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Get your mallet ready; croquet tournament returns to Aspen

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Croquet anyone?

The Hudson Reed Ensemble hosts its second annual croquet tournament on Saturday, July 9 in Aspen’s Paepcke Park. The action takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

New this year will be The Sticky Wicket Shoot Out, in which players will attempt to hit a single croquet ball through a wicket placed at a distance.

Participants will play on five separate courts, with prizes awarded for single-game winners. Players can compete or play for fun. The overall tournament winner will receive the traveling “Golden Mallet Award.”

Plus, there’ll be music, food and drink, and a raffle with prizes varying from an airplane ride to meals at local restaurants.

The event benefits Aspen’s year-round resident theater company, the Hudson Reed Ensemble, and its free Shakespeare in the Park series, which this summer features a Western take on Shakespeare’s comic romp, “The Taming of the Shrew,” opening Aug. 18.

Hudson Reed Ensemble is collaborating this year with “Jiminy Wicket,” an international organization that uses the simple game of croquet to improve the lives of people living with dementia. “Jimmy Wicket” is donating five new croquet sets for this year’s tournament.

Earlier this month, an indoor exhibition croquet game was taught by “Jiminy Wicket” founder James Creasey to the staff and residents of Whitcomb Terrace in Aspen and Heritage Care Center in Carbondale, and the residents have been invited to participate in this year’s tournament.

The cost for a round is $15 for adults and $5 for children under age 12. There will be a reduced rate for additional games. Tickets will be sold at the event. Go to or call 923-0041 for more information.

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