On the Island

The Gift Shop is Now Online!

Exciting news from the ISAUU—the Gift Shop has opened an online store with CafePress. This is the only official place to buy Star Island cards, calendars, and more when you’re back on the mainland—all proceeds from the ISAUU support Star Island in a myriad of ways, including conference scholarships, building renovations, and large construction projects. The Isles of Shoals Assocation (Unitarian Universalist) has been working behind the scenes on Star Island since 1897, fostering community, comfort, safety and fun.

P.S. Take a look at the 2008 Calendar—you can preview each of Connie Lentz’s photos and they’re all fantastic!

On the Island

August 17th Conference Availability Update

Our thanks go out to everyone who came to Star for a Personal Retreat or attended any of the UCC Conferences. We are very lucky to have such a committed community of Shoalers.

“For me, it’s the pull of the island,” said Debbie Redding-Sampson, 51, a conferee from Kennebunk, Maine, who returns each year with her 16-year-old son, Michael. “Everyone has a different sense of what the island means for them. It transcends religion. It’s just a spiritual place.”*

Now that life on Star Island has settled a bit back into our planned conference schedule, it’s time for another availability update—check out the calendar page for the latest details.

Notably, Dover Yoga is now on a waitlist and Midweek II, Star Hampshire Music & Dance, and ISHRA’s September Conference are filling up quickly.

* If you attended UCC I or II, please feel free to send a post-conference wrap-up for the website to bwinters@starisland.org. Debbie was quoted for a press release from Star, letting everyone know that we are back on our normal conference schedule and welcoming conferees and day visitors.

On the Island

Pel Banquet Raises nearly $9,000 for Star Island

Star Island’s sense of community was evident on the eve of the Island’s opening as nearly two dozen Pels volunteered their time to put on the first ever off-island banquet to raise money for the Annual Fund. And when it was over, the Annual Fund had nearly $9,000 more.

The event at South Church in Portsmouth on July 21 was as close to the traditional Friday night Star Island banquet as you could get without being on the island. There was social hour—with wonderful hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and festive sparkling cider—the traditional family style steak dinner with a vegetarian option and an unforgettable Pel Show.

And for over 100 guests and volunteers, it was a time of celebration because the first of the Island’s 2007 guests were to arrive the next day.

Like others in the Star community, the Pels wanted to do something to help the Island. And in just two weeks, they put together a banquet that will live in the memory of the Shoalers who attended.

A family from the International Affairs Conference was so inspired that they offered to match banquet donations of $100 or more up to $2,500. And a youngster who attended sold magnets with Star Island photographs she had taken. The nearly $9,000 that was raised included the banquet donations, the matching gift and the money from the sale of the magnets (that went for $3 each).

“I think this event was great and the enthusiasm shown by the Pelicans and the attendees was very uplifting in this turbulent period,” said Ben Kunz, Pelican Club Development Officer and one of the event organizers.

Pennants on the banquet tables proclaimed “U will come back!” With this sense of community, how can it be otherwise!

On the Island

Search for New Star Island Executive Begins

This message posted on behalf of Brad Greeley, President.

I am sorry to let you know that our Executive Director, Amy Lockwood, has resigned her position as of August 3rd for personal reasons. We are saddened at her leaving but the Board was pleased to accept her offer of continuing to consult with us during the transition to new leadership. Dave Boynton has agreed to become acting Executive Director while we search for an Interim ED.

The Island Staff have been informed and are saddened by the news but are committed to making the rest of the season an excellent experience for conferees.

The Board is strong in its praise for the work Amy has done for us and admiring of how she lead us through the last month to where we were able to open and welcome conferees.

This press release was sent to the media late yesterday afternoon.

We hope you will share your appreciation of the hard work Amy has done on our behalf and join with us as we move towards a sounder and safer Island home.

In the spirit,
Brad Greeley, Pres,
SIC Board of Directors

On the Island

Boston Globe visits Star Island

Reporter Sarah Schweitzer and photographer Jason Johns visited Star Island last week and the result is a front tramadol online delivery page article in today’s Boston Globe!

Island back in business: Repairs finished, N.H. retreat reopens to relief of regulars

“This placid island 7 miles off the coast is a place of deep attachments for visitors. Hundreds return each summer, like their parents and grandparents before them, to attend religious retreats and educational seminars on the island, with its candlelit stone chapel, rows of line-drying laundry, arranged according to the colors of the rainbow, and preferred pastimes of reflection and meditation.”