December 17, 2006

Petanque in Sebring, Florida

Pétanque is in full swing again in Florida as it gets colder up North.
Just like the northern Europeans flock to Spain or the South of France, hundreds of thousands of folks from Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio etc.. drive down every year for the winter months to escape the snow they've been shuffling for years.
Maybe that's why shuffleboard was at one time the most popular pastime in Florida in winter.
Click on this picture and you'll get a beautiful sight from the 60's, when men still wore ties and trousers notwithstanding the 80°F.

Shuffleboard is waning, pétanque is coming up.

Tanglewood's first tournament of the season, on Dec 9, attracted 88 players, although it's early in the season. $ 5 entry per player, which includes hot dogs and sodas, the balance being returned to the winners, below.

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