The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. II, Issue 20 - May 19, 2003 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Celebration dei libri
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Photos of the week
•   Tournament update
 Notes from the publisher
The FREE weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 2, Issue #20 May 19, 2003
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2003

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 Celebration dei libri
Celebration dei libri a success...

Mary Ann Magazzi, VP of Marketing for L'aveggio in Endicott, NY, pulled off the excellent Celebration dei Libri event mentioned here a couple weeks ago.

Said Magazzi, “I am coordinating an Italian-American book event, based on the actual event which occurs in Italy, the third Sunday in May…a celebration of books, where most bookstores remain open on Sunday to promote the literary arts. Your book, The Joy of Bocce, is perfect for this event.”

I attended and was treated royally. Not only did I get to speak on bocce and autograph books, but I managed to sneak out to play some bocce, and get back in time to dine on the fine Italian cuisine of the nearby Consol’s Restaurant.

In my brief presentation on bocce, I read a few passages from The Joy of Bocce, talked a little about the history of the game, acknowledging that “its origin and evolution are lost in the mists of antiquity” (not sure what that means, but it sound really cool), and described boules and lawn bowls. I noted that, when taken together, the three ball-and-target games constitute one of the most popular participatory sports on the planet (along with golf and soccer).

I talked about the “state of the game” today, indicating that it still has an image problem, is in dire need of TV exposure, and needs to make its way out of the private sector and into the public.

Lamenting the lack of standardization to our game, I outlined my plan to remedy that situation. Weaving in a few humorous bocce anecdotes (heck, I gear up for this kind of thing), I wrapped up quickly and was pretty warmly received.

A highlight for me was meeting and listening to two of the other speakers.

Angelo Zuccolo’s readings from his “Remember! We Come From Good Stock” (subtitled “Italian-American Mostly Love Stories of the 1950’s”) had me laughing out loud. How could you keep from laughing when hearing of such characters as the independent Aunt Restituta Mangiamangia and her husband the grape stomper from outside of Naples, Aldo Capocollofresco?

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Talk about exposure for our game!

Author and actress Dr. Emelise Aleandri spoke about her book, “The Italian-American Immigrant Theatre of New York City” (Arcadia Books, 1-888-313-BOOK). The versatile Aleandri has appeared in numerous plays and more than 50 feature films. She is a dancer, singer, and she co-hosts and produces “Italics: The Italian American Magazine”, a nationally aired cable TV show.

The most exciting news was that she has landed a role in a movie called “The Tournament.” As Aleandri explains it, the story is about a young boy’s “coming of age.” Set in Rhode Island, the action centers around the youngster and his bocce champion dad. With script in hand, Director Eugene Celico will begin filming in the fall or next spring. {I am trying to get a peek at the script so that I can help spread the word via my ezine).

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 Photos of the week
Recently I traveled to Danbury, Connecticut to connect with organizers of CT senior games (not only bocce, but softball, basketball, and other sports).

On the way home, I stopped in Waterbury, CT to take some photos of the bocce facilities at the Pontelandolfo Club. The "Ponte" Club has a bustling function hall as well as four indoor courts, two outdoor (covered), and four open outdoor courts.

{Please send photos from different areas of the USA. The Joy of Bocce Weekly tries to feature photos from all over the country and from other countries too. I'd love to post your pictures here as "This Week's Photos."}

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 Bocce product of the week
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 Non bocce product of the week
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 Tournament update
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May 24, 2003 - Memorial Team Handicap, Moses Lake, WA. Open Course bocce tourney. Limited spots available. Contact Jeff at

May 30, 2003, - 2nd Annual Bocce Fling, Phoenix Bocce Club, Phoenix Arizona, Open Rules. Arizona American Italian Club, Contact Denise Storace (602) 956-5104 or

May 31, 2003 – Fratellanza Italian Club (Open Rules ABA Sanctioned Tournament) – contact Gianfranco Sciacero at 510-525-5372.

May 31, 2003 - Special Olympics 3rd annual Bocce Bash - Blackbaud Soccer Stadium hosted by The Charleston Battery. Teams of four are $400.00 tax deductible dollars. Contact Paula Byers @ 843-795-5316 or

June 1, 2003, Italian Picnic Bocce Tournament, Italian Benevolent Society (Italian Picnic Grounds, Sutter Creek, California). Open rules. Four person teams $25 per player. Continental breakfast and lunch included. Cash prizes. Contact Rick Wagstaff (916) 791-9127 or

June 8, 2003 – Lodi Bocce (Open Rules – wine & sausage) Contact Gary De Pauli @ 209-478-4299.

June 8-15, 2003 - United States National Bocce Tournament - Highwood Bocce Courts, Highwood, IL - winners will compete in the WORLD COMPETITION in SWITZERLAND. Contact Mike Conti @ 847-692-6223.

