September Newsletter

(Photo by Dana G oedewaagen:

From Maureen and Harvey…

Hi Everyone,

The Club is having a lot of fun this fall. Last weekend was our 26th Tub Parade with 16 participants including the fabulous calliope that played on the parade route twice around town. The weather was perfect after so much heat and humidity. It's what makes the Berkshires spectacular in the fall.

Here is Harvey’s review from atop his park drag:

“I thought we had a larger crowd viewing the parade than we usually do. I know as I drove around town , there were so many happy faces to be seen and applause given to us by the spectators. I was nervous that the calliope would be too loud for us, but Duffy (the driver of the calliope) assured us it would not bother any of the horses and it didn’t. I am so glad Duffy explained that to us as the calliope was a huge addition to the parade. The Tub Parade ran so smoothly.”

This year two antique pickup trucks joined the parade--a 1926/28 respectively. They led off the parade both decked out in flowers. The spectators were thrilled and approached our volunteers on the street to thank them for a wonderful time.

Back at the staging area, our very own Sasha Truax climbed aboard the calliope and played beautiful organ music. What talent!!!

Many thanks to all of the exhibitors, sponsors, and the Town of Lenox for helping with this event. Thanks also to all our parade volunteers: Wayne and Jen Wilcox, Jeff Morse, Tjasa Sprague, Carl Dudash and Marilee Wagner, Frederikke Borge, Hilary Harty, Pat Gamelli, Stan DeRuggiero, Tim Gabel, and Sara Stokes. Kudos to Wayne and Pat for a fantastic trailer parking job. It’s not easy. I hope I have not missed anyone.

Special, special thanks to Maureen and Kathy who have been chairing the Tub Parade for some time now and making it such a success. The tub parade is a product of a lot of coordinated work on the day of the parade and hours and hours by Maureen beforehand in meetings leading up to parade day with the Town, the Chamber, and the selectmen. What a special day enjoyed by us all in keeping the tradition of the Tub Parade alive. Well Done!
Our next meeting will be Wednesday September 19 th @ 6:30. It will be a pot luck, so bring something yummy.

Dana Goedewaagen from Blue Moon Images has many lovely shots of the exhibitors from the staging area as well as in the parade event. Check out her page:

The next Fall event with be the Berkshire Coaching Weekend October 6-8 (Columbus Day weekend). Harvey is looking for a few volunteers, so please contact him and save the date.

See you next week…
Maureen and Harvey
Check out this photo gallery of our CCDS members proudly presenting their colorful turnouts in this year's parade.
About the Lenox Tub Parade

The Gilded Age came alive on September 8th featuring the Tub Parade in Lenox, MA. Colonial Carriage and Driving Society reinvented this beautiful parade over 27 years ago and is a state-recognized Gilded Age event. It's a carefully crafted tribute to a bygone era of the horse and carriage that draws residents and visitors to the Lenox downtown.

The caravan of decorated horse drawn carriages traces its origins to the mid 1880s. The Lenox floral parade, as it was called back then, was a quintessential high-society event showcasing women and children in their finery at the close of the high season. The Tubs (an Irish expression of a horse drawn cart) were decorated with flowers and autumnal decorations from local gardens as participants competed for recognition.

Today there is only one other horse drawn parade still in existence called the battle of the flowers in California--still going for over 109 years.
Minutes from the August 22 Meeting:

Harvey Waller opened the meeting and welcomed everyone to Orleton Farm. The minutes of the May meeting were accepted as emailed in the Newsletter. Kay thanked Jennifer for sending so many mailings on line and for keeping everyone well informed. Maureen Gamelli presented the financial report. [Copies of the financial report will be available at the September meeting.]

Maureen has been working hard on the Tub Parade since January and has received $ 3,350 in sponsorships.
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