Fill Up at the BRGR Bar on Saturday


This Saturday, before or after coming to Starry Night, head over to the BRGR Bar in Portsmouth, NH for a delicious meal. This awesome burger joint is featuring The Star Island Burger on November 21st.

The Star Island Burger includes a Maine Family Farms beef patty with spinach, tomatoes, house made old bay aioli, and lobster mac + cheese. You started to salivate, didn’t you? Well, easy fix. Go to the BRGR Bar on Saturday and eat this thing!

And might we suggest ordering a side of ricotta stuffed sweet potato tots? Basically, in case you haven’t figured out, the BRGR Bar means business with its food and we think you should try it out. If not for us, for your stomach. We probably forgot to mention that they have milkshakes that will make your day. How? Some of them are spiked. They also have great homemade sodas like citrus + thyme, or blood orange. We are so hungry right now. Is it Saturday yet?

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Even if you fill up at the BRGR Bar earlier in the day, don’t let your food coma make you miss Starry Night. Click here to learn more about the fun evening event.

Directions to the BRGR Bar from the Discover Portsmouth Center


Some Thoughts Before You Get Your Philanthropy On

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Our seventh annual Starry Night fundraiser is set for this Saturday — November, 21. But you already knew that and purchased your ticket? Awesome.

Starry Night goes from 5-7 pm featuring a talk by Dudley W. Dudley and a silent auction. You’ll also be treated to refreshments from Take Away Cafe, music from Seasmoke, and an open bar supplied by Sam Adams. Pretty exciting, right? Read more…


Third Annual Raffle Open for US Military Veterans

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On Wednesday, November 11, Star Island welcomes United States military veterans to enter its third annual raffle for a free Star Island stay during the 2016 summer.

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As a thank you to the veteran community, Star Island is giving seven free nights to one veteran and his or her immediate family to spend some quality time together in its active multigenerational setting. Veterans are encouraged to go to to learn more and to register for the free raffle.

“Our gratitude for the veteran community cannot be matched by any gift, but we hope that this experience will make a difference for one veteran and their family,” said Star Island CEO Joe Watts. Read more…


The Island Energy Conference Visits Star Island

This weekend we hosted the Island Institute’s annual Island Enery Conference for a field trip out to Star Island. The group toured Star to look at our innovative sustainable energy initiatives including our solar array and water filtration systems. Thank you to the Island Institute for including this trip – we hope everyone enjoyed it and took something away from the visit to bring back to their island communities.

Here are some scenes from this weekend’s trip:

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Folks from the Island Institute’s Island Energy Conference meet at our dock in Portsmouth before heading to Star Island for the afternoon. Read more…


An Environmental David vs. Goliath Tale Worth Remembering

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“The power of the people should not be forgotten.” Those are the words of Dudley W. Dudley, a Durham resident who was instrumental in stopping a massive oil refinery project that would have forever changed the Seacoast from Great Bay all the way to the Isles of Shoals. The public will get a chance to hear the story firsthand at a fundraising event for Star Island on Saturday, November 21st in Portsmouth.

It was 42 years ago that a local citizens’ revolt shattered the plans of Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, the Olympic Oil Company, then NH Governor Meldrim Thomson, and newspaper publisher William Loeb. In 1973 that powerful group intended to build a refinery in Great Bay and a superport for crude oil production at the Isles of Shoals. A few local activists and a freshman legislator successfully rallied the community to oppose the project. In an editorial at the time, Union Leader Publisher Loeb criticized the voters of Durham for being “screwballs” who were influenced by “these housewives who are beating their small breasts against the power of Mr. Onassis.”

At the time, Dudley W. Dudley was a 37-year-old mother of two and a state representative from Durham who was instrumental in leading the charge against the project. She was also elected to four terms on the Executive Council – the first NH woman to hold that position. Dudley, now a nationally recognized environmentalist who has received numerous awards for her community service efforts, says her experience opposing the massive project has relevance today: “We had no funds, no organization, and no experience in fighting huge corporate interests. But we had the truth, passion and community. And in the end, we prevailed and protected our wonderful coastline and bay.” Dudley credits Phyllis Bennett, the publisher of a small start-up local paper, and fellow Durham resident Nancy Sandberg, who spearheaded the group Save Our Shores, with mobilizing the community to oppose to the project. Read more…