The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 5 - January 31, 2005 
•   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 4, Issue #5 - January 31, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844


Last week I told you that I regretted being unable to attend the Pallino d’oro competition at the Palazzo di Bocce (I’m hoping that someone will send photos).

I wrote about the two pressing issues that I am dealing with almost around the clock. First, there’s our little "discussion" with the local zoning board as our new Ken Waldie Memorial Boccedrome (four 12' by 80' courts under a 208' long greenhouse structure) needs a variance. The meeting is set for February 1, 2005 (please send us some positive vibes Tuesday evening around 7:00 PM Eastern Time).

Secondly, our age 55-59 Ken Waldie Senior Softball team qualified for the Nationals in Pittsburgh this summer. Our main impetus for attending is actually because Waldie (a 9-11-01 victim and friend of ours) was originally from Pittsburgh - his mom still resides there and he was a big Steelers fan. We needed to commit and get all the paperwork in right away, but the deadline has been extended another month. This worked out great for me as it afforded me the opportunity to shovel the 27 inches of snow that buried us over the weekend.

When Nor’easters come on the weekend, and school doesn’t need to be called off, the kids around here refer to it as “a waste of perfectly good snow.” Unfortunately (fortunately?), the snowfall was so troublesome that some schools cancelled for several days the following week (Boston Public Schools closed the entire week).

I’ll keep you posted on our Boccedrome progress and our trip to Pittsburgh. I got a very nice email from some bocce players in the Pittsburgh area (Guy DeCarlo et al) who want to “hook up” and roll a few while we are in town – a great idea!


2nd edition news...

Still waiting for my first shipment of books to arrive from the publisher. If you have placed an order already I’ve addressed an envelope to you and placed a Priority Mail sticker on it…as soon as the books are in I’ll ship the same day.

One problem I found is that I didn’t have the Buy Now button set properly so that purchasers could indicate how they wanted the book autographed. I’ve since fixed that. If you already ordered and want a special inscription, email or REPLY to this ezine.

So, I am accepting orders, but be aware that there may be a small time lag between when you place the order and when you actually receive it. The 300-page book will retail in bookstores at $19.45 and at the publisher's web site for $18.75.

Click the link below to order at the special (limited time only) Joy of Bocce Weekly subscriber price of $16.95. Shipping will be $4.00 - I will ship US Priority Mail for the duration of this introductory offer.

Please let me know how you want the book autographed (type the details in the "Special Inscription/Autograph" box provided).

Also, you can order the book directly from the publisher ( ). They even offer an electronic version at just $4.95 (you download it - no shipping charge).

Click on the image above to order from the publisher's web site or the link below to get an autographed copy directly from me. {If you order from the publisher's site enter Pagnoni in the box for Author = ...}


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The Joy of Bocce 2nd edition will help you improve your game (or at least entertain you). The 300-page book takes drill and instruction to the same level as that of basketball, baseball, and other sports. Besides that, it has the most complete and entertaining history of the game anywhere in print. It will fascinate and delight.


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Readers' feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Stephen Bertelli of Pompano Beach, FL writes...

"Attached is a photo of the weekly Wednesday bocce tournaments that happen right off my building here on Pompano Beach. They throw them (the balls) in the air and play on the sand. There seems to be a group of at least 20 to 30 that play."

{Stephen promised to investigate and send more info on this bocce group.)



Yes, I've finally finished archiving all the Joy of Bocce Weekly back issues. One thing I dislike about the archives is that when I peruse them I see all the typos that I missed when I was frantically working on deadline on Sunday evening (it's always best to look at your work with a "fresh eye" on another day, but I'm not often able to do that).

Another drawback is that when you click on the link to view the photos of the week, you get directed to the current week's photos, not those alluded to in the back issue. Still, the archives serve a good purpose and I have set up this year's archiving in a little simpler format.


From the Boccemon, Tom McNutt...

"Good luck with the book. As I read through it I am learning some things and remembering a bit I had forgotten. This must go on a list for 'What to get somebody with everything' - At least for every Bocce player…

I visited a friend in Tacoma, Washington last week. I always wondered how he could so confidently arrive at tournaments sitting back allowing his opponents to beat themselves. When I arrived at his home of 40 years, I saw he had an indoor court of carpet in his basement. We then walked out the sliding glass doors and set down 4 feet on a terrace he had a lawn court. As we proceeded down another terrace he had a 90 foot oyster court. Now I understand why everyone in Tacoma refers to him as 'Mr. Bocce'. He says he will send photos and an article this summer."

{Excellent news - always looking for bocce photos - still the most popular part of the ezine/web site.}


Joy of Bocce Valentine apparel - Save $5 When You Spend $40 or More! Enter coupon code VDAY40 when checking out. Hurry – This coupon expires February 3, 2005...Click the link below Tournament Update.


Jeff Ryan informs us that "We have just completed a website that features the sport of Bocce. Our site contains 3-D Diagrams of the traditional Bocce Court, Bocce History, a list of the major Bocce Governing Bodies and a Bocce How-To page."

Click the link below to check it out...

New sports site featuring bocce...

Photos of the week
This week’s excellent photos come courtesy of Terry Wynne of Griffin, Georgia.

According to Wynne…

"Griffin, Georgia is centrally located in the state 40 miles south of Atlanta. Two established courts have been in this area for the last 10 years, but in the last year two more courts have been built with another presently under construction.

