Alumni, 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."
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 Room. RSVP by April 4 to: firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|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|
|The Spring Cotillion, featuring The Craig Sparks Swingtet - Great Hall.|
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:
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 email@example.com.