Posts Categorized: Shoaler Voices

A Break-Up with Technology: The Star Island Phenomenon

Written by Liz MacLean A Much Needed Technology Break-Up (For the Day, Anyway) Once the boat had docked and the masses of people unloaded, I walked up the front lawn and checked my phone. No service. For many of my friends, this would lead to heart palpitations and a minor anxiety attack. Going without a… Read more >


STARlandia A hymn for Star Island Music from Finlandia by Jean Sibelius New lyric by Steven Ratiner This is our time, the chapel bell is ringing. Our way is lit by lantern and the moon. This is our time, this night, this island-hour. The path is old – our passing makes it new. This is… Read more >

Winter Caretaker Shares Story on NHPR

The voice of Star Island’s winter caretaker was broadcast over the air recently when a story about her unique job and the journey that led her here was shared on New Hampshire Public Radio. Reported by Sean Hurley, the piece provides a look into Alex de Steiguer’s background and the inspiration she finds on Star… Read more >

Star Map: South Rocks

by Ellen M. Taylor, Writers in the Round As a child, we would sail out to Star Island from Kittery on the family cat boat, made by my father and named “The Flying Clod.” There was always that moment when Star came into view, the grand Oceanic Hotel like a figurehead on the prow of… Read more >

Star Map: Lawrance

by Karen Ellis, Star Gathering 1 & 2 I only know that I write “LAWRANCE” on my basket supplies and tools and they magically appear in a room at the end of the porch on the first floor of Gosport. From that moment on, it becomes “the basket room” for those attending Star Gathering 1… Read more >