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Everything you ever wanted to know about the 120 Year Founders' Day Charity Gala
What should I wear?
This is a chance to get dressed up and celebrate the past, present and future of the AWC while raising money for our charitable work. Go as fancy as you like but don’t let it stress you out. Dressy pant suits, cocktail dresses or evening gowns are all appropriate; black tie is completely optional.
What will others be wearing?
Whitney will likely be in a sparkly dress and designer heels. Sally will likely be in the same black yoga pants for 5 days running and will panic the day of and hit the local charity shops.
Can you wear yoga pants to a gala?
Absolutely not. One must draw the line somewhere.
How can I convince my partner to come?
Tell them that: 1) It will be fun; 2) everyone will be friendly (most are Americans!); 3) it’s International Women’s Day and you deserve to be honoured; 4) you were dragged to a foreign country, for heaven’s sake, so they can certainly be dragged out for one night. Jeesh.
If I go on my own will I feel awkward?
Not if we can help it. You’ll be among friends, some you may not have even met yet! Per party rules everyone will be required to reach out and speak to at least three people they don’t know. If you’d like to mix up the mingling, sign up for a volunteer shift to keep yourself busy.
Why is Founders’ Day important to you?
“2019 marked the start of seven years as a member of the AWC. This will be my fifth Founders’ Day to attend, having missed only a couple due to travel for family and friends’ weddings. I’m excited to be in charge this year as it’s always been an incredible event where I have a wonderful time with friends and make new friends. In fact, Founders’ Day was one of the first events that I attended as a new member and I met some of my best London mates that evening. Over the years, many have moved back to the States but the bonds we made through the club have endured distance and time. It can be tough to be a “long-termer” but by staying actively involved with the AWC, I continue to build new friendships and can help support those new to this fabulous city!”
– Whitney, Founders’ Day Chair and Director of Special Events
“I love volunteering at the Soup Kitchen and am thrilled that the proceeds from this event go to our three chosen charities. And I support the AWC because getting out of my apartment and being social is good for my sanity.”
– Sally, Founders’ Day Marketing & Publicity
Learn more about Founders' Day and register for the Charity Gala here: www.awclondon.org/Founders-Day-2019
Guest post by AWC member Jean Howarth Lindberg / My Lovely Life Abroad
Get up at 5:30 for a 6:30 meeting across town? Heck, yes!
Although it is awfully dark (January sunrise is 8am here in London), here I am, wiping the sleep from my eyes to meet Thirty-nine American Women's Club members on a bus, for a day of pottery shopping in Stoke-on-Trent, the historical home of English Pottery.
Quick History lesson: Stoke is known as "the Potteries", and its residents are "The Potters". There are 6 towns that comprise Stoke-on-Trent, and its residents even have their own dialect. Stoke-on-Trent is known as the British capital for china and pottery, and dates back to the 1600's. The area still produces china and pottery, and you will probably recognize some of these famous brands, originating here--Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Spode, Burleigh, Aynsley, Royal Stafford and Portmeirion.
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Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the day that precedes Ash Wednesday. The name Shrove Tuesday comes from 'shive,' which means absolution for sins by doing penance. It's steeped in religious history and has everything to do with feasting before fasting during the Lenten Season.
But Why Pancakes?
In the past families would rid the house of such tempting ingredients, such as eggs, sugar, and milk to prepare for the 40 days of Lent. Not wanting to be wasteful they would serve up a filling, festive meal and pancakes were the perfect way to do this.
Right, Where to Eat?
Pancakes in the United Kingdom are quite different than those found in The United States. Often times resembling crepes, pancakes are slathered with chocolate spread and topped with various fruits and nuts. It can be difficult for an American girl to find the perfect pancake, here are my favourite spots for Pancake Day or any day.
The Breakfast Club
If you want American style pancakes and don't mind a queue this is the place for you.
The Breakfast Club is a small chain dinner with locations in Soho, Southwark and Canary Wharf.
Looking for a filling pancake but want something a little less traditional, then head to Granger & Co. with locations in Chelsea, Notting Hill, Clarkenwell, and King's Cross you'll be able to fill up any day of the week.
With a full menu that will meet many picky eaters, Granger & Co is popular at any time of day, any time of year. Ricotta hotcakes served with banana and honeycomb butter will definitely tick all the pancake day boxes
The Book Club
Located in Shoreditch, The Book Club is a hip eatery that often reminds me of my age. Head here if you want a traditional thin and slightly crispy pancakes that are over the top.
Pancakes, here, are served with caramel sauce bananas, fresh berries, blossom honey & berry compote. If you want to try something a little more decadent and exclusive to Pancake Day order the espresso-martini pancakes. Slathered with Kahlua cream and topped with vodka and chocolate coffee beans these pancakes are not for the faint of heart.
So where will I eat this year.
I'll be seated at my dinning table where my husband will play chef and delight the kids by flipping pan sized cakes into the air while I cringe at how close they come to hitting the ceiling. He and I will guestimate how many pancakes our son will eat this time, while our daughter will complain about her pancakes being too dark or too light. We will pass around a £7 bottle of Aunt Jemima and I'll watch in horror as both husband and son take a £2 pour. I will remind my children to 'use your fork' and get up half way though the meal to hand out napkins all while I shake my head saying "what do you wipe your hands on? DON'T ANSWER THAT!" Its not just a Shrove Day thing for us but a weekly ritual and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Photo credit: The Breakfast Club, Grabger & Co, the Book Club
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