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    How wonderful, Lambi! We have a group of Red Hats in our town, too. They're adorable! I think on Tuesdays they get big discounts in certain restaurants and shops nearby ... one of them being my FAVORITE country charm store!

    I'd definitely join when I'm 50!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowflakeGirl
    I've never heard of The Red Hat Society before, but if I was in your area, lambikins, I'd be happy to accompany you as a "pink hat" friend!

    The group you found sounds inclusive and fun; I am also a fan of costume play (I used to do Renn Faires) and have always had a particular love for hats. Plus, anyone can rock red and purple if they have the right attitude.

    I know what you mean about the difficulties of getting all your friends together for group activities. It's near impossible these days, at least in my circle, where everyone seems to be scheduled up the ying yang or in far flung places. Of course, I love seeing my friends one-on-one too, but sometimes I do miss the energy of a group dynamic.
    Aw-w-w, Snowy...of course, you could accompany me as my
    PINK
    Hat friend!

    And isn't it sad and true about getting a group of people together, nowadays?! I mean, even a group of TWO! I love my friends dearly, and it's possible to get together with a different one per week, but there are times that you'd like to make a grand dinner or have a wee party, and it just doesn't happen, because everybody is "too busy".

    Now, about last night:

    Here's the description for the Chapter I joined, which was listed On-line by zip code: "We welcome all womyn, bi-womyn, transwomyn, straight feminist womyn, and the occasional Drag King/Queen. We seek ChicagoLand F.U.N.!"

    Gentle Readers: this Red Hat Society is NOT your Aunt Sally's Red Hat group!

    Most of you in this thread have seen the wild red hats worn in public, but, they tend to be "traditional", meaning the kind of hat that in olden days, a woman would wear: broad brim, straw, big flowers, feathers.

    Oh, not MY bunch! Yeah, I wore the traditional one (for the last time, I may add!) because I didn't know what to expect. Here's the hat inventory of what my grrrls wore: a Pink Derbie; a Pink Cowboy hat; a Red Dr. Zeuss hat that was 4' tall!; a glittering red baseball cap; a red 'do-rag'; a red crown; a red 'wig' made out of red ribbons; and a red witch's hat! There were some other traditional hats, but those, too are going to be abandoned now that we know what a bunch of crazies we are.

    It ended up being 12 womyn for the first meeting and we all brought pot luck stuff for dinner: ribs/chicken wings/hummus/sweet, steamed Chinese rolls; and on and on. After eating, we introduced ourselves, very briefly, and then headed back to the gambling parlor.

    Yes, that's right, the gambling parlor! The hostess, Toni, had set up the kitchen as a casino, where we were to play. We donated whatever $$$$, in advance of playing, to a "kitty"; whoever won the games got the kitty and could chose the Womyn's Charity they wanted it donated toward. The money was given to a Homeless Women's Shelter, last night.

    The diversity was astonishing; I felt like I could finally breath for the first time in a very, very long time. It's not been since Uni that I've been with such a group of minds and intelligence; there were times that I felt like a baby because of my lack of experience in civic issues. This womyn was in charge of a Pediatric's AID'S unit; this womyn was a Civil Rights lawyer; another one taught art and camera techniques to the handicapped. I felt as if I were standing in a treasure trove of talent and experience.

    And the age span was incredible: from 25 years old to 68. And just WHERE have you been, where women proudly admit their age and are applauded for it???

    We then broke up into smaller units, as parties are wont to do, and that was equally fascinating. We talked openly, (how refreshing!), about which of us had been married, who had children, when we first realized that men weren't for us (as partners) and that womyn....were. Surprisingly, most of the women had been married, some more than once, and one lady had 4 kids. Most came "out" (meaning their first date with a women) after 40 years old. Since Red Hatters have to be over 50, that means that most of us have only traded "teams" for less than 10 years.

    Toward the end, we all shared why and how we found this particular Red Hat chapter, and why we had wanted to join. Basically, we all wanted/needed friendship and FUN! Our next meeting, in a month, will be to not only see a play, Hanging Fire, but have a pre-show dinner with the playwright!!

