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. 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, June 24, 2010

Bastille Day in Texas

Mussels, go-go girls: Plans for Oak Cliff's Bastille Day bash picking up steam

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We've had a suggestion that Oak Cliff's Bastille Day bash should include a storming of Cliff Manor led by Councilman Dave Neumann and the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group's Scott Griggs.

But since that might not happen, we'll just report the latest plans for the French national holiday celebration July 14 in (where else but) the Bishop Arts District.

A center of the action will be a mussels cookoff featuring top area chefs, including Bolsa's Graham Dodds, Tim Byers from Smoke, Nova's Kelly Hightower and David Uygur from Lucia.

Here's the DMN restaurant critic/dining editor Leslie Brenner's take on the event.

Plus live music, wine tasting, food, a petanque ("pay-tonk") court (similar to lawn bowling or bocce), go-go dancers (say what?), a French maid costumed relay. Hatmaking featuring Oak Cliff milliner Cassie MacGregor of The House of MacGregor. And much-much more. All sponsored by Go Oak Cliff.

Time: 6 to 10 p.m. Place: Bishop Avenue between 7th and 8th streets.

Free admission. Proceeds from food and drink sales will benefit the non-profit Alliance Francaise.

Willits Tournaments

Check out these pictures! Looks like it was a beautiful petanque weekend in Willits.
Our own Antonia Chavez, Verena Rytter and David Spangenberg were there representing LPM - with Antonia taking home the silver!!

Sunday's opening game between Cliff and Louis vs Dave and Verena seemed very long until the Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday Wimbledon match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut (6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (9), 7-6 (3), 70-68; 11 hours 5 minutes). How long would Cliff, Dave, Louis, and Verena played if their game had to be won by two points? How long will their record of 2 hours 5 minutes hold?

update; 6.25.10

Read about the weekends tournaments as reported by The Willits News

Monday, June 21, 2010

Teach The Trainers

On May 20-23, Tim Channell, Joyce Simpson and the rest of the wonderful members of the Fresno Pétanque Club, in association with the Fresno Chamber of Commerce and Englemann Winery played host to 32 FPUSA members from throughout the country as part of Teach The Trainers seminar, or TTT as it came to be referred. As a special treat for the eager students, Victor Nataf, of the International Federation of Pétanque and Jeu Provençal (FIPJP), was flown in from Marseille, France to conduct the seminar. TTT was three days of all-out pétanque including theory, strategy, training, technique and history. The 32 students were filled with information which combined with their previous knowledge, will enable them to return to their clubs and teach new members about the sport. As if studying the ins and outs of pétanque from 8-5 couldn't satiate anyone, there were a few die-hards in the group who, inspite of the ever-present Fresno mistral, played until the wee hours of the morning.
For a look at all those who successfully graduated and are now recognised by the International Center for the Teaching of Pétanque (CIEP), in association with the FIPJP, as Level One Trainers, click here and then click on the American flag.
To watch a slideshow of the days events, click here

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Women's and Junior World Qualifiers

Greetings all,

On July 17 & 18, Marin will be hosting the Women’s World Qualifier and Junior’s World Qualifier. Attached, you will find the entry form, tournament rules, meal reservation form and hotel information.
The attached entry form and tournament rules apply to the Women’s Qualifier.
All junior candidates should declare their intention to participate with Sport Director, Ed Porto, by email edporto@sbcglobal.net by email
no later than July 1st.
*Please note: While the Junior Tournament registration is being handled by Ed Porto,
we will need the food reservation for Juniors and accompanying adults made through Marin at the address on the meal reservation form.
In addition to the Qualifiers, there will be “Open” Tournaments held both days. There will be a Select Doubles on Saturday and Select Triples on Sunday.
* Registration for the Open Tournaments end at 10:00 AM both days.
* Entry fee will be $8.00 with 100% returned as prize.
LPM will provide coffee and pastry each morning. Lunch information is on the attached flyer – and is available to participants and guests – by pre-paid reservation.
The Saturday dinner is also open to participants and guests – by pre-paid reservation.
If you have any questions, you can contact me by email at petanque.marin@gmail.com or by phone (415) 302-5069.
Registration and reservations will be made through our Secretary/Treasurer, Alain Efron, at the address on the attached entry and reservation forms.
Tournament registration and food reservation deadline: Monday, July 12, 2010.
Please pass this on to any of your members who may wish to participate.

Best regards,

Christine Cragg
President, La Pétanque Marinière

P.S. Please be sure to bring your club banner to display at the terrain.


