second annual Red Hat Luncheon in the Turf Club on
opening day at Portland Meadows Racetrack was a huge
success. Almost 170 women attended from all corners of Oregon
and from bordering Vancouver, Washington.
staff at Portland Meadows treated us like visiting royalty, with
six or seven people tending to all our needs. In keeping with the
spirit of one of our mottos, dessert was served first. There were
about five different kinds of dessert, including three types
of cheesecake: chocolate, berry, and almond.
tables consisted of green salad, wonderful rolls, a large variety of
fresh fruits and melons, roasted red potatoes, luscious pasta salad, Chicken
Francaise with caper sauce, delectably seasoned green beans,
and prime rib. The buffet tables were covered with red table
cloths and glittering, shimmering, sequined, purple material draped over
the long tables.
"Oregon Chapters of the Red Hat Society" sponsored the
first horserace. One of the perks is that 30 lucky women got to go
to the Winner's Circle to greet the winning horse and rider. A
special red blanket with the purple words "Oregon Chapters of the
Red Hat Society" was placed on the winning horse and given to the
owner. (See row 2 picture 1 below).
photo was taken by the track officials and will be added to our pictures
below in the near future.
Jill (see row 1 photo 4 below) only bet on one horse, which was named
Crowning the Queen. And the jockey was wearing a
royal purple shirt. I was so excited by its name and color that I
bet on it to win. The horse came in third, and my voice will be
sore for quite a while from cheering and screaming.
the afternoon there were over 55 door prizes handed out.
special thanks to the eight volunteers who helped me that day. I
would not have survived without them. Thank you; Karlene Ernst,
and Sandy McGee from the Classy Red Hatters; Janet
Brown and Elizabeth Brown from the Scarlet Ladies; June
McKellar from the Serendipity Sweethearts; Fenella
Robinson, Sharron Parkins, and Sue Scott from the Crimson
Crones. Young, energenic Elizabeth Brown (see
photo in row 2, column 3 below) helped Queen Jill call out raffle
ticket numbers for the door prizes and hand them out. Youth is not
wasted on the young, but it should be shared with the old. A big Thanks
this being the second successful event at Portland Meadows, it will now
officially be an annual event on the third Saturday in October.