KOG Annual Croquet Tournament

The Knoxville Opera Guild invites you to a benefit for Knoxville Opera on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at UT Practice Fields on Sutherland Avenue.

Please register for the tournament on or before May 16, 2017.

Knoxville is so fortunate to have such good representation of the arts—we have big-city culture in our own backyard.  High on the list of these cultural attractions is the Knoxville Opera, which for thirty-eight years has produced for us some of the world’s finest operas performed by well-known opera stars.  Every year, the Guild welcomes the arrival of the summer season with its annual croquet tournament.  Celebrating amid a spectacular outdoor setting, guests play in a double elimination croquet tournament and are urged to dress in white sports attire or period costumes to compete for best “master and mistress of the mallet.”  Matches continue through the afternoon along with a variety of food and beverages, including a civilized partaking of champagne, strawberries, and cream.  Awards for best vintage female and male costumes are made along with recognition of the day’s croquet champions.  This is a great opportunity to support the Knoxville Opera while having fun on a beautiful spring afternoon.  We play a rapid form of croquet, which is perfect for the novice and social player.  It requires no experience and is lots of fun.  Ask a friend to participate – make a party of it!

Be a sponsor for this important fund-raiser for the Opera.   The options and benefits are:

Presenting Sponsor – $10,000   ($9,600 is tax deductible)

10 tickets, special dinner with the Maestro, 4 tickets to the opera


Platinum Grand Benefactor – $5,000    ($4,800 is tax deductible)

8 tickets to the Tournament – Brunch with the Maestro and 2 free opera tickets

You will be featured as the Major Sponsor in all of the publicity promoting the event, including the programs, entry forms, flyers and posters.


Gold Benefactor – $2,000    ($1,920 is tax deductible)

6 tickets to the Tournament

You will be featured in all of the publicity promoting the event, including the programs, entry forms, flyers, and posters.


Silver sponsor – $1,000    ($960 is tax deductible)

4 tickets to the tournament

You will be featured in all of the publicity promoting the event, including the programs, entry forms, flyers, and posters.


Patron – $500                  ($460 is tax deductible)

2 tickets to the Tournament

Event Features:

  • Playing Croquet on the Green*
  • Gourmet Brunch under the Great Tent
  • High Tea and Champagne with Strawberries & Cream
  • Event Presented by Mayor Tim Burchett
  • Trophies for Croquet Tournament & Vintage Costume Contest (judged by Mary Lynn Majors)
  • Competition for the Knoxville Arts Challenge Cup
  • Awards
  • Raffle Prizes
  • Bocce Game
  • Vintage Autos

Croquet Tournament Details

We will be playing a shortened version of croquet, an easy-to-learn variation of the game we all love.  Two-player teams proceed through up to five wickets; no experience is necessary.  The first team to score three wickets wins! There will be a court captain at each court who will give instructions, organize the game, and answer any questions.  Games typically run around 20 minutes – it’s fast-paced and lots of fun!  Additional excitement will mark the awarding of the Knoxville Arts Challenge Cup.  Cheer on the heads of Knoxville Opera, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Museum of Art, and Clarence Brown Theatre, as they compete for Knoxville’s most prestigious croquet award!

Tournament Options:

  1. Play in the tournament by signing up by yourself without a partner, and we will pair you with a partner.
  2. Play in the tournament by signing up with a partner.
  3. Or, just come observe the fun and enjoy the day’s events without playing in the tournament.

Schedule of Events

Registration: Starts at 10:30 AM

Gourmet Brunch: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Croquet Tournament Play: 1:00 PM until winners are determined

High Tea: 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Awards Ceremony: At the conclusion of play

Cash Bar all day.

Location: UT Recreation and Sport grounds on Sutherland Avenue


White attire is encouraged, such as traditional white sports attire or costumes with Old World elegance.  For example, women might wear a long dress with garden party hat and men might be seen in turn-of-the-century whites.


Date/Time: May 21, 2017 from 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Location: UT Recreation and Sports grounds on Sutherland Avenue
Tickets: $100

For more information, contact Marie Butler: 865-524-0795 x1

If you intend to play in the tournament, please register below on or before May 16th. If you’d like to come and/or play, please call 865-524-0795 x1 before 5:00 PM Wednesday the 16th or arrive at the location on May 21st between 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM to sign up at registration.  We’ll see you on the courts!  To complete your registration, you may also mail a check made payable to Knoxville Opera Guild.  Please write “Croquet Tournament” on the check and mail to:

Knoxville Opera Guild
612 E. Depot Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917

The paypal link to purchase tickets to Saturday’s croquet tournament has been taken down to prepare for the event. Please feel free to arrive Saturday and pay at the door! Event starts at 10:30, brunch from 11:00 – 1:00, and croquet play begins at 1:00. We’ll see you there! Rain or shine!

for more information on Knoxville Opera Guild or our activities, please email guildinfo@knoxvilleopera.com