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Lawn Games for Life! Headed to Milton


Ladder Golf is among the many games available to revelers at the 350th birthday celebration for the town of Milton, Mass., on Saturday afternoon.

MILTON, MASS. — Declaring to America that he doesn’t want to relegate an old-fashioned outdoor childhood to memory, Paul Tukey has been a man on a mission for the past two months.

Carting a carload of games from around the world to city after city, Tukey has brought his new Lawn Games for Life! campaign to everywhere from Disney World to the Captain Planet Festival, to Earthfest in recent weeks. Now the author of the new book, Tag, Toss & Run: 40 Classic Lawn Games, will set up shop in Milton for the town’s 350th anniversary celebration on June 9 beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the high school fields.

“Playing these old-fashioned outdoor games, some of which have been played for centuries, is a great way for one of the oldest towns in New England to celebrate its own heritage and bring its families together,” said Tukey, a former HGTV host and internationally recognized environmental advocate. “Playing outside is primal for people of all ages. The greatest aspect of this campaign has been watching grandparents play with their grandkids and seeing all the smiles on everyone’s faces.”

Tukey will assist local organizers in setting up game stations for some of the classics, like bocce, badminton and croquet, as well as some other less familiar games such as molkky from Finland or kubb from Norway. The games involve tossing, jumping and running and he insists there is something for everyone in his presentation.

“Maybe you’re not up for a sack race, but you can play many of these old games from your chair if necessary,” said Tukey, who noted that 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the introduction of video games. “The main point is to get outside, enjoy the surroundings and your friends and family. We’re going to have fun together, far more fun than you’d ever have on a computer.”

About The Author

Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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