Heart of a Southern Woman

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“R” is for the Royal Red Divas of the International Red Hat Society


Red Hat's misbehaving

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The Royal Red Divas of Youngsville and Wake Forest, North Carolina, became an organized chapter of the International Red Hat Society in 2004. Eleven years and going strong! We have done crafts, been in parades,  and eaten our way through Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, NC! We’ve toured, partied on the local, state, and national levels, and have loved every minute! There’s just something about wearing red hats and purple outfits to make you laugh at yourself–so of course, everything seems funnier and more lighthearted. Sadly, we had one of our members die, but she even elected to be buried in her red hat regalia with us dressed to the nines as her escorts!  Now that is impact.

We are an especially lucky chapter, because although we have had a lot of turnover with moving and all, we have always kept a diverse group age wise, and racially. Having pink hatters, those under 50, and red hatters, those over 50, keeps us young I believe, keeps us vibrant! Some of our oldest members do that well also, as they are our friendliest flirts…we are never alone! Laugh, Love, Live those words  are our motto! 

Author: Helen Holshouser

Old enough to enjoy life, I am a Red Hatter, grandmother, gardener, and amateur genealogist. I am a retired clinical psychologist, master's level, who is disabled with heart disease, but having fun with family and friends. Married over 40 years, I have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. I have learned that grandchildren provide a joy one never knew existed---writing feeds my soul, gardening is therapy, and genealogy research makes me feel like a detective!

10 thoughts on ““R” is for the Royal Red Divas of the International Red Hat Society

  1. My Helen, you and your group certainly know how to have fun! I loved when you said: “we’ve eaten our way through …” Just great!

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  2. Your group looks like so much fun! I wish I was there living it up with you!

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  3. I love it! Makes me want to move to NC even more!

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  4. Love it! You ladies look great!! -http://50andfabulousblog.blogspot.com

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  5. That’s so awesome! I’ve often wondered what the Red Hat Society was about. Looks like it’s a lot of fun! 🙂

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  6. Dear Debs, LOL, thanks for noticing our glutony! LOLSeriously, we go out to dinner more often than anything else, so we could become restaurant critics for the areas! LOL thanks for sharing this!


  7. Oh Lauren! I wish it too! We’d have so much fun with you in our group! I hope you get to start one, or experience the joy of one oyourself!


  8. Hi Christa! Come one, we’re lobbying hard to get ya! LOL Thanks for the comment and support!


  9. Dear Judi, thanks for that! Everytime I read the title of your blog, I think you must be a Red Hatter! You might love this poem by Gail Price of The Sugar and Spicey Ladies of Woodstock, Georgia! ““Isn’t it lovely and simply divine, to finally be fifty, and not forty-nine?

    Fifty has substance, fifty has style, now you can do things, that make folks smile.

    None of this nonsense talk of “over the hill”, Relax and have fun, Just do what you will!

    You can wear purple outfits, and a silly red chapeau, trimmed in feathers and flowers , be always on the go…
    None of the “old talk” for this active bunch! It’s off to bunco, or a tea shop for lunch.

    We may have some aches, wrinkles may crease the skin, but we’re in glorious shape, for the shape that we’re in!

    We giggle and simper, gossip and tease, say what we feel, it’s us that we please!

    You may find us silly, you may roll your eyes. You may think purple, a strange disguise…

    But purple is royal, It makes a grand show! We have a Queen Mother, she is wise, we all know!

    So dust off the cobwebs, and let’s have some fun. Join the Red Hatters, where new life has begun.

    You can be an old fogey and sit on the side, or join all of us, wear out colors with pride!

    That is our story, we hope you’ll agree, Belonging to the Red hats is the BEST PLACE to be! “ Hope you enjoy!


  10. Dear talented Melinda! If you were a red hater, you’d end up teaching them to throw a simple pot perhaps, but you’d have to be prepared for some real mud throwing as well! And I don’t’ mean mud slinging like in politics! –but mud throwing like in Lucile Ball! LOL, surely no one would dare to that to you in your lovely studio!


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