Bastille Day avec la Edmonds Petanque Club: C’est merveilleux!

Don’t worry if you’ve never played. You’ll be paired with someone who will show you how.
By Pat Ratliff | Jun 20, 2013

The French celebrate Bastille Day to mark the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison on July 14, 1789. This year, Edmonds residents will be celebrating Bastille Day on June 14 as well.

But the crowds will be storming the Edmonds Petanque Courts at Civic Center Field.

Petanque is a game similar to bocce ball, played by rolling or throwing balls at another ball and trying to get closer than the other players. It’s easy to get started – anyone can play – but it takes skill and practice to master.

Michelle Martin, president of the Edmonds Petanque Club, said they “will be celebrating Bastille Day by holding a day of playing Petanque and a Petanque Tournament.”

“Everyone is welcome,” Martin said. “Don’t worry if you’ve never played. You’ll be paired with someone who will show you how.”

The Petanque Club, along with the Cheesemonger’s Table, will be providing food. There also will be music, a wine garden and a raffle.

“We’re very excited to do this,” Petanque club member Dick Van Hollebeke said. “The Edmonds merchants have also been very helpful.”

Hollebeke said the club purchased prizes and medals for the Petanque Tournament and raffle. Merchants gave donations with 2-for-1 purchases.

“In the last two years, we’ve donated around $4,700 in cash and merchandise to the Edmonds Food Bank,” Hollebeke said. “We hope to raise another $4,000 to donate this year.”

But the real reason to come to the celebration: “We just want to have a lot of fun,” he said.

The City thinks a lot of the idea, too.

The Edmonds Petanque Club has signed an agreement with the City concerning Bastille Day.

Acknowledging that the event will provide “distinct benefits” to the city by showcasing the city and providing recreational activities, the city will provide the location to the club for the Bastille Day festivities.

The celebration starts at 9 a.m. Sunday, July 14, and will conclude around 5 p.m., depending on when the tournament finals end.

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