There are probably many of you who have never heard of the Red Hat Society, but Zehnder’s has become very familiar with this wonderful group of ladies over the years and welcomes them with open arms whenever they visit.
The Red Hat Society is a social organization originally founded in 1998 in the United States for women age 50 and beyond. The founder of the society is artist Sue Ellen Cooper, who gave a friend a 55th birthday gift consisting of a red hat and poem that started with “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple, With a red hat that doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me.” She repeated the gift on request several times and eventually several of the women bought purple outfits and held a tea party on April 25, 1998. The next tea party included 18 red hat wearing women which didn’t fit very well around a tea party table, so she encouraged women to start their own Red Hat Chapters.
Today there are over 40,000 Red Hat Society Chapters worldwide where their events may vary from crafts, games, theater, hosting teas or just enjoying each other’s company.
In honor of the Red Hatters, Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth hosts a Red Hat Ladies Days every April. This year’s dates are April 22, 23 & 24 where the day starts with “The Red Hat Shopper’s Corner” where vendors have a large variety of Red Hat supplies for sale. At noon the ladies will enjoy a wonderful chicken luncheon served with wine and a special dessert, followed by musical entertainment and many door prizes.
If you would like to join us for the day or would like more information click here or call us at 800-863-7999. Reservations are required in advance.
Linda Kelly, Special Events Coordinator of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth