Meeting Rooms Guide

The New Hampshire Department of Safety has established occupancy limits for all of Star Island’s meeting rooms. All meeting rooms are permitted to hold 50 or fewer people at once, and a number of rooms can hold many more. Any capacity listed under 50 has been established as a guideline by the Star Island Corporation in consideration of comfort and practicality. Any capacity listed 50 and over is an official occupancy limit with which we are required to comply.

If you have any questions about which rooms best suit particular events, please contact Conference Services.

Set up: “Auditorium” means rows of seats facing in one direction; “board room” means chairs around a conference table.

Art Barn

Art BarnCapacity: 30
Set up: Counters, tables, and chairs for arts & crafts, traditional Art Barn set up
Common uses: Arts & crafts, small exhibits
Not recommended: A/V presentations

The wooden barn is the best place for art programs. There is a good stock of basic art supplies (glue, paint, brushes, scissors, yarn etc.) as conferences are encouraged to donate their extra supplies at the end of the conference to the Art Barn – if you require specific supplies, please make sure to bring them with you. There is no running water, but water can be provided upon request. The Art Barn is not accessible via the island ramp network.

Brookfield

Capacity: 224
Set up: Auditorium, chair circle, floor cleared
Common uses: Youth groups, dances, exercise, small & large exhibits

This dance hall/meeting space next to the marine lab can accommodate a portable sound system for live performances and for playing recorded music. The building is also equipped with a wide porch for outdoor activities. There is an upright piano and a ping pong table available.

Chapel

Chapel InteriorCapacity: 91
Set up: Auditorium only (fixed seating)
Common uses: Chapel services, chorus/choir rehearsals, small lectures/workshops
Not recommended: A/V presentations, arts & crafts, exhibits

The stone Chapel has fixed pew seating, sconces for candle lanterns, and an organ. A cluster of benches sits on the rocks outside the Chapel which can be used for outdoor workshops and lectures, and for chapel overflow. Fixed exterior speakers allow those sitting outside to hear the service. Interior speakers, a CD player, and/or an electric keyboard can be set up if requested.

Elliott Hall

Elliott HallCapacity: 309
Seating: Auditorium, floor cleared, chair circle
Common uses: A/V presentations, dances, movies, performances, lectures, workshops and exhibits

This assembly hall is best for events with large amounts of attendees. A sound system with microphones, a podium, and a large projector screen can be requested. Elliott’s stage and piano make it ideal for musical shows. Elliott is well suited for conference speakers, as it seats large numbers and is best suited for complex A/V set ups.

Kiddie Barn

Capacity: 35
Set up: Toys and children’s furniture, can be cleared out for use as adult meeting space
Common uses: Children’s groups
Not recommended: Lectures, A/V presentations

An ideal place to gather your youngest Shoalers. Cribs, children’s size furniture, a small refrigerator, and toys are available. There is also a small refrigerator located in the Kiddie Barn. This building has three small rooms that can be set up for adult workshops as well.

Lawrance Hall

Lawrance HallCapacity: 50
Set up: Auditorium, board room, floor cleared
Common uses: Arts & crafts, exercise, small lectures, small & medium workshops

Although this workshop space is often used for arts & crafts, we encourage your conference to use the Art Barn for this purpose, helping us to protect Lawrance’s beautiful floors by using it for less messy workshops.

Lobby

Music in the LobbyCapacity: 320
Seating: Auditorium, floor cleared, traditional lobby set up
Common uses: Cards and board games, musical performances, shows, small exhibits
Not recommended: A/V presentations, arts & crafts, lectures/workshops, large exhibits

The hotel lobby is generally used for impromptu card and board games, and as a gathering space before meals. Occasionally concerts are held in the evening. Set ups are less flexible than Elliott, due to numerous egress lanes. There is a grand piano, and a portable sound system can be set up.

Louise’s Barn

Capacity: 35
Set up: Toys and children’s furniture, can be cleared out for use as adult meeting space
Common uses: Children’s groups, meetings
Not recommended: Lectures, A/V presentations

Louise’s Barn is an ideal place for young children and is equipped with children’s size furniture and toys. There is also a small refrigerator and sink. This building has two small rooms that can be set up for adult workshops as well.

Marshman

Capacity: 50
Set up: Auditorium, board room, chair circle, floor cleared
Common uses: Exercise, small & large workshops, small lectures, youth groups, small exhibits
Not recommended: A/V presentations

This stone meeting house can accommodate a portable sound system for small musical performances. There is also a fireplace which can be used upon request.

Newton Centre West

Capacity: 136
Set up: Auditorium, board room, chair circle, floor cleared, tables
Common Uses: Chapel services, dance/exercise, movies, exhibits, lectures, workshops, social hour
Not recommended: Large lectures-please hold large lectures in Elliott Hall

This stone meeting house is a versatile space, and there is a door between Newton East and West such that two events can be held simultaneously. Newton West is not ideal for larger lectures and workshops; 50-100 is manageable with simple A/V set up, and 100+ is pushing it, especially if your event has A/V needs. There is also a fireplace which can be used upon request.

Newton Centre East

NewtonCapacity: 50
Set up: Floor cleared, tables
Common uses: Social hour, youth groups, workshops
Not recommended: Large lectures, A/V presentations, workshops

A kitchen is equipped with a sink, a refrigerator, and some secure storage space for social hour supplies. Conferences regularly choose Newton and nearby Lindquist Deck for their social hour.

Parker

Capacity: 25
Set up: Floor cleared with benches around perimeter
Common uses: Exercise, small workshops, youth groups
Not recommended: Movies, A/V presentations

This stone building has a fireplace in Parker which can be used upon request.

Pink Parlor

Road Scholar ProfileCapacity: 30
Set up: Chair circle, traditional pink parlor set up
Common uses: Chorus/choir rehearsals, small workshops, tea parties
Not recommended: A/V presentations, arts & crafts, exhibits, lectures, youth groups

This beautiful parlor is traditionally set up as a sitting room, with two small seating areas and an upright piano. The furniture is antique, so no “messy” events should be scheduled for this space.

Sandpiper

Capacity: 25
Set up: Board room, chair circle, floor cleared
Common uses: Committee meetings, small exhibits, small workshops, youth groups

This conference room is ideal for small meetings and workshops.

Vaughn Cottage

VaughanCapacity: 15
Common uses: Reading, small workshops
Not recommended: A/V presentations

The Vaughn Cottage has a room for reading and small workshops.

Writing Room (Peace Room, Resource Room)

Capacity: 18
Set up: Board room
Common uses: committee meetings, reading, small workshops
Not recommended: A/V presentations, youth groups

This small meeting room off of the Pink Parlor contains a collection of books and photos of a number of Star Island’s historical figures.

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