Residents traveling along Main Street in Old Forge may have noticed an addition adjacent to Arcaro and Genell’s restaurant — newly constructed bocce courts.
For Lou Febbo, president of the Old Forge Sons of Italy, the new courts are a welcome addition.
“We’ve been meeting at Arcaro and Genells for the past two years,” Febbo said. “Our membership has increased because we’ve been able to turn our meeting into more of a social gathering. In the last few years we’ve also added fundraisers for charities to give out even more via the groups.”
Febbo explained that, as a group, they have joined with the Felettese Association, utilizing that organization’s equipment at the Third Street festival grounds, to help other groups with fundraisers.
“For example, we as the Sons of Italy aided several churches throughout the area with pasta dinners,” he said.
“Our group was so grateful for the support that Angelo and Mark Genell had provided to us these past few years that when Angelo mentioned his dream of having bocee courts right on Main Street in Old Forge our group stepped up and rolled up ourselves and wanted to give something back to them.”
Febbo calls the courts a “showpiece” and is excited about this weekend’s tournament.
“Although the tournament is filled already, there is an opportunity for the community to come out to the tournament and watch and partake in food,” Febbo said.
Febbo added that the courts are free to use for the community.
“It’s enjoyable and it connects us to our Italian heritage,” Febbo said.
“Having this in the center of town where people can come and play on the courts is a great plus for the community,” said Angelo Genell. “A big thanks to everyone who volunteered their time and knowledge and aided in bringing this to the Triboro area. It wouldn’t have been possible without them.”
The tournament is on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 8 a.m.