Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Trip Down Memory Lane...

This month, the Red Hat Society had the pleasure of hosting a special contest for a free Hometown Screening of "Jersey Boys" for one Member and up to 50 of her friends courtesy of Waren Bros. Pictures.

To win the contest, Members were asked to LIKE the Red Hat Society's Facebook page and share their favorite Four Seasons song and a memory that correlates with it.The Hatter with the most interesting story would be able to take over a theater and journey back to the 1960's in the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic rock group The Four Seasons.

The cast of "Jersey Boys" even created this special message just for RHS Members:

Here are a few of the submissions we received:

"Rag Doll was probably the one that touched me the most. It kind of put into words how I felt about my life at that point. We moved around a lot and my parents were not able to give us anything extra. We were lucky to have what we needed. So I always felt a little left out. I didn't make friends easily and every move made me feel a little more isolated. I vowed if I was ever blessed with a child that he/she would never go through that. I kept my vow." - Sharon of the Ramblin' Rosies

"I was in elementary school in Washington DC and my big brother got me a little record player for Christmas. My dad took me to Woolworths to buy my first record for it and my choice was Sherry by Frankie Valli. I listened to that song over and over for the next year because we really did not have extra money to purchase more records. Everyone got tired of hearing it but me and my older sister who later named her first daughter Sherry. Their group had such an impact that I now live in a community called Four Seasons."
- Henrika of the Panama Red Hats and Purple Parasols

"When I was 16, I went to a concert in Indianapolis. The fans were so excited and ran down to the stage and the security turned off the power. Then Frankie took a bull horn and said he didn't need their power and finished the concert in the dark and with bull horns and drums. It was awesome!! I would love to win a screening."
- Jackie of the Vegas Red Hat Divas

"Sherry ... that's the song I remember most. My best friend and I used to meet up on Saturdays and practice dancing at her house. We weren't very popular and we were socially awkward, but alone, together we were footloose and fancy free. We had all the moves. Happy times. To this day, we are still good friends. She lives in NC and I'm in FL. If I win this contest, I would fly her down for my private showing." - Sarae of the Fit 'n Fabulous

"Being born in Newark, NJ and raised in East Newark/Harrison, NJ the Four Seasons were a common name in my household. Although, I was just a youngster when they played at Harrison High School dances, I remember the stories my older uncle shared with me. As I became a "teen" some girl friends and myself would spend summer weekends following The Four Seasons to different venues. I guess we'd be called "Groupies"! Atlantic City, Asbury Park were just a couple of places they appeared. My friends & I even waited for Frankie Valli to come out into his Limo so we could get an autograph on a gas receipt. Had the privilege to see the musical "Jersey Boys" in Louisville, KY several years ago. It was an outstanding performance and it sure did bring back a lot of great memories. Would love the opportunity to get a chance for a screening of this movies. Just love The Four Seasons...and that music lives on!!!" - Kathi of the Classy Sassy Chapter

"This will be the easy to tell a story of my favorite song....there are lots of songs that bring back memories. One of my best friends back in Jr. High School was Diana, along with Sherry, who was my wild friend. We loved to sing the song Big Girls don't cry and dance around like we were on the TV show Bandstand. The music told a story and we thought we were part of the story, like in Rag Doll. The songs the Four Seasons song will long be remembered. I will remember when I saw the show in Las Vegas with my Red Hat friends. We were all singing and dancing afterwards thru the Casino. It was like we were teenagers again. What wonderful memories. I am looking forward to seeing the movie when it opens. It would really be great to win tickets for the screening along with viewing it with my Red Hat friends. Life is getting shorter....but I still have my wonderful memories from the songs done by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons."- Denise of the Plum

"OMG - As a "Jersey Girl" my fondest memories are of the songs of the Four Seasons. Sheri was one of my favorites and I can remember memorizing the words so I could sing along with my "45" record on my portable record player with the colorful plastic discs that adapted the 45's to the player. I think I wore the record out by playing it hundreds of times in a row. My parents would ask me to "please, give it a break"! I remember going to see Franki Valli and the Four Seasons at what was then called Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ. At the time I brought my young sons, who thought I had a screw loose for liking this very foreign sound. I've seen the play, Jersey Boys, and loved it. Can't wait to bring my group, The Happy Hatters of Smithville, NJ to the movie." - Karen of the Happy Hatters of Smithville

Where do I begin...The Four Seasons with Frankie Valli was my favorite group while in Jr. High. I had never heard a voice like his. And of course I needed their records; remember the 45s! I had just started attending boy/girl parties and everyone would bring their box of 45s with them. My favorite Four Season's song was "Big Girls Don't Cry"; which was majorly hard to pick out from all the other great songs they sang. I remember saving my allowance to go to the record shop in the mall to buy their songs. This was during the same time I had my first date and started going steady for the first time. WOW! What memories their songs bring back. And to current date, 50 years later, I still have the album this song is on. Can't wait to see Jersey Boys! - Shirley from the Aged to Perfection Red Hats- Lake Windcrest

