The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. V, Issue 33 - September 11, 2006 
•   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 5, Issue #33 - September 11, 2006
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2006
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again bocce faithful,

Bocce Blog coming soon, he said hopefully...stay tuned a little longer.

As I have been experimenting with the new blog I've discovered that I don't know what I am doing. The learning curve is a little steeper than I had anticipated. Not sure if the blog stuff is complicated or I am dumb, (suspect the latter).

Be patient - between running all my senior sports programs and special bocce events, I'll find some time to figure it out.

Speaking of senior sports - This is the anniversary of 9/11. Our non-profit program is named after Ken Waldie, a passenger on one of the ill fated planes. I hope you can find some time to send some kind thoughts out in the direction of his family here in Massachusetts (and to all those affected by the tragedy).


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

George Danner of Griffin, Georgia sends an update...

"We finished our oldest bocce tournament last weekend.. The 'DDT' (Dog Days Tournament) started in 1996 with a 4 player format. The 'RED TEAM' was gunning for a 3 peat (2004-2005 champions) but lost out in the first round of knock out matches.

New 2006 champions are Dustin Danner, Lance Taylor, John Landis and George Danner. We did not lose a match all night. Rolling in the Zone...

The Fall Classic is scheduled for October 21, 2006. The 2006 Open Cup Bocce Tournament (Hurricane Tournament) had 10 teams of four rolling. We finished up around 3 AM but all had a great time rolling. We had two rookies on the winning team. Another roller 'hooked' on bocce. Joel, Stewart, Amber and Matt Open Cup Champs."

Photo right = 2004-05 defending champs: Jeff D. John C., Jeff McLean and Curt S. {Check out the Adam Sandler shirts}.


Re: the last couple week's discussion of the movie - The Tournament, Boccemon Tom McNutt says...

"Don't forget 1999 Charles Winkler's 'Rocky Marciano' starring George C. Scott. Several shots of the bocce court and a story of why folks use oyster shells."

And Matt DiPaula sends a link to more info on the film...


Jim Vaccaro sends news of an October event...

What: The 5th Annual American Cancer Society Richard Bartelli Bocce Ball Tournament (a.k.a. BOCCE BASH!)

Where: The Vaccaro Arena in Peachtree City

When: Saturday, October 14th, 2006

Sign-in starts @ 5:30pm with the Tournament beginning @ 6:15pm. Suggested donation is $15.00 per person with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. Total contribution made will be matched dollar for dollar by Cooper Industries.

This year’s event will be partially catered by Valentino’s of Peachtree City. You are still welcome to bring your favorite Italian dish to pass. BYOB (Italian beverages, of course!)

Become part of the "family". See you at this year’s BASH!

{Contact Jim Vaccaro @ }


Palazzo di Bocce offers Boy Scout Day - Clinton Valley Council - Saturday, October 21st - 12 noon to 3pm.

Boy Scout Day for CVC Scouts & CVC Scout Families. Includes bocce, instruction, lunch PLUS drawings & contests! A portion of all proceeds will be donated to CVC Scouts - Limited to the first 150 registrants
Price: $12 to $18 per person
Pre-paid Registration: by October 7th – Call today – 248-371-9987 ext. 0



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************************ CHARITY BOCCE EVENT ************************

We're gearing up to help run the second annual Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament on Sunday, October 8th at the Derry SportsZone (Derry, NH).

Last year we raised $22,000 for the Jimmy Fund and this time around our goal is $50,000 for the Joey Fund.

We are looking for some big-time sponsors and we are seeking players who want to spend an enjoyable day playing bocce and dining on fine Italian cuisine, while helping raise funds for a worthy cause.

You can register on-line to play (either as part of a 4-player team or just by yourself - we'll put you on a team) at . If you can see your way to making a donation ($50,000 will take some serious effort on all our parts) of money or items we might raffle or award as prizes, please REPLY ASAP.

Click to view some great bocce venues...

Photos of the week
This week's photos show how one civic-minded bocce family did a good deed for a local charity auction. The Grella family of Methuen, MA donated a "Day of Bocce" at their home court (including dinner for eight, a set of Perfetta Bocce Balls, autographed copies of The Joy of Bocce, and instruction by yours truly. Is this a great idea, or what?

