GENESEO — A Victorian like Saturday morning on August 18th set an idyllic scene for the Livingston County Museum’s fourth annual croquet tournament.
Spectators and players alike came from as far as Manhattan to take part in this much anticipated event, share in the friendly atmosphere, and enjoy a taste of relaxed competition.
Liz Porter, one of the founders of the original event claims “It’s easily put together” and attributes the tranquil atmosphere and setup to the disposition of the players. “Rules are based on ethics, and everyone uses regulation clubs” continued Porter, explaining the responsibilities of the players and the necessary reverence to the game itself.
The event is supported by a number of local organizations in Livingston County including Touch of Grayce, The Geneseo Rotary, and Miceli’s Deli. Revamped in the 70’s, the event became more of a fundraiser and a community effort. It has recently moved to the Livingston County Museum within the last four years and continues to draw the support from people even outside the country.
“I started croquet when I was a boy in boarding school” says former champion of the event John Perkins, a native Englishman that has since moved to Rochester. Perkins went on to win the first match of the event after elaborating on his passion for the sport and denying his otherwise exceptional prowess for the game.
Carolyn Meisel, a judge last year, also started as a child and kept with it. After winning the second match, Meisel described the wide range of skill sets that are present throughout the tournament (anywhere from beginner to expert). From a casual game to an intense bout of competition, croquet can offer any sports enthusiast the right amount of athletic stimulation. All ages are welcome and the proceeds go to the Museum and the restoration of the historical foundation of Livingston County.