Welcome to the IWP Newsletter – November 2022

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Welcome to the IWP Newsletter
November 2022 

Boca do Inferno 

Boca do Inferno, which translates to “Mouth of (or Gate of) Hell,” is a cave carved out by the power of the Atlantic.
It’s by a series of weathered cliffs with unique rock formations, caused by erosion from the wind and the sea. It’s a popular tourist stop in Cascais, as everyone wants to see and photograph the pounding waves and the often-beautiful sunsets.

Dear IWP Members,

We are in the eleventh month of 2022 with plenty going on! Our numbers continue to grow, allowing us to maintain our low membership fees. Please make sure to sign up for our private/closed Facebook Forum page after you join. We post great photos, topics of interest and any last minute news or changes that might affect an event. 

After a long break, we have finally been contacted by Isabel Santos of the Freguesia of Cascais in regard to an agreement that was made with us back in 2019. Basically, in return for our free office space in Cascais, the town asked if we could continue meeting and teaching conversational English, or any other language you know, to seniors in the  Bairro do Rosario Senior Centre. My predecessor, Maria Barros was happy to agree to this. Then came the pandemic and the work was postponed … until now. So ladies, we need to step up and fulfil our duty of spending some time talking in English … I can confirm that you are all experts! You don’t need to be a ‘teacher’ … this is a low key but sweet way to volunteer and give back. Please send an email to Linda Teixeira at designatemember.iwp@gmail.com if you can spare an hour here and there and she’ll get back to you. Thank you.

It’s time to fill those shoeboxes! For those of you who are new, we will be donating Christmas gifts to the underserved families of the Cascais/Estoril area through the Junta de Freguesia (the local parish council). To participate, find a shoebox (or something of similar size) fill it with things for the ‘lady of the house’ .. toiletries, a candle, candy/sweets, hair accessories, cosmetics, whatever you think YOU would like to find in a surprise holiday box! Wrap it up with festive paper and ribbon and hold on to it. Delivery date, time and place will be announced soon … 

NO OFFICE HOURS this month! 
Heather Dennis
will be holding one last helping hand on the first Tuesday of December.  Details in December’s Newsletter.  

For our SINTRA WALKERS – note that the start time as of November is 10 am

and finally …. our friends at the WRVS (Women’s Royal Voluntary Service) have asked us to let you know that they are offering two very special shopping events at their Labels4Less boutique. On November 10th and 24th, from 6 – 8pm, you can sip complimentary wine and browse the fabulous clothes and accessories that are on sale. 100% of their profits go to local charities. If you haven’t yet been – you’re missing out! 
RSVP:  wrvslisbon@gmail.com Rua Eça de Queiroz, Pampilheira, 2750-662 Cascais. 

A very Happy Birthday! to Members who have birthdays this month: 
Dorothy Byres, Gayna Dupont, Karol Kinney, Louise McGroggan, Jenny Byers and Ceu Carvalho
Some dates for your calendar:

DRINKS AT THE BAIA HOTEL– Thursday, November 10th. 6pm – 8pm
Our monthly evening get together to meet and greet. Note that we will be in the main hotel bar for the winter months. Please click the button on the RSVP if you have a guest you would like to bring. If we have room for them after our members are counted, Heather Dennis will confirm back with you.

Reserve your spot: https://iwpportugal.org/events/iwp-drinks-at-the-baia-hotel-copy

QUIZ NIGHT! – Sunday, November 13th, 7pm – about 10pm 
The Duke Pub, Largo Luis Camões, Cascais
Registration deadline: Monday, Nov. 7th!
Gather your thoughts and gather your team ladies!  Sign up as an individual, a pair, a group of three or a full team of 4. Heather Evans will place everyone so we have 6 tables of 4. If signing up for more than one person, please put their name, email and tel. number on your note to Heather. Priority goes to IWP members but non-members will be offered spots if there is space – so let Heather know who’s who. Registration will be confirmed on receipt of your email – first come, first served). Non-members will be notified after the deadline date. This event has FUN! FUN! FUN! written all over it … and of course, there are PRIZES!!!!!!!
Drinks and food are on offer throughout the evening, at your own cost.
Reserve your spot: heatherjevans1@gamil.com
The link will take you to the webpage where you can register by emailing Heather Evans directly – thank you.

