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Tyme for Tea

Time for Tea

Time for Tea

Indulgence would be my word of choice for this day of celebration for the RHS Molls. What better way to honor a 15th anniversary of our Red Hat Society chapter than tea at the best tea parlor in the town of Niles (actually a district within the city of Fremont)?  Tyme for Tea  tops our list of favorite places in the east bay to experience a genuine three course Victorian tea service. Note if you plan to go there, reservations are required.

But food is not the only indulgence for this lively group of magical women. We must next pay the consequences of ingesting all that delicious food;  we burned off the condiments of our scones as we browsed the the antique shops along Niles Boulevard. Let’s just say some of us were more enticed than others to drop a few bucks off in exchange for valuable items of a vintage era.

Hospitality is another plus for this small town. Throngs of people begged to take our photos. Well, maybe only half a dozen people asked. But that was expected being this is Friday. I’m quite sure we’d have a bigger audience on the weekend. Craig from Iron Dog Antiques was kind enough to take a photo of a few of us with his car when we promised we would shop in his store. Lots of interesting stuff in there.

Red Hot Car

Red Hot Car

We part with hugs and well wishes knowing we have plenty of reasons to revisit this area soon.There may be a train ride on the Niles Canyon Railway in the future. Or maybe one of these adventures recommended by Hidden SF.

Indulge yourself. You deserve it!

Red Hats at the Ryde

Queens at the Ryde Hotel

Queens at the Ryde Hotel

For awesome social fun, if you are a lady over 50 (or nearing 50) visit the Red Hat Society website. This is the place to go when you reach that point in your life where you have raised the kids (or not), retired or are thinking about it, have done your volunteer or charity work, or just want to escape. There’s a whirlwind of activity and virtually something for everyone once you find the right group for you. Just show up, in the proper attire (red hat/purple clothes or if you are under 50 pink hat/lavender cloths) and be willing to have fun. My group, the RHS Molls, began in 2001. I have served as queen for all that time since no one has been willing to take over that duty. It’s my escape and keeps me out of trouble.

We had a gathering of 100 queens and vice queens at the Ryde Hotel this afternoon. We energized our souls, shared our resources, laughed uproariously, rounded up new friends, amused the staff and left with bellies full from the awesome buffet. Just don’t tell anyone this queen made her speech notes on a toilet seat protector. What could be more appropriate? It goes right up there with making slippers out of sanitary napkins but that’s another red hat story.

 

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