Croquet! The day that we dig out our hats and picnic baskets and dancing shoes and head down to the St. John’s lawn for the Annapolis Cup. It’s one of the quintessential Annapolis events not only for the sport, but especially for the style. The event draws current students, alums from both schools and townies, this year over 2000 of them, to the Great Lawn at for an all day picnic with some croquet on the side. There is swing dancing, a Navy band, champagne, cigars and usually a first sunburn of the year. The dresscode is something like “Great Gatsby, seersucker, bowties, feathered hairpieces, and hats.”

For those who don’t know – every year St. John’s College challenges the Naval Academy from across the street to pretty much the only sport that they can beat them at: croquet. Each year the Johnnies keep their uniform a secret until the day of Croquet, and this year their uniform was an almost exact replica of the Navy’s, making it very confusing to keep track of them on the court.

The day was a success, the Johnnies won again and I’m sufficiently sunburned and already planning next year’s dress.

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3 Responses to “St. John’s vs. Navy Croquet ’11”

  1. Nessa K says:

    This is so awesome, Sarah! The pictures and the event itself – I had never heard of this and just spent a few minutes reading up on it and this makes me that much more excited to move to Maryland. =) I’ve never heard of anyone even playing croquet in Texas!

  2. […] More reasons to love this event? Well in addition to croquet and lots of fashion inspiration, I enjoyed catching up with and running into all sorts of friends, and kicking back on a picnic blanket with a lovely beer in the sunshine. Perfect. Below are a couple shots I took, but make sure to check out photographer Sarah Culver’s stunning shots from the event! […]

  3. Billi says:

    Oh, I’m such a fool for working instead of getting on an airplane for this. :o) Beautiful photos, Sarah.

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