When there is a big event at the Demeester Bandshell, parking can be limited in the Concert Place parking lot closest to our playing area. When that happens, a good alternative is the Picnic Place parking area. See the area marked ALTERNATE PARKING on the map.
Enter the park via the entrance to the Picnic Place parking lot. That is the first entrance north of 22nd Street on Country Club.
After entering, drive to the north end of the Picnic Place parking area and park your car.
Walk northeast across the grass, keeping the Dog Park on your left and the Rose Garden on your right.
When you reach the parking lot, turn right and proceed east to the playing area.
Here are some pictures from Thursday play in Oro Valley. We had seven players— Carl, Elaine, Fritz, Kaye, Lori, Mark Hurwitz, and Steve. We played triples to 9 points, and each game one player would sit out and watch/kibbitz/umpire. It worked out very well.
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We had a pretty big turnout (14 people) considering how late it is in our season. Ross and Loretta were visiting from New Mexico. Patrice and son Nico, who have played with us before, dropped in. Lori and Steve brought Ariana and Luca. Somebody (I forget who) brought newcomer Paul. It seemed hot, although the weatherman said the high was only 90°F, down from 94°F yesterday. This was the last time that Francine and Richard will play with us this spring– they’re driving back to Quebec later this week.
Lori, Steve, Luca, Ariana
Patrice and Nico – I like the picture of Nico– great form!
Paul and Eric
Loretta (with Patrice in the background)
Ross (with Eric in the background)
A couple of random group photos.
That’s Fritz in the white shirt and Francine in the red shorts. In the background, you can see Jon in the blue shirt and Richard in the red baseball cap.
January 31, 2017
In front of the terrain at Carl’s house. Daniel Duflot, Kaye, Carl.
January 8, 2017
We had an all-time record number of players today— 22 if you count drop-ins. There were too many players to get photographs of everyone, so I tried to get pix of just our newest players. In most cases mousing over a picture will show its title; clicking on it will show a larger image.
Everybody you see in this picture is playing petanque!
Our newest players: Diane (from the French for Breakfast group), Doug, Nancy
Paul and Ricardo
Just a couple of pix that I liked.
Finally, here are three wonderful panorama-style pictures that Gonzalo Alvarez (who was there with Jayson) took with his iPhone. You really have to click on them and open them up full-screen to appreciate them. Again, everybody you see in these pictures is playing petanque!
December 4, 2016
A great turnout today with more than a dozen players. Patrice and Nico joined us for the first time. Lori is off to Belgium for several weeks.
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Playing into the setting sun.
David in the circle, with Francine and Paul
Kay in the circle, with Carl
Paul in the circle, with Fritz
Nico and dad Patrice
Nico in the circle, with Lori, Jon,Hans, David
Lori in the circle, with Fritz
Playing near the big tree.
Playing near ramada 1
A view of where we play.
Jon in the circle, with Carl and Kay
Discussing the situation on the ground.
Carl, Hans, Kay, Jon
Agreeing the points
Playing into the shade.
December 11, 2016
This week I got a picture of Francine that I rather like.
Photos – 2016-04-24 — Last day of regular spring play
Photos – 2016-03-06
We had some new players this week, Kay and Marian.
Elaine is back from Newfoundland. 🙂
Photos – 2016-02-28
The bad new is that John and Becky will be heading home this week. They’ve become regulars and we’ll miss them.
The good news is that I got pictures of folks that I missed last week. Here are Sid and Erin. On the right, I lucked out and captured Erin’s follow-thru.
Ron (left) brought a friend and first-time player… Ron (right).
In the last game, I tried for a group photo.
Photos – 2016-02-21
We had five visitors today— Steve, Erin and Sid, and Norman and Carol. I managed to grab only a few photos with my cell phone. That’s Carol pointing, with Steve in the black shirt.
And here is Norman.
Photos – 2016-02-14
This was a big weekend. Between new regulars and visitors we had 13 players, along with a couple of spectators. Unfortunately I got only a few pix toward the end of the afternoon. I failed to get photos of young Bradley, as well as Etienne, Wilma, and Marianne. We hope to see them again. I did get pix Gary and Ronnie, Dick, and Rich.
Photos – 2016-02-07
This week Rob and Koren are hitting the road, to finish their vacation with friends in Mexico before returning to Alaska. And Jon is heading back to Bellingham, Washington.
We had three visitors – Carol and John, and Hans’s friend Gary.
Here are some action shots. Click on the pictures to see larger images.
Best wishes to Jon, who is heading back to the Seattle area this week.
