It’s time again for Dining Around Dracut

Patrons sample taste treats at last year’s Dining Around Dracut’

Plans are underway for Dracut Rotary Club’s annual fundraiser to support the Club’s many charities. This year’s tasting event will be held at Lenzi’s in Dracut on Monday, March 5, 2018, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Restaurants are lining up to participate. Dozens of raffle items are also being collected for what is expected to be an exceptional offering of prizes for lucky patrons.

“We are expecting this year’s Dining Around Dracut to be bigger and better than last year,” said Chair Lee Ouellette.  “Most of the restaurants from last year are returning and a few new ones will be participating as well,” added Ouellette.

To date, 31 restaurants are committed to participate on March 5th. Partons can expect to taste treats from ABrews Tap & Grill, Bahama Breeze, Bittersweet Bake Shoppe, Brickhouse Pizza, Brothers Sports Bar, Brown & Budnick’s, Burtons Grille,  Casa Blanca, Cazadores, Chowder Factory, Crown Fried Chicken, Dracut House of Pizza, Edible Arrangements, Firewater Tavern,  Frobies, Grazie at 4 Oaks, Harrows Chicken Pies, Heav’nly Donuts, Jon Ryan’s Pub, Lenzi’s, Lisa’s Family Pizza, Mama’s, Not Your Average Joe’s, Olive Garden, Outback, Owen & Ollie’s, Primos, Shaw Farm, Sugar Coated Bakery, Two Chefs and Village Inn.

“We are very excited by the response so far,” said Club President Chuck Moran. “This is a major fundraiser for us and one we work on all year.”

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. You can purchase them at Szczepanik Insurance, ATux Formal, Daigle Insurance, Dracut Hardware, Alexander’s Pharmacy and The Fox Cut Salon. You can also purchase your tickets online this year at

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DRC Hosts Fellowship Night

President Chuck Moran welcomes Rotarians from area clubs.

Dracut Rotary hosted an Evening of Fellowship for area clubs on Tuesday, January 30 at Lenzi’s in Dracut. Participating were members of nine area clubs, including Andover, Ayer, Dracut, Groton -Pepperell, Lowell, Merrimack Valley, Nashoba Valley, Tyngsboro – Dunstable, and Westford. District Governor, Karin Gaffney joined DRC President Chuck Moran in welcoming more than 50 area Rotarians to the dinner meeting. Chuck said the evening was planned to renew connections and bring area Rotarians together. Karin encouraged the clubs in attendance to take turns hosting similar events each quarter.

The Lowell club, widely recognized as the Club that Sings, provided some musical entertainment for the group, singing one of their traditional favorites, “Hello.”  

Area Rotarians enjoy dinner and conversation at Lenzi’s.

While the intent of the evening was strictly informal, a representative from each club took the opportunity to promote their club’ s upcoming events. From Tyngsboro – Dunstable’s Sock Hop on February 3, to Westford’s  Blues and Brews on August 11, 2018 promises to be packed with Rotary events worth adding to your calendar. For information on area Rotary happenings in the upcoming months, check the clubs’ websites.     

Nine area clubs were represented at the Fellowship Night. From l. to r. in back, Chuck Moran – Dracut, Jim Pope – Westford, Mark Gillette – Andover, Dolores Alberghini – Ayer, Chris Diaz – Tyngsboro Dunstable, District Governor Karin Gaffney – Nashoba Valley; front row l. to r. Amy Pessia – Lowell, Suzanne Frechette – Merrimack Valley, and Derek TenBroeck – Groton Pepperell.


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2017 Gingerbread Competition Huge Success

Hundreds of visitors crowded into Harmony Hall on Saturday, December 2nd, to view Dracut Rotary Club’s Annual Gingerbread House Competition creations and celebrate the holiday season. The visitors were treated to festive decorations, holiday music, yummy holiday treats and a visit from Santa. Children decorated gingerbread cookies and adults took chances on the gingerbread entries that they would like to add to their family decorations. Visitors said it was a great way to celebrate the holidays with their children and Club members called it a huge success.

The entries were divided into four categories; Professionals, Adult Amateurs, Young Adults [ages 13 to 19 years of age], and Children [up to age 12 years]. Visitors purchased tickets and took a chance on the creations of their choice with all proceeds going to the Dracut Food Pantry. Everyone in attendance also got a chance to vote for the entries they thought should be chosen as the winner in each category.

Winner of the Club Member Category – Frank and Rachel Antifonario

Club members got into the act donating gingerbread entries of their own creation as well. One of the highlights of this year’s competition was the donation of the winning Club Members entry to the Salvation Army Radiothon on WCAP. The house created by Frank and Rachel Antifonario won that distinction and was raffled off at the Radiothon.

