Manitoba Chapters of the Red Hat Society


Has your chapter done something that was fun and frivolous? What places have you visited and enjoyed? Have you traveled around the province visiting various communities, partaking in community parades, corn roasts, walking through mazes? Share your ideas so we can all try out new activities. Note that the following suggestions are not endorsed or necessarily supported by this website, but are listed here for your enjoyment and consideration for future Hatting Hoots.

One of our local Queen Mothers was contacted by Hatquarters to be interviewed for a seniors’ website. Check it out at and see the interview with Marguerite Malo, Queen Mother of the Vivacious Violets, Winnipeg. Congratulations Marguerite, for being chosen for this honour by Hatquarters.

Oak Hammock Marsh – Take a boxed lunch or enjoy a meal in their cafeteria. Explore the marsh via boat, or if it happens to be ‘white’ outside consider snow shoeing as a means to explore or a hay ride.

U-Puttz Indoor Black Light Mini Golf – 423 McPhillips Street, 582 – 2166. (In the strip mall across the street from the McPhillips St Casino). Be mindful of what you wear or everyone else will see what you're wearing under the purple!

Does one of your members have a cottage near a lake? Go out for a day of fun and play in the sun. Enjoy a BBQ and watch the sun set while singing songs from the past.

Enjoy a trip out of town. The Bothwell Cheese Factory offers tours of their facility. Arrangements to tour the factory must be made in advance of your visit. Contact them at: 204 – 388 – 4666. Take the tour and sample some of their yummy cheese products.

Winnipeg Art Gallery. Attend an afternoon exhibit then lunch up on the roof in Brios Restaurant.

Take in the Walking Tour of many historic buildings in the Exchange District or arrange to do the Ghost Bus Tour in September or October while visiting many ‘haunted’ buildings in the city.

Perhaps an afternoon Tea Party is in order. A Queen Mom (with help from her chapterettes) might host a ‘tea party’ and invite other chapters over. This activity could take place in someone’s home and coincide with some form of activity such as scrapbooking, a card game, quilting, etc. Fancy sandwiches, pickles, dainties and various teas could be the menu offered.

Are your members interested in crafting? Scrapbook Anonymous And More,1324 Portage Ave.  (774 – 9414) offer classes to small groups and have a kitchen available if a light snack is in order.

Need something to warm your spirits up in January? Consider hosting a Hawaiian Luau. Present each member in attendance with a lei, serve Hawaiian food and while dreaming (and talking) about the Big Island, listen to Don Ho.

Dinner Theaters are becoming very popular now and there are many to interest almost everyone’s taste. However, please remember that these require that you register well in advance and your money/cheques must be in their hands well in advance of the day. Rarely is there an opportunity to cancel. If the need arises that a RH member can’t attend the event though she has purchased her ticket, it is her responsibility to find someone who will purchase the ticket from her so it doesn’t go to waste and the host chapter doesn’t find themselves in a position of having too much food prepared for the event.

The Ichiban Restaurant for a fantastic meal.They offer a Red Hat

And to begin that wonderful meal, a perfect Red Hat Grace
We thank You Lord, for many blessings
For freindship,fun and over-dressing
For finery,feathers and filmy fabrics
Fot love and laughter and silly antics.
So, as we gatherin this place,
In widebrimmed hats, in glitter and lace,
In shades of purple,all trimmed with red---
We are so grateful to be well fed.
In this wonderful season of thanksgiving,
Of beautiful weather and good living,
Please bless the food that we now share,
And keep us always in your care.
By Joan Coombs of the Classy Lassies in Oakbank----October, 2011


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