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LITTLETON — The Royal Hattitudes Chapter of the Red Hat Society, based out of Littleton, has had a very active few months.

Membership has grown to 34 wild and wacky women from the region who gather together monthly for fun and frivolity; garbed in purple attire and topped with a red hat. Since our potluck dinner in July in 96-degree heat, we have been busy having fun.

In August a high tea was held at Stonehedge Inn in Tyngsboro, where the membership sipped flavored teas, champagne and nibbled on a delightful assortment of tea sandwiches and desserts, arranged with our thanks to hostess Jean Carrington of Haverhill, formerly of Ayer.

The ladies were all primped and polished in their royal finery and received much attention from other guests as well.

The ladies were all primped and polished in their royal finery and received much attention from other guests as well.

September saw a change of pace at Acton’s Fire Your Desire where our hostess, June Taylor of Acton, arranged for the group to paint and fire very individual ceramic creations while enjoying light fare with a Southwestern flair. This was a casual event where the ladies could display a more relaxed fashion statement with assorted T-shirts and baseball caps adorned with the appropriate Red Hat themes.

Sunday brunch at Bamboo in Westford in October was well-attended and created the usual stir of interest as other diners observed a room filled with red and purple clad women enjoying the splendid buffet and sharing one another’s company. Our hostess, Barbara Cox, has made this Asian restaurant an annual and delicious event.

In November, 31 came together at Queen Mum Deb Williams’ house in Littleton for the annual business meeting. Hosted by the Queen’s Court, reports of the past year were made and the stage was set for the upcoming year’s events. It was at this meeting that our membership officially doubled and we welcomed the newest members to our happy chapter. Our new members hail from Auburndale (Maureen Callan), Maynard (Janet Cain), Ayer (Ruth Harrington and Helen Campbell), Littleton (Janet Quinty, Karen Jesensky, Judy Bateman), Westford (Bruni Fletcher-Koch, Jeanne Peebles), Groton (Alison Dolbear) and Townsend (Rhonda Gagnon and Nancy Martin). Decadent desserts and assorted beverages were served by the Queen’s Court and there was plenty of time for socializing and getting to know one another better. One new member even showed up in purple PJs (as attire was set as casual). Hats of various forms were either good for a laugh or got rave reviews.

And as we closed out 2006, our December event was held in the Vincent Cooper room at the Reuben Hoar Library where we contributed to and wrapped up Christmas bags and boxes for distribution through the Littleton Council on Aging. Hostess Deidre Johnson of Littleton and Susan O’Leary of Cambridge arranged wonderful appetizers and beverages as well as supplied all the wrapping materials needed. Small groups focused on creating special parcels that will be delivered to special ladies in Littleton. We thank the employees at Littleton’s COA for their assistance.

Heading into 2007 we began as we have for the past few years, celebrating the New Year with a festive celebratory dinner at Scupper Jack’s and enjoyed a Yankee Swap. There were peals of laughter and the members enjoyed the company and fellowship of our fabulous group of femme fatales.

Of special interest for the entire month of February, at the Reuben Hoar Library in Littleton, will be a wide assortment of Red Hat memorabilia and materials housed in the display case in the library’s lobby.

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