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.