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Celebrate Spring and Women’s History Month with “The (Mad) Hatter” at Flying Goat Cellars


Lompoc, CA (March 7, 2024) – To celebrate Spring, Women’s History Month and the recently curated exhibit “The (Mad) Hatter,” Flying Goat is hosting a reception on Friday, March 29, 4-6pm at the Tasting Room & Art Salon. With over fifty hats collected over fifty years, Chief Philosopher/Proprietor Kate Griffith has been nicknamed “The Mad Hatter” by her husband (and Winemaker) Norm Yost. Ladies and gents are invited to put on their favorite chapeau, channel their alter-ego and join in the fun. Easter bonnets are especially welcome! 

“Swept up with all the possibilities of who I could be (or pretend to be) with the change of a hat, I began collecting all styles of headgear in my late teens,” remarked Griffith. “Almost fifty years and over fifty hats later, my collection includes functional to classical to whimsical styles. They all give me great delight. My husband admits that this is a side of me he didn’t even know existed. I’ve been storing most of my hats in vintage trunks, including a Victorian hat trunk from my great grandmother.”

Griffith doffs a hat to Women’s History Month and the many ladies of inspiration, such as feminist icon Bella Abzug, who have had empowerment through their colorful, flamboyant or unique hats. These leaders and other less known women are also celebrated for wearing “many hats” in their professional and personal lives. 

“The (Mad) Hatter” collection includes diversity in expression, from a coy fascinator to French beret to cloche hat. Griffith playfully displays the hats with a dozen themes, such as “Day at the Races,” “Out of Africa” and “Tea Time.” Dare you venture into the Tasting Room and go down the rabbit hole of Griffith’s imagination? You may even find Alice or a frisky March Hare.

Flying Goat Cellars is known for age worthy fine Pinot Noir and sparkling wine without pretense. The Tasting Room, located at 1520 East Chestnut Court in Lompoc, is open Thursday-Monday 11am-4pm. Rotating art exhibits are hosted throughout the year at Flying Goat. If you are interested in an exhibit, please contact 805-736-9032 or info@flyinggoatcellars.com.