Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Wilmington, NC

Kirk had a conference in Wilmington, NC, last week and the Edwards family had one last hoorah before Parker started school. Kirk found a potential place to play some petanque, and, while they were in town, they stopped by to check it out. Courts & Sports Bar & Grill had two good courts-- one that was about 70’ long (could be divided into two) and another court that was about 35’.
Unfortunately the weather was not cooperating and the courts were shallow swimming pools. The staff offered to squeegee one out, but, since it was still raining, it probably would have been a futile effort. 
In addition to petanque, Courts & Sports had about 8 volleyball courts, and offered dodgeball, cornhole, sand soccer and, of course, bocce. Courts & Sports also had a very nice restaurant/bar with the typical bar menu, but not the typical bar food.  “The fish and house-cut chips were some of the best I’ve had in quite a while, and Bo’s club sandwich was huge with a great spicy Cuban sauce,” said Kirk. The wait staff was very friendly and, of course, Kirk struck up a conversation about playing petanque.
 The next thing they knew Rob Migliosi, Program Director, came over to say hello and to find out more about petanque and Carolina Petanque. “Rob was super nice and very interested in petanque and the differences to bocce; he is a bocce player from way back and even has a couple courts at his house and plays regularly.” The Edwards family did a show-and-tell with the boules and other petanque equipment and Rob gave Kirk a few business cards so we could keep in touch. “Rob said if the club ever wanted to organize something down in the Wilmington, NC, area he would like to meet some other players and Courts and Sports would like to host the gathering,” Kirk said. If you are ever in the area stop by, say hello, and play a few games.

Kirk:  Sorry for the poor photo; after dark, raining, into the lights. Go online for better pictures of the facilities and activities.

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