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 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. Continue reading “Serendipity Sisters 19th Birthday Celebration”
To celebrate 16 years of Australian Red Hatting, Rubies and Pearls of Kilmore hosted a party on Thursday 27th July at Penny’s Restaurant in Kilmore. Penny’s is located in the heritage listed Old Kilmore Town Hall.
We had 54 ladies from various Victorian locations as well as from NSW. Each guest received a bracelet of rubies and pearls (faux) and a lapel badge commemorating the event. The bracelets were made by two of our ladies and the badges were made by Obsi (web mistress of Red Hats Victoria). But, of course, you are aware of the lovely contribution made to the day.
The room was very elegant with red sashes around each chair and fresh flowers as table centre pieces.
A fabulous weekend of fun and friendship at the Memories Thru The Ages Convention!
Starting off on Friday with a beach themed dinner. With themed table decorations, live music and a beach photo booth! There were some fabulous costumes on display including an amazing mermaid, Jellyfish hatted ladies, bikini-tshirt wearing ladies, old fashioned bathing suits and even a surfboard!
The Down Under Scarlett Belles had a fun concert for their end of year celebration as well as and a Christmas lunch at Crown Conservatory restaurant!
Red hatters of Rubies & Pearls of Kilmore were host to 42 ladies from 7 Victorian chapters on a two hour cruise on Lake Nagambie. This was held on Thursday 24th November.
Due to the huge success of the day, it is planned to be an annual event.
As each lady boarded the Nagambie Explorer vessel, she was presented with a specially prepared post card memento as well as a Christmas gift. Once on board we were given a “safety talk” by Captain Ron as well as him pointing out the well stocked bar. (Stocks were down when we disembarked!!!)
The weather was mild and no rain. A number of ladies took the opportunity to climb up to the sundeck to take in the full view of the water and its’ surrounds.
Last month the Serendipity Sisters went to Portarlington, to fellow Serendipity Lady Lor-D-Lite’s (Lorraine) home. After a quick bite to eat, including the Red Velvet Cup Cakes with Purple Glitter Icing!! Lorraine’s hubby (Rod) took us for a burn around their town, on his Honda Gold Star. We had such great fun, in fact I am pretty sure we will do it again!! A couple of Serendipties declared after their ride ‘gotta get me one of them’!!
Sunday 23rd October. “The Royal Ladies Of Riddells Creek” chapter was formed. Noelene was Crowned “Queen Sapphire” & Julie was crowned “Vice Queen – Lady Of Jewels’. Queen Maureen & Pamela – Lady Laugh A Lot from The Borough Beauties of Greensborough performed the crowning. Several ladies joined the chapter as newly formed members. Thank you to all the ladies who attended.
Rubies and Pearls of Kilmore were hosts to ladies of the Bendigo Golden Gadabouts and the Meadow Larks from Meadow Heights to celebrate the birthday of Red Hatting in Australia on Monday 25th July. Rubies and Pearls arranged a luncheon for all the ladies at Hogan’s Hotel at Wallan where they were wined, dined and entertained.
Vice Queen Kerry of Rubies and Pearls used her amazing culinary skills to produce the delicious cup cakes which were displayed on tiered plates. Our guests were happy to enjoy these delights after the luncheon.
The 2016 Queen’s Council (Queenathon) was held on 1st May in Wantirna. There were Queens/Vice Queens and representatives from 21 Chapters around Victoria.
The event was held with topics being discussed first on each table, then a summary of those discussed points was given to the entire room, so that everyone could benefit from the sharing of ideas.
The hills were awash with a sea of red and purple, when 80 Red and Pink Hatters from around Victoria (and the border) got together for a weekend of fun (and a little business).
The “Arabian Nights and Majestic Days” weekend event saw the ladies starting out with a ride on the Puffing Billy steam train to Emerald, where they enjoyed a picnic, a stroll around Emerald Lake park and some shopping!
Later that evening the ladies were dazzled with bellydance performances and had fun dressing up for an “Arabian Nights” themed dinner.
Then, after all the fun and frivolity, it was eventually time to get down to business. The Queens and Vice Queens from 21 different groups around Victoria got together to share ideas and network as part of the annual “Queen’s Council” lunch.
On Sunday 20th March 2016 the sun was shining and the day was perfect for a picnic.
About 50 Red Hatters from all over Victoria converged on the lawns at the rear of Riverside Gardens Nursery at Emerald Bank, Kialla, near Shepparton.
