Thursday, September 3, 2015

Yesterday's play

Six of us at Griffith Park: Bob, Fred, Nelson, Rebekah, Shirley, and Gary.

Upcoming this weekend!

From Rebekah:
Hello Everyone!

As you know, this coming weekend is Labor Day Weekend.  There are several events I'd like to inform you about:

  • CP member Teng Ly is one of the presidents for the Southeast Hmong organization, a group representing the various Hmong communities in the southeastern United States.  (Hmong refers to people with heritage from Southeast Asia, particularly Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.)  

    This organization is hosting its annual fall festival where there will be wonderful food, cultural presentations, and various athletic games.  This year they've added a new game to the festival: pétanque!  Teng will be offering pétanque demonstrations, and attendees will be able to try playing the game.  Teng could use a few extra people to help.  The event is in Newton, NC (located near Conover, NC).  If you are available to help Teng either  Saturday or Sunday, please let me know by Friday, so I can provide the address, etc.  It should be a fun event!
  • There will be play on Sunday at Miller Park in Winston-Salem--1:00 PM as usual.  We have several members out of town, but Gail and others will be hosting and available to play.  Please come out if you're available.
  • Finally, let's wish safe travels and good luck to our members who are flying out to California for pétanque tournaments:  Bo Edwards, Gary & Shirley Jones, Maggie Sweeney, and Frank & Denyse Haney.  Over Labor Day Weekend, Frank, Denyse, Gary, Shirley, and Maggie will all compete in a mixed triples tournament in Sacramento.  The following weekend (September 12-13) Bo, Maggie, and Shirley will be competing in the National Women's Triples Championship/Confederations World Cup Qualifier. 

Sunday at Miller Park in W-S

Shirley and I left the mountains around 7:00 AM on Sunday to make the two-and-a-half hour drive back to Lexington in order to get our tow vehicle and traveling petanque cargo trailer for Sunday play at Miller Park in Winston-Salem. Petanque takes a LOT of hard work!

But, as usual, we also had a lot of fun on Sunday afternoon. We were particularly happy to see Teng Ly again. His work schedule has recently changed, so we hope he'll be able to join us more often. Now if Mai were just able to come too!

More from the mountains

 After a great time with Kirk and Bo on Friday afternoon in Spruce pine, we spent Friday night (and Saturday night) with Danny and Sue Daniels at their home in Crossnore, NC. Shirley took a few snapshots around the house to showoff a few of their decorative touches.

Then, Danny, Sue, Rick, Maggie, Shirley, and I were invited over to the Deep Gap, NC, home of Rusty and Marcia Reed for petanque and lunch on Saturday morning/afternoon. They've recently added a roof over their court to help keep it dryer due to the frequent mountain rains this season. It's really something to see. They have to have one of the absolute nicest places to play in the Carolinas with their recent improvements. The surface is crushed oyster shell, and it's near perfect for petanque. the ceiling soars to fourteen feet above ground level. And the court is right on the side of a hill, but built up to be perfectly level-- quite an engineering feat.

Thanks, Reeds, for a great time on Saturday!

Rusty and Marcia Reed

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Practicing for Fresno

Two-thirds of the winning team (Shirley's the photograper-- and other third)

Bo, Maggie, and Shirley are going to Fresno in September to participate in the FPUSA World Qualifiers; and, unlike some of the other teams, they live far enough apart that they don't get together very often to practice as a team.  Luckily, they were all able to gather at Bo's house in Spruce Pine on Friday for afternoon play. The ladies played very well, taking on all comers throughout the afternoon and finishing with five wins and no losses!

We were also able to have a little pre-celebration of Kirk's upcoming birthday. Thanks, Bo and Kirk, for having us.

If it's Wednesday...

...there's petanque at Griffith Park in Winston-Salem, NC. Here are a few shots from last week.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Lexington Barbecue Festival Weekend (tentative itinerary)

Lexington Barbecue Festival Weekend (tentative itinerary)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Last day to register. $25 per person registration fee.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Setup of the playing terrain at Finch Park (15 Paul Beck Road, Lexington, NC) in the afternoon will consist of stringing lanes and setting of rebound boards. Anyone who would like to volunteer to assist can contact Shirley at 336-247-0436.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Terrain open for practice and play all day. Everyone is invited to join us at the home of Terry and Sue Wien (122 Mountain Harbor Drive) after petanque for a free dinner of chicken pies, salads, and desserts with tea and water provided. We'll start eating around 6:30 PM and have social time, drinks, and under-the-lights petanque.

