The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VI, Issue 26 - September 17, 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 #26 - September 17, 2007
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2007
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello my bocce friends,

No ezine last week - many apologies.

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 at

Best regards,
Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

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

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

Check out Sunday's NY Times (9/16/07) . There is a piece on beach bocce played by young professional people in Venice, CA and Chicago, IL. Writer Kayleen Schaefer interviewed me for the piece which focuses on "A younger crowd embraces and Old World sport."

My favorite beach bocce sound bites are from a couple friends of mine from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Gene Youtsey and Don Allen are big time bocce fans. They play on the beach at low tide, tossing the pallino out in any direction and getting their daily exercise walking through tidal pools and sand bars.

Gene: “It beats the hell out of golf - don't cost nothin." Don: "Our groundskeeper comes in twice a day."
Gene: "And we learn to play with great powers of concentration... good looking women in bikinis everywhere."


Linda Mead is looking to connect with bocce lovers in the Concord, NH area...

"We are trying to find others that play bocce on a regular basis for fun in New Hampshire. We live near Concord, NH. Do you know of anyone we could contact up here that could help us find others who like to play? Thanks for your help!"

{Anybody know of players in that area? Please REPLY and we'll get the word out.}


Frank Valanzola sends very interesting news...

"Please go to for a preview of The New Jersey Bocce Invitational, this is an Italian American Cultural Event to support New Jersey Charities.

In addition, a friend of mine is producing a movie named 'Bocce', about an Italian American who grows up in Hoboken, NJ and teaches his sons how to play
Bocce. I am in possession of the screenplay and hope to post more information shortly."


Tournament News From Massachusetts

"I thought you might be interested in reporting that the Quartro Nasi Grandi (Tony Sacchetti, Robert DiAngelo, Leo DiAngelo & Robbie DiAngelo) won the 2007 Sacchetti Bocce Tournament in Weymouth, Mass. Eighteen Teams of four competed, including one Team with a representative duo from the North End, in this grueling ten hour tournament. This is the third win for the Quartro Nasi Grandi in six years. Young Robbie DiAngelo put in a stellar performance playing for his recently deceased grandfather - Leo R. DiAngelo, the King of all Things Bocce. Unfortunately, for the sixth time in a row young Anthony Sacchetti (son of Tony) failed again in his attempt to unseat his father, a key member and master bocce artist for the Quartro Nasi Grandi."


Tournament News From Ohio

Wayne Farinacci, Tournament Director

"I am pleased to report that the Cleveland International Challenge Cup of Bocce, held on August 24-26, 2007, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio was a huge success. The tournament was sponsored by Club Molisani and the City of Mayfield Heights. In our inaugural tournament we had 53 men's and women's teams entered from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New York, Florida, and Canada."

The results are as follows:
1 Club Molisani, Cleveland, OH $4500
2 U Place 99, Toronto, Canada $2500
3 Pro Quality, Poland, OH $1500
4 Dino's Plumbing #2, Willoughby Hills, OH $750
5 Palazzo di Bocce V, Orion, MI $500
6 ABV Contractors, Willoughby, OH $500
7 Imolisani, Boardman, OH $350
8 7 Hills, Seven Hills, OH $350
9 Campobasso, Mayfield Hts., OH $240
10 Razzcals, Hermitage, PA $240
11 Vandre Bros. Constr. #2, Mayfield Hts., OH $240
12 Antonelli, Mayfield Hts., OH $240

Women's Division
1 DiFranco's Ladies, Willoughby Hills, OH $450
2 Bud's Bella Donna's, Solon, OH $250
3 Rimbambite, Chesterland, OH $150


Tournament News From Arizona

Bocce Arizona USA And The Arizona American Italian Club Are very proud to host the 2nd Annual Arizona International Open Bocce Tournament

October 20-21, 2007
7509 N. 12th Street--Phoenix, AZ 85020

Check-in begins at 8:00 AM at the club on, October 20, 2007. Play starts at 9:00 AM each day.

A free continental breakfast and free coffee will be available each morning of the tournament. A buffet lunch will also be provided both days at no additional cost to tournament participants only (guests will be charged $6.50 for lunch). Water will be available at the courts and beverages can be purchased inside the bar located in the club.


Tournament News From Kentucky

Bob Valvano writes...

"We are holding the 4th annual V BOCCE EVENT, a celebrity bocce tournament for the V Foundation. It will be at Jim Patterson Stadium, home of the University of Louisville Baseball team, a gorgeous venue. Teams play 4 games with a different celebrity each game, and are given a great lunch by Carrabas, a wonderful gift bag, and there are champions crowned in 4 flights, as well as individual celebrity champs. The night before is the V BOCCE BALL, a wonderful evening of food and fun along with a great silent and live auction.

Each three man team entry fee is $1000 dollars and all proceeds go directly to cancer research, through the V Foundation, which has raised over 70 million dollars in the fight against cancer. (

Thanks for your fine support of bocce and if anyone wants to make a great weekend of bocce in Louisville, the BOCCE BALL is Sunday, October 7th and the V BOCCE TOURNAMENT is Monday, October 8th from noon until 4:30. Email me at"


Tournament News From California

The BIG BEN 2 person Punto Raffa Volo tournament will take place via the following:
Date: Saturday November 17, 2007
Location: Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos
Start Time: 8:00AM
Open to the first 24 Teams
Cost: $150 per team ($75 per player)
USBF card required
Minimum $1000 first place guaranteed
Format: Round Robin, 8 divisions of 3 teams, 16 of the 24 teams will go to the playoffs.


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."

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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

Just in time for fall - if you have problems with leaves on your outdoor court, this might just be the answer. I've experimented with it for a while and it passed the test.

From the marketing materials...

"This unique combination tool came all the way from Australia to help pick up and remove those troublesome leaves, pine needles, stones and other debris found on your court. The PVC tines literally lift the debris and flip it on top of the unit so it can be carried off the court.

Grooms the court surface like a drag brush. This dual-purpose tool will save you hours of tedious clean up of your court. Available in 4' and 8' widths."

I found the 8' width to be too cumbersome for bocce courts...much better suited for tennis courts. If you turn the product on one side the tines pick up debris. If you flip it over on its other side it grooms the court like a dragger on softball and baseball fields.

Suggested retail = $189.95. Click below to order...

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.


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 8, 2007 - Kentucky - Louisville. 4th annual V BOCCE EVENT (a celebrity bocce tournament for the V Foundation). Teams play 4 games with a different celebrity each game. The night before is the V BOCCE BALL, an evening of food and fun along with silent and live auctions. Each three man team entry fee is $1000 & proceeds go directly to cancer research, through the V Foundation. ( Email: Bob Valvano @


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


October 20-21, 2007 - Arizona - Phoenix. 2nd Annual Arizona International Open Bocce Tournament. 4-player teams - >$4500 in prize money to top ten finishers. Entry fee $150 per person. Contact tourney directors PASQUALE D’ALIESIO (602-569-9149) or VINCENZO “VINCE” D’ALIESIO (480-220-4629) or


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.


November 17, 2007 - California - Los gatos. The BIG BEN 2 person Punto Raffa Volo tournament. Open to the first 24 Teams. Cost: $150 per team ($75 per player). USBF card required. Minimum $1000 first place guaranteed. Format: Round Robin, 8 divisions of 3 teams, 16 of the 24 teams will go to the playoffs. Contact:


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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