Always shrouded in mystery, the highly visible League does not issue official head counts or any other information about its secret fellowship. Unofficially, however, there were more than 120 gingers of all shades assembled for “The Night of the Walking Red 2.”
On display to inspire awe from all was an enlarged facsimile of Mayor Lou Rosamilia’s official proclamation that on Oct. 1, 2014 the City of Troy NY shall also be known as “Ginger City, USA.” This extraordinary proclamation was craftily mounted on a red velour foam board.
At 6:30 p.m., a message came over the loud speaker for all within Brown’s Brewing Co. to hear:
Attention: All Gingers, Carrottops, Cheez Doodle Orangies, Auburn Types, Strawberry Blondes and Distinguished White Heads.
The League of Extraordinary Red Heads requests your presence on our deck for its annual meeting and Pumpkin Ale “Toast of the Coppertops.”
All Reds on deck! I repeat: All Reds on deck!
LoERH Founder Duncan Crary facilitated The League’s always concise agenda. This year’s discussion of “1) Us 2) Them” included the important issue of appointing a dedicated member to the status of “High Ginger.” An exalted and official position within the fiery fellowship, the role comes with great responsibility. With cheers, huzzahs and shouts of aye, the League selected Margaret Young.
Distinguished White Head “Jumpin’ Ginger Jack Casey” performed a musical tribute to Red Heads titled “Gingers Rule.” The original lyrics were set to “Wild Rover (no Nay Never).” Mr. Casey is a Troy novelist, singer/songwriter and official lawyer for Santa Claus. As is the case with Kris Kringle, Mr. Casey’s ginger hair has turned white. But evidence of his extraordinary red headedness was submitted in the form of an enlarged photograph of himself as a young bearded bohemian lad galavanting in Edinburgh, Scotland.
At the conclusion of his tune, Mr. Casey instructed the League to raise their glasses for the pumpkin ale “Toast of the Coppertops,” an autumnal rite of the League of Extraordinary Red Heads.
Photographers Andy Kainz and Neil Grabowsky, the ginger-haired host of the League’s website, were on hand to capture every moment and orchestrate the group photo. Think herding cats is hard? Try red heads!
You can see all of their photographs from the evening here.
Gingers love to tell stories, and after their meeting they gabbed about extraordinary and important things all through the night.
Some traveled from far away to meet new friends.
And to see familiar faces, too.
There were gingers with short hair, long hair, and hardly any hair left at all.
Several wee members were inducted into the League and received their official “Member” card.
And very tall gingers, too…
Friends and family of extraordinary red heads joined in the fun, too.
See how they match — one sister red, one brunette.
As the sun set…
… they kept on blazing.
And then The Amazing Anasha Cummings wowed the crowd with an extraordinary feat. Turn up the volume, press play and behold:
You never know what these extraordinary red heads will do next.
So be there next time… or be left out in the dark.