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Today Steve Ferg and Daniel Duflot played their last game, in Cottonwood Lane in Fort Lowell Park. Daniel soon will be flying back to his home near Verdun. We are sad to see him leave.
Aujourd’hui, Steve Ferg et Daniel Duflot ont joué leur dernier match, à Cottonwood Lane dans le parc Fort Lowell. Daniel volera bientôt à son domicile près de Verdun. Nous sommes tristes de le voir partir.
Photos – Mar 16, 2014 – visitors from Prescott, Jerome & France
This week we had visitors from the Jerome petanque club, “Goules with Boules”.
Bill Volk (center) is the ringleader of the Jerome group. That’s locals Jon on the left and Lucien on the right. This week we lost Jon, who is returning to Seattle after enjoying Tucson’s winter climate.
Left to right, Bill’s sons Adan and Brian, wife Manuela, and local Natacha.
Photos – Mar 9, 2014
Hans had visitors from Bremen — Willy and Johan — who came down to play. Ella was there also, taking pictures. Unfortunately, I shot most of my pictures into the shade and got nothing. Here are the best that I have.
Photos – Feb 16, 2014
A great turnout today with 11 players — two doubles teams and two triples teams. Visitors Lucien Masson and friend Natacha drove an hour-and-a-half from Pearce to join us. Mario and Karen brought along young Cameron, who stepped in when Jon left and took to the game like a duck to water. Jon, Steve, Tom, Hans, Koren and Rob. Lucien and Hans pretty much mopped the floor with their opponents. The second triples game… Mario, Karen, Cameron vs Koren, Rob, Natacha… was particularly challenging, with winners gaining only one point per end and the scores never more than one point apart until the winning point.
Weather was unseasonably hot for February — we hit 82 degrees around 3 pm — but a light breeze and high cloud cover prevented Solar Grill Syndrome. In fact, the temperature was quite pleasant.
Trying out a new camera, I grabbed a lot of quick long shots. I guess the real star of this particular picture show is our playing area in Reid Park.
Photos – Jan 12, 2014
Playing on the unmarked natural terrain in Reid Park — a Provencal town square, transported to Tucson, Arizona.
I fell down on the job this season. I failed to get pictures of some of our new regulars… Elaine and Linda.
Photos – Mar 15, 2015
Our 2014-15 winter season is winding down. Jon has been back in Seattle for a couple of weeks. Rob and Koren are packing for their trip back to Alaska. Elaine will be heading back to Newfoundland at the end of the month.
But we had some nice drop-in visitors — Margaret (left center), and Lupita (far left) and Erasmo (far right).
Photos – Feb 22, 2015
Our youngest player, Josue, age 10, with his winning boule.
Photos – Feb 1, 2015
At 11 am this morning the sky was cloudy and gloomy, but the sun came out around noon. By 2 pm the temperature was balmy.
Hans and Dave, and Koren and Rob, and Steve (me) were there, and we had six visitors. Anna was passing thru Tucson on her way to the West Coast. And five folks who had heard of us through the Alliance Française dropped in.
These photos were taken by Koren in December.
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Photos – Nov 16, 2014
Some of our newer and younger players.
Photos – Nov 09, 2014
Several new players this week.
Alan and Tyler came with Logan
Leslie came with Cassie and Taylor
Glen and James
… and Jon is back from the northern wilderness of Edmonds and Seattle.
Photos – Nov 2, 2014
A nice turnout today — 10 players. Two triples teams and two doubles.
Bill, Brian, and Adan are visiting from Jerome and Coolidge.
Kassy, Taylor, Alissa, Logan, and Dakota are new players who have taken to squat pointing more quickly than any new players I’ve ever seen.
I’ve arranged for some advertising via the Loft Cinema. Over the next several months, a black-and-white 1/8-page ad will appear in their monthly magazine, and they will show an on-screen slide as part of their pre-show advertising.
In the ads, I don’t try to explain what petanque is. That would be impossible in the limited space that we have. My goal is just to let people know that we exist, and how to find us. So the message is simple. There is a Tucson petanque club. If you want to learn more, google “Tucson Petanque Club”.
The 1/8-page ad will look like this, but in black-and-white.
I’m pretty happy with on-screen slide (below). As Matt McCoy (Photoshop wizard on the Loft’s design staff) said, “Just looking at this slide gives you a pretty good idea of what petanque is.” You may recognize the gentleman in red as Marco Foyot, one of the all-time great players of the game. The photo of the players in Bryant Park, in New York City, is courtesy of La Boule New Yorkaise.