Jill had a wonderful time planning and surprising her members, as well
as members from other chapters, to a day of fun, mystery, good food,
shopping, and a kazoo contest.
23-seat coach from Starline Transportation picked up the first
group of unsuspecting red and pink hatters from a designated pick up
location in Beaverton at 10:30 AM. The bus driver, Gary, was
under strict orders not to divulge where we were headed no matter how
often or how hard the hatters tried to find out. We then drove
to the second location at Janzen Beach and collected the remaining hats at
11:00 AM. Gary was lots of fun and made the trip even more
enjoyable. We even had him wearing a red hat for a while.
then continued on our journey for about an hour, heading north into
Washington State. It was fun listening to the different gals trying
to figure out where we were going. To divert their attention onto
something else, we had a kazoo contest. We each took turns playing
one round of “100 bottles of beer on the wall.”
Prizes went to the five top kazooists.
finally arrived at 12:15 at the little town of Castle Rock, Washington,
which consisted of about three or four blocks in its downtown area. Four gals who lived nearby met us there,
so our group now totaled 27 hats. The bus dropped us off at Hattie’s
Café, a warm, friendly, family-type restaurant (www.hatties-castlerock.com), where 20 of us sat
together at one long table and ordered breakfast or lunch from the menu,
and seven other hats had pre-ordered afternoon tea and sat at the next
table that was reserved just for them. The food was excellent and
the service impeccable.
our lunch & tea, most of the gals went shopping in the little antique,
quilting, and gift stores in town. At 3:00 PM we boarded the bus
back to Oregon, showing off our purchases and enjoying the memories we
were making that day.
Jill video taped the entire trip. What fun it will be to watch it
sometime in the future.
Queen Gretchen, Joy Kramer, and Queen Jill.)