The way journeys used to be —
is the way they’re revived every other year in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts on Coaching Weekend. Some dozen or so four-in-hand coaches in the Gilded Age tradition roll out from Orleton Farm in Stockbridge. The horses are splendid, the male passengers top-hatted and formally attired, ladies sport elaborate hats, coachmen blow long coaching trumpets —
And hearts really do beat faster when the cry goes up among the waiting spectators lining the lake —
THE COACHES ARE COMING!
One by one they rattle down the road, the passengers from the past occasionally waving or tipping their hats — The horns blaring — We gazing up from the road, tugging on our forelocks (well, kind of) — and then the coaches are gone until next time —
The last Coaching weekend was in October of 2011, so the next opportunity to watch this amazing spectacle will be in 2013. Stay tuned —