PERU A day with temperatures approaching 100 degrees is not a day when you would expect a garden party - those attending adorned in hats. But then again the 130 ladies gathered for this occasion are members of the Red Hat Society and wouldnt let a little thing like high temperatures stand in the way of fun.
And while the society prides itself on not having any rules or by-laws, it does have one guideline ladies age fifty and up must wear red hats and purple outfits and ladies under fifty must wear pink hats and lavender outfits.
On Wednesday, June 27, Keesevilles Red Hat Chapter, the Champlain Red Sunsets, hosted an afternoon garden tea at the home of Chic and Beverly Forster on the Arthur Road in Peru. The Forsters front lawn with its immense hardwoods, beautiful flowering gardens and gentle breezes was the perfect setting. Steve Colliers musical accompaniment only enhanced the idyllic atmosphere.
This is only the second year that several of the areas Red Hat Society chapters have joined together for a social. Plattsburghs Lake City Ladies hosted the first such function last year.
Most local chapters have about 15 to 20 members each of which is led by a Queen Mother. Chapters typically enjoy monthly teas or luncheons at an area restaurant. Sometimes the ladies might also enjoy a shopping spree to Glens Falls or Burlington, attend a play or enjoy some other group activity. The person organizing the monthly gathering chooses the activity. While Red Hat chapters dont charge dues, they did take this opportunity to hold a Chinese auction at this event and succeeded in raising $1,000 to be distributed to the hospices of Clinton and Essex Counties.
When a Red Hat Society member is asked what the organization does, their standard answer is Nothing! A members primary responsibility is to have fun in the form of good-humor and laughter. Many of the members have shouldered responsibilities at home and in the community for many years and the get-togethers allow them the opportunity to let go of these responsibilities at least for a few minutes each month.
Bernie Halstead explained why she enjoys being a member of Perus Adirondack Roadrunners. Were all like people a little bit adventuresome. We like to do different things. We go out to eat and then we do something else such as tour a museum or visit an interesting place. We laugh and enjoy each others company. We generally dont talk about death and dying. Its an uplifting time, every time!
Bernie also enjoys the area-wide get-togethers so much so that she volunteered to be an organizer of next years Red Hat Society social. To find more information go to www.redhatsociety.com.
The participating chapters included: Jack Pine Rockettes Altona; Chazy MacIntushes - Chazy; Lake Champlain Red Sunsets Keeseville; Chatty Hatters Peru; Adirondack Roadrunners Peru; Chapeau Rouge Plattsburgh; Lake City Ladies Plattsburgh; Border Babes Rouses Point and Champlain Valley Ladies Westport.