(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.

Cancelled: Lenox Tub Parade

Next Event: Marc Johnson has put together an informative webinar about being a navigator. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, September 23. Time to be announced.

Hello CCDS Members and Friends,

We have not forgotten you! We are hoping everyone is staying well and stress-free as much as possible during these trying times. We hope that here we can share some happy thoughts of 2021 when we will all be able to gather again and enjoy all of the exciting events we are planning.

As September is fast upon us amid the restrictions the pandemic has necessitated, this year’s Tub Parade and the rest of our 2020 club meetings will regretfully not be held in person. We are deeply stricken with sadness as this has been the core strength of our group: to gather, socialize, support, and help each other.

Yet, while we are not able to gather in person, nothing prevents us from meeting virtually. Virtual meet-ups (like Zoom) have become the staple of maintaining social interactions these days. I’m sure most of us has either participated in a virtual event or knows someone who has. So with that in mind, we are planning our own virtual event. Stay tuned for more details soon.

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.