Red Hat Ladies from around the state will be converging on Storm Lake September 25 to enjoy a Victorian High Tea, complete with musical entertainment and guest speaker Kristie VerMulm, anchor for KTIV News out of Sioux City. The tea is one of many highlights of the Red Hat Ladies Celebration.
The traditional Victorian High Tea will begin precisely at 2:15 p.m. An authentic Victorian menu, which includes scones and jam, cucumber sandwiches, and chocolate, reflects the expensive tastes of high society during the Victorian era.
Queen Victoria was the first to gather her ladies of the court for afternoon tea, says Marilyn Monson, director of the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce. "Anyone of wealth copied what Queen Victoria did, and afternoon tea became the 'proper' thing to do. And, perfect for Red Hat Ladies, one always wears a hat to High Tea."
A Touch of Broadway, a traveling musical group created by the members of the Buena Vista Community Theatre, will perform at 2:30 p.m. Classic songs from musicals and movies dating back to the 1920s are interwoven with original scripts and dancing to create a spectacular showcase of area talent.
With three years of experience performing as a group, and over 100 years combined theatre experience, A Touch of Broadway delights people of all ages as they travel around northwest Iowa. They have performed for historical events, dinner theatres, town festivals and private groups.
Following the performance, Kristi VerMulm, anchor for KTIV Live @ 5 and News Channel 4 at Six and Ten, will speak to the group. Kristie grew up in South Dakota, and holds degrees in Broadcast Journalism and General Agriculture. She has been an anchor for KTIV and KELO-TV over the past several years.
The Victorian High Tea is one of several events planned for the Red Hat Ladies Celebration September 25. A hat contest will be judged by local merchants, with beautifully decorated gift baskets full of merchandise as prizes.
Special sessions and demonstrations on scrapbooking, gourmet cooking, and quilts from the Underground Railroad will be available for the ladies. Local historical attractions will have special hours for Red Hatters. Power shopping in the many fine stores in the Storm Lake retail district is a must, and an evening dinner with a fabulous fall fashion show will finish the event.
All ladies are invited to the special Early Bird registration and reception at the Witter Gallery Friday, September 24. Sparkling cider, cheese, and fruit will be served while guests are serenaded with a string quartet and browse the pottery display.
Call the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce at 712-732-3780 to receive information and a registration form. Space is limited to 250 ladies, so send in your form and $40 registration fee in as soon as possible. The $40 fee includes:
The Storm Lake Red Hat Ladies Celebration is hosted by the Red Steel Magnolias, Storm Lake's very own Red Hat Society, and the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce.