1 Our lovely roof deck on the 10th-floor of the Starrett Lehigh building was transformed into an American croquet court. It was a beautiful evening for croquet.
2 American croquet is played with six wickets, one stake, and four balls. Standard croquet is played with 14-wickets and 2-stakes. Photo credit: Anna Ross
3 This abbreviated court was set up for timed 15-minute multiple games. American Croquet is played between two sides - the blue and black balls versus the red and yellow balls. Photo credit: Anna Ross
4 The event was sponsored by Hendrick's Gin, a Scottish gin flavored with rose petals and cucumbers. A Hendrick's and Tonic is served with a slice of English cucumber rather than a traditional lime wedge.
5 The servers prepared a few different cocktails featuring Hendrick's.
6 Royal Brunch Punch featured refreshing citrus flavors - perfect for a sunny afternoon.
7 Hendrick's Gin of William Grant & Sons, Independent Family Distillers, has hosted a number of croquet tournaments around the world.
8 Their inscribed croquet mallets have seen their fair share of use. Standard croquet mallet heads are usually 9-inches long by 2-1/2-inches wide and weigh about 3 pounds.
9 The cocktails were quite refreshing. Photo credit: Anna Ross
10 The Hendrick's girls interacted nicely with the crowd. Photo credit: Anna Ross
11 Tim Rapuano, of New York Croquet Club, demonstrated how to swing the mallet properly.
12 The object of the game is to maneuver the balls through the course of wickets and into the stake. The side which first does so with both its balls wins the game.
13 The sign-up sheet for croquet - Guests were placed on teams of 4.
14 Nintendo Wii Croquet was also set up for those who were waiting to play the real game. Photo credit: Anna Ross
15 Katina Francis and Adonia Manns playing Wii Croquet. Photo credit: Anna Ross
16 Here I am with Sarah Carey and Kevin Sharkey. Photo credit: Anna Ross
17 Mindi Cooke and Jerry Haggerty
18 Phil Bailey, Jill Joyner, and Jean Graham
19 Kevin Burke, Ivis Fundichely, Amanda Allensworth, and Nissa Eberly
20 Melba Jamison
21 Melany Lynch
22 John Toole
23 Dwayne Guy
24 Anthony Luscia, Christie Simony, and Katie Flanagan
25 Kate Bryant
26 Judy Glasser and Meesha Haddad
27 Tanya Cross, Dwayne Guy, Andre Troche, and Daniel Mateo
28 Lincoln Patterson
29 Samantha Caputo, Courtney Kern, Muzam Agha, and Chavo Killingsworth
30 Emily Rodney, Alex Bock, and Tabitha White
31 Our editors - Alanna Stang, Pilar Guzman, Elizabeth Graves, and Anna Last
32 John Cash, Selcen Onsan, and Penny White
33 Lizette Degro, Elizabeth Schermer, and Rob Stahley
34 Trying my hand at the Wii Croquet game, which wasn't nearly as fun as the real deal! Photo credit: Anna Ross
35 Capturing the action with my Blackberry. Photo credit: Anna Ross
36 Posing with Elizabeth Soltis - I really love croquet. Photo credit: Anna Ross
37 Adam Houghtaling and Cassie Carothers
38 Pilar Guzman, Eric Pike, and Kevin Sharkey. Photo credit: Anna Ross
39 Sean Hendricks and Jill Boulet-Gercourt
40 Ira Tau, Todd Hodgson, and Mark Dorison
41 Diana Marko, Sally Preston, and Emily Chard
42 Mikhail Shnaydman, Morgan Rich, and John Reynolds
43 Chavo Killingsworth in action
44 Selcen Onsan, enjoying a not so victorious shot.
45 Marc Bailes - Assistant Managing Editor for Living - lining up his shot.
46 Hollen Spatz and Loretta Holmes. Photo credit: Anna Ross
47 Cute shoes! Photo credit: Anna Ross
48 Shira Savada and Naomi De Manana. Photo credit: Anna Ross
49 Sydney Applegate and Marc Bailes Photo credit: Anna Ross
50 Judy Glasser chatting with Fritz Karch. Photo credit: Anna Ross
51 Christie Simony and Jean Graham. Photo credit: Anna Ross
52 The winners of our croquet tournament! Dwayne Guy (not shown here), Daniel Mateo, Jill Earyes, and Jamie Pasculli accept their prizes which included Hendrick's branded cocktail pitchers, umbrellas, and, of course, bottles of gin.
53 Daniel Mateo, with his prize package, and Anna Ross