The 30th annual Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce Tournament hosted by the Wickliffe Italian-American Club was held Aug. 23-25 as 96 men's and 14 women's teams competed.   The event, which attracts world-class players from around the region and internationally, saw the Palazzo 777 team (featuring players from Canada, U.S., and Argentina, and...

By Andrew Sodergren   Marco Island resident Pat Mazzucco fondly remembers how he was introduced to the sport of bocce more than 75 years ago. The son of Italian immigrants, Mazzucco recalls his father playing with a group of friends every Sunday afternoon in New Providence, New Jersey.   Mazzucco's father and his pals didn't have much...

by Scott Keeler   Thanks to the Italian-American Club of Greater Greenville, a sport whose ancestry dates back to games of the Roman Empire is now offered to the local public.   A pair of bocce ball courts have been installed at Simpsonville City Park. While they've been in place for a few months, the unofficial opening of the courts...

The Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Columbia SC (Northeast) offers convenient accommodations to guests attending the 6th Annual Italian Festival and Bocce Tournament. The free event will take place September 28, 2013 at the historic Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion, located at 1616 Blanding Street in downtown Columbia. Sponsored by the So...

Enjoy a traditional game of bocce or a not-so-traditional hot air balloon ride at the Verdi Club's annual Community Festival July 19 to 21 in Amherstburg. Festival committee chairman Lucio Salvati said the festival has changed and grown since the club began 54 years ago but it's always meant a little "Italy in Amherstburg."   Salvati said t...

By Tawana Roberts The Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce is more than a sporting event. Chris Brassel, Wickliffe Italian-American Club operations manager described it as an Italian festival. The 33rd annual 2016 Pat O'Brien Chevrolet Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce will be from Aug. 26-28 at the Wickliffe Italian-American Club, 29717 Eucl...

by Noah Frank   On the rooftop of an office building near the Verizon Center in downtown D.C., a group of politicians and lobbyists gathers for the Third Annual Congressional Bocce Tournament. The scene is what you might expect — a stately, convivial affair with more pomp than competition, forced inside due to stormy weather for the third co...

If there was ever a perfect warm-weather, holiday-weekend city sport, bocce may be it. It requires only a set of bocce balls, which are traditionally made of metal but come in a plastic version these days, and a flat, rectangular space to use as the court.   The rules are complicated enough to keep the game interesting, but the skill is simp...

By Cheryl Ranchino   Herrin rolls out the red carpet — a red, white and green carpet — to celebrate the city's Italian heritage and plenty of red, white and blue to celebrate the beauty of America's Memorial Day weekend with the 23rd annual HerrinFesta Italiana. Kids, Bikes and Pet Parade moves to a new home at 4 p.m. today at McDonald's par...

by Brian Marschhauser Joseph Prestigiacomo, a Boy Scout with Troop 174, constructed a bocce court in Downing Park as part of his Eagle Scout Service Project. Prestigiacomo completed the project with the help of Circolo da Vinci, a non-profit organization that promotes Italian-American heritage.   Club President Dorothea LaScala said Pr...