I surveyed a total of 100 visitors of Newburgh’s memorial Downing Park for a good reason: while researching a topic to write about or develop into a presentation, I seek insight. Whether that be insight into a time period, an object or person, I look through many sources for commonalities to thread a narrative. It doesn’t hurt to consider the topic’s historiography; regarding how historians have researched or written about a topic. Over time, interests begin to expand, narrow or change altogether. Then there is the audience to consider. What have they chosen to read, listen in on or remember?
It was hot and humid the day of the annual croquet tournament. Some of the volunteers had arrived to Downing Park at 9:30 that Sunday morning to start setting up the croquet courts. The tournament is a favorite event among the volunteers. Who could blame them considering most of the time is spent outside in … Continue reading Picture Gallery: Newburgh’s Heated Game of Croquet
The Hudson Valley tradition of croquet continues on August 16th between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. with the annual tournament at Newburgh’s beautiful Downing Park. Registration opens at 12:00 p.m. and players are encouraged to come in pairs or be paired upon arrival. The tournament is sponsored by the Newburgh Historical Society, the Newburgh Preservation Association and the Downing Park Planning Committee, who’ve found the event to be a successful way of promoting outdoor recreation, history and preservation. Admission is $5 per player and spectators are welcome. Refreshments will be available to purchase. Money raised will benefit future tournaments. Please call (845) 561-2585 or visit the Historical Society’s website, http://newburghhistoricalsociety.com/, for more information, including directions and parking.