Sunday, May 13, 2012
Our trip to Annapolis to visit our son just happened to coincide with the Annual Croquet Match between the Naval Academy Midshipmen and the student's of St. John's College. The traditional event was held on the green at St. John's and the crowds turn out to watch the match, but I think mainly to partake in the party atmosphere of this event. The college green, conveniently, is located at the end of the street where my son lives, so we wandered over to see what was happening. It was quite a lot of fun to see how far "tradition" was actually taken.
Players were very smart in their white sweaters and trousers.
The shot went a little wide, but the form was great.
Long dresses and fancy hats were worn by women and men sported bow ties and straw boaters.
This lovely young lady was enthralled by the Trident Brass, the Naval Academy Band who entertained the throng with selections from Ragtime to Jazz.
This was by far the most elaborate costume we spied while walking around the green.
This group brought a smile to my face. Can you say 'Preppy'?
Champagne, being sold by the bottle, seemed to be the drink of choice of this croquet crowd.
And of course, there were the other men in white. Our naval officers and midshipmen.
Food tents offered a variety of meal choices...
...or many brought their own picnic feasts, both elaborate and simple.
The event was well attended and everyone seemed to be having a great time. Although I did notice very little attention was being paid to the croquet players. I think this is all about the "Party" and not the "Match."