By Alex Hines   The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival is still a few weeks away, but events leading up to the festival were already underway, including in Shinnston Saturday morning, where the organization held its annual bocce tournament. The yearly event is unique in that it provides an opportunity for everyone in a family to enjoy a...

By Marie Mischel   For 80 years, All State Italian Day at Lagoon has meant one thing to Gloria Goddard and her family: tradition.   Goddard's Aunt Irene was a charter member of the Italian-American Civic League and would take the young Gloria with her to the organization's meeting. The first All State Italian Day celebrated the end of...

If strength is in numbers, then bocce ball is alive and well in Dayton, Ohio. You may remember we did a story on the Sons of Italy, Bella Villa Hall's men's bocce league. Well move over fellas, it is the ladies' turn! Thursday's in the summer, the bocce courts are ruled by the women. Now, let's get rollin'....   HERE'S THE SKINNY O...

by Lance Armstrong   A tradition continued at East Portal Park at 51st and M streets last weekend, as descendants of immigrants from Castanga in the Calabria region of Italy presented the 17th edition of the Calabrese Picnic.   The Sunday afternoon and early evening gathering drew more than 100 people of Italian descent who enjoyed po...

by Adam Cairns   The Columbus Italian Club held its annual bocce tournament at its headquarters in Grandview Heights on Aug. 19. The annual tournament has been conducted since the courts were built 26 years ago.   Bocce was an ancient Roman sport that dates back to pre-B.C. era and is still popular within the Italian culture. The summ...

Dear President and Members:The Sports Commission of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts will hold its annual Bocce Tournament onSunday, September 22, 2013 at the Methuen Sons of Italy – 459 Merrimack Street – Methuen, MAbeginning at 9:00 A.M. The Tournament will take place rain or shine on Methuen's indoor bocce courts. The entry fee is $90.00 per fo...

Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department has announced plans to build two new bocce courts. The first, to be completed in mid-summer, will be located in the Jerry Cline Recreation and Tennis Complex (7205 Constitution, NE) at the corner of Constitution and Louisiana.   The second is scheduled for a fall opening at the North Domingo Baca M...

By Mark Bennett Yards and yards of wide open, flat dirt. A batch of hard plastic spheres the size of softballs, and permission to throw them. My preschool-age sons couldn't have been happier. They got a brief taste of the ancient game of bocce ball when our family trekked to the Little Italy Festival at Clinton in the 1990s. The festival fea...

The event celebrates the most popular Italian summer holiday blending friendly competition with good food, wine and lively conversation. The evening will begin with a bocce ball tournament from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. We will have six games running simultaneously in teams of four.   You may sign up individually and will be assigned to a team when y...

By Steven H. Foskett Jr. WORCESTER — Once the sun went behind the community center of Our Lady of Mount Carmel-St. Ann Church, summer's last gasp of heat let go, and the evening quickly pivoted from oppressive to warm and comfortable on the bocce courts across the parking lot.   Bocce seemed custom-made for nights like that. Neither the peo...