Everybody Wins: Leisure Olympics II

The Second Leisure Olympics began, appropriately enough, with a blank sign. It had originally been marked with words (white gaffer’s tape on black cotton), but the letters decided they didn’t want to be letters. They didn’t want to be corralled into meaning-making, they didn’t want to pin anything down, they didn’t want to work. So the letters fell off. They relaxed. Things, of course, went smoothly off the rails after that. We didn’t get to half the sports (Slothathon slumbers on). Our medal ceremony music (10 versions of “Ode to Joy”) sputtered. At some point we ran…

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Leisure Olympics II

Saturday, Sept. 1, 12-5p Prospect Park Peninsula, Brooklyn All events are free. Brooke is cooking a whole pig and some chickens and biscuits and slaw ($10, all you can eat + $5 for all you can drink). Email us if you’re coming so we can get enough beer and wine. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are being carved by Emily Thompson as I write! They will feature Winged Victory in Repose. You must arrive 15 minutes before an event to sign up. If you’ve never been to the Peninsula in Prospect Park, give yourself some extra time.…

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Leisure Olympics Make History

Photographs are by Stephan von Muehlen. Scroll through the slideshows below, and for more, click here. Here also is a link to Red Table Catering, where our Brooke Costello, our grillmaster, is chef. At the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, a poem called “Ode to Sport” won the gold medal for literature (Back then they gave out prizes for all the arts). Although the poem was supposedly the work of “Georges Hohrod and Martin Eschbach,” that was just a pseudonym for the Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games. He began the poem —…

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The First Leisure Olympics

Dear Modern Spectators, I’m compiling an oral history of the Leisure Olympics, so please send me your thoughts and feelings about the afternoon of mild, but hard-fought, competition and not-so-mild punch. Did you experience the glory of victory, the ennui of defeat, or the agony of alcohol?  THE FIRST LEISURE OLYMPICS Come try your hand in the world’s greatest badminton, lawn bocce, and croquet tournament. You can enter just one event or go for the triathlon of afternoon lounging.* Is it in you? Delicious foods, relaxing drinks, and the most highly sought-after prizes in Kings County will be on hand. Brooke Costello of Red…

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