Believe it or not, the Red Hat Society of Crookston is wearing bright and bold red hats in the photo.

Believe it or not, the Red Hat Society of Crookston is wearing bright and bold red hats in the photo. They met at Minakwa Tuesday for their monthly meeting and invited Crookston Area Chamber & Visitor’s Bureau Executive Director Terri Heggie, pictured in the back fourth from the left, to join them and tell them all about the Women’s Leadership Network and Chamber happenings. The Red Hat Society was founded in 1997 when a woman named Sue Ellen Cooper of Fullerton, California, gave her friend a 55th birthday gift that included a vintage red fedora and a copy of a poem called, “Warning,” a popular post-war poem. Sue Ellen dubs the Red Hat Society as “the place where there is fun after fifty.” As of 2011, there were over 40,000 chapters in the United States and 30 other countries. The women famously wear red hats and purple outfits to their public gatherings, usually tea.