The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 23 - June 27, 2005 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce News & 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 4, Issue #23 - June 27, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

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Hello again bocce friends,

June 27th marks our 35th wedding anniversary. Recently my wife Carmela and I were at a wedding where the DJ called all the married couples to the dance floor. We didn't step forward because... I just don't dance. The bride pleaded with me to take part. I asked "Is this a slow dance?" For a slow number, I figured I could move to a corner, fake it, and keep a low profile.

"Yes, a slow dance" she assured me. So, my wife (happily) and I (reluctantly) took to the dance floor. The music started and the DJ called for all newlyweds to sit down, then those married less than 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, etc., etc. Before I knew it - it was a spotlight dance for me and my bride of 35 years. Heck, we've lasted 6 or 7 times the national average. Time for me to learn how to dance, I guess.


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Bocce News & Readers' Feedback
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Peter Rabito writes to fill us in on the US Bocce Championships at the Palazzo di Bocce...

"The American Bocce Club is honored to say we made the pilgrimage to Michigan this past weekend to compete in the US Bocce Championships at the Mecca of all Bocce - the Palazzo di Bocce!

Club members John 'Gio' Samaritano, Vinnie Loiacono, John Walsh, Saverio Bruscino and myself competed in the men's Raffa singles event. Although John Samaritano's win over John Ross and John Walsh's win over Bryan Battaglia were the only two victories, the American Bocce Club did make its presence felt in many other ways.

As International Rules were new to my club, we quickly adapted and found this style of play to be truly more competitive then Open Rules. We will most certainly adapt this to our club and I intend to introduce it to the tri-state New York area. I have a feeling it may prove to be somewhat difficult, getting the 'old timers' to change - but I'm sure we can win them over!

I was also honored to present American Bocce Club pennants to the host of the event - Anthony Battaglia as well as to the USBF President John Ross and Vice-President Michael Grasser. This past winter, Mike contacted me with the idea of starting this tradition in America and I thought it was fantastic. I look forward to continuing this new tradition!

USBF President John Ross and Campo di Bocce Manager Ben Musolf were kind enough to let me officiate each of their matches. I found this experience extremely valuable and enjoyable - thanks guys! So much so that I have placed an order for an official Bocce Measurer/Marker device to ensure our club properly marks and measures balls.

John Ross continues to be a great friend to the American Bocce Club. He also answered our many questions and worked with me on incorporating the USBF logo into our ABC pennant. John also presented me with a USBF flag, which proudly flies at our club matches and will be brought to future tournaments along with USBF membership applications.

Luca Fontana was kind enough to put on a Volo clinic for us between matches. We had a court to ourselves and he stayed with us for quite some time discussing proper footwork as well as ball delivery technique.

Americo Rizza answered countless questions regarding court construction as he was instrumental in building Palazzo's courts. Saverio and Vinnie, building contractors, really gave him the once over getting details! He also was the first individual we met and took time to go over International rules and what to expect at the tournament.

Jorge Moreno - another fine gentleman and excellent player. I am proud to say that the winner of last year's Pallino d'Oro shut me out 12-0. I'll wear that badge with pride! Jorge always came around to talk to the boys from New York and give advice and coaching.

Rick and Teresa Wagstaff - two wonderful people who also answered many questions and who we enjoyed spending time with at dinner.

Jim Fellos of East Portal Bocce Club - Jim also defeated me in an enjoyable match - the loss wasn't but the sportsmanship was! He was a gentleman and a pleasure to speak with. I guess he felt sorry for me so he bought us a round of Limencello shots!

Mike Lapcevich of JJ's lighthouse. Mike was always talking Bocce to us. We will definitely meet up with him and his group at the World Series of Bocce in Rome, NY.

Dr. Angel Cordano. What can I say about this distinguished gentleman? He truly is a class act. I have been speaking with the good doctor for many months and am happy to call him a friend. A fantastic athlete, he too offered Bocce guidance. He along with his beautiful wife Vicki shared meals, stories and many laughs.

Thanks also go out to Danny Passaglia, Mike Conti, Marco Cuneo, Keith Tate, Benedetto Nicosia, Venice Meyer, Paolo Pro, Roy Ramacciotti, Quirino Mastroianni, Ezio Carrozzi, Jason Wisniewski, Natale Scala, Giovanni Napoli et al...

