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20190206 Red Hat Festival of Tables GU 4036The eighth annual Red Hat Society Festival of Tables was a great success with over 300 women attending at Casa del Sol in Donna on Feb. 6. Ladies decorated 38 tables with a variety of themes. While the table hostesses stayed with their table, guests drew a number when they entered the room that assigned them to a table. That placed ladies from all different parks seated together allowing them to visit people they might not have previously met.

One of the tables featured an antique sewing machine in the middle and two sewing machine music boxes at each end. Sue Martin and Grace Tracy were hostesses. Martin said the 1955 portable Singer sewing machine belongs to her and she still uses it when she works in groups quilting. “It’s small enough to transport easily and sews straight seams just as well as it did in 1955.”

Other tables featured holiday themes. Jane Garza and Ethel Gonzalez decorated a Valentine’s table using her Avon garnet red Cape Cod glassware and pink napkins. An elegant Halloween table featured a giant skull with a black cape covered with cobwebs in the middle of the table. This sat on a white cobweb laced table runner over a black tablecloth. Black napkins and black plates completed the look. Hostesses were Mila Hedin and Mauverdyne Hombledon.

Red, white and blue were used in several patriotic themed tables. A tabled themed USA by Verna Boss and Elena Guerrera used flags, red chargers, flag plates and a doll dressed in red, white and blue holding a U.S. flag. A similar table was dedicated for a Memorial Day theme, featuring flags in the center. Each plate had the insignias for the five branches of military service.

20190206 Red Hat Festival of Tables GU 4041Mardi Gras is a popular celebration in many towns and Sherry Petrie and Hazel Oachs created a festive table with masks, beads and Mardi Gras doll.

The Texas Citrus Fiesta was represented by Mary Virginia Gerlach who decorated her table with a wagon of citrus fruits and decorated hats worn by models in the 2019 Product Costume Show.

Ready for summer fun? Whimsical bumble bee shaped plates atop a bright yellow tablecloth printed with bumblebees had a huge honey pot and a bear dressed as a honey bee as center pieces were perfect for summer picnic. The table was created by Jana Fleming and Connie St. Aubin.

A Norman Rockwell Main Street scene with tiny houses and trees in the center reminded of days gone by. Created by Bullimos, Dauva and Robertson.

Bright yellow sunflowers scattered on the table between sunflower goblets and plates on brown chargers were another great summer touch. The table was created by Karen Speer and Barbara Gerlach.

With an Elvis entertainer named Danny Lee to perform at the show, there had to be a couple of Elvis tables. A large gold statue of Elvis, the king of rock and roll, stood I the center of one table decorated by Margie Pert. A second table had smaller Elvis statues between settings of checked crystal and black plates. Carolyn Crist and Sheila Durham created this table.

20190206 Red Hat Festival of Tables GU 4046Other themes included “Fruit of the spirit” by Mary Frances Townsend and Shirley Smith; “Pastels” by Phyllis Connett and Jonie Miller; “The Wizard of Oz”; Valentines by Vivian Tuttle and Margie Wyman; and Spring by Nancy Jordison and Natalie Ogden.

Others included Red Hats by Kathy Bolen and Lee Main; “Table by the Sea” by Dottie Arnatt and Pat Ambrose; “High Tea”; Michigan State University by Linda Frysinger and Donna Whittington; and Fourth of July by Lucy Klaus.

“Black and White” was created by Maggie Loney and Suzanne Breman; “Garden Night” by Carole Langlois and Brenda Waytassek; and “Mexico” by Shelley Granistaff and Delayne Schutz.

“Red Hats” was chosen by Finny Sandra Funk and Linda Simler; “Yellow Rose of Texas” by Maggie Biederapp and Kalee Chadwell.

Country Palms” was chosen by Bobby Betts and Donnie Shato; “Joy” by Sharon Newcomber; Kansas State University by Marilyn Downes and Sandi Humston;

A Western theme was used by Jan Sieckent and Pat Cameron; St. Patrick’s Day by Shirley Mills, Anne Ramirez, Deb Slovia and Carol Goedken; Angels by Vera Crick and Darlene Teire; and Thanksgiving by Kathy Tessier and Sara Smith.

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