The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VI, Issue 25 - September 3, 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 #25 - September 3, 2007
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2007
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again Bocce Gang,

We're gearing up for the annual Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament to be held on October 7, 2007. The third annual, previous events have raised funds for The Jimmy Fund and The Joey Fund. This year we're shooting for the lofty goal of $50,000 for Alzheimer's Research. Hope you can help us with a donation or, better yet, come on down and play in the event. More details below...

Best regards,
Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

See photos from last year's Martignetti FCBT...

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

Recently I sent the following email to nailed boules expert Herbert Wegner:

"I acquired a set of two nailed boules with its original case {photo to the right - can you make out the design formed by the brass nails?}. They are rusty and in need of cleaning. Can you advise the best and safest way to clean/polish them?" {I wasn't even sure we should clean the boules at all.}

Herbert answered...

"I choose the manner of the restoration after the condition of the boule.

If it is very rusty or if dirt is between the nails much, I treat it with a sand-blasting device first. It gets very clean through this but the metal gets very bright and doesn't seem very natural. Therefore I treat it after this with a metal brush.

If the boule also has brass and copper nails apart from the steel nails, I polish these after sand-blasting with a metal polish.

If the boule isn't very rusty, I treat it only with the metal brush and after this the nails made of brass or copper with the polish."

{If you haven't visited Wegner's site that details how these antique balls were created, you are in for a treat. Visit ASAP. He not only explains everything you might want to know about the history and creation of nailed boules, but he shows off his private collection via scores of great photos.}


Lara Gemignani of Villa Generosa in Los Gatos, CA writes to order copies of the Joy of Bocce and to say...

"We have two regulation bocce courts and winery overlooking mountain views (Photos on website). Visit if you are ever in California."

{Check out the great looking courts at }


Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament

Please consider helping with this great cause. Here's a letter from Sandro Martignetti that says it all...

"Please join us for our third annual charity bocce tournament. Proceeds from this year's event will be donated to Alzheimer's Research at the Geriatric Psychiatry Program of McLean Hospital, where our cherished mother / grandmother / mother-in-law and wife Elena is being treated for Alzheimer's Disease. Last year we raised over $34,000 for the Joey Fund. This year, with your generous support, we know that we can surpass that amount for this very personal and worthy cause.

If you are interested in either playing, making a donation, sponsoring the event or just joining us for lunch, I have attached a registration form. Please complete the form and return it soon to the address noted. You can also sign up online by visiting . Please note that registering for Tournament play is on a first come, first serve basis as there are only 64 spots available.

If you've never played bocce before and would like to play, don't worry. Mario Pagnoni, our honorary chairman, is the author of The Joy of Bocce and he will provide a demonstration prior to the start of the Tournament. I'm sure that after just a few minutes of playing, you'll catch the bocce bug.

Besides the bocce action, we have raffle prizes, activities for the kids and a closest to the pallino contest. Lunch will be an authentic and delicious Italian buffet prepared by Sabatino's of Boston's North End. The top three teams receive medals and the winning team will have their name inscribed on the Martignetti Cup.

So please SAVE the DATE -- Sunday, October 7. Join us for a fun filled and exciting day of bocce and family as we support Alzheimer’s Research at McLean Hospital.

Thank you for your support!

P.S. We are privileged that Dr. Jim Ellison, Clinical Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Program at McLean Hospital, will also be joining us. He will make a brief presentation on Alzheimer's Disease and I'm sure that he'll be able to answer any questions you may have."


John Guerriero asks a question I get often from different parts of the country...

"I just moved to Berwick, Pa. I would like to put a bocci court in, but do not know who to contact. Can you help?"

{Anyone know a bocce court builder in that area? Please REPLY. }


Greg Paull writes...

"I work at Pinstripes in Northbrook, Illinois, a venue with 6 bocce courts. We sell your book in the bookstore there, and I am in the process of reading it. I was wondering if you have this book on CD so that I may listen to it while driving."

{Wow! Who woulda thunk that someone might want to listen to a bocce book while driving?

I hear that Pinstripes is a great place - a bowling and bocce bistro with indoor and outdoor bocce as well as ten-pin bowling. I've been hinting around to the owners that I wouldn't mind attending an event there, taking photos and writing a piece about the venue. I understand that they have plans for a series of Pinstripes around the USA. I hope one comes to New England.}


Joseph Valenti, Associate Director of Development for Special Olympics, Pittsford, NY says...

