500 Red and Pink Hatters converged upon Southern California's
beach town, Ventura, either by car or by Amtrak train.
Most hats were from California, with a few from as far away as
Texas, Virginia, Vancouver, WA, and Oregon
Gretchen of the Vancouver (WA) Belles, and myself, Queen Jill
the Crimson Crones, flew to California the day before the Hoot
and settled in that night at a hotel in Fullerton. Next
morning we went to the Fullerton Amtrak station and boarded with
lots of other Red Hatters, including our adored Founding Queen
Mother, Sue Ellen Cooper, PrinSis, and Princess Daughter.
The train ride was tons of fun, and thankfully Amtrak added more
passenger cars for us so no one had to stand.
we arrived in Ventura, there was a big orientation
meeting. The R.H.S. Imperium was set up at one end of the
meeting room, and lots of goodies and hats were selling like
then walked about two blocks into the heart of Ventura, taking
over all the restaurants at lunch time. Many of them, as
well as retail stores, had signs in their windows saying
"Welcome Red Hat Society." Many merchants had
purple and red balloons waving in the wind. It was such
Red Hat Hoot was a real hoot!