The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VI, Issue 35 - December 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 #35 - December 3, 2007
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2007
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again bocce buddies,

Thanks for understanding the struggles we've had making deadlines as we had to get through a couple of wakes and funerals of late. I thought I'd write about the sentiment that I shared with my late friend Eddie's brother. Eddie succumbed to pancreatic cancer last week at the age of 56.

My comments seemed to help Eddie's brother as he grieved. I told him something like this...

"At least you had a brother for 56 years. You grew up with him, played ball with him, confided in him, and shared good and bad times.

I'd have given anything to have had a brother for 56 years, or 10 years, or a month or even a day. Many of us are never going to have the kind of precious memories of a loving brother that you have. Those memories are yours to savor. Cherish them."

Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

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

Frank Valanzola and his team have their act together. They're gearing up well in advance of their next big bocce event.

"Dear Bocce Invitational Supporter:

The New Jersey Bocce Invitational staff would like to invite you to visit our website,

We are working diligently to organize a worthy list of organizations to support at our 2nd Annual Bocce Invitational benefiting Operation Shoebox New Jersey and The Embrace Kids Foundation in conjunction with the support of Dr. Joseph Bertino and staff of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and The Sarcoma Foundation of America.

The day's activities will include a Bocce Tournament officiated by America's Mr. Bocce, Phil Ferrari and his assistant, Ciro Popetti.

Marisa Petroro, Miss Italy USA 1996, an actress and model on Deal Or No Deal, will throw out the ceremonial 1st ball and will lead the children's festivities as the spokesperson for The Sarcoma Foundation of America.

Giada Valenti, singer and songwriter, will perform for the guests with songs from her recent CD 'Italian Signorina'. Giada is from Venice, Italy and has performed throughout the United States and most recently at Feinstein's in The Loews Regency in NYC.

In addition, we hope to have Joe Piscopo, Bobby Valli, NY Giants alumni, New Jersey Devils alumni and Rutgers Football players as repeat guests.

We are also in conversation with several children's character group's to conduct a show for the children during the day. Wiggles World and possibly SpongeBob SquarePants. The volunteers of Operation Shoebox NJ will again allow guests to prepare a care package for our soldiers to be shipped overseas. Please also take a moment to view our new website for details and to register a team or enlist sponsorship.

{Click the logo above to view the web site.}


In a recent issue we talked about the "Fanny Tradition", popular in France, whereby boules/bocce players who get shut out in a game must kiss the fanny (usually ceramic) in the presence of the victors. I had written that the practice is not widely observed in this country.

Bocce Bum Ben Musolf (Campo di Bocce) responded with...

"You know we uphold the FANNY tradition in Los Gatos right? I brought this back when I coached the United States in France. Ask the Great Dr. Cordano about it! He had first hand experience in the tradition! I love the Doc, you know that!"

{Everybody loves the Doc, one of the most knowledgeable on all things bocce in the USA. Dr. Cordano and I are planning to run a big corporate outing in February on the grounds of a mansion. Details to follow in an upcoming issue.

If the good doctor has experience with the fanny tradition, I'm guessing he was on the winning side rather than the one getting whitewashed.}


I met Clay Collier when I was speaking on bocce in NY a couple years back. He sends a nice note - which supports my belief that bocce folks are some of the nicest people on the planet.

"Your e-zine is fantastic and I think it's the best source of bocce info on the web, period.

It would be great to see you again. Perhaps if my girlfriend and I find ourselves in the Boston area soon (she has family there) we could coordinate the visit during a local tournament.

As it turns out we had the opportunity to play bocce last Friday night with the Mount Vernon Bocce Club. You probably know them. Guy runs the club and they have two nice indoor courts at Hartley Park in Mount Vernon, New York. We had a great time playing there. Great people and some really good bocce players too. As it turns out Peter Rabito and his colleague from Long Island were there as well. These guys really know how to roll the balls and are super nice folks.

As always I look forward to your newsletter."

{Yes, Peter and his bocce posse are some of the "good guys" of bocce. And I am familiar with the group Clay speaks of. The courts in Mount Vernon are popular and see plenty of action.

Like Clay, if you are going to be in the Boston area, let's see if we can hook up for some bocce. The three outdoor/two indoor courts in the North End of Boston make it the premier venue in New England. View photos here .}

Sparse Tournament Calendar Listings

There's not a whole lot of tournament action on the calendar around this time of year. It would be a good time to post your tourney info for 2008. The more times it is listed in the ezine, the better chance of potential players seeing it and getting on board. Send us the info even if your event is well into 2008.

Email the date, the city and state it will be played in, the format (doubles, triples, four-person), any pertinent info as well as the contact info (email and/or phone number) of the tourney director. Include a link to your web site or pdf file, if you have one.


Benjamin Musolf is lending a hand with our initiative to get bocce into the Senior Olympics. He wrote a well-crafted letter to Ray Hoyt who is one of the "powers that be" in the National Senior Games hierarchy. He makes the case that Campo di Bocce is "right in the neighborhood" and would be the perfect venue for the event.

Here's part of what Ben wrote...

"My name is Benjamin Musolf and I am the general manager of two establishments called Campo di Bocce. We are a full Italian restaurant with 8 world class bocce courts at both of our locations in California. .

One of our locations is in a town called Los Gatos (50 minutes south of San Francisco) and the other is 50 minutes east of San Francisco in a town called Livermore.

Our long term goal is to eventually see the wonderful game of Bocce in the Olympics. Getting Bocce recognized as a senior game would be a gigantic stepping stone.