I was introduced to bocce in the spring of 2003 on a friend’s grass court; instantly fell in love with the game and built two marble dust courts (70’ by 12’).

This area now has bocce fever and it’s growing. Tournaments rotate among the area courts generally on a monthly basis. Each participant brings snack food and their own beverage. The host generally prepares something a little more special.

The first tournament on my courts was June 2004. Bratwurst sausage was grilled on an 80 gallon sorghum syrup kettle. For those not familiar with this type kettle, several grates can be used to vary the cooking height depending on whether cooking steak, chops, fish, chicken, etc. It’s fueled with either hardwood coals or charcoal; great outdoor cooking.

While not bowling many guys threw horseshoes, played washboard or played pool/billiards."

{Please follow Terry’s gracious lead and send photos of bocce in your neck of the woods – and someone please tell me what washboard is…}

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 (due for a price increase very shortly). 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 - price due to increase due to customs/duties/shipping expenses from UK).

Click to order or to learn more about the Premier Boule Measure...

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}

The buzz word today in health and nutrition is ANTI-OXIDANT. Everyone seems to agree that we need to increase our consumption of antioxidant nutrients to improve our health and vitality. OPC-3 is an extremely powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation in the joints and has produced good results with the symptoms of arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, allergies, asthma, and a laundry list of illnesses making the product sound like a snake oil that's "good for anything that ails you."

This powerful substance composed of natural substances like extracts from grape seed, red wine, and pine bark, does two major things in the body - improves circulation and boosts immunity. The reason the product can impact so many health issues is because so many maladies can be traced to poor circulation and low immunity.

In addition, this product is in what is termed an "isotonic state." It is basically in the same composition as your body fluids. Therefore it need not be digested, but can pass directly into the small intestine and the blood stream. It is what nutritionists call bio-available, not like pills and tablets which are poorly assimilated by the body.

Click the link below to get more info...improve your health and maybe even your bocce game too!

Learn more...

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.


February 5, 2005 - USBF - M. Albanese Tourney - Los Gatos, CA - contact Ben Musolf @


February 11 - 13, 2005 - Cape Coral World Series of Bocce - Veterans Park – $6000 first place money GUARANTEED - 4140 Coronado Blvd Cape Coral, FL - 4 person teams - contact George Furlan @ 239-275-9968 or 239-542-7424 - Cell 239-229-2348.


February 12, 2005 - Open – 4 Person Teams - American Bocce Association Fundraiser - Antioch Indoor Bocce Courts - Antioch Fairgrounds, Antioch, CA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Gloria Taylor @ 510-787-2317.


February 19, 2005 - USBF - I. A. C. - 3 Person (One Woman) - contact Ron Jacobs @ (209)957-1223.


February 19, 2005 - President’s Day Bocce Tournament
Tacoma Elks Lodge #174 - Tacoma, Washington -
4 Person Teams - $60 entry per team - Cash Prizes
Contact Tacoma’s Mr. Bocce (Anthony) @ 253-564-3310.


March 19, 2005 - USBF Waterloo - 2 Men/2 Women - contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.


April 9, 2005 -USBF - Los Gatos - 4 Person Open - contact Ben Musolf @


April 9, 2005 - J & S Professional Pharmacy/Old King Coal Indoor Bocce Tournament - West Frankfort, Illinois - contact Bob Whitlow at or 937-1668. Open to 16 teams.


April 18-19, 2005 - Open – 4 Person Teams - Tahoe Biltmore - North Shore Lake Tahoe, CA - Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.


April 23, 2005 - Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament - hoping for 48 teams - using open rules. Will set up as many as 12 courts (Field Turf surface with Backyard Bocce’s perimeter courts). Contact


April 23, 2005 - Open -3 person teams - So. SF IACC, Orange Ave. Mem. Park, South San Francisco, CA. MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.


April 30, 2005 - April in Vallejo Open – 4 person Teams - Vallejo Bocce Federation, 333 Amador St. Vallejo, CA. Contact Dick Gomez @ 707-554-9916.


May 7, 2005 - Women’s Tournament - Open – 4 person teams - P.I.A.S.C. - San Mateo - Beresford Recreation Center, 28th Ave. & Alameda de la Pulgas. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.


May 7, 2005 - Raffa – 3 person team - P.I.A.S.C. San Mateo, 100 “B” Street, San Mateo, CA. Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.


May 14, 2005 - Debbie Gerow Memorial Bocce Tournament - The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Fundraiser - Open – 4 person team - Martinez Bocce Federation, Waterfront Park, Martinez, CA - contact Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169


May 21, 2005 - Open -2 men/2 women - So. SF IACC - Orange Ave. Mem. Park - South San Francisco, CA. MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Rudy Bertolozzi @ 650-583-9936.


June 25, 2005 - Women’s Tournament - Open – 4 person team - Fairfield Bocce Federation, 1200 Civic Center Dr., Fairfield, CA. Contact Richard Meccette @ 707-434-0190.


July 4, 2005 - Fourth of July Tournament - Open – 2 person team. Martinez Bocce Federation - Waterfront Park, Martinez, CA. Contact Russ Calhoon (does any reader have Russ' contact info? Please REPLY).


July 8-10, 2005 - Dayton, Ohio. 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 – World’s Largest indoor guaranteed purse in the history of bocce ($16,000) - Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino - Indio, CA (near Palm Springs) Phone: 800-827-2946. Contact Phil Ferrari @ 800-652-6223 - Open Division and (Fun) Challenge Division.


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


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

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