SPRING IS NEARLY HERE!!!
STORMING BETTY'S JETTY
The Red Hat girls in Western Australia massed
together on Wednesday 2 August, to Storm Betty's Jetty (known
to the public as Elizabeth Quay, but that sounded way to posh), and to ride on
the exquisitely crafted Carousel. Originally this was planned by the
Sassy Sisters for just a few chapters, as a bucket list item to be ticked off for
their Vice Queen - The Countess of Chaos, who is returning to live in the
U.K. However it quickly gained momentum as others saw an opportunity
to congregate and To Age Outrageously with their like-minded Sisters.
Normally a large outdoor event like this would
have been planned for warmer weather (yes, it rains in winter in the West), and
here they were, with storms lashing Perth for the weeks leading up to the
day. So the call went out to one and all for a Reverse Rain
Dance! A couple of the Sassy Sisters actually went in to do it on the
Quay itself! And it worked. The only fine day in the week!
The Providers with businesses on Betty's Jetty
came on board with discounts and special offers, from the Carousel itself, to the
Jet boat and ferry rides, eateries, and heaps others. Willie Creek
Pearls approached the ladies and offered complimentary tours of their
pearling process and showrooms. And the women surely did bring them good
fortune with one oyster yielding a massive $6000.
Dressed in their finery the Red Hat girls
created a vibrant splash of colour across Betty's Jetty. To add to
the celebration of the day there was an officially unofficial ceremony where
State Dignitary MP Emily Hamilton (representing the Minister for Women's
Interests) presented the Empress of the West (Bev Fussell who started Red Hats in the West) with The Key To Play On The Quay, who then
waved it aloft to bestow on everyone permission to 'Play'. It was
great to see everyone, including the MP, entering in the spirit of the day. And
it was such a beautiful gold filigree key, found by none other than Chaos herself
in an Op Shop.
To add to the
excitement Channel 9 covered the event, putting it to air in their afternoon
and evening news, with a Live Cross to Bev, who was a wonderful ambassador for
Red Hats. Their coverage was very tasteful, and the feature on the
Channel 9 Website was inundated with 'hits'. Such an amazing opportunity to
showcase Red Hats and spread the word.
Once a group photo was taken the girls
fanned across the Quay, engaging in whatever activity took their fancy.
There were lots of photos, but the most amazing were of the beautiful Carousel
filled to capacity by Red Hat girls looking ravishing (Stef for one), as they
had responded to the call 'Dress To Impress'.
The camaraderie of the Sisterhood was evident
for all to see. After a fun filled day ladies departed filled afresh
with wonderful memories, and a new zest for life. Actually, most of the women rushed home to catch the afternoon news!! After all, what Red Hatter
is not adverse to seeing herself and her antics displayed on the media, and
delighting in the chance to promote the Red Hat ideal.
All in all it was a totally awesome day, just
showing that from little things big things grow.
EXTRA PICTURES ON THE PHOTO GALLERY
FUNDRAISER LUNCH ON BEHALF
OF CANCER RESEARCH
The Round Table once again this year, gathered multiple red hat groups from Brisbane North to the Sunshine coast, this
time for their fundraising day on August 11th to raise
awareness for cancer research. Over a
delicious lunch in the beautiful setting at the Bribie RSL Memorial Club,
Management and Staff alike, gave hostess, Queen Marivi and all her guests the Royal treatment in every way.
They were entertained by Totally Charlie, who
is well known in the red hat circles. “Charlie” delighted everyone with
his sharp musical skills and professionalism.
A total of $4690.55 was raised while guests enjoyed
themselves, having genuine fun in typical hatters friendship style.
Attending Chapters travelled from near and far, including the Red ‘n’ Purple
Ragers - Caboolture Shangri-Lars – Gateway Goddesses
- The Roving Queens - Gadabout Queens - Ritzy Red Hatz –
Redpeppers of Moreton - Mei Mei’s – Ruby Dolls – Beautiful Bribie
Blond Bomshells - Red Hat Mommas –Fab Femmes and Queen Joy Muller, plus ladies from
the local groups.
Queen Marivi’s helpers on the day this year
were Queen Robyn Grills, Empress Jeanette Bonnici and two of her ladies, Maureen
Todd and Penny Lette. Good friend Penny Digby once again acted as the
official photographer, and John Digby who set-up the photo display. Queen
Marlene Hinton, was set to be a helper, but was taken ill and was unable to
Queen Marivi expressed her special
appreciation to her Vice-Queen Rosemary and Vivien, who sat side by side with the queen selling hamper
tickets during many weeks and special thanks to her helpers on the day and for showing their support in may ways
during the past few months.
Also, sincere and humble thanks was extended to all Chapters and locals
who by being there, contributed towards Cancer research.
