The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 28 - July 19, 2004 
•   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 weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 3, Issue #28 - July 19, 2004
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2004


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What people are saying about The Joy of Bocce...

Readers' feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Tom "Boccemon" McNutt sends this...

"Ron V. was asking about public courts in San Jose. Adobe built one at their corporate office in S.J. They purchased their scoreboard from us. Not certain whether the courts are public or not, but Ron could show up there with balls and see what happens."

{See photo to the right - click on it to visit}

Also from Boccemon...

"I will send on info on how to maintain an oyster court but for today I just wanted to pass along how grateful I am to own a Har-Tru 7' drag broom. We don't have to use it much so I often lend it around the community to other courts I have constructed. I expect you will have several more orders as soon as I stop loaning it out."


Bocce Bob Whitlow of West Frankfort, Illinois responds to last week's bocce ball wear issue...

"I have had the same problem with different brands of balls. The grit surface we use on our courts here in West Frankfort is simply hell on the surface of balls.

The best thing I have found to refinish and help restore color is KRYLON brand called "triple thick" clear spray. There is clear thin spray that KRYLON sells. Make sure it says 'triple thick" on the spray can. You can get it at Wal-Mart for around $3.00 per can. I wash the balls real good, wipe them down and let then dry. Then using a McDonald's catsup cup for a base to set each ball, I spray the balls. Don't spray too thick. Just give them a mist. It dries real fast. In about 15 minutes give them another coat. After drying I flip the balls 180 degrees and do the unpainted portion. This is not a factory finish, but the KRYLON product works better than anything I have found on the retail market.

After about 5-6 recoatings, I wash bocce balls in lacquer thinner to take off all the old KRYLON and then recoat with the triple thick."

Zio Riccardo also weighs in on the bocce color issue...

"I believe the color problem is more common than most people will admit to. In our Sons of Italy group in Eureka,CA, we have at least two players who are color blind. When it's overcast most of us feel like we're going blind as well.

The only cheap bocce we have seen with good contrast were some that came from a batch at Fred Meyer. When my wife and I bought our current bocce we opted for Perfetta Euros from These come in a variety of colors and by picking colors that are quite different in hue as well in lightness/darkness (like yellow vs. blue) one can be certain that players will not be constantly asking "which is the green one". The price has recently gone up, but I only expect to buy once. By contrast, a weekend trip to play in a tournament runs considerably more in food, gas and lodging than a top set of bocce. Most clubs should be able to afford a couple sets without breaking the budget.

A bonus of the international weight and size balls is that they are a little lighter and not too big. While the real "cannonballs" are ok for some, people with smaller hands, joint issues and less upper body strength prefer something less brutal.

In desperation, a couple cans of sale-priced spray paint should work on the old balls. Just apply as needed. I haven't used it on bocce, but it works to make a contrasting pallino."


Many readers have written about the unfinished archiving of back issues. I am still trying to work that problem out. Since Topica released a new version of their ezine software, I have been unable to archive back issues. Please stay tuned as I am sure someone from tech support will call me back eventually...


Roy Ferrando asks a common question about Har-Tru top dressing...

"What are the maintenance requirements of the Har-Tru product. Does it stay packed well for several games at a time. How often does it need to be watered down?"

{It depends on your location. Here in Massachusetts I don't do much maintenance on my backyard court (76' b7 10' Har-Tru surface). It rains enough to keep it in good playing shape. In very dry climates you'll need to water and roll it at least once a week.

Between games we often run the 7' drag brush down and back to smooth out any surface irregularities.

The only drawback to the product in New England is that once the freezing and thawing season starts (say late November or early December), you will probably have to shut down until spring.}


Ron G. sends this...

"Sportcraft has a lighted Bocce set similar to SKIZZO in many stores. K-Mart, Gart Sports, Fred Meyers, Wal-Mart, etc. The price seems to be right at $29.00."

Interested in horseshoes, croquet, other outdoor games?

Photos of the week
This week’s photos come from two sources. The first set of pics come from the Walkers of Corralitos, California.

Says Michelle Walker...

"I bought your book about 4 months ago so we could learn how to build one of these courts. I also bought your recommended Bocce measurer which has come in VERY handy since the court has been finished.

Our court is an official 76X12 with a synthetic green turf that is becoming the new rage. We built this court for our Italian friend that is designing his entire 55 acre walnut grove in Corralitos, California with an Italian theme.

As you can see from the photos it turned out fabulous.

I am very excited to share these with you and can't wait to see them in your Bocce weekly.

Bocce is an addicting sport, we insist that everyone that stops by for a visit has a quick go at it. People now stop by unannounced begging for a "quick game".

The owner of this property was married here on July 3rd, we had a pre-wedding bar-b-q where 200 of his and his bride's closest friends and family enjoyed the court, there was a line to play at all times. Even into the night.

Thank you so much for your great book and measure and the opportunity to share with you photos of what has turned out to be one of our most fun projects.


The caretakers of Nostra Noce (our nuts)
Corralitos, California

The Walkers"

{Awesome photos - thanks for sharing. Hope I get to visit that magnificent court some day!}

The second set of photos are from Josh Bahoff who says simply..."Here are some pix of a recent game of me (Josh Bahoff of Bucks County, PA) and my friend (Don Thomasino)."

