Suffolk County Police Columbia Association
*** Members Free*** ***$15.00 for guests(Family & Friends)Children $10.00*** ****
~~At the: Schubert Park - Long Beach Smithtown, NY 3pm til dark
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Ciao', Joe Geraci 680-2287
~Come and join us for our Annual Picnic & Bocce. Celebrate and enjoy the company of our friends and family in a style of the old times. We have the 'Bocce Sets' [ 8 Bocce Balls 1 Palino] .
~About Boccé: Two teams of two people play each game. We have two courts to play on and usually play eleven point games to facilitate continuous play for all. First there is the Pallino. This is the target. The Pallino is a much smaller ball then the Boccé ball and is the object of the game. One member of one team will throw the Pallino down the court. The same person will then throw a Boccé ball trying to get it as close to the Pallino as possible. That's the point! No Really! Now the opposing team will throw they're Boccé ball trying to get closer then the team first up. The team that is closest to the Pallino has the point and the team that is not must keep throwing until they make a point. When all the Boccé balls have been thrown a count is taken. Did I mention measuring? Oh Boy, there is a lot of measuring as this can have a profound effect on the score.
Arguments maybe…Naahh actually it can be hilarious fun to play and watch.
~History: The evolution of Boccé seems to have been lost in time. Possibly the Egyptians played something like Boccé. So the game has been around a long time in various forms from the Greeks and certainly the Romans. The Romans would play the game using coconuts brought back from Africa. Later hard olive wood was used to make Boccé balls. As the centuries passed it grew in popularity in Europe. In a Quote from Sir Francis Drake (Great Britain) who refused to interrupt the game during a military crisis "First we finish the game then we take care of the Armada!". Well, I couldn't agree more. We all have our priorities!
For Columbia: There is no question that Boccé is part of our heritage. Ever go to a family picnic? Then I rest my case! It is one of the threads that binds us, but in a tangible way. We can remember playing or watching a game at some kind of family outing. Even today most of the public at large will relate the playing of Boccé in the USA with Italian Americans. Though you don't have to be Italian American to play, most organizations or facilities that have Boccé in someway have a relationship to Italian America.