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St. John's –Naval Academy Croquet Match in Historic Annapolis Is a Rite of Spring
FOR RELEASE: February 24, 2010
CONTACT: Patricia Dempsey, 410-626-2539
Bring the family to the heart of historic Annapolis for an annual rite of spring: the 28th Annual Annapolis Cup. The croquet match between St. John’s College and the U.S. Naval Academy takes place this year on Saturday, April 17, at 1 p.m. Rain date: Sunday, April 18. This family event is free. The match is a lively mix of spirited intercollegiate competition and a festive lawn party where watching the spectators is as much a sport as croquet.
The lawn parties boast everything from cherished recipes served on silver platters to simple champagne-picnics on blankets. The elaborate fashions worn by spectators are reminiscent of the stylish lawn parties depicted in books like “The Great Gatsby.” The festive atmosphere includes vintage gowns and hats, serenades by the St. John’s Freshman Chorus, and swing music provided by the Naval Academy’s Trident Brass Band. The match draws about 1,500 spectators. Many are alumni who see the event as a springtime reunion, Navy families who relish a chance to cheer for their team, and regional residents who enjoy an old-fashioned community event and a day- trip to historic Annapolis.
Since the contest began more than two decades ago, the Johnnies have dominated most years, winning 22 matches out of 27. Who will win this year?
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For more information and directions, visit the St. John’s College website
For information on visiting historic Annapolis:
Annapolis Conference and Visitor Bureau: http://www.visit-annapolis.org/visitor-info/index.aspx
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