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Introduction to Pétanque Fun!
Start Date: 4/20/2017Start Time: 4:30 PM
End Date: 4/20/2017End Time: 6:30 PM

Event Description:
Petanque, pronounced "pay-tonk", one of Europe's most popular outdoor games, is a cousin of both horseshoes and of the Italian bowling game called 'bocce'. The game originated in the South of France in the early 1900's.

The aim is to toss, or roll a number of hollow steel balls ("boules") as close as possible to a small wooden target ball, called "but" or "cochonnet" (French for "piglet"). Players take turns and the team that ends up nearest to the target ball when all balls are played, wins.
Unlike horseshoes, where the aim stake is fixed, the target ball can be hit (and thus moved) at any time, which can totally upset the score at the last second.
And whereas official 'bocce' rules call for a smooth, prepared court with markers and sideboards, petanque can be played on most outdoor surfaces, without any setup.

No special skill is required and the equipment will be provided.

The game of petanque is simple, relaxing, lots of fun, and a perfect way to make new friends! Last but not least, petanque can be - and usually is - played while enjoying a cool drink.
No wonder this extremely pleasant game is rapidly gaining popularity worldwide!
Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Outdoor Areas
Room: Cosby Courtyard
Contact Information:
Name: Benjamin Cherel
Phone: 610-328-8157
Event Sponsors
French Program of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Open To
Swarthmore Campus Community

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