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Same Backyard Croquet... New Quad Cities Event!
Everyone is invited to the inaugural Colonel’s Croquet Party on Saturday, August 18, 2012, on Arsenal Island from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. This new event organized by the Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation is a fun afternoon with a croquet tournament and other lawn games like horseshoes and rolle bolle.
Teams of two are encouraged to don their croquet whites (not required) for the casual, round robin tournament to play the same game of croquet you play in your backyard.
Croquet courts will be set up on the lawn of the historic Quarters One. Individuals will be teamed up that day. Teams are awarded a point for each wicket they pass through. There will a short training session and review of nine-wicket rules before play begins. Players will compete for the newly-coveted Colonel Davenport trophy.
Equipment will be provided. Prizes will be given to the best dressed team. There will be hors d’oeuvres and drinks served al fresco at Quarters One. No-host bar available. Creekside Vineyards Winery in Coal Valley, Ill., will provide a complimentary wine tasting.
Horseshoes, rolle bolle, bocce ball, and other games will played on the lawn of the Colonel Davenport House. Attendees also receive a complimentary guided tour of the Colonel Davenport House.
Tickets are $25.00 for adults; and $10.00 for children 11 years and younger to attend the inaugural Colonel’s Croquet Party. Hors d’oeuvres, croquet play, games, 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.
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.
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Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation
The Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation (CDHF) is a nonprofit volunteer group that works to preserve Colonel George Davenport’s former home and share his story with the community. The Colonel Davenport House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1833-1834 and is on the North end of Arsenal Island in the Quad Cities. Colonel Davenport was the first permanent white settler in the Quad Cities and built the first house in the area. The Foundation relies on volunteers to maintain and operate the house. It is open for tours from May to October, Thursday-Sunday from 12-4 p.m.