From the Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau:
In celebration of the Municipality of Norristown’s Bicentennial, the Norristown Bocce League will host a free bocce tournament the weekend of Aug. 4.
The league will hold a free "learn to play" seminar for all ages on Sat., Aug. 4, at 4 p.m. The actual tournament will be held on Sun., Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both events will be held at the Elmwood Park Bocce Courts on Harding Boulevard (just behind the .) Light picnic fare will be provided.
According to Norristown Bocce League President Dave Fusco, there are more than 2,000 registered bocce team members in the Norristown area alone.
"Our open house bocce event is in honor of Norristown’s Bicentennial Celebration and we invite everyone down for open court bocce to meet the members of the community and enjoy a great time,” said Fucso.
Bocce, which dates back to ancient Rome, can have two or more teams, where each has four balls in their team color. A smaller ball gets thrown about four to eight yards away into the grass or court and each team tries to throw or roll their balls as close as possible to the small ball.
Registration for the tournament is preferred, but walk-ups are welcome. Call 610‐389‐2086 for more information.
For more information about other Norristown Bicentennial events, go to norristown200.com.
About the Norristown Bocce League
After seeing bocce courts at the Jersey Shore 20 years ago, Dave Fusco and his friends drew up plans to construct courts in an underutilized portion of in Norristown. One year later, in 1992, the courts were finished. They were built by community volunteers using materials, equipment and supplies that were donated or purchased with donated funds.