Published in the November 10, 2017 edition

MELROSE — The City of Melrose will hold its Annual International Welcome Potluck on Thursday, November 16, at The Lincoln Elementary School from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Melrose Human Rights Commission and the Mayor’s Office.

The annual event began 15 years ago to welcome newcomers to the City. Today, the event continues that tradition while also serving as an evening for all Melrose residents to meet, celebrate our diversity, and enjoy a variety of delicious foods. Over the last several years, event attendance has increased as the Melrose population grew by over 1,000 new residents from all corners of the globe. Today, Melrose residents are representative of more than 35 nationalities and include individuals from nearly every continent. Last year’s event drew close to 200 attendees. This year, the Melrose Human Rights Commission celebrates its 25th year.

“The potluck has become a tradition that residents look forward to each year and signifies what community is all about,” said Adam LaFrance, chairman of the Commission. “We had an excellent event last year and we’re looking forward to another great event this year. We hope folks can join us.”

The potluck is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring a food dish representing their heritage, culture, or country of origin. Please list all cooking ingredients on a display card in case of food allergies. For more information about the reception, please contact Commissioner Adam LaFrance, the planning director of this year’s event, at 781-979-4140 or via e-mail at To learn more about the Melrose Human Rights Commission, visit