Bocce on the beach; tourney will benefit the Rumney Marsh Bural Ground Restoration Committee

August 12, 2010
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The Bocce balls will be rolling on Revere Beach Saturday, Aug. 21, as part of the Bocce on the Beach at Low Tide fundraiser.

The fundraiser is to benefit the Rumney Marsh Burial Ground Restoration Committee and organizers said it’s a first for the Beach.

“We wanted to have something that was a little more exciting than the usual fund-raiser we have,” said Nick Bua, member of the committee. “A lot of people are excited about this tournament and a number of people have called from East Boston and the North End and said they’d support our bocce.”

The event will last from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the game time at 1 p.m.

The location will be across from the State Police Barracks.

The Joy of Bocce Company, directed by Mario Pagnoni of Methuen, is running the tournament.

He is the author of one of the most thorough books ever written on bocce, called ‘The Joy of Bocce.’

Registration for the tournament is $50 per person or $200 for a team. The fee includes the competition, awards and lunch under the tent.

Bua said special recognition went to Committee Member Lona Frongillo for coordinating and setting up the event.

He also said that they have accomplished a lot in three years.

“We plan fund-raisers and we can only chip away at this a little bit at a time,” said Bua. “In three years, we’ve done very well and we’re very happy with the success we’ve had in a short period of time.”

Improvements include a huge tree trimming project, restoration of the canon ball display, a new granite historical marker, fence and gate repairs and a new flagpole.

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