The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 13 - March 29, 2004 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Joy of Bocce 2nd edition...
•   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 3, Issue #13 - March 29, 2004
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2004


Come visit us often at 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.


I hope you will like this electronic newsletter. To be deleted from the list, you can Unsubscribe at the end of this issue. We will quickly and permanently remove your email address from our list (we'll be sorry to see you go). But, be aware that one of our enthusiastic readers suggested that “…bocce and unsubscribe are mutually exclusive terms.”


If you know others who would enjoy and benefit from this Ezine, encourage them to sign up. You could forward this issue to them so they can decide for themselves if they want to "opt in". I promise that I will never be in the business of selling or trading your email address or other personal information.


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.


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 ( or snail mail (Mario Pagnoni, P.O. Box 608, Methuen, MA 01844).


Joy of Bocce 2nd edition

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.


Bocce PR in Home Turf Magazine

Home Turf, which is created by the same people who publish Horticulture (a pretty hefty circulation), features an article this issue on bocce. According to executive editor Tom Fischer, it is the magazine "that views the enjoyment and upkeep of your yard as an essential part of your day-to-day life."

Meghan Lynch interview me by phone and wrote a short but informative piece listing five web sites as references. Lynch says "From Naples, Italy, to Naples, Florida, bocce is a game everyone can enjoy."

Check out Horticulture's site with info on Home Turf...

 Joy of Bocce 2nd edition...
Here is my status report as of 3/29/04

Everything is off to the publisher.

The new book shapes up like this...

Chapter One - A Brief History Lesson
Chapter Two - The Game
Chapter Three - The Terminology
Chapter Four - The Game, A Closer Look
Chapter Five - The Games As Played On Courts
Chapter Six - The Equipment
Chapter Seven - Strategy & Tactics
Chapter Eight - Building A Backyard Court
Chapter Nine - Bocce Courts We've Known & Loved
Chapter Ten - Organizing A League/Promoting The Game
Chapter Eleven - Tournament Play & Rules
Chapter Twelve - International Play
Chapter Thirteen - Bocce & Special Olympics
Chapter Fourteen - Best Of The Joy Of Bocce Weekly

All chapters have new material and photos. For example, I've added that fascinating info we learned about nailed boules of nineteenth century France to the chapter on the history of the game.

In addition, chapters 9, 10, 13 & 14 are new, while chapter 12 (International Play) hardly resembles its predecessor.

This has been some of the hardest work I have done as a writer. Pouring over material from past issues of the ezine and sifting through hundreds of photos has kept me busy (and more than a little stressed) for months.

I am very happy with and extremely proud of the finished product. I think it will be well received by the bocce community. The first issue continues to get a good response and this newer version is several levels above that in the overall quality of the work.

My only concern is the quality of some of the photographs. People send me photos from all over the continent (and abroad) and these tend to be of excellent quality for posting on the Internet. But they may not be of high enough resolution for print reproduction. I spent a great deal of time enhancing these photos with Adobe Photoshop. Photos must be at least 300 dpi for publication. When a picture starts out at, say, 72 dpi and you enhance it to 300 dpi with Photoshop, it shrinks the image significantly (some were 1" by 1"). Then, when you enlarge it, you lose quality. I've done the best I can, submitted all, and am waiting to hear from the "techies" at 1st Books. They'll let me know which photos make the grade, and which have to be reworked or eliminated from the book. I may be asking some readers to re-submit photos at a higher resolution, if possible.

Stay tuned.

I mentioned last week that my former student, Jay Atkinson, who is a high powered writer, “loaned” me his agent for a consultation. I put a link to Jay's first novel, Caveman Politics, and it generated a lot of interest.

Jay has also written a non-fiction book that is highly regarded. In Ice Time, he followed our local high school's hockey team for a season and wrote about more than just the competition. From the book's inside flap... "Whether describing kids playing a moonlit game on a frozen swamp or the crucible of team tryouts and predawn bus rides that he endured himself, Atkinson carves out the drama of adolescence with precision and affection. He takes us onto the ice and into the heart of a town and a team as he explores the profound connection between fathers and sons, and what it means to go home again."

Heck, there's even a chapter titled "Merry Christmas Mr. Pagnoni."

More about Ice Time at

 Photos of the week
More bocce courts from issues past...

Volume 2, Issue #27 July 7, 2003

Indoor courts at The Alpine Country Club in Round Lake, IL. The facility has two 80' by 10' outdoor courts that feature the Har-Tru surface from Lee Tennis. These indoor courts (10’ by 84’) 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.


Volume 2, Issue #29 - July 21, 2003

World Series of Bocce in Rome, NY.


Volume 2, Issue #34 - August 25, 2003

Photo courtesy of Matteo Melucci of Collinsville, IL.

