Get ready for the annual Resident/Staff Bocce Tournament

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Riderwood resident Buddy Mitnick taking his turn in the recent Bocce Tournament against Rockville senior center. (Photo by Chris Taydus)

By George Galasso

Chair, Riderwood Bocce Club

An event that bocce players, residents and staff, look forward to each year is the resident-staff bocce tournament. It is great fun for participants, residents, and staff alike. We usually hold it at the end of the bocce season, but this year we decided not to wait and hold it sooner. It will be held on Wednesday, August 22 at 10 a.m. with a rain date the following Wednesday, August 29. It is a few weeks, so mark your calendars, so you don’t miss it.

It is always fun to watch the young players on the staff team, many of whom have never even seen a bocce court, do so well; they get excited, and the viewers join in their excitement. This will be our sixth annual event. Thus far we have alternated in winning, with staff winning three and residents two, so this year the pressure is on the residents.

You are all invited and encouraged to cheer your favorite team on to victory, be it staff or resident. There will be ample seating, and light refreshments will be served.

It is also an excellent opportunity for those of you who are not familiar with bocce to see how it is played. It is a simple lawn-bowling type game that is easy to learn, requires little effort, easy on the joints, and lots of fun. If you can step onto the court, you can play. All it requires is to be able to roll a softball-size ball toward a target.

Join in the fun. The courts are located across the parking lot from the tennis courts and behind Arbor Ridge.

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