Last week my friend and I attended a Red Hat Convention in New Orleans. From the moment we arrived at the airport, the fun and fellowship began. Women from different local chapters were already there waiting with heightened anticipation to board a flight to the “Big easy.” I had no idea what was in store. To say that I had a good time is an understatement. It was a blast. This sisterhood is remarkable. Together, we embody the spirit of what it means to truly connect with others in fun and camaraderie regardless of ethnicity, religious preference, political affiliation, and social economical standing. Women decked out in red and purple came from every state in these United States and from abroad. My flight was short and uneventful. Of course, every trip wasn’t without its snags. Still, they came by train, plane and automobile. Thirty six hours for one group, but they didn’t let that dampen their hat-attitudes.
There was something to do every minute of the day and night. A constantly packed dance floor in the Hat District proved that the line dance classes were a big hit. There were so many things going on it was hard to keep track, but I’ll do my best to share. Women took part in the apron exchange, charm exchange, bounce line dance class, masquerade ball and dinner, social butterfly event and the 20th year Anniversary Parade down Canal Street. It rained briefly during the parade, but that didn’t stop the flurry of red and purple.
Now, if I tell you that the Hat District wasn’t spot on, that would be far from the truth. It was that and more. Bling, bling and more bling filled every crevice. I am a Red Hatter, but I was also a vendor. True to their reputation, my Red Hat Sisters supported me in a big way. My books, Woven and If only for a Season literally flew off my table. Most importantly, I made so many wonderful contacts and hopefully long-lasting friendships that I will never forget. The experience was incredible. Hats off to Texas for 194 members in attendance for roll call. We were the largest group, California came in at 155 strong.
Ladies, wherever you are across the globe, know that I enjoyed meeting you and I will never forget my very first Red Hat Convention in NOLA-2018. See you in Nashville-2019.
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Bertha Connally Abraham, Author