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Red Hatters

When Sue Ellen Cooper gave her friend a gift of a red hat and a copy of the famous poem Warning, by Jenny Joseph, it was the begining of the Red Hat Society. The poem suggests that one can grow older without losing one's playful spirit and starts:

The Red Hat Society's domestic goddess
Regina Hale Sutherland.
Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2007.
Millie Truman has a problem: her sons, Mitchell and Steven. Theyre slobs. . . they have troubled relationships. . . and theyre cramping her style! A widow for five years, Millie would like to travel and perhaps get to know her newly divorced neighbor Charles. In desperation, Millie hatches a plan with her fellow Red Hat Society friends to get the dependent men in their lives to take care of themselves. Its called the Bachelor Survival Class, and its held at their condos community center. Soon Millie is giving all the men in her condo association her Domestic Goddess secrets. Her favorite student? Charles, of course.
     
The Red Hat Society's domestic goddess
by Regina Hale Sutherland.
New York : Warner Vision Books, 2006.
This Red Hat Society romance--the third in a trio of officially sanctioned novels--is the story of three fed-up women who decide to get the dependent men in their lives to take care of themselves with the Bachelor's Survival Class. Original.
     
The Red Hat Society's queens of Woodlawn Avenue
Regina Hale Sutherland.
Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2006.
The Red Hat Society embraces women from all walks of life homemakers, wives, mothers, career women, married, divorced, widowed. All have been dealt a different hand, but they play the same game, and come through with optimism and humor. This Red Hat Society romance takes us into the mind and heart of a divorcee whose own resources have run dry. Thankfully, her new neighbors, the red-hatted Queens of Woodlawn Avenue, provide her with love and support when she needs it most. As they plop a hat on her head and teach her to play bridge, they also deepen her understanding of how to play the hand life has dealt her.
     
The Red Hat Society's acting their age
Regina Hale Sutherland.
Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2006.
Mia MacAfee serves generous helpings of hospitality at the coffee shop she runs. But finding teenage runaway Rachel Nye hiding in the storeroom one day has kicked up some dust. Leanne finally has someone to mother, and 68-year-old Aggie is wearing contact lenses and blue jeans! But Sheriff Cade Sloan has a suspicious look in his eyes, and though Mia's heart skips a beat when he looks at her, she decides she must lie to him. Mia and her friends have made a decision. They're not going to turn Rachel in.
     
The Red Hat Society's queens of Woodlawn Avenue
Regina Hale Sutherland.
New York : Warner Vision Books, c2006.
This official Red Hat Society romance is a story of a woman who puts her life back together with the help of her best friends, three members of a bridge club. Original.
     
The Red Hat Society's acting their age
Regina Hale Sutherland.
New York : Warner Vision Books, c2005.
"Official Red Hat Society novel"--cover
     

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat that doesn't go and doesn't suit me
.”

The Red Hat Society calls itself a dis-organization with a lack of rules but may have some common-sense guidelines. Every time the group gets together, these women wear their red hats and purple attire. Women under fifty may join the group but they wear pink hats and lavender outfits and are known as Pink Hatters until their fiftieth birthday. The Society encourages fun, silliness, creativity, and friendship in middle age and beyond.

Both Red and Pink Hatters often wear their very elaborately decorated hats, and attention-getting fashion accessories such as a feather boa at the group's get-togethers. The Society's events vary depending on the chapter, but one of the most favorite activities is attending a tea party.

The official Red Hat Society day is April 25.

The official mascot of the Red Hat Society is Ruby RedHat. She is the spirit of the little girl who lives inside all the Red Hatters. She is fun, playful, has spunk and charm. She’s partial to purple and embellishes her red hat with glitz, glitter and glam. 

Ladies join your local chapter and you too can give way to the temptation to just let go and have a ball!

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff