Star Island Receives $6k Grant from NEH

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On December 14, Star Island received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to strengthen the care of artifacts in the Celia Thaxter Museum located on Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals.

This $6,000 grant from the NEH’s Preservation Assistance Grant program will go towards strengthening the facilities and staffing needed to ensure proper care for artifacts in the Celia Thaxter Museum. Read more…


Thanks for an Awesome #GivingTuesday

Ally Miner Giving Tuesday

Thank you to everyone who helped support Star Island on #GivingTuesday. We nearly doubled the amount of money raised this #GivingTuesday over last year. Your support means the world to us, and allows us to focus more on 2016.

One highlight of yesterday’s giving included a first time donor. This donor, Ally Miner, worked on Star Island this past summer as the Front Desk Supervisor, and now works in our mainland office. When the younger generation of Shoalers starts participating, we are thrilled and hope the inspiration Ally finds from the Star Island community also inspires others to support this gem of the Isles of Shoals. Read more…


A Long, Beautiful Answer to a Short Question

Bruce Parsons Giving Tuesday

About a month ago we reached out to a few folks asking them to help us prepare for #GivingTuesday. The request involved asking for a photo of the person on Star Island, plus a one to two sentence answer to: Why do you give to Star Island? We’re sending out those responses throughout the day on Facebook and Twitter.

One couple, Bruce and Carole Parsons, responded so amazingly in more than two sentences. And we just had to share their thoughts. So while the little image we post on Twitter might give a couples of sentences, here’s what they really wanted to say:

Why do you give to Star Island?

As you know room and board rates do not cover the full expenses to run and maintain Star Island. Its old buildings, constantly being battered by hard weather, need constant maintenance. New regulations and outside agencies regularly have the island make upgrades to its buildings and systems. The Board and Staff have worked very hard to create the façade of the island to be as it looked over 100 years ago. This is not easy, especially while the systems needed to operate it like the new solar fields, wastewater, reverse osmosis, etc are all very current high tech expensive pieces of equipment. I often use the analogy that Star is a like a Model A with a Ferrari Engine. Read more…


Build a Basket – December 12

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Gather in our Portsmouth office on Saturday, December 12 from 10 AM to 3 PM for a basket making workshop. Karen Ellis of the Star Gathering conferences will be leading this workshop and guiding people through making their own basket.

The cost for the workshop is $50, which includes all basket supplies plus a donation to the Star Island scholarship fund. Participants should bring a lunch. Dessert and beverages will be provided. Read more…


Scenes from Starry Night

On Saturday, November 21 we welcomed over 100 people to the Discover Portsmouth Center for a great fundraiser featuring a talk by Dudley W. Dudley about her part in saving the Isles of Shoals from becoming a superport for oil tankers in the 1970s. The night also included a silent auction, live music from the band Seasmoke, and delicious food from Take Away Cafe.

The entire event brought in over $10,000 from ticket sales, sponsorships and the silent auction. Thank you to everyone who came out to the event, donated an item to the silent auction, or supported us through a sponsorship or volunteering. And a huge thank you to Dudley W. Dudley for her presentation. We learned so much and found great inspiration in this story. The night was a terrific reminder of how strong our community is, even on the mainland. Read more…