WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL BLOG for La Pétanque Marinière in San Rafael, California. LPM has been an active Marin pétanque club since 1972 and affiliated with the Fédération of Pétanque USA, since 1975. We welcome people of all abilities, ages and nationalities to come and enjoy pétanque with us.

The Pierre Joske Courts are located on Civic Center drive in San Rafael. (click for directions). Casual games are played every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from about 1 pm. Tournament play is usually held on the second Sunday of every month.

Please consult the links on the sidebar to the right for more information on clubs in the bay area, nationally and world wide.

If you would like to play but haven't any boules, please contact our President, Christine Cragg, or Ken Lee. They can bring some for you to use, as well as introduce you to the basic skills and techniques of pétanque. In addition, if you are looking to purchase boules but are unsure as to which size and weight are right for you, we have a range of different examples from which to choose.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

French Game Draws Melange To New York City Park

July 21, 2010

In Bryant Park, only a block from Times Square, there is a little corner where people play petanque (pronounced "pay-TAHNK"). The game started in France about 100 years ago. It's not so different from the Italian bowling game called bocce, but this game uses metal balls. What's striking is how international the players are: Africans, Latinos, Europeans — and they hail from every class and profession.

Listen to the segment of the National Public Radio show, All Things Considered

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