June 26, 2006

Brooklyn - Bastille Day Tournament

Here are the details for this years' tournament:

Sunday July 16

Players must be present at 10:30am - no exceptions.
Tournament start time: 11:00am

To register, call Frank at BarTabac - (718) 923-0918
To keep things smooth, participation will be limited to 80 teams of 3 players.
Participation: $ 20 per team.
21 courts and lots of boules will be available.

First round: 3 games to 11 points
Second round: best 16 teams qualified, to 11 points
Then quarter-, semi- and finals.

Non-players are welcome anytime to watch, enjoy the choice of food, drinks and wonderful music by the Blue Orchid Dance Orchestra. The more, the merrier!

Location on Google Maps
Photo album of the 2005 tournament
The fast-forward movie of 2005

Petanque in Charleston, SC

Bastille Day will be celebrated on Friday July 14 at Freshfields Village , from 4 to 9 pm.

Traditional waiters races, food, music & drinks and
petanque games. A good opportunity to meet other players in the area.

Freshfields Village is located on John’s Island at the Kiawah/Seabrook traffic circle.

Famous petanque players

New York Times Magazine:
Jacques Pépin, the chef, author and television host, lives with his wife, Gloria, in a converted 1930’s brick factory on Long Island Sound in Connecticut.

And he loves to play pétanque.

A Country Kitchen: the interview
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June 25, 2006

Petanque in Brooklyn

A review of last year's Bastille Day Tournament: 14 hours from dawn to dusk concentrated in a 3:58 min. video.
Rendez-vous this year on July 16!

June 13, 2006

St Bonnet-le-Chateau

This is the view of St Bonnet-le-Chateau from Obut's factory.
A beautiful town with merely 1500 inhabitants but marketplace for the Forez region.
Of course - noblesse oblige - a stone sculpture of a boule + cochonnet on the front lawn.

Boules on the ocean

Last week I took a drive up to Obut's plant to check on the loading of our next container. Another 6000+ boules on their way to Florida!

Don't be fooled by the "fragile" stickers. Metal boules don't break easily at all, but we also loaded some Ricard glasses and carafes for the many folks who like to recreate a bit of Southern France atmosphere in their backyard.
ETA Miami July 2nd.

June 11, 2006

Anyone in Chico, CA ?

Pat Wilkinson has been a member of the Oakhurst Petanque Club for 4 years but lives in Chico, CA (about 90 mi. N of Sacramento).

Any players in that area ? Please email us.

Anyone in Raleigh, NC ?

Let's go up one state:

Trish Taylor in Raleigh, NC is looking for other players and hopefully starting a club.

E-mail us and we will put you in touch!

Aiken, SC tournament

Atomic Boule Club sent us these nice souvenirs of their first tournament on May 21.
Impressive trophies!

First place: Catherine & P. Vo
Second place : Pierre & Edouard

Contact the club anytime at atomicbouleclub@hotmail.com

June 7, 2006

World Cup Qualifier - June 2 & 3

Richard "Ti" Meas, Khalid Mesbah and Hans Jepson (L to R), from La Boule NY won the tournament in Sonoma last Sunday and will represent the USA at the upcoming World Championships in Grenoble, Sept 20 to 24. For Ti this is the second year in a row.

They beat Xavier Thibaud, Alec Stone Sweet (both also of La Boule NY) and PJ Mallette (VOMPC, Sonoma) 15 to 8 in the finals.

Third place went to Freddy Canesse (Sarasota PC), Juan Garcia (S. Florida PC) and Gilles Canesse. (Sarasota PC).

And below, Barbara Hall, President of Valley of the Moon Petanque Club who hosted the event, and John Rolland, President of Federation of Petanque USA.

Many thanks to Juan for the pictures!

Here is the website of the 42nd WC in Grenoble. They are in love with Flash and long intros so you need to be patient...