Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Antique Sleigh Rally At Old Sturbridge Village

Antique Sleigh Rally
February 5

NEW for 2011!
Join us as Old Sturbridge Village hosts its first genuine New England Sleigh Rally.
Dozens of antique horse-drawn sleighs - many of them 80-120 years old -
will compete in a variety of categories including the popular "Sleigh Dog" and
"Currier & Ives" divisions. Sleighs participating will include Bob Sleighs,
Portland and Albany Cutters, Racing Sleighs, Freight Sleighs, and more.

Sleigh Facts: 
Bob Sleighs have "Bobs," which are double runners that make them more
maneuverable and easy to turn sharply.
Sleigh bells were developed as a safety precaution. Because sleighs glide
so silently over the snow, the jingling sounds prevented collisions, especially in the dark.
The rally begins at 11 a.m. in the field near the gristmill. 
Admission to the rally is included in regular admission ticket at no additional cost.

Other winter activities include ice skating, sledding on 1830s-style 
sleds and horse-drawn sleigh rides around the Common.  
Warm up by one of the many cozy fireplaces throughout the Village.

Horse and carriage
photo by Lisa Cenis

Antique Sleigh Rally Upcoming Dates
Saturday, February 5, 2011

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