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Sharing Australian Red Hat Information

   HOOT DAY IN DUBLIN

Expat, Queen Opal, Wanda from the UK shares her report of the European Red Hat Hoot which was held in Dublin from 10th-13th August which was organised by Wanda.

The main Hoot Day was Saturday and started with a photoshoot at Trinity College where most of the participants stayed. This was followed by a procession to the Molly Malone statue, where the attendees sang "Sweet Molly Malone" and adorned her in a fine red hat and feather boas before continuing on to the iconic Bewley's for lunch and an afternoon of singing and chat. The undisputed highlight of the Hoot was the visit to the Gaiety Theatre for "Riverdance" in the evening. Nearly 100 participants from 7 countries - France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, England, Scotland and Ireland. 8 if you count Queen Wanda waving her Aussie flag!

This was the 7th European Red Hat Hoot, the previous ones being held in Disneyland Paris, Paris itself, Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg and Cambridge. Next year's is planned for Avignon in France. All are welcome!

NO WINTER WOES IN TASSIE!

 

The Hatters to Go of Burnie gathered at the Burnie Town House Down Town for one of their Winter Bash activities during August where 21 Red Hat Sisters, including new members Jan and Elizabeth enjoyed lots of chatter over lunch, which was hosted by Dot - Duchess Dottie of Used a Lot and Jenn - Madam Manicure.

 

Loretta - Lady Crafty Bee welcomed 12 cosily clad Sweet Tooth Red Hatters at the SweetNess Café in Wynyard for another August activity. This sweet outing was like a Winter Wonderland with rain and wind outside but the Warmth of Friendship shone through inside!! HRH Queen Mother Jean and HRH Joan M’Lady of M&M went home with a goodie bag each, Waitress Tania had fun when she joined in with the groups usual sing-a-long.


CHRISTMAS IN JULY EXTRAVAGANZA - WA

 

Red Hatters from far and wide flocked to the delightful Reception Room at Tavern At The Rocks for a Christmas In July Extravaganza hosted by the Sassy Sisters Chapter.  Set against the stunning backdrop of cerulean blue Indian Ocean, 161 ladies created a sea of red and purple sprinkled throughout with Christmas attire, in a room transformed into a Christmas wonderland with Christmas lights and all manner of Christmas decorations, mostly derived from Queen Hot To Trot’s (Anna’s) collection.  Apart from an absolutely gourmet meal which was only improved by the quality of service, ladies were treated to not one, but two Fashion Shows.  MC Dame Pattie (Susan) masterfully kept the day moving along. 

Queen Anna shares her report:


Bamboozled, all the way from the Gold Coast, presented their signature Red Hat collection - with Sassy Sisters (Susan, Kerry, LK, Sue) modelling some of the collection.  The ladies had been looking forward to this range with matching colours for tops and bottoms, as well as a range covering all sizes.  Next Hurley Burley from Perth with their eclectic period costumes had a fresh batch of Red Hat models (Helen, Elaine, Ronnie, Kate, Margaret) twirling aplenty.  A special best Red Hat Christmas Hat parade with amazing creations featuring Christmas lights, reindeers or simply elegant creations brought much cheering as voting took place for the hat of choice.   Raffles abounded throughout the day with girls delighted by their prizes - Queen Heather went home to deck her bed out with her new Queen Bamboo sheets!

 

And of course there were Pop Up shops with an array of red hat paraphernalia – enough to tickle the purse strings of any Red Hatter.  So throughout the day girls browsed and shopped to their hearts content.

 

Santa was on hand to help distribute gifts to all, which had been sourced through a favourite local bling accessories company - Enhance.   Duchess Delight (Sue) won a delighted Santa’s heart, though she had a head start on everyone courtesy of a band of gold!  A Photo booth area with lots of Christmas props helped capture the wonder and frivolity of the day digitally.  

 

As a bonus to the day we were able to help our Expert Resident Photographer here in the west – Babs, celebrate her 70th Birthday, presenting her with a card signed by all, as a token of our appreciation for the abundance of work she does for so many chapters in snapping pics, then editing and labelling before posting on Face Book.

 

The hours simply flew by as Red Hatters lived life out loud, creating shared memories as only a Sisterhood can do.  Finally as the day drew to a close the ladies departed each with a special individualised Chapter Placemat as a memento of a wonderful day together.

