Club brings people together for croquet in Bennington

Mallets were ready to go at the Bennington Croquet Club season opener on May 19.

Mallets were ready to go at the Bennington Croquet Club season opener on May 19. COURTESY PHOTO BY HALEY TRAMPOSCH

By JESSECA TIMMONS

Monadnock Ledger Transcript

Published: 05-30-2024 8:30 AM

The Bennington Croquet Club launched its second season Sunday, May 19, with 14 players competing in three flights at a tournament at Sawyer Field in Bennington.

Bennington resident Haley Tramposch was the winner of the first flight, with Dawson Ladebauche of Peterborough winning the second flight and Davin Ladebauche of Peterborough winning the third flight.

“The croquet club is such a fun addition to Bennington,” Tramposch said. “I had a blast learning the ropes,  and I was thrilled to have a brownie ice cream sundae from Becky's Pies and Desserts afterward. I’m looking forward to the next gathering.”

The Bennington Recreation Department created the club in 2023.

“Croquet is a lot of fun because you can play with the whole family. Whether you're an advanced player or just trying it for the first time, you can all play together,” said organizer Bethany Manley Craig. “People are welcome to join in the tournament, or just play for fun.” 

The club plays nine-wicket long-grass rules, which Craig noted, “Many New Englanders may be familiar with playing already.”

The club will be hosting a “Croquet and Chardonnay” event on Thursday, June 20, at 4 p.m. at a member’s home. Wine from a local vineyard as well as non-alcoholic and children’s beverages will be provided.  Send email to benningtoncroquetclub@gmail.com for information or to make reservations.

The Bennington Croquet Club is a recognized chapter of the  United States Croquet Association (USCA). Manley Craig says that club members are encouraged to join the USCA, but it is not a requirement. The mission of the USCA is “to promote the awareness, development and enjoyment of croquet in America, providing resources and governance for the sport at all levels.” The organization’s primary goal is the “foster relationships by building community.” 

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The Bennington Croquet Club welcomes people all all ages and abilities. The club has recreational-quality equipment available for use courtesy of the Bennington Recreation Department. Players are also welcome to bring their own equipment. 

The next public tournament will be Sunday, Aug. 18, at Sawyer Field at 11 a.m. Players are encouraged the bring a snack to share, and while all-white attire is the traditional uniform for croquet, players are not required to wear white. All ages and skill levels are welcome. For more information or to find out about joining the club, send email to the club or follow Bennington Croquet Club on Facebook.