Bastille Day 2021 at the French Legation


Saturday, July 10, 2021

11AM to 3PM

Celebrate la Fête nationale française 2021 at the French Legation State Historic Site

Bastille Day returns to the French Legation for the first time under the Texas Historical Commission.

Celebrate French culture on Saturday, July 10 from 11am to 3pm.

Bring your own food, lawn furniture and games to have a picnic and relax.

Members of the Legation Boules Club are invited to play pétanque on designated courts.

Staff members will be on hand to provide free guided tours of Austin’s oldest residence.

Sign up for a free pétanque lesson taught by members of the Legation Boules Club from 1PM to 2PM.

It's great that life is getting back to normal and that the French Legation is opening up after such a wonderful renovation. Two bathrooms!

The future of the Legation looks very promising, and this event is a great way to celebrate all the improvements!

Hope to see you there!

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Installing a Pétanque Terrain with Walt Elder

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Jim Schwobel sent in this cool panoramic picture of a bunch of us helping Walt Elder and Estefania "Stefi" install a pétanque terrain at their house about five years ago.

It was fun while it lasted!

You will need to view the picture on a large screen if you want the full effect.

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The Bionic Ed

Ed Priest

An Unfortunate Accident

Some you may not be aware that our friend Ed Priest has a part time job as a test pilot of experimental aircraft for a secret government agency. 

(That's the point of keeping secrets.)

Unfortunately, Ed was injured recently when his experimental aircraft (shown below) experienced a "significant rapid unplanned disassembly" while landing.  

His Doctors said:

"Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world's first bionic pétanque player. Ed Priest will be that man. Better than he was before. Better...stronger...faster. Pointer... middle... shooter."

Ed Priest - World's First Bionic Pétanque Player

A Promising Future?

The future indeed looks bright for those players fortunate enough to be on Ed's team, but the rest of us who have to play against him may not be so ready.

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Pétanque in Nova Scotia!

New Pétanque Club in Nova Scotia!


The Boule acadienne now has a five-member committee formed during its first meeting on October 20, 2020: One president, one vice-president, one treasurer, and two directors. While waiting for a first General Assembly, which should be take place before the end of this year, the new office ratified the official and legal declaration of the "Boule acadienne Association" to the Provincial.

The official club logo has been unanimously approved  by the five members present. It will be included in all of our publications as soon as technically possible.

THE 2021 MEMBER REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN to anyone from our community of CLARE and surrounding locations. Francophones or anglophones from adolescence to "silver-hair" age can join.

Pétanque (cousin of Bocce) is a festive and friendly boule sport suitable for everyone.

IT IS VERY SIMPLE TO REGISTER: Contact our administration by email:

We will tell you what to do next.

Welcome to the Boule acadienne! Long live our pétanque club ...


La boule Acadienne a désormais un bureau constitué lors de sa 1ere réunion du 20 octobre 2020, de 5 membres:1 Pdt, 1 vice-Pdt Stre, 1 Trésorier et 2 Directeurs...En attendant une première AG qui devrait s'établir avant la fin de cette année, le nouveau bureau a entériné la déclaration officielle et légale de "la boule Acadienne Association " au Provinciale.

A l'unanimité des 5 membres présents, le logo officiel du club a été accepté... Lorsque techniquement ce sera possible,  Il sera désormais appliqué à l'ensemble de nos publications...

En prévision de la saison 2021, LES INSCRIPTIONS au titre de membres SONT OUVERTES à toute personne de notre communauté de CLARE et des alentours... Francophones ou Anglophones, de l'adolescence à l'âge des cheveux blancs, la pétanque (cousine du Bocce) est un sport de boules festif et conviviale qui convient à tous...

POUR S'INSCRIRE, C'EST TRÈS SIMPLE: prenez contact avec notre secrétariat au travers de notre courriel:

Nous vous indiquerons la marche à suivre.

Bienvenue à la boule Acadienne et  Longue vie à notre club de pétanque...


French Legation Update – June 1, 2020

Message from Ed Priest:

I hope this finds you and yours healthy and well.  I did want to give you an update on last month’s progress.

The work on the French Legation is progressing very slowly.  Not a lot of headway has been made since my tour in May.

The project has been delayed by the modifications to the carriage house, as well as the Covid-19.

The carriage house addition will include a small kitchen for light lunches and drinks.

This addition will include three restrooms, a storage room, and a maintenance office.  The plumbing has been stubbed up and is ready for the final foundation work and concrete.

Work has started on the new ADA stairway to the meeting area above the carriage house.  The deck area on the east side of the carriage house is nearing completion.  

The main visual progress on the Legation building itself is the addition of the new four pane windows and new shutters.  The wooden stairs are being completed.

LBC is still hoping to hold our first tournament of 2020 at the Legation on Sunday, November 1.  Hopefully, construction on the French Legation will be completed at that time, and also the Coronavirus will be under control.

So save the date, Sunday November 1, 2020 .  Hopefully we have a tournament on the horizon.


More pictures on the Facebook Page

New Pavilion for the Farmer’s Market

Hey Everybody!

Long time no see! As far as I know, no LBC members have gotten Covid-19. Let's keep it that way!

The following is a message from Jim Schwobel:

​Howdy LBC,

I thought the LBC would be interested in what the latest Mueller newsletter is saying about the Farmers' Market's future move from the Browning Hangar to the pavilion at Mary Elizabeth Branch Park at the northeast corner of Philomena and Aldrich streets.

For the past several years, no estimate of completion date has been announced but this article goes so far as stating "end of 2020". My guess is that Covid-19 will delay that schedule.    

Details can be seen at the Mueller Newsletter

I've seen this written elsewhere for several years but it is still disconcerting that the article states  "The Hangar has always been intended to be used in some other commercial capacity that has not yet been determined."

Let's hope that effort is as slow developing as everything else.

Jim Schwobel

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2020 Membership Dues

A message from LBC President Peter Gray:

Dear LBC members,

​We hope you are all doing well and staying positive during the last few months. 

​LBC has decided to waive membership fees for 2020 and your membership dues as paid in 2019 will carry your membership through to 2021.

​We will wait to see how the state/city re-opening goes prior to scheduling any LBC events.  Our next tournament is scheduled in November. Once the hangar re-opens, folks can coordinate their own gatherings and games but LBC will not announce any official play dates until we are sure it is safe to meet in large groups.

​Coordinating personal games via text, phone or Facebook/Legation Boules Club may be an option for organizing small games for now. Feel free to contact me regarding LBC updates.

​Cheers and stay safe,

​Peter Gray
President Legation Boules Club