True to form, this event is being planned, confirmed, and announced on a somewhat last-minute basis. Tradition is strong.
As of this writing, the tentative and almost firm date is Sunday, February 16th. Please make a mental note and prepare to convert that to a calendar notation within the next day or so.
This has been played at a variety of locations over the years, the most recent being a beautiful overlook parking lot at Lake Sonoma. In all likelihood, that will be the case for 2013. It is a fun day of boules and pot luck food--relatively low-key in preparation for the tournament season. We will put out a short history with the "official" announcement. Stay Tuned.
Dan Feaster & Nan Walter, braved the winter cold and horrendous traffic on Hwy 1/101 to make the drive to Williams, OR in order to experience the "Winter Tournament" held by the Rogue Bouligans Petanque Club. A great time was had during the pre-tournament warmup play on the Friday evening preceding the Saturday event, and the tournament itself was a blast. Here's a link to the Bouligan's FPUSA SmugMug page, with two sets of photos. By the way, Nan's team won.
Pics from the Rogue BouligansPics from the Rogue Bouligans "Winter Tournament"