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Photo from The Boston Globe

A few years ago a dragon turned up down the street. Chuck Nudd had spent some winter months concocting a behemoth animatronic dragon from some cast off steel junk. It started out as a dinosaur, but morphed into a dragon as the design came out. Draco is both wildly popular and just another town resident. Chuck’s wife Robin and kids dress the dragon for various holidays and events. This week he stands proud as the easter bunny.

Check out this article in the Boston Globe.

Today Draco is posing as the Easter bunny, with furry ears, a whiskered nose, a fluffy tail, and a basket of eggs. A couple thousand daffodils, heralds of spring, provide a pretty backdrop for the creature, who has apparently succeeded in flying under the radar of any zoning bylaw that might restrict what is placed in one’s yard.

A while ago I met up with man and dragon at a parade and interviewed them.

Chuck Nudd created Draco out of lots of steel Junk he had. The animated dragon has flapping wings powered by a windshield washer motor and illuminated turn signal eyes.
Sometimes he gets a smoke machine to help him breathe. Draco is often decorated for the seasons and holidays. He moves around town on the back of Chuck’s trailer and has been seen at sports events, graduations, parades and in his lair on the Nudd property.

Chris Connors

Making things is the best way to learn about our world.


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