Vive la France! Celebrate Bastille Day at the Bouledrome on Thursday

The Eastlake Social Club will be celebrating Bastille Day, the French national holiday that marks the storming of the Bastille in 1789, with a potluck and petanque tournament on Thursday, July 14.

The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the fabled Eastlake Bouledrome at Fairview Avenue E. and E. Louisa. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish and “meet your fellow Eastlake Social Club members as well as the the secret members of the Independent Petanque club of Eastlake!” according to a post on the Social Club’s Facebook page.


Petanque is the French version of the Italian game of bocci. The short version of how to play the game: Roll the large silver balls as close to the small, orange “piglet” ball as you can. Closest counts and the team that is nearest the piglet wins. You can learn more about the game at the Petanque American website.

We wrote about the Eastlake Bouledrome in a post from July 2009. The neighborhood project turned a parking lot into a street end park and petanque court. From the post:

Linda Furney, Carsten Stinn and their son, Enzo (Teamenzo), were instrumental (with the help of many neighbors) in getting the project done in 2006. According to a blog post from Teamenzo in 2007, it took about six months of working with various City departments and local businesses to create the Bouledrome and petanque court.

The site had previously been parking for a dock and boat repair business. When the business was closed and the dock replaced by houseboats, the street end became available for development. Teamenzo and other neighbors sprang into action to make the park and petanque court a reality.

Petanque is a relaxed, social game that is fun for all ages (and more complicated than it looks). Come celebrate Bastille Day, learn how to play and mark the creation of the French Republic!

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