Pétanque on Amelia
"I discovered the perfect sport. You don't have to be in great shape to play it. You barely have to stand. You're thinking: golf. Wrong. Compared to the sport I'm talking about, golf is brutal, sometimes forcing you to physically walk 15 feet from your cart to your ball. Whereas the sport I'm talking about involves almost no walking, and in fact little movement of any kind, except for signaling the bartender. The most strenuous part of this sport is pronouncing its name: ``pétanque.'' - Dave Barry
Ever heard of Pétanque? If not, you may be missing one of the fastest-growing and most fun sports to cross the Atlantic. But players are scattered over the 50 states and do not have many opportunities to meet, mingle and play. Amelia Island is host to the Pétanque America Open
, you can play, for free, on the island all year long
. This year's event is November 15-16, open to the public, and free to attend. The legendary chef (and petanque enthusiast) Jacques Pépin will be on hand Saturday to sign copies of his cookbooks. Set on the beautiful Fernandina Beach marina, with dozens of restaurants, shops, and bars within easy walking distance (very much like La Ciotat on the French Mediterranean coast, where Pétanque started in 1907.) The Open is free, family-friendly and begins on Saturday at 8:30am and continues all day, as well as all day Sunday up until the prize ceremony at 6:30pm.