Thursday, August 28, 2014

Shoafs at play

Ed Shoaf sent me this example of how well the pointers were doing at his home court in Charlotte, NC.  My eagle eye spotted the two solid boules as being Anne's, but Ed may actually have the point-- or at least a draw.

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Bo Johns (middle), from Zanesfield, OH, won the Sunday panache in Michigan, but Carolina Petanque's own Bob Moyer (right) finished a strong second place!

Congratulations to the winners!!!

Another Miller Park Sunday

Juan and Sue D.

Pleasant surprise!  Bobby and Peggy from Wadesboro

James brought his friend John w/ family

Rusty and Marcia all the way from Deep Gap

Bright, sunny day.  Hotdogs on the grill.  Petanque with good friends.  What could be better?

Home court play

Rebekah and Nelson came down to play in Saturday's heat.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wednesday play

We are beginning to get a few more players on Wednesday mornings at Miller Park (2500 Queen St, Winston-Salem, NC).  The fact that we have two courts in the shade up until about 2:00 PM is no doubt a contributing factor.  The play is a little slower paced too.  Come out and join us sometime!

(Stars of this Wednesday:  Rom and Nelson were mentioned most frequently as standouts both pointing and shooting.  Nice job, guys!)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

More new players

Al, Sherry, Fred, and Joe


Kate, Eric, and Bob

We were happy to have Sherry, who learned about us through the meetup group that Rebekah Ricardo started, join us for Sunday play.  Also, two walkups-- Kate and Eric-- joined us for a game.

Welcome, guys.  Come back soon-- and bring a friend!

Petanque social

Our hosts:  Marcia and Rusty Reed
The Reeds of Deep Gap, NC, located, as you might expect, deep in the NC mountains, invited their friends and neighbors, along with Carolina Petanque members and associates, to a social gathering to celebrate the opening of their beautiful new piste.

Eleven members of Carolina Petanque and 15 to 20 Deep Gap locals attended the combination teaching-playing-socializing event.  Some of the neighbors had already played a time or two, but most were completely new to the game.

Everyone had a great time and appreciated the generous hosts providing, not only a lovely place to play, but a delicious lunch of pulled-pork sandwiches, all the fixin's, and several varieties of desserts.  We hope to be invited back again soon.


Wonderful Wednesday weather.

Team photos

Shirely Jones, Maggie Sweeney, Bo Park Edwards

Gary Jones, Rick Sweeney, Kirk Edwards
Team photos of the men's and women's Carolina Petanque representatives at the recent national Qualifiers tournament at Lamorinda Petanque Club in Lafayette, California.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


It was overcast with occasional mist in the air at Miller Park in Winston-Salem on Sunday.  Still, we had ten players turn out to play.  It was nice to see Joe Harrington again after he had been away for the summer doing an IT internship in Iowa.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Waldensian Festival

Valdese Waldensian Festival 
Jim Quick and the Coastline Band
The trusses
Another view
Danny and Sue


The old court downtown

Kaye Taliana shagging in the street

Carolina Petanque had a petanque social event scheduled for Saturday at the home of Rusty and Marcia Reed in Deep Gap, NC.  Unfortunately, rain in the mountains forced a last minute rescheduling, so we'll try again for next Saturday.

Shirley and I spent Friday night in Lincolnton in anticipation of the Saturday drive up to Deep Gap.  Since Deep Gap was no longer an option, we looked for something else to do in the area.  We decided to make the 45 minute drive over to Valdese, NC.  There was a festival advertised which included a North Carolina regional bocce tournament, and we wanted to check out the facilities.

As you can see from the photos, their covered courts are VERY nice.  I doubt they would like us to play petanque on them because the texture of compacted red clay would probably leave fairly deep depressions after high lobs that are often played by petanque pointers.  The structure does give us ideas of what we could duplicate someday, though.

There is an older court in the downtown area that just might work for petanque.  Now that the bocce players have their new courts, the old one will not likely be used for bocce.  We'll look into it soon.