Border Belles celebrate independence

15 years ago

By Elna Seabrooks
Staff Writer

    HOULTON — It wasn’t the fourth of July; it was almost a week later. But, at their annual barbecue, 19 of the 36 Border Belles had a grand time at the home of Roger and Lois Morin to declare their own independence from their traditional red hats with which they are so closely associated.
ImagePioneer Times photo/Elna Seabrooks
ROGER AND THE BELLES — At their annual picnic the Border Belles declared their independence,  broke away from their traditional red hats and let Roger Morin take over the cooking. Counterclockwise from bottom left are: Jean Wiley, Linda Cassidy, Joyce Blake, Odette Ouellette, Barbara Grant, Leola Bishop, Brittany Gonzalez, Elva Coburn, Gemma Bartley and Roger Morin, Arlene Dickison, Donna Regent, Carolle Milliken, Joan Logan, Pat Chase, Linda Russell, Marge Pannell, Lois Morin, Irene Jackson and Priscilla Monroe.
    Self-proclaimed Red Hat Queen Mother, Barbara Grant, said “the reason we’re not wearing red hats today is because this has been deemed our independence Fourth of July picnic. Everybody could choose the color hat they wanted to wear. So that’s why you don’t see red hats on everybody.”
Image    What you would have seen, however, was a sumptuous buffet with barbequed hot dogs, pot-luck dishes, various salads, makings for ice cream sundaes, chips, dips and plenty of beverages. There were plenty of smiles and laughter, too, with Roger Morin taking over duties as chef. Lois Morin, “a good-hearted member of the Red Hat Society Border Belles” said she volunteered the location and her husband to take over cooking chores.