The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. II, Issue 49 - December 8, 2003 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Readers’ feedback
•   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 #49 - December 8, 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.

Order Now @ just $13.95 by clicking on the book image to the right.

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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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 Readers’ feedback
{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Joy of Bocce 2nd edition

{I'm working hard on a second edition of The Joy of Bocce - and simultaneously trying to land a publisher.

Anybody out there have any clout with publishers? My first book on education was a McGraw-Hill BOMC selection. My second (on computers) got the best review of any book ever brought to press by the publisher. And my softball book is still in print since 1990 with over 50,000 copies sold. Yet The Joy of Bocce is out of print and looking for a new home. The new edition will have lots of new information and photographs.

I intend to use some of the photographs that readers have submitted for our Photos of the Week feature. Please let me know if you have sent me photos and DON'T want them included in the upcoming book.

If you send photos in the future (please do), be advised that I will consider them for inclusion in this second edition, unless you tell me otherwise. Be assured that I will give credit to the photographer whenever possible.}

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Joan Talamantez of The Rolling Stones Bocce Ball Club of Santa Rosa writes this very nice email...

"Thank you so much for sending the book so promptly and the nice inscription. It created such a stir that I've ordered one to donate to the club. (They keep saying, Ask Joan, she has "The Book"! I'll watch for your revised edition. Good Luck finding a publisher.

{Thanks for the kind words and please send bocce photos if you can.}

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Donna Allen, past editor of United States Bocce says...

"Wow! The 2nd edition! It just doesn't seem that it was that long ago that Ken and I read the original draft on our way to one of the international tournaments. You've done a great job Mario. It's people like you that have successfully helped bring bocce to the American masses. Your ezine has brought the sport to so many that would never have otherwise known of the sport! Some people are very good players, some are organizers, some build courts (so they will come), but you, Mario, you promote. You have brought it all together. I applaud you. Congratulations and best of luck with the 2nd edition."

{Of course, after this flattering tribute I persuaded the very knowledgeable Ms. Allen to proof-read and comment on the new text.}

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G-No Bianchi of Arlington, Texas writes…

“Very new to Bocce - I'm 100% retired and am interested in getting interested people in this area organized for BOCCE! Any suggestions on how to do so would be greatly appreciated."

{I have no "magic bullet" on how to gain momentum with bocce in a new area. We started a group in Massachusetts with about 6 players and after two years are up to about 30. Just put ads in the paper telling people where and when to meet, get the word out via word-of-mouth to schools, clubs, recreation departments, retirement homes, etc. If anyone has other tips for G-No please REPLY or email him directly at woundedbear@comcast.net.}

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kathy@sounddesignconstruction.com writes...

"We have a client who is looking for a cover to put over his bocce ball court during bad weather. Can you direct me to find such a thing? The tarp he has on it now pools water so he wants a little 'tent' type thing."

I replied that we discussed canopies for bocce courts a few issues back and sent her the following excerpt from that issue...

George Farruggio’s great photos of his Punto Gordo courts with the canopy coverings drew a lot of interest. David Beacco was kind enough to send this valuable information and links to sites that feature canopies:

“The canopies that cover the ends of those bocce courts are similar to ones that are for sale at our local Costco wholesale stores. They are 12 ft wide by 20 ft long for $179.00. Here are some links. I hope will help you find what you are looking for.”

http://www.fstcinc.com/bc7.htm

http://www.angelfire.com/biz/shadecanopies/

http://www.aah-canopies.com/orkincan.html

http://tarps.com/econoretail.htm

Kathy responded with...

"What I am being told is that he wants a 'tarp' type cover that covers the ground and protects it from the weather elements. If it rains, the court will be protected and he can remove the cover and have a dry court.

{Does anyone use this kind of tarp to keep a bocce court dry? Please REPLY so we can get the word to others and/or email directly to kathy@sounddesignconstruction.com.

Check out sounddesignconstruction.com

 Photos of the week
This week’s pictures come courtesy of landscape architect and bocce aficionado Michael Grasser as well as Art Swink, President of SF Design Group, Inc. They show progress being made in the construction of the Palazzo di Bocce (Orion Township, Michigan, north of Detroit).

