this is a Round Up For Charity event. All proceeds will benefit Frauen helfen Frauen. The cost of lunch and drinks is not included.

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 Tuesday the 6th of October. 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.