RECENT OUTINGS AT REDCLIFFE
Queen Carol (Ritzy Red Hatz) recently attended the 10th Birthday celebrations of the Mulberry Tarts, which was the first chapter she formed. It was a lovely outing for Carol who appreciated being invited to give a little talk about how Mulberry Tarts came about. One of the original members Lenore McDonald (Lady Eveready) came out of 'retirement' and kept everyone laughing with her unique brand of humour. Such a funny lady. Queen Lin and VQ Lindsay along with The Mulberry Tarts did a great job of hosting a fun celebration and their gift of a cute bracelet to Q Carol was most appreciated. RRH had a great day.
The next day the RRH fronted up to Sea Salt and Vine for their normal outing where they shared much chatter over lunch.
Then for their monthly Hatter Chatter they gathered at the Redcliffe Coffee Club which has a private section where they will meet from now on. Due to changes and growth in the membership there was need to find a new meeting place and the Coffee Club offers great service, good food and coffee and you are made to feel they actually wanted you there. They all enjoyed the morning and voted it in as their new home.
WANNEROO/ASHBY CHAPTER - WA
The quarterly news from the Strawberry Tarts is always a great read which started off with reports of an enjoyable sea break with ladies from various WA chapters, a change from the Pool Party the S’Tarts usually have to start another years activities. The food, entertainment and accommodation on the cruise all received AAA rating, the ladies saying it was smooth sailing and they’d all do it again. What a great way to kick off the year!
In February the chapter picked up the pace with their first party for 2018 held by the pool at Marlene (Marlinka Madam de Plonk)’s. This event is always a pleasure and one they look forward to each year. The weather was just right and quite a few of the Strawberry Tarts took the plunge and full advantage of the glistening water with many friends basking in the surrounds. A buffet lunch of mammoth proportion was provided by all in attendance! Always a big hit with the ladies who love to cook and share their creations, the quality and quantity of food never disappoints. Thanks was extended to Marlene for sharing her little corner of Paradise with all.
Kingsway Bar and Bistro was the first dining out experience for 2018 where the service and variety of food available is still very pleasing. Definitely good value for money!!
It was a full calendar for March, starting out on a good note with a handful of ladies heading to the South West of the state for the Amazing Albany Adventure Convention. On what was an incredibly hot period around Perth the weather in Albany on the other hand was nothing short of fabulous. Perfect days to take in the sights or simply meander through the city precinct. Whatever they chose, they were greeted affectionately by the local people and struck up many a conversation on who they were and what they represent. Country folk were so friendly, accommodating and more than happy to share their gorgeous town with the Purple Army.
Their next fun gathering was centred on Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick. To mark this occasion, ladies dressed in green and celebrated the day with a fun quiz of a general nature but also in keeping with the theme. There were a few curly questions on the history of St Pat, which bought up a bit of discussion between answers sourced from either Google or Wikipedia. Lots of loud cheers and laugher abounds when a bit of competition enters the debate. Congratulations was extended to the winners. Always a great day with plenty of food to compensate for any loss. Thanks went to hostess Sandra (Lady Lova Life) who shared her lovely home, put the questions together and made the day a memorable one.
WELCOME TO RED HATTING
The Merry Mamzelles of Mudgee is the latest
new chapter for NSW. Queen Pam and member Pamela welcomed Queen Pam Dubbo Red
Hot Flashes and two of her ladies, Dawn and Rhonda on their first gathering held
at Albys & Esthers Coffee House and Wine Bar Mudgee in March.
For their next function Queen Pam, members Dawn, Geraldine
and Pamela enjoyed their time chatting at Artisans on Lewis in Mudgee and
planned to meet again at the Parkview Apartments Coffee Shop as a follow up gathering.
No doubt the membership will grow quickly.
EASTER HAT CREATIONS
The Cassino Sassy Cassie’s March gathering took place at Lady Di's rural abode
when 16 Hatters attended for High Tea.
Being close to Easter the theme was wear your hat with an Easter touch and some ladies showed their handiwork with chickens, eggs or bunnies adorning their red hats. By popular vote Liz and Beth were a draw for "favourite Easter hat", as it was a warm day they made use of the fan gift! A raffle was held with prizes being chocolate rabbits. Planning for the next few months was reviewed by Queen Betty. After refills of cuppas, grazing the table of delicious food the ladies had bought and much talking and laughing it was time to adjourn. They were looking forward to the next meeting.
STH PLYMTON CHAPTER - SA
Gay's Arcade in Adelaide is the regular venue for the Dames
Down Under to meet each month where they select a café for the day’s
Queen Colleen has welcomed a few new members to the group and their recent Brunch at Frewville Foodland was a great way to introduce the ladies to red hatting.
QUEENSLAND LOVELIES GERMAN FARE LUNCHEON
The Lockyer Lovelies most recent lunch outing was
at a new venue opened in the Lockyer, German Bake and Wurst House. A very friendly
mother and daughter made the ladies visit most enjoyable. A different type of
menu to the usual but very nice. The group had a lovely time as they always do
with so much talking and lots of laughter.
It makes no difference if there are small numbers or large in the membership of a red hat chapter, they all share the same essence of fun and friendship when they meet.
MY GOODNESS....RED AND PURPLE COWS!
Birthday celebrations are happening around the states at all times, the Shoalhaven Southern Belles having recently celebrated their 4th. To help them celebrate Turfco, the local turf and firewood suppliers for the Illawarra and South Coast regions of NSW painted and decorated their cows as Red Hatters much to the delight of travellers driving between Berry and Nowra. When the group was in the paddock having their photo taken all the cars driving along the highway were hooting their horns and waving - lots of love was shown for the Red Hatters.