{Also great photos and they point out something interesting. People associate wine drinking with bocce, but these guys are cigar smokers. Is there a correlation between cigar smoking and bocce? Would cigar makers be a good resource for sponsorships? Do you smoke and play bocce? What other things go well with bocce? Please REPLY. Your reponse will make interesting reading for our subscribers.}

View this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week
The Henselite Bowls Measure is a metal telescopic device not much bigger than a ball point pen. Approximately 6 inches when closed, it extends to a meter.

The Henselite is designed for inside measure and for close ones at that. The player or referee first estimates the distance between the pallino and the two bocce balls to be compared. Then, he extends the appropriate telescopic sections to a length slightly less than that estimate.

Next, he places the device between the pallino and one of the balls in question and extends it until it almost touches both balls.

The head of the tool is equipped with a screw-top mechanism. Turning the top in one direction lengthens the tool, while winding in the opposite direction shortens it. This fine tuning makes for very precise measuring. Finally, the measurer places the device between the pallino and the other ball in contention, and compares.

Care must be taken not to disturb the positions of balls being measured.

The device fits in and clips onto your shirt pocket. It even has calipers for checking those really close points. It is the perfect gift for the bocce aficionado in your life. Like our other measures, it retails for $19.95 plus shipping.

Click to view more pictures of the Henselite Bowls Measure...

Non bocce product of the week

VitaShield Vitamin C&E Liposome Intensive Moisturizer is a breakthrough in skin moisturizing technology.

Utilizing proven ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and vitamins C and E, the VitaShield Intensive Moisturizer delivers the payload through highly effective liposomes, which are microscopic oil-based particles which penetrate the epidermis and deliver the moisturizing components, antioxidants and other special ingredients deep into the skin.

VitaShield Vitamin C & E Intensive Moisturizer used in the morning and evening will make a noticeable difference in our skin's appearance.

VitaShield Vitamin C Intensive Treatment is a revitalizing skin-care product that contains 10% vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid), one of the highest concentrations of any such product on the market today. What makes the Vitamin C Intensive Treatment so effective is the science in which the Vitamin C is kept intact, maintaining its full potency.

This will stimulate the growth of new collagen and ultimately reduce the appearance of many fine lines and wrinkles.

{I know a woman in Massachusetts who used the product on one half of her face for several months - a kind of controlled experiment. The results were side of her face had much reduced fine lines - her boyfriend was fond of saying "I want to date the woman on THAT side." (pointing to the VitaShield treated side). For more info click below to get to, then click Go Shopping - then enter vitashield kit in the search window.}

Learn more about VitaShield...

Tournament update
{chronological order}

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

July 24, 2004 - 2nd Annual Lakefront Bocce Tournament -Benefits Special Olympics Wisconsin - McKinley Park - Milwaukee, WI - 64 four-person teams - $100 entry fee - Contact Chis Pfeiffer @ 262-797-0320 or

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

August 7, 2004 - ABA Senior Championships - Open – 4 person team - Must be over 55 - City of Danville - Sycamore Valley Park - MUST HAVE ABA CARD – Contact Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169.

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

August 14, 2004 - ABA Open Championships Open – 4 person teams - Martinez Bocce Federation - Waterfront Park, Martinez, CA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD - contact Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169.

Aug 14-15, 2004 - Paul Vitagliano Memorial Men's 4 player & Women's 4 player - Toccolana Club - contact Walt Semeniak 315-793-3070.

August 21, 2004 - Women’s Tournament - Open – 4 person team - So. SF IACC Orange Ave. Mem. Park South San Francisco, CA - contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-871-7732.

August 22, 2004 - ABA Volo Championships – 3 person team - So. SF IACC Orange Ave. - Mem. Park, South San Francisco, CA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD - contact Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169.

August 28, 2004 – ABA Raffa Championships - Concord Bocce FederationNewhall Park - Concord, CA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD – contact Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169.

September 11, 2004 - Santa Rosalia Tournament - Open – 4 person team - Monterey Bocce Club Charter House - Monterey, CA. Contact Peter Dentice @ 831-372-5400.

September 18, 2004 - Collinsville Illinois Italianfest Tournament - Glidden Park, Lebanon and Branch Street, Collinsville (located approx 1 mile from the fest grounds) - info

September 25, 2004 - XXIX Italian/American Games -Raffa – 3 person team - So. SF IACC Orange Ave. Mem. Park So. San Francisco, CA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD - contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.

September 26, 2004 - Bruno Freschet Mem. Tour. - Open – 4 person team - P.I.A.S.C. - San Mateo, Beresford Recreation Center, 28th Ave. & Alameda de la Pulgas. Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.

October 2, 2004 - Open, 4-person teams - Marin Bocce Federation - 550 B Street, San Rafael, CA. Contact Diana Pellegrini @ 415-454-4483.

October 9, 2004 - Jerry Belleci Mem. Tourn. - Open Rules – four-person teams - Pittsburg Bocce Federation, Buchanan Park - Pittsburg, CA. Contact Manny and Lydia Romo @ 925-754-4890.

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

Clubhawk Gold Measure - string instead of steel tape - precise - fits in your pocket

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