The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VI, Issue 16 - June 4, 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 #16 - June 4, 2007
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2007
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again bocce friends,

As I wrote last week, my non-profit group (Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit, Inc.) has been selected to host the bocce segment of the Massachusetts Senior Games. We're set for Saturday, July 7th and we're seeking sponsorships - details below.

The Mass. Senior Games organization has received dwindling support from its major sponsors and my group (Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit, Inc.) is also struggling financially. So, we're going "all out" to make this a win-win event for the players and the organizations involved.

We're planning on a great day of bocce with good food, beverages and, of course, gelato to top things off.

We're also planning a program booklet featuring sponsorship ads that will be reproduced on both the Joy of Bocce and KWSSC web sites as well as our two popular ezines (Senior Sports and Fitness and The Joy of Bocce Weekly). This ensures the potential exposure for any sponsor ad to well over 10,000 people.

Please consider sponsoring our event and forward this ezine to anyone you know who might be interested in sponsoring. The revenues will support the Mass. Senior Games and the Ken Waldie SSC.

Click for details:

Best regards,
Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

Click here to learn about Ken Waldie SSC Inc.

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

The Next Food Network Star

One of our bocce posse here in Methuen, Massachusetts is a contestant on The Next Food Network Star (one of eleven on the show - selected from 3000 applicants).

The show aired Sunday evening and two of the eleven were eliminated (not our boy, though). The eventual winner gets his own TV cooking show on the Food Network.

Tom (pictured above making a bocce roll and a fashion statement at the same time) is a great guy, a solid bocce player, and an excellent cook with the big personality that TV audiences love.

Click the photo to go to his MySpace page to learn more about him. If you like what you read, click on "Add To Friends" as this is like casting a vote for him. Tom's a fine, self-taught chef and a top-shelf human being. I recommend him to you without reservation.

{If you don't have a MySpace page, you will be asked to create one - it's simple and there is no charge. Please spread the word so that the bocce community might get behind one of our bocce brothers.}


Bob Kilham of Deerfield, NH has discovered bocce...

"I purchased your book this past winter and shortly after a set of balls. I am very fascinated with the sport and really enjoy playing it. I look forward to playing more now that the weather is nice. I became interested in it as a summertime (not to mention cheaper alternative to curling). My family and I have some homemade curling equipment and a small sheet on our backyard pond and lousy ice conditions ruined the curling. We swapped to bocce and fell in love with the game.

I appreciate the efforts you are making toward promoting the game and would like to assist in some form. I don't have much free time but I'd like to help. I have just this morning returned from our District Scout Camporee. I began playing with another leader in the field and before we knew it all of my scouts were begging me to teach them how to play. Eight scouts, eight balls, two teams of four, it didn't take long for the match to heat up. Perhaps more importantly was the fact that we drew a large crowd from which I heard comments like, 'Oh that game rules!',
'I love that game',
'Hey can we try that?"
Most folks were genuinely interested and had nice comments and questions.

Thanks for your efforts and I hope to perhaps play with you sometime."

{Great email! A curling-to-bocce convert. Sounds like Bob's already helping promote the game. I've invited him to play bocce with us here in Massachusetts and hope he'll invite us to try curling in New Hampshire.

Bob sounds like an interesting guy. A self-taught musician, check out his musical endeavors here:


Bocce veteran Mike Conti sends this...

"About a year ago I was approached to be interviewed about the sport of Bocce in Toluca, IL. It's a small town just south of Chicago. During the early 1900s many Italians came here to become coal miners and just like many Italians that came to the United States, they brought with them the game of bocce. The town is very small and unique and I believe they have the biggest bocce tournament in the United States.

They have no courts but they have their town to play in, the back yards, streets, corn fields or on or across the railroad tracks. Their tournament consists of over 300 two-person teams. They come from all over the state. There is a small video that you can get by going on line at ."

Here's info from Stephanie Foerster, the Producer-Director. A documentary, it is titled "Watch the Pallino"...

"The long awaited Watch the Pallino DVDs are now available for online purchase! Just go to and click on 'Order'. If you prefer to pay by check or money order, email with the quantity you would like and your contact information."

About the Film...(from the web site)

"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, 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 a small town'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."

{I have a copy of the film. Look for my review in next week's ezine.}


Interested in Re-selling The Joy of Bocce?

