Labor Day weekend brought the 3rd Annual Fall Bocce Classic, known as “Michael’s Tournament” to Langone Park. The event welcomes North Enders and friends to serious bocce while honoring the late Michael Mendola. The event is organized by Michael’s brother, Joe Mendola, and features the expresso and ziti of Natale DeMarco among other homemade offerings. Joe Mendola adds,
“The purpose of “Michael’s Tournament” is to celebrate our connection to each other through bocce for a day of friendship and appreciation. My brother, Michael, a Franciscan priest and psychologist, was an uncommon man with a kind heart and gentle spirit. As a tribute to him, we express our commitment to the North End community by preserving the tradition of bocce. All North End residents are welcome, as well as those who value the importance of our community. In addition to the tremendous support of many North End businesses, we are especially grateful to Pato and Frankie Mendoza at Mercato Monica for an incredible variety of delicious food.
This year’s tournament champions are Enzo Leone and Matteo Norcia. Between the glorious hospitality, I managed to catch these photos.