Welcome to the Colonial Carriage and Driving Society’s web site. This site is intended to give up to date information about our club meetings and special events. The Society welcomes everyone to join the club, whether you drive carriage horses or just have an interest in the history and traditions of carriage driving. Open meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm at Orleton Farm in Stockbridge, Mass. Some meetings feature an informational speaker as well as the normal business.
Next Meeting April 19 6:30 pm at Orleton Farm, Stockbridge, MA.
Announcing: The Spring Seminar–Get Ready for the Show Season. Saturday, April 22, Orleton Farm, Stockbridge, MA Information and Registration Form here
Orleton Driving Show Important Notice Regarding Health Requirements…see the Pleasure Show Page for more info.
Orleton Driving Show Prize List for 2017 has been posted…see the Pleasure Show Page to download.
New Year’s Greetings from Harvey Waller…
Hope everyone has had a great Holiday season. Colonial Carriage caps off another successful year with our Christmas party at the Devonfield Inn. The pot luck dinner party was very much in the holiday spirit with friends getting together to enjoy one another’s company.
As we look forward to the coming year, the first event is our Annual Meeting and Banquet to be held at the Lenox Club in the village of Lenox, Ma. By the end of January with all the holiday parties behind us, the Annual Meeting & Banquet is something to look forward to. The annual meeting is always a good time and it helps to combat cabin fever that some of us get in the middle of winter. I know I thoroughly enjoy the night.
The night will be cocktails at 6:30 pm with dinner and meeting to follow. The election of officers and directors for the coming year is the main business of the night. We have put forth the same slate of officers and directors as last year for the coming year 2017. Anyone who would like to serve on the board of directors or any one who would like to come off the board please let me know. The board serves a simple function really and that is to offer advice and guidance to the club and to take a leadership position when possible.
John Greenall will be our guest speaker telling amusing stories of horse shows, sleigh rallies, and CDE ‘s from the past. John has been a show judge for many years and has been there and seen it all acquiring many a tale to be told. We are asking all attending if you could bring photos from past years for display and discussion before and after the meeting. It is fun to see any of the past photos especially the really old ones. We never give it much thought in our present time, but with all we do, Colonial Carriage is making it’s own history in the driving world.
Come to the Annual Meeting and for a fun evening.
The cost for our Annual Meeting and Banquet is $43.00 per person with a cash bar. Please mail your checks to:
Maureen Gamelli, 410 East St. Lee, Ma 01238.
Address to Lenox Club: 111Yokun Ave, Lenox, Ma 01240
Time: 6:30PM with cocktails and dinner to follow
Info and Reservation Form. The reservation form also includes the 2017 Membership Application. If you plan to attend the Annual meeting, you can keep it simple by sending both checks, Annual Meeting and club dues to Maureen in one envelope. Maureen and Carol work closely together.
Slate Of Officers and Directors For 2017
President: Harvey Waller - firstname.lastname@example.org 413-441-4682 Vice President: Laurie Danaher- email@example.com Vice President: Maureen Gamelli- firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary : Tjasa Sprague - email@example.com Treasurer: Ann Willey - firstname.lastname@example.org Directors up for election (3 year term expires 2020) Kelly Casella, Peter Bravermann, Carl Dudash, Wayne Wilcox Directors (Term expires January 2018) John Frost, Jim Leahey, Jeannette Rotondo, John Yale Directors (Term expires January 2019) Diane Bozyczko, Ray Casella, Carol Terry, Marilee Wagner Newsletter: Jen Wilcox and Harvey Waller Webmistress: Jennifer Wilcox - email@example.com Tub Parade: Maureen Gamelli - Maureengamelli@gmail.com Programs: Mary Stokes Waller - firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Club Dues are due
As of January 1st
It is that time of year to send in your annual dues which is $25.00 per family, made out to Colonial Carriage and Driving Society. Deb Manasse is our membership person and her address is: 14 Loper Road, Sharon, CT 06069. If you are not planning to make a reservation for the Annual Meeting, you can send your dues to Deb using this form:
2017 Membership Application.
Events for the upcoming year
The calendar of events is listed here and we are always seeking ways to improve our events. Especially the theme for the April Clinic, be sure to have input on all events.
Look forward to seeing everyone at the Annual Meeting…
Please check “Listing of Events” on this site for details on other upcoming events. The Society hosts a variety of events, such as driving clinics, informal drives, the Orleton Farm Pleasure Driving Show, Winter Classic Sleigh Rally, Lenox Tub Parade, and Summer Fun Day. Fun Day was created as an opportunity for recreational drivers, as well as seasoned whips, to experience games and friendly competition. The members enjoy the social aspect the Society brings to each meeting and special event, where friends get together to have fun, drive their horses, and to learn more about carriage driving.
The Colonial Carriage and Driving Society was officially formed on January 15, 1989. Twenty-five years later, the club continues to grow and offer many exciting activities. Come to our events or join our club and enjoy the history and tradition of carriage driving.