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American International Club of Zurich
Newsletter 2021

A sincere thank you to our newsletter advertizers:
Flying Teachers, and DaVinci Partners
July 4th Celebration 2021; Here´s to the red, white and blue
text: James Macsay / pictures: FotoMendez
Thanks to everyone who could join us at the AICZ 4th of July celebration. Our participants included a nice mix of members (new/long standing), guests and first timers (even young families). Check-out pictures from the event taken by FotoMendez. 

The group of around 118 remained true to the red, white and blue and dodged the late afternoon rains while enjoying some lively Americana-Swiss acoustic music from the Enderlin Chicks and Barbara Wilde.  We were first welcomed with a glass of Prosecco and tasty nibbles offered by the restaurant. The delicious buffet, prepared by Raphael Frei and his talented and friendly staff at the historic Restaurant Alter Tobelhof (Zürich-Gockhausen) was also much appreciated. Whether it was the classic burgers, pulled pork, baked potatoes, fresh coleslaw and pasta salad side dishes: all received 'thumbs-ups' approvals from the guests.  Many also went home with some nice prizes won in our Tombola or with winning bids in the silent auction.  The pool of prizes, valued at just over CHF 5,000, were donated by the generous sponsors and friends of AICZ.  The club was even able to generate a small surplus to invest in future member events. The historic moment came when Eleanor Paunovic, American Women's Club (AWCZ) of Zürich President and professional opera singer gave a truly memorable rendering of the Star-Spangled Banner.
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Memorial Day Picnic
May 30, 2021

text: Jeanette Bider & Betsy Green / pictures: Judith Guyer
The AICZ and AWCZ met together to enjoy a community family Memorial Day picnic on Sunday, May 30. Although slightly constrained by the tail end of Zurich canton regulations regarding distancing and numbers of participants allowed – the weather could not have been kinder to us.  It was truly a glorious day – and long awaited – very sunny, but with a slight very nip in the air, making for a relaxing afternoon to visit with families and friends.  The slight coolness in the air made it that much more fun for kids to run around.  We missed the opportunity to grill, but packed lunches meant no work for any would be grill masters – and more time to visit.  The Park im Gruene offers a variety of large open spaces – from open fields, to gently rolling knolls, and a self-service restaurant for those who couldn’t pack a lunch. With plenty of open space we could easily move chairs to visit with different groups yet  easily adhere to the distancing regulations from others.   Best of all, Babi’s Bagels treated us all to some of their tasty bagel sandwiches.
Featuring some of our July 4th Celebration Sponsors 

Special summer offer for AICZ members


Get to know and enjoy some of the best wines from sunny California! Try these wines from Starmont Winery, owned by Swiss native René Schlatter from Merryvale Family of Wines.

Baur au Lac Vins offers you a 10% discount on your next purchase on by entering the following promo code: AIC721*


* Valid until 31st August 2021, excluding spirits, discounted items, wines of merchandise group 10 (e.g. Bordeaux, Burgundy, rarities), vouchers, admissions.

We are happy to announce a new exhibition which takes place from 24 June to 20 October at the MAAG Halle. “The World of Steve McCurry” shows 140 large format photos. The extraordinary retrospective features McCurry’s most famous iconic images that he took during his forty-year career, alongside his most recent works. The picture he took of the Afghan girl in a refugee camp in Pakistan, has become an icon in the history of photography. This legendary portrait is exhibited with another that McCurry shoot 17 years later, when he found the same young woman after a long search.
Picture by V. Borodinova at Pixabay
“When life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles.” Winnie the Pooh

Wow, we’ve come so far! In Switzerland, the voluntary vaccination program has been under way since January 2021 and now all adults can register for a vaccination. The percentage of the population fully vaccinated is currently at 40%, and the Swiss Federal Council continues to ease measures against the coronavirus. Summer’s here, and most of us are more than ready to break out of our pandemic bubble, to reconnect, to party, to travel. So far so good, right?

Hmmm, when reading the paper and watching the news, I can’t help but think that the despair about the COVID-19 pandemic has been replaced by the despair about the persisting dreary weather conditions in most parts of Switzerland. I can’t help but wonder: Is the long-awaited summer of freedom 2021 going to be rained out? The temptation is great to escape this nonsense and travel to a destination with guaranteed warmth and sunshine, although for many (including myself) there are currently still too many risks and hassles associated with travel, leaving no other option but to stay close to home for yet another summer.

Adding insult to injury, I recently ran across a farmers’ rule—an old folk saying or belief about the weather—one I wasn’t familiar with. As it turns out, June 27th is a feast day commemorating both the legend of the “Siebenschläfer” (Seven Sleepers) and a bit of traditional weather lore in German-speaking Europe. According to the “Siebenschläfer-Bauernregel” (Seven Sleepers’ Farmers’ Rule), the atmospheric conditions on June 27th quite reliably predict the average summer weather of the next seven weeks. In case you don’t remember the weather on June 27th, let me refresh your memory: dramatic thunderstorms with intense rain, hail, wind and lightning. For all of us staying in Switzerland this summer, that might be bad news. Let’s hope—at least this time around—that these old folk sayings are a bunch of hogwash. If not, you can find some bad weather tips for Zurich below.

Wishing you all, rain or shine, a well deserved summer of freedom 2021!

A reminder: our August 1st AICZ event will take place rain or shine!
Bad-Weather Tips for Zurich
What’s On in Zurich Mid July 2021

Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with us on social media: Facebook, LinkedIn, and on Meet-up.

Karin Kaulfuss
Neal Pollard & Maria Powell
Erika Simon
Russell &T Alexandra Sherwood
Urs Weiss & Jessica Kaplan

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