The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VI, Issue 14 - May 21, 2007 
•   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 6, Issue #14 - May 21, 2007
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2007
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello bocce faithful,

Sorry about missing publishing the last two weeks. I've been "out straight" as they say, running multiple, simultaneous programs. My non-profit group's basketball season is over and the softball season is underway, so I'm hoping I can get back to a more regular publishing schedule. Keep the ball rolling.

Best regards,
Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

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

Punta Gorda's George Farruggio sends this...

"Just a few pictures from Punta Gorda, Florida. We just finished our league play and these are the first place finishers. That's me in the goatee - we took first place. We still play all summer long and start our 2008 season in October.

We are getting ready to build two or three courts at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association soon. We will build the courts out of concert with in-door out-door carpet, 12ft.x 60ft. Love the Joy of Bocce. Keep up the good good good work."

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Mike Grassser has posted photos of the trophies for this year's Pallino D'Oro. View them here: http://site.mawebcenters.com/michaelbgrasserandassociates/Doro.html

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BOCCE INSTRUCTOR NEEDED

"We have a small corporate group (80 people) that we are entertaining out at Keswick Hall on Saturday, June 9th near Charlottesville, Virginia. We are looking for a well spoken bocce instructor to lecture for about 10 minutes on the history of bocce and explain the rules of the game to a group of people (4-20 people). Then they would help organize the group into teams and let them play a game or two. It will probably only take an hour or so—but we are asking that they be there from 6-8 or so. Dinner at Keswick will be provided."

Anyone interested may call...

Dickie Morris
Easton Events
434-293-4898
Or email: Dickie@eastonevents.com

{Yes, Yes, Yes...I know that this is right up my alley. Heck, I gear up for this kind of thing. But, they're looking for someone closer to Virginia that they won't have to fly in. If you can help, give Dickie a call and, if you take on the job, please send photos.}

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Bob Strain writes to say...

"I teach 11 year olds (Grade 6). Anything that could be adapted to this age level would be appreciated."

{Bocce goes great with 6th graders. We run an annual outdoor tourney for middle schoolers at our local library in July and it has become their most eagerly anticipated summer program.

You might teach your students about the history of bocce and the rules, etc. in class, and play bocce during phys. ed. or recess. Keep me posted.

I posted on the web a nice photo display of our library event, but it got displaced because I used to change the photos each week. Nowadays, I add a new web page for each week's pics so they are available for permanent viewing. Will re-post the library pics after this year's event (July 6, 2007).}

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Frank H. Knight, Chair of the Chattanooga Bocce Club wrote a response to Mickey who was searching for bocce in the south...his comments make a good report on bocce in what Knight calls the mid-South.

"Dear Mickey,

I read your message to Mario (The Bocce Guy) Pagnoni with surprise that the (relatively) progressive city of Birmingham has no bocce. He sent me your e-address. In fact, he mentioned our e-chat in his weekly blog this week. I'm betting that if you network with a bunch of those It-Am folks that you know, you'll find people who play bocce at least on grass and I'd bet even on a few private courts in town. They just don't want to tell you about them - HA HA!

That being said, we in Chattanooga are on the verge of a mini sunami of bocce, with several high visibility courts possible. We formed a club in 2002 and have a web site: http://www.chattabocce.org. Log on and check out our activities.

We would love to see the developement of bocce in other regional towns like Birmingham. We are doing our best to develope an edgy bocce attitude, and travel to tournaments.

Memphis has a long-standing bocce club. They are now holding an annual tournament each February at their indoor 4-court facility. Our club has taken 2 teams over there in both 2006 and 2007. They will have a bocce tournament in June at the Memphis Italian Cultural Festival (may not be the exact name).

Nashville has a public court in Granny White Park in Brentwood. It was built by an Italian cultural group the last year or two, implying bocce interest in the area. I've seen the court. I don't know when they play.

Atlanta, believe it or not, has no club that I know of. There are obviously thousands of folks there that have played bocce somewhere, and I know of one cultural group that plays regularly in yards socially. There is also an Italian restaurant in a northern suburb named the Brio Tuscan Grill that has three courts. Not much serious or organized bocce going on there.

That's a run down on mid-South bocce as far as I know. Mario's book (Joy of Bocce) has good material on court construction. Do get bocce going in Birmingham! If you think that we can help, let us know."

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Al Orbinati, Jr., who is coordinator for the World Series of Bocce, sends this update on one of the most popular bocce tourneys in the USA...

"Another reminder of the 34th Annual World Series of Bocce in Rome, NY. The Northeast's premier bocce tournament! July 20-22, 2007 at the Toccolana Club!

Information found at:
http://www.worldseriesofbocce.org

I just refreshed the World Series of Bocce website. So now if you visit (if you have before), make sure you hit the 'refresh' button at the top of your browser to see the new pages and information!

