The Sweet Hattalines are on the cusp of performing their 100th show. The Hattalines are a group of mostly women and one man who perform dance routines. In the last five years, they have performed for nursing homes, the Lion’s Club, the Brownwood Reunion and the Rotary Club.

They will perform at a nursing home in Rising Star for Saint Patricks Day and at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 at Songbird Lodge, they will celebrate their 100th show.

The group began in 2008 after a group of ladies in the Red Hat Society wanted a club were they “could play a little.” Whereas the original Red Hat Society meets socially and shares a meal, the Sweet Hattalines dance and practice routines.

They perform several dance routines including a Hawaiian dance to two-step dances. In addition to their group dances, each member of the Hattalines performs a separate solo routine of their choice known as the jukebox numbers.

Joanne Chambers, director of the Sweet Hattalines, said most of the groups favorite routines are the solo jukebox dances which range from Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel’ to Patsy Cline and Shania Twain.

“Mostly it is country-western,” said Chambers, “we have a wonderful Elvis impersonator too.”

Also a group member and her husband, the only male in the group, perform what Chambers described as “the most beautiful waltz.”

“One thing people are surprised about is the fact that we are old, but we can still move,” said Chambers.

Their shows for the local community have included characters from the Blue Fairy from Pinnochio to Minnie Pearl.

What does it take to be a Hattaline? Chambers said their motto is to “live, laugh and wear a red hat,” but other than that there were no specific qualifications.

All but two members of the group are retired and the youngest currently is in her 50s. They began with five members, but have doubled that number over the last several years. Current members include: Verna Bolton, Joanne Chambers, Sandy Clark, Diane Elkin, Loreta Hiller, Rosa Hoffman, Maxine Kellar, Myrna Kinzler, Madelon Merkler, Jenivie Pruitt and Helen Stalcup.

They meet for two hours every Monday to practice and rehearse several of their routines.

“There are times were people will come in a little down, but by the time we leave everybody is up and smiling,” said Chambers.

Several years ago Chambers’ husband had been sick and she had to take a few weeks off, but the group continued and carried on.

“It just shows what this group means to everybody in it,” Chambers said, “we've never have had to break. It shows that these ladies are interested enough to carry on.”

The Sweet Hattalines are on the cusp of performing their 100th show. The Hattalines are a group of mostly women and one man who perform dance routines. In the last five years, they have performed for nursing homes, the Lion’s Club, the Brownwood Reunion and the Rotary Club.

The Sweet Hattalines will perform at a nursing home in Rising Star for Saint Patricks Day and at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 at Songbird Lodge, they will celebrate their 100th show.

The Sweet Hattalines began in 2008 after a group of ladies in the Red Hat Society wanted a club were they “could play a little.” Whereas the original Red Hat Society meets socially and shares a meal, the Sweet Hattalines dance and practice routines.

They perform several dance routines including a Hawaiian dance to two-step dances. In addition to their group dances, each member of the Hattalines performs a separate solo routine of their choice known as the jukebox numbers.

Joanne Chambers, director of the Sweet Hattalines, said most of the groups favorite routines are the solo jukebox dances which range from Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel’ to Patsy Cline and Shania Twain.

“Mostly it is country-western,” said Chambers, “we have a wonderful Elvis impersonator too.”

Also a group member and her husband, the only male in the group, perform what Chambers described as “the most beautiful waltz.”

“One thing people are surprised about is the fact that we are old, but we can still move,” said Chambers.

Their shows for the local community have included characters from the Blue Fairy from Pinnochio to Minnie Pearl.

What does it take to be in the Sweet Hattalines? Chambers said their motto is to “live, laugh and wear a red hat,” but other than that there were no specific qualifications.

All but two members of the group are retired and the youngest currently is in her 50s. The Sweet Hattalines began with five members, but have doubled that number over the last several years. Current members include: Verna Bolton, Joanne Chambers, Sandy Clark, Diane Elkin, Loreta Hiller, Rosa Hoffman, Maxine Kellar, Myrna Kinzler, Madelon Merkler, Jenivie Pruitt and Helen Stalcup.

They meet for two hours every Monday to practice and rehearse several of their routines.

“There are times were people will come in a little down, but by the time we leave everybody is up and smiling,” said Chambers.

Several years ago Chambers’ husband had been sick and she had to take a few weeks off, but the group continued and carried on.

“It just shows what this group means to everybody in it,” Chambers said, “we've never have had to break. It shows that these ladies are interested enough to carry on.”