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.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

suddenly, balls in every court

The following is not the most recent news story about pétanque, yet still a very good one and worthy of being repeated.

June 1, 2003
DURING the week, the life of Morley Safer is a whir of interviews, writing, filming, editing and rushing around New York or traveling the globe preparing reports for the television program ''60 Minutes.''
But come Saturdays, at least in the summertime, Mr. Safer is usually at his Chester home doing the one thing he credits most for keeping him calm: playing petanque.
Jacques Pepin, a chef and author, spends his weekdays working on his public television cooking programs and jetting around the world to whip up recipes or speak for various causes.
But as soon as the snow has melted in springtime, Mr. Pepin can be found almost every weekend, from early afternoon often late through the night, indulging in his passion for petanque on the court he had built at his home in Madison.
Read the entire article here.

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