Croquet tourney deemed a success

WARRENSBURG - The Warrensburgh Historical Society's 13th annual "Sticky Wicket" croquet tournament and picnic on Sunday was a considerable success, Society members said Tuesday.

Held at the Warren County Fish Hatchery in Warrensburg, the event included a picnic and a croquet competition.

Historical Society official Steve Parisi said the event might have hosted a few less competitors this year than in 2008, but donations from area businesses surpassed last year's total. The decrease might have been due to the threatening weather, he said.

The free picnic that proceed the picnic was well attended, with 50 or so participants jamming the Hatchery's pavilion for the meal. The attendees sampled an ample variety of appetizing foods prepared by both society members and other guests, Parisi said.

The meat, provided for the picnickers at no charge, was purchased by the Society from Jacobs & Toney's Meat Store at a deep discount, for which the society is grateful, Parisi said. The meal was topped off with a sheet cake baked by local author Abby Hastings, a 90-plus history enthusiast, Parisi said.

Dressed in dapper old-English garb, Historical Society President Delbert Chambers, well-versed in croquet's rules, refereed the event, Parisi said.

"There was a minor dispute over game play, but it was settled well before going to fisticuffs," Parisi joked.

Winning the tournament was n Joelle Stonitsch of Ticonderoga. To win the coveted 2009 Sticky Wicket Trophy, Stonitsch had to win a finals shoot-off against Brendan Hanley, who tied for first place.

The Warrensburgh Historical Society is dedicated to preserving and raising awareness of Warrensburg's history. More than 170 members, both business and individual, help support the Society's mission.

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