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CraftWestport showcases American artistry

The line for the popcorn stand wrapped around the block with hungry customers.

This year on Nov. 9 from 10a.m.-6p.m., and Nov. 10 from 10a.m.-5p.m., artists, chefs, and entrepreneurs travelled from far and wide to sell their products to the people of Westport.

CraftWestport, a craft show run annually by the Westport Young Woman’s League, has been an important event around town for the past 38 years. Vendors ranging from the Prima Dolce Company, to Lenti Zootowel, to Buddha Dog, to the New York Times set up their stalls at Staples High School for customers to sample and buy their merchandise.

“We are one-of-a-kind,” Meg Himes, CraftWestport Chair and Vice President of the Westport Young Woman’s League said. “We have over 170 of America’s most talented craft artists from 20 different states.”

Staples students find that the wide range of goods presented at the fair makes it appeal to everyone.

“There are a lot of new products to experience here that you wouldn’t be able to get otherwise,” Nikhita Shankar ’15, who worked at the Myrick’s Confectionary of Manchester, Vermont, said.

The money that the league makes from admission, raffles, bake sales, and the pop-up market place will go to charities around the lower Fairfield County area. However, by purchasing goods from specific stands, one is helping fund each artist’s business.

As Cliff, who worked at the busy Keifer’s Kettle Korn stand said, “CraftWestport is great for us. We sell a lot of products [at Craft Westport] each year, and it helps people hear about us.”

CraftWestport serves as a unique alternative to the usual chain stores.

“It’s like a museum full of beautiful things,” Anne, a Southport resident said. “I wish I could take everything home.”

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“I love thrill seeking. Going down a roller coaster, trying new things, taking risks,” Larissa Lieberson ’15 said. Well, high school is all about trying new things, whether it’s Kool to be Kind, community service, or student ambassador, Lieberson has worked all ends of Staples’ spectrum of activities. This year, however, Lieberson will tackle a new role: Social Media Managing Editor. Her goals are to extend social media beyond the normal high school paper. She wants to give a voice to every person in the school. To let them know that they have a say in what they want to hear, or what they want to see publicized; and to make us feel more involved as a community. Lieberson prides herself in her ability to get work done, so there is no doubt in her mind that she will lay the new foundation for social media at Staples with big strides. Inklings has helped her to grow up throughout high school. Looking back, as a senior, she recalls how much she has grown up since freshman year. How there are so many things that she would not have even known if it weren’t for Inklings. “High school is a learning place. Staples lets you become who you are, in such a welcoming, open environment,” she said. But before Lieberson takes her final exit, she wants to repay Inklings for allowing her to feel so connected to Staples, by spreading this news to everyone over Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Although she has no idea what she where the years ahead may take her. Lieberson is grateful for her time at Staples and is excited to hop on the next roller coaster of senior year and ride out the rest of her time here on the paper.  

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