Welcome to the IWP Newsletter – September 2021

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Welcome to the IWP Newsletter
 September 2021

Dear IWP Ladies – Happy September and a warm welcome to our newest members!

Everything you need to know about registering for activities can either be found in this Newsletter – or on our website www.iwpportugal.org
Our gatherings are increasing and so are our members – so read on and sign up! Space is often limited

This month’s highlights in date order are: 

Meet at the IWP office at 85 Rua Poço Novo in Cascais on Thursday, Sept. 9th at 3:00pm for tea and a fun talk given by our very own Sandra de Haan. Hear about her work as a detective in the Netherlands. We’ll make the tea! 

IWP DRINKS at the Baia Hotel – Friday, Sept. 10th. 6-8pm
NB: Sign ups begin on Sept. 1st. Email Heather at secretary.iwp@gmail.com if you would like to attend and let her know if you have a guest. Cut off is Wed. Sept. 8th. 30 max w/ members having priority. Please note that drinks are no longer discounted.

GUIDED ART GALLERY VISIT IN LISBON + OPTIONAL LUNCH  on Wednesday, Sept. 15th. Read below for all the details! You need to RSVP!!

LUNCH OUT!  join this new group and try out different restaurants in different locations! First stop is Mar ao Carmo near the Carmo Convent in Lisbon on Sept. 30th at 1:00pm. (10 ladies max)  Email lynn3661@gmail.com to reserve a spot and get details. Thank you Linda Texeira and Sarah Hassler for co-captaining this activity!
www.tablegroup.pt and click the ‘restaurantes’ tab for pics.

OCTOBER SUNSET CRUISE again, email Heather (see above) asap if you want to reserve a spot for a relaxing 2 hour sail out of the Cascais Marina. This event is limited and €25/pp will need to be pre-paid as soon as the early October date is announced. Stay tuned.

COCKTAILS + CANAPÉS – details to follow! 

Best always,
Lisbon Art Gallery + Optional Lunch

We are thrilled to announce a Lisbon activity! Diana Williams will head up this event and has arranged for a guided tour to start at 11:00am, given by the gallery owner, with lunch afterwards at approximately 12:45pm. (If any of the links below don’t work with a ‘click’ just copy and paste them into your browser.)

The group exhibition, NEW ERA FOR HUMANITY, will open the programming of the MARVILLA ART DISTRICT. The exhibit will present works by 28 contemporary artists from different countries such as: South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Nigeria, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe. 
The MOVART Lisbon gallery opened at the end of 2020. MOVART’s mission is to ensure that the world gets to know contemporary art that is produced in countries on the African continent and by artists from the African and Portuguese-speaking diasporas.

Movart: https://movart.co.ao/en/current/
Gallery Location:   https://goo.gl/maps/FpnqCrsZJV3cLmzJ7
Address : R. Fernando Palha 1, 1950-131 Lisboa
Parking spaces (public) at R. Zófimo Pedroso, 1950-291 Lisboa

Diana’s suggestion for lunch is a fun Italian spot right across from the gallery. Pizzas cost approx €10 – please check out their website.

Refeitório do Senhor Abel    https://refeitorio-do-senhor-abel.negocio.site/

Restaurant Location:    https://goo.gl/maps/bDKTBviVkKUNmNJq7   Tel: 21 868 8023

RSVP to Diana – dianawilliams736@gmail.com – to confirm either gallery visit only  or gallery + lunch – thank you!

Member Highlight
In this section we introduce some of our talented IWP ladies. This month we are talking with Jo Allen.
When Jo Allen was asked to be September’s member highlight she was much in doubt, because she always tries to be in the background. Looking at Jo you wouldn’t believe she is 80 years old.
Jo was born in Newark, Nottinghamshire. Her mother was a teacher and her father an estate agent and the family moved house frequently. This did not exactly help with her education as she attended six different private schools and with so many moves, her dyslexia was never picked up, Jo found and still finds reading aloud and spelling a problem.
 Jo married David an engineering student and had two children and lived in the English countryside. When her husband became a Management Consultant, they sold up and started their nomadic lives moving firstly within the UK and later when the children were older, internationally.
They did manage a ten year stay in Clifton, Bristol where Jo ran “Leather Design”, her own business, making tooled leather belts, handbags and made to measure clothing.
Art and design are Jo’s passion and having formal training in dress design, she can not only make clothes but all home furnishings.
In Namibia Jo was inspired to paint the incredible landscape and had training with a leading South African water colourist.  She exhibited and sold her art.
Always one to keep fit, Jo enjoyed swimming, running and aerobics daily.
Jo did some voluntary work teaching local women how to cut patterns and use the sewing machine to make garments.
Jo has made some exciting train journeys; The South-African Blue train from Pretoria to Cape Town, 42 hours of spectacular scenery, out of the lap of luxury into the heart of poverty.
She travelled through Chile, Bolivia, Arica, La Paz, which is 4,257m across the Andes on a single line with the train stopping to let llamas cross the track! On board the train they served coca tea to help with altitude sickness but they arrived feeling very strange. The carriage had an armed guard and when the train derailed, he just chatted with the locals who appeared from nowhere to offer food.
Her most exclusive journey was on V.S. Oriente Express between Venice, Paris and finishing in London, it was the height of luxury but not nearly so exciting as the journey through South America .
Eating soup on the Portuguese Alfa Pendula, travelling at 180 kph between Lisbon and Porto was good fun too!
Widowed at 58, Jo joined the Hash House Harriers and met the second love of her life, Mark, who is everything Jo is not.  He’s an excellent cook and brilliant speller so they complement each other perfectly.
Jo has psychic powers. She is telepathic and helps people by reading their tarot cards where she can feel their vulnerability and can try and help.
She really likes meeting new people through IWP and some have become lasting friends.
Portuguese Lessons

Several members have expressed an interest in learning Portuguese in a small group format with other IWP members. If you are a Portuguese teacher who would like to offer group lessons to our members (for a fee), or you are a member who would like to take part in lessons (for a fee), please contact Britta Martini-Miles.  She will help to coordinate.  Her email is: vicepresidentiwp@gmail.com

Coffee Mornings

Come on down and join us at the Cascais Market Café each Tuesday morning around 10:30. We have about two dozen of the most fun people who are there to meet and greet. Don’t be shy – it’s an easy place to start making friends.
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