Lenox Tub Parade: Go out for a Saturday drive

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Step back in time on Saturday, Sept. 7 as the Gilded Age comes alive with the Tub Parade in Lenox. Colonial Carriage and Driving Society reinvented this beautiful parade more than 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.

The parade steps off at 1:30 p.m. in downtown Lenox.

After the event, which was considered the close of the summer season for Cottagers, a Tea & Talk at Ventfort Hall will be held at 3:30 p.m, where you can learn more about the history of the Tub Parade. Ventfort Hall board member and veteran Lenox Tub Parade participant Tjasa Sprague will present a talk on the story of this traditional event that dates back to the Gilded Age in the Berkshires. Her presentation will be followed by a Victorian Tea. Ventfort Hall is located at 104 Walker St. in Lenox.

The Tea & Talk is $28 advance reservations, $32 day of event. For information or reservations, call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or visit info@gildedage.org.

For more information about the parade, visit Lenox.org or ColonialCarriage.org.

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