Those who donate to volunteers soon will get a voice in naming a future Berkshire Carousel horse representing Adams and Cheshire.
The local group coordinator, Terri Cooper, said that letters go out soon, with $6,000 as the target sum needed to bring their vision, currently just a drawing, to life.
"We're just starting the process of raising money now," Cooper said. "It's going to be a black horse with a red blanket over it, decorated with pictures of Mount Greylock, the Cheshire Cheese Press and the Stafford Hill Monument."
Where most carousel horses are adorned with glass jewels, the Adams-Cheshire group has something different in mind.
"Instead of the glass jewels we're going to put Susan B. Anthony coins," Cooper said.
The total price tag is $9,000, and $3,000 has already been raised.
The total Berkshire Carousel project is a volunteer-driven effort headed up by nonprofit organizations. It involves the entire county, and has the goal of adorning a refurbished, 85-year-old carousel frame placed in the Berkshire Mall with an assortment of locally themed wooden horses. Hundreds are participating and a completion goal of July 1 was recently set.
Those wishing to donate toward the Adams-Cheshire contribution can make out checks to Berkshire Carousel and send them to Berkshire Carousel at the Berkshire Mall, P.O. Box 19, in Lanesborough.
The letter to be sent out to potential donors in each community
Choices include Thunderbolt, Midnight Storm, Appalachian Thunder, Lightning, Ramble and Spirit.