Princess Petal (scarecrow) welcomed all with a lovely smile and blink of the lashes. Before too long there was much joy and laughter from those present as they rekindled old friendships and made new ones.
Some purchased hampers from a nearby eatery, The Provender, which contained more food than they could handle while others shared their picnic lunch.
There was a lot of shopping carried out with the Red Hat merchandise present and the specialty shops that are at Emerald Bank including a patchwork shop with Red Hat fabric that was quickly snapped up.
With the sale of raffle tickets, photos with Princess Petal and sale of pre loved goods we were able to donate $165.50 to The Good Friday Hospital Appeal on behalf of The Red Hat Society of Victoria.
25 Hatters from Australia and New Zealand cruised from Melbourne to Tasmania aboard the magnificent Golden Princess Cruise ship. Enjoying 6 days of fun and laughter! Scenic cruising around Wineglass Bay, stopping in Port Arthur and Hobart (where we had a delightful lunch with the Hobart Hatters) before traveling back to the mainland with a stop at Phillip Island.
Diva Queen Dianne of Decorum celebrates her 10 years as a Queen
The last weekend in September saw over 60 Red Hat Ladies attend a celebration TALK LIKE A PIRATE lunch at the beautiful Hovell (Hume and Hovell) Tree Inn at Albury. The occasion was the 10th Anniversary as a Queen, for Diva Queen Dianne of Decorum. The assistance from this Venue was definitely part of the success of the day.
10 years ago, the closest Chapters to Albury were in Canberra and Melbourne, a bit too far to join in their fun, so Dianne started a Chapter in Albury, calling it The Purple Power Surge Girls. Four years ago she handed over her Queenly reins with this Chapter and started another Chapter, calling this one The Delectable Divas of Distinction.
Fashions Thru the Ages was the second convention organized by Down Under Scarlett Belles chapter.
It was held at the Bayview hotel in Melbourne and attended by chapters from interstate country and local suburbs At registration each lady was presented with a red neck pouch containing tickets for various events along with a bottle of monogrammed water with a tiny red hat on top.
The first night got off to a roaring start with canapés served in the foyer to the ladies all decked out in their finest roaring 20’s dresses and head pieces. Entering the ballroom the ladies were treated to a beautiful black n white decor with black and gold balloons above the dance floor and Gatsby posters all around.
Next morning it was breakfast in the Niche restaurant downstairs and then a scurry of activity for the ladies to catch taxis, trams or walk into Melbourne city.
Fifty ladies boarded the tram boat restaurant cruise for a three hour trip down the Yarra river, even after a huge breakfast the ladies fitted in a coffee with a slice or two to nibble on until lunch stop.
The third annual Regional Red Hat picnic at “Kidstown”, Shepparton was a huge success.
The perfect autumn weather brought about 50 ladies to the event. Out came the lunches and coffees amid lots of happy chatter and laughs. Some hatters traveled up from Melbourne to join in the fun.
The Easter bunny made an appearance, scattering chocolate eggs amongst the crowd. Children picnicking nearby got into the act as well, excitedly searching for eggs in the grass.
Some ladies boarded the miniature train for a ride around the park. It was lovely to catch up with old friends from other chapters and to make new friends as well. Shepparton’s Queen Divine volunteered to organise next year’s picnic, much to the delight of Bendigo’s Queen Jennifer.
The next Victorian Red Hat picnic will be in Melbourne in November.
What started as a dreary, rainy day soon became fine and sunny. Tables and chairs were set up amid much excitement and chatter. Red Hatters eagerly swarmed the merchandise tables, a first opportunity for many.
After lunch, Bendigo’s Golden Gadabouts entertained with a rendition of “A Son’s Lament”, about a son whose mother had joined Red Hats.
Ladies were excited to learn of hoots planned in Geelong and Tumbarumba in NSW.
Some ladies opted for a camel or miniature train ride which was great fun.
What a wonderful day we had!
We really splashed colour over Kidstown with over 50 Hatters, from many chapters, getting together for a fun day.
Michele from Red Madness gave us the opportunity to buy bling and clothing.
Many ladies from the newer chapters along the Murray were able to stock up on Red Hatting merchandise.
The Easter Bunny made an appearance, scattering eggs everywhere.
After lunch, the miniature train gave us loads of laughs.
“Let’s do this again next year”, was the cry.
The weather was perfect and so we were able to mix and to celebrate Red Hatting. Ladies rushed the merchandise stall and enjoyed Mary Christmas who made an appearance. Monies raised by raffle sales started the fund to host the Victorian website. It was voted that annual picnics continue.