"Good night my love"has a very special place in my heart. My husband had been sent to Viet Nam and in those days there were no cell phones, computers, social media, only letters and songs to ease the pain. I listened to this song each night until he returned to me." - Linda of the Awesome S.P.O.I.L.E.D. Red Hats of the Valleys

"I was a teen in the 60's and remember dancing to all of their songs in my living room. I'm from a family of nine, so I always had brothers and sisters to join in dancing with me. We were supposed to be cleaning the house while our parents went grocery shopping, but instead we would turn up the stereo and do the bop to "Big Girls Don't Cry" or cha-cha to "Sherry" and many more. Some of them are gone now, but I know those that live locally would just love to see a private screening of "Jersey Boys". We were fortunate enough to see them perform at some local venues in Baltimore before they hit it really big. You also couldn't help but sing along to all of the wonderful tunes. My family and friends would LOVE the opportunity to preview this movie. In a private room, we would still be able to get up and dance!" - Janet of the Classy Sassy Divas


"On October 22, 1962 President Kennedy placed the Naval blockade around Cuba and my husband, Tom, was on a destroyer sent to participate in the blockade. The song, "Big Girls Don't Cry" came out November 17, 1962 and my husband sent me a telegram asking me to listen to the song and not to worry. He came home safely and this became our theme song." - Rita of the Ramblin' Rosies

I was in high school when they got their fame...I sang and danced to all their wonderful music. I was fortunate to grow up in NYC so I attended most of Dick Clark's rock n roll shows and saw all the best of the best including Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. I had a first love who was killed in Viet Nam right when Lets Hang on to What We Have was recorded. I sang it all the time to always remember the short time we spent together. I am 65 now and still think Of My Richie whenever I hear that song."- Dianne of the Wild Girls Gone Red

"In 2004 I was lucky to have attended Jersey Boys on stage at the North York Centre in Toronto Ontario. I went with my 3 sisters and we had just a wonderful fun time together and we all enjoyed the stage event immensely. Now that I am retired, and have joined the Red Hat Society, I do not think there could be anything nicer and more fun, than to attend the movie with my Red Hat Chapter Sisters." - Wendy Patricia of the Sassy Classy Red Hats

So, who is going to win this fabulous Hometown giveaway? You'll just have to wait and see! Don't miss "Jersey Boys" in theaters now!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Guest Post: International Partner HATalk e-magazine

Feathers make a great adornment for hats of all shapes and sizes. This month, our international partner HATalk e-magazine shows you how to curl feathers to make an extra special hat trimming... 

Birds’ feathers have been used by milliners for centuries. So many different colours, sizes, textures and shapes of feathers can be found in nature and many work as stunning hat trims exactly as they are. Sometimes, however, curling, shaping or manipulating feathers can really make your hats stand out in a crowd.

Like our finger nails, feathers are made out of a natural protein called keratin. When heat is applied, they will bend. Milliners sometimes use steam, boiling water or a curling iron to shape their feathers. Georgina Abbott, owner of Atelier Millinery in London, finds that a ceramic flat iron works best because it can reach a higher temperature and stay hot.

To try this at home, you will need:

A long feather (eg a single goose feather)
A ceramic flat iron (hair straighteners)
A permanent marker to match your feather

To curl a feather, switch your flat iron on and allow it to come up to full temperature. Holding the base of the quill firmly in one hand, close the flat iron around the bottom of the feather and pull it all the way through, twisting your wrist as you go.
Your hands should pull in opposite directions - with the hand holding the flat iron going up and the hand holding the feather going down, or vica versa if you want to create a curl in the other direction.
The more you twist the flat iron, the more interesting a shape you will create. If you don’t like the curl that you’ve made, straighten the feather and start again. You will find that the end of the quill takes longer to curl due to its thickness.
Once you’re happy with the curl, you can strip one side of the feather for an even sleeker look. To do this, hold the top point of the feather between your thumb and forefinger and gently pull the ‘vanes’ of the feather away from the quill with your other hand, as shown in the photo below.
If you are using a dyed feather, you will now have exposed the white quill. You can cover this with a permanent marker of a matching colour. You may need a couple of coats  to get a deep enough colour. If you can’t find a permanent marker in the right shade, you could  use a felt tip pen instead. Nail polish would also work well, although you would need to add a little bit of thinner to make sure that it goes on evenly.
Once the colour has dried, you can use the flat iron again to perfect the final curl.

This project was taken from HATalkIssue 94 

To download this whole issue and over 100 other downloadable hat making resources, subscribe to HATalk e-magazine today 
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Jersey Boys Hometown Screening Winner to be Announced This Week!

*Limited Screening Opportunities and locations.  Screening locations are determined by Warner Brothers.  As a benefit of Membership, every Hatter has the opportunity to register to win a private Hometown Screening for herself and 50 of her friends.   

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Your DIY Bag Tag

There are a few things Hatters truly love: traveling, crafting and accessorizing. We see it in the stories and pictures we receive at Hatquarters each week. So we’ve put together a fun activity that brings all of these elements together - DIY Travel Bag Tags! These tags will allow you to add some RHS flare to your suitcases, while also making them easy to find at an airport baggage claim. Here is a great way to make your very own unique bag tag.