"I would like you to email an invitation to friends, family, bocce players and anyone that would support Special Olympics by playing in the Bocce Bash. I have attached a file that has all the main information for the event. The more people that know about the event the better it will be. Thank you in advance and please check out "


3rd Annual Fall “Bocce for Meals” coming up soon!

Sunday, September 16, 2007
$120/team of 4
Light B’fast, pizza lunch, music, door prizes
City Park 8:30 to noon; winner brackets after lunch!

You're guaranteed 3 games will be over by noon; final rounds should end by 2:30 p.m.

More Information/to register: Call 484-6325

Meals on Wheels is a non-profit agency serving homebound clients in greater Fort Collins & Laporte.

See how to organize a bocce ribbon-cutting ceremony...

Photos of the week
This week's photos are a permanent part of The Joy of Bocce under Bocce Tidbits. They show how we ran a small tournament on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, NH. Photos of The Rocky Ledge Shores Bocce Tournament come courtesy of Dr. Joseph Kalil.

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Bocce Court Maintenance Tools

I’ve seen all kinds of home-made court maintenance brushes and scrapers. Two things have always struck me about them. 1 – they look like they are home-made and 2 – they tend to be HEAVY.

7' Drag Brush

Manufactured by Lee Tennis (makers of the Har-Tru surface material), this court maintenance tool created for tennis courts works exceptionally well for bocce courts. The 7-foot drag brush is light-weight and, even if you have a 13- or 14-foot wide court, you can smooth it over with just two passes. This is quick enough to do between games without keeping players waiting very long.

Bristles are 4 ½ inches of synthetic fibers and the strong but light-weight frame is aluminum. Retails for $159.95 plus shipping.


This strangely named 30” wide device is actually two implements in one. It is an all-aluminum combination tool for scarifying, leveling, and removing loose court material.

Strong and sturdy, the tool is light enough to handle with ease and is excellent for spreading new material during top-dressing. The concave shape of the 30” wide blade allows the tool to “float” along the surface without digging in. Use the serrated edge to scrape material from high spots, then flip the tool over to rake and smooth that spot and drag the loose material to fill in a lower point. Retails for $59.95 plus shipping.

Besides a heavy roller, the lute/scarifier and 7-foot drag brush should be all the maintenance tools a bocce court owner needs.

Click to go to merchandise order...then scroll to bottom of page.

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}

bird houses

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.


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 - 3 games guaranteed.


September 22, 2007. California - South San Francisco - Orange Memorial Park. USBF sponsored 22nd Italian-American Games. Punto, Raffa, Volo - Three players. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278 (Several Teams from Italy will be participating.)


October 6, 2007 – California - Sutter Creek - Italian Benevolent Society. OPEN, 4 players including at least 1 woman player per team. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209- 296-6151.


October 7, 2007 - New Hampshire - Derry. Third Annual
Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament. The SportsZone, 7 A Street. Proceeds benefit McLean Hospital Geriatric Psychiatry Program for Alzheimer’s Research. Contact Sandro Martignetti @ 781-983-1472 or visit


October 7, 2007 – California - South San Francisco. Italian American Citizen’s Club. VOLO, 2 players. Contact Alessandro Bettucchi @ 650-697-7702.


October 11 – 13, 2007 – Nevada - Crystal Bay, Lake Tahoe. Biltmore Hotel and Casino. OPEN, 4 players. Contact Biltmore Casino @ 1-800-245-8667.


October 20, 2007 – California - Livermore. Campo di Bocce. RAFFA, 2 players. Return of the “Big Ben Tournament”. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074.


October 27, 2007 – California - San Francisco. Aquatic Park Bocce Club. VOLO, 1 man player and 1 woman player. Contact Marco Cuneo @ 415713-5939.


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.


November 3, 2007 – California - Sacramento. East Portal Bocce Club. OPEN, 4 players. Contact Vernon Cooper @ 916-961-2404.


December 1, 2007 – California - Stockton. Italian Athletic Club. OPEN, 4 players with at least 2 women players per team. Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.

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