TEA & TALK – Wednesday, November 16th.  3pm – 4:30 pm
Cascais Library, Rua Costa Pinto 27, Cascais 2750-431

Join member Judith Rosenberg as she discusses the fascinating lives of New England’s Puritan women in the 17th century. Ordinary women taking extraordinary risks to cross the Atlantic in search of a better life, in other words – expats of another era! How did they manage? Housing? Food? Clothing? (we may never complain again …. )
Limited to 25 members.
Reserve your spot: https://iwpportugal.org/events/tea-talk

LISBON FOOD TOUR – Wednesday, November 17th. 10:30 am – 2 pm
Martina Bonzom and tour guide Rossana will meet you by the fountain in the Rossio Square.
What is a fun and delicious way to learn more about Portuguese culture? Through their food! Work your way through delicious local food and wine and gain insider tips about our local gastronomy! For full details, read the webpage!
Max. of 15 members. 35€ per person.
Reserve your spot: https://iwpportugal.org/events/lisbon-food-tour

ORIENT MUSEUM – LISBON – Wednesday, November 24th. 10:00 am

Meet at the museum entrance. Following the tour, stay for lunch at the Museum’s own Café.

Housed in a former warehouse, Lisbon’s Orient Museum is dedicated to Asian art, with a special emphasis on Portugal’s presence in the East.  www.museudooriente.pt
Max. of 15 members, 15€ per person.
Reserve your spot: https://iwpportugal.org/events/museu-do-oriente

coming up in December … (but always subject to change) IWP Christmas Lunch, Martina’s Mulled Wine Social – book early, it’s on the 9th! – Gulbenkian Museum outing + an Armenian lunch.
Member Highlight
This month we meet Leah Price
(by Joy Davenport)

Leah was born and grew up in Brisbane, Australia. At the age of 19 she took a break from college to work on a large cattle station/ranch as a nanny for two children. She also helped run the household which was 70 km from the nearest small town. Leah says she loved it and has many fond memories of her experience on the cattle ranch.
When she was 27 she decided to leave Australia and do some traveling with her best friend and her niece. Just before she left on her grand travel adventure, she met her future husband, a U.S. Army soldier who was stationed in Hawaii, but happened to be in Australia on a temporary military assignment.
Leah and her companions travelled primarily around the continental U.S. and Hawaii. She kept in touch with her boyfriend and at the end of her travels landed in Hawaii for the rest of the year. They married and later moved to Oklahoma where Leah would make her home for the next 30 years.
In her professional life, she was the administrator of a public, state-owned psychiatric hospital for many years. She’s very satisfied with her chosen profession, and feels it was her calling as much as her job. She retired from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health after 29 years of service in March of 2022 and moved to Portugal in April. Leah knew that when she retired she wanted to be someplace warm and by an ocean.
She had been to Cascais a couple of times while still living in Oklahoma, on vacation with a work colleague / friend and already knew that Cascais met the requirements for a retirement location. Another reason for choosing Portugal is the easy access to other travel destinations on her list, primarily in Europe, many of which she plans to visit. Leah even has a tattoo that reads “Wanderer.”
She’s delighted to be a member of the IWP and feels privileged to meet such a diverse group of women; she also participates in many of the activities that are offered. She enjoys the walks and encourages (especially) anyone new to Portugal to join in the activities to meet amazing women and make friends. She enjoys physical activity and is a history buff who loves working jigsaw puzzles.
Leah currently volunteers with Riding for the Disabled and is enrolled in government sponsored Portuguese classes at a local school. She has one daughter, 27 who still lives in Oklahoma; her other family is in Australia.
Masks are still required in health facilities and encouraged (not mandated) on public transport. Basically, use your own judgment as to how and when you wish to use social distancing and or face coverings. Covid is still out there!

Best wishes,

Louise Strasenburgh
Executive President of IWP
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