Article by Patricia Gonzalez
Time flies. So with places as with people. From 1868 to 2011, the Spoorzone was an industrial site – a place where trains were built and repaired for Nederlandse Spoor and “migrants” from Utrecht came to work on the railways. Today, the Spoorzone is home to the Red Cross, an intended hub for entrepreneurs, a skate park for youth and, during Mundial festival or one of the many market weekends (e.g., Bazouq, Swan Market, Pasar Malam), a bustling event space. Three years ago, I was a newcomer to Tilburg meeting other foreigners at TIC’s Open House. On 26th September, I was one of the “old faces” welcoming newly moved buitenlanders and sharing my own stories about living in this city.
Welcome Day began with a tour of the Spoorzone led by Stadsgidserij Tilburg. In the span of an hour, our guide walked us through history, bringing to life tales of railway workers – a smaller segment of the population in the then mostly textile-focused town. He made us smile to hear of the one-cent increase in workers’ hourly wages (big money then!) and how lunches used to be delivered via small pass-throughs in the imposing wall that enclosed the spoor zone. He also told us of the city’s future plans for the area, helping us imagine what’s in store for the space: the new public library, a passageway for bicycles and pedestrians traveling from above the tracks into the city center, and a possible seats2meet venue – all exciting additions to the city.
We ended our tour at Restaurant De Houtloods, the oldest building in the 13-hectare zone. Under the steel trusses and the clear blue skies, Wethouder Marcelle Hendrickx gave a speech that was warm and welcoming – apropos for the day. Afternoon very quickly turned to evening, as happens when you’re having fun. There were drinks and borrelhapjes, old friends to catch up with, new acquaintances to make, and the shared experience of living and working and loving Tilburg to discuss. It was a pleasant way to kick off the club year.
If you couldn’t come to Welcome Day, don’t worry. There are still plenty of activities in store – a whole year’s worth. But don’t blink or you might miss it!
The area above the railway tracks is changing. Spoorzone is steadily becoming Tilburg’s newest live-work-play area.
This September, we’re marking the start of another TIC club year with a tour and a borrel. Join us as we walk through buildings that are normally only open to the public during special events. Learn about the industrial history of the Spoorzone and hear about the city’s plans for this mixed-use development. Afterwards, catch up with old friends and meet some new faces.
When: 26 September (Saturday)
15:15 Meet (Tour begins at 15:30 and runs until16:30)
16:30 – 18:00 Borrel at De Houtloods (Burgemeester Brokxlaan 1041)
Where: The tour will be in Spoorzone
Exact meeting point to be announced the week of the 26th
Cost: The event is free but registration is required
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org before 21 September.
article by Anne van Oirschot
The book discussion group had a very nice evening on Wednesday, September 8th catching up on summer activities, chatting about plans for the coming year, welcoming a new club member and reader to our group, enjoying tea and cookies,,,oh, and discussing Vanishing Acts, by Jodi Picoult. We really had a lot to catch up on after not seeing each other for months 🙂
While I enjoyed the book, it got rather mixed reviews from the rest of the group. The story follows Delia and her father Andrew, who live in a small new England town and starts with the police coming to arrest Andrew for kidnaping 4 year old Bethany years earlier. Bethany turns out to be his daughter Delia, now grown, who knows nothing about her previous life! The book follows Delia, her father, Delia’s fiancé and a chil
dhood friend in the period leading up to Andrew’s trail ,as well Bethany/Delia’s mother. While everyone liked most of the book and enjoyed the story’s telling by alternating between the viewpoints of the different main characters, the ending was found a bit too pat by some. The central question of, “is it ever acceptable to kidnap a child” wasn’t answered the same by everyone either. Sondra had a surprising and crucial tidbit that the rest of us were surprised to have missed…but did we??? All in all, it was an enjoyable evening and we are all looking forward to our next discussion evening! (Our next book is: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (a Pulitzer price winner) so mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 13th and plan to join us!)
article by Thijs Busser
June. The sixth month of the year happens to be my favorite month of the year. The weather is usually pretty good, everything looks fresh and green, and it is the month we have the TICNic! The TICNic, that moment where we say goodbye to the club year, look forward to our holidays, and enjoy each other’s company while eating a wide variety of dishes.
As per usual we conveniend at the Tilburg University campus where we have picnic tables, a good place for the grill, and a wonderful field for our (youngest) members to play games and do some sports. Also as per usual we had great weather. The days leading up to the BBQ weren’t that good but on the day itself we had that wonderful weather we’ve come to expect when we bring out our grillmaster Peter to do his thing.
Our event director, Patricia, out did herself and organised many fun activities to keep the TICKids and adults entertained and brought out the competitor in us all. There was one particular game of making the longest line of stuff which inspired some great team work and ingenuitive thinking from our members. Pieces of string, badminton rackets, clothing, and human beings wered used to try and make the longest line.
Of course there was also plenty of time to relax, catch up, enjoy the nice weather, and of course eat. Everyone brought a dish for the BBQ and thus we had a wide range of appetizers, salads and sweets. Each year everyone tries their best to bring something yummy and this year was no exception. I think almost all the food was finished by the time we packed up.
If you were there, thank you for making this one of the best events. If you could not attend, clear your weekends in June 2016 so you can attend and close with us, what I am sure will be, another awesome club year!