And of course, the Battaglia family. Without whom this great event could not have been possible. Tony and Marsha were fantastic hosts! They endeared themselves to us from the moment we arrived. Both went out of their way to make us feel at home! It was also a pleasure meeting their beautiful daughter Annette. Son Bryan parted with two of his own Palazzo di Bocce pins which were scarce that day. People came to us asking where we got them and I was happy to say that I had a 'connection'.

We will always look back in fondness at the friendships we made at this event and look forward to meeting you all again."


Bob Valvano of Sellersberg, IN writes to tell us...

"We just opened a six court center and cafe available."

{Yes, Yes, Yes, please send photos. Joy of Bocce Weekly readers LOVE seeing bocce venues, courts and bocce amenities.}


JoANNE VIVIANO (The Associated Press) wrote a well crafted piece about the US Bocce Championships at Palazzo di Bocce. It was reprinted widely, even showing up in the Boston Globe. In it she quotes our bocce friend Michael Lapcevich of Hermitage, PA who says "I guess for football you've got to be so big, for basketball you've got to be so tall. But this is a game I can do until I retire.''

Also quoted is Teresa Passaglia (Chicago) who will represent the United States at the world championships in September.

``Bocce, to me, is a very friendly game. It's a game that brings everyone together.''

Palazzo di Bocce:

U.S. Bocce Federation:


Patrick Del Freo sends news from the WICKLIFFE ITALIAN-AMERICAN Club...

The Laketran Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday August 26th, 27th & 28th 2005 at the Wickliffe Italian-American Club located at 29717 Euclid Avenue in Wickliffe. The event features competing bocce teams from Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan & Canada; homemade Italian food (including tripe) and refreshments will be available throughout the weekend. Parking and admission is free.

The tournament begins at 6pm on Friday August 26th on the six bocce courts (3 are covered with the new bocce pavilion) at the Wickliffe Italian & American Club. On Sunday, Jungle Terry will be performing his exotic animal show at 1 pm and The Musical Gigolos will perform Saturday at 8pm. On Sunday, The Wickliffe Italian & American Club will present the top 12 teams with cash prizes totaling over $7,500. Also on Sunday at 2pm Laketran will host an Invitational playoff between teams representing Laketran, Lake Metroparks, Lakeland Community College, Lake Hospital System,

Leadership Lake County and The News-Herald. Laketran will have buses and an informational booth set up at the event.

Vendors and sponsors include: Coca Cola, Hampton Inn, Val-Pak, O’Brien Chevrolet, Labatt Blue, Giuseppe’s Pizza & Subs, and Sussex Fish & Chips.

For more information on the event, contact Patrick Del Freo , Tournament Marketing Director at 440-221-9473.

For information on entering a team in this year's tournament (4 person team entry fee $120) call Wayne Farinacci, Tournament Commissioner at 440-461-6471 or Gino Latessa, Wickliffe I &A Club President at 216-789-6393.

Photos of the week
This week’s pictures come from two sources. Tom McNutt of sends info about which he says “…is a young, often improving site for bocce enthusiasts of a different mind. They play ‘extreme bocce’ and even rent obstacles if the park isn't enough challenge. They hold tournaments and frequent great establishments about town. I am forwarding a couple of photos these folks have sent me and hope you can appreciate the backyard aspect and fun they are promoting. It's all about the ‘Joy’ mon.

Attached are Bocce Nuptials at Stanley Park in Vancouver.”

McNutt also reports on The Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. According to McNutt, it “…has one of the finest bocce facilities on the continent. It is a great institution and every culture would be proud to have such a treasure.

To support one of their activities they have installed four (4) clay bocce courts. The clay and the environment didn't work so well together so they eventually enclosed the courts which were set up on a playground between two existing structures. The alleys are as close to ‘flat level’ as a natural surface can be. Tony spends a minimum of 25 hours each week working these courts. Misting water from the overhead hose; using a hand trowel to add new clay in the impressions left by the volo shots; and working the concrete float; these are scheduled parts of his week.

They collect natural clay from construction sites. The clay is typically free and they take it back to the Centre where they dry it for future use. Tony is still working the same pile I saw on a visit several years ago. The type of clay is critical.

Standing over the courts with pride and satisfaction, while taking in the billiard-like surface and the Zen sense of a newly groomed court... This is a rare kind of love. There is nothing like it except perhaps the feeling of messing it up. These courts will become obsolete in 10 years unless they can find somebody to start learning the maintenance program from Tony.

