The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. II, Issue 27 - July 7, 2003 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   World Series of Bocce
•   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 #27 July 7, 2003
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2003 http://www.joyofbocce.com

Come visit us often at joyofbocce.com. We have bocce info, merchandise, links to other great bocce sites, and the best selling bocce instructional book in the USA.

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Ad swaps to build readership

Ezine publishers like me sometimes swap ads with other publishers as a way to build readership. My goal is to build a big enough list of bocce aficionados that my ezine can be a tool for growth and unification of the sport.

So, I am carefully selecting ad swaps. Here is the current offering, Primo Magazine, which is an excellent, full color publication that is “A Celebration of Italian American Life.” Check out Primo Magazine at www.primomagazine.com by clicking on the magazine cover to the right).

"Primo Magazine is an up-scale, sophisticated publication dedicated to promoting and preserving the Italian American lifestyle. Through positive portrayals of Italian Americans and their contributions, Primo celebrates everything about this unique culture. Each issue of Primo is filled with stories, recipes, travel articles, wine advice, biographies, and other information sure to inspire pride in the Italian American way of life. Primo is a must-have for Italophiles everywhere!"

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A word about ads: Like any entrepreneurial type, I'd love to turn a profit from something I really enjoy. For now, I have decided not to accept paid advertisements. If I pitch a product here, it is something I have examined and tested and deem it beneficial to our readers.

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PLEASE – we are always looking for bocce photos and feedback from all over the USA. We want to connect bocce fans everywhere. You can email (author@joyofbocce.com) or snail mail (Mario Pagnoni, P.O. Box 608, Methuen, MA 01844).

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 World Series of Bocce
The World Series of Bocce is slated for July 18 – 20, 2003.

One Amazon.com book reviewer chastised me for not mentioning this excellent bocce happening in the first edition of The Joy of Bocce (yes, we are planning a second edition – if you have any clout with publishers, please let me know).

Said the Amazon.com reviewer…

“While Pagnoni's book contains a lot of interesting facts about the game of bocce, it fails to mention the World Series of Bocce, a multi-day event that draws teams from several states and Canada to Rome, NY, every July. A mention -- if not some recent results and/or pictures -- would have made the book much more complete.”

Well, I am taking great pains to ensure that I don’t repeat my blunder. In fact, I hope to enter a team in the event from my Monday morning bocce group.

If not, I’ll make the trek to Rome, NY to photograph and interview players and tourney officials (Photos of the Week to follow).

The event is one of bocce’s largest and most popular, typically drawing 75 to 100 teams from the USA and Canada. Organizers use 15 courts (nine outdoor and six indoor) to complete the tournament which features nearly $15,000 in prize money. Contact Dave Hilts @ 1davidh@msn.com - deadline for entry is midnight, July 12th, so don't delay.

Get more info including data on area hotels @ toccolanaclub.com - or telephone (315) 339-3609.

If readers have played in this tourney, please share what you’ve experienced. REPLY and we will get the word out here.

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 Photos of the week
This week’s photos highlight the indoor courts at The Alpine Country Club (established in 1886) in Round Lake, IL. As you may recall from last week’s photos, the facility has two 80' by 10' outdoor courts that feature the Har-Tru surface from Lee Tennis. This week, we showcase the club’s indoor courts (10’ by 84’) which have a virtually maintenance free synthetic surface. The Italian outfit, Mondo, manufactures the surface which comes in rolls not unlike linoleum. The sides are canted to keep balls from hitting the sideboards and a sprinkling of “rubber sand” is put down to add a little friction to the very fast surface.

USBF members Mike Conti and Michael Grasser gave me the Alpine Country Club tour when I was in Illinois to view the US Championships last month.

{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."}

View this week's pictures

 Bocce product of the week
Let’s Play Bocce!

The fourth entry in American Production’s Backyard Sports Series (others include Let’s Play Badminton! Let’s Play Croquet! and Let’s Play Horseshoes!), this video runs 45 minutes.

Billed as “the essential beginner’s videoguide” Let’s Play Bocce! is just that. It includes sections on the history of bocce, the court and equipment, playing the game, ball deliveries and more.

