Thursday, January 19, 2012
Our longtime CarolinaPetanque member and good friend Francois Deprez sent us a couple of snapshots from play at his Inn at Bingham School . The intrepid group braved the cold and wind on January 2, 2012, to get in a few games to start the 2012 season. Check out the Inn's website and consider playing and/or staying if you're ever in the Mebane/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Our NC mountain group braved the snow in and around the Boone/ Spruce Pine areas to make the drive down the mountains and join us in Winston-Salem for Sunday's play at Miller Park. CarolinaPetanque members Kirk, Bo, Uijin, and Lauren were there along with Miller Park first-timers Cruz and Kristi who made the drive from Boone. Cruz and Christy's daughter, Linnea, played as well-- and she played well!
Miller Park regulars Bob M. and Fred along with Shirley and I rounded out the group. We actually had a pretty nice afternoon for NC January weather. Temps in the mid-forties and bright sunshine made playing conditions pleasant.
We hope more of you will make the effort to come out and play on some of these nice mid-winter afternoons. Don't wait until spring to get off the couch!
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Our good friend, Amine Najah, is in the process of preparing to open a Coffee/Tea/Hookah house in Austin, Texas, on North Lamar Boulevard. He called Shirley on Saturday morning (New Year's Eve) and asked if we were interested in coming out to look over his new location. Of course we were excited about doing so!
Amine is planning to encourage petanque players in and around the area to make his new shop a hangout where players can most always find a game. He has an area large enough for about eight lanes already cleared and ready for play. There's also a large plot in the rear of his shop for expansion if the number of players warrant.
He hopes to open "Zaytouna Lounge" (roughly translates as "The Olive Lounge") in February of 2012. If you find yourself in the area before then, stop by and say hello. There's a good chance a game will be going on even before the official opening. He's at:
N Lamar Blvd