I am not sure if you are aware of the United States Bocce Federation, but it is a non-profit organization that is the governing body of Bocce in the United States and recognized as an affiliate on the world level under the C.M.S.B. (Confederation of Mondial Sport Boules). Along with Bocce under the C.M.S.B. are Lawn Bowling, Petanque and Boule Lyonnaise. Both of our establishments are official clubs of the U.S.B.F.

A brief synopsis of Campo di Bocce on the National and World Level:

1) 2000- Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos hosted an International friendly bocce event with Italy, France and China

2) 2001- France reciprocated the International friendly and hosted many bocce friends in the South of France

3) 2002- Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos hosted the United States Bocce Championships

4) 2002- I was the United States Men’s Head Coach at the World Championships in Nice France

5) 2005- The United States Bocce Federation elected one of our club members to be the next President of the United Sates Bocce Federation

6) 2005- We broke ground for our second Restaurant and Bocce facility

7) 2006- Campo di Bocce of Livermore opened- July 8, 2006

8) 2006- October 10, 11, 12, 13, 2007 Campo di Bocce of Livermore hosted the United States versus Canada North American Cup

9) 2007- Campo di Bocce of Livermore hosted the 2007 United States Bocce Championships- June 17-23, 2007

With the growth and popularity of Bocce as a game, sport, pastime and BRAND- I truly believe that having bocce as an organized International event would be a huge success.

I am writing this to express interest in speaking with you regarding this potential venture and to personally learn more about the possibility and potential of expanding your spectrum of games on the world senior level."

{Can you lend a hand in this endeavor? Can you make a phone call to the senior games people in your state? Can you write a letter or email? It doesn't have to be as detailed as Ben's, but you could give a heartfelt testimonial expressing your interest in bocce making it to the Senior Olympics. Contact info in the ezine segment below. We have to act NOW. For bocce to make the 2009 National Senior Games it will have to be offered in many new states in 2008 which would be the qualifying year.}


Drive to get Bocce to the Senior Games in 2009

I have written here before and lamented the fact that bocce is a senior games event in many states (e.g. Massachusetts, Michigan, Florida) but is not yet at the national level.

There is a National Games committee that reviews the process of adding new sports to the Summer Games. I was able to coax my friend Carl Fetteroll of the Massachusetts Senior Games to put in a formal request that bocce be considered.

If you know of Senior Games officials in your state, please have them do the same. The request should go to:

Ray Hoyt
Director of National Games and Athlete Relations
National Senior Games Association
PO Box 82059
Baton Rouge, LA 70844-2059

If we can get the games recognized, that would mean that 2008 would be a qualifying year and 2009 we could compete in the "Senior Olympics" in San Francisco, CA. This would go a long way toward getting our sport the notoriety it deserves. Send an email - send a letter - offer to host a qualifier in your state if there is none. Bocce is headed to the mainstream. It just needs a little push from people like you and me.

Bocce for the sightless...ya gotta see this to believe it...

Photos of the week
Frequent contributor George Danner sent this week's excellent photos with the following info...

"...rolled on the new bocce courts at the Griffin Country Club (October 27, 2007)...lights coming next month. Look at this place. As far as we know, no other county club in Georgia has bocce courts..maybe some will add them...we emailed all the clubs in Georgia and no one returned with a court.

Octoberfest Tournament results... Champions...George Danner, Shane Smith, Dr. Terry Wynne and Lance Taylor. Lance built the courts. Dr. Wynne got the CC interested in building courts. {See photos}

Runner-up team: Dale Danner, Tracie Taylor, Kim Brown and Heather Ivie.

We had a cook-out and watched Georgia defeat Florida. Live music by Sol Junky Band."

{Please follow George's lead and send photos from bocce in your neck of the woods.}

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Time to start thinking about holiday gifts!

Order now so you won’t have to sweat the December delivery rush!

I finally got around to digitizing the Joy of Bocce logo for embroidery. That's it to the right (with the words Experience It! beneath - experience the joy of bocce, what else?). Click the image, then scroll down to see the first item we'll offer with the embroidered logo - Port Authority Silk Touch Sport Shirt with Stripe Trim.

{Light brown with white trim}

Here are two other inexpensive gift ideas…

1) Autographed copy of The Joy of Bocce – $19.45.

Nowadays, everybody knows someone who plays. Here’s an inexpensive gift that will delight. You pick the inscription. Build up the recipient’s self esteem with the likes of “To the best bocce player in Wisconsin” (New York, Nevada, Florida, California…fill in the blank).

Or, give ‘em the business with something like “Read this book and maybe you’ll be able to give me some competition next time we play.”

Click to order…

2) Pick any one of three precision measuring tools. Premier Boules, Clubhawk Gold, or Henselite Bowls. $24.95 each. Designed for inside measure which is the most accurate way to decide who gets the point.

Click to order… … scroll down to view the measures.

Click here and then scroll down a bit to view the embroidered shirt...

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}

artificial christmas trees

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.


December 1-3. Florida - Cape Coral. Florida Senior Games State Championships. The women will compete on Dec. 1st & the men on Dec. 2nd. Dec 3rd will be reserved for any games not completed. Four players to a team. For more info, contact Rudy Diaz @ 239-542-8877 or email


December 7, 2007 - Massachusetts - North Andover. Come on down for an informal bocce event at our indoor venue at 1600 Osgood St, off Rte. 125. We'll sign up at 7:00 PM and draw teams for play beginning at 7:15 PM. Might be doubles, triples or four-player teams (depending on the turnout). $30 covers play, prizes, and refreshments (pizza and soft drinks). Call Mario @ 978-686-8679 or email .


May 17, 2008 - New Jersey - 2nd annual NJ Bocce Invitational supporting New Jersey charities. Contact Frank Valanzola @ 973-793-5406 or . View web site at

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