As you’ve gathered by now, today was the first full day at this year’s International Carriage Symposium.

Rather than try to recap today’s outstanding lectures, I encourage you to review some of the highlights here. Or, better yet, follow me on Twitter! Then you’ll be able to keep up with my “live tweeting” during the remaining two days of the symposium.

Just a couple of photos from this afternoon:

Mark Schneider wins the award, I think, for the best entrance of all the speakers so far. He’s an interpreter here at Colonial Williamsburg and he usually portrays Frenchmen. To begin his talk, he strode dramatically into the room (in costume) and, just as dramatically, began his introduction in fluent French. He was speaking about a 1744 book called Le Parfait Cocher, or The Perfect Coachman, and he was clearly channeling the book’s eighteenth-century author. Immediately, a multitude of cell-phone cameras started clicking, and Andres Furger (a fellow speaker) stood up to record the proceedings.

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After the day’s final speaker, everyone gathered in the trade fair room, first to admire and then to queue up for a piece of cake, which the hotel had kindly provided in honor of the CAA’s fiftieth anniversary.

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everyone admired the three-dimensional wheels on the chocolate carriage

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