Stonewall Bocce is back for its third season, and registration is now open through August 22. Teams for the LGBTQ and ally community-based league meet once a week for a friendly competition, and to play for a local charity of their choice. Past beneficiaries of previous seasons include Whitman -Walker Health, The DC Center (LGBT center) and Metro Teen AIDS, among others.
The Details on Stonewall Bocce
- The league has a maximum of 18 teams (about 8 players on each team) and the teams meet Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm for a game of bocce.
- Post-game celebrations/weekly socials are held at Nellie’s Sports Bar at 9th and U Streets NW.
- The season begins September 6 and goes through November 1.
- It costs $40 to join the league during early registration (August 13-15), $45 during open registration (August 15- 20) and $50 during late registration (August 20-22).
- Skipped the bocce lesson day in high school P.E.? Don’t worry – the league hosts a Bocce 101 Clinic on Thursday, September 6 at 6 pm.
If your past few trips to Black Jack have left you feeling like you could sharpen your bocce ball skills, perhaps you should consider joining the DC Bocce League’s summer season. Registration for the summer season closes on Friday, July 6 at midnight.
The organized league prides itself on connecting community members, donating to charity and having fun in a backyard party atmosphere. The group is large (the nation’s biggest organized bocce league, to be exact), but members can sign-up to play in specific divisions. The Dupont Division plays Thursday nights at 6:30 and 7:30 pm at Rose Park, 2710 O Street NW.
Games begin the week of July 16 and teams play once a week for six weeks, followed by a single elimination play-off tournament. Registration is $65 for the season and includes premium beer specials, a team t-shirt and entry to the End of Season Charity Tournament.
Maybe next time you are at a neighborhood party or a bar outfitted with a bocce court, you will own the bocce bragging rights.
From Alejandra Owens at One Bite At A Time
The BF (that is, my BF) is always talking about finding a place where we can enjoy a few libations and “do something.” Which is to say, he wants to play a game. There’s pool houses and Buffalo Billiards in Dupont Circle, but playing games while holding your drink and screaming over a crowd watching UFC just doesn’t sound so appealing after a long day at work.
Enter Vinoteca’s bocce court. You can sip on $5 glasses of wine, $7 sliders (two of ’em plus a salad) or other $5 treats during happy hour… and play bocce until the neighbors complain about the noise. (Vinotecca is at 1940 11th Street NW, just off of U Street).
My first experience on the back patio was this week at a friend’s birthday party. I didn’t know the rules and–don’t worry, you don’t really need to–Vinoteca posts them up for you. But in case you’re wondering, or would like to show off in front of your friends, you can check this site out for the run down on the game.
What do you guys think of the bocce court? I feel like DC could use more outdoor, and indoor, game spaces like this one. Maybe that’ll be the next trend… the BF can dream.