September 19, 2010
As the 400th anniversary of John Smith’s visit to the Isles of Shoals approaches, a tradition will be reborn – the Annual Gosport Regatta. You can be among the colorful fleet of yachts from up and down the New England coast sailing for the prize, or enjoying all the action from the spectator boat m/v Thomas Laighton. Racer or “afterguard,” you’ll enjoy a grand after-party at the famous Oceanic Hotel on Star Island.
Buy tickets at the front desk on Star Island or by calling our Portsmouth office: (603) 430-6272.
Read all about the Rye trip in the Rye Reflections Newsletter.
Click Here to read an article about All Star I Shoaler and Star Island Corporation Board Member Jan Prochaska.
New Hampshire Public TV will offer two nights on Star Island for two at their annual spring auction May 7-16. Follow link (below) and scroll down to see Star Island offer in the Golden Gavel category. Tune in and make a bid for a two-night Personal Retreat.
Sally Blount, All Star 1 conferee, was named dean of Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Once again Star Island survived a severe winter storm on February 25th through 27th.
Winds peaked at 90 mph with 30 foot seas. Fortunately damages were moderate which included limited roof shingle loss on the Hotel, Cottage A, B, C, Shack and Marshman; a few missing window panes, a fair amount of pier surface damage, and some downed cedar trees. A few large granite boulders on the breakwater between Star Island and Cedar Island were tossed and turned but the breakwater was not breached.
Our winter caretaker Alex endured the storm in the EMB. After the storm she made some temporary repairs and our staff followed up with intermediate repairs. I have made plans for a roofing contractor to visit the island to do permanent repairs on the roof. We will have to address the pier surface damage during open-up by patching the concrete holes with a durable concrete patch. Unfortunately, the damage is significant enough to require moving the resurfacing of the pier up on the Capital Improvement Plan to 2011.
Damage on our neighboring islands was limited as well. I spoke with Eddy Foye on Cedar Island and he lost a few pier pilings but overall reported that his camp fared well. He did request some help from our more athletic Pel staff this spring to help reposition the pier pilings and float which I assured him he could count on. Ray Randall on Lunging reported no significant damage but a bit of a mess from floating debris.
All in all it could have been worse.
Director of Facilities Management
A new conference for new ministers on Star Island is the result of a three-way partnership between Star Island, the Unitarian Universalist Association, and the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. The conference, titled Challenges, Questions, Pitfalls, and Joys: The Reality of Serving a Church, will be held from Sunday August 29 to Saturday September 3, and will accommodate 20 credentialed ministers serving local congregations in their first one to ten years of ordained ministry.
Priority will be given to those serving United Church of Christ and Unitarian Universalist churches, whose members founded and continue to administer Star Island. Ecumenical colleagues are invited to register as well as to explore programming related to the first years of ministry.
The new clergy in attendance will benefit from workshops specifically designed for new ministers that will focus on church organization, organizational vitalization, and living into one’s role as a pastor. Ample time for rest and renewal will be provided as ministers gear up for the new church program year. “The goal is to provide an experience that will leave conferees feeling rejuvenated and ready to return to their congregations with new ideas and resources and a stronger peer-support network,” said Kris LoFrumento of the Massachusetts Conference, UCC. “The Reverend Jane Rzepka will serve as one of the worship ministers and we are seeking a theme speaker.”