Chilliwack red hatters just want to have fun

Red Hat Society members gathered for tea at the Coast Hotel last Friday. - Ken Goudswaard
Red Hat Society members gathered for tea at the Coast Hotel last Friday.
— image credit: Ken Goudswaard

The Coast Hotel was seeing red last Friday . . . and they were happy for the business.

With their nine-year run of holding luncheons at an end with the closing of the iconic Minter Gardens, Chilliwack’s red hat ladies have found a new home at the Coast.

A total of 62 members attended the 16th birthday of the Red Hat Society, which has members in 13 countries around the world. Here in Chilliwack, there are 14 chapters with 300 members in total.

Red hatters have a pretty simple philosophy when it comes to their “purely social club.”

“Freedom, fun and friendship,” explained Evelyn Gramolini, chair of the Upper Fraser Valley council of Red Hats.

And while red is the predominant colour when the group meets, you’ll also see “pinkies” (those under 50) and those wearing purple to signify it is their birthday month.

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