Billed as “America’s first palace of bocce,” The Palazzo di Bocce is the brainchild of Michigan businessman Anthony Battaglia. Battaglia's concept includes indoor bocce, good Italian food, and people enjoying both. Check out the marketing copy from SF Design Group, Inc...

"Take the court, claim the game that millions enjoy! The debut of Palazzo di Bocce in Orion Township, Michigan, north of Detroit, heralds a new era for the dynamic sport of bocce. This spectacular venue is the first in the U.S. to offer ten bocce courts accessible year-round, in a unique indoor recreational sports and dining facility. Any time is a good time to play bocce. Hearty fun, camaraderie and friendly competition make playing bocce a physically and mentally healthy pursuit. You’ll fall in love with this game as you face its athletic and strategic challenges in a cordial and welcoming atmosphere. Be one of the millions of enthusiasts around the world who have rediscovered the compelling game of bocce. It’s your court….benvenuto!"

I thought it might be fun to follow the progress of the construction in what appears to be a world-class bocce venue. So, we’ll do so thanks to Grasser and Swink’s photos (Grand Opening scheduled for May, 2004).

Plans call for 10 indoor courts and an Italian restaurant. Individuals may rent court time in hour-and-a-half increments. Also corporations of all sizes may rent out the facility for company outings and parties. The Palace will host league play as well as events for youth, singles, couples, seniors, and others who want to experience the joy and camaraderie of bocce. Stay tuned for updates on this world-class venue. Palazzodibocce.com is being built as we speak. In the meantime, send any questions or rental requests to Anthony Battaglia at avbatt@aol.com.

View this week's photos...

 Bocce product of the week
Inexpensive holiday bocce gift - Precision Bocce Measures

Choose the Clubhawk Gold, Henselite Bowls, or Premier Boule Measure. You can't go wrong with any of the three choices. Once a bocce aficionado has a set of bocce balls and my book, the next logical acquisition is a first-rate measure.

Each retails for $19.95 plus $4.00 shipping and will be shipped Priority Mail at no extra charge for the holiday season.

Click the photo for more info, pictures, etc.

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Also, click the link below for unique bocce items from CafePress.com that make great gifts. Use the coupon code SNOWFLAKES for $4.00 off an order of $40.00 or more (expires 12/19/03).

Joy of Bocce mugs, lunch boxes, etc. - great holiday gifts...

 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}

Time to start thinking about holiday shopping. Please browse my business web site (click link below then click on Go Shopping at top of home page) which has affiliates from just about every product line you might think of.

Besides health and nutrition there is automotive, cosmetics, personal care, pet care, house wares, apparel...even nationally known brand names (like Hershey's - click link to the right).

Check it out and do some online shopping while supporting the Joy of Bocce Weekly. Thanks in advance.

Shop now, plenty of time for delivery...

 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.

February 7 & 8, 2004 - Cape Coral World Series of Bocce - 4-person teams, double elimination, $250 per team entry, deadline January 20th - 1st PLACE $4,000 - 2nd PLACE $2,500 - 3rd PLACE $1,500 - 4th PLACE $500 - 5th PLACE $300. Contact GEORGE FURLAN – TEL: 239- 275-9968.

March 20 & 21, 2004 - 5th annual Southwest Florida Open Bocce Tournament. Contact George Farruggio of the Italian American Bocce Association of Punta Gorda, Florida @ 941-575-0482 E-Mail wam@strato.net.

October, 2004 - North American Bocce Championship, Montreal. Contact Mike Conti @ 847-692-6223 or usbocce@aol.com.

NO MATTER HOW BIG OR SMALL, NO MATTER WHAT PART OF THE COUNTRY, SEND US YOUR TOURNAMENT INFO SO WE CAN GET THE WORD OUT IN THIS COLUMN. PEOPLE MAY WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUR EVENT OR JUST VISIT TO CHECK IT OUT TO "BROADEN THEIR HORIZONS."

A Drag Brush or Lute/Scarifier makes a great gift for a court owner...

Merchandise still available at joyofbocce.com

Check out the first-rate equipment we offer. The finest measuring devices for bocce (made in UK by Prohawk for lawn bowling, petanque, and bocce) - the finest bocce balls in the world (made in Italy by Perfetta) and the number one selling instructional book on bocce in America - Check them out.
 Check out the merchandise