Happy Flag Day 2019

On this day, June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress approved the United States national flag. It had 13 stars and 13 stripes symbolizing the 13 original colonies. Hattingdon wears a top hat inspired by the combination of red and white stripes, and a hatband of white stars against dark blue, of the US Flag.

Sammie Top Hat featuring stars and stripes forever.
Franklin Top Hat.

For a while, the US added stripes and stars to the flag when welcoming new states.

When Kentucky and Vermont joined the union, the flag took on two more stars from the original, so that from 1795 to 1818, 15 stripes and 15 stars graced the flag.

Anticipating a crowded field of stripes, lawmakers decided to honor each new state with a star, and leave the stripes at the original 13, after 1818.

Americans who proudly fly “Old Glory” on the Fourth of July can thank a Lancaster teenager for the current design of the flag. Robert G. Heft designed and sewed the prototype 60 years ago for a class project at Lancaster High School.

The current flag, with 50 stars and 13 stripes, was designed in 1958 by 17-year-old high school student, Robert G. Heft, of Lancaster, Ohio. President Dwight D. Eisenhower chose his design out of 1,500 entries.

See you again here soon!

Hattingdon H Logo in her signature brown.

© Vivian J. Grant.

Kentucky Oaks time

It’s Kentucky Oaks time, Friday, May 3rd, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. You can see what Hattingdon wore last year above. Remember?

This year Hattingdon — instead of wearing something “sporting” like her Lily top hat — is wearing a gorgeous vintage picture hat. Lovely.

Hattingdon's Lily Picture hat created by ©Vivian Grant Farrell.
Lily Picture Hat for the 2019 Kentucky Oaks

Oh, let’s take a look at what Hattingdon wore last year too. Remember?

Lily Top Hat made for the 2018 Kentucky Oaks.

Tune in tomorrow to see her Derby Hat. Hugs and kisses and millinery blisses, Hattingdon.

Hattingdon H Logo in her signature brown.

© Vivian J. Grant.

St Patricks’s Day 2019

Céad Míle Fáilte! A Hundred Thousand Welcomes.

On March 17, people all over the world celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day with parades, parties, and the wearing of the green. So are we. Look!

Kieran Hattingdon.

Story of Patrick . . .

From sadlier.com we have the story of the Patrick who became the Patron Saint of Ireland.

Patrick was born in Scotland. When he was about fourteen years old, he was captured and brought to Ireland. As a slave, he was forced to take care of sheep. Patrick prayed often during his captivity. The people of Ireland at this time were not Christian. Patrick learned about their beliefs and practices.

When Patrick was twenty years old, he escaped from slavery and returned home. He never forgot the people of Ireland and wanted to return to teach them about Christianity. Patrick began studying for the priesthood and was eventually ordained a bishop. He was then sent by the Pope to Ireland as a missionary.

There are many legends about Saint Patrick. One such legend has it that he used a shamrock, a plant growing in Ireland, to explain the Blessed Trinity. Just as the shamrock has one stem with three parts, there are three distinct Persons in one God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Because of this, the shamrock is the traditional symbol of Ireland.

Shamrock clipart 130 x 168 pixels.

Source »

To all our Hattingdon® friends:

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

Source »

Shamrock clipart 130 x 168 pixels.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

With love, Hattingdon Horses

Hattingdon H Logo in her signature brown.

©Vivian J Grant

Happy Valentine’s Day

Hello there. We can’t believe the day is almost over and we are just now posting Hattingdon’s Valentine’s Day hat for 2019.

Is this just the cutest, decorated with those darling hat pins. Amazing! It’s called Jill.

Jill Hattingdon top hat.
Jill Hattingdon.

Top hats are all the craze in the millinery world right now, but of course Hattingdon has been sporting them for some time. Hattingdon always seems to be ahead of the game, you might even say a bit of a trendsetter too. Wink!

Hattingdon H Logo in her signature brown.

©Vivian J. Grant