Carla Kerr aka Queen Ladybird, Trudy Reese aka Lady Sunshine and Gail Swineford aka Baroness Von Doolittle of the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter of the Red Hat Society in Alamogordo, New Mexico traveled to San Diego to take part in Miss Kitty's Social Club, a costume chapter of the Red Hat Society led by Miss Kitty aka Jan Roberts of Platteville, Colorado. Members, a total of 60, came from California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Illinois, Texas and Canada to enjoy the fun.
Carla and her roommate, Elyse Soffer, arrived in the AM so they explored the block containing the hotel and finally discovered the Tequila Factory Restaurant where they grabbed some food since they had left home before breakfast to catch their respective planes.
Once checked into the Best Western Plus Hacienda in Old Town, we quickly donned our first costume depicting Rhinestone Cowgirls and boarded a trolley which took us to the pier to board the Hornblower Yacht that took us on a cruise of the San Diego Bay area. They served delicious
hors d'oeuvres and champagne. The DJ was excellent in that he played music people over age 50 could relate to for dancing those dances from way back when. Line dancing is also a favorite with this group and Carla got super enthused dancing to "That Old Time Rock And Roll" and singing it as well.
|Elyse Soffer, Carla's FUN roommate from Phoenix, Arizona|
|Faun Ricks from Gallup, New Mexico|
|Chana Vernado is from Las Vegas, Nevada|
|L to R: Trudy Reese and Gail Swineford from Alamogordo, NM and friend|
|Samella Daniels-Taylor and Angie Pate from Las Vegas, NV|
|L to R: Nita from California and Connie from Tucson, AZ; Elyse and Faun|
|Janice Roberts from Las Vegas and Nita from California|
|Name not known and Marilyn Miravete-Smith from California|
|Tanyia Rawls-Junior with Angie Pate|
|Rhinestone Cowgirl Carla|
Several "civilians" decided to join the group and the gals took over dancing with the young man and his date. Some younger girls joined us opting for the pole near the dance floor for fun!
|Some of the girls dancing. Nora Sellards on the right from Arizona|
|A couple of the girls had these little walking ponies|
|Line dancing to "Achy Breaky Heart"|
|Dancing "The Electric Slide"|
|This was a Latin dance and the girl is dancing with Nora and the guy is dancing with Nita|
|Carla looked out the window and discovered all types of sea birds|
|AND walruses with their babies|
|AND more sea birds|
|Before we knew it, the sun was setting below the Coronado Bridge|
|A gorgeous sunset as we head back to the pier|
Elyse and I took a walk to Old Town State Historic Park and found a lovely shop called Johnson House where I found a hat I couldn't live without.
|Elyse beside the headless manikin sporting vintage clothing in front of the George Johnson House, an 1870 home of reconstructed pre-fab wood frame that was brought by ship around the Horn.|
|Carla in front of the George Johnson House|
|On our way back to the hotel we discovered a girl walking a pig|
|Waiting in the lobby to enter the theatre|
|As you can see, props and wardrobe are stored openly for quick use as needed|
|A more close-up shot of displayed props|
|The Red Hatters were scattered all over the theatre|
|My roommate Elyse was sitting above me|
|Trudy with Bobbie Goode|
|Faun showing off her red garter|
|Gail and Trudy|
|The ever lovely Mary Stopa from California|
|Lori Pawlowski with our fearless leader, Miss Kitty|
|Don't know her name, but isn't she adorable|
|These two are sisters Lisa? and Nora|
|Don't know names, but aren't they cute|
|Two more beautiful Saloon Girls|
|L to R: Barbara Angel, Cindy Logston, Lori Pawlowski, Carolyn Carter, Nell Athouguia and Grace Bright|
|Tanyia Rawls-Junior and doesn't she look fantastic|
|Carla showing off her bloomers|
|Carla Saloon Girl being a bit more proper|
It was a full day and we were happy to get back to our rooms for rest and relaxation so we could be up and ready to go to Miss Kitty's Bloomer Breakfast and Jewelry Show. This means Mimosas and lovely jewelry at very reasonable prices.
|Faun in her nightcap and bloomers which she made herself|
|Shopping! Shopping! Shopping! The official Red Hat Sport|
|Mary and Janice are the money changers|
|That's Marilyn on the right having a discussion over who gets what|
|Don't have name for first on left, Candy, Nora and Ada|
|Aren't their bloomers cute|
|This photo just to give you the flavor of the event|
|Everything looked lovely and scrumptious|
|Gail and Trudy looking smashing|
|End of table is Nora, Ada, Carla and Elyse is half there|
Thanks to Janice for some of the pictures (in particular that I'm in) that she took and thanks to Elyse for capturing some pictures also. Thanks also to my husband, Doug for processing the pictures for me. If I got any of the names wrong, please don't hesitate to let me know so I can correct them.
This is all I have to say for now.