Ottawa Red Hat Society – Meeting Middle Age With Humor & Enthusiasm

The Red Hat Society is a growing “disorganization” of women who meet middle age with humor and enthusiasm. The inspiration behind the Society lies in the poem “Warning” by Jenny Joseph, about a woman who decides that when she grows old, she shall wear purple with a red hat. A California woman named Sue Ellen Cooper, inspired by the poem, began giving vintage red hats with a copy of the poem as gifts to dear friends. The friends passed on more hats to their friends, and the soon the group found themselves going out to tea and lunch together dressed in their vintage red hats with purple dresses. Eventually the group became large enough to form a Society, with women proving there can be fun after fifty for women of all walks of life.

Women over age 50 are known as “Red Hatters,” while those under 50 are referred to as “Pink Hatters.” There are local chapters… In 2013, 80 local ladies of the Red Hat Society strutted their stuff at Ottawa’s first Annual Red Hat Mall Crawl at the Carlingwood Mall – an event meant to promote awareness of and membership in the Society. This year, it looks like some members of the Red Hat Society paid a visit to the Sparks Street Mall.

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