Such was the scene when about 50 women from local Red Hat Society chapters attended the Tiffin Area Red Hat Society Christmas Luncheon Wednesday at Camden Falls in Tiffin. Bad weather caused the luncheon to be postponed from its original Dec. 5 date. The Gadabouts, headed by Queen Donna Brose, served as hosts for this year’s gathering.
“We have not hosted it before, but it’s been going on for several years … Each year, a different chapter hosts it,” Brose said.
Nancy Frisch served as mistress of ceremonies. She introduced the chapters attending, which included Chapeau Rouge Dames, Crimson Cuties, Crystal Belles, Kiwanis Manor Ramblin’ Red Hatters, Red Hat Cuties, Red Hatters of Seneca County and Serenity and Roses. Frisch also called for a moment of silence in honor of members who had died recently or who are ill.
The ladies enjoyed seasonal music by Nancy Harlett, who shared trivia about many of the songs and invited participants to sing with her. Harlett also offered a special tune for ladies celebrating December birthdays.
The tables were decorated with small evergreen trees dotted with red bows and mini-gift boxes. Lunch included a salad buffet, baked potato bar and dessert. Nancy Brose of Country Crafts had a table of Red Hat merchandise for sale. The women submitted bids in a silent auction for Red Hat accessories, throws and stationery. Attendees also bought chances on a hand-quilted a Red Hat wall hanging made by Gadabout member Ann Wright.
“She donated it completely, so everything goes to F.A.C.T.,” Brose said.
Beverly Hoover of Tiffin was named as the winner. The raffle brought in more than $220 for Financial Assistance for Cancer Treatment. During the lunch, members of the various chapters also mingled and shared ideas for day trips and other activities they had enjoyed during the year.