PEPPERELL -- Twenty-seven contestants competed for prizes at the Pepperell Woman's Club Community Talent Show on Friday, April 12, at the Nissitissit Middle School auditorium.

The acts included singers, musicians and dancers and provided lots of enjoyment for the audience.

Prizes were awarded to the top contestant in each of six categories:

Singers Tonya Callahan won in the adult singer category; Casalyn Gamble won in the teenage bracket, and Madisyn Boucher won in age group 5-12.

Dancer Anastasia Koulopoulos won in the adult dancer category and dancer Raelyn Callahan won in the junior category.

John Charney played the flute and won in the music category.

This was the tenth year the PWC has brought this entertaining event to Pepperell. Right before intermission, PWC President Elfie Parker, the evening's Master of Ceremonies, was surprised by incoming PWC President Darlene Coutu with a bouquet of eight red roses -- representing the eight years Elfie has been PWC president.

At the conclusion of the event, Marion Parker presented her mother with recognition from the General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts for Elfie's 15 years of dedication and service.

During intermission, desserts and refreshments were enjoyed by the contestants and audience members. Auction items donated by local businesses and community members were raffled at the end of the show.


Winners received gift certificates or merchandise from Bailey's Bar and Grille, Exotic Nails, Hannaford's, Jay's Place, Lorden Hardware, Main Street Pizza, North Middlesex Savings Bank and Verri Organized. Handmade items and other donations were provided by Doris Gagnon, Virginia Stakun, Lynne Potts and Jeanne Blanchard.

Funds raised at the Talent Show are applied to scholarships to local students. A grant from the Hazel Brooks Entertainment Fund also supported the Talent Show.

New members are welcome to join the Pepperell Woman's Club. The next business meeting is scheduled for May 7 at the Community Church Vestry.