Adding to the festive spirit of the day was music provided by a string trio, with members of the Dracut National Junior Honor Society. Violinist Rosalie Pineda, cellist Maddie Archambault and violist Rachel McIntosh treated visitors to a holiday serenade. The town’s Tree Lighting Ceremony at the adjacent school complex capped off the day of celebration. All agreed that the annual event was a great way to usher in the holiday season in Dracut.  

Winner of the Professional Category – Collette Turgeon

Winner of the Adult Amateur Category – Val Gauthier

Winners of the Young Adult Category – Elly McKenna and Lauren Masse

Winner of the Children Category – Bergeron Family

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Salvo - Children 1st Place  It’s time again to get ready for the holidays, and what better way to usher in the season than entering Dracut Rotary Club’s Annual Gingerbread House Competition. This year, the competition will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Harmony Hall in Dracut. As always, the event is planned in conjunction with the town’s official Tree Lighting Ceremony. So get your cookbooks out and start planning your holiday creation.

The Club is seeking gingerbread houses in any design. The only requirement is that the entries be edible and they become the property of the Rotary Club of Dracut. Your entry will be placed on display on December 2nd, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Visitors to Harmony Hall then buy raffle tickets to take a chance on winning their favorite gingerbread creations. The proceeds from the tickets go to the Dracut Food Pantry. Tina Keiley - Amateur 3rd Place

There is no admission fee, although patrons are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items for the food pantry. There will be holiday music, free refreshments, and gingerbread cookie decorating for children all day. As usual, Santa will be stopping by from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, so bring your cameras.  

There are youth, adult and professional categories with prizes for the best entries in each category. This is your chance to show off your creativity and get in the holiday spirit. Just download your entry today and start planning your creation.      

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Club Welcomes Two New Members


Dracut Rotary Club’s new members are inducted during the July 18 meeting. Pictured from left to right are past president Pete Clark, newly inducted member Diane Clark, 2017 club president Chuck Moran, new inductee Victoria Hogan and past president Vee Kong.

Dracut Rotary is pleased to welcome two new members to the Club. Recently inducted are Victoria Hogan and Diane Clark.

Victoria is Assistant Branch Manager at Washington Savings Bank on Broadway Road in Dracut.  Diane, a former member of the Westford, MA club, is Branch Manager at Jeanne d’Arc Credit Union on Bridge Street in Dracut.

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Past President Honored


Club President Renee Plummer presents Past President Vee Kong with an honorary gavel in recognition of her year of service as president in 2015 – 2016.

Past Club President Vee Kong was recognized at a recent meeting of the Dracut Rotary Club. Vee was honored for her service to the club as president in 2015 – 2016. Members thanked her for her long standing efforts on behalf of the club and congratulated her on her successful year as president.

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Dining Around Dracut Huge Success

Dracut Rotary Club’s 1st Annual Dining Around Dracut exceeded all the Club’s expectations. More than 400 patrons attended the March 6th event held at Lenzi’s in Dracut. Despite the cold temperature, the hall was packed with area residents anxious to sample the delicious fare being offered by 28 area restaurants and caterers. “We were thrilled with the response from area businesses and the crowd was amazing,” said Dining Around Dracut chair Lee Ouellette. 

Participating in the tasting event were Amici’s Cafe, Bahama Breeze, Bittersweet Bake Shoppe, Brickhouse Pizza, Brother’s Pizza, Brown & Budnick’s, Burton’s Grill Nashua, Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant, Cazadore’s Restaurante Mexicano, The Chowder Factory, Crown Chicken, Dracut House of Pizza and Seafood, Edible Arrangements, Fire Water Tavern at Wamesit Lanes, Frobie’s Cafe, Grazie at 4 Oaks, Harrows Chicken Pies, Heavenly Dounts, Jon Ryan’s Pub, Lenzi’s, Lisa’s Family Pizzeria, Owen & Ollies Restaurant & Pub, Pita Restaurant, Sugar Coated Bakery, Sweet Lydia’s, Trader Joe’s, The Village Inn and Two Chefs Are Better Than One.  

Patrons were treated to samples of some of their best dishes before choosing their favorites.

Burton’s Grill Nashua – Best Entree

Bragging rights went to Burtons Grill for Best EntreeThe Chowder Factory for Best Appetizer,

The Chowder
factory – Best Appetizer






Sweet Lydia’s – Best Dessert

Sweet Lydia’s  for Best Dessert and Bittersweet Bake Shoppe for Best Presentation

Bittersweet Bake Shoppe – Best Presentation







Dozens went home with raffle prizes as well, all donated by participating businesses, friends and supporters of Dracut Rotary Club. The response of those present was overwhelmingly positive, with most everyone saying they would be back next year. As for the restaurants and caterers, they want to be included in the 2018 event.

Dracut Rotary Club is looking forward to holding the event annually, according to Club President Renee Plummer. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support the Club’s many charities.

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