Bocce tournament coming to History Center

Aug 03, 2018 555

The Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip District will host the ninth annual Bocce Tournament and Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 11. More than 40, four-person bocce teams will compete. A bowling sport of precision and accuracy, bocce was popularized in Pittsburgh by Italian American immigrants who settled in the region at the turn of the century. By providing a venue for socialization, bocce helped immigrants preserve the language and customs of the Old World and provided an important link for young Italian Americans to learn more about their past.

There will be music and authentic Italian fare from the Common Plea. Organized by Jack Mascaro of the Mascaro Construction Company, proceeds benefit the history center’s Italian American Program, which is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Italian Americans in Western Pennsylvania. The competition will take place under the Veterans Bridge Overpass in the Strip District.

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