Star Island Corporation

LCHIP Awards Star Island $100k Grant for Oceanic Hotel


The New Hampshire Land & Community Heritage Investment Program has awarded Star Island’s Oceanic Hotel $100,000 for historic preservation. The funds will go towards replacing siding on the Victorian Era hotel located on the second largest of the Isles of Shoals. The 2016 grant is the largest ever received by Star Island to help preserve the hotel. NH Governor Maggie Hassan presented the awards in Concord on December 15th.

“Star Island is grateful for LCHIP backing this important project,” said Star Island CEO Joe Watts. “This financial support helps us make improvements to the historic hotel so it can withstand severe weather and an ocean environment. Star Island’s Oceanic Hotel is a Seacoast treasure that welcomes thousands of visitors each summer. We are pleased the state shares our view that the Oceanic deserves community support.” Read more…


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…