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Bellingham Bay Bocce 2012
Washington

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In 2012 my wife and I were the guests of the Boccemon, Tom McNutt. Tom and his wife are awesome hosts and we had a fabulous time. Above are two courts built by McNutt at Occidental Park.

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It's a great idea to have some printed info on the sport for passersby to peruse.

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Next we were off to Pike Place Market - awesome!

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Where we saw some unusual things.

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Lots of fabulous salmon.

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And the very first Starbucks.

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Carolina Street - home of McNutt's curbside bocce court.

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The oyster blend court drains beautifully and is the focal point of the neighborhood each Wednesday evening.

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The woman displays classic form!

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McNutt's backyard livestock.

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More livestock.

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A trip to Vancouver to the Italian Cultural Centre was on our itinerary.

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Four great volo courts but the men wouldn't let us play, even though two courts were open. This is still a common problem with many old timers - it's their domain and we can look but we better not play.

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Later there was time for a "Meet and Greet" and a book signing.

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Later we found another tasty tidbit - The Joy of Oysters!

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We got to see Thea Galante at Bede Kortegast's Playaboule headquarters.

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We visited Boccemon headquarters too. Click the photo to view Boccemon.com .

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Then it was tournament time with 32 teams signed on to help raise funds for charity. Playaboule is always a generous sponsor for this event. Click the photo to view Playaboule.com .

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Tom McNutt gets an award for 10 years of service helping the Dispute Resolution Center. Click the photo to learn more about the organization...
{ http://www.whatcomdrc.org }

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Time to get the show on the road. There was a nice mix of young pups like these guys from RECO and a smattering of vintage old timers.

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The 32 teams went into pool play with 16 advancing to single elimination.

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Great way to hold the Backyard Bocce Courts down on the field turf. Interested in Backyard Bocce Courts? Click the photo for more info.

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Some of the "young pups" made fashion statements as they played.

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We were lucky to have ace referee and good looking youngster Finn McNutt sporting the Joy of Bocce cap.

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Tyler Di Turi sports his medal as outstanding referee and all around helper at this 10th annual charity event.

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How about the tireless work of Peter Di Turi who has more camera angles and non-stop gift of gab than anyone I've ever known. Pete - you are THE MAN!

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Of course there was media - with a film being created to highlight the proceedings.

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The Champs - The Unity Group caress the coveted Bellingham Bay Bocce Trophy.

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The runners-up - Finn Records 2.

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Third place - Bellevue Vision Clinic.

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Fourth place - Team Boccemon with Tom McNutt, Carmela Pagnoni, yours truly, and McNutt's awesome web site man - David. We played pretty well, but faded near the end - we're old!

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