When Denise and I purchased the Hotel Pattee last fall, we were introduced to Josh Davis Plaza. We obviously did not have the opportunity to ever meet or get to know Mr. Davis, but learned of his story. What a great loss of a fine young man. For those of you reading this Blog who are not familiar with Josh Davis, he was a 19 year old Marine who paid the ultimate price in Afghanistan. I recently learned that each year, his family and friends host a Poker Ride each August in his Honor. More on that can be discovered here: https://www.facebook.com/JoshDavisMemorialPokerRun
Denise and I are hoping to have an opportunity to donate some great Auction Items/Door Prizes for this event every year moving forward.
The Josh Davis Plaza hosts a BOCCE Ball Court that we have never seen anybody utilize. One of our goals was to get the community active with gathering and playing BOCCE ball. Last Monday, June 16th, we hosted a free community event and had a great turnout! We offered free hot dogs, chips and drinks. This was meant to be a one- time event, but we have changed our direction on this plan. More to come on that in a few minutes!
One local resident, Rich Saemisch, volunteered to offer instructions on how to play BOCCE Ball to those who showed up for the event this past week. He and his lovely wife did an awesome job of getting the attendees out on the court and interested in this fun yet relaxing game.
As I observed the activities of this evening, several things occurred to me. Here we were, enjoying the freedom of playing a fun game, some nice food and great conversation in an area that is dedicated to a young man who lost his life so that we can have freedom. WOW. That is moving to me. Too often, I think we as a society forget how blessed we are and that our freedom is owed to the men and women who have served and are serving our country. Many of them, unfortunately like Josh Davis, lost their life so that we can enjoy ours.
(This is one of the reasons that Denise and I offer active and non-active service men and women 50% off their hotel rooms Sunday through Thursday Evenings. No strings attached. Just an ID is required.)
The other amazing thing as that the event drew people of all ages and cultures. We had retired seniors playing along with a young Hispanic family. BOCCE Ball to me now has a new meaning. To me, it is an international game that speaks one language: Community.
Here in Perry, like in almost every town, we need more opportunities to connect with our local citizens and merge the various cultures, backgrounds and ages together. The Josh Davis Plaza and the BOCCE Ball court is that venue in my opinion. We want to continue to assist in this movement by offering the BOCCE Ball equipment, free Hot Dogs, Chips and Drinks every Monday night through the end of the Summer.
Please come join us.
Bring a neighbor.
Help us spread the word.
BTW. If I can learn how to play BOCCE ball, anybody can!
For more about Bocce click HERE
Jay Hartz, owner.