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Welcome to the Heart of Brabant Event


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Welcome to the Heart of Brabant Event

welcome-eventby Yolonda van Riel

We had another beautiful day on September 24, 12016 for our annual Welcome Event that officially opens our club year! This year’s theme was the Puishaven Quest where we had to search the area for answers to questions about the many sights and scenes around the Puishaven in Tilburg.

To start the afternoon, everyone gathered at the eclectic HeAVENs Kitchen for coffee and apple pie as we were welcomed to the city by Tilburg’s vice mayor, Erik de Ridder. After the warm welcome, we divided up into teams and headed out for the adventure! As the teams made their way back to the final destination, Undici Keukens, (some still with chocolate on their face from the free bon bon at Huize Geers Chocolatier!) they were welcomed by a cold beverage and turned in their answer sheets. We had a lot of fun socializing at Undici while enjoying drinks and snacks provided by the biological restaurant, Eethuis Twentig while waiting for the winners to be announced. The winning team was “Team Ellis” and each team member received a gift certificate for ice cream at Porto Koffie en Ijs – an adorable little shop in the Puishaven selling specialty coffee and ice cream.

We ended the afternoon with the grand prize drawing of a 50 euro gift certificate to restaurant Bij Vermeer. It was a great afternoon meeting new people, catching up with old friends and just having fun!

Visit TIC’s Facebook Page to see more great pictures from this fun event!

President’s Message, Oct. 2016

From Yolonda van Riel

Yolonda van RielThe TIC board is hard at work planning many fun events for you this season and can hardly wait to get started! To add a “twist” to the events this year, we are asking members to plan some of the events (with our help of course). The first one will be a borrel hosted by Coree Freeman and I can’t wait to sit back and enjoy an event as a member!!

We will also be stepping up our marketing and recruitment this year in hopes of reaching even more internationals – not only to expand our member base but to add more fun to the mix! You can help out as well by spreading the word about TIC and the many diverse things the club has to offer expats and internationals.

On another note, I would also like to welcome Mala Raman back to the board. Mala will be taking over the role previously held by Thijs Busser as well as spearheading membership development. We thank Thijs for his valuable contribution as well as Mala for stepping in to fill this position.

Welcome back TIC members and I hope to see you (and a friend) at a TIC event soon!!

TIC’s October Borrel


TIC visits Alphen’s Guild Day

Article by Anne van Oorschot

IMG_9973On Sunday, June 11th a small group of TIC members stepped into the past in Alphen at an annual festival day for Dutch and Belgium Guilds. Members Sondra and Jean Francois have lived in Alphen for many years and enjoy the unique charm of this village. When they learned that the local St. Willibrordus Archery Guild in Alphen would be hosting the national Guild festival, they invited TIC members to come and join the fun. Since Sondra and Jean Francois’s beautiful home is on the main street – which was also the parade route for the guild celebration, TIC members would have a front row seat!

After a simple lunch, we carried chairs out and admired the different Guild groups as they paraded by. 45 different Guilds participated and it was a treat to see the different costumes and flags  from  each group. Sondra had invited their neighbor (a former Guild member) to watch with us and he was a wonderful source of information regarding the history and customs of the Guild. There were small and large groups in the parade, but all had a group of drummers and a pennant carrier. Many of the groups were named after Saint Sebastian, the patron saint of archers, but there were references to other saints in the Guild names as well.  The bigger groups had more drummers, Clarion (kind of trumpet) players, flag flourishers, a “ royal Couple” and the “Emperor” wearing much medieval silverwork. The most impressive groups also had a beautiful horse to carry their pennant and they walked in a zig zagging manner down the street at the front of their group. Very impressive!!

Some of the guilds are very old – the oldest I noticed dated from 1394!!! – and their origin stems from archers who provided defensive military support for the local civic authority. The members were expected to buy their own weapons and uniforms. (A very Dutch approach: the citizens were responsible for the defence of  the city and keeping the peace, without cost to the local government. ) While there is no longer a practical function for the Guilds, their members enjoy meeting to participate in the ancient skills of archery, drumming and clarion playing, as well as flag-flourishing.

After the parade, the groups all went to a large open field on the outskirts of town where there was a marching up of the combined mass of the group, followed by a day full of competitions in all the Guild’s ancient arts. It was such a treat to see observe the festivities! Thank you Sondra and Jean-Francois for your fun and hospitality!

Bookclub: The Elegance of the Hedgehog

By Anne van Oorschot

eleganceFor our last book discussion gathering of the club year, we met at Anne’s to discuss the French best seller (well translated into English of course!) The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery.  The weather Gods even smiled on our group of 7 so we were able to sit outside  and enjoy the garden and the mild evening.  While not everyone finished the book, all who did said they had a bit of a hard time getting “into” the book. One comment made was that the author, who has studied philosophy, was trying too hard to be deep and meaningful in the beginning, succeeding more in being a bit pompous and confusing. Fortunately, that tendency disappeared and the story that was left was interesting and captivating.  

A 12 year old girl and a middle aged woman. Two very different characters – from different generations and social classes – discovered each other as kindred spirits. They both found someone who truly saw beyond the stereotypes surrounding them to the real person within. While a tragic occurrence cut their contact short, knowing that there had been someone who truly saw THEM, made a lasting impact.  An interesting read!

Upcoming Events

  • Book Club: The Heart Goes Last, by Margaret Attwood 3 November 2016 at 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Movie Night 11 November 2016
  • Club Outing to Valkenburg Christmas Market 10 December 2016
  • TIC Annual Holiday Dinner 14 January 2017
  • Chocolate Making Workshop 11 February 2017

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