Are you ready the Mad Hatter Tea Party in Barriere?

Hold on to your hat and get that bee out of your bonnet!

Now is not the time to eat your hat; though you may want to tip your hat or take it off. It’s interesting how hats have crept into a wide variety of sayings.

Everyone knows what a Hat Trick is, of course… or at least, those who watch hockey sure do. Most people also know what is it to Wear Many Hats – certainly those who volunteer in the community do, as they are the ones wearing all the hats!

To Throw Your Hat Into the Ring is to enter a contest or race of some sort, while A Feather In Your Cap is what you get when you succeed at a special achievement.

If something is Old Hat, it is out of fashion or old and uninteresting. To Talk Through Your Hat is to talk nonsense. A Brass Hat is a high-ranking official. If you are still in school, you may hear the teacher telling the students to: ”Put Your Thinking Cap On”.

Coming Hat in Hand to Pass the Hat, is to come humbly to beg for money or aid. If something happens At The Drop of a Hat, it has happened very fast. When you ask a friend to Keep It Under His Hat, you’re asking him to keep your secret and not tell anyone.

In the movies, it is often easy to tell who the heroes and villains are – the hero wears a White Hat and the villain wears a Black Hat.

And to be Mad as a Hatter is to be totally demented and crazy. This one is based on historical fact – hatters (those who made hats) actually did go mad from the fumes from the mercury that was part of the process of felting hats. Thankfully, they no longer use mercury to make hats these days.

A certain young lady named Alice knows all about Mad Hatters. If you’d like to know more about Mad Hatters, why not ask her. She’ll be in Barriere on March 9, 2019, at the 1st Annual Mad Hatter Tea Party that will be held at the Barriere Senior’s Hall. Proceeds of this event will be donated to Barriere and Area Literacy and Learning.

For more information about this event and how you can participate, contact Margaret Houben at 250-672-9330.

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