Community Events & Activities

Weekend Activities in The Hague, Leiden and Amsterdam: Did you know that all three of these fantastic cities have very user friendly websites, that list upcoming events and activities for the weeks and months to come? Be sure to check out the City of Leiden event website, the City of The Hague event website, and I Amsterdam website for things to see and do.

Annual Thanksgiving Day Serivce, Thursday, November 23rd, 11:00, Pieterskerk Leiden: Please join us at this non-denominational service on Thanksgiving morning at the historic Pieterskerk. There will be a Catholic priest, Protestant ministers, a rabbi and a cantor. Our Dutch friends, as well as friends from all nations and of all faiths are welcome. This is a service for everyone. Thanksgiving at the Pieterskerk in Leiden is unique. In that church, the Pilgrims recorded their births, marriages and deaths. They lived in its surroundings from 1609 to 1620. Some of the descendants of Moses Fletcher, a Leiden Pilgrim and subsequently a signer of the Mayflower Compact, still live there. Ria Koet, his direct descendant, will tell the story of her family. The Koets are the only non-American members of the Mayflower Society. On the occasion of the first visit of a sitting American President to The Netherlands, the Pieterskerk was the chosen site for President George H.W. Bush to speak. The Bush family trace their ancestry to Francis Cooke, also a signer of the Mayflower Compact and a Leiden pilgrim. President Obama also has family roots in Leiden – the Blossom family. In Leiden, one feels how inextricably the values of the American nation are linked with The Netherlands. The story of a group of English dissenters who were welcomed there and able to live and worship freely and even publish at a time when freedom of religion and the press were certainly not the norm, is a Dutch story, an American and the story of all nations that aspire to be free. The congregation will sing familiar hymns. Coincidentally, one of them, “We Gather Together,” is Dutch and familiar to Dutch people as “Wilt Heden Nu Treden.” The Deputy Mayor of Leiden will welcome everyone and the Honorable Shawn Crowley, Chargé D’Affaires of the United States Embassy, will read excerpts from the annual Thanksgiving Day Proclamation. The ASH Choir and Band will perform, as will the Scouts and “The Little Pilgrims.” Children are an integral part of the Service, as they should be. You won’t forget Thanksgiving in Leiden, so join us, bring your friends and neighbors. Location: Pieterskerk, Pieterskerkhof 1A, 2311 SP, Leiden.
- Roberta Enschede, Coordinator and ASH Faculty Alumni

Thanksgiving Dinner "Let Us Break Bread Together", 18:00, Korte Molenstraat 11A, The Hague: Enjoy an American Thanksgiving Dinner in The Hague sponsored by Democrats Abroad. Drinks will be served at 18:00 and dinner starts at 19:00. Admission will be 40 Euros. For reservations, please email or call 0625.488.958.
- Roberta Enschede, ASH Faculty Alumni
Leiden's English Commedy Nights, Friday, November 24th, 20:30, Leiden: This Friday, November 24th will be an extra edition of the commedy nights in Leiden. Each month there is an all pro english stand up show at the Muziekhuis in Leiden. Touring comics from the UK, Germany, USA, France, Argentina, Australia, Scotland, and so on. Doors open at 19:30, show starts at 20:30. For more information and tickets, please see the event

St Andrew's Society of The Netherlands Annual Charity Ball, Saturday, November 25th, The Hague: The St. Andrew's Society of The Netherlands is holding their annual St Andrew's Charity Ball and are currently taking ticket reservations. This is a formal dinner dance held every year involving a four course dinner with entertainment, finishing with Scottish dancing to live Scottish music. Everyone is welcome to attend, no Scottish connections are needed, though Kilts are welcome and there will be a caller to guide everyone through the dance steps. For further information and for ticket reservation, please visit the St.Andrew's website.

Original Handmade Market, Sunday, November 25th, Volkenkunde Musem, Leiden: Take a moment over this long weekend to stop by this wonderful market, featuring all handmade, local, and artisan products. Taken in all of the beautiful objects, pruchase some gifts perhaps, or have something to eat from a few of the specality food trucks. There are always children activities as well, and live music. For more information, visit the Original Market website.

Nature and Technique Spectacle for Children, Sunday, November 26th, 12:00 - 16:00, The Hague: The Nature and Technique event for children between the ages of 4 and 12 years will take place in the Atrium of The Hague University on Sunday, 26th of November. During this event the outdoor world will be brought indoors. Go on a safari to see small insects, build a mini hut or create a dream catcher. Children are welcome to explore, play with technology, conduct experiments and become acquainted with nature. Entrance is free of charge. More information can be found on The Hague website.

Amsterdam Light Festival, from Thrusday, November 30th, various locations in Amsterdam: 2017/2018 marks the fifth edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival. As with previous editions, a whole host of Dutch and international artists will contribute to the festival, creating site-specific light sculptures around the Canal Ring, the River Amstel and other special locations. Look out for dedicated canal cruises and a walking route taking in the selection of spectacular illuminated artworks. The renowned Water Colors canal cruises can be enjoyed for the entirety of the Amsterdam Light Festival, ensuring you can see the city at its best – from the water – and get up close to all of the major artworks. To explore the festival on foot, don't miss the Illuminade walking route. More information is available in the Amsterdam Light Festival website.
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External Publications

ASH prides itself on its highly diverse international community, made up of students, parents, families, teachers and staff, therefore the publications we use reflect this international presence to showcase ASH across the globe.

A selection of printed and online publications that we advertise in include:
  • AmCham; American Chamber of Commerce in The Netherlands
  • Angloinfo Netherlands
  • Diplomat Magazine
  • Gemeente Leiden
  • Holland Handbook
  • Holland Times
  • International Schools Services Newslinks
  • John Catt IB World Schools Yearbook
  • John Catt International Schools Guide
  • Re:Locate Magazine
  • Telegraph
  • The International Educator (TIE)
  • Xpat Journal
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  • Weekend Tips, Friday, November 24th - Sunday, November 26th

    This weekend is Thanksgiving weekend, an American well-known holiday for the spectacular turkey dinners and time for family to get together. Students will have the chance to have a wonderful Thanksgiving lunch at school; the Middle School and the High School will have theirs served on Wednesday, November 22nd, and Elementary School students have special classroom lunches. This is followed by a long weekend that only we at American School of The Hague get to enjoy, as Thanksgiving is not celebrated here in The Netherlands. We do, however, hope to welcome everyone in the Pieterskerk on Thursday morning, November 23rd at 11:00 for the annual celebration of Thanksgiving. This is an open service for everyone to attend, regardless of nationality or cultural traditions practiced at home. More information on this event is further down in the community events section. As I mentioned earlier, these two extra days give you an excellent possibility to visit the museums that are usually busy during the weekends.
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