Wicket World of Croquet®

Don’t be late for this very important date: Saturday, June 12. Join the Queen of Hearts, Her King, Alice and event President Benjamin Harrison at this years Alice in Wonderland themed croquet tournament. An annual fundraiser for the President Benjamin Harrison Home, the Wicket World of Croquet®, Saturday, June 12, offers a fun filled day of croquet playing. Whether you want to play croquet or not, his zany event offers other fun activities for spectators of this crazy lawn game. The fun starts at 8:30 am and goes until 2:00 pm. Registration is $110.00 per team of two, which includes lunch and equipment. Don’t miss your chance to support this piece of Indianapolis history.

Now in its 16th Annual year, the Wicket World of Croquet® at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Home has come to be a relied upon fundraiser for this Indianapolis nonprofit organization. The President Benjamin Harrison Home provides plenty of Indianapolis education programming throughout the year, not to mention interesting Indianapolis art shows. This Indianapolis museum, and monument to a famed Hoosier son, preserves a piece of heritage for us all to enjoy, hopefully well into the future. Each year, the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Home serves more than 14,000 Indianapolis kids with programs and field trip events. This valuable educational tool has become an important part of Indianapolis culture, but it needs our help for sustainability.
The Wicket World of Croquet® is a fabulous fundraiser that offers Indianapolis people a rare opportunity to play croquet as it was meant to be played. This non traditional (or is it extremely traditional?) Indianapolis sport event is complete with judges, scoring, pomp and circumstance. Enjoy a morning on the dew kissed lawn of the President Benjamin Harrison Home, as 40 teams of 80 players compete through quarter finals, semi finals and ultimately a championship round. Each team must plan and plot their strategy to save their “heads” and defeat the Queen of Hearts in a whirlwind game of croquet.

The event is made official not only through the presence of fictional and political royalty, but also by the SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) color guard as they present the flags. Their attendance is especially appropriate as this Indianapolis event coincides with Flag Day. In fact the tradition of flying the American Flag at public buildings and schools was commissioned by President Benjamin Harrison. Event chairman Steve Campbell will share the governing rules as each court judge assumes his position on one of the 16 courts. Players pass from field to field, being sure to visit Alice in “Shoot the Wicket” Wonderland as she searches for the white rabbit and receive pardons from the King of Hearts.
You don’t have to play to have fun. Spectators are more than welcome to attend. Lunch reservations are available for $12.00. The Indianapolis band, the White River Jazz Band, will be on hand to fill the air with Indianapolis music as guests peruse the items up for auction in the silent auction. On the docket to be auctioned off are a number of great items and experiences. “Live Like the Harrisons” provides a behind the scenes tour with the President Benjamin Harrison Home curator, dinner for two at the Columbia Club (former campaign headquarters for Benjamin Harrison), a yellow rose carriage ride through Indianapolis downtown and an over night stay for two in the Harrison’s neighborhood at Dewolf-Allerdice House Bed and Breakfast.
Also up for auction is use of the Mayor’s Suite at Victory Field, which comes with sixteen tickets and three parking passes. Bid on a Blue and White 2009 Indianapolis Colts Team Stamped Football featuring players autographs. And last but not least, “Host a Party” at Jillian’s or Buck Creek Winery. Plus other great items like gift certificates and tickets to delicious dining, engaging performances and exciting attractions around town are also up for auction.

The Indianapolis community’s participation in this event is crucial to the continued success of the educational programs at the President Benjamin Harrison Home. All proceeds from the tournament, silent auction and underwriting sponsors benefit the one of a kind elementary education and history programs that connect the President Benjamin Harrison Home with all fourth grade Indianapolis Public School students. Because of your support, these students will be able to tour the President’s home at no charge.

On top of that, croquet was a celebrated Victorian tradition. It was even played at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, France. This Indianapolis event at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Home is just another way for history buffs to time travel back to the Victorian Age. Get in touch with Indianapolis history, the Victorian age and a celebrated piece of children’s literature at the Wicket World of Croquet® this Saturday, June 12 at the President Benjamin Harrison Home.

After a fun filled day of croquet playing for a noble cause, treat your team to drinks at any of these Indianapolis restaurants or Indianapolis bars. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City Finder.com for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis attractions to Indianapolis shopping and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun! Make the Circle City your playground!

The Wicket World of Croquet®
Saturday, June 12, 2010

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Home

230 North Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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