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Marshalltown Red Hat convention a success

August 4, 2013

The Marshalltown Scarlet Babes Red Hat group hosted the Iowa 2013 Red Hat convention at Regency Best Western July 12-14.

The weekend started Friday with a welcoming event hosted by Marshalltown Central Visitors Bureau followed by "The Great American Dinner" from 6 to 8 p.m. followed by music and dancing provided by Smitty and Nuala from 8 to 11 p.m.

The Saturday morning Pajama breakfast buffet included a program on the history of shoes by Tracy Ostrem and entertainment by the Marshalltown M'Tunes, a barber shop quartet. The afternoon tea, in full Red Hat attire, included guests from Iowa Veteran's Home arriving in the IVH patriotic bus. The afternoon program was by Jane Bauer "If teacups could talk".

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Pictured, from left, Garnet Morris, Linda Fuller, Carol Ewalt, Bruni Levings, Linda Stone, Joanne Phillips, Betty Needs, Carolyn Kern, Kay Bell and Edith Podhajsky.

Saturday evening consisted of glitzy attire with dinner and entertainment provided by "Five for One", an all female Christian group. The evening concluded with a patriotic pool party with bingo being a big hit. Sunday morning Linda Stone presented a humorous program on her cane called Moses.

Vendors from California, Indiana, Arizona, and Iowa provided unique shopping all weekend. Each event included door prizes, tail twisting, readings or poems, memorial tributes to our veterans. Jacobson Photography provided photo services. Patriotic quilts were raffled with proceeds going to the Roundhouse fund.

Red Hat ladies ages 39 to 92 attended from Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Kansas, North Carolina, and Iowa. Bruni Levings, event chairperson, and her committee Kay Bell, Carol Ewalt, Linda Fuller, Carolyn Kern, Garnet Morris, Betty Needs, Joanne Phillips, Edith Podhajsky and Linda Stone would like to thank all Marshalltown businesses and citizens for the outpouring of kindness to our ladies as they toured the town shopping and visiting local attractions. The positive feedback was great.

The Marshalltown Scarlet Babes Red Hat group would like to thank the Marshalltown CVD, Morning Glory bakery, Designs By Dawn, Minuteman, Jacobson photography, Tracy Ostrem, Jane Bauer, Smitty and Nuala, M'Tunes, Five for One, Rhubarb and Lace, Gary Schaudt, Patrick and Deanna and the staff at Best Western Regency and all of our committee family members who helped make this event a great success.



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