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Lobster Fest Comes to Town

Blown Away: A glass blower demonstrates how to create a lobster ornament.
Claudia Chen
Blown Away: A glass blower demonstrates how to create a lobster ornament.

When teeth start to chatter at the bus stop in the morning and pumpkins adorn the entrances of many homes, everyone knows that summer has come to an end. But the end of anything comes with a celebration to welcome the new, and the second annual Lobster Festival at Compo Beach knew just how to say goodbye to summer.

The festivities were hosted by the Westport Rotary Club and took place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 21. With lively music from Terrapin, a Grateful Dead cover band, and delicious steak and lobster provided by Stew Leonard’s, the fest certainly brought Westport together.

“I think it’s a great way for the community to get together and eat great food and it’s such a nice place and such a nice day,” said Peter Lagerloef ’14, who served ice cream for Joey’s by the Shore at the event.

Other Staples students who volunteered at the event echoed Lagerloef’s good spirits. “It’s always good to give back to the community,” said Abby LaFleur ’16, who is the daughter of a Rotarian that helped organize the event.

With over 1,200 attendees, the Westport Rotary Club certainly had a lot to give back when the event came to a close. Tickets were priced at $20 for children and $50 for adults and all profits were donated to the humanitarian organizations that they contribute to.

“I think it’s terrific that we have an event that so many people want to come to and that the town really loves and at the same time we make a lot of money for the charities that we support,” said John, a Rotarian and volunteer at the event who declined to mention his surname.

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Claudia Chen, Features Editor
From the time she could talk, Claudia Chen ’16 was always keeping herself busy whether it was scoring points on the tennis court or writing stories and poems. At a young age Chen ’16 knew she wanted to be a writer. She would write poems and stories on whatever she could get her hands on. She said, “One time I tried to write a novel and I was so excited”, Chen ’16 said while laughing, “70 pages into it and I swear it made zero sense.” This her second year writing for Inklings and she couldn’t be more excited to bring her love of writing to Inklings. She believes that Inklings is a great opportunity to practice her writing skills in a realistic sense. When Chen ’16 isn’t writing you can find her on a tennis court. She hasn’t played for Staples tennis but she’s hoping to in the spring. She likes to de-stress on the tennis court and have a good time. She sounds like your all-American girl but that’s not the case. Her parents were born in China resulting in Chen’s first language being Chinese. It doesn’t just end there; her grandparents come from Austria. She loves the idea that she comes from so many different cultures. As hard as Chen ’16 works, she wants to make the most of junior year and have a good time being an upper-classmen. As hard as she works on her serves in tennis and critiquing her writing skills she says what she hopes to get out of life is, “It sounds cheesy but I want to know that I made a difference in at least one person’s life.” That’s a goal we should all strive for. Claudia Chen ’16 could not be more excited for what her junior year holds.

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