WAYLAND — There was a lot of talent in the room as students from Starred Magazine and an entertainer from Genesee Country Village and Museum dazzled the Wayland Lowell Club.
On May 1 Wayland Lowell Club offered four literacy awards to students from the Starred Magazine, and Chris Lynn, of Genesee Country Village and Museum did a performance of “Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe.
Starred Magazine winners include, Madison Moon, fourth place for “There is a storm brewing,” Cole West, third place for “Untitled,” Claire Ferro, second place for “Our Earth: Perspective Piece,” and Josh Fleishman, first place for “Dinner at 4.”
Ferro inspiration from her story came from “Night” by Elie Wiesel in her English Class.
“Close to the end of reading the book we had to read an article on current events, and write it in Elie Wiesel’s perspective,” she said. “I wrote mine, and it did pretty well so I submitted it to the magazine. It got me here.”
West said that his story has a universal theme to it.
“It is about all wars, not just the Napoleonic Wars. Out of war two things prevail … love and the thought of home,” he said. “The real basis of a human mind is what you are familiar with, and the love you have.”
Fleishman wrote about his step-grandpa’s passing over the summer.
“I have never been the best at expressing my emotions. I think it was maybe in November that I started writing in my Chromebook,” he said. “That was my way to deal with the loss.”
Lynn placed the audience deep in the heart of the story; as he imagined we were all in an insane asylum with the madman of the tale.
After an edge-of-your-seat interpretation of “Tell Tale Heart” we found out Lynn’s love for Edgar Allan Poe.
“The spirit of the story is there. His stories are compelling in themselves. They are very approachable, because they are mostly short stories. You can read through them in a small amount of time,” he said. “They are dark and dismal. He was basically the inventor of the Mystery novel. He was one of the first Americans to make a living as a writer. He specialized in the short story, and is probably one of the most recognized for gothic horror.
“At the Genesee Country Village and Museum we do a presentation in October called ‘Spirits of the Past,’ and it is a series of scenes done in the various buildings we have there. I started doing that about five years ago,” Lynn continued. “If you are looking for a somewhat creepy if not scary experience you should come down. This got me into portraying Edgar Allan Poe.”
Lynn’s favorite Edgar Allan Poe story is “Ligeia” about a man who seems to have lost his wife.
“I can do this 20 times in a row, and I am always nervous. It is easier for me to work on the stories where the protagonist is an unnamed man. It really speaks to the struggle and loss that Edgar Allan Poe had in his lifetime.”