EVENT: Women’s World Championship Qualification Tournament
HOST: La Petanque Mariniere DATE: July 17-18, 2010
PLACE: Pierre Joske Courts, Armory Drive @ Civic Center Drive, Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, CA
This event will determine the U.S. Team for the F.I.P.J.P. 2011 Women’s World Championship.*
1. All participants must have been an FPUSA member for 3 months prior to the event AND must not have been a member of any other Federation since 2006. Members who did not renew by April 17 are not eligible.
2. Each team must include at least 2 U.S. citizens by birth or naturalization. The 3rd member may be a non-citizen provided that s/he has not been a member of any other Federation since 2006, and s/he is in possession of official documentation showing that his/her principal residence is the United States.
3. Pre-Registration with full payment is required for this event by the closing date noted above.
4. Every non-citizen participant must submit a copy of his/her official INS residency documentation with this form. All players must sign this form below verifying US Citizenship or Residency before the tournament begins. There will be no exceptions. In the event any contestant falsifies the Pre-Registration Form, she will be disqualified and will be suspended from participation in any FPUSA Title Tournament for a period of 3 years.
5. Every Participant must bring his/her Federation Card and can be asked to produce it before or during play.
*6. Winners have the honor and obligation to represent the U.S.A. at the 2011 Women’s World
Championship. (Please refer to FPUSA Bylaw regulations for more details.)
NOTE: As of the release date of this entry form, the 2011 Women’s World Championship is TENTATIVELY scheduled for Vietnam (host city & dates TBD). Updates will be released as information becomes available.
CLOSING DATE: Received by Monday, July 12, 2010.
(Late registrations accepted solely at discretion of the Tournament Director.)
ENTRY FEE: $ 105.00 per team (Check payable to: La Pétanque Marinière)
CHECK-IN: 8:00-8:30 A.M. (All Players must be present)

All players are required to wear team shirts of the same color and style for the second day of the competition. Teams shirts on the first day are encouraged but optional. Please see complete set of rules and guidelines for this competition.
Host questions? Please contact: Christine Cragg, 415.302.5069, or email petanque.marin@gmail.com
Sport questions? Please contact: Ed Porto 707.953.5497, or email edporto@sbcglobal.net
Please detach and complete this form and remit, with team entry fee and proof of residency if required, to:
Alain Efron, 23 WINDSTONE DRIVE, San Rafael CA 94903


CITIZEN RESIDENT_______________________________________________________________

SIGNATURE (req’d by July 17)______________________________________________________




Host questions? Please contact: Christine Cragg, 415.302.5069, or email petanque.marin@gmail.com
Sport questions? Please contact: Ed Porto 707.953.5497, or email edporto@sbcglobal.net
All players are required to wear team shirts of the same color and style for the second day of the competition. Teams shirts on the first day are encouraged but optional. Please see complete set of rules and guidelines for this competition.
Please detach and complete this form and remit, with team entry fee and proof of residency if required, to:
Alain Efron, 23 Windstone DRIVE, San Rafael, CA 94903

Hotel Information for the Women’s World Qualifier and Junior World Qualifier

July 17 & 18, 2010
Hotels are listed in order of their proximity to the Courts.
1) Embassy Suites
101 McInnis Pkwy
San Rafael, CA
www.embassysuites.com (location San Rafael)

2) Four Points Sheraton
1010 Northgate Dr
San Rafael, CA
www.fourpoints.com (location San Rafael)

3) Villa Inn
1600 Lincoln Ave
San Rafael, CA

4) Colonial Inn
1735 Lincoln Ave
San Rafael, CA
reservation: 888-785-2111

5) Courtyard by Marriott
2500 Larkspur Landing Circle
Larkspur, CA
reservation: 800-321-2211

6) Marin Suites Hotel
45 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA
reservation: 800-362-3372

7) Best Western Petaluma

Women’s World Qualifier and Junior World Qualifier July 17 – 18, 2010 Meal Reservations

This reservation form is for Saturday and Sunday lunch and Saturday dinner. All meals must be reserved – for players and guests.
Please indicate number of meals required, beside player or guest.
* If a vegetarian meal is desired please circle the ‘V’ next to the number of meals ordered.
There will be water and sodas available for purchase during both days of tournaments – please bring change.
Saturday Dinner Menu
Rotisserie Chicken + Vegetarian Pasta + Green Bean Salad
Mixed Salad + Fromage + Baguette
Wine + Sodas
Please mark all meal reservations on the form below and mail to:
Alain Efron at 23 Windstone Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903
Print this page, Detach here, and send along with your check made payable to La Pétanque Marinière.
Saturday Lunch # of Meals Cost per meal Total
Free for Qualifier Participants _______ V x free =
Open Tournament Participants
and Guests $5.00 _______ V x 5.00 = __________
Sunday Lunch # of Meals Cost per meal Total
Lunch Available for Purchase
$5.00 per person _______ V x 5.00 = __________
Saturday Dinner # of Meals Cost per meal Total
Adults _______ V x 15.00 = __________
Juniors _______ V x 10.00 = __________

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Pétanque may come to parks

Kennebec Journal - Augusta, Maine

By Staff Writer Keith Edwards

AUGUSTA -- Anyone for petanque?

The Augusta City Council is scheduled to hear a presentation on creating courts at Mill Park to play petanque, a traditional French game.

Petanque, pronounced "pay-tonk," is one of Europe's most popular outdoor games, according to www.petanqueamerica.com. It is similar to both horseshoes and the Italian lawn bowling game bocce.

