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Red Hat alert! Marja Roxborough (left) and Tina Vienneau of the Scarlet Divas, one of five Campbell River chapters in the Red Hat Society, have a spot of tea by the waterfront. On Friday, they will welcome Red Hatters from around the Island and the Lower Mainland during their weekend “funvention” at the Anchor Inn. See story on Page A19. - Paul Rudan/The Mirror
Red Hat alert! Marja Roxborough (left) and Tina Vienneau of the Scarlet Divas, one of five Campbell River chapters in the Red Hat Society, have a spot of tea by the waterfront. On Friday, they will welcome Red Hatters from around the Island and the Lower Mainland during their weekend “funvention” at the Anchor Inn. See story on Page A19.
— image credit: Paul Rudan/The Mirror

No, there’s not a sale on red hats today.

Those ladies you see sporting the fancy chapeaus are members of the Red Hat Society and 160 of them are taking over the Anchor Inn for a weekend “funvention.”

“Women are coming from Vancouver, the Lower Mainland and all over Vancouver Island,” says Red Hatter Marja Roxborough.

Roxborough and Tina Vienneau belong to the Scarlet Divas, one of five Red Hat chapters right here in Campbell River. According to the happy Hatters, four of the chapter were instrumental in organizing this weekend’s event.

The Hatters are dubbing this the “Fantasy Cruise” and are holding a Hawaiian night and Mardi Gras.

“It’s going to be fun and we’re sold out,” says Vinneau.

The Red Hat Society is open to women age 50 and over, and the real goal, is fun says the group’s “Queen Mother” Sue Ellen Cooper.

“The Red Hat Society began as a result of a few women deciding to greet middle age with verve, humour and elan. We believe silliness is the comedy relief of life, and since we are all in it together, we might as well join red-gloved hands and go for the gusto together,” Cooper writes on www.redhatsociety.com.

“Underneath the frivolity, we share a bond of affection, forged by common life experiences and a genuine enthusiasm for wherever life takes us next.”

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