Once again, a tide of crimson splashed upon Hesperia's starry shores.

Hundreds of fun-loving, young-at-heart women from all over Southern California and beyond brought their red hats, feather boas and party-girl spunk to the annual get-together for five hours last Wednesday at the Hesperia Terrace Room.

They sang, they talked, they shared secrets of scarlet - and they danced. This year, a professional disc jockey and singer provided entertainment that got the girls up on the dance floor. A country line dance was performed with particular enthusiasm.

The Red Hat Society, which was founded by Sue Ellen Cooper in 1998, is celebrating its 10th year in operation. There are more than 40,000 RHS chapters in the U.S.