Welcome to the IWP Newsletter – December 2021

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Welcome to the IWP Newsletter
December 2021

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From the IWP Executive Board
well … Heather, Britta, Louise and Barb were there but we missed Annemarie and Linda!
Dear IWP Ladies – 

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah or something else, our very best wishes go to all of you as the year comes to an end and what a year is has been!  As this Newsletter goes out, new DSG guidelines are in place, so we will follow those in terms of our events and gatherings. 

Please read the piece that member Kay Baker has written promoting Arraiolos rug making classes!

Last month, we mentioned a Save the Date for a QUIZ NIGHT and you are all so keen, that this event is already FULLY BOOKED and has a waiting list. We will be checking with the Duke Restaurant as to their health requirements, so please be ready to show your vaccination certificate, if asked.  To be added to the waiting list,
email:  Heather Evans at heatherjevans1@gmail.com

 has room for new members. The group mainly meets online with in-person get togethers now and then.
email: Patty Riley at riley@whitefig.com for more info.

A few of this month’s highlights in date order are: 

COFFEE MORNINGS IN LISBON ARE UP AND RUNNING! – Wednesdays at 10:30am – 12 noon.
Members Jacqueline Chia and Risa Heywood are co-captains at the La Villa Ristorante e Pizzeria, Campo dos Mártires da Pátria, 1150-317 Lisboa

Take any of these buses from Praça Commercio – 732, 736, 760 or you can also take the subway from Rossio to Intendente and walk 7 mins / 700 m. It is located on the hill of Santana, one of Lisbon’s seven hills  close to Avenida Liberdade. 
email: jacquelinehol1@outlook.com if you have questions, otherwise, just turn up! 

QUIZ NIGHT WITH A SPECIAL EMCEE! – Sunday, Dec. 5th 7pm – 10pm.
All trivia buffs will fight through another evening of facts and figures that you never knew you needed to know – put together by Heather Evans and her surprise co-host …

WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP – DATE CHANGE! – Thursday, Dec. 9th at 10am.
Rita, from the flower shop at the Cascais Market will guide you through wreath making. The cost is €28 and space is limited to 15 people.  Tickets are on sale on the website. Check under Events and Groups.

DRINKS AT THE BAIA HOTEL – Friday, Dec. 10th. 6pm – 8pm

Join us for a Holiday drink in the bar – vax certificate needed to attend! Our last Friday drinks of the year. email: secretary.iwp@gmail.com to be added to the list and let her know if you’d like to bring a guest. 

TEA and a TALK – Wednesday, Dec. 15th. 3pm – 5pm
Duke Bar + Restaurant, Largo Luis de Camões, Cascais
Vax certificate needed to attend!
Member Claire Banazol RN will talk about how she came to join the Royal Navy and the challenges and fun she had over a 26 year career. 
email: secretary.iwp@gmail.com to reserve a spot.

LUNCH OUT! MEET THE CHEESEMONGER – Dec. 16th. 12:30pm – 4:00pm.
Queijaria Machado, R. Vítor Cordon 43, 1200-483 Lisboa

Vax certificate needed to attend!

Sarah Hassler has organised a very special event!

The IWP women’s lunch group will be having a special December 16, 12:30 pm visit to Queijaria Machado in Chiado where João Machado will charm us with selections of cheese, wine, bread and coffee. The cheese shop located in a 16th century building also boasts of a cheese curing room with lovely cheese selections from around Europe.

João’s  expertise and shop have been featured recently in several magazines.

The shop has beautiful cheese, peppers, salts and accoutrements available for sale for that person who warrants a unique and special Christmas gift. 

