Dr. and Mrs. G. Mark Cramolini present

Knoxville Croquet Tournament

The Knoxville Opera Guild invites you to a benefit for Knoxville Opera on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at UT RecSports Fields on Sutherland Avenue.  This will be our 13th year, and we continue to grow.

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 almost forty years has produced some of the world’s finest operas performed by well-known opera stars.  Knoxville Opera Guild (the primary fundraiser for the Opera) hosts the Knoxville Croquet Tournament on May 21, 2017 at the UT RecSports fields on Sutherland Ave. UT has wonderful facilities, and the grass is in super condition. We play a rapid form of croquet, perfect for novices and social players.  It requires no experience and is lots of fun.  Ask a friend to participate – make a party of it!

We are inviting you to be a sponsor for this important fundraiser for the Opera.  As part of all sponsorships, you will be featured in all our publicity promoting the event, including programs, entry forms, flyers, and posters.

The options and benefits are:

Presenting Sponsor – $10,000  – Dr. & Mrs. G. Mark Cramolini

10 tickets to the Tournament, special dinner with the Maestro, and 4 tickets to an opera in the 2017-2018 season

Platinum Benefactor – $5,000  – Brittany & Whitfield Bailey/AHB Foundation, Audrey Duncan

8 tickets to the Tournament, brunch with the Maestro, and 2 tickets to an opera in the 2017-2018 season

Gold Benefactor – $2,000

6 tickets to the Tournament

Silver Benefactor – $1,000 – Peter Acly & Ellen Robinson, Ellenburg Nursery, Townes Lavidge Osborn & Robert Marquis, Diana Salesky, Dorothy & Caesar Stair

4 tickets to the Tournament

Patron Benefactor – $500 – Eden & Chris Bishop, Kelly & David Bratcher, Kay Clayton, Phyllis & Ely Driver, Mark & Cathy Hill, Tyler Kress & Katie Eubank, Linda & Ralph Norman, Leslie Parent

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
  • Trophies for Croquet Tournament & Vintage Costume Contest
  • Competition for the Knoxville Arts Challenge Cup
  • Awards
  • 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 12:30 PM

Croquet Tournament Play: 12:30 PM until winners are determined

Champagne High Tea with strawberries and cream: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Awards Ceremony: At the conclusion of play

Cash Bar all day.

Location: UT RecSports Fields 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 RecSports fields 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 reserve your tickets to the Knoxville Croquet Tournament has been removed to prepare for this Sunday’s event.
If you have questions, please contact Marie Butler at 865-524-0795 x1

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

Arts Challenge Cup Competitors: with Knoxville Symphony Orchestra – Kent Farris, Peter Acly; with Knoxville Opera – Townes Lavidge Osborn, Brian Salesky; with Clarence Brown Theatre – Cal MacLean, Brooks Clark; with Knoxville Museum of Art – L. Caesar Stair IV, David Butler

Arts Challenge Cup winners from Clarence Brown Theatre – Brooks Clark, Ralph Norman Co-Chair, Cal MacLean

Costume Contest winners and runners-up – Rosina Guerra, Dr. G. Mark Cramolini, Colleen Scott, Ralph Norman

13th Annual Knoxville Croquet tournament winners – Kimbro Maguire, Penny Lynch, Audrey Duncan Co-Chair, Ralph Norman Co-Chair, runners-up Billy Smiddy, Tyler Kress