Croquet 2014: Navy 4 - St. John's 1

 

DSC_7742.jpgAlumni, students and the wider community packed the front lawn of the Annapolis campus for a celebrated rite of spring: the Annual St. John's – U.S. Naval Academy Croquet match. More than 3,500 attended in festive attire—top hats, seersucker, pearls, and feathered hats that rivaled those of the Kentucky Derby—for champagne picnics, swing dancing, and reunions with friends and faculty. Amid the joyous outpouring of spring fever the two teams played a closely contested match. From the first opening shot at 1 p.m. to the final swing after 8 p.m., the Midshipmen and Johnnies jousted for the beloved Annapolis Cup. Navy made history, winning for the first time two years in a row. Imperial Wicket and St. John's senior Samuel Collins led the charge against Navy after the Johnnies revealed their uniforms: Greek togas. "I wanted something that would make a statement," Collins says, "The togas are a return to our roots."

Read the article in the Capital Gazette.


Croquet 2014


Saturday, April 12, 2014
Rain Date: Sunday, April 13, 2014

Bring your picnic baskets, fancy hats, dancing shoes, and all the family.

Links:

→ For the Media
→ Croquet Factsheet
→ Meet the 2014 Imperial Wicket
→ LCDR Erik S. Kristensen Lecture Series


 


Croquet 2014 Schedule of Events

8 - 9 a.m. 5K Memorial Fun(d) Run (more information to come)  Register Online – on the Quad
9 a.m. For SJC Alumni and Students only Alumni/student seminar check- in and room assignment; alumni will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets for alcoholic beverages. – Great Hall
9:30 a.m. Tutor-led seminars on Shakespeare’s, As You Like It. Registration required (see above link) –Great Hall
10 a.m. Gates open to the public - Coolers and bags are subject to inspection.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tents open for purchase of alcoholic beverage tickets. Avoid long lines and buy your drink tickets early.
Noon - 4:30 p.m. Beer, wine, champagne, and food stations open.
Noon - 1 p.m. Reception for SJC Graduate Institute alumni and students - Barr Buchanan Center Hartle RoomRSVP by April 4 to: amy.sandefur@sjc.edu.
Noon - 5 p.m. SJC Alumni Welcome Center open - Great Hall - For SJC alumni Only. Drink tickets for wine, champagne, and beer bars available for purchase. Complimentary cucumber sandwiches, strawberries, and lemonade will be served.
1 p.m. Match begins - Front lawn

10 p.m.

The Spring Cotillion, featuring The Craig Sparks Swingtet - Great Hall.

What's New this Year


Non-refundable tickets for alcoholic beverages will be sold at stations near the main entrances and in the SJC Alumni Welcome Center. Tickets may be purchased with cash only. Wine and beer stations will not accept cash.

To ensure a grand, family-friendly lawn party, please note the following Ground Rules:

  • No outside alcohol permitted on campus.
  • All guests wishing to purchase and/or consume alcohol must show identification (proof of age)
    and will be given a wrist band.
  • Champagne, wine, and beer will be available only with tickets.
  • Food and soft drinks will be available for cash purchase on campus.
  • Grills and pets are not permitted on campus.
  • Coolers and bags are subject to inspection.
  • There will be three designated entrances to the match site.
  • Guests are not permitted to set up spaces before 10 a.m. on the morning of the match. Alumni attending morning seminars and students living on campus are the exception.
  • Only lawn chairs, blankets, and tables lower than two feet are permitted in the area around the match site.
  • We ask guests to kindly remove all trash from their spaces and leave in designated areas.
  • All personal items must be removed from the campus by 7 p.m. or they become the property of St. John’s College.

Parking: Free weekend parking is available at the state garage at the corner of St. John and Calvert Streets. Paid parking is also available at other nearby city lots: Noah Hillman Parking Garage (Main Street),
Gotts Court Parking Garage (250 Northwest Street), Whitmore Garage (37 Clay Street), and the Naval Academy Stadium (shuttle bus available). Further information available at downtownannapolis.org.

Lodging: Please consider staying at one of the accommodations listed on our St. John's College Business Friends page. These businesses support the college and frequently offer discounts to the St. John's College community. See also the visitor's bureau of Annapolis.

Sponsorship: Join our growing team of sponsors for the Croquet match! Support this Annapolis tradition as an individual, a class, or a chapter. For more information on our three levels of sponsorship (Level I "Roquet," Level II "Rover," and Level II "All Around Break") and their benefits, contact Leo Pickens, director of Alumni Relations at leo.pickens@sjc.edu.

Croquet 2014 Sponsors


Alumni Sponsors:

  • Arete Wealth Management
  • Class of 1984
  • Class of 2009
  • Law Office of D. Hardison Wood
  • Stacey E. Andersen, LLC – Attorney at Law
  • West 36th, Inc.

Business Sponsors:

  • Allied Waste/Republic Service
  • Bobby’s Portable Restrooms
  • Bon Appétit Management Company
  • Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company
  • Fiestas Rentals
  • Heavy Seas Beer
  • Roseda Black Angus Farm
  • Waste Neutral
  • Wine Cellars of Annapolis

 

From Previous Croquet Matches

2013 Media Coverage

2012 Media Coverage

2011 Media Coverage

"I have learnt to love you late, Beauty at once so ancient and so new!"
- Saint Augustine