HOT NEWS! THE MAGIC OF AMELIA ISLAND IN FLORIDA

Hello everyone and welcome.

I always loved Islands.  I have been to many of them, all of the Hawaiian , Jamaica, Fiji, Majorca, Japan etc..  But Amelia island has a different feel why? the beauty? the people? the history?  Well it is all of the above!.  Amelia Island  is one of the southernmost of the Sea Islands. Native American bands settled on the island, which they called Napoyca, circa 1000. They would remain on Napoyca until the early 18th century. In 1562, French Huguenot explorer Jean Ribault became the first recorded European visitor to Napoyca. He named the island Isle de Mai (he landed early May) Did the French history somehow influence the fact that Amelia Island now does have the biggest Petanque club and tournament in the US?. Who knows?  The modem story is that Philippe Boets from Petanque America moved to the Island and made it happen.  He is a Renaissance man, anything he touch becomes gold.  Both of us when we first started to teach the game in the US we wanted to make sure that everything that made petanque clubs fall down in France wasn’t going to happen here. So he did it the people here are dedicated, welcoming and  wonderful. They  think petanque, they talk petanque, they breath petanque, they play  petanque. And it all because of this great Belgium man Philippe. There is not a local person now on the Island that doesn’t know about the game of  petanque.  The Mayor and the entire city support the Petanque America Open tournament coming up in November 9, 10 2013. I had the opportunity to discover and play at  one of  Philippe  first connection on the Island CAFE KARIBO where he became friend  with the owner and had him built the first petanque courts in town.   What a great setting, two great courts with shade, great food and drinks. He is also an accomplished  musician,  he is the organizer of many events on the Island.  One of them just a  miracle.  He was able to have  the French National Marine coming to Amelia Island on a non scheduled stop to come  to celebrate the 450 years of history with the Island and have the entire crew of the two ship play a petanque tournament.  What! did you hear me?  Absolutely unreal! He move two French Navy Ship  out of their planned  course to come play petanque in Fernandina Beach. Bravo to all of you on this magical Island.  Thank you to all for your hospitality and a special merci  for my hosts Bob and Tina.  See you all soon. A + Love Arsene

Philippe Boets

Philippe Boets

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You got balls!

You got balls!

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Oh yes he does know the game well.

Oh yes he does know the game well.

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Front row,left to right: Juliet Brown, Mimi Rooney, Margaret Birney, Hope Cannon Back row, left to right: Norman Cranford, Richard Wren, Mike ??, Bob Montague

Front row,left to right: Juliet Brown, Mimi Rooney, Margaret Birney, Hope Cannon
Back row, left to right: Norman Cranford, Richard Wren, Mike ??, Bob Montague

Karibo courts

Karibo courts

Karibo Cafe courts

Bob, Mimi, Tina

Karibo courts

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Bob and Tina's team

Bob and Tina’s team

La Goelette de la Marine Nationale arriving at Fernandina Beach.

La Goelette de la Marine Nationale arriving at Fernandina Beach.

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3 Responses

  1. This was an interesting piece of history regarding pentaque and the remarkable little island Amelia. The fact that Philippe was able to get the entire French National Marines there for a game is a miracle! Amazing!

  2. This is very interesting and perhaps an exciting nod to the timliness of ABQ New Mexico getting in on the game of Petanque. How beautiful and green everyhting looks there on Amelia.

  3. Appreciating the commitment you putt into your blog and in deptrh informastion you offer.

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