The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VI, Issue 9 - March 26, 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 #9 - March 26, 2007
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2007
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello bocce lovers,

The talk I did on bocce last week at Wild Bites Restaurant in Amesbury, Mass. was well received. And it resulted in an invitation to speak in April at another venue. Details to follow. {Tentatively scheduled for Thursday evening, April 19th at the Bedford, NH Italian Cultural Center.}

By the way, I can heartily recommend the cuisine at Wild Bites ( 65A Market St., Amesbury, MA 01913
web site: http://www.wild-bites.com/ ) and the owners and staff are cordial and eager to please.

The audience was very interested in the tradition of Drink/No Drink often observed in Italian bocce clubs.

In Drink/No Drink the match is played for a predetermined number of alcoholic beverages of one kind or another. The winner of the bocce game appoints a Boss and an Underboss. These two decide who gets to drink and who "goes dry".

The interpersonal dynamics are fascinating as you might expect - e.g. you may want to give a drink to player x because you think he will likely be the Boss next time around. Do readers have any experience with this style of play? Please REPLY and share your experience/knowledge.

Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

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

Ben Musolf is excited (and justifiably so) about the upcoming national championships...{Click the pic to the right to visit the host web site - Campo di Bocce}

"I cannot wait for you to experience Campo di Bocce in Los Gatos AND Livermore California. It seems that you have a very large contingency on the East Coast and I would like for them to be aware of the National Championships for the U.S.B.F. The event (including the Pallino D'oro) will be held June 16-23, 2007 at our Livermore location.

The Pallino D’oro will take place on the 16th and 17th of June in Livermore. ( Mike Grasser Contact - mike@DaVinciBocce.com )

The championships will have the following events:

June 19 & 20, 2007 - Open 'A'- This will be a money tournament and the entry is $100.00 per person or $400 per team. (Alternates still pay $100.00) Four people per team and the prize money will be based on entries.

June 19 and 20, 2007 - Open 'B' - This will be a medal tournament. Four person open tournament $60.00 per person or $240 per team. (Alternates still pay $60.00)

June 21 - 23, 2007 - Punto, Raffa, Volo 'A' - This is the international game and in the format of Triples, Singles and Doubles. This event is MEN’S TEAM. Bring your best team and good luck! The winning team will represent the United States at the World Championships. Entry fee is $60.00 per person or $180.00 per team. (Alternates still pay $60.00)

June 21 - 23, 2007 - Punto, Raffa, Volo 'B' - This is the international game and in the format of Triples, Singles and Doubles. Entry fee is $60.00 per person or $180.00 per team. (Alternates still pay $60.00)

Attached are all of the entry forms. I look forward to seeing you in California in June."

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

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People doing a Google search for "crispelli" are finding a posting that we did in the ezine a while back - see this week's photos.

Gina writes...

"I happened to come across your page and saw the crispelli..My gosh, what memories. I am taking you up on your offer for the recipe for both, ricotta and anchovy."

Larry Bretts of Valparaiso, Indiana says...

"I am a former Greater-Lawrencian {Massachusetts - right in my backyard} who has been out in the cornfields just shy of Chicago for the past 35 years.

I miss Salisbury Beach, fried clams, Jackson Pizza and crispelli.

One night at work (I am a newspaper page designer here), formerly chief photographer at the Eagle-Tribune, I was searching for crispelli info -- and came up with a link to you. Do you have a good recipe?

I can get anchovies ... I get into Angelo Caputo's ( http://shopcaputos.com/ ... also http://www.caputomarkets.com ) in Chicago frequently. But no one there knows anything about crispelli."

{Here is some info I copied and pasted from a past issue of the ezine.}

I've had several requests for the recipe for Crispelli mentioned in the photo spread for Tom Grella's Havana Rollers Bocce Venue ( http://www.joyofbocce.com/Grella.ivnu ), so, here goes...

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.

Enjoy

On the subject of crispelli, Brenda Flanagan wrote..."My grandmother used to make them and since her death, nobody has the recipe.

I would love to relive those days...she used to hide them in a box on top of her closet to keep my uncles from eating them before it was time."

{Note: There are so many dialects and regional differences - I hope these crispelli are the ones grandma used to make.}

And 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 http://www.highbeam.com/Doc.aspx?DocId=1G1:106880047&tab=LIB }

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Michael Grasser wants to make sure that everyone understands that his Pallino D'Oro competition coming up in June will feature a ROUND ROBIN FORMAT.

Forms are posted forms for the Pallino D'Oro which you can download. View them here:

http://www.davincibocce.com/Doro.html

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Dick Bloom of Dayton, Ohio runs a popular, annual tourney.

{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.}

Dick responds to a question I had about the rules he plays by...

"Our rules are a modified version of a set that has been around a while. They are derived from a set of rules entitled '1992 International Bocce Association (I.B.A.) Official Rules and Regulations for Competitive Bocce'.

{Alas, those antique, outmoded rules from the now defunct I.B.A. just won't go away.}

As our courts are relatively short (60'), we have a relatively calmer game than some and have very little 'hitting' that you might see in longer venues.

{I don't really see how the length of the court affects the frequency of hitting. I do, however, see that the number of successful hits goes up with the shorter courts - a direct proportion. Those good hitters "kill you" on short courts, rarely missing the target ball. But hitting on 80- - 90-foot courts is another story.}

The rule is an attempt during tournament play to eliminate arguments over close balls that get moved inadvertently by the referee. This rule would only be invoked by a referee if he moved one of the balls in contention (example, ball one is 'in', ball 2 is 'out' by 1/8 inch. Subsequently he moves ball 2 by mistake and cannot place it where everyone is satisfied, he can call a dead frame."

