Hello everyone and welcome.

We had the great opportunity to have HOT represented in Colorado for the Open Singles and the Central Inter-Regional Doubles by our Vice President Jim Schwobel.  Read his report.

I left the hot Austin weather last Tuesday, July 22, taking a leisure three-day drive to Colorado and much cooler weather.

I drove through Oklahoma and Kansas discovering esoteric attractions along the way, you know, rusty old tractors, broken windmills, etc. – but NOT enjoying the smell of miles and miles of cattle feed lots in western Oklahoma and eastern Kansas. How do the people in that area stand the smell?

Arriving in Colorado Springs, I got to spend a couple of days hanging out with Arsene. He is performing at the Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur, Colorado – between Denver and Colorado Springs. We visited a few sights in the area and played some petanque with a fun group of folks in Colorado Springs.

The main purpose of this trip was to participate in a weekend of petanque tournaments sanctioned by the Federation of Petanque, USA (FPUSA) and sponsored by the Mile High Petanque Club (MHPC) of Denver, Colorado. The tournaments included a singles tournament on Saturday and a doubles tournament on Sunday. It was held at Centennial Gardens, an oasis of flora and fauna in downtown Denver. I include “fauna” because there were several cotton-tail rabbits living among the shrubs.

This was the first time MHPC had sponsored an “official” FPUSA tournament and I must say David Keil, the president of MHPC, and the club members did a fantastic job of organizing and executing a flawless tournament. They provided information packets with Denver attractions, “French-style” sandwiches for lunch both days, Orangina and plenty of water.

The terrain was located in beautiful Centennial Gardens – right in the heart of downtown Denver. The material was crushed granite, not the red type we have in Austin but the gray granite indigenous to this area. The underlying surfaced was relatively hard because the normal foot traffic of folks visiting the gardens had packed it. There was a thin layer of loose gravel, mostly ¼ inch minus – and this granite does not have the really sharp edges like our red granite. All courts were relatively level but did contain inundations a bit more pronounced that what we find at the French Legation.

I would say that the level of play was on par with HOT games as there were some new folks to the sport and others who had been playing most of their lives. France was represented by several players and there was even a guy from Togo.

I played in both tournaments – doing poorly in the singles but getting 2nd place in the doubles tournament. My partner was Ed Porto who is the President of FPUSA and lives in California. It was a pairing arranged over the Internet as we had never played together. There were 11 teams from all over the world in the doubles tournament so I’m proud of my team’s performance. We won 4 games and lost the final 13-8 to a team from France and Togo.

Jim Schwobel
First place:  Boris Devi,Andre Pelissier.
Second place:  Ed Porto, Jim Schwobel
Third place:  Dave Carter, Jeff Bradshaw.

Congratulations to all!

A+ Love Arsene.





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Hello everyone and welcome.

I had the great opportunity to go see the preparations the day before the event for the Open Singles and the Central Inter-Regional Doubles  Tournament organized by  the Mile High Petanque Club.  I wasn’t able to participate because on the weekend I am doing shows.  But on Friday Ed Porto the President of FPUSA and Etienne Rijkheer were already in town making the President and Vice President of the Mile High Petanque Club David Keil and Stephen Lessard pass their test to become Umpire.   And bien sur we also all had the chance to play a few games. I could see and experience already the great organization that will take place the next two days.   Great courts, beautiful gardens, free parking, great people.   All of the component to make a successful tournament.   As the matter of facts while I am writing this article Jim Schwobel the Vice President of HOT, who came all the way from Texas to participate at both events.   He  just called me to give me a few updates about the Tournament, and the first thing he said was

“Wow they had free food”! and how welcoming everyone was.    About 20 players were there for the Singles and one was on the top the whole time Loris Humber from France.  Congratulations to you and to everyone who participated and a special “clin  d’oeil” to  Virginia who came from Colorado Springs representing the Pikes Peak Petanque Club and won the Consolante B.   Everyone is looking forward to play the Central-Inter Regional Doubles tomorrow.  Congratulation David and company  for a great event.  We will keep you posted for results of the Doubles  tomorrow.

A+ Love Arsene

Results Singles

1st = Loris Humbert (from France) middle
2nd = Skip Montoya (New Mexico) on the left
3rd = Andre Pelissier

Consolante A – 1st = Ed Porto 2nd = Steve Lessar
Consolante B = Virginia Fox


Twenty players for the Singles!


The Singles final!

The Singles final!




The day before the Singles.


From right to left. Jim, David,Ed,Etienne,Arsene

From right to left. Jim, David,Ed,Etienne,Arsene.

