The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. V, Issue 46 - December 25, 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 #46 - December 25, 2006
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2006
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Merry Christmas to all you readers who celebrate Christmas! Happy Holidays to all!

I am writing these words during what some people call "Christmas Eve Day". That's the strangest phrase - Christmas Eve Day. Why don't they just say "the day before Christmas", or "December 24th"?

Soon we'll be hearing talk of New Year's Eve Day (you know, December 31st, the day before New Year's). Whatever the day, whatever the holiday, and whatever faith you practice, all the best from the Bocce Guy!

Yours truly,
Mario Pagnoni

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

We got some educated guesses on last week's Mystery Ball...{Click the photo to the right for a better look}

DeAnne first wrote...

"I posted this ball on a sports discussion board and there were a lot of guesses and a few people thought maybe Bocce but everyone is pretty puzzled. And no one at Spalding is any help whatsoever. I was hoping you could tell if it is a Bocce Ball."

{I answered: Looks kind of small to be bocce. One of the pics bears the words "Keep in good condition by frequent painting" (doesn't sound like bocce). Does any reader have a clue? Please REPLY.}

Bryan Mero of fame offered this...

"The mystery ball looks a lot like an antique Field Hockey ball. I read that back in WWII the American service men were given field hockey equipment to pass the time. This could be one of the balls they used."

Bede Kortegast of Playaboule ( ) agreed...

"I believe the mystery ball is a Field Hockey ball."

John Piowaty chimed in with...

"How about Cricket?"

And M. Polimeni and several others asked...

"Is it a Cricket Ball?"

{The directions to "Keep in good condition by frequent painting" should be an important clue, but so far, no one has the definitive answer. Several field hockey balls offered on e-Bay have the word "Match" on them which I think means that the ball is a "game ball" used for "matches", not for practice. We do the same thing in our senior basketball league. We purchased a new ball that is only used for games. That way no one gains an advantage by bringing his own basketball to use in league games.

Most of the cricket ball images I find seem to be red in color and made of leather and have stitching like seams on a baseball. It doesn't appear that you would paint a cricket ball.

Take a look at these...

So, put my official guess down as "field hockey ball".}


Just got this update from Stephanie Foerster (Producer-Director, "Watch the Pallino")...

"Hope you are well. I wanted to let you know that 'Watch the Pallino' is finished and the DVD is being prepared. I've also launched the website, which I'd love for you to link to!"

From the new web site:

About the Film

At the turn of the century, over 15 million immigrants left home for better lives in the US. Many were drawn to the promise of steady work in the coalmines of small rural towns like Toluca, Illinois. The Italian miners and their families gathered together on Sundays to play bocce ball, competing for a bottle of wine or wheel of cheese. Today, Toluca maintains this convivial spirit by hosting what is arguably the largest bocce tournament of its kind in the country—and probably one of the most raucous.

'Watch the Pallino' uncovers the history of Toluca's passion for bocce, and follows key players and organizers over the course of the daylong tournament--all the way to the finals. Father Neri, a bocce playing priest, the jocular Shirley and State champs Theresa and Nancy Biagini are all there to win. 'Watch the Pallino' showcases the historians, entertainers and avid bocce players who make the town what it is today."

{Very exciting! Will add the link to ASAP and am looking forward to writing a review of the production in this ezine.}


Ben Musolf from Campo di Bocce ( sent this about calling our game bocce ball...

"Regarding the gentleman wanting to learn anything regarding bocce ball. His first lesson needs to be that you don't play Bocce Ball, you play Bocce and throw a bocce ball.

It would be like saying I am going to play Golf Ball."

{Many bocce players get upset when they hear their game referred to as bocce ball. Sure, the game is bocce and the implement is a bocce ball. I often ask "Would you say you are going to the pond to play some hockey puck?"

Anyway, I don't think we are going to eliminate this improper usage. Americans are used to the words baseball, basketball, and football. It makes sense to them to say bocceball. We just have to accept it. The important thing is that they know the game and enjoy taking part.}



Anyone buying a set of bocce can purchase a set of any model Italian made bocce shoes for half price. Contact Michael Grasser at .


Great Back Yards

High End bocce balls - a great holiday gift...

Photos of the week
This week’ photos are from the Little Italy Bocce Rollers Association of Baltimore, Maryland. The group is affiliated with the Sons of Italy and they have two excellent, well-lighted courts (80’ by 13’) with a very fine, light gray stone dust surface. President Roberto Marsili gave us the tour and proclaimed that the Little Italy section is one of the last ethnic sections left in all of Maryland. The courts play fast and are a terrific draw for the fine restaurants and other businesses in the area.

Note: These photos permanently posted on the Joy of Bocce web site under Bocce Venues.

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week

For the holiday season Michael Grasser is offering a great special. Purchase any set of Super Martel Bocce and get a pair of Italian made bocce shoes for half price.

View the bocce sets here:

View the bocce shoes here:

Contact Michael at or 248-505-4744.

Visit Michael Grasser's

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}

Friction Free 3000 - Engine Treatment from Market America

{This just might improve your automobile's gas mileage - check it out}

From the company web site:

"Today, Americans own their cars for an average of seven years. This is a dramatic increase over the traditional three-year average. Maintaining high performance and high engine efficiency has become a major concern since engine failure represents the most costly repairs when breakdowns occur. Simple, inexpensive steps to reduce the wear and tear on vital engine parts can save car owners thousands of dollars over their cars’ lifetimes.

Your car’s engine sustains a substantial amount of strain over its lifetime. Friction Free 3000 provides superior engine lubrication that can lead to improved engine power, better fuel economy, reduced emissions and reduced engine surface wear."

Increases gas mileage
Prevents dry starts
Reduces oil consumption

Click to learn more about Friction Free 3000 and other great products...

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.


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.


January 19 - 21 - Arizona (Bocce Arizona Club, Glendale, AZ). International Tournament including teams from Italy, Canada, and the USA. Three divisions based on skill level with prize money being awarded. Contact The Father of Bocce Ball in Arizona, Pasquale D'Aliesio @ and visit the website at (slowly being constructed) for updates.


March 9 - 11, 2007. Florida - Cape Coral - Veterans Park Bocce Courts, 4140 Coronado Pkwy. 4 player teams w/ 1 alternate. Open Rules, Round Robin format. Prize money to top 5 place finishers. 1st place $7,000.00 guaranteed. 2nd - 5th place amounts determined by number of teams entered. Entry fee = $400.00 per team. Must register by Feb 10, 2007. More info: George Furlan at 239-275-9968 or 1-800-226-0604 - Cell 239-229-2348, e-mail = .


April 29, 2007 - Washington - Bellingnham. Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament - Http://www. . Contact Tom Mcnutt @ or call 360-224-2909 for info or to register.


September 15, 2007 - Virginia - Oronoco Park, on the Potomac - First Annual San Gennaro Italian Festival of Alexandria. Ben Brenman Park in Alexandria Virginia (just outside Washington DC). Info on website: . Contact = Jay DeCianno @

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