Colored like cardinals, ladies gather for fun

Hermiston Red Hat Ladies gather at a recent monthly meeting. From left: Jeannette Cordray, Gloria Rieseland, Doris Byrant, Darlene Reiseland, Betty Brandt, Leona Harpster.

For five years, a few dozen Hermiston women have donned rose-colored caps and gathered for food, drink and light conversation.

Their fanciful group is part of the famous Red Hat Society, and members are recognizable by their familiar head covers and purple dresses.

Betty Brandt, vice queen of the local chapter, said the Red Hat ladies make up an unstructured group.

“The whole premise of the society is to have fun,” she said.

Brandt said the Hermiston red-hat wearers gather for a meal at a restaurant once a month with about half of the group’s 30 members attending each meeting.

She said the only requirements of the club are to be over 50 years old and an eagerness to wear the red and purple clothing.

The current Red Hat queen is Juanita Ross, and the group began through the efforts of Rosemary Mullins, who has since moved to Oklahoma.

Brandt invited anyone interested  to contact her at 541-567-1535 or Ross at 541-289-0280.

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