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.

Monday, January 25, 2010

The New Dam Party

Dear N Cal Boulistenautes,

Sunday, Jan 31 High: 60 °F RealFeel®: 62 °F Partly sunny

At this time of year that rates as a pretty good forecast, and unless there's a major turn for the worse, this is definitely good-enough weather for our ever-morphing winter boules encounter. Eldon is working on turning out the Mendocino and Coastal representatives and all that remains is to recap some of the basic outlines so you can fill in the details.

There's a new locale. Peggy and David have scouted out the replacement for the now paved parking lot. Click here for directions.

Let's all try to be there so we can start to play at 10:00. If for you this means being there at 9:15, so be it. Some others may interpret it to mean getting there between 9:42 and 9:45.

As always this is a pot-luck, that means bring foodstuffs appropriate for sharing with everyone. We will not have the same cushy setup with the pavillion/tables/firegrate/
restrooms that we have grown used to. There is however a port-o-san and a short hop in a car will get you to more civilized accomodations.

So please bring things like portable tables and chairs or you'll be eating off the roof of your car and sitting on the fenders. Also, since we'll be without running water you might want to fill a couple of big jugs with eau de maison for cleanup, handwashing, coffee making etc. It would be great if anyone who has one of those pop-up awnings brings it, if only to act as an anti-rainfall fetish.

I'm sure I've forgotten something, but don't let that influence your planning. Be prepared for bad weather and then we'll all be pleasantly surprised when it's only mediocre. Anyway, I'm sure someone will chime in to remind me what I left out.

Oh, and don't forget your boules --- remember those rusty things that have been tripping you up on the garage floor since October?

Look forward to seeing you on the 31st,

frank pipal

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