We do ask that you let us know on your registration document or email and let us know how many to plan for at dinner. Or call Shirley at 336-247-0436 or Terry at 336-247-0717 you prefer.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The BIG DAY for Lexington, North Carolina! The 32nd annual barbecue festival will bring around 175,000 people to our small town,_North_Carolina of 19,000 people.

It's a day full of family fun. We always try to arrive downtown by around 8:30 AM to see the streets before the throngs descend. There is an opening “kickoff” on the main stage in front of the old courthouse, complete with local dignitaries and a rendition of the national anthem to get everyone into the spirit of the day.

There are numerous music stages, arts and crafts, rides for the children, street shows that vary from bicycle stunt riders to chainsaw artists to automobile shows, and food vendors (with many offerings besides barbecue) galore. There is a “beer garden” for those who enjoy a little libation with their beach/rock/blues/bluegrass music. And, also again this year, a “wine garden” as well.

The barbecue served at the huge tents around town is provided by participating local restaurants. Their offerings are usually limited to pork barbecue sandwiches and maybe hot dogs for the “kids.” The pork is cooked over wood fires (oak and/or hickory) and comes only from shoulder cuts. It is marinated/seasoned with Lexington-style “dip.” The dip is a thin, vinegary concoction which usually includes ketchup and or tomato sauce, brown sugar, and peppers. The usual condiment on a Lexington-style chopped sandwich is a red barbecue slaw. It's a little tart, but mostly sweet. I used to order my sandwiches without slaw, but after thirty-three years of living in Lexington, I've long since seen the errors of my ways. Try it, you'll like it!

Be advised that the festival is NOT a cook-off type event with different styles and cuts of barbecue. It's not even a representation of the different Lexington-style barbecue choices that one finds (sliced, chopped, coarse-chopped, coarse-chopped-lean, extra-brown, etc.) at a sit-down barbecue restaurant in and around Lexington. To get the real picture of what Lexington-style barbecue is all about, we suggest that you pay a visit to one of our local establishments and try a plate of barbecue with hushpuppies, fries, and barbecue slaw. Maybe even sweet tea, if that's your thing, or Cheerwine (not wine, but a local soft-drink favorite) in regular or diet versions.

After the festival, we'd like to invite everyone in the petanque group to join us for supper and drinks at the private residence of Terry and Sue Wien on High Rock Lake in Lexington. They are at 122 Mountain Harbor Drive. We'll try to eat around 6:30. We again ask that you let us know how many to plan for at dinner. You can call Shirley at 336-247-0436 or Terry at 336-247-0717 if you prefer. They have five well-lighted courts and a large rec room for socializing.

Sunday, October 25, 2015
The third official Lexington Barbecue Festival Petanque Tournament will begin at 9:00 AM. Please plan to check in by 8:30. The event will be held at Finch Park at 15 Paul Beck Road in Lexington. After entering the park, please proceed down the hill to the baseball infield (on your left as you look down the hill). The tournament will consist of three rounds of qualifying play to 13 points (not to exceed 60 minutes plus one end). The teams will then, based upon qualifying results, be divided into a Concours (Championship) Division and a Consolante (Consolation) Division.

Those participating in the tournament, as well as their friends and families who are attending, will be provided with a sandwich & chips lunch. Or, if you prefer, there is a barbecue restaurant within a half-mile of the terrain that sells hamburgers, hotdogs, salads, etc., as well as barbecue.

The remainder of play will be single-elimination brackets with cash prizes and trophies to be awarded to the top two teams in each division as shown on Exhibit A. There will also be third place medals in Concours and Consolante.

Questions? Call Shirley at 336-247-0436.

Exhibit A (guaranteed purse)

Championship Team $400 / team plus trophies and medals
Concours Runners-up $140 / team plus medals
Concours Third Place Teams $100 / team plus medals

Consolante Winners $90 / team plus medals
Consolante Runners-up $70 / team plus medals
Consolante Third Place Teams $50 / team plus medals