Remember - World Series of Bocce - July 20-22, 2007.
Toccolana Club, Rome, NY.

Great fun, food, and cash prizes!

You're invited! Tell your friends, it's a lot of fun!

Download your application online at:
http://www.worldseriesofbocce.org/Information.html

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Click here for info and registration form for the Nationals:
http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/unitedstatesboccechampionshipscopy8x10.pdf

Click here for info on hotel accomodations:
http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/hotelaccomodationsfor2007nationalchampionships.pdf

Click here for info on area attractions: http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/attractionsfornationals.pdf

Click to read what others have said about The Joy of Bocce......

Photos of the week
This week's photos were submitted by loyal Joy of Bocce Weekly subscribers Richard and Barbara Heisler.

"Our April 7th tournament was at the Italian Athletic Club in Stockton located on the East side of town among the orchards just east of 99 on (oddly enough) Cherryland Ave.

Ron Jacobs organized this event and with ten courts to play with he set up a schedule for 24 teams. Teams were three players with two balls each. Everyone played from the same end and walked. We played to 11 points or one hour and were organized into four groups of 6 teams. We played a round-robin and the 8 best went into the quarterfinals. Although it took awhile, the opportunity to play five games made it a great day out for most, though a bit of an ordeal for the winning teams. First and second agreed to split the winnings rather than play the finals.

The IAC kitchens provided breakfast and lunch and the diehards were saved by provided take out pizza in the evening.

The IAC facility is on five acres and consists of a meeting room, hall, kitchen and bar, a separate building with four carpet over concrete courts and a bar. Outdoors are 6 tree shaded Astroturf over concrete courts and four rarely used volo courts. Maintenance is by leaf blower.

Another great day of bocce and we just missed the cut to the quarterfinals."

Ciao,
Richard & Barbara
BOCCE iNK

{Thanks again to the Heislers for the great shots and written description - please follow their lead and send bocce photos from your travels.}

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
The Bocce Guy - I'm the bocce product of the week!

I'm the bocce guy, preferring that name to Mr. Bocce as the latter includes the connotation of being a great player, which I am not. Yes, that's me to the right...not very photogenic despite the fact that I am devastatingly handsome. {I smile a lot more in person.}

I'm running corporate events with a bocce theme. I'll come to your corporate headquarters or the function room of your choice and organize a day of bocce the attendees will never forget.

All you need is a carpeted room or function hall where we can set up temporary courts for the event. You can choose from any variety of tournament formats or just play informally. I'll do a brief talk on bocce and even briefer demonstration on how to play the game, then oversee and referee the games as needed.

I'll be available the entire day to answer questions, sign books, show off various bocce items and props.

You can bring in your own caterer or I'll "hook you up" with a number of options for food and beverages.

I'll set up the courts, supply the balls and scoreboards. We set them up on carpet or Astroturf, play for a couple hours, and break them down again.

I'm just the guy to run your bocce event, be it a public speaking engagement, fund-raiser, tournament, party or corporate outing. Email Mario@JoyofBocce.com or call 978-686-8679 or vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949.

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}

Badminton Equipment

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 http://www.joyofbocce.com 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.

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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.

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May 26, 2007 – California - Livermore. Campo di Bocce. RAFFA, 3 players. Los Gatos Bocce Club Annual Raffa Tournament. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408-379-9409.

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May 26, 2007 – California - Fairfield. Fairfield Bocce Federation. OPEN, 4 women players. Contact Richard Costales @ 707-425-7167.

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June 2, 2007 - Canada - Ontario - Kichener. Charity tourney - doubles. Visit http://www.helping-the-hungry.org/

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June 3, 2007 - New Jersey - Franklin (Colonial Park). Bocce Invitational - "Proceeds benefit our soldiers through the efforts of Operation Shoebox New Jersey." Contact Frank Valanzola @ 973-793-5406. {Note: Operation Shoebox is an initiative to create a "care package supply line" to US troops serving overseas.}

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June 9, 2007 – California - South San Francisco. Italian American Citizen’s Club. RAFFA, 2 women players. Contact Ginger Hanley @ 650-271-6009.

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June 16, 2007 - California - Los Gatos Campo di Bocce. U.S. Pallino d' Oro (TM) 2007 Women's, singles, raffa, International rules bocce tournament. $150.00 per athlete. Prizes: 1st $1,000.00, 2nd $650.00, 3rd $450.00, 4th $250.00 (based on 20 players). Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th. ROUND ROBIN FORMAT.

Information and registration: Mike Grasser 248-495-4059 or 248-505-4744 or boccemg@msn.com. Note: players must have an understanding of international raffa rules.

