When the Waldensians moved to Valdese they brought with them a recreational pastime known as boccie. The games originated in Europe, specifically southern France and northern Spain. The game involves throwing balls at one central ball, the boccie, in an attempt to get your team's ball closest to the boccie. The game continues until one team scores twelve points. Games were played by men at the Waldensian Clubhouse in Valdese on Sundays.