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Re: your kind Greetings!!

Gabbie | Posted in General Discussion on

Thank you so much for the nice greetings!! 

It’s been hot here lately, supposed to have bad storms but didn’t even rain here last night.  Today was supposed to be mostly sunny….it’s raining!!!  That’s Michigan!

I haven’t been to the Detroit area in years.  My Aunt & Uncle used to live there when I was young, but then moved up north.  Between Wyoming, Kentwood, Grandville and Grand Rapids….all in circle ,there are lots of fabric, craft and yarn stores so I get everything I need.  I love to just check out new places and old places for new things.

The Red Hat Society is a ‘dis’organization for women over 50.  Actually, women under 50 can join, also.  You can find out a lot on wwwRedHatSociety.com.  We are groups of women that get together whenever we want to do whatever we want…..wear purple clothes and red hats…..decorated with whatever you like.  In birthday months, we can wear red clothes and purple hats.  If someone under 50 wants to join, they wear lavender clothes and a pink hat.  When they turn 50, you can have a ‘Reduation’ and present them with a Red hat.

The Society was started in 1999 by Sue Ellen Cooper when she bought her friend a red hat for her birthday just to cheer her up.  They formed a club of sorts, and it’s grown to encompass the whole world!!  There are chapters in Australia, Thailand, Japan….the whole world over.   13 of us just went to Craigs Cruisers last week.  It’s geared toward family and kids, but WHO SAYS KIDS ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO CAN HAVE FUN?!?!?!  Right??

I love my Wyoming Red Head sisters and wouldn’t trade them for the world.  Some work, some are retired, some married, widowed, some single. We have so much fun, whether it’s getting together for tea, a road trip to a dinner theater, a plan in town, a show and lunch, anything that will get us together.  It’s a time to celebrate a woman having raised her family, worked to support them and her husband, done all the serious things she’s had to do.  Now it’s time to celebrate HER!  Time for US to just have fun.

So now I’m retired, knitting what and when I want.  I have a new sewing machine, now I’ll be looking for new material for new projects.  I’m just so glad I found this group of awesome folks to share that with.

Thanks again for the sweet welcome, I look forward to sharing my sewing experiences with you all.

Smiles, Gabbie!!


  1. mem | | #1

    I have read about these red hat people . Is the shade of read dictated or is it any shade of red . It sounds like a great idea .

    1. Gabbie | | #2

      Hi there,

      No, as long as the hat's red, that's all that mattes.  Of course, you must wear purple clothes with your red hat.  Any shade of red and purple.  Trust me, you only feel silly for a minute.  Once you get together with other Red Hats, you just have fun and don't feel silly at all.  In fact, I think we have MORE fun dressed this way.

      You will get lots of attention from people, though.  We've had more people come up and talk to us, take our pictures and just want to know about us.  It's great!!

      There are a lot of chapters all over the world and we hope to gain more ladies in the future!!

      Smiles, Lauren


      1. mem | | #3

        Sounds like you need to be an extrovert!! I feel nervous thinking about it!!

        1. Gabbie | | #4

          OH, not really.  You know what I did??  I wanted to check this out, I got on their website, looked up local chapters, read up on them.   Then I decided that it was now or never.  I just emailed a close chapter, asked if they were taking new members and if it would be ok for me to join them once and see if it appealed to me.

          Well, the Queen of the 'Wyoming Red Heads' picked me up and took me to their event that they had scheduled.  I had so much fun and everyone was so great, I couldn't wait until the next get-together!!

          We are a very mixed bunch, some work, part-time...full time.....some are retired, some are married, some single, some widowed, just a very varied mix of ladies who are now such great friends!!!   I wouldn't go back for anything.  I love my Red Hat Sisters.  What started out to be a once a month event is now us trying to find more ways to get together and dress up!!

          I hope this helps.  Please check it out.  Go to http://www.redhatsociety.com and look it over for yourself.  Look for the link to chapters and see if there are any near you.

          Smiles, Lauren

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