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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Dracut Rotary Cooking Up “Dining Around Dracut”

Dracut Rotary Club is busy lining up restaurants and caterers for its latest fundraising event, “Dining Around Dracut.” The Club is reviving the popular annual happening previously hosted by Circle of Friends. “We decided to bring back this very successful fundraiser,” said event chair Lee Ouellette. “There are so many great restaurants in Dracut and surrounding towns, and we felt sure the community would like to sample taste treats from some of the best,” she added.

The Club will be hosting “Dining Around Dracut” on Monday, March 6, 2017, at Lenzi’s on Merrimack Avenue in Dracut. Club members are planning a gala event featuring delicious food and fun for all. “This is the perfect way to kick off the coming spring,” Ouellette said noting that the proceeds will benefit the Club’s many charitable causes.

So far…
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
Chowder Factory
Crown Chicken
Dracut House of Pizza & Seafood
Edible Arrangements
Fire Water Tavern at Wamesit Lanes
Frobie’s Cafe
Grazie at 4 Oaks
Heavenly Donuts
Jon Ryan’s
Lisa’s Family Pizzeria
Owen & Ollies Restaurant & Pub
Pita Restaurant
Sugar Coated Bakery
Sweet Lydia’s
Trader Joe’s
Two Chefs Are Better Than One … will be participating, with more restaurants and caterers signing on daily. Some lucky attendees will also take home great gift certificates and exceptional gift baskets. “This is an evening that we hope will be an enormous hit,” said Ouellette.

   The doors will open sharply at 6:30. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information, to donate gift certificates and gift baskets, advertise in the program book, or become a participating restaurant or caterer, contact Lee Ouellette at info@dracutrotaryclub.org

Get your tickets today at: A Tux Formal…Albert Daigle Insurance, Stephen Szczepanik Insurance, Enterprise Bank & Trust – Lakeview Avenue Branch, Hair We Are Salon, Alexander’s Pharmacy, Dracut Hardware and The Fox Cut Salon, or call 978-265-3722.

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DRC’s Gingerbread Competition Rings In Holiday Spirit

   Again this year, Dracut Rotary Club kicked off the holiday season with its annual Gingerbread Competition. The community event drew a large crowd to Harmony Hall. Hundreds of local residents who were on hand to vote for their favorite gingerbread creations. With 30 entries to choose from, it was not easy to make their choices, but 12 contestants were named winners.    The Children’s category 3rd place winner was the Russell family; 2nd place went to Dimitri , Alyson and Kate Asikis. First place was awarded to the Salvo family.

1st Place

Children’s 1st Place

2nd Place

Children’s 2nd Place

3rd Place

Children’s 3rd Place



In the Young Adults category, 3rd place went to Emma Patch; 2nd place was awarded to Madison Keating, Ashleigh Cox, Nikki Anderson, Anya Sing and Allison Martin. The 1st place winners were Elly McKenna and Lauren Masse.

1st Place

Young Adult 1st Place

2nd Place

Young Adult 2nd Place

3rd Place

Young Adult 3rd Place





In the Adult category, the 3rd place winner was Tina Keily; 2nd place went to Chris Poublon and Gabby Davis. Joann Smith was the 1st place winner in the Adult category.

1st Place

Adult 1st Place

Adult 2nd Place

Adult 2nd Place

Adult 3rd Place

Adult 3rd Place







   This year, Club members also tied on their aprons and baked up some worthy creations, strictly for “bragging rights.” This year’s winners were, Chris Mullen in 3rd place, Rachel and Frank Antifonario in 2nd place and LouAnn Jendro took 1st place.

   “Every year we look forward to showcasing the gingerbread creations as part of the town’s holiday celebration,” said chair Sue Neary. The event coincides with the town’s Tree Lighting Ceremony held at the adjacent school complex. Santa is on hand to greet children and check on their wish lists. “This year did not disappoint,” Neary added.


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Ring in the 2015 Holiday Season

These are just some of the fantastic creations that were entered in the 2014 competition.

These are just some of the fantastic creations that were entered in the 2014 competition.

The Holiday Season is just around the corner and you’re invited to kick-off the celebration at Dracut Rotary Club’s Annual Gingerbread House Competition at Harmony Hall on Saturday, December 5th from 11 am to 7:30 pm.

There will be gingerbread cookies for children to decorate, refreshments for all, and admission is FREE. Santa will be there from 5 to 7 pm, so bring your cameras. The Rotary Club will be collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations to benefit the Dracut Food Pantry.

Better yet, get baking! Dracut Rotary is seeking gingerbread creations … houses, winter scenes… any holiday theme. Your entry must be entirely edible and will become the property of the Rotary Club. There is no fee to enter. For more information, contact event chair, Susan Neary at Dracut_Rotary_Gingerbread_House@comcast.net or call her at (603)401-3538 for assistance. You can also download an application here.

So put Dracut Rotary Club’s Annual Gingerbread Competition on your calendar…Saturday, December 5th at Harmony Hall, Lakeview Avenue in Dracut (next to the school complex). Make it part of your holiday tradition.

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