VIEW MORE PHOTOS IN QUEEN MARIVI'S ALBUM ON THE GALLERY
CENTRAL COAST NSW
At their latest activity, the Roving Rubies celebrated “JeansForGenes" day and raised some money by fining those in attendance who did not have on something in denim. Queen Lilimarlene just scrapped by wearing her fancy jeans she had promised to fit in this year, wrapping them around her waist - well she was wearing them. Lady Jo Not to Tonight Josephine had a fall last year and managed to save one leg of her jeans which she wore. The August birthday girls got to huff and puff the magic wish candle on the day.
Marlene met up with an old Launceston High School fellow student, Ray Martin recently and took him some of her famous tomato relish which he said reminded him of home (Tassie). It was great that he has praise for public school LHS. Queen Lilimarlene wonders if any other red hatters went there - besides Queen Judy Guyton who has returned to Launceston.
Ravishing Rebels celebrated their 15th anniversary at the Over There Café,
Redcliffe and a good time was had by all. Queen Mother Lynne was in attendance and Queen
Kaye cut a beautiful cheesecake to commemorate the birthday celebrations.
The Ravishing Rebels continue to enjoy their activities and friendships.
AUSSIE RED HAT DAY IN VIC
54 ladies from various Victorian locations as well
as from NSW gathered to celebrate the Aussie Red Hat Day organised by Queen Janesca
and her Rubies and Pearls of Kilmore
chapter members, held at Penny's Restaurant in Kilmore.
Each guest received a bracelet of rubies and pearls
(faux) and a lapel badge commemorating the event. The bracelets were made
by two of the R&R’s ladies and the badges were made by Obsi (web mistress
of Red Hats Victoria).
The occasion celebrated16 years of Australian Red
Hatting and it was appropriate that party at Penny’s was in the heritage listed
Old Kilmore Town Hall.
The room was very elegant with red sashes around each chair and fresh flowers as table centre pieces. First prize in the raffle was a Faberge like carved egg decorated with red hat, tiny shoes and bag. This was made as a "one off" especially for the birthday celebration.
RED HAT DAY - QLD
was a sea of red and purple at the beautiful Caloundra RSL Thursday, when Queen
Mum Julie and her Red’n Purple Ragers hosted the annual “Aussie Red Hat Day”
Ladies came from near and far – from Gladstone in north Queensland to Gosford in Northern NSW; Bundaberg to Bribie Island; Blackbutt ladies drove to Kilcoy to join their bus; Gympie ladies were in strong force; Brisbane, Manly, Sunnybank, Redcliffe Peninsula, Mango Hill, Morayfield, Caboolture, Woodford – most took advantage of the free buses supplied but Gold Coasters stayed over and others decided to drive themselves including the Bundaberg ladies who drove there and back the same day.
Just under 300 ladies enjoyed the fun and friendship – some newbies were in awe of the whole scene while others were checking if old friends may be there to catch up with. The local ‘non red hatter “Charlie fans” who packed the balance of the Main Stage area, weren’t put off from joining in the dancing and enjoying the entertainment provided by the ladies
Totally Charlie entertained and had them dancing, jumping – you name it (just ask Carol – Mistress of Mayhem??) The club’s service was second to none as were the meals including special diets being catered to.
As this special day is a tribute to the late Supreme Matriarch Florence Slattery (who was first to introduce Australia to the Red Hatters) a special menu was designed – a group effort by Princess Patti Perfect, QM Julie and Anita – Functions Manager – as well as the written tribute to Florence there was also one to the late Greg Doolan who had been ‘the main man entertainer' for this event since its inception but who passed away earlier this year after a very brief battle with cancer.
Lots of fabulous raffle prizes were won and QM Julie thanked the club for their generous donation of a number of bottles of wine to be included as extra raffle prizes. Three lucky ladies won lucky door prizes – bottle of Moet Chandon each!
Ladies have been sending their thanks to QM Julie for organising this event each year and I am sure they will be watching for details of 2018 day to be released next year.
One lady’s bracelet was found by Dave the bus driver so if you think it might be yours please contact QM Julie.
AUSSIE RH DAY
The Ritzy Red Hatz certainly enjoyed themselves celebrating the Aussie Red Hat Day at the Red’n Purple Rager’s function.
As Queen Carol relays: “Queen Julie and her ladies do a wonderful job of getting everything organised for us. We had a ball! Always a fabulous event - one not to be missed.”
Queen Bette and the Outrageous Redhatters Toowoomba joined Queen Babette for High Tea at the beautiful Valetta Restaurant, in Toowoomba where everyone had a wonderful morning.
BIRTHDAY GALS AT LAURIETON
It was another wonderful luncheon for the Scarlet Women of Camden Haven when they gathered at The Village Restaurant. Four of the ladies, including Queen Linda celebrated their birthday month with lots of laughter and chatter shared.