by Liz Hebbard
Bienvenue! Welcome to the Seacoast Boulaines of Nottingham, New Hampshire, the FPUSA's newest club. Pending approval of our three latest applications, that makes us 50 clubs. As Liz explains below, the Seacoast Boulaines have enlisted the help of the UNH chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers to assist in the creation of an on campus terrain. We eagerly await news before the snow flies! Dan
Liz Hebbard, her husband Trevor Verrot, and many of Liz’s colleagues who teach French at the University of New Hampshire, have personal connections to the south of France, the birthplace of pétanque. Trevor’s family immigrated to the US from Marseilles, and Liz taught in the Vaucluse on the French Consulate’s TAPIF program after she graduated from college. She is very proud to be an honorary citizen of Villelaure. On their honeymoon this summer, Liz and Trevor played pétanque with friends in L’Estaque, Martigues, and of course Villelaure. At the end of the trip, the couple invested in their own triplettes to bring home. Back in New Hampshire, they began playing on a local baseball field. While researching pétanque clubs in the United States, they discovered the FPUSA website, and decided right away to found a club in southern New Hamp-shire. Liz’s colleagues at UNH joined in enthusiastically. The club, called the Seacoast Boulaines, is currently playing informally on dirt spaces on campus, but they recently teamed up with the UNH student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to collaborate on the construction of a terrain on campus, and are consulting with university architects to plan for the project’s next steps. Hopefully the new terrain will be here before the first snowfall (although, here in New England, it could snow before I finish writing this!).
Liz and Trevor hope that pétanque will bring their friends, colleagues, and the university community together to celebrate the Francophone heritage of New Hampshire, and to help these newlyweds “tanquent” their “pieds” and set down new roots in their life together as husband/tireur and wife/pointeuse.