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Painting the town red

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Queen of Hearts Red Hat Society celebrates fourth year

The Queen of Hearts Red Hat Society celebrated four years of friendship, fun and enjoying their mature years at a special dinner, adorned in their flashy red and purple attire, where they tried out their brand new kazoos.

The group, which has been 27 strong but is now at 17, gathers monthly and draws attention wherever they go. "People love to see us," said one member. "We bring a smile to most people's faces."

The Red Hat women are over age 50 - and they want everyone to know that "there is life after 50!"

One of the most fun parts of being a Red Hatter is adding to the collection of "props". With the Red Society being a national organization, there are items - from red feather boas to sequined shoes to jewelry and more - available in many places. On the average, the Queen of Hearts members have seven different red hats to wear on their outings. And how do they select which hat will be worn?

"Whatever mood we are in," said one member.

"You know you're a Red Hatter if your family says, 'You're not going out in public wearing that!'" said another member, who loves the wackiness that being a member of the group brings out in her!

Associated with the Red Hatters are the Pink Hatters, those women who are under 50 who want to have justr as much fun as the elder group. The group did celebrate Deb Aberson's "Rederation" - a graduation from Pink Hat to Red Hat.

The monthly events members have planned together include a sleep over (complete with red night caps), a pool party, several parades and field trips and dining experiences in several communities.

"It seems like we've been never been apart," member LuAnn Robison said, adding that the membership has offered friendships with people they may never have had the chance to meet."

The Red Hat Society is a nation-wide organization with many members. Said the organizer of the Red Hat Society, who resides in California, "The Red Hat Society began as a result of a few women deciding to greet middle age with verve, humor and elan. We believe silliness is the comedy relief of life, and since we are all in it together, we might as well join red-gloved hands and go for the gusto together. Underneath the frivolity, we share a bond of affection, forged by common life experiences and a genuine enthusiasm for wherever life takes us next."

The Queen of Hearts will continue to enjoy life and will continue to paint the town red. Smile when you see them!

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