Welcome

(Photos by Lisa Cenis and Sue Brennan)

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 6:45 pm at Orleton Farm in Stockbridge, Mass. Some meetings feature an informational speaker as well as the normal business.

*** UPDATE: CCDS Holiday Party, Sunday, December 11 5:00 pm at Devonfield Inn, Lee, MA***
This will be a pot luck gathering. Come and share a festive meal and conversation with your fellow Colonial Carriage members at the cozy, warm and lovely inn.

We had a guest speaker at our November 16 meeting. Our own club members Steve and Beth Podhajecki from Loon Meadow Farm joined us for the evening. They shared their experiences as drivers of horse-drawn vehicles for special events. They described for us the proper and practical turnouts for horses and drivers for events such as weddings and funerals. This was a lively presentation as they shared many stories–some harrowing, some educational as they described the various cultural festivities they have serviced over their 30+ years in the horse and carriage livery business.

Berkshire Coaching Weekend Despite some chilly weather, the Berkshire Coaching Weekend was an enjoyable event for coachmen, guests, and spectators. Rockdale Photo shared their image gallery here

Nineteen entries enjoyed being superheros for a day at the annual Fun Day! Thank you to all who came out to enjoy the amazing day driving some cones and the cross country course. Special thanks to Harvey “Captain America” and Mary “Wonder Woman” Waller for hosting and setting up the event, Maureen “Super Woman” Gamelli for her hours of organization, Pat “The Punisher” Gamelli for grilling up lunch, and all of the other volunteers from the Hall of Justice–Sue Brennan, Ron Terry, and Jen & Wayne Wilcox–who helped save the Universe!

About this year’s Lenox Tub Parade–A heartfelt thank you those who responded indicating interest in participating in the 2016 Tub Parade. Unfortunately, the two dates that we had available to us were in conflict with other equine major events which many of our members historically participate in. We are sad to say that this year there will not be a Tub Parade in Lenox.

But, we are pleased to announce a silver lining in the delay of our next parade. 2017 will then mark two significant anniversaries: the 25th CCDS Tub parade and the 250th anniversary for Lenox. We will discuss plans for this big event over the next few months of meetings.

Please send any news you may have for the newsletter (new members to the family, photos from events, want ads) to Jen Wilcox at: jen.wilcox@verizon.net or Harvey at: hwaller562@aol.com.

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.