ELLSWORTH — The Woodlawn Museum has opened its championship-sized croquet court facility for the 2009 season.
A full program of play, instruction and special events will be offered starting in May and continuing through October.
The croquet court, Maine`s largest, is located on the grounds of the museum beyond the parking area. Woodlawn Museum is located on the Surry Road, (Route 172) a quarter mile from downtown Ellsworth.
A free beginners` course will be offered on Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the croquet lawn. A follow-up course will be held for those taking the beginners’ course on Saturday, May 23 and the cost is $10 to help cover materials and court maintenance.
A second free beginners’ course will be offered on Saturday, May 30, with the follow-up course on June 6.
Croquet players are asked to wear soft soled shoes, sandals, or athletic footwear.
The public is also invited to get acquainted with the court and the six-wicket croquet game every Tuesday, beginning on May 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. when guided golf croquet will be available to all for a $5 fee.
Woodlawn Croquet also is sponsoring three tournaments this year and the public is invited to attend and watch high level six- and nine-wicket croquet.
The second annual Maine/New Hampshire Six-wicket Tournament will be held at Woodlawn June 24-28.
The second annual Lobster Roll-off Nine-wicket Tournament will be held at Woodlawn July 17-19.
The premier Big Lobster Six- and Nine-wicket Tournament, with players from all over the United States and Canada competing, will be held Sept. 9-12.
To learn about the croquet program, including member rates and a complete season schedule, visit woodlawnmuseum.org or call Joshua Torrance, executive director, at 207-667-8671, or Perry Mattson, chairman of the croquet committee, at 207-667-9335.