Coming (maybe) to a bocce court near you: Bloomberg vs. Emanuel

If the nation’s mayors have been AWOL from their respective City Halls lately, they’ve probably been ducking out to their local bocce courts, warming up for Baltimore.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors meets here for four days starting Friday, and along with many weighty matters on the agenda, there’s this planned for Friday night:

“Up for a Little Late Night Bocce and Dessert in Little Italy? Tonight’s after party will offer a dessert extravaganza in Baltimore’s Little Italy. Look for authentic desserts from Italy, Greece, Poland, Russia, Germany and South America that will tempt your taste buds and offer a glimpse into the city’s personality and character. Start practicing for a late-night bocce tournament. This could get wild!!!”

Let’s hope some of the mayoral heavyweights expected to attend the conference — say, Michael Bloomberg of New York or Rahm Emanuel of Chicago — get in on the game. Or Nancy Pelosi, who will address the convention earlier Friday. The Little Italy native would have home court advantage.

The bocce tournament is one of several fun events planned to lighten things up after days filled with panel discussions on topics such as “Promoting employer-assisted housing” and “The role of technology in local economic development."

The events were planned by the office of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, which wants you to know that no city money will be spent on any of them.

Over the course of four days, the mayors will get to work out with celebrity fitness trainer Monte Sanders, whose clients are said to include Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. Enjoy cake from "Ace of Cakes" star Duff Goldman. Tour the reinvented Clipper Mill and enjoy a Maryland farm-to-table dinner at Woodberry Kitchen.

As I've previously blogged, the mayors also will take inJohn Waters' one-man show, "This Filthy World," and see Gov. Martin O'Malley lead his Celtic rock band, O'Malley's March.

"We tried to show, through the events, Baltimore’s charm, history and how a city can reinvent itself," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's spokesman, Ryan O'Doherty.


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