Update: The CCDS Holiday Party has been cancelled for this year. Regrettably, we were unable to arrange for a suitable location and Harvey and Mary will be away. Let’s hope for next year.

Annual Meeting & Banquet January 19th Happy Holidays everyone.

Fall has flown by, but without much sunshine and too much rain.

Although we are not having the December Holiday party, we are combining our two parties to be super festive and are pleased to announce that our annual banquet will be once again back at the Lenox Club.
So save the date! It’s time to party on January 19th, 2019. Cocktails 6-7, dinner, and a very brief meeting with a slate of officers. After the meeting, historian Richard Jackson will chat about carriage driving around Berkshire county in the Gilded Age period and a few other vignettes.

Our club is extending this invitation to the Saratoga driving club as well, so please bring your family and friends.

R.S.V.P Maureen by January 10th.

Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year!

Topics for the spring seminar are 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 6:30 pm at Orleton Farm in Stockbridge, Mass. Some meetings feature an informational speaker as well as the normal business.

No Meeting for November:  Our next meeting will be the Christmas Party scheduled for Dec 8–stay tuned for more details.


Happy November everyone!

I can’t believe it’s November already, what a dreary fall we have had so far.

November is the month to be thankful for many things, and our club is thankful to all of its members.

Despite the weather, Harvey and Mary had a truly wonderful coaching weekend on Columbus Day weekend. Despite the a couple of grey and dreary days, the rain held off for the most part. Thirteen coaches participated in this spectacular fall event which was well received by the surrounding towns.

Harvey and Mary give many thanks to those who volunteered all three days with traffic safety: Cindy, Tim, Carl, Marilee, Stanley, and Pat. Thank you to Rikki for keeping the coaches organized, and to Pat Musser and Adrienne St. Cyr who came to watch and were quickly put to work to hand out lunches at a private estate for Harvey and Mary’s guests. No one else was allowed behind these private gates.

The October meeting was autumnally festive and in keeping with spirits our guest speaker was Deb Hermann, animal communicator. It is amazing what our beloved pets/horses are trying to tell us. Deb is in the process of writing about her communications that will be published in the near future. I predict it will be a big hit.

We are researching places to hold our annual banquet. If anyone has any suggestions or would like to be on the committee please contact Harvey.

Topics for the spring seminar are welcome.

Happy Thanksgiving, stay well.

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.