 

Many thanks to Team Sassy Sisters who put in so much to make this a real Extravaganza.  Special mention to Lady Delphine (Paula) for the gorgeous Table Names; Dame Pattie for the Memento Place Mats; and Madame De Plonk (Margaret)  for the creation of the photo frames/photo booth area.  Reliable rumour has it she continued to party on at home afterwards with the Carmel and Co from the Bunbury who billeted with her.  Perhaps in anticipation of Christmas in July 2019 which will be held in Bunbury.

 

We are looking for a quieter and less strenuous back half of 2018, doing what this particular chapter loves – tours followed by an opportunity to while the hours away with chat for the soul and sustenance for the body.

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AUSSIE  RED  HAT  DAY - VIC


The restaurant at the Growling Frog Golf Club was awash with a sea of purple and red on Wednesday 25th July.  In attendance were 60 red hatters in all their glorious finery and glittering jewels to celebrate the 17th birthday of red hatting in Australia.

The Merry Muck-ups, the Wandering Wenches and the Rubies & Pearls combined forces to ensure that the day was one to remember.  There was even a good old fashioned “Chook raffle”.  Imagine Jenny’s surprise when she won first prize – a rubber chook (later substituted for a handmade purple velvet chook suitably decorated in sparkling jewels). 

Hatters dined on a superbly presented 3 course lunch by staff members that were only too happy to join in the frivolity of the day.  The best news to come out of the day was the staff decided to create a new Red Hat chapter at the golf club with their Queen being named as Contessa Raffaela.

 
 

 

HAPPY HEARTS INAUGURAL GATHERING

Queen Jessie and Vice Queen Jan celebrated their new chapter with their first Red Hat lunch as Happy Hearts during July at The Cannery, Rosebery.


It was celebrated with a special Happy Heart cake to mark this special occasion who are based at Malabar (Sth east Sydney).


It was wonderful to see the new ladies coming along and having a lot of fun, enjoying themselves. Everyone is looking forward to the next function.


Queen Ann from Motley Crew of Randwick was also present with other red hat friends.

10TH ANNIVERSARY

 

The Serendipity Sisters of Geelong turned 10 on 2nd August. 60 Red Hat Sisters from various Victorian Chapters joined them at the Waurn Ponds Hotel, to help celebrate.

A lovely 3 course lunch and the odd glass of champers was had by the ladies.

During the course of the day a hat was passed around and $380 was raised to pass on to the Buy A Bale campaign, such generosity was overwhelming. 

 

Raffles, Lucky Door Prizes and merchandising were also part of the day.

 
 
 


WHERE DID THOSE YEARS GO?

 

The Dames Down Under, who are longest running Chapter in SA celebrated their 14th birthday at the Bombay Bicycle Club, which has an Indian theme and once again they had lots of fun!   This quirky venue really reflects the fun-loving spirit of Red Hatting and was perfect for this special occasion and those in attendance had lots to chat about.

They had a delicious meal, then went into the lounge area filled with "greenery" and with huge big lounge chairs and couches for coffee and cake.  And some of the Dames enjoyed the swing!

Unfortunately, M’Lady Juniper Berry arrived home from London a couple of days too late to join in the frivolities, but will no doubt have lots to tell when the Dames next meet up.

 

Countess Colleen, Queen Dame Dancing has come across information that the Blackwood RSL has a Jazz Afternoon on the 3rd Sunday of each month.  As this seems like a perfect way to spend a winter’s afternoon she has included details in their program for a future event.

 
 
 

SCARLET WOMEN’S MONTHLY LUNCHES

It was a very pleasant day at Moorlands for the Laurieton chapter when they gathered for their July lunch which was organised by Rosemary, Linda and Lola.

It was a very special day as Rosemary had a very significant birthday.....the very big 80!!!! Congratulations Rosemary.

Also, email female, Kaye had the pleasure of taking her 90 year old mother along who enjoyed herself immensely.


 

Their August gathering at the Bonny Hills Café was equally enjoyable when they spent the afternoon in the sunshine sitting out in the courtyard area to celebrate Lyn and Loraine birthdays.

The food was lovely and the company was great. Although there was only 12 in attendance, it was decided that you don’t need many to enjoy a good chat with lots of laughter.

