Le Phare des Alpes

Established May 8, 1909 in Valdese, North Carolina

Bella Bocce!

From the very earliest days of the Valdese settlement, a favorite pastime for the men was the playing of "Bocce".  This game is a form of lawn bowling which is still popular in much of Europe.  In the early years, a Bocce court was constructed in a grove of pine trees which stood where the Valdese Cleaners and Wells Fargo Bank stand at present.  This court was a popular gathering place for the men of the community on Sunday afternoons.  After the purchase of the present home of the Society, three courts were constructed on this site.  One court ran parallel to the hall on the south side of the building.  At a later date two more courts were constructed with a roof to allow for the playing in inclement weather.  For many years, until well in to the 1970's, this was a gathering place for the men of the Society and many other interested men of the community.  Men met here on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons to play Bocce and to enjoy good fellowship with their neighbors.  Many of the great problems of the times were discussed and some may have even been settled in these meetings.  The Bocce game was the focal point of the recreational activities for the men for many years.  "Choice" patois words were often heard between partners as well as opponents!  Could this have been a reason that women were not allowed near the Bocce courts?  The courts continue to be used today and have been the site for the Unifour Senior Games.


2018 Western Regional Bocce Winners

The Western North Carolina Regional Bocce Tournament winner was team Pallino Ninjas.  Fourteen teams competed in the tournament hosted by the Valdese Les Phare des Alpes and held during the Waldensian Festival.  Pictured are teammates Tom Rice, Ed Gildea, Carroll Hoyle and Rick Pons.  The Ninja team rolled through the double elimination tournament without a loss to win the tournament.


Check out the bocce court expansion!!!



On September 8 the Valdese Les Phare des Alpes will host the 2018 North Carolina State Bocce Championship.  Twelve qualifying bocce teams from Raleigh, Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Western North Carolina will compete in the event.   The double elimination competition begins at 9:30am on the clay courts at the Valdese Les Phare des Alpes, 301 Laurel Street SE, and continues throughout the day.  The event is free and open to the public with food and beverages being offered.

301 Laurel St. NE

Valdese, NC 28690

Photos - 2013


Photos - 2014