Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Wonderful World of Online Parties

Wondering what in the world an online party is?  Well, here’s your chance to find out because, on September 24th, 2015, the RHS will be throwing a virtual Pirate Party!

OK, let’s back up a little.  What’s all this about pirates anyway?  Waaaaay back in 2008, we had a big RHS event in Savannah, Georgia.  After the official convention was over, Queen Marlene Matthews (Ramblin’ Roses, Orange, California) and her partner in crime, Queen Bee Marcy LaSalle (FUN-Key Flint Red Hatters and the Movers and Shakers, Flint, Michigan) arranged a farewell luncheon for some of the attendees who were not quite ready to see the fun end.  The place they chose to lunch turned out to be an actual historical site of actual pirate gatherings way back when.  Inspired, Queen Marlene decided to start a new Chapter she dubbed Wenches Gone Wild. Right around that time, the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie came out. Then it was discovered that September 19 had been officially designated “Talk Like a Pirate Day.”  My scholarly research has revealed that the idea was hatched by two guys playing racquetball and made famous a few years later by humorist Dave Barry (who has got to be one of the funniest people on earth.)

Like pretty much everything we do in the RHS, the idea caught on. Now there are other RHS Chapters and individuals playing pirate and enhancing their regalia with such accoutrements as purple eye patches, sporting stuffed parrots on their shoulders and (yes) talking like pirates.  In case you’re wondering I’ve discovered that “Avast ye swabs!” means “Stop what you’re doing and listen, you underlings!”  
Now, lest you fear that some Red and Pink Hatters are committing acts of robbery and mayhem at sea, let me assure you that none of that is happening.  As far as I know these are strictly law-abiding ladies. But they DO like to sashay around sporting (temporary) skull tattoos, say “AAARGGGH” a lot, and pretend to be dastardly characters.  Some even carry (plastic) blunderbusses or swords! You just never know what Red Hatters will come up with next, do you?
-excerpt from the Red Hat Society’s September 2015Queen to Queens communication by EQM Sue Ellen Cooper

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