               MASQUERADE, TRAIN RIDE,  BLACK FRIDAY & AUSSIE RED HAT DAY



June  & July were  very busy & fun months for Roving Red Hat Adventurers

 

June started with their Hatter Chatter having a Masquerade Theme which proved quite a popular theme.

On the day they also had a photographer from the local Council taking photos for their records. Once again it was a chance for everyone to share the story of Red Hatters.

 

Some of the group caught the train to Brisbane to join other Red Hatters from the Brisbane area. They all met up at Roma Street Station then took a short walk to the Roma Street Parklands and had a photo together after convincing an Irish Tourist to take some photos, including once of himself with the red hatters. No doubt this gentleman had quite a story to tell. It was a great opportunity to talk to Red Hatters from different areas and swap stories.  Some of the ladies have stayed in contact and have caught up or are looking forward to catching up again very soon.

 

July saw the RRHA’s celebrating Christmas in July as seems to be a tradition with a few less ladies in attendance as many were celebrating in other places but continuing to Grow Old Disgracefully.

   

The Chapter also celebrated Black Friday with lots of fun had by the ladies that attended.

    

The last week of the month has been quite busy with some of the ladies attending a luncheon put on by the CWA ladies of Glemorganvale with a special guest speaker from Angel Flight. The talk was very informative and the ladies very welcoming and the food delicious. They also attended the  annual Aussie Red Hat Day at Caloundra and enjoyed interacting and have fun with 294 Red Hatters.


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LADIES IN RED!

 

Princess Cinda of Mudgee, NSW shares news of The Merry Mamzelles chapter and their recent attendance at the local ALFAB Race Meeting.  They all had a wonderful day, even took part in the Fashions on the Field.

Princess Cinda  Lot wrote about the adventure which  appeared in the Ink Spot section of the Mudgee local paper, which is now shared:

Red Hat ladies, you know the ones. Old chooks dressed in purple and red, with lots of bling.

Mature aged women who follow no rules.

Well I’m one of those.

Life is fun when you join the group. Loads of laughter and chat while we are out and about.

SO, on Sunday afternoon the Mudgee Races saw five of us women dressed up in our eye-catching hats, feathers and beads.

What a beautiful afternoon. Jockeys in their satin riding gear, horses groomed to perfection and the sun shining.

We five sat in chairs in the sun and chose the next race winners? We chose mostly by the horse’s name, like Run Sally Run, she, the mare ran last.  Or by the jockey being female. We didn’t study the form or the barrier number or the condition of the track. No, we just had fun, didn’t bet, wrote the horses number we fancied on a piece of advertising scrap paper and then watched it come in with the also rans.

The highlight of our day was our group entry into “Fashions of the Field”. We certainly stood out amongst the elegantly clad ladies who entered and stood beside us, they just a little bemused. Perhaps not impressed with our gaudy presence.

No matter, we didn’t gain a place but there was a wolf whistle aimed in our direction as we left the field confidently.  How coy we were. Been years since any of us had attracted a wolf whistle I’m sure.

A most charming gentleman presented us with a bottle of bubbles and long-stemmed glasses as we sat discussing our disappointment at missing out on winning a fashion prize.

Really, we were “fish out of water” in the fashion stakes, but we did carry ourselves with style.

Happy 12th Birthday to the Birds of a Feather Chapter at the Gold Coast

 

As Queen Sandra quotes: We are almost teenagers!!  And we are still going strong.

The ladies will be able to wear reverse colours for their celebration lunch being held at 'Bumbles Café'.

During July the members enjoyed a delicious lunch at the 'LakeFront Bistro' in Carrara.  It was lovely to see so many faces around the table including Diane who was visiting from New Zealand.  The raffle was won by Nola, Claudia and Margaret.

They also had a breakfast at 'The Little Baker Café' in Mudgeeraba.  Everyone welcomed Kay, who came for her first visit to see what Red Hatting is all about.  The raffle was won by Kay, Lee and Jan.

