Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Get out your proper whites — or just wear a t-shirt and flip flops — and come out play a game of croquet the old fashioned way on Sunday, Aug. 2, on the magnificent main lawn of the Morris County Park Commission’s Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

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The Rutgers Preparatory School’s croquet team will demonstrate the art of croquet, a sport whose popularity soared during the Victorian Age, at this special event, which is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. on the arboretum’s great lawn in Morris Township.

This free program is part of the Park Commission’s year-long series, “Focus on England.’’

“This is a wonderful opportunity, as well as a fun summer outing, to learn about croquet’s English origins and how to play this gently competitive game,” said Lesley Parness, the Park Commission’s Superintendent of Horticultural Education.  

“This sport can be enjoyed by adults and children alike and replicated at home for continued leisure. You will learn how to score wicket and stake points, too,” she added.

The sport of croquet is now played competitively in over twenty countries. The growth of the sport can be largely attributed to the efforts of international and national croquet organizations such as Croquet Canada and the United States Croquet Association. Since the early 1980’s the number of competitive players in North America has risen from 50 to more than 8,000.

To register for the event, visit arboretumfriends.org or call 973-326-7603. The Frelinghuysen Arboretum is located at 353 East Hanover Ave., Morris Township.

For more information on the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, visit: http://www.morrisparks.net/aspparks/frelarbmain.asp

For more information on the event, contact Lois McClellan Wnek at [email protected]  or Lesley Parness at [email protected]