ACE 2016 – The results are in!

ACE 2016 – The results are in!

The Organizing Committee of the Annual Charity Event would like to sincerely thank all the IWCS members and their friends who attended and contributed to our event on April 29th. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated by Frauen helfen Frauen, the local women’s shelter we are supporting with our donation.

We were especially happy to see so many guests embrace this year’s masquerade theme! You all looked amazing in your fancy evening attire and masks. If you haven’t already seen the photos of our beautiful guests, we encourage you to check out our online photo album.

We hope you also enjoyed the music performed by pianist Bea Michalski and had fun dancing to the sounds of DJ Mario from Mr Mac’s Party Team. As always, it was lovely to have Kessler sponsor our welcome drink and the WAC catering team to provide us with their delicious food.

The highlight of the event was definitely the fabulous raffle prizes, which were presented by the even more fabulous Claire De Vaney. Wasn’t she great? From Magnum Kessler Sekt to great Lumas car posters to a naughty Frau Blum toy – we hope you have all been enjoying your winnings! The complete list of sponsors of raffle prizes can be found on our website.

After all our hard work and partying we are proud to announce that the IWCS raised a total of just under €2500 from the event itself. The sales from the raffle tickets brought in €1063, the silent auction added another €275 (thanks to the fighting spirit of Dorothee K.!), and sales of drinks and desserts generated another €938. We are very grateful to all the bakers who donated to the dessert table for that last number. 

We also received a cash donation of €250 from Kärcher GmbH and took in  €315from our Betterplace and Gooding donation websites. Additionally, local businesses directly sponsored a portion of the event expenses. We would like to thank Maku Industrie and Acelsis for their generosity in printing and mailing our invitations and providing the pianist fees.

Unfortunately, despite being a successful and fun party, the total amount raised was a bit less than in 2015, when we raised around €4000 at the event itself. The differences this year were fewer guests, less success obtaining corporate donations, and lower levels of online fundraising. But because the IWCS feels strongly about supporting Frauen Helfen Frauen, the board has made the decision to use club funds to bring our donation total to  €5000, the same amount as was donated in 2015.

Finally, the Committee members have been discussing if and when to hold another Charity Event. To help us move forward, we need your feedback! An anonymous questionnaire is being prepared on this topic (and others) that will be sent to all members in the next few months. It is very important that you share your thoughts with us so we know which direction to take the club in next. 

Thank you everyone and until next time!

Vaida Kovalick and the Annual Charity Event Organizing Committee


Saturday, August 6th at 9:45
Meeting point: Esslingen Dicker Turm
Cost: €8 per person, members and family only

Esslingen Dicker TurmMedieval towns like Esslingen are full of secrets. This is a tour with a difference through the crypts under the rambling streets, normally hidden to the public. You’ll see a water tank below the castle grounds, the city’s historic cellar and Esslingen’s former ossuary (bone house – ew!) under the city archive building.

We will book lunch at nearby restaurant for anyone who wishes to join after the tour.

We will meet at 9:45 for our 10:00 tour start. The nearest station to the meeting point is the Esslingen Hauptbahnhof. Parking can be found next to the Esslingen Burg.

Partners/spouses and children over the age of 14 are welcome to join us (maximum 20 people). Sorry, this tour isn’t suitable for kids under age 14 but families are welcome to join us for lunch afterwards.

If you’d like to come along but you’re disappointed that you can’t bring little ones, why not let them (and Dad!) enjoy the area waterways or the wonderful children’s adventure park “Maille” (between Roßneckar und Wehrneckar an der Maille-/Wehrneckarstraßer) on the Neckar during the tour and we’ll meet up with them afterwards!

The cost of the tour is 8€ per person, paid in advance by electronic transfer (non-refundable). The remainder of the tour costs will be covered by the IWCS. To reserve your spot and receive our bank information, please RSVP to your host, Claire DeVaney, using the form below or via the pending Facebook event.


Swabian Maultaschen WorkshopsMaultaschen
Saturday, September 3rd at 18:00
Location: Hotel Princess, Widdumstraße 3, 73207 Plochingen
Cost is 35 € per person in advance
RSVP using the form below or in the pending Facebook event

Our first Swabian Maultaschen Workshop in early 2016 was such a hit with members that we are scheduling another one this year!

Maultaschen (“mouth pockets”) and Kartoffelsalat  (potato salad) are of Southern German cuisine, but especially important around Lent. In former times, Swabian housewives made Maultaschen in order to hide the meat that was forbidden during Lent by the Catholic Church. Over time these dishes became closely associated with celebrations of Maudy Thursday and Good Friday in this part of Germany.

Stephanie Guillard, the owner of Soul Mama’s Kitchen, will host an English-language Maultaschen and Kartoffelsalat Workshop for the IWCS at the Princess Hotel in Plochingen this summer. Come and let Stephanie show you how she learned to make these wonderful dishes from her mother using her grandmother’s special recipe! The three-hour workshop will be followed by dinner and drinks. Don’t forget to bring containers for leftovers! The S-Bahn station Plochingen is right outside the hotel.

The IWC Stuttgart will be covering €10 per member making our cost only €35 EUR per person which includes an apron to take home with you! This event has 8 available spaces and requires a minimum of five participants to avoid cancellation. To participate, please RSVP using the form below or in the pending Facebook event, and transfer your €35 fees no later than August 13th.

