Friday, August 3, 2012

Kittery Youngsters Serve Local Seniors a Lobster Luncheon

Lauren Welch and Olivia McCray of the Kittery Recreation Department's Adventure Program helped serve at the department’s Senior Lobster Luncheon held on Thursday, July 26. (courtesy photo)

Nearly 100 Kittery area seniors armed themselves with bibs and crackers to enjoy the 10th Annual Kittery Recreation Senior Lobster Luncheon.  Although rain threatened in the morning, Mother Nature prevailed, providing weather suitable to chow down. Held outdoors at Frisbee Common, which is the Kittery Rec Department and the Kittery Community Center’s new home, the luncheon turned out to be a great opportunity to share friendships and enjoy a wonderful lobster lunch.
An annual event that offers the area’s seniors a chance to eat a generous portion of lobster or chicken, corn on the cob, potato salad, clam chowder, and strawberry shortcake, the Lobster Luncheon is enjoyed by all who attend.
One portion of the event that continues to evolve and flourish is the relationship between the seniors and the participants in the Kittery Recreation Department’s Adolescent Adventure Program. 
Thirty-one youngsters, in grades 5 through 8, served as waitstaff for the lobsterfest.
“Some of the kids came in with aprons, others were dressed in black, like they worked in a restaurant,” said Jeremy Paul, assistant director of Kittery Recreation Department. “They really got into it this year.”
The kids have helped out for nine of the ten years the department has been hosting the luncheon. They serve the seniors drinks and chowder and don’t stop until the last cup of strawberry shortcake is finished. 
“The first year, we tried to do it with our staff of four or five, but we were overwhelmed,” Paul said.
What once began as a meal for seniors has truly turned into an intergenerational afternoon of friendship.
The success of the event would not be possible without the extreme generosity of several local businesses who donated lobsters and more. 
The following businesses all made donations for this community building event:
Greenhead Lobster Company, Island Seafood, Chrissy D. Lobster Company, Seaview Lobster, Taylor Lobster, Marshall Rental Center, and P Gagnon and Son. Weathervane Seafoods donated all of the chowder, corn on the cob, chicken, bibs, crackers, and more.