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.”

On the Island

2007 Star Island Personal Retreat Details

PDF documents available for download: Personal Retreat Registration Form (this is for reference—reservations will be taken by phone, see below for details) and Personal Retreat Information Sheet

We are incredibly pleased to be able to offer this time as an opportunity for personal retreats at Our Spirit’s Home. This is wonderful news on so many fronts. Shoalers whose conferences had been cancelled will now be able to spend some time on Star…the Star Island Corporation will be able to recover some of the financial losses it has incurred since June….relations between the Rye Fire Department and Star Island Corporation are cooperative and collaborative….the Island is safer than ever….YOU CAN (and WILL) COME BACK!

Services: We are able to offer personal retreats, not conferences. A number of traditional island services are offered, but not official conference programming. We hope this is a time for Shoalers from many different Island groups to come together on Star to share the natural environment, fellowship and spirit that the Island has to offer. Conference Services will be available to work with guests who are interested in setting up impromptu events, and all scheduled events should be inclusive of all guests.

  • Vaughn Cottage, the Marine Lab and other buildings will be open
  • Welcome wagon
  • Morning coffee
  • Lobster Night on Thursday (Lobsters are $12; order at the Front Desk)
  • Showers Tuesday & Friday from 1:00 to 6:00
  • Hot water delivery available every morning
  • Pel Show on Wednesday
  • Banquet night on Friday
  • Grand March on Friday
  • Behind-the-scenes tour (day TBA)
  • Bird walk
  • Botany walk
  • “Death tour” (our kid-friendly cemetery tour)
  • Q&A Session on the Summer Closure etc (day TBA)
  • Geology walk
  • Low tide walk
  • Historical tour
  • Polar bearing & swimming
  • Rowboats ($3 per hour)
  • Softball on Tuesday, Retreaters vs. Pelicans
  • Lindquist Deck/Newton Hall Social Hours
  • Evening hall monitoring for children under age 8, 8:00 to 11:00 pm

Registration & Confirmation: Application is by phone only—(603) 601-0832. The Front Desk will be taking applications from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily. Please refer to the accompanying sample Personal Retreat Registration Form before making your phone call. Registrations must be confirmed verbally or in writing. Our registrar will review your application and determine availability. You will get a confirmation call or email within 24 hours. If you have not heard from us by then, please contact the Front Desk.

Room Classifications: Single, double with 2 twin beds, double with a double bed and triple rooms are available. We also have motel units, which have 2 twin beds and a private bathroom. Manager’s Cottage is a private building with three bedrooms, a living area, and a bathroom with shower—speak to the island registrar for details. Room preferences will be honored when possible; no specific room request is guaranteed.

Deposits: We are not collecting deposits for personal retreats. We ask that you seriously commit to coming to Star if you make a reservation. Please do not make a reservation unless you are able to keep it.

Room and Board: Room and board is charged per night per person. Adult Double, $87. Adult Single, $105. Adult Motel Double, $93. Adult Triple, $81. Adult Motel Single, $154. Adult Manager’s Cottage, $130. Youth rates are charged by age regardless of room type. Youth aged 12-17, $69. Youth aged 6-11, $54. Youth aged 2-5, $41. Youth under age 2, $18.

Other Fees:

  • Boat fare is $39 for age 13-adult. Youth aged 2-12, $28. Youth under 2, no charge.
  • Evening Child Monitoring is $46 for a full week, $20 for a partial week—this is a mandatory charge for all families with children under age 8.
  • Parking is $10 per car per day or any part of a day.

Payment on Island: Full payment is required on island. We do not accept credit cards—we take checks, cash, or traveler’s checks. There is a $25 fee for failure to pay bill on-island.

Boat Schedule:

  • Boats depart Rye at 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Boats depart Star at 8:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.
  • Your boat will be assigned when your registration is confirmed. Because we use block parking, your departure time cannot be altered. The boat takes about 30 minutes.

Luggage Restrictions: Luggage is restricted to one checked bag per person, weighing not more than 50 pounds. One carry on bag per person is also welcome plus one additional luggable item such as an easel, a musical instrument, a tennis racket, etc.

For more information: Please download a PDF of our “Blue Book,” which details island life and conference information in much greater detail (although it does not include specifics of this new Personal Retreat ‘conference’). If you have other questions, you can call the Front Desk at (603) 601-0832 or email frontdesk@starisland.org (note that we cannot take emailed reservations).

On the Island

Star Island to Open its Doors!

Star Island Personal Retreats

Personal Retreats on Star Island will begin on Sunday, July 22nd—details are now available and we are taking reservations.

A message from Amy Lockwood, Executive Director. This information is also available as a PDF media release.

As you know, we have been working closely with the Rye Fire Department and New Hampshire fire officials to outline a thorough process to enhance the level of safety at Star Island. As a result of the assertive planning and execution of the life safety upgrades, we are pleased to inform you that today the Rye Fire Department granted Star Island permission to reopen.

We are so thankful for the support of the safety officials who guided our people through this process, to the licensed professionals who completed the safety upgrades expeditiously, and to our people and the generous community for its uncompromising support as we worked diligently to make the essential life safety upgrades.

Star Island will reopen its doors to conferees Sunday, July 22, 2007.

Our focus now turns to our hotel operations so we may ensure our facilities are ready for the arrival of our conferees and other visitors. We are now contacting conference leaders directly to inform them of the opening as we coordinate the new transportation schedules and other details. We ask for the continued patience of our conferees as we make these arrangements.

During the next several days, we will be contacting our vendors, ordering food, and making the beds in anticipation of our guests. We apologize again for this disruption and we look forward to serving everyone again in the days and months ahead.

We have asked our conference leaders to begin assessing the interest of conferees in attending a personal retreat model conference. Star Island will begin taking reservations from planned guests on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 5 p.m. Priority will be given to the conferences scheduled for this time period. Reservations may be made by contacting the front desk of Star Island’s Oceanic Hotel by calling (603) 601-0832. Complete registration details will be published here on the website as soon as they are available—before 5 p.m.