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Bowled Over

By: Joel Marino

Look, we all miss the summer right now—watching leaves change just can’t compete with a day-long beach BBQ (sorry, majestic sumac).

Still, dipping temperatures and shorter days are never excuses to stay indoors. We say let the summer fun last all year. And we’re making that happen with this: the Fredericks & Mae Bocce Set, a perfectly crafted version of the most beautiful lawn game since Slip ’N Slide. 

Okay, so we get that maybe bocce’s not the first thing people associate with summer. The game has roots in ancient Rome, and it’s got a reputation for being the pastime of men who may have been around when Rome was founded. But we think this specific bocce kit could change all that. 

The two Brooklyn artists behind the project have designed a very visually appealing version of the classic game. Instead of the usual monochromatic choices, these balls have been hand-painted with large, colorful patterns. They’re also made of wood, which gives them a rustic feel we very much appreciate.

And not much is needed to play it, either. Just a quick flip through the rules, a sweater and some cleared outdoor space, and we can enjoy the kind of competitive, open-air activity that’s usually summer’s domain. And like all summer activities, we think pairing this game with a nice beer makes it much more interesting. Perhaps something pumpkin flavored.

After all, 'tis the season.

Joel Marino is a NYC-based freelance writer and editor who enjoys traveling and saying “I told you so” as much as possible. When not writing, he spends his time on a never-ending quest to find the perfect empanada.