December 24, 2006

On Dec. 8, the "Old Bats in Red Hats" chapter of the Red Hat Society held their Christmas party at the Red Byrd Restaurant in Keedysville. The ladies decided to make their outing even more fun by making and wearing hats made out of lampshades. Yes, lampshades!

The ladies were a sight to see and the staff and customers at the Red Byrd got such a kick out of seeing them.

Queen "Bat in the Hat" Cindy Bennett made a pink hat with beads and fringes and trimmed it with vintage pink pearl roses. Debbie "Lady Basketcase" Viands made a Christmas tree out of her lampshade. Geraldine "Lady Butter Fly" Miller decided to use a chapter theme and made a hat trimmed with a red boa and highlighted with a big furry bat on the front. Jaci De Laughter was very creative and trimmed the base of her lampshade with fur and topped it with a Santa hat.


Pat "Batty Patty" Gageby trimmed her hat with sparkles galore and added a very clever pull chain to her hat. Marty "Giggles Bat" Brown made a hat out of the hardware found inside a lampshade and then hung Christmas bells on the hat. Ruth Peyton and Nancy Marcum wrapped beautiful fabric around their hats and then trimmed them with ribbons, pearls and flowers. Ruth "Brat Bat" Darling wrapped her lampshade in a furry scarf. Jeanne Irvin and Doris "The Dazzling Diva" Osborne wore a beautiful hat trimmed with flowers and Jeanne Irvin's lampshade was crocheted along each curve of the hat then trimmed with flowers.

Next, the ladies enjoyed a delicious lunch ranging from salads, steaks, sandwiches and seafood. They also had to sample the Red Byrd's desserts, including its famous red velvet cake. After lunch, the ladies held a gift exchange and then sang some "Red Hat Style" Christmas songs. Everyone had so much fun and it was a wonderful day for all.

The Franklin County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees recently held a general membership meeting at Solomon's Evangelical Lutheran Church. After a short business meeting, lunch was served.

After the luncheon, guests and new members were introduced. Glendora Moul was awarded the 2005/2006 Outstanding Region IV Volunteer Award. The local outstanding PASR volunteer was Dalton Paul.

James Papoutsis, a former chapter president (and now state treasurer) installed the new officers for the 2007 term: President, Gerald Kowallis; president-elect, Dalton Paul; vice president, Franklin Gaugler; secretary, Marge Royer; assistant secretary, Patricia Heckman; treasurer, Glendora Moul; and assistant treasurer, George Cowley. Various committee chairpersons also participated in the installation service.

The Rev. Bert Lang entertained members with piano selections, vocal music, and humorous stories.

The library award was won by Katharine Biesecker, who awarded it to the Alexander Hamilton Library. Door prizes were won by Doris Demuth, Bonnie Thomas, and Carolyn McCartney.

The table decorations, potpourri pies made by Betty Campbell and Betty Chilcote, were awarded to honored guests.

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