The section on the History of Bocce is excellent, acknowledging the murky details of bocce’s birth and referencing the common ancestry of boules and lawn bowls. The production makes wonderful use of art work depicting notables such as Sir Francis Drake, Queen Elizabeth I and others associated with the games’ evolution. It brings together the information a newcomer to the sport needs to get started. This professionally produced tape definitely deserves a look-see.

$22.95 plus shipping - click the Let's Play Bocce! image to order.

Click here to order a t-shirt to go with that bocce product.

 Non bocce product of the week
{Hey, bocce's great, but I'm always on the look-out for all kinds of good products for my readers}

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Check out my favorite site that I built with this technology - www.kenwaldiessc.org. It’s named after my friend Ken Waldie who was a passenger on the ill-fated American Airlines Flight 11 that hit the World Trade Center on 9/11/01. You can read about my friend Ken and the Senior Sports Circuit that we established in his honor (we offer softball, basketball, and bocce for anyone age 50 and over - we let people slide on the age restriction for bocce, where physical prowess is not a prerequisite for success).

Click the link below to check out my favorite web site. Then email me at author@joyofbocce.com or call 978-686-8679 to chat with me “live” about your web site.

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 Tournament update
{chronological order}

Please - anyone running a tournament - do me a favor - put a notice near your tourney bracket board informing players that they can go to http://www.joyofbocce.com and "opt in" for my FREE Ezine on bocce. Click the logo to the right to opt in if you do not already receive this ezine every Monday.

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

July 11-13, 2003 ABA Open Championships – Contact Manny Romo @ 925-754-4890.

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 @ 1davidh@msn.com.

July 19, 2003 - St. Edwards State Park, Kenmore, WA @ 10:30 AM. This is an open course bocce event conducted by the Open and Closed Course Bocce Association. Info at boccethis@yahoo.com.

July 19, 2003 – Fairfield Bocce Open – contact ROY SCOCCI @ 707-428-4471.

July 25-27, 2003 - Italian Home - Farrell, PA - 4 person - 724-346-6931.

July 25-27, 2003 – ABA Raffa Championshipos – contact Manny Romo @ 925-754-4890.

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.

July 25-27, 2003 - Italian Home – Farrell (close to Sharon), PA - 4 person - $100 entry - Contact Mike Androsko 724-342-5919/ Carmen Schuville 724-342-3935/or Italian Home 724-346-6931. Over 30 teams will compete for ~$2000 first place, ~$1000 second place, etc.

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 boccemg@sbcglobal.net.

Aug 15-17, 2003 - American Legion - Farrell, PA - 2 person - 724-342-7112

August 17, 2003 – Martinez Waterfront - Tourney To benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - $25 per person; tax deductible; includes 1 raffle ticket; lunch; 1 beer or soft drink; t-shirt & hat – deadline for entry = August 8th Tom Sarnicola (TSarnicola@cff.org) Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 1939 Harrison Street, Suite 207, Oakland, CA 94612 - Phone: 510-267-9699

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 lincolnsunoco@aol.com.

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

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.

Sept 5-7, 2003 - St. Anthony's - Struthers, OH – 4 person - 330-755-0077

Sept 12-14, 2003 - Farrell Lion's Club - Farrell, PA - 4 person - 724-342-5919

September 15-21, 2003 - World Bocce Championship, Chiasso, Switzerland, CBI International Bocce Tournament, Raffa. For more information see www.bocce.com or contact Mike Conti (847) 692-6223 / usbocce@aol.com.

September 20, 2003 – Collinsville, Illinois Italianfest Tournament - Glidden Park, Lebanon and Branch Street, Collinsville (located approx. 1 mile from the fest grounds) – contact allgreen@socket.net.

September 20, 2003 - Le Phare Des Alps bocce tournament – Valdese, North Carolina - $40 per four-person team. Contact T.R. Robinson at trrobin111@yahoo.com.

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.

Oct 3-5 Farrell VFW - Farrell, PA - 4 person - 724-981-1020

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

October 7-12, 2003 - Volo World Championship, Nice, France, Federation International De Boules, International Volo Tournament. Contact Mike Conti 847-692-6223 or usbocce@aol.com.

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.

Nov 14-16 Bessemer Croatian Club - Bessemer, PA - 4 person - 724-667-8997.

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