Next year’s CAA Conference will not be held (as is traditional) in the summer; rather, we will have a CAA Winter Conference in Minnesota, January 27 to 30. This timing and location will give us a chance to celebrate all things sleighing. The entire event, in fact, is being held in conjunction with the 125th anniversary of the St. Paul (MN) Winter Carnival.

The local group helping us to organize this sure-to-be-fabulous event has already started sending out periodic newsletters. According to the inaugural issue: “Each year, a Sleigh and Cutter Festival is held in conjunction with the St. Paul Winter Carnival. In a Currier & Ives setting, the present becomes the past. Gracefully curved sleighs adorned with lacy ironwork glide over the snow behind fast trotting horses, the music of sleigh bells following them. Drivers from across the country, along with their horses, sleighs, and passengers, are invited to participate. Spectators, dressed in warm winter clothing, are invited to trek to city parks to watch this spectacular event. The Carriage Association of America invites you to witness this Winter Wonderland at the 2011 CAA Winter Conference. A full three-day conference is being planned, with knowledgeable and entertaining speakers, the Carriage Showcase, a nineteenth-century dance party, two sleighing events, a trade show, and good food.

To be added to the conference-newsletter mailing list, send a request to carriagenews@frontier.com.

the first page of last week's CAA Winter Conference newsletter, which focused on the Carriage Showcase