The Cheese Tasting will feature:
Cheese Board Selection (International and Portuguese) – 
Selections for the Cheese Board (3 Soft, 3 Hard) – 

Toasts and Season’s Fruit – 
Nuts and Candied Fruit – 
Artisan Jam – 
Bread from Gleba Bakery 

The Wine Tasting will feature:
Flor de Sal Rosé 2020 – Aragonez e Touriga Nacional  
Flor de Sal Branco 2020 – Antão Vaz e Semillon  
Flor de Sal Tinto 2019 – Aragonez e Syrah 

Águas e Cafés – Monchique, Healsi, Panna ou San Pellegrino
Nespresso or Tea

Senior Cheesemonger João Silveira Machado will guide the Cheese and Wine tasting during the event. Tickets are €30. To reserve one of the 20 spots, please buy your ticket through our website www.iwpportugal.org – check under Events and Groups


We are thrilled to have given out so many tote bags to be filled and donated to the ‘lady of the home’ of the families that the Cascais Freguesia supports. Every single member has been enthusiastic about wanting to help and a special thank you to those of you who have filled extra bags with your goodies. You are all so generous and it shows. 
(suggestions: soap, shampoo, makeup, chocolates, hand cream, shower gel, hairbrush, nail polish) 
The main drop off will be on Tuesday, December 7th, during the coffee morning hours between 10:30 and 12 noon at the Cascais Market. We will pack all the bags into our version of Santa’s sleigh (most likely Heather D’s car) and present them the following week at the town hall. Our appointment to do this is on Monday, December 13th at 3pm and you are invited to come by if you’re in the area. The Junta de Freguesia is next door to the large Farmácia Cordeiro, (close to the Baia Hotel), set back from the street, painted pink and flies flags! (see pic below).

Junta de Freguesia - Cascais

By Kay Baker
Shortly after joining IWP in 2009, I looked at the activities that were available and thought that Arraiolos, the making of traditional Portuguese rugs (‘tapetes’) sounded very interesting, even though my mind inexplicably created a scene of women sitting or kneeling on the cold flagstone floor of an ancient cathedral surrounded by candles!
Around the same time, I met a lady at one of the then monthly lunches. We became good friends and as she was a member of the Arraiolos group she invited me to go with her to find out more about it.  Imagine my relief when we arrived at a modern St Paul’s Church in Estoril to find a warm meeting room upstairs with plenty of tables and chairs and facilities for making tea and coffee!  There were many ladies in the group of different nationalities who were warm and welcoming.  The co-ordinator of the group at that time was Carmen Smith and she and my friend taught me how to sew a ‘tapete’. 
It is basically a long cross stitch with a few variations to form a pattern and is easy to learn.  You can be creating rugs and carpets in no time at all, even if you have never picked up a needle.  You have to try it!  You might find it’s not for you, or you can love it and become completely addicted.  In the beginning we have small samples of canvas and wool for you to try out, and if you decide it’s for you, you will buy your own patterns, canvas and wool from one of only a few shops who sell the materials – in Parede, Amoreira and Lisbon, and you can buy kits and materials online.  The cost of materials to make a rug measuring approximately 150 cm x 100 cm should be between €70 – €100. We will teach you how to do this amazing traditional craft and help you along the way at all times.
Over the years we have had as many as 15 members in the group or as few as 2 but we have always managed to keep going. Currently we are meeting on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, from 10.00 till 12.00.  There is a charge to each member of €3 each session, €2 of which goes to the church for the use of the facilities and €1 is kept by us to pay for tea, coffee and biscuits.  There is (paid) parking all around St Paul’s which is easy to find, in Avenida Bombeiros Voluntários 59, 2765-202 Estoril.
Contacts for the group are Rie Kikuoka, email riekikuoka@gmail.com and Ann Wetering de Rooy, ann.weteringderooy@gmail.com
We would like to keep the group going for many more years to come and would love to you see there.  You won’t regret it!
New Covid Rules

Just to remind our members that COVID restrictions will change as of December 1st, 2021.
As before, IWP will follow and enforce official guidelines at our member events to help keep our members safe and healthy and to contain the spread. For further information click the link below:
We ask that any member who is not feeling well, or has potentially been exposed to the virus informs a member of our board as soon as possible. 
 In the unfortunate event that one of our members or their guest has tested positive after attending an IWP event, we will inform all members who attended that event, alerting them to the situation.
The regression to stricter measures is unfortunate, but an appropriate response is needed to help keep everyone safe. We will get through this together! Thank you.

Best wishes,

Louise Strasenburgh
Executive President of IWP
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