AUSSIE RED HAT DAY - QLD


    WHAT A FABULOUS SITE IT WAS TO LOOK AROUND THE ‘MAIN STAGE’ AREA AT CALOUNDRA RSL ON FRIDAY MORNING 27TH TO SEE 22 TABLES OF VARIOUS SIZES/LENGTHS, READY FOR THE ARRIVAL OF THE RED HATTERS! FROM THE SE CORNER OF QUEENSLAND PLUS – EVEN ONE LADY FROM ARMIDALE NSW (AN “EX SCARLETT LADY’ WHO ARRIVED IN TOWN JUST IN TIME). OVER 300 HAD BOOKED BUT AS IT CAN BE, WITH LADIES OF OUR AGE GROUP, THERE WERE CANCELLATIONS FOR VARIOUS REASONS – AND SOME LATE BOOKINGS – FINAL NUMBER WAS 294 ATTENDING.

     THERE WERE GASPS OF DELIGHT WHEN THE LADIES ARRIVED AND SAW THE FABULOUS ARRAY OF RAFFLE PRIZES AND LUCKY DOOR PRIZES TO BE WON – NO WONDER MANY BACKED UP AND BOUGHT MORE TICKETS, AND PROCEEDS FROM THIS RAFFLE GO TOWARDS PROVIDING EXTRAS FOR THE LADIES – ESPECIALLY AT THE “RAGER'S” VERY POPULAR CHRISTMAS PARTY WHERE THERE WILL BE – AGAIN – GREAT RAFFLE AND LUCKY DOOR PRIZES.

     WHEN ALL WERE REASONABLY SETTLED, QM JULIE RANG THE ‘OFFICIAL BELL” (HER DAUGHTER SENT IT FROM TOWNSVILLE WHERE IT WAS THE CHEER SQUAD BELL FOR THE “FIREBIRDS” WHO WON THE NATIONAL TITLE).

     SHE WELCOMED THE 36 CHAPTERS AND QUEENS ATTENDING, AND AS EACH NAME WAS CALLED, A LARGE CHEER WAS TO BE HEARD FROM THAT GROUP. FOR THE FIRST TIME, HERVEY BAY CRIMSON CUTIES HAD BROUGHT 16 LADIES DOWN – HIRING A BUS FROM THEIR LOCAL RSL AT A VERY COMPETITIVE PRICE. THESE LADIES ALL EXPRESSED THEIR ENJOYMENT AND THANKS TO VICE QUEEN JOAN (GCRIFFITHS) – MANY WILL REMEMBER JOAN WHO HOSTED THE 2010 GIGGLE IN TOOWOOMBA ALONG WITH A COUPLE OF OTHER CHAPTERS – SHE IS NOW RESIDING AT HARVEY BAY AND IS IT ANY WONDER THAT THEY HAVE SNAPPED HER UP TO AN ‘EXECUTIVE POSTION”.

     SHONA AND THE RSL STAFF AND MANAGEMENT WERE THANKED FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT TO RED HATTERS – ESPECIALLY SUPPLYING BUSES FOR LADIES FROM BLACKBUTT/KILCOY, GYMPIE/TIN CAN BAY, CABOOLTURE, REDCLIFFE, MORAYFIELD AND SURROUNDING AREAS AND HER RED’N PURPLE RAGERS WHO HAD CARRIED OUT VARIOUS JOBS ON THE DAY OR HAD ASSISTED IN THE WRAPPING OF THE MANY RAFFLE PRIZES.

     QM JULIE BROUGHT TO THE NOTICE OF ALL, THAT THIS IS AN ANNUAL DAY AND TRIBUTE TO THE LATE SUPREME MATRIARCH FLORENCE SLATTERY, WHO WAS FIRST TO BRING THE CONCEPT OF RED HATTING TO AUSTRALIA AND HELD THE TITLE ‘SUPREME MATRIARCH” OF VERY FIRST CHAPTER IN AUSTRALIA REGISTERED WITH THE  RHS.

    “TOTALLY CHARLIE” PROVIDED ‘STIMULATING’ ENTERTAINMENT WHICH SAW THE LADIES TAKE TO THE FLOOR AND ‘LET THEIR HAIR DOWN’. FASHIONS WERE FABULOUS AND VARIED AND A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL – NOW THOSE WHO CAN, WILL BE WAITING IN ANTICIPATION OF THE INVITE TO THE RED'N PURPLE RAGER CHRISTMAS PARTY TO BE HELD ON THE FIRST THURSDAY IN DECEMBER.


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