If you get invited to play a tournament at this facility, don't miss out. These folks are very serious about the game and they celebrate it! Check out their schedule at

Finally, another group of four excellent photos were submitted by Matt Melucci of Collinsville, IL…

The pictures “…were taken in a small town in Italy on a visit to family last summer. The paese is called Olevano sul Tusciano, in the Provincia di Salerno.

The fellows in the photos are with the local Bocce Club and allowed my nephew (James Bainbridge) and me to play in their Bocciodromo, which is sized to international rules.

Needless to say, we could not match their skill levels! But they were very friendly and helpful to amateurs.”

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Bocce product of the week

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Tournament update
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July 4, 2005 - California - Martinez - Fourth of July Tournament - Open – 2 person team. Martinez Bocce Federation - Waterfront Park. Contact Bill Kantana @ (925) 228-3635.


July 9, 2005 - California - Martinez - Open - "Norcal" (Northern California), 4 Players. Contact Ken Dothee @ 925-229-2157.


July 8-10, 2005 - Ohio - Dayton. The Bocce Classic XI tournament will field about 70 teams competing for over $7,000 in prize money and raising over $10,000 for local charities. For information check


July 14 – 16, 2005 – California - Indio - World’s Largest indoor guaranteed purse in the history of bocce ($16,000) - Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino - Phone: 800-827-2946. Contact Phil Ferrari @ 800-652-6223 - Open Division and (Fun) Challenge Division.


July 15 - 17, 2005 - New York - Rome - World Series of Bocce. 4 person teams - open rules - contact Toccolana Club @ 315-339-3609.


July 16, 2005 - California - Fairfield - John Magnetti Mem. Tourn. Open – 4 person team - Fairfield Bocce Federation, 1200 Civic Center Dr. Contact Richard Meccette @ 707-434-0190.


July 16, 2005 - St. Frances Cabrini - Open – 4 Players, ICF #191. Contact Vince Cusella @ 408-640-3543.


July 23, 2005 - California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce - Raffa –3 Players, Sector Championship. Contact John Ross @ 408-354-0625.


July 23, 2005 - Massachusetts - North Andover - Mass. Senior Games. Four player teams - open rules - teams may be co-ed but all players must be at least 50 years old by December 31, 2005. Contact Mario Pagnoni at 978-686-8679 or


July, 30, 2005 - Michigan - Sylvan Lake - Michigan State Bocce Championships. Open to Michigan residents only. Contact Mike Grasser @ 248-505-4744.


July 30, 2005 - San Francisco - Aquatic Park - Volo – Doubles. Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-720-1147.


August 6, 2005 - ABA Senior Championships - Open – 4 person teams - Must be age 55 or over - TBA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Traci Peters @ 916-456-7169.


August 7, 2005 - California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce Raffa – Singles, Women’s Ranking. Contact Ben Musolf @(408) 395-7650.


August 13, 2005 - ABA Open Championships – 4 person Team - TBA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Traci Peters @ 916-456-7169.


August 20, 2005 - Michigan - Palazzo di Bocce - Open Tournament. Contact Bryan Sanborn at 248-371-9987 x13 or email


August 20, 2005 - California - South San Francisco - Orange Ave. Mem. Park. Women’s Tournament - Open – 4 person team - MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-871-7732.


August 21, 2005 - California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce - Juanito Cuneo Memorial Tourney - Volo – 2 Players. Contact Marco Cuneo @ 415-713-5939.


August 21, 2005 - California - ABA Volo Championships (MUST HAVE ABA CARD) contact Traci Peters @ 916-456-7169.


August 26 - 28, 2005 - Ohio - Wickliffe - Wickliffe Italian & American Club. 4 person team entry fee $120 - contact Wayne Farinacci at 440-461-6471 or Gino Latessa at 216-789-6393.


August 27, 2005 - California - Crockett - ABA Singles Raffa Championship. Contact @ Dick Gomez 707-554-9916 or


August 27, 2005 - California - Sacramento - East Portal Open – 4 Players - Sector Championship. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.


September 10-11, 2005 - California - Monterey - Santa Rosalia Tournament - Open – 4 person teams - Monterey Bocce Club Charter House


September 16 - 18 - Canada - Ontario - Windsor - Ciociaro Club - 3 person teams - $6,000.00 guaranteed first place.


September 18 - 25, 2005 - Michigan – Orion - World Bocce Championships – Palazzo di Bocce, 4291 S. Lapeer Rd, Orion, MI 48359. Contact Bryan Sanborn at 248-371-9987 x13 or

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