Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Adam Laurie of The Buzz Bar in Detroit has set up a series of Wednesday night band sessions at Campus Martius Park running from 5-8pm until the end of August.
Adam saw the petanque club sessions during the noontime weekdays and invited the club, and anyone who plays petanque, to set up and play on the gravel pathways at Campus Martius Park (C-Mart).
There's a full Heineken sponsored bar at the park, so you can enjoy the mixture of bands, boules, and beer while working off the stress of a workday.
Look for me, I'll be to the right of the stage, near Au Bon Pain.
While some of the contemporary adaptations stand on their own without commenting much on the older work around them, others reflect and react to the Louvre’s collection in an illuminating way that opens our eyes to pieces we might have walked past without noticing.
Didier Trenet has decorated Corradini’s “Veiled Woman” with a watery cage made of copper tubing, beneath a metal can, with petanque boules pouring forth from a piece he has called: Douce Duche (“soft shower”).
The show admirably accomplishes its goal of getting us to give the Louvre a second look.
You can view the video HERE
Saturday, July 28, 2007
The park looked wonderful, with it's spread of annuals, the breezes blowing; music in the air; and game after game of boule.
The tournament is a guaranteed minimum 8 games per team with Top Tier and Consolante Finals.
Along with their prizes and medals, Top Tier Final and Consolante Final Teams receive their registration money back !
Friday, July 27, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Afterwards, the crew (about 10 guys in the yellow with checkered jerseys) watched us play some petanque.
Through it all, Wayne, Pat, Deric and Jeff played concentrated boule.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Forgotten Tour de France
ANTIBES - FRANCE - It was a rare sight these days: Two men having pastis at the bar and excitedly watching the Tour de France on television. They were clapping, even, when Tour leader Michael Rasmussen allowed Alberto Contador to pass him just before the finish line and win yesterday's stage. There had to be some sort of explanation for this odd behavior, and then it came as soon as the men started cheering — in Flemish.
It would take a lot, more than the recent doping inquiries and the ensuing suspensions and early retirements, to tear the Belgians away from their beloved cycling. The French, on the other hand, might be approaching that point quickly.
Once upon a time, well, even just two years ago, these same bars would be filled with gray-haired men clutching the sports daily, L'Equipe and nodding their heads in approval at every uphill attack. Not anymore. Even when the Tour passed through this corner of the hexagon last week, TVs in a few bars were tuned in to game shows. Yesterday, during one of the Tour's most critical stages, the natives were gathered in the park across the street, playing a game of petanque without even a radio to be heard.
"I just don't have time for it anymore," said Valerio Tomasino, as he crossed his legs on the park bench and watched an elderly man slowly crouch over the boules with a tape measure. "I used to watch all the mountain races and the time trials. This year, I haven't seen a single stage."
Monday, July 23, 2007
"They won all of their games," Pat boasted proudly, "and these were big money games. They even left me a set of boules which I plan to use to carry on their legacy."
With plenty of wins under his belt, Pat is well on his way to standing in the same circles as his relatives.
Today, teamed up with Mike D., he challenged Tim, Tom, and Jeff W. to a no-holds-barred match which ended in a 13/8 victory for Pat's team.
"When Pat finds himself in a squeeze - he doesn't crumble, but instead, turns up the heat by taking some risks - which usually result in a solid hit or point," woefully admitted Detroit Petanque club president, Jeff W. who was on the losing team today.
Check out Pat's boule stance, and challenge him and the others at the petanque games held each weekday (12-1pm) at Cadillac Square Park (right next to Campus Martius Park).
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
While I have taught petanque to many adults over the years, never have I taught it to so many young adults. It was quite an experience, and everything went very smoothly.
Teaching to the 13 year olds was quite different from teaching to the 9 and 10 year olds. I also used different "petanque tools" for the younger children - one of which is a bright yellow golf ball in lieu of the cochonnet. I also placed down round rubber "placemats" for the younger kids to use as standing circles.
Ms. Mueller also hosted a group of visiting students from France who participated in the event. They assisted the students new to boule by showing them the different types of throws and strategy.
After a round or two, the kids really got into their games, being very friendly competitive and using the strategies learned from previous games.
At the conclusion of the day, I was invited into the school cafeteria where all of the students offered their thanks for the fun we had that day, and Ms. Mueller presented my with a bottle of Pastis from Marseille.
I really enjoyed myself that day, and after describing the event to the club members the following days, they too wish to participate the next time we're invited to Albion!