Sharon Malecki, Duchess of Shop-A-Lot of the Ramblin' Roses (Maryland, United States) and six Chapterettes signed on for the Red Hat Society's London New Year's Day Parade extravaganza. When Hatquarters called to chat with Duchess Shop-A-Lot about her recent trip, she had just gotten in the bath, but she jumped at the opportunity to chat about her trip (despite our insistence that we could call back at a better time). Fifteen minutes later we had this cute story to share, and about ten minutes after that Sharon sent over these fun pictures to accompany it.
This was Duchess Shop-A-Lot's first trip out of the United States and she couldn't have been in better company. Two of the Sisters had already participated in this event in previous years, and one had lived in England for a period of time.
Marilyn shared that she is huge fan of Henry VIII, and her tours of Windsor Castle and St. George's Chapel were among her favorite activities of the week. She had also caught wind of a group of Hatters who were talking about taking a tour of Buckingham Palace on the Queens & Members Board on the Red Hat Society's Website, and she jumped in the conversation in just enough time to take the last spot in the tour. "We walked up the steps where Prince William and Kate walked after they were married, and we saw the state room and the throne room." After the tour, the ladies joined the other Hatters on the trip to see the UK production of the world-renowned musical "Wicked".
As for The Red Hat Society's participation in London's New Year's Day Parade, Sharon said: "We were well baptized that day with the rain." She was among the Hatters making their way down the parade route waving at on-lookers on a double-decker tour bus, and she and her friends stayed on the top of the bus, despite the fact that they were getting soaked by the rain and standing in about five inches of water. (A little rain can't get us Hatters down!) As luck would have it, the double-decker broke down about half way down the parade route, and the ladies received a ride back to their hotels in a police van. (Imagine that! A police van filled with Hatters!) The ladies made it back to their hotel in good spirits and just in time for tea!
Marilyn was giggling as she shared her story with us, and she was thankful for being inspired by her Sisters and the Society to participate in this special event. "Was it perfect? No. Was it worth it? Yes!," Marilyn said.
Thank you so much for sharing that wonderful story with us Sharon! We are so excited that you went!!
The Red Hat Society is proud to support the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women ® movement. Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement, created by women, for women, dedicated to uncovering the truth about women’s No. 1 killer – heart disease.We will also host our first-ever LIVE Facebook Chat on January 18 at 6:30 PST with Go Red For Women Spokesperson, Dr. Malissa Wood. She will be able to answer your questions and give tips about heart health on the Red Hat Society's Facebook FanPage in anticipation of a “Hot In Cleveland” episode featuring information about heart health and Go Red For Women. This episode will air on TV Land at 7 p.m. PST (9 p.m. CST) on January 18.
How exciting would it be to host a chat and viewing party with your Sisters for this incredible campaign? Simply get together with your Chapterettes and log on to the Red Hat Society's Facebook Page and join in on the chat! To participate: Visit the RHS Facebook Fan Page at 6:30 PST, 8:30 CST, 9:30 EST and join the conversation!