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Stakes are High at the 31st Annual St. John's–U.S. Naval Academy Croquet Match
FOR RELEASE: April 8, 2013
CONTACT: Patricia Dempsey, 410-972-4511
Bring the whole family to the heart of historic Annapolis. The 31st Annual Annapolis Cup—a croquet match between St. John’s College and the U.S. Naval Academy. The match promises superb intercollegiate competition and a festive lawn party where watching the spectators is as much a sport as croquet. Since the contest began more than two decades ago, the Johnnies have dominated, winning 25 matches out of 30. Who will win the 31st? This year, the Johnnies and the Mids meet on the St. John’s campus in a rivalry for the Annapolis Cup on Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m. This event is free. Rain date: Sunday, April 21.
Please note the ground rules introduced in 2012: No outside alcohol permitted on campus, however, food, soft drinks, beer, wine, and champagne will be available for purchase; tent spaces must now be reserved in advance. For more details, visit http://www.stjohnscollege.edu/events/AN/croquet.shtml.
The Annapolis Cup brings together two starkly different institutions for an event that has “no parallel in intercollegiate sports,” according to Sports Illustrated. At St. John’s College, home to the great books program, students read and discuss seminal works of Western civilization, and at the U.S. Naval Academy, Midshipmen and women train for military careers.
Croquet spectators don elaborate fashions reminiscent of the stylish lawn parties depicted in books like “The Great Gatsby.”The festive atmosphere includes lavish picnics, nostalgic gowns and hats, serenades by the St. John’s Freshman Chorus, and swing music provided by the Naval Academy’s Trident Brass Band. The event draws approximately 2,000 spectators, many of them St. John’s College alumni who see it 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 visit to historic Annapolis.
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St. John’s College:
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Annapolis Conference and Visitor Bureau:
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