Will Star Island open in 2021?
We certainly hope it will – but it is too soon to say. As we plan for our 2021 season, we are working with a team of experts to determine what it would look like to open safely for overnight guests. Over the next several months, we will work closely with conference leaders, committees, and others on modeling various scenarios, and establishing policies and procedures to facilitate a safe and healthy 2021 season. We plan to communicate with the Star Island community throughout this process. Regardless of the outcome, we are committed to the health and safety of everyone that comes to Star Island, and to the long-term health and vitality of our precious island.
When will conference registration open for 2021?
Conference registration typically begins on January 1st, but we are planning on starting this process a little later this year. Although much remains uncertain at this time, we do anticipate providing more clarity about our 2021 season well in advance of when people will need to register to attend a conference.
Why did the island close for the entire 2020 season?
We considered all the possibilities and made the decision not to open the island in 2020 based on our top priority, the health and safety of all people who come to Star. After consultation with our medical advisors and regulatory agencies, we determined that it would have been unsafe to gather large groups on the island at any point last season.
Will Star Island survive?
This is a critical moment in Star Island’s history. Not opening for the 2020 conference season meant losing nearly all budgeted operating income, and we have a long way to go before we will be able to earn room and board income again. Recognizing the severity of the current circumstances, many in our community have risen to the challenge by increasing their charitable support for Star Island, including hundreds of first time donors. We have also received generous support from local businesses and public and private grant funding. In the months ahead, we will continue to rely on extraordinary support from our community as we build our resources to hedge against the continued uncertainty we will face in 2021 and beyond.
So yes, Star Island will survive. Star has held strong through many significant challenges, including the 1918 influenza pandemic, two World Wars, and the island opening late in 2007. In this historically challenging year, our community is showing exactly what Star Island means to all of us.
How can I help?
We are so grateful for the dedication of our community, and our shared sense of stewardship for Star Island. At this pivotal time for Star, your generosity will make a big difference. With your support, we will get through these unprecedented challenges and We Will Come Back!
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