We invite you to copy the model for this event. This one benefited a local YMCA and the winning bid topped out at $600.

The guests arrived at 4:00 PM, got acquainted with the hosts, had some wine and hors d'oeuvres in the courtyard under the pergola, then assembled on the court for a primer on how to play bocce.

After a brief demonstration, the games began. We separated the eight guests into two teams of four and "got right after it." Although some had never played before, they were quick studies and I'm sure we made some new converts.

The Grellas are the ultimate hosts. Lovers of all the good things in life, they make guests feel at home immediately with their pleasant demeanor and genuine warmth.

On the menu was fruit, pate, cheese, shrimp cocktail, salad with lobster, Delmonico steaks cooked on their outdoor, wood fired brick oven (fueled by apple wood from the local orchard), and dessert of cake and gelato.

Imitation is the highest form of flattery. Please feel free to copy the Grella family model and support a worthy cause in your neck of the woods.

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Bocce Carry Bags by Playaboule

These high quality nylon bags include 2 separate compartments. Hold a whole set of 8 bocce balls and pallino on the bottom, and your shoes, towel, accessories, and miscellaneous items above. Reinforced zipper closer and webbed nylon handle - this bag is the perfect way to carry your bocce set! Imported from Italy.

Click this text or the photo for more info and pricing details...

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}

Health & Nutrition - Heart Health - TriActive Arterial, Cholesterol & Homocysteine Support Formula

From the company web site...

"TriActive, Arterial, Cholesterol and Homocysteine Support Formula supports proper heart health through a combination of natural ingredients that have been shown to safely and effectively support the body’s ability to maintain optimal arterial function, healthy cholesterol levels and healthy homocysteine levels."

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

Click for more info on Market America TriActive Arterial, Cholesterol & Homocysteine Support Formula and other health products

Tournament update
{chronological order}

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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 16, 2006 - California San Francisco -XXX Italian/American Games - Raffa – 3 person team - So. SF IACC, Orange Ave. Mem. Park. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.


September 16, 2006 – California - Livermore - Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. Punto, Raffa, Volo, Singles, Men’s Ranking Tournament. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074 or .


September 17, 2006 – California - San Mateo - Peninsula Italian American Social Club. Open, 4 person teams (Team must include at least 1 woman). Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.


September 18 – 26, 2006 – Montenegro, BRAZIL (40 km from Porto Allegro) - 7th Club Punto, Raffa, Volo, World Championships.


September 23, 2006 – California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce. Punto, Raffa, Volo, 3 person teams. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408-379-9409.


September 23 & 24, 2006 - Maryland - Baltimore. The Baltimore Italian Festival 2006. Contact Elio at


October 1 - 10, 2006 - Australia - The Gold Coast will be the venue for the Special Olympics Australia National Games. Contact Bradley Oliver @


October 8, 2006 - Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament will raise funds for the Joey Fund. The Sportszone, 7 "A" Street - Derry, NH. Visit the event's web site at .


October 14, 2006 - Georgia - Peachtree City - The 5th Annual American Cancer Society Richard Bartelli Bocce Ball Tournament @ The Vaccaro Arena. Contact Jim Vaccaro @ .


October 17 - 22, 2006 – China - Wenzhou, - Volo, Women’s World Championships.


October 28, 2006 – California, Los Gatos Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. Punto, Raffa, Volo, 2 Players, “Big Ben Tournament”. Contact Ben Musolf @408-857-0074 or


November 4, 2006 – California - Sacramento. East Portal Bocce Club. Open, 4 person teams. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151 or .


November 11, 2006 - Massachusetts - North Andover. DB's Baseball School on Rte. 125. Exchange Club charity fund-raiser for Child Abuse Prevention. Four-player teams - includes "closest to the pallino" competition. Contact Al Pappalardo @ Guesthouse Inn - 978-686-2971 or .

September, 2007 - Virginia - Oronoco Park, on the Potomac - First Annual San Gennaro Italian Festival of Alexandria. Contact Jay DeCianno @

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