My publisher at AuthorHouse tells me that anyone interested in re-selling The Joy of Bocce 2nd Edition can get 40% off the list price (40% of $19.45). Call 1-888-280-7715 to set up a re-seller account - no charge for that. Low risk...make a small order of 5 to 10 books and see if they sell on your web site, storefront, etc. You'll be helping promote the game, as the more outlets for the book, the better.



The Iowa City Bocce Club began their Spring/Summer league play at the Lower City Park Bocce Courts in Iowa City. Play will be each week until about the end of August.

The public is invited to attend and watch the games. Parking is close to the courts.

For information about the Iowa City Bocce Club, please contact Ron Grassi at or call 319-321-1919.


Kent Renshaw of Mt. Vernon, IL asks...

"I have a friend who moved to Lakeland, Florida and is having trouble finding a suitable place to practice for a tournament at the HerrinFesta Italiana at Herrin, IL.

Can you forward some locations in the Lakeland/Orlando/Tampa area that a guy could go to for practice? Hopefully a public area, but a club that a non-Italian could join on the cheap?

{Check Bryan Mero's site ( He has a section on bocce locations by state. }


I get some variation of the following every so often...

"As a child, I passed through your area and was introduced to ricotta crispellis @ Tripoli's pizza...I thought they were heavenly in taste! I grew up & have been afforded the luxury, through work, to travel abroad...and every Italian I ask, concerning crispellis, has no clue as to what I'm talking about! So last night I dreamt I was eating one & when I awoke, I started surfing the net & came up with your website.

If you could be so kind as to send me the recipe for the ricotta crispellis, I would be forever in your debt!

Sincerely yours,
Joy K."

{Crispelli were first mentioned in the photo spread for Tom Grella's Havana Rollers Bocce Venue ( ).


Purchase dough from your local bakery and let it rise
Roll out balls of dough the size of golf balls or tennis balls or even baseballs if you prefer
Stuff each with a piece of cheese of your choice or a little anchovy (keep the batches separate)
Fry these in hot oil until golden brown and let cool before eating

Crispelli are the hit of the September Festival of the Three Saints in Lawrence, Massachusetts, but the wait in long lines to get served is well worth it.

Still on the subject of crispelli, I couldn't resist reprinting part of this Boston Herald article by Joe Sciacca...

"To understand the crispelli is to know the very essence of life itself. It has its crusty, bumpy, salty parts to be sure. But at the core of its existence is a warmth and softness that makes one who experiences it acknowledge that, yes, there is a supreme being and He is good.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has probably never had a crispelli. Martha Stewart has probably never cooked one - although she would buy stock in them if she could. If Howard Dean discovers them, he will increase taxes on them..." For the complete article click


Gene Dictor asks...

"We are having a tournament and do not know how to do elimination sheets. Can you help?"

{Not sure you need elimination sheets. Usually, I set up a bracket board in a central location so that people can see where and when their next game is. I'll post your question and see if anyone has ideas for elimination sheets. There is a picture of one they use at the World Series of Bocce here: }


Click here for info and registration form for the Nationals:

Father's Day coming up June 17th...Joy of Bocce coffee mug, etc?

Photos of the week
This week's photos were submitted by Nick Gelormini who writes...

"I was happy to find your website. Attached are pictures of our Bocce Courts at the Arizona Italian-American Club in Phoenix, Arizona. We currently have 11 teams playing every Thursday night.

Enjoy reading your column and I forward them to some of our members, keep up the good work.

The St. James courts are not to far from our club. There are a few of our members that go there to play. Our club is on 12th St. off of Northern Blvd. in Phoenix."

{The St. James courts referred to are in Glendale, AZ - view photos here: }

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week

Precision Bocce Measures

Choose the Clubhawk Gold, Henselite Bowls, or Premier Boule Measure. You can't go wrong with any of the three choices. Once a bocce aficionado has a set of bocce balls and my book, the next logical acquisition is a first-rate measure.

Each retails for $24.95 plus $5.00 shipping and will be shipped US Priority Mail.

Click the photo for more info, pictures, etc.

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}

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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.


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.


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


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 Note: players must have an understanding of international raffa rules.


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 Note: players must have an understanding of international raffa rules.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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



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


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


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 Contact Dick Bloom @ 937-439-7936.


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 for information, an application, and various bits of interest, or contact Al Orbinati @ or Chris Klepadlo @ 315-271-9701.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 @


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 4 member teams; $120 registration. 2-3 games guaranteed.


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 for more info.

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