Friday, January 19, 2018
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The Rio Grande Valley Red Hat Queen’s Council held its Monday, Dec. 11, meeting and Christmas party at Red Lobster in McAllen. The ladies enjoyed the entree of their choice from the menu and then held a short meeting.

Members were reminded of upcoming events such as the Festival of Tables to be held at Trophy Gardens in Alamo on Jan. 29. A group of 40 tables will be set in different styles representing holidays of special themes such as Red Hats, formal settings, beach or summer settings, or other countries such as Scotland or The Netherlands. Doors will open at 11 a.m. for viewing of the tables and lunch will follow at noon. Bill Chrastil, named Winter Texan Entertainer of the Year for 2017, will provide the entertainment.

All Red Hat groups need to purchase their tickets ($18) from Jan Bergman, (956) 781-8485 or (956) 532-1223, by the end of December as the event will be opened to others after that date.

The Dazzling Dolphins Beach Party is set for February 27 at the Schlitterbahn. The 2018 theme is black and white.

Several Red Hat Queens made suggestions on field trips their groups had taken and recommended for other Red Hat groups.

The Mexican Snacks potato chip factory in San Benito was a favorite although there were reports that the only tours left for this season are in March. Make plans to book for next season for this popular tour.

Another member reported the Hilltop Gardens, located at 100 Lee’s Lane in Lyford was a favorite tour. The contact number is (956) 262-2176. The information given on the plants in the garden was very interesting to those who toured. The garden features tropical and exotic plants, shrubs and trees. Advance reservations are required and a group of 10 people is a minimum.

The third tour recommended is the Backstage at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville. Those who had visited reported the tour of the workings of the zoo was well worth the time. For information, call the zoo at (956) 546-7187.

After the meeting, the ladies exchanged Christmas gifts with a fun right-left game that involved moving gifts to the right or left until the end of the story. The gift in the person’s hands at the time was the one they took home.

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