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Fun Quad Cities Event!
Step back in time for the third annual Colonel’s Croquet Party on Saturday, August 23, 2014, on Arsenal Island at 2:00 p.m.
Croquet courts will be set up on the lawn of the historic Quarters One. Teams of two are encouraged to don their croquet whites (not required) for the round robin tournament to play the same game of croquet you play in your backyard. Or there will be courts set up to just join in the fun and play croquet with other enthusiasts in the Quad Cities. We are going to have shorter courts for faster play this year! The championship court will still be full-size.
Teams in the tournament are awarded a point for each wicket they pass through. There will a review of nine-wicket rules before play begins. Players will compete for the coveted Colonel Davenport trophy.
NEW THIS YEAR: Kids can join characters from Alice in Wonderland to play a kid-sized version of croquet during the event and get their picture taken. (Adults can get their picture taken too!)
Equipment will be provided. And we have some new croquet sets to use! There will be hors d’oeuvres and drinks served al fresco at Quarters One. No-host bar available. Creekside Winery will be there with the popular complimentary wine tasting (if 21+ yrs.).
Attendees also receive a complimentary guided tour of the Colonel Davenport House on Arsenal Island.
Tickets are $25.00 for adults; and $10.00 for children 11 years and younger to attend the annual Colonel’s Croquet Party. Hors d’oeuvres, croquet play, wine tasting, and tours of the house are included. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Jessica Waytenick at 309-737-4280 or purchase tickets online at www.davenporthouse.org.
Parking is available at the Arsenal Island Golf Club.
The Colonel’s Croquet Party is a fundraiser for the Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation.
This is a rain or shine event.
A current U.S. picture ID for persons 16 years or older is needed in order to be permitted on Arsenal Island because it is a working military facility. You can access Arsenal Island using the Rock Island or Moline, Illinois, gates.
When & Where
Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation
George Davenport arrived in Rock Island in 1816 with the U.S. Army to establish Ft. Armstrong. His Federal-style house on the north end of Arsenal Island was built in 1833-34. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Colonel Davenport House is preserved and maintained by the Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation (CDHF). The CDHF is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that also works to share his story and the early history of the Quad Cities area with the community.
The Colonel Davenport House is open for guided tours from May to October, Thursday-Sunday from 12-4 p.m. For more information, visit their website at www.davenporthouse.org.