Pétanque (pronounced "pay-tonk") originated in Provence, France at the turn of the last century. It's played with metal balls (boules) and, like horseshoes and bocce, is simple to learn and fun to play. Read more about the game including a beginners guide to the rules and how to play at
http://www.bafoe.org/.... Weather permitting, we'll gather at the Pétanque Court in Flood Park, Menlo Park and play casual games with 2 or 3 person teams. Bring your own boules if possible but there will be some spare sets available. The pastis, though the traditional drink of pétanque players in the South of France, is entirely optional but it will be available for a $2 contribution! If you want to split the cost of the $5 per-car park fee, meet in the parking lot of
Bella by the Bay in Redwood City at 12:50 for carpooling to Flood Park, departing
no later than 1:00. Mention that you plan to do this in your RSVP comment so others can expect you. We'll play from around 1:15 to about 3:30 to allow time to go for a well-earned drink afterwards at the
Peninsula Friends of Europe gathering at
Bella by the Bay which starts at 4:00. Don't forget to bring a hat, sunscreen and water to drink - there is no shade on the court. This event is also posted on Bay Area Friends of Europe. Visit
here to see who else is coming!