Setting up the courts!

Setting up the courts!

Grooming the courts!

Grooming the courts!



Stephen passing the umpire test.



David passing the umpire test.

David passing the umpire test.




Jim in the beautiful Centennial Gardens!

Jim representing HOT at the beautiful Centennial Gardens of Denver.



Hello everyone and welcome.

The ‘RESCU’ name stand for: Renaissance Entertainers Service Crafters United.  The pursuit of charity status was completed in 2003 and the RESCU Foundation,Inc. emerged in the spring of 2004 with a plan, a dream, and the endless energy of veteran participants of festivals.  To date RESCU has disbursed over $450,000 worth of medical aid.

The community of travelers of the Renaissance Festivals circuit never cease to amaze me!    So to support RESCU I organized the first RESCU Singles Petanque Tournament Sauvage style.  The town of Larkspur let RESCU take over the entire Town Park.   It was full of activities for all ages that included games, auction, prizes,live music, live entertainment and a petanque tournament.   The entry fee was  $10, it was all donated to RESCU.  Ten players showed up, some of them barely knew how to play but wanted to support the event.   We had  ” Bear” a young talented juggler, we had the amazing  massage therapist  “Irish” , we also had some veterans players like Virginia and Jeffrey who came from Manitou Springs to represent the Pikes Peak Petanque club from Colorado Springs, we had John Engel a talented player, we had Scott Wegener Brady’s Dad of the famous Ye Klass Klowne , as well as the Louie and AJ from the London Broil Show, we had John M a crafter extraordinaire. And last but not least,  Carly the Mermaid, who charmed everyone and took care of  the registration and scoring table  You can see all of them at the Colorado Renaissance Festival Two more weekend only!   Don’t miss it.

It was a great Success!.  Thank you to everyone who supported RESCU.

A+ Love Arsene.



Main Tournament:

First place:  Arsene Dupin

Second place: John Engel


First place: Andrew Jamison

Second place: Louie Sharadek

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You got lucky no rain!

You got lucky no rain!

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From left to right Jeffrey,AJ,Louie,Scott,JohnM,Irish,Bear, Carly,in front John, Arsene,Virginia.

From left to right Jeffrey,AJ,Louie,Scott,JohnM,Irish,Bear, Carly,in front John, Arsene,Virginia.







Hello everyone and welcome.

When I am in Colorado I always look forward to play with the Mile High Petanque Club in Denver.   They have a new location where they practice every Wednesday 5 to 7/30 at Common’s Park (1800 Little Raven St. Denver).( Check their website for schedule details).  That location is much more visual to the general public because everyone take a walk in the park.   I went there with a friend, Scott from the Colorado Renaissance.  At my surprise the location felt like playing at the Luxembourg garden in Paris with nice graveled path in between big trees with shade.   Two players from the Country of Togo where there, as well as the President of the club, David Keil.   We needed to have a an extra player to make it a triplette, and the fact that now this location is more public to promote the game did prove right!   A guy on bicycle stopped by (Rob) and asked what kind of game we were playing, David ask him to see if he wanted to have a try at it, he answered yes and he turned out to be a natural and he played with us until the end of the game even so it started to rain real hard.  Bravo Rob!

It was great fun.   The Mile High Club is hosting their first Regional Tournament  Saturday, July 26th and Sunday  July 27th in Denver Colorado.

A+ Love Arsene


From left to right David Keil, Ade Tona, Rob, Scott ,Boris Expon, Arsene.

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Looks like a carreau on the way to me!


In the rain!


Rob’s first time playing the game.




Hello everyone and welcome.

Colorado is part of the Central Region.  Back in the early 80’s I started to performed  at the Colorado Renaissance Festival,  and I am still here this year sharing the stage with celebrity of America’s Got Talent, The Kamikaze FireFlies,   So way back  I used to take petanque balls from France  and I will go from town to town, Boulder, Aspen,PuebloLyon,etc.. in search of French cafe or French restaurant to see if anyone was playing there.  Sometime I will get to play some games with some French tourists and sometime I will found French citizen who emigrated to Colorado.  I had no idea that  America  will eventually be interested in the game.  So most of the time I will play with my circus friends at the Festival.    And now there is many players and clubs in Colorado.  The Mile High Pétanque Club is about to have their very first Central Inter-Regional Open Singles & Select Doubles taking place this July 26-27th weekend at the  Centennial Gardens in downtown Denver.  This will be an FPUSA sponsored event featuring a clinic Saturday morning followed by an Open Singles Tournament. On Sunday,  FPUSA will host the Central Inter-Regional Select Doubles Tournament.   Please if you have any question regarding registration get in touch with President David Keil  or Vice-President Steve Lessard ( /

Also if you want a more casual game and great food, go to Le Bistro,   A few years back in the back of  my friend Master Chef Henri Chaperon’s restaurant in Colorado Springs, we built a couple of courts by hands.  To this day players still get together all year long.   The summer schedule is every Thursday for  June and July.   For more infos contact Virginia Fox  on email:

A+ Love Arsene


From left: David Keil (President), Steve Lessard ( Vice President), Matt Johnson

From left: David Keil (President), Steve Lessard ( Vice President), Matt Johnson of the Mile High Petanque Club.