PLEASE NOTE: The cancellation fee for this event has been set by Soul Mama’s Kitchen and will be €22,50.

The event originally scheduled for July 1st has been cancelled. Please sign up for the September workshop if you are interested!


Cannstatter Wasen
Volksfest at the Cannstatter Wasen

Date: Thursday, September 29th, starting at 17:00
Location: Sonja Merz Zelt, Cannstatter Wasen, Bad Cannstatt
Cost per member €35

No single local event epitomizes Southern German heritage as clearly as the Cannstatter Volksfest. This is the second-largest beer festival in the world after Munich’s Oktoberfest and will be taking place for the 171st time this year. Come join the IWCS at our annual table where we can promise an evening of traditional fest food, drinks, dancing, singing, and general debauchery.

We have a table reserved for 15 in the Sonja Merz Wasenzelt. This event is for members only and is partially sponsored by the IWCS. Trachtenmode (dirndls and lederhosen) is optional but encouraged!

Places are available on a first paid, first served basis. Tickets are €35 per member to be paid in advance and each includes:

  • five vouchers worth 10 euros apiece to be used for any food or drink
  • our table reservation and your entry bracelet

Members are responsible for mandatory tips and the remainder of the ticket price will be sponsored by the IWCS.

We will need a few of you to show up no later than 17:00 to hold our table – please let your host (Michelle) know when you plan to arrive for the evening.

To reserve your spot and receive the bank information to transfer the deposit, please fill in the contact form below.

(Note – if you have a friend not in the club who would like to join us, please let Michelle know so she can put her name on the wait list. If all 15 spots are not claimed by members, friends will be welcome to fill the remaining spaces. Each friend will need to pre-pay the full ticket price of €50.)


Plochingen & Hunderwasserhaus Tour
Sunday, May 22nd at 10:00
Location: Princess Hotel, Widdumstraße 3, 73207 Plochingen
Nearest station: Plochingen Hauptbahnhof
Hundertwasser Haus
In our quest to learn more about the surrounding areas of Stuttgart, we are stopping in at Plochingen next. It isn’t every day that we get the opportunity to hear about a local town’s history as well as see works by the famous artist and architect, Hundertwasser.

Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser was an Austrian artist and architect whose artistic vision expressed itself in pictorial art, environmentalism, philosophy, and design of facades, postage stamps, flags, and clothing (among other areas). While his real last name was “Stowasser” he went by his pseudonym Hundertwasser. He was born just prior to WWII and survived by posing as a Christian and even joining the Hitler Youth.

He passed away in February 2000 and was most famous for his opposition to the “straight line” and any standardization. Common themes in his work included bright colors, organic forms, a reconciliation of humans with nature, and a strong individualism.  While his best known work is in Vienna, we are happy to have a unique and interesting Hundertwasser building in Plochingen that we will be seeing on this tour.

Learn more about the artist in this entertaining design podcast.

After the tour, all participants are invited to join us for an optional breakfast buffet (not a brunch) at the Princess Hotel.

We would like to say thanks to Plochingen local and IWCS member, Katja, for her help with the planning of this event.

All details are as follows:

  • Tour: 60 minutes in English of downtown Plochingen and Hundertwasser house
  • Meeting Point: Princess Hotel (Widdumstraße 3, 73207 Plochingen)
  • Meeting Time: 9:50
  • Maximum 25 participants; members and their families are welcome to attend this event
  • Strollers for little ones are OK
  • The tour is free for IWCS members and their families
  • Breakfast is 15 euros per person, payable at the hotel (includes drinks)

To RSVP, please use the contact form below or sign up via the pending Facebook event.


Stuttgart City Center Walking TourFrom Wikipedia Commons
Wednesday, July 6th from 10:00 – 11:45
Location: Meet at i-Punkt across from the Hauptbahnhof (Königsstrasse 1)
Cost: FREE
Prospective members welcome!!

**This event will take the place of our welcome coffee in July**

Please join us for a fun and FREE tour of the city center (in English) with our good friend from Stuttgart Marketing, Petra Rentschler.

We will meet on Königsstrasse outside of the i-Punkt meeting place opposite the Hauptbahnhof at 10:00 and we will begin our tour promptly at 10:15 . If you get lost or are late, call Emily’s mobile phone at (0151) 2408 4485.

For those of you who have done Petra’s tours in the past, you know that each time she shares new places and hilarious stories with us. So even if you’ve been on her tour before, don’t hesitate to come again! Prospective members are welcome to attend. Stroller-friendly.

Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, July 5th using the form below or on the FB Event page as spaces are limited!


Tuesday, May 10th  at 18:30
Location: Spargelbesen, Höhe 1, 70736 Fellbach
Nearest station: best reached by car.
RSVP to host Billie Schoeler using the form below
or via the pending Facebook event

Now that its Spargel Season (the white asparagus that all Germans love) its time to enjoy some of it at a local Spargelbesen (aka….local “restaurant” that only opens up for Spargel season) .

This event is limited to 15 members! RSVP no later than May 9th to reserve your space.

This is best reached by car, but if you are coming by public transport, then you can take the S2 (Richtung Schorndorf) or S3 (Richtung Backnang) to stop Sommerrain and from there its about a 16 minute walk (best to look at map and route using the VVS website)