The game originated in France in the early 1900s. The aim is to toss, or roll a number of hollow steel balls as close as possible to a small wooden target ball.

Mayor Roger Katz said the courts could be installed at the city-owned, riverside Mill Park for little or no cost.

Mill Park is the former site of Edwards Mill which, through the years, drew many French workers to the surrounding neighborhood in Augusta. The city continues to have a strong French community.

"It'd be a wonderful addition to Mill Park, bring more people there, and would be particularly meaningful due to its connection to French culture," Katz said. "Petanque has a rich history to it, it goes back centuries. It's a great, leisurely game."

Raymond Fecteau, an Augusta resident active in Le Club Calumet and a member of the Franco-American Hall of Fame, is expected to give the Augusta City Council a presentation on the proposal Park at councilors' meeting Thursday, 7 p.m. in council chambers at Augusta City Center.

Councilors are also scheduled to:

* hold three public hearings on Community Development Block Grant-funded projects, including a previously-approved business assistance grant for Augusta-based manufacturer Kenway Corporation, funds to help pay for a major Greater Augusta Utility District sewer line replacement project, and a Bread of Life day shelter project;

* recognize Augusta police Officer Eric Dos Santos for his service with the Army in Afghanistan and his receipt of the Bronze Star Medal;

* present the 2010 Edwards Dam Scholarship to James Neff;

* consider borrowing $500,000 for public infrastructure projects including street and sidewalk repair, and the city's share of the cost of replacing Blair Road Bridge; and

* consider authorizing City Manager William Bridgeo to apply to the Maine Department of Transportation for funds to extend the Kennebec River Rail Trail a short distance to the city's waterfront park, install sidewalks on Civic Center Drive, and improve a walking trail between Cony High School and Farrington Elementary School.

Reading the comments about the article were somewhat humorous:

Scholar said....

Petanque is a johnny-come-lately version of bocce. To be fair, a bocce court should be included at Mill Park so petanque players can see how a real game is played.

Qm9jY2Vtb24%3D said...

Bocce is the up and coming sport. Petanque went out with the turn of the last century. Good luck buying petanque balls anywhere. If bocce courts are built, there are local trophy winners that would provide the competition.

Saturday, June 12, 2010


THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES Hosts a Fusion of French and American Culture to celebrate the Ninth Annual BASTILLE DAY LOS ANGELES FESTIVAL

By Pascale
Event date: July 11, 2010

The BASTILLE DAY LOS ANGELES FESTIVAL 2010 promotes the French heritage and culture, and celebrates the undying ties between French and American citizens. In France, Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille in 1789, marking the beginning of the French revolution.

In its ninth year, this event promises to be one of the city’s best cultural events with all-day festivities. Throughout the day, attendees experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of France right in their own backyard. They thrive on French ‘joie de vivre ‘, play the famous game of pétanque, sample food and wine from France, enjoy spectacular live entertainment, dance, or just sit back and relax while having a French-style 'open air picnic'.

French organizations and city officials have supported the Bastille Day Festival for the past eight years, and encouraged Angelenos to participate in the event since it helps foster a better understanding among citizens of both French and American cultures.

The gorgeous Elysian Park -- Bastille Day Los Angeles Festival venue -- is the city's oldest public park and is home to numerous historic sites. It was once home to the Yang-Na Indian village and dates back to Native American history.

WHEN: Sunday, July 11, 2010

TIME: Noon to 9:00 PM

WHERE: Elysian Park – Monticello Old Lodge
Corner of Stadium Way and Scott Avenue (next to the Dodgers Stadium)

MORE: As always the Bastille Day Festival 2010 will feature a variety of entertainment including: a Parisian Waiters Race, street performers, Tahitian dancers, a Pétanque Tournament, comedians, singers, dancers and a host of surprises amidst a delightful French setting of market vendors.

The Event is FREE for kids. Adults: $5

contact: info@passionsproductions.com


Pétanque a la Côte d'Azur

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sunday June 13 - Steak Picnic and OPEN tournament

Panaché Tournament OPEN TO ALL regardless of ability
Bring family and friends.
Mini pétanque clinic for beginners to be held between 10 and 11
Registration ends at 11:00 a.m. Lunch at 11:30
Cost of lunch is $13.00 per person. Please bring tables/chairs and plates/utensils etc.
Cost of Tournament is $7.00. All games start after lunch. (1pm or before)
No Cash Prizes. Prizes to be awarded by raffle.
Reservations mandatory by Thursday June 11!!!
Please Contact Alain Efron at 415.479.5820 or lutecemeister@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

TTT 2010 - Fresno Pétanque


LPM Video Log: Montpellier

Here in the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, you’ll discover a little piece of another world. Come take a walk through the town’s center, which is open only to pedestrian traffic – no cars allowed – and hums with terrace cafés, shopping, and parks. Then, soak up some culture with an impromptu performance at the city’s opera house. We’ll even get a crash course in the traditional French game of Pétanque from some locals. You’ll be amazed how fresh and exciting this thousand-year-old city can be!