Park Street Cultural Tour

Home on Park Street
Four Days in the Corridor
Experiencing Community
What the Kids Said

Day One
Chadbourne College
Sadie Pearson & Richard Davis
Trinity Church
Ideal Body Shop
Park Street Shoe Repair
Yee's Laundry
La Movida
Mercado Marimar
Bram's Addition

Day Two
Early Childhood Center
Yue-Wah Oriental Foods
Boys & Girls Club
Style & Grace Salon
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Romnes Apartments
Yasmin's Halal Meat Market
Miracle's Home
Neighborhood House
Italian Workmen's Club
Family Potluck

Day Three
Meriter Hospital
Bayview Mural
Bocce Ball
Beth Israel Synagogue
Wisconsin Union Hoofers
Mexico Lindo
Fishing Along Wingra Creek

Day Four
AFL-CIO (Labor Temple)
Eugene Parks
Quality Ace Hardware
Oriental Shop
Lakeside Fibers
Chicken Underground
Family Daycare
Tropical Fish World
Quann Community Gardens
Multicultural Center

Street Scenes 1
Street Scenes 2
Park Street Delights 1
Park Street Delights 2

Dane County Cultural Tour
Hmong Cultural Tour

Holding two green bocce balls

Bocce Ball

Getting instructions to play bocce ballHolding a red bocce ballBocce (pronounce bah-chee or boh-chay) is an ancient game from the time of the Roman Empire that originated somewhere in Europe. The Romans took it, borought it back to Italy,and refined. It is the third most popular sport in the world nd our class was lucky enough to be taught it by Raul De Luna, a pro (at least in my eyes).

How to throw a bocce ball Getting ready to throw a bocce ballWe visited . . . a park neighboring Bayview Apartments to play bocce ball with Raul De Luna. Raul, being a Mexican-American, wasn’t born into the game. He was attending a party where his friend forced (by dragging) him across the lawn to where the bocce ball courts were set up.

A bocce ball court can simply be a couple of flags arranged in a rectangle. The fancy courts consist of layers of rock under a hard slate board with a light layer of turf on top.

The game consists of nine balls (eight large and one small). The small ball is called the pallino which each team of two tries to get their four balls closer to than the other team’s balls.

Preparing to play bocce ballGetting instructions to play bocce ballBocce ball is said to have originated in Italy, but it is so old that no one is sure. Bocce ball is over 7,000 years old.

The concept and goal in bocce ball is to roll a larger ball and try to get it as close as you can to a smaller ball called the pallino. This takes places in a court that is similar to a bowling alley except about four to six times wider. At the beginning of the game, you roll the pallino, which is usually neon orange for better visibility, to any certain point on the court. Then, you try to roll one of the four larger balls as close as you can to the pallino. At the end of the round you see whose ball got the closest to the pallino. If it was you, you get a point.

Thud, clink splat,
The balls plop
Close to little pallino.
In and out go the teams
First we are in the lead
Then we are out.
If you win, so what
It’s the point, but not the purpose
The purpose is to have fun!!!
My team
Wins a game.
I carry the pallino
To the other end of the court
I throw it
Letting the delicious weight
Leave my hand
Anna throws a blazing sun
Sara throws a cherry.
Kissing balls.




Link back to the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures

Submit an Error Report

Page Last Updated: January 10, 2005