Initiated by AF member Bill Craig, the French boules game, pétanque, is played Sundays in West Philadelphia !

Pronounced ‘pay-tonk’, the game originated in Provence, not far from Marseille, in the early 1900s. The basic objective is to toss (or roll) a number of palm-sized metal balls (boules) as close as possible to a small wooden target ball (le cochonnet). Players on both teams take turns and the team that ends up closest to the target ball after all the metal balls have been played, wins.

Pétanque is easy to learn.  The rules are simple and there are no special skills required.  Played in a leisurely or competitive way, the game naturally brings people together and one tends to make new friends & acquaintances in the process.

Everyone is welcome.  Players gather each Sunday at Clark Park (43rd & Baltimore) from 11am until about 2pm or 3pm (weather permitting).  If you can’t be there the whole time, no problem; feel free to come late and/or leave early.  If you don’t have your own boules, several regular players ususally have a few extras to borrow, available first come, first serve.

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Pétanque, Pagnol et Philadelphie - France Amérique

Pétanque - Friends of Clark Park

Alliance Française de Philadelphie
1420 Walnut Street, Suite 700 Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 735-5283
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