At the Mile High Petanque Club.

From left: David Keil (President), Steve Lessard ( Vice President), Matt Johnson

At the Colorado Renaissance Festival.





At Le Bistro.

At Le Bistro.

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Le Chef Henri et ses femmes.

Le Chef Henri et ses femmes.


A+ Love Arsene


Hello everyone and welcome.

The first Singles Tournament in Austin just finished.  Twenty two players showed up.  It was a fabulous day.  We started at 8:30 am and finished by 3:30 pm.   Even so, the games were not timed and played up to 13 points.  That was great, because  we had a full day of petanque and still went home early.  The winner is Clark Orwick from the famous Ded Bob Show.  I taught the game to my friend Clark about 15 years ago.  He kept on playing casually at every Renaissance Faire where he performs.  But today he showed his talent and  left no chance to any of us.  He won against some of the top players in Texas.  The final was against Rick Armstrong.  Clark started strong with a 4/0 4/2 4/4 Rick took over with a 7/4 Clark came back  7/7 and started 8/7 10/7 Rick battled to 10/10 and 11/10 but finished with 13/11  It was so unreal to see Clark win, he didn’t even bring his own balls he had to borrow a set from Jim.  Congratulations to you my friend.  Thierry Amisse played against Ashu for third place and Thierry won.  Congratulations to everyone who participated at the first Singles Tournament and thank you to the players who come from out of town.   I think the Singles  will fast become a very popular tournament.   Looking forward to the next one.    A+ Love Arsene.


First place, Clarck Orwick

Second place, Rick Armstrong

Third place, Thierry Amisse

Consolant A

First place, Terry Plemons

Second place, Micheal Kaufman

Third place, Linda Schryver

Consolante B

First place, Jeffrey Schryver

Clark Orwick, first place.

Clark Orwick, first place.


Rick Armstrong, second place.

Thierry Amisse, third place.

Thierry Amisse, third place.


Terry Plemons. Consolant A  winner

Terry Plemons. Consolant A winner

Micheal Kaufman.Consolant A second place

Micheal Kaufman.Consolant A second place

Consolante A,  third place, Linda Schryver

Consolante A, third place, Linda Schryver

Jeffrey Schryver, Consolante B winner.

Jeffrey Schryver, Consolante B winner.



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Clark borrowed the winning balls from Jim.

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Hello everyone and welcome.


Being a good Petanque player doesn’t mean you can teach the game well.  Being a good teacher doesn’t mean you can play the game well. How do you find the perfect combination?  Well, to be a teacher you have to have a lot of patience, dedication, inspiration, compassion, cooperation, determination, generosity, kindness, passion, etc.. The Heart of Texas Petanque Club has been teaching the game to new players as well as seasoned players for many years. Having professional players like Marco Foyot coming to our club to teach us, gave us a greater vision of how to teach the game. So by now people start to know that we have free lessons every Saturday at our location in Paggi Square and any time at the French Legation Museum. We have great groups from all walks of life that take the gift of free lessons and come and learn the game. Like the A&M French Club who came recently to experience a slice of the French culture. One of our teachers, Micheal Hillis took the time to even miss a tournament to make sure that this group would  have the opportunity to learn. Wow! Now that is dedicationt! Thank you Micheal for doing that. The game of Petanque is still unknown from the general public in America.  (What Petonke?   You are not from around here, boy!)  So teaching is the way to make the game grow.  It is great to see that most clubs around America have free daily lessons like La Boule New Yorkaise, where even the Bryan Park management pays for teachers. Keep teaching America! In the next ten years, everyone will know about the game of Petanque. Don’t forget Saturday 31 May 2014 at the Historic Hangar in Austin TX,  the First HOT Singles Petanque Tournament.  See you there.

A+ Love Arsene.


A&M French Club and Micheal in the center.

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Teaching TX tv channel.

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Teaching with fun.


Teaching with style!



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Anyone can learn.

Anyone can learn.







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