The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 33 - September 5, 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 #33 - September 5, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

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Hello again bocce lovers,

This week's photos are the first I've posted from the state of Maine - check them out. Also, I'll be revising my web site over the next couple weeks and months as my senior softball season is winding down and I'll have some free time before senior hoop starts (I'm working out daily to defend my title as league leader in "shot attempts").

I've started a new page titled Bocce Venues where I'll post a photo of each venue. Clicking on the photo will take you to a page of pictures and details on that venue. Just added Gotcha Bocce (Louisville, KY) so far, but will add more in the near future. Please invite me to your venue so that I can take photos and add them to my new Bocce Venues page.


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Bocce news & readers' feedback
{Publisher's comments in brackets...}

Jason Del Vicario of Vancouver, BC who is president of sends news of an event...

"I run which is the only online bocce presence in Canada. We are hosting our 2nd Annual Don Giuseppe (named after my father) Bocce Tournament in September and thought you would like to see our tourney poster as I’m very proud of it!"

{Great to hear about bocce north of the border & GREAT poster! Please keep us informed. Click the image to the right to see a larger poster.}


Don't forget the World Bocce Championship September 18 - 24 at the Palazzo di Bocce in Orion, Michigan.

Opening ceremonies are on Sunday, September 18th - you'll need a ticket ($25) to attend.

You can get an All Event Pass for $105 which grants the ticket holder admission to all events Sunday, September 18th to Saturday, September 24th. The best players in the world will be in the house!

Contact Bryan Sanborn at 248-371-9987 ext. 13 or .


Roy Timberman writes...

"I am very dissatisfied with such antiquated equipment as a rule and stick to measure from one ball to another. What I am looking for is a laser measuring device if one exists that is set up for bocce.

i.e. you set the laser device down over the pallino and it measures to various balls around it to get an exact distance. Is there such a device available?"

{Not that I know of - does any reader know of such a device available today or "in the works"?}



On October 9th we are going to help run a bocce fund-raiser for the Jimmy Fund in Derry, NH at a sports complex called the SportsZone. I think it is the first or one of the first charity fund-raisers of its kind in New England. {I think that eventually bocce fund-raisers will equal or surpass golf tourney fund-raisers in number as anyone who can roll a ball can help the charity.}

A little may recall our problem with the zoning board in Salem, NH where we failed to get a variance for the greenhouse that we built (sans permit) over our four bocce courts. The Martignetti family operates a building supply business with outlets in Amesbury and Woburn, Mass. They purchased the greenhouse from our non-profit group. In what Napolean Hill referred to as "finding the seed of an equivalent benefit in any negative situation," we connected with an outstanding family in the Martignettis. It just so happens that they also LOVE bocce and want to run a bocce fund-raiser because the controller of the family business has a grandchild recently diagnosed with Leukemia. In the Martignetti family's own words...


"A very special four-year-old in our lives, Drew Pelletrino, was recently diagnosed with leukemia, a malignant cancer of the bone marrow and blood. Drew's grandfather, Dick Drew, is the controller of our family's business. We were all deeply affected by the heartbreaking news that Drew had leukemia, and we all felt that we wanted to do something. Combining our love of getting our family and friends together and a desire to help, we decided to host the first annual Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament.

Proceeds from this year's tournament will benefit the Jimmy Fund in Drew's name. The Jimmy Fund supports the fight against cancer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where Drew is currently being treated. Since 1948, the Jimmy Fund has helped save countless lives by furthering cancer research and care at Dana-Farber.

So please consider joining us on October 9 for some fun bocce action. We'll have lots of fun while we support a great cause.

Our goal is to raise $20,000. To that end, we are pleased to announce that Martignetti Enterprises, Inc. has pledged $5,000!"


How you can help...

We need sponsors. Court naming, company name on banner, company name on t-shirt, etc.

We need donations. Tax deductible - any amount. Checks made payable to MFCBT (Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament) 29 High St., Woburn, MA 01801.

We hope to have as many as 10 courts set up on Astroturf at the SportsZone in Derry, NH and could use the donation or loan of 8' or 16' timbers to frame off the courts.

We'll need at least 10 sets of bocce balls, and so far, have only rounded up 6 or so.

We need prizes to award participants - items that might go in gift bags as in golf tournaments.

If you are going to be in the New England area...

We need teams to participate.

