PETOSKEY -- A croquet tournament will return to Petoskey for its third year on Saturday, June 15, with proceeds to benefit the Little Traverse Historical Society.
The event will take place on the Festival Place area of Bayfront Park, located at the rear of Petoskey's Lake Street fire station. Registration will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, with matches starting at 7 p.m.
Course space is limited, so advance registration is advised. Teams are asked to sign up in groups of two.
Registration forms can be picked up at the Little Traverse Historical Museum in Bayfront Park or requested via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The idea for the tournament originated with a group of local volunteers that attended a placemaking meeting presented by the state of Michigan a number of years ago.
The group was tasked with proposing an event that would represent their community and also benefit a local nonprofit. Although the planning was technically just an exercise, volunteers thought it was too good an idea not to bring to life, and continued refining plans when they returned to Petoskey.
John Murphy, a volunteer on the event's committee and official trophy maker for the tournament, is pleased that it raises some funds for the museum, but added that "It's about more than that. It's about utilizing the parks, about people and community, and continuing to develop the idea of that goofy saying 'sense of place.' And I would hope it's also about a little fun."
Other committee volunteers include Lynn Duse, Becky Goodman, Gary Greenwell, Lisa Scholl, and Amy Tweeten. Sponsors for the event are Meyer Ace Hardware and Reid Furniture.
Murphy and Greenwell have modified croquet's traditional cottage rules to suit the tournament.