June 13 – 15, 2003 – ABA Open Championships. Contact Manny Romo @ 925-754-4890.

June 14, 2003 - Seattle Grand Bocce Tournament - Host: Seattle Bocce Club -Facility: Woodland Park Lawn Bowling Club, 6018 Whitman Ave. N., Seattle, WA -Open Rules - 4 player teams - $80 per team - Contact Greg Singleton @ 206-998-3268 or

July 11-13, 2003 Bocce Classic IX Tournament, John Pirelli Lodge, 2625 County Line Road, Dayton Ohio, contact

July 13, 2003 - Tempo Italiano Heritage Day Bocce Tournament - Villa Tempo Italiano, 440 Northampton St., Easton, PA, 18042 - Contact Tempo Italiano at 610-559-5570. $500.00 to First Place Team, $300.00 for Second Place and $200.00 for Third Place.

July 18 – 20, 2003 - World Series of Bocce held in Rome, NY. Big event played on 15 courts - 6 Indoor and 9 Outdoor. Close to $15,000 in prize money. First place around $5,000. Contact Dave Hilts @

July 26, 2003 - 1st annual Backyard Bocce/ Italian Community Center Bocce Tournament - McKinley Park, Milwaukee. The entrance fee = $80 per team (or $20 per team member). 64 teams. All proceeds go to Special Olympics Wisconsin. Contact Chris Pfeiffer at fife13@aol -262-797-0320.

August 9 2003 - Mich. State Bocce Championship, Sylvan Lake, Michigan 3 players per team 2 bocce balls each. Round robin format. $200.00 per team. 1 alternate recommended. Open rules. $2000.00 in prize money, trophies and medals. Contact Mike Grasser at 248-505-4744 or

August 22-24, 2003 – 19th annual Wickliffe Italian American Club (Wickliffe, OH (east of Cleveland) Tournament. Contact Tony Continenza at 440-585-4600 or email

August 23, 2003 - USBF Western Sector Raffa Championships, Los Gatos, CA, Campo di Bocce - Raffa Rules. Contact John Ross (408) 354-0625 or

August 24, 2003 - 6th Annual Tempo Italiano Celebration Bocce Tournament – Villa Tempo Italiano, 440 Northampton St., Easton, PA, 18042 - Contact Tempo Italiano at 610-559-5570. $500.00 to First Place Team, $300.00 for Second Place and $200.00 for Third Place.

September 15-21, 2003 - World Bocce Championship, Chiasso, Switzerland, CBI International Bocce Tournament, Raffa. You must win the United States Bocce Federation, National Tournament to be held in Highwood IL in June, 2003. For more information see or contact Mike Conti (847) 692-6223 /

September 20, 2003 - Le Phare Des Alps bocce tournament – Valdese, North Carolina - $40 per four-person team. Contact T.R. Robinson at

September 21, 2003 – Sunshine Village Universal Bocce Bowl, Szot Park, Chicopee, Mass. Four player teams - $200 entry fee – includes t-shirt, lunch & dinner. Limited # of teams – 1st place = $600, 2nd place = $300, 3rd place = $200. Contact Rico Daniele @ 1-800-BOCCE54.

September 21, 2003 - Bruno Freschet Memorial Tournament, Peninsula Social Club, San Mateo, California, Open, 4 Players, contact Adriano Undorte at (650) 591-3318.

October 4, 2003 - USBF Western Sector Open Championships, Los Gatos, CA Campo di Bocce, Open (Four Person). Contact John Ross (408) 354-0625 or

October 7-12, 2003 - Volo World Championship, Nice, France, Federation International De Boules, International Volo Tournament. You must qualify at the United States Bocce Federation National Championship, held in Highwood, IL in June in order to qualify. Contact Mike Conti 847-692-6223 or

October 11, 2003 - Fall Open Tournament, Marin Bocce Federation, San Rafael, California, Open, 4 Players, contact Diana Pellegrini at (415) 454-4483.

October 25, 2003 - Raffa Tournament, Campo di Bocce, Los Gatos Bocce Club, Raffa, 3 Players, contact Bill Schlaefer at (408) 379-9409.

October 26, 2003 - 3rd Annual Tempo Italiano Fall Classic Bocce Tournament - Villa Tempo Italiano, 440 Northampton St., Easton, PA, 18042 - Contact Tempo Italiano at 610-559-5570. $500.00 to First Place Team, $300.00 for Second Place and $200.00 for Third Place.

November 1st, 2003 - Third Annual Big Ben Invitational - 2 person Punto, Raffa, Volo - International rules, two person teams - three balls each. Price not yet determined, big money potential. Contact Ben Musolf - Campo di Bocce 408.395.7650.


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