I attended a wedding this weekend where the guests were invited to play lawn games after the ceremony. One last chance to get some late Summer fun in before Autumn has fully arrived! The afternoon was beautiful but it was a bit chilly when the sun went down.
Croquet in America: From Backyard Game to Worldclass Sport
from: United States Croquet Association official website
The sport of croquet was born in the British isles in the mid 19th century and soon migrated to most other English-speaking countries. In the United States, manufacturers popularized a version of the sport that could be played on rough turf with lightweight, inexpensive equipment. It is this lightweight, scaled-down, toy version of croquet which most Americans have either seen or played.
Croquet as a public sport suffered a setback in the 1890’s when the Boston clergy spoke out against the drinking, gambling, and licentious behavior associated with it on the Common.
The game of Backyard Croquet has maintained its popularity in America for more than a hundred years as the ideal complement of garden parties, family gatherings, outdoor fund-raisers, and social events both raucous and elegant.
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