Don your whites and lawn shoes for the annual Croquet Championship Tournament at 10 a.m. today in Waterville Valley. Luncheon will follow at 1 p.m.
People have been playing croquet in Waterville Valley since 1888 when the Waterville Valley Athletic & Improvement Association (WVAIA) was first formed. Nowadays, the croquet court is located off Snow Mountain Road, between the tennis courts and the golf course, on the site of the old Snows Mountain swimming pool. The court offers a fabulous view of the valley walls to the west.
The 2013 season began in July with matches every Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. After two hours or so of play, participants enjoy potluck drinks and nibbles. The season traditionally concludes on Labor Day, at which time everyone wears the traditional white clothing [the rest of the summer, whites are not the norm], followed by a delightful luncheon at the Silver Fox Inn.
Even if you don’t play, stop by and watch. It will surely transport you back to another era when it was the most popular sport in socialite, literary and Hollywood circles.