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St. John’s vs USNA Croquet Match

The stage is set for Annapolis’ annual St. John’s College vs U.S. Naval Academy Croquet Match, taking place April 14th on the St. John’s College Campus.

What once began as a friendly match between two neighboring institutions has now become one of the biggest spring events Annapolitan spectators look forward to. I recently visited St. John’s campus to find out a little more about this event. I first sat down with former St. John’s Athletic Director, Leo Pickens, to talk about this historic rivalry – a rivalry that has been around for the past 35 years. Then, I took to the field with the Imperial Wicket (croquet captain) Shane to discuss the upcoming match.

The “Johnnies” and the “Mids” vie for the coveted Annapolis Cup during this annual rite of spring. The croquet match brings together two starkly different institutions for an event Sports Illustrated says has “no parallel in intercollegiate sports.” Attendees dress “Great Gatsby-style” while enjoying a lavish lawn party that includes serenades by the St. John’s Freshman Chorus and swing music provided by the Naval Academy’s Trident Brass Band. The “Johnnies” play in different “uniforms” each year – ranging from camouflage khakis, to U.S. Naval Academy imitation Crackerjack, to Vikings’ attire, to bare feet. The “Mids” follow the United States Croquet Association dress code.

Croquet Match

Even though this coveted experience has sold out this year, one thing is for certain: The Croquet Match will certainly be back next year to continue the tradition and celebrate springtime.

 

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Kat Spitzer, Blogger
Kat Spitzer

Kat Spitzer is the author of The Happy Hypochondriac and The Happy Hypochondriac Survives World Travel. She also writes the Happy Hypochondriac humor blog at www.happyhypochondriac.com. She is a columnist and freelancer for various newspapers and magazines, and is currently working on her third book. Kat is also the owner and instructor of Miss Dawson’s School for Well-Mannered Individuals, an etiquette program in Annapolis (www.MissDawsons.com). She graduated from Vanderbilt University and Vermont Law School, and lives in Annapolis with her husband and two children.