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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Miss Margie’s Wicket, Wicket Croquet

By Jeff Campbell, Starr Family Home staff

This summer, Texans will be out in backyards playing baseball and pitching horseshoes. In the late 1800s though, the games at the Starr Family Home State Historic Site were croquet and tennis.

For the 18th straight year, the Friends of the Starr Family Home celebrated the Victorian-era game of croquet by conducting “The Wicket, Wicket World of Croquet” tournament. This year’s tournament was bittersweet, as it was the first tournament held without its founder, Ms. Marjorie Perkins.

Ms. Perkins started the Friends of the Starr Family Home in 1986, shortly after the state began its stewardship. Serving as the board president for 25 years, she established the croquet tournament as a fundraiser. Ms. Perkins passed away in January of this year. In her honor, the tournament was renamed “Miss Margie’s Wicket, Wicket Croquet.”

Starr Family Home Office Manager Marylin Hocutt said, “The tournament was fun, but without Ms. Perkins it felt like something was missing.”

The 18-team tournament started at 9 a.m. on June 4 with temperatures that steadily rose into the upper 90s. After five rounds of sweat, celebration, and frustration, two teams advanced to the championship game. The team of Dare and Grant Westmoreland were victorious over three-time champions Bryant Perkins and Aurelio Ortiz, who settled for second place. Dare and Grant Westmoreland are direct descendants of the Starr Family.

Starr Family Home is located in Marshall on the corner of Travis and S. Grove streets, in the Texas Forest Trail Region.

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