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.