{I don't like this call. I might accept it if the referee moved the ball BEFORE he knew which one was IN.

But in this case the referee unfairly takes a point away from the IN team by killing the frame. Why not put the other ball back to its approximate previous position and continue play? That way each team has an equal chance to win.

In officiating sports we want three things.
A quick game.
A game that is free of controversy
A game where both teams have an equal chance to win.

If the IN team had more balls to play, they could score additional points. If the other team had more balls to play, they could capture the point. Both teams would have an equal chance to win.}

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Arizona's Vince D'Aliesio writes...

"My father sent me your newsletter. We hosted an international tournament in January and would like to promote Phoenix as a regular destination for this wonderful sport.

As we organize these tournaments, I was hoping that we (Bocce Arizona) could be mentioned in your newsletter to help promote and publicize the events, and we in turn could do the same for events in other parts of the US.

(Please check out our website at http://www.boccearizona.net
for updates and a summary of our last tournament)

{Yes, Yes, Yes. We know about the good things happening at Bocce Arizona. We've posted a permanent photos section on The Joy of Bocce's Bocce Venues - http://www.joyofbocce.com/BocceArizona.ivnu }

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

Photos of the week
This week's photos were originally posted in Volume V, Issue 33 - September 11, 2006. Now they are part of the web site's Bocce Tibits and are available for viewing permanently.

They show how one civic-minded bocce family did a good deed for a local charity auction. The Grella family of Methuen, MA donated a "Day of Bocce" at their home court (including dinner for eight, a set of Perfetta Bocce Balls, autographed copies of The Joy of Bocce, and instruction by yours truly. Is this a great idea, or what?

We invite you to copy the model for this event. This one benefited a local YMCA and the winning bid topped out at $600.

The guests arrived at 4:00 PM, got acquainted with the hosts, had some wine and hors d'oeuvres in the courtyard under the pergola, then assembled on the court for a primer on how to play bocce.

After a brief demonstration, the games began. We separated the eight guests into two teams of four and "got right after it." Although some had never played before, they were quick studies and I'm sure we made some new converts.

The Grellas are the ultimate hosts. Lovers of all the good things in life, they make guests feel at home immediately with their pleasant demeanor and genuine warmth.

On the menu was fruit, pate, cheese, shrimp cocktail, salad with lobster, Delmonico steaks cooked on their outdoor, wood fired brick oven (fueled by apple wood from the local orchard), and dessert of cake and gelato.

Imitation is the highest form of flattery. Please feel free to copy (and improve) the model. But, if you improve it, please let us know how you did it (and please send photos).

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Inexpensive bocce gift - Precision Bocce Measure

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 $4.00 shipping and will be shipped US Priority Mail.

Click the photo for more info, pictures, etc.

Click to view measures...

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}

Market America Glucosatrin®

From the Market America company web site...

"Glucosatrin® is a nutritional approach for healthy joints and bones. Featuring special nutrients and herbs, Glucosatrin® helps control joint inflammation and joint stiffness caused by over-activity and helps reduce overall wear and tear from growing old - or from being overweight. Each bottle contains 90 tablets."

Click the link below to get more info...improve your health and maybe even your bocce game too!

Click for more info on Market America Glucosatrin® and other health products...

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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March 31, 2007 - California - I. A. C - Stockton. OPEN - 3 Players (at least 1 woman player). Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.

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April 7, 2007 – California - Los Gatos. Campo di Bocce. OPEN, 4 Players. 11th Annual Los Gatos Bocce Club Open Tournament. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408-379-9409.

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April 19 - 21, 2007 – Nevada - Crystal Bay, Lake Tahoe. Biltmore Hotel and Casino. OPEN, 4 players. Contact Biltmore Casino 1-800-245-8667.

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April 28, 2006 – California - South San Francisco. Italian American Citizen’s Club. OPEN, 3 Players. Contact Ron Del Carlo @ 650-359-2310.

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April 28, 2007 - Washington - Bellingnham. Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament - Http://www. bellinghamsportsplex.com . Contact Tom Mcnutt @ http://www.boccemon.com or call 360-224-2909 for info or to register.

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April 28, 2007 – Florida – St. Augustine. Open Rules – 2 player teams. $20 per person if pre-registered. $25 if registering on the day of the tourney. Lunch provided. Proceeds benefit the Northeast USO. Contact Guy Tomasello @ moandguy@bellsouth.net .

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April 29, 2007 – California - San Francisco. Aquatic Park Bocce Club. VOLO, Precision Throwing (Singles, Skill Competition). Contact Marco Cuneo @ 415-713-5939.

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May 5, 2007 – California - San Mateo. Peninsula Italian American Social Club. RAFFA, 3 Players. Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650591-3318.

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May 5, 2007 – California - San Mateo. Peninsula Italian American Social Club at Beresford Park. OPEN, 4 women players. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.

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May, 6, 2007 (rain date May 20) Colorado - Fort Collins - "Bocce for Meals" Ice Breaker Tournament (1st year); benefit for Fort Collins Meals on Wheels. Pre-registration required. Call 970-484-6325 or email mowfc@yahoo.com. 4 member teams; $100 registration. 2-3 games guaranteed.

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May 19, 2007- California - South San Francisco. Italian American Citizen’s Club. OPEN, 2 women players and 2 men players per team. Contact Susan Botti @ 650-589-4356.

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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 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; $100 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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