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June 16 & 17, 2007 - California - Livermore. Campo di Bocce. U.S. Pallino D' Oro (TM) 2007 - Men's, singles, raffa, International rules bocce tournament. $200.00 per athlete. Prizes: 1st $2,500.00, 2nd $1,500.00, 3rd $1000.00, 4th $500.00 (based on 40 players). Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th. ROUND ROBIN FORMAT.

Information and registration: Mike Grasser 248-495-4059 or 248-505-4744 or boccemg@msn.com. Note: players must have an understanding of international raffa rules.

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June 18 – 19, 2007 – California - Livermore. Campo di Bocce. OPEN, 4 players. United States National Open Championships. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074.

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June 21 – 23, 2007 – California - Livermore. Campo di Bocce. RAFFA, 3 or 4 players, team competition. Match play including triples, singles and doubles. United States National Raffa Championships. Winner will represent the United States at the 2007 World Championships. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074.

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June 30, 2007 – California - San Francisco. Aquatic Park Bocce Club. VOLO, 2 players. Contact Marco Cuneo @ 415-713-5939.

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July 4, 2007 – California - Martinez. Martinez Bocce Federation. OPEN, 2 person teams, four balls each. Each team’s players are stationed at opposite ends of the court. Contact info unavailable at this time.

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July 7, 2006 – California - Martinez. Martinez Bocce Federation. OPEN, 4 players. Nor-Cal Championships. Contact info unavailable at this time.

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July 7, 2007 - Massachusetts - North Andover. Senior Games for Massachusetts - USBF Open Rules - Triples (3 player teams - roll 2 balls each). Players must be at least 50 years of age by 12/31/07. Contact Mario Pagnoni @ 978-686-8679 or Director@KenWaldieSSC.org.

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July 14, 2006 – California - San Rafael. Marin Bocce Federation. OPEN, 2 men players. Contact Diana Pellegrini @ 415-485-5583.

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July 14, 2006 – Washington, Auburn. Auburn Bocce Club. OPEN, 4 players. Contact Sal Cascone @ 253-939-3502.

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July 15-17, 2007 - Ohio - Dayton, Bella Vista - Bocce Classic XIII - The annual charity event features over 70 teams from as far away as West Virginia, Illinois, Michigan and Canada. Over $7500 in prize money awarded & over $20,000 is raised for local charities. For information go to www.bocce-classic.com. Contact Dick Bloom @ 937-439-7936.

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July 20 - 22, 2007 - New York, Rome. The World Series of Bocce. 4-player teams - Open Division (all men or co-ed) and Women's Division (all women). Visit http://www.worldseriesofbocce.org for information, an application, and various bits of interest, or contact Al Orbinati @ orbinati@worldseriesofbocce.com or Chris Klepadlo @ 315-271-9701.

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July 21, 2006 – California - Stockton. Italian Athletic Club. OPEN, 4 players. Contact Ron Jacobs @209-957-1223.

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July 28, 2006 – California - San Rafael. Marin Bocce Federation. OPEN, 2 women players. Contact Diana Pellegrini @ 415-485-5583.

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July 28, 2006 – California - Fairfield. Fairfield Bocce Federation. OPEN, 4 players. John Magnetti Memorial Tournament. Contact Richard Costales @ 707-425-7167.

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August 4, 2006 – California - Sacramento. East Portal Bocce Club. OPEN, 4 players. Western Sector Open Championships. Contact Vernon Cooper @ 916-961-2404.

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August 11, 2006 – California - Stockton. Italian Athletic Club. OPEN, 2 women and 2 men players per team. Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.

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August 18, 2006 – California - South San Francisco. Italian American Citizen’s Club. OPEN, 4 women players. Contact Elda Mazzanti @ 650-588-4924.

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August 25, 2006 – California - Sacramento. East Portal Bocce Club. OPEN, 2 players. Contact Vernon Cooper @ 916-961-2404.

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August 25, 2007 – California - San Francisco. Aquatic Park Bocce Club. Juanito Cuneo Memorial Tournament. VOLO, 2 Players. Contact Marco Cuneo @ 415-713-5939.

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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: http://www.sgfva.org . Contact = Jay DeCianno @ deciannojj@efv.usmc.mil.

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September 16, 2007 (rain date Sept. 23rd) - Colorado - Fort Collins - 3rd Annual "Bocce for Meals" Tournament; benefit for Fort Collins Meals on Wheels. Pre-registration required. Call 970-484-6325 or email mowfc@yahoo.com. 4 member teams; $120 registration. 2-3 games guaranteed.

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November 2, 2007 - California - Santa Paula. John Ratzenberger's Bocce In The Orchard celebrity tourney fund-raiser benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Clara Valley and The Education for Children with Diabetes Foundation. View http://www.bocceintheorchard.org for more info.

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