Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Golden Gate Gala Photo-A-Day Challenge

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We’re now 30 Days away from the 2014 Golden Gate Gala, and we would like to introduce the "Photo A Day #RHSSanFran2014 Challenge". This is a great way to countdown to the upcoming convention and start playing with the #RHSSanFran2014 hashtag on social media. Below is a list of daily photo captions or challenges. We would like you to share one photo each day that best describes the captions listed below and post them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #RHSSanFran2014.

  1. This is me!
  2. What’s on my packing list!
  3. My favorite convention accessory is...
  4. This is my go-to travel hat.
  5. Feathers, bling and all shiny things. 
  6. Let’s see those Trading Cards!
  7. These shoes were made for dancing!
  8. The Golden Gate Gala activity I’m most looking forward to,  is…
  9. I’m traveling to San Francisco from…
  10. Eat dessert first!
  11. Throwback!  Here’s a picture from a past convention.
  12.  Because I’m Happy! 
  13. Let’s see those Name Badges! These are a must-have for any RHS event.
  14. Beach Blanket Babylon hats are grand! Here’s my most outrageous hat.
  15. Keep Calm and Eat Chocolate.
  16.  San Francisco dreamin’! I’m most looking forward to seeing this in-person.
  17. Throwback! This is my favorite past convention shirt.
  18. Quote of the Day
  19. Smile for the camera
  20. These shoes were made for walking!
  21. Something red/pink.
  22. Something purple/lavender.
  23. My outfit of the day. 
  24. I never leave the house without my…
  25. My favorite lip color is…
  26. My favorite meal of the day is…
  27. My bags are packed!
  28. Here’s a photo from the road.
  29. Meet my travel buddy or buddies!
  30. San Francisco, I have arrived!  Make sure to use our hashtag #RHSSanFran2014 with all your pictures!
Make sure to use our hashtag #RHSSanFran2014 with all your pictures!

Here’s a sample post:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

She's the Queen of the Month!

Queen Gail Snell

Topend Flames
Northern Territory, Australia
Queen Gail Snell (Topend Flames, Wulagi, NT, Australia) was born and grew up in Sydney, NSW, Australia. At 18, she joined the Women's Royal Australian Air Force (WRAAF). Trained as an Aircraft Plotter (Radar) she was posted to Darwin where she met and married a Royal Air Force Security Dog Handler. During their marriage they had three children. After losing their home and all of their personal possessions in Cyclone Tracy, they moved to Perth, where they lived for several years before divorcing.

Gail spent 25 years working in the Federal Public Service, in both Darwin and Perth. Her first position was as Human Resource Manager; later she served as Ministerial Officer to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.
Her interests range far and wide, and include gardening, reading, sewing, cooking and traveling (her official title is "Queen Gail Travel-a-lot" for good reason). Among many other places, she has traveled to Egypt, China and Africa, where she walked with lions. She says, "I have flown over the Arctic Circle where I enjoyed a lunch with a Red Hat Queen in Fairbanks, Alaska."

For 18 years she has been kicking up her heels with a group of women who love to line dance. A few years ago the group formed a Chapter of the RHS as a way to ensure that they would keep in touch after they got "too old to dance" (which hasn't happened yet). Gail says they are now enjoying themselves at both line dancing and Red Hatting.

In 2010 she attended a large Red Hat gathering in Paris, where she met women from many places, some from other parts of Australia. Eventually, Gail and another Darwin Queen organized a week-long gathering in their own neck of the woods, they called "Red Sunset and Sparkles", drawing 250 Australian Hatters (and one from abroad)!

She relates that her Chapter meets two to three times a week to line dance and supplement these gatherings with group dinners, making sure to celebrate each other's birthdays and Christmas together. Other activities include movies, lunches, gardening workshops, etc. They often enjoy joint functions with another Darwin group called The Palmy Plumes.

Queen Dawn and her Chapter provide a marvelous illustration of creative ways to stay connected, form new friendships and keep the fun in Red Hatting! HATS ON!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Guest Post From International Partner: HATalk e-Magazine.

Royal Ascot is England's most famous and fashionable horse racing event. Well known from that infamous scene in My Fair Lady where Eliza Dolittle says exactly the wrong thing, Royal Ascot has been one of the world's best places to go hat spotting since 1711.

We went along to 'Ladies Day' at Royal Ascot last month and have just published a special bonus edition of HATalk e-magazine containing over 140 images of the hats and headpieces that we saw there.

Here are just a few of them...

To download the entire Royal Ascot special edition of HATalk and the brand new July issue, plus over 100 other hat making downloads, subscribe to HATalk e-magazine today - Red Hatters pay only $19.95 a year!