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.
Orleton Farm Driving Show Prize List is now available:
Important Late-Breaking Corrections to the Prize List:
Entries on Thursday will be limited to 30 TOTAL for both the Combined Test and the Super Derby. So get your entries in early!!! The Picnic Class will be held as the last class of Saturday morning.
A recap of the May Annual Meeting held on May 15…
After a wonderful barbecue with music by Jack Waldheim, Harvey called the CCDS Annual meeting to order. Finally, the Annual Meeting happened. It was scheduled at the Lenox Club for January 19th, 2019. It was cancelled on January 16th due to the impending major storm. It was rescheduled for February 2nd but had to be cancelled again due to weather. There was no meeting in March. Then the Wallers offered Orleton for a barbecue and annual meeting and we finally got it done!
Ann Willey handed out copies of the treasurer’s report and recapped the financial events since the last meeting. She reported that we are now up to 60 members who have joined/renewed for 2019.
Harvey presented the slate of officers for 2019. All proposed and continuing officers and directors were voted on and approved. Review the 2019 List of Officers and Directors here: 2019 CCDS Officers
After the adjournment of the meeting, Carole Owens gave a brief presentation about the local love story that inspired Edith Wharton to write her famous book, The House of Mirth.
It was a delightful evening and all enjoyed the variety of music, socializing, lively presentation, and of course feasting as usual.
You can read the minutes of the meeting in its entirety here: May Meeting Minutes
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.