Sandie Heinz (row 1, photo 1, left) organized another
fabulously successful Crimson Crones' Spring Bonnet Fling at Rivers
American Grill on the Willamette River in Portland near Johns
Landing. There were 95 hatters from Oregon and Vancouver,
WA. It was a day to show off your hat to welcome spring, and did
was a hat contest with three categories: Most Outrageous, Most
Elegant, and Most Creative. Each gal ("Goddess
at Lunch") was given a number when she entered the room,
which was then placed both on her front and back. For the first
hour, the gals went around the room writing down the numbers worn by
the hats they liked the best. The winners and runner ups are on
third row from the bottom, photos 1-4.
lunch, Sandie arranged a wonderful program for everyone.
British Crimson Crone, Duchess Joy Kramer, read an
excerpt from an article in the London Telegraph which referred
to the Red Hat Society. It was an awkward piece because
in Britain, wearing red hats has always meant that you are not wearing
the laughter settled down, we were then entertained by Crimson
Crone, Duchess of Drama, Jean Bryant. (Row 13, photos
1-4). She read to us excerpts from books and the Internet about
hat history and folklore. She even referred to a lampshade hat
in one the the books. There was immediate laughter as we noticed
that one of the attendees was wearing a lampshade hat. (Row 9,
photos 3 and 4).
proceeded to pull 19 of her own hats out of a bag and one at a
time put them on, giving us the story and occasion behind each of her
hats. The oldest hat, the bonnet, was purchased in Tennessee
in the 1970s.
conclusion of the program was a sing-along, a red hat version to the
tune of Here Comes Peter Cottontail. The printed words
were at every table and it sounded like all 95 women sang along.
We were fortunate to have four hatters stand up and lead the group
(Row 14 , Photo 4 ). They helped us all sound good.
you, Sandie, for a wonderful time. And a special thanks to the
gals who helped her on this very busy day. Janice and Joanne
at the registration table (Third row from bottom, photo 2), and Jean
Mounsey (Row 2, Photo 4) for helping Sandie make the
centerpieces and personally seeing that every gal had a number
attached for the hat contest.