We need volunteers to referee the games, serve food, hawk raffle tickets, etc. on October 9th.

Contact me at if you would like to chat about any of this.

Click below for a pdf file with more details, tourney entry information, and a pretty cool picture of Drew.

Click for pdf of Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament

Photos of the week
This week's pictures showcase the new bocce court at the home of Dr. Richard Mazzei in Trenton, ME. It's the first court I've visited in Maine. Dr. Mazzei (an orthopedic surgeon in Bar Harbor) invited friends, family and guests for a bocce opening ceremony.

The 76' by 12' stone dust and Har-Tru court features a beautiful pergola on one side and the Union River Bay on the other. Also, speakers are built into the benches for piping in mood music, and there is a great scoreboard complete with flags and a well researched Mazzei family coat of arms.

To top things off - a poetic invitation...


On August 21st this year
At Dr. Mazzei's home,
We'll dedicate a Bocce Court...
It's played from here to Rome.

We'll play the game, we'll drink some wine,
We'll laugh and have much fun,
And then we'll eat Italian food...
That's always how it's done!

So, come on Sunday at two o'clock;
The time we'll have - is GREAT,
Along with friends, and family too;
Remember...don't be late!

And don't panic -
You don't have to be Italian to play!


Thanks for inviting me Doc - I continue to find that "bocce people" are among the most friendly and fun loving people on the planet.

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
The Budget Bocce Court by Bryan Mero

Bryan Mero (of fame) has created a very well crafted booklet on building a low budget bocce court. He's published it via the clever print-on-demand outfit CafePress.

It describes in detail how Mero was able to build his 60' by 10' court in California for less than $600.

Mero covers topics like...

Tools & supplies you'll need
Choosing the court's location
How do I make it level?
How do I level out the court surface?
What do I use as the mid-layer?
What is the top layer...crushed what?
Where do I mark foul lines?
What will court maintenance be like?

Interspersed with photos, drawings and personal notes from his own court construction experience this helpful little booklet is a definite "keeper."

Paperback - $14.99

Click to visit Ibocce's CafePress store...

Non bocce product of the week

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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 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.


Lots of tournament action listed - please consider designating someone as "official event photographer" and directing that person to send snapshots for us to reproduce as photos of the week. Our readers love seeing bocce action from around the continent.


September 10-11, 2005 - California - Monterey - Santa Rosalia Tournament - Open – 4 person teams - Monterey Bocce Club Charter House - does any reader know the contact person for this event? Please REPLY.


September 16 - 18 - Canada - Ontario - Windsor - Ciociaro Club - 3 person teams - $6,000.00 guaranteed first place. Contact Remo Incitti @ 519-965-7799 or 519-969-4825.


September 17, 2005 - California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce - raffa men singles (ranking) - contact Ben Musolf @ 408-395-7650.


September 17, 2005 - Canada - Vancouver, BC - Jericho Park East - doubles tourney - $ prize for best dressed. Contact Jason Del Vicario @ .


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


September 18, 2005 - California - San Mateo - Open – 4 person team - 1 must be a woman - Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.


September 24, 2005 - California - San Francisco - XXX Italian/American Games - Raffa – 3 person team - contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.


September 24, 2005 - Californai - Martinez - Open - Battle Of The Sexes, 2 person (Men’s winner vs. Women’s winner). Contact Tracy Benetti or Jessica Benetti @ 925-372-5327.


September 24 & 25, 2005 - Maryland - Towson, Baltimore County - 4 person teams - proceeds benefit Baltimore Columbus Parade - contact Dino Bosso @ 410-536-0886.


October 1, 2005 - California - San Rafael - Open – 4 person team - Marin Bocce Federation, 550 B Street. Contact Diana Pellegrini @ 415-454-4483.


October 8, 2005 - California - San Francisco - Volo – 3 person team. Contact Alessandro Bettucchi @ 650-583-9936.


October 8, 2005 - California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce - Raffa – 3 Players - contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408- 379-9409.


October 9, 2005 - New Hampshire - Derry - The SportsZone - Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament raising funds for the Jimmy Fund in honor of 4-year-old Drew Pelletrino. 4-player teams, but individuals may enter and be placed on a team. Contact Mario Pagnoni at .


October 22, 2005 - Sutter Creek Open - 2 Men, 2 Women Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.

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