What you need:
A clear lanyard case
A patterned paper of your choice. For this example, we re-purposed the diamond boxes and the envelope purse printables available under the Fun Stuff tab of the Red Hat Society’s website.
Hot Glue
One white piece of paper

Foam stickers

How to assemble:
1. Cut the patterned paper fit over one side of your lanyard case, and glue it on.
2. Then, decorate it however you want! We used some bling, foam stickers and some decorative elements from the different printables, i.e. the bow from the purse envelopes.
3. Next, take your white piece of paper, cut it out to fit inside your lanyard case and write your information on it.

4. Finally, take your ribbon and tie a knot through the clip hole so you can tie it to your bag! (We used a glittery ribbon, for that extra touch of sparkle.)

There you have it! This craft is simple and cute, and it would be perfect for anyone who loves to travel. We hope to see some at the Golden Gate Gala! If you craft your own bag tag, we would love to see your pictures. Send them to

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Standing Proud and Sharing the Red Hat

Queen/Ambassador Georgean Kruger of the Zippity Do Dahs and her Red Hat Travel Mate, Ila Rae Reich, of the Red Hat “Wheathearts” recently boarded Aer Lingus for a special Red Hat adventure with YMT Vacations.

Their journey took them to the Emerald Island touring the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. They stood proud under their red hats drawing much attention from other tourists. 

Some came up to greet them and to let them know they too were of the Red Hat Society.  Many complimented them on their red hats, which in turn gave them the opportunity to share the Red Hat Society story with them and how they could learn more about the Sisterhood on the RHS website.  

One lady in particular stood out.  She was from South Africa and had stepped out of the ladies restroom as Georgean was about to step in.  She complimented her on her red hat.  Georgean was excited in being able to share the red hat story with her and that she could be a Queen of a Chapter and have a Chapter name and etc.  This lady was so excited.  When Georgean returned she was standing there talking to this fellow.  Georgean greeted her with a smile and her reply was, “I’m telling my husband about the RHS, I can’t wait to get back home.”

On another occasion a gentleman sat down at their table when they were having a snack and struck up a conversation with them.  He was familiar with the RHS and told his story how he wished the RHS had existed when his mother was widowed.  His next comment really touched Georgean’s heart.  His mother told him as a widow in our older years we become invisible.  Georgean’s comment was, that’s our Red Hat theme for this year.  Standing Proud:  I am not invisible ~ I am invincible!

They had a wonderful time touring the Emerald Island with YMT's guide, an Irish native.  He did an outstanding job.

A beautiful ending to a wonderful tour of Ireland in a Red Hat way! 

The Red Hat Society is thrilled to partner with YMT 
Vacations for special vacation offers. Here are a few more offers available to Members of the Red Hat Society. (Click on the image for more details.)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

She's Fabulous!

Queen Jan Wells 

Carefree Ladies
Florida, United States

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Jan Wells (RHS Queen and Ambassador) was raised in Miami Beach, Florida. After completing high school (where she met her future husband), she went on to secretarial school and then put that education to work as an Executive Assistant at Sysco Corporation.

In her spare time, she finds pleasure in serving her community and traveling.

Jan was first introduced to the RHS 15 years ago, when her neighbor asked her to join a budding chapter called Carefree Ladies.  Three years later Jan was chosen to move up to Queen, a position she has really enjoyed.

When asked to name her favorite aspect of Red Hatting, she says: "I never had a sister until I became a Red Hatter, and now I have hundreds of sisters, and I love them all. My sisters are a wonderful group of fun loving, friendly and caring women from all walks of life….many of these ladies have said, 'Being a member of the Red Hat Society has just brought the Bubbles back into my life.'"

Jan's most memorable RHS moments, so far, have occurred at the four national conventions she has attended.  (And she is looking forward to her fifth, in San Francisco in August).

Her Chapter chooses to hold two large charity events per year, with the proceeds going to individual families or worthy charities.  In addition, the Carefree Ladies plan at least one overnight trip a year and have even ventured on a three night/four day cruise.  They go theaters, museums and luncheons, play Halloween Bunco and make sure to gather at least once a month, year after year.

Queen Jan's Chapter currently contains 57 ladies – every one a Supporting Member!  When asked to share a few pearls of wisdom for her Chapter's success, she says this:  "When I was elected Queen, I had so many ideas I wanted to do with my chapter, but I knew I could not do it alone, so I asked for volunteers to help me…Because of these volunteers in my court, we are able to do the things we do.  I also have committee members who will telephone the ladies who do not have a computer and give them the latest news about events coming up.  This way, no one is left behind."

This is the kind of caring, inclusive attitude that the Red Hat Society celebrates.  If a few people help the Queen keep the Chapter running, the amount of fun and friendship that results can – as in the case of this group – go on, and on, and on….

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

You Could Win a Private Hometown Screening for Jersey Boys

*Limited Screening Opportunities and locations.  Screening locations are determined by Warner Brothers.  As a benefit of Membership, every Hatter has the opportunity to register to win a private Hometown Screening for herself and 50 of her friends.