Croquet on Governors Island
Taught by James Hoffman
James is just this guy, y'know? Humble, intelligent, charming. Eyes a color you don't know the name for. He'll take you for a bike ride with his company Albert and James in the morning, play a board game with you with his board game group Victory Pints in the evening and then prattle on about D&D and cocktails at night. Only in the morning will you realize that it was all a ploy and your jewels are no longer in the safe. Instead there's a note so beautifully written that the police officer who collects 'it' as evidence breaks downs in tears. You sob with him as the neighborhood wakes up around you.
First things first... there’s no shame in knowing your limits. Before you sign up for this class it’s important that you’re honest to yourself about your physical, emotional, and mental limitations.
You’re not the first person to be curious about the seamy underground of the NYC croquet scene and you won’t be the last.
Sure, we’ve all heard the same stories. Illegal croquet matches deep in bodegas under the J train. Wall Street brokers buying military grade mallets off the black market. The powerful “Secret Society of Ball and Stake” (aka The Wicket Syndicate) that may or may not control both the White House and North Korea.
It’s one thing to hear the stories; it’s another to go on the field and play for your life. This ain’t Candyland; this is Croquet Island.
We’ll supply the field, the equipment, and teach you the rules. We're playing nine-wicket croquet (aka "backyard croquet") which is the common version played in the US. We’ll also be playing in teams of two, so feel free to bring a partner in crime or come alone to be matched up with another wild card like yourself. You'll meet new people, viciously compete against them and hang out on a cool island. What could be better?
We'll meet and play on Governors Island, which can easily be reached by ferry from Manhattan and Brooklyn. The exact meeting location will be sent a couple days in advance
While you're on the island, check out our history-focused walk on the same day!