70-foot court – “Since the land is on the first bluff east of downtown St. Louis, MO (approx. 10 miles) and the bocce court is on the high ground therein, the court location affords a spectacular view of the Gateway Arch and the entire St. Louis skyline.”


Volume 2, Issue #40 - October 6, 2003

Photo courtesy of Jim LoScalzo of Shoreham, NY.


Volume 2, Issue #41 - October 13, 2003

Michael Grasser sent photos from his trip to Chiasso, Switzerland where he coached the USA team to a very respectable 8th place finish in the World Bocce Championships.

The games were played in the Malpensa Athletic Facility (which also hosts hockey, soccer, volleyball, basketball).


Volume 2, Issue #42 - October 20, 2003

Grand Lodge of Massachusetts (Sons of Italy) Tournament held at The Italian American Club in Walpole, Massachusetts.

Four lighted, well groomed 10' by 74' courts. The surface, a mixture of 3 parts stone dust to 1 part clay.


Volume 2, Issue #43 - October 27, 2003

Picture courtesy of Willie Itzkowitz of The Marine Park Bocce Club (Brooklyn, NY) highlighting the New York City Bocce Championships at Juniper Valley Park


Volume 2, Issue #44 - November 3, 2003

New England Clambake complete with co-ed bocce tourney using Bill Hadley's 64' by 12' stone dust court and three of Chris Pfeiffer's ingenious portable courts.

We commissioned a caterer who set up on the side of Bill's house, and prepared and served us 1 1/2 lb. lobsters, steamers, chowder and lobster bisque.

View this week's photos...

 Bocce product of the week
Speaking of settling disputes over whose ball is closer...I just happen to have the finest measure for bocce stocked right on my shelves.

Still our most popular measure, this Prohawk International measuring device has been a big hit in this Ezine. I've placed photos on my website that clearly illustrate the product's features.

These measures are of very high quality and are reasonably priced. The Premier Boule Measure is designed for "inside measure" which is by far the most accurate.

The tape extends to 2 meters (about 6 ½ feet) and has a self-locking mechanism, calipers, and a game scoring mechanism. Makes a great gift for the bocce lover in your life. Every serious bocce player (and not-so-serious player) should have one. Please check them out ($19.95 plus shipping).

Click to view pictures of the Premier

 Non bocce product of the week
There is a good deal of controversy over ephedra based weight management products nowadays. Here is an alternative.

Market America's successful ThermoChrome™ family of weight-loss products proudly introduces ThermoChrome Ephedra Free.

An exclusive and proprietary blend of 17 effective ingredients, ThermoChrome Ephedra Free is the alternative weight loss solution.

Learn more about Ephedra Free

 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 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.

April 3, 2004 - Raffa Singles, Campo di Bocce, Los Gatos, CA - Contact Ben Musolf - 408-395-7650 or

April 17, 2004 - Second annual Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament - Open rules - Bellingham Sportsplex Indoor Soccer Field - for more info see tournament link on or contact

April 19-21, 2004 - Biltmore Hotel, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Contact Kyle Hughes 800-245-8667.

May 15, 2004 - Ken Waldie SSC, Inc. Tournament. Lawrence, Massachusetts. Four-player teams, 12' by 72' foot AstroTurf courts. Contact Mario Pagnoni at

May 15-16, 2004 - Dempsey Cianfrocco Memorial Co-ed Doubles - Toccolana Club, Rome, NY - contact Walt Semeniak 315-793-3070

May 24, 2004 - international invitational tournament - looking for teams from the US. Contact Bruce Fuller, proprietor of d'Asolo Vineyards of Oliver, B.C. Canada (Wine Capital of Canada) at

May 28 to June 5, 2004 – United States Championships, Stockton, CA. Contact Mike Conti @ 847-692-6223 or

June 12-13, 2004 - Northeast States / Canada Classic ($100 entry fee) Mens Doubles - Toccolana Club - contact Walt Semeniak 315-793-3070.

June 25-27, 2004 - American Legion - Farrell, PA
four players - Bob Churko Memorial - contact 724-342-7112.

July 9-11, 2004, Bocce Classic X, Dayton, Ohio. Contact Dick Bloom @ 937-439-7936 or email:

July 10, 2004, Northern California Bocce Championships, Martinez Bocce Federation (Waterfront Park facility housing 15 permanent courts). Open rules. Contact Keith Tate 925-370-0633 or e-mail:

July 23-25, 2004 - Italian Home - Farrell, PA - four players - contact 724-346-6931.

July 31 - Aug 1, 2004 - MVR Club - Youngstown, OH
four players - contact 330-746-7067.

August 13-15, 2004 - American Legion - Farrell, PA
two players - contact 724-342-7112.

October 9 - 11, 2004 - North American Bocce Championship, Montreal. Contact Mike Conti @ 847-692-6223 or


Henselite Bowls Measure - telescopic - precise - fits in your pocket

Merchandise still available at

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