Conference Updates

Sign Up Soon for These Summer Programs

Registrations keep pouring in through the mail and online. If you want to take part in a Star Island summer program in 2014, register soon. Last year saw historic numbers for several programs, and we’re already ahead of our registration numbers from last year at this time.

Sign up now for one of these summer programs, and know that your spot on the front porch will be waiting for you:

Star Arts

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Sat, June 14 – Sat, June 21

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Respond to the challenge of your inner artist with wild creation. Star Arts is a gathering that engenders the creative drive in all of us. Whether you paint or sing, act or dance, write or photograph, you will find inspiration through an idyllic backdrop and an enthusiastic community of like-minded amateur and professional artists.

Workshop Leaders:

  • Bruce Coville, (Writing)
  • Tony Meredith, (Dance)
  • Mike Albo, (Theater)
  • Christopher Volpe, (Painting)
  • Parrish Dobson, (Photography)
  • Scott Ward and Martin Hargrove, (Music)

Click here to register for Star Arts

Natural History Week

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Sat, June 21 to Sat, June 28

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Eric Masterson, noted author, guide, and lecturer will conduct daily seminars on the several hundred eastern birds that visit the Isles of Shoals, with a focus on the forces of change, including climate, habitat, and food distribution. Planned is a whale/bird watch to Seavey Island and Jeffreys Ledge. Rick Van De Poll will lead a morning walk focusing on the symbiotic relationship between the island’s flora and fauna.

Natural History Week is also full of entertaining workshops and activities. The Two Fiddlers duo will lead contra dancing on Tuesday night. And explore writing, kite-making, pewter-casting, tile firing, and more throughout the week.

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Youth Empowerment and Spirituality

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Sat, June 21 to Sat, June 28

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The YES conference is an intentionally welcoming community that empowers youth ages 15-22 by giving them a safe space to grow as leaders and spiritually-grounded people. It is a transformative week of adventure, thought-provoking workshops, and impromptu dance parties under the stars.

Click here to view the YES brochure

Click here to register for YES

All Star 2

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Sat, July 5 to Sat, July 12

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During All Star II, young and old will awake to the sounds of ocean and gulls, marvel at the diversity of flora and fellow Shoalers, and close each day with an inspirational candlelight service in Star’s historic stone chapel. Hours in between are filled with sports, art, music, rowing, theatre, dancing, reading, friendship, and a thought-provoking lecture series, or simply relaxing in a porch rocker at the Oceanic Hotel, communing with one’s self, one’s family, and old and new friends. Morning and afternoon children’s programs led by our wonderful and expert staff offer creative fun for the kids. Gather with us in 2014 for laughter, friendship and spiritual renewal.

Theme speaker: We are so pleased to have Liza Bakewell, PhD in Anthropology from Brown University as our guest speaker this year! Liza attended Sarah Lawrence College and received her PhD from Brown University in 1991 has been on the faculty at Brown since 1992, first as teaching faculty, and then as research faculty. She has taught courses at Brown as well as at Bowdoin College and Colgate University in the areas of linguistic anthropology, gender and language, art and aesthetics, art and politics, material culture, religion and women’s studies. Liza has published broadly and has won numerous awards for her writing. We are thrilled that she will be with us to share her incredible experiences as a writer, single mother of twin daughters and world traveler.

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Please explore our summer 2014 room and board discounts to make your stay on Star Island more affordable.