Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Red Hatters Attend an Eclectic Tea

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Members of the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter of the Red Hat Society in Alamogordo, New Mexico attended an eclectic tea hosted by Queen Ladybird aka Carla Kerr and Marquesa Corte Alegre aka Jean Courtier in the Queen's home.

Fourteen were in attendance and two tables were beautifully appointed with the Queen's antique collection of teacups, crystal plates and gold cutlery, red tablecloths with purple or red napkins. Teapots were covered with various tea cozies keeping the water hot.

Offered were an assortment of teas, scones, cookies, finger sandwiches, along with Devonshire Cream and various jams, jellies and lemon curd for the scones. A beautiful red velvet cake decorated in the Victorian style with purple icing with roses and red icing lace was also enjoyed.

Queen Ladybird gave a short talk on the history of the Kazoo as it was also National Kazoo Day and the ladies played "Happy Birthday" to the Kazoo on their Kazoos.

There was also surprise salon entertainment in which Queen Ladybird changed into costume to sing a cute song from "Oklahoma" titled "I'm Jist a Girl Who Cain't Say No". She also stated that this musical opened the first time on Broadway on March 31, 1941 with Celeste Holm singing this particular song.

Attendee Darla Shelley won the door prize, a lovely Red Hat cup showing "Share the Love" and each Red Hatter had a new button at their place setting showing a Red Hat and "Share the Love" on them. There seems to be so much negativity in the world these days, we thought we would accentuate the positive!

One table setting

Second table setting (chairs were on the way)
The assortment of scones and a plate of pecan sandies
Red Velvet Victorian Cake made by Albertson's in Alamogordo
Queen Ladybird aka Carla in her tea hat
Vice Queen Donna Williams being welcomed by hostess Jean Courtier
Alice Evans and Flo Dean visiting in our bedroom
Bobbie Tanner and Margie Purcella (still in the bedroom) visiting
Queen Ladybird in conversation with Darla Shelley
L to R: Lu Mattson, Gail Swineford, Carla, Darla, Bobbie and Margie
L to R: Lu, Gail, Rosanna Heath, Carla and Margie visiting while waiting for everyone to arrive
Carla speaking with VQ Donna behind her. She is tickled about something as she speaks about the Kazoo
L to R: Rosanna, Carla, Donna and Darla
Alice Johnston-Evans
Carla, standing, finishing up the history of the Kazoo
Playing "Happy Birthday" to the Kazoo on our Kazoos
The other half of the attendees playing "Happy Birthday" to the Kazoo on their Kazoos L to R: Flo, Jan Jennings, Jean, Trudy Reese, Darla and VQ Donna
Enjoying the tea and visiting
On the left are Alice and Carmen Veenpere visiting and enjoying the scones and tea
Isn't this a lovely looking group of Red Hatters!
Alice doing a lovely job of pouring
Carla finally got to sit down at her table and enjoy tea and scones
Co-hostess Jean (standing) making sure everyone has what they need
Flo is apparently trying to share some of her Red Velvet cake with Jan
Carla is in costume to sing the song from Oklahoma and all are apparently still discussing the Kazoos
Margie and Alice just looked too cute not to photograph
Sitting L to R: Carmen, Trudy, Donna, Flo, Alice, Margie and Carla. Standing L to R: Darla, Gail, Jean, Rosanna, Lu, Bobbie and Jan
Alice graciously volunteered to photograph Carla and Doug. Doug is the photographer of merit on these pictures and he is deeply appreciated by all, especially Carla
VQ Donna is busy telling Carmen and Trudy all about her plans for her 85th Birthday Party to which all of the Red Hatters are invited
Carla with Bobbie, the newest member of the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter
It was such a FUN day and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves so much. Carla made it to the couch and spent the rest of the afternoon and evening mostly sleeping and Sunday was another mostly lazy day. These teas can take a lot out of older gals and Jean was in the same mode when she got home. But, it was definitely worth the efforts and we #ChooseFun!

Again, thank you to Douglas A. Kerr, Photographer for the great pictures.

This is all I have to say for now.

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