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Edmonds Petanque Celebrates Bastille Day
The Edmonds Petanque Club and guests celebrated French Independence Day on July 14 by taking part in the 7th Annual Bastille Day Petanque Tournament at the Edmonds Civic Playfield. A record 56 players filled the courts to test each other’s skills in the game of petanque and make new friends in this open-format tournament that is designed to welcome newcomers to the game.
After players had completed four games with randomly assigned partners over the course of the day, tournament directors tallied all scores and calculated this year’s winners. Tom Nunn of Edmonds took top honors by winning all four games and finishing with the highest cumulative score among all players. Edmonds Petanque Club President Michelle Martin showed her skills by finishing in second place; and Port Townsend ace Silas Holm came in third.
The Edmonds Petanque Club wishes to extend an appreciative “Thank You!” to all the sponsors of this year’s tournament. Their support adds encouragement and excitement to everyone’s play and allows the club to continue this worthwhile event in support of the Edmonds community. This year’s sponsors included Arista Wine Cellar, Arnie’s Restaurant, Cafe Louvre, Edmonds Theatre, Engel’s Pub, The French American Chamber of Commerce, Housewares Edmonds, Lagunitas Brewery, Pancake Haus, Panera, Petanque America, Red Twig Cafe, Rick Steves Travel, and The Walnut Street Café. At the end of the day, as one visitor proclaimed, “This was one heck of a party!” Without question the day’s success is due to the hard work of over 20 volunteers who pitched in to erect canopies and tables, prepare the courts, and organize the day. Thank you volunteers!
You may enjoy watching this short YouTube video (in French with some English) about the Petanque Club of Los Angeles. It is a fun film, and as you watch, you will probably have fun finding parallels with the Edmonds Petanque Club. Who is the Michelle Martin of LA? Where in the world do all of us petanque players come from? Is there truth to the notion of “petanque addiction”? And just what are those connections between French culture and petanque? The chance to argue about who has the point? The chance to win a prize bottle of wine after a tournament? Or the simple pleasure of spending a beautiful day with friends in the sun?
Take a look at the video and enjoy. Then, see you at the courts!