HOT NEWS! THE “RESCU’ SINGLES TOURNAMENT.

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. http://www.rescufoundation.org

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 Knowne , as well as the Louie and AJ from the London Broil Show http://www.thelondonbroilshow.com, 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 https://www.facebook.com/lillian.grey.3?fref=ts  You can see all of them at the Colorado Renaissance Festival   http://coloradorenaissance.com/entertainment/ Two more weekend only!   Don’t miss it.

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

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Results:

Main Tournament:

First place:  Arsene Dupin

Second place: John Engel

Consolante:

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.

 

 

 

 

 

HOT NEWS! PLAYING IN DENVER COLORADO

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.

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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!

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In the rain!

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Rob’s first time playing the game.

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HOT NEWS! PLAYING IN COLORADO.

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,  http://coloradorenaissance.com://  and I am still here this year sharing the stage with celebrity of America’s Got Talent, The Kamikaze FireFlies, http://www.kamikazefireflies.com   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 wcsbl1@gmail.com  or Vice-President Steve Lessard (lessard10@mac.com) /http://milehighpetanque.wordpress.com

Also if you want a more casual game and great food, go to Le Bistro,  http://lebistrocs.com   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:  vkfox@vkfox.com

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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.

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At the Mile High Petanque Club.

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

At the Colorado Renaissance Festival.

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At Le Bistro.

At Le Bistro.

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Le Chef Henri et ses femmes.

Le Chef Henri et ses femmes.

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HOT NEWS! THE FIRST SINGLES TOURNAMENT IN AUSTIN TX.

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.

Results:

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.

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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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HOT NEWS! TEACHING THE GAME OF PETANQUE.

 

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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.

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A&M French Club and Micheal in the center.

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Teaching TX tv channel.

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Teaching with fun.

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Teaching with style!

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Anyone can learn.

Anyone can learn.

 

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HOT NEWS! FIRST TIME IN AUSTIN, SINGLES TOURNAMENT ON SATURDAY MAY 31, 2014.

Hello everyone and welcome.

We are going to have our first Singles Open Tournament in Austin Texas.  At the Hangar on Saturday May 31th.  It is open to everyone, it is going to be Sauvage Style meaning the courts won’t be marked and you will be able to play anywhere inside or outside the Hangar, bring your own pocket scorer and measuring tape.   We will have cash prizes, trophies and medals.  Let us know if you are coming, this should be a fun time.  See you soon. Read the poster for information.  Merci.

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2014 Singles poster

2014 Singles printable form

 

HOT NEWS! THE 3rd JEAN LAFONT MEMORIAL OPEN TOURNAMENT.

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The Heart of Texas Petanque Club has gone to Dallas to participate at the Jean Lafont  Tournament for a few years now. Jean Lafont’s  friends created this tournament in his honor.  Jean used to come and play in Austin before HOT was born.  He was one of the finest and most influential chefs in Dallas.  Jean was a gentle, caring, immensely talented man who influenced many people during his 35 years in Dallas. There are many chefs and restaurateurs in Dallas who owe their careers to LaFont. He also, of course, was a great Petanque player.  This year for the  3rd Lafont Memorial  15 teams gathered from different part of Texas.  This was my first time and as well for my partner Jim Schwobel to come to Dallas to participate in the tournament.  We were pressured by the fact that HOT had won first place last year with Amine Najah and Earl Lovell.  When we arrived.   We were so pleased to see how beautiful those courts were.   The 9 courts were under the shade of beautiful trees.  They were all framed with ropes, all labeled and all had scoreboards.   The area was well groomed and with great benches all around. Wow!  What a beautiful setting for a great tournament. We were there early but the President of the club Nicolas Taquet and the tournament director Cesar Maksoud ( who will become soon the President of the Dallas Club) and Bill Baker were there doing the last minutes touches.  The teams started to show up and everyone had the chance to practise.  It was a Swiss system set up that leaves no room for mistakes.  To get to the final you had to play seven times.  We got to win all of our games and finish first.  The competition was stiff and with court advantage for the local players we had to play good to stay alive.  In the final against Patrick Blanco  and Richard Fernandez two accomplished players ( as the matter of fact Patrick was the champion of  Bordeaux, France, when he was younger)  Jim pointed real good, but Patrick will shoot him out often with some carreaux and Richard will point back in place and at my turn I will shoot.  But we started by loosing 3/0, 3/1, 7/1 and slowly by slowly we got back 7/2, 7/3, 7/4, 7/5, 7/7 and we jumped ahead 8/7, 9/7,  11/7, 11/9, 11/10  and finished 13/10. Wow!  Trust and Believe was my inner conviction and we stayed strong all the way. What a nail bitting game.  For the first time in a long time I got to be the shooter in a competition and I really enjoyed myself and yes, I did good.  Congratulations to everyone who participated, thank you for hosting such a great tournament, thank you for Jean Lafont’s daughters who came to visit and talk with the players, thank you for the great breakfast and lunch that was provided for players, and thank you to the Dallas Petanque Club to keep on promoting the game of Petanque in Texas.  This was another great event for the Central Region to remember.  Merci.

A+ Love Arsene.

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This is one of Jean Lafont’s daughter, Mireille.

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This picture was taken around 2007 in Austin Jean on the extreme top right.

In yellow this is another daughter of Jean Lafont.

In yellow this is another daughter of Jean Lafont. Marise.

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Nice shade for every courts. In Texas to s gold.

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Nice, 73, 690!

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Bill Baker in action.

Bill Baker in action.

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Cesar at the registration table, always smiling and welcoming.  Soon to be the new President o f the Dallas Petanque Club

Cesar at the registration table, always smiling and welcoming. Soon to be the new President o f the Dallas Petanque Club

 

Nicolas Taquet, the current President about to pass the torch to Cesar.

Nicolas Taquet, the current President about to pass the torch to Cesar.

 

 

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