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Methuen Sons of Italy holds bocce tournament for earthquake victims

Bocce night at the Club

When: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 — 9 a.m. Where: Methuen Sons of Italy — 459 Merrimack Street, Methuen, MA 01844 The Methuen Sons of Italy will be holding a bocce tournament on Oct. 15 to gather funds for the victims of the earthquake that struck central Italy in August. Event info: 4 Player Teams – $25.00 per person, includes Italian lunch, 12–1 p.m. TEAM NAME________________________ Player 1 (Captain) _____________________________ Player 2 _____________________________ Player 3 _____________________________ Player 4 _____________________________ All guests and members are welcome to join for the Italian Lunch between 12 and 2 p.m. for a cost of $15 per ...

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The Game of Bocce, Yesterday and Today

Playing bocce in the North End.

Bocce is a competitive sport, a strategic game, and a leisurely pastime, all rolled into one ever-popular activity. Dating back to the Roman Empire, bocce, in all its derivations, has since captured the hearts of players and spectators the world over, no matter the age or skill level, where the objective is to roll balls on a court as close to a target ball as possible to score points. And, if you peek into some of the backyards or parking lots of local hangouts across America, it seems the popularity of bocce has recently shifted into high gear, especially in ...

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Introducing Un Momento!, with Author Gina Fava

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Do you ever chuckle when you notice old-fashioned things from the past that have coaxed their way into the present? Isn’t it funny that the Nutella that could only be found in your Nonna’s pantry which she’d brought back from Italy in her suitcase is now found on every grocery shelf in America? I smile at the sweater that my dad handed down to me — a wool pullover he’d outgrown that his grandmother had knit him — because now my teenage daughter wears it skiing. You know the bocce courts behind some of the bars in Boston… Un momento! ...

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Bocce rules!

Playing bocce in the North End.

There is no mistaking that summer is upon us. Everyone is out and about, gatherings are in full swing and everywhere you turn someone in the Italian community is talking about bocce. But what exactly is this game and how do you go about playing it? After hearing about some very exciting tournaments and heated competitions ending with trophies being awarded along with bragging rights, I decided to do a bit of research to find out more about this time-honored and very Italian sport. Though the rules are simple, bocce is extremely difficult to master. Great skill and acumen are ...

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Men Only: It’s All About Tradition Here

Bocce night at the Club

Bocce, gentlemen? Sorry ladies, this month’s article is about a men’s-only club! Recently, I was graciously welcomed for a visit at the Italian American Citizens Club of Lynn, where I had the great pleasure of meeting the club members. When I was first approached to write an article about their bocce league, I imagined that I would hear about the formation of a vibrant Italian community built around a traditional sport, which I will tell you about. Yet, what I found was much more and something that has left a lasting impression on me. Tucked away in the Brickyard neighborhood ...

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Bocce Tournament – Festa della Repubblica (May 27, 2012)

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Several Italian and Italian-American associations and organizations gathered for a bocce tournament on Sunday, May 27, 2012.

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