    We all got to chose "titles" for ourselves, and keeping with the groups penchant for silliness, this is what titles we chose for ourselves:

    Toni (red) * Queen Mother
    Angela (pink) * Dominatrix of Gaming & Dining
    Betty (red) * Prime Minister of Fun
    Mary (pink) * Sergeant-in-Gloves ((to ensure proper behaviour...NOT!)
    Bee (red) * "Snaps" (photographer)
    Tricia (red) * Post-Menstrual Minstrel
    Donna (red) * Mistress of Hit and Run Hugs
    Susan (pink) * Anti-Parliamentarian (to make sure that there aren't any "rules")
    Nancey (red) * ³Sys² Admin
    Sandy (red) Intergalactic Communications Officer
    Eli (red) Mixacologist, Extraordinarily
    Suzanne (red) Mayhem Mania (making sure we stay silly)


    There are times in ones life, that you are about to take a turn, walk down a path, open a door and you know that once you do, your life will never be the same.

    That's how I felt, leaving the party, last night.
    Still crazy, after all these shears

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    Quote Originally Posted by astrogirl_2100
    I thought this was all about Linux distributions when I saw the thread title... I've never heard of this kind of Red Hat before. But anything that brings people together in a positive way is a good thing.
    That's what I thought too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lambikins
    There are times in ones life, that you are about to take a turn, walk down a path, open a door and you know that once you do, your life will never be the same.

    That's how I felt, leaving the party, last night.
    That is just awesome. Good for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lambikins
    I wore the traditional one (for the last time, I may add!) because I didn't know what to expect.
    I thought you looked lovely.

    Last edited by Unklescott; 11-13-2004 at 10:02 PM.

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    I take my RED Hat off to you, Unk, for not only visiting this thread, but posting in it!

    You provided me with a brain storm....why don't YOU start the first EVER Men's Red Hat Society?

    With Civil liberties and Equal Rights, the Official organization could NOT prevent you from forming a Male "Red Fedora" or "Red Cow Boy Hat" Society.

    I mean, don't men over 50 also want friendship, fun and companionship? Instead of going to see the Vagina Monologues, you could go to a Cubs game or Bowling; have a rib cook off, or talk about Mail Order Brides.

    You should consider this, Unk; you could end up in the national news and PEOPLE magazine!
    Still crazy, after all these shears

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    I've seen the Red Hat Society on tv before (60 Minutes? ) and it seems to me there was something mentioned about a group for men. I'll do some research on it. It does sound intriguing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unklescott
    I've seen the Red Hat Society on tv before (60 Minutes? ) and it seems to me there was something mentioned about a group for men. I'll do some research on it. It does sound intriguing.
    Unk, I heard about that society for men, too, and I thought of YOU when I heard about it.

    I thought of you because instead of red hats the men wear red lampshades!!

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    I'm in for sure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomeraniac
    Unk, I heard about that society for men, too, and I thought of YOU when I heard about it.

    I thought of you because instead of red hats the men wear red lampshades!!
    RED LAMPSHADES!!!??? Thanks for the tip, Pomi; that's exactly what I'm going to wear to the NEXT meeting!
    Still crazy, after all these shears

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    I just went to the website and found this tidbit:

    "We're on TV!
    Monday, November 15th, the Red Hat Society will hit television in a whole new way. We've been in studio audiences for Good Morning America, The Price is Right, Oprah and the Jane Pauley show; we've swarmed outside the Today Show in NYC and we've filled the audience on QVC. But we've never been written into the script – until now.

    The CBS hit sitcom "Still Standing," which airs November 15th, will feature guest star Sally Struthers as a full-blown member of the Red Hat Society! Apparently even Hollywood itself is now taking notice of us. (We're kind of hard to ignore, aren't we?) And of course, though you won't see them, there are some of our Red Hatters from Hatquarters in the studio audience there too.

    Below is a brief summary of the storyline for the show.

    Actress Sally Struthers ("All In The Family") Guest Stars

    "Still Cruising" – Judy is tricked into doing more group activities than she planned when she tries to improve her relationship with her mother-in-law against Bill's advice, Monday, Nov. 15 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    Judy is thrilled when Louise invites her on a cruise only to discover, to Bill's delight, that her sneaky mother-in-law has duped her. Now, Judy finds herself traveling with Louise's women's group, The Red Hat Society, which consists of women aged 50 and above. Though she is not sure how she will fit in with the gaudy group, she soon discovers how much fun they can be. "
    Still crazy, after all these shears

    "lambikins, put the crack pipe down and back away from the keyboard." Unklescott

    "lambikins... I have come to the conclusion that you are the Jedi Master of the Kitchen on FORT!" SuperBrat

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