What a contrast from the Florida posting just below, to this one from last year's "Polar Bear" tournament in Chicago. Playing in snow and ice is not for the faint of heart, but then, we petanquers are know for being a little "fou"(crazy).
On January 10th, the next Polar Bear is scheduled and if you are in the Windy City, try your hand at winter petanque.
What is their secret to having a successful tournament? Have a look at this photo and you'll see it, the boule warmer.
Dan Danielson, President of the Chcago Petanque Club says it this way:
"SNOW! It builds character...
and makes characters go outside and lob steel boules into the air.
We are having our 2nd Annual Winter "Polar-Boule" Games on Jan 10th. The weather can not stop us. The secret is to have a boule-warmer griil and keep one boule in your pants pocket. (I know hiding a boule is against the rules, but it sure does feel good.)"
For more info: www.chicagopetanque.com
See the photos from last winters event at Flickr.
Winter Petanque Chicago Style