Starting in the month of September, owners of the Causey Mansion in downtown Milford, Joe Phillips and Jan Broulik, will be introducing Milford’s first croquet league. Croquet is a sports that originated in the 19th Century that involves hitting wooden or plastic balls with a mallet through wickets that are placed on the pitch. The league in Milford will consist of ten adult mixed threesome teams that will play each other this fall several times on the lawn of the Causey Mansion.
The Causey Mansion, which was built in 1763 for landowner, magistrate and vestryman Levin Crapper, has the distinction of housing two of Delaware’s Governors; Governor Rogers and Causey. Placed on the The National Register by the U.S. Department of Interior, the bright yellow exterior and brilliant white columns take visitors back to antebellum Delaware and the feel of life on a plantation, as during Crapper’s lifetime the mansion was a working farm. The home stands on a triangle of land where Causey Avenue, South Walnut Street and Southeast Second Street meet.
“Croquet is a very social sport and the league will be a great reason for people to come downtown,” said Phillips. “Anyone can play at any age and you do not have to be physically fit to participate. At this point we hope that the league is more social than competitive.”
During the month of August, teams may sign up by contacting Phillips and Broulik at email@example.com. Adult mixed threesomes will challenge each team in the league leading up to a final tournament where teams will face off for the title of Croquet Champion. The equipment will be provided and there will be no dress code, smoking or cell phones permitted. Spectators are welcome during matches as individuals are encouraged to bring a chair and beverage. Anyone with game knowledge is welcome to brief players on the rules and etiquette of the game.
“It may be a little late this year to have a larger league but it will be fun for people to learn how to play the game,” said Broulik. “Players will also be giving back to the beautification of Milford as they play.”
Teams can book pitch times for a $10 donation per two hour session. The donations collected will be used toward the Milford In Bloom effort by Downtown Milford Inc. This May, and in year’s past, the Milford In Bloom volunteers planted the hayracks, beds and barrels and other hanging baskets downtown and along the Mispillion Riverwalk.
“[Milford In Bloom] envisions our community as a welcoming and vibrant place to live, work, and play – benefiting from colorful plants and trees; enjoying clean environments; celebrating heritage; and planting pride through volunteerism,” commented volunteer organizer Milly Pedersen in a past interview with MilfordLIVE.com. “Milford is a special place. It has been shown that for communities to thrive, we must embrace beautification, our heritage and have a viable downtown.”
Phillips and Broulik intend to begin games on Labor Day, Monday, September 1 and encourage teams to sign up now. Teams can play on any day of the week at any time. Individuals interested should contact the owners of Causey Mansion with the names of their team players and contact information at firstname.lastname@example.org.