All Star 1 Family Conference: Shimmer, Sparkle, and Shine … Together!

June 30, 2018 to July 7, 2018

Join us for a week of conversation, laughter, cherished traditions, and a few sparkling new ways to remind us why Star is truly our Spirit’s Home.

Having grown up (and older!) together as dear Star Island friends, your chairs are going for the “whole package” of what makes our time together so special – knowing that, for each person, the answer is different. Whether you are early to rise (for the Polar Bear Dip, tennis, reflection at the summer house, or chatting over coffee), or late to bed (following chapel, music, salt & pepper bocci, or late-night poker) – or even all of the above, with everything in between (Talks on the rocks! Book club! Lunch!) – we are all about you doing you … which, of course, makes for a richer “us.”

Our Conference Speaker, Sarah Somers, is a lawyer who has dedicated her career to connecting low-income and socially disadvantaged communities to their rights, including as a legal aid attorney in Alameda County, California; a lawyer for the Native American Protection and Advocacy Project on the Navajo Nation; and, most recently, as an advocate for the National Health Law Program (NHelP). Addressing Social Justice Advocacy through the Law, Sarah’s talks will range from specific topics in healthcare law — including women’s reproductive health, eldercare, the rights of children with disabilities, and issues impacting America’s population at large — to general trends in the Supreme Court’s treatment of cases filed on behalf of disadvantaged communities. Sarah will lead our conference in a compelling conversation about how the United States can recommit, through law and action, to helping those most in need and with the fewest resources.

And, as always, there is much, much more:

  • Bring the kids for a week of off-the-grid wonder, fun, and shared experiences as supervised by our creative, inspiring and loving children’s program;
  • Be ready to move and/or groove, whether on the softball/soccer/Ultimate field or during the myriad – yes, myriad! — opportunities to soak in the music and shake your money-maker; and
  • Always feel free to rejuvenate in your own way – whether with a book, a kite, a poem, an instrument, a song, a paintbrush, a craft, or a friend … not to mention quiet time with the rocks and sea, or by dwelling among memories of the generations of Shoalers who came before us.

It will be a beautiful week. We can’t wait to see you.

Youth Programming

All Star One’s youth programming is the foundation of lifelong memories for kids, beginning with the babies, and all the way through high school. Our groups meet in the morning and afternoons, with boundless multi-generational opportunities across the week to play, sing, dance, and create. The All Star One Great People Hunt is famous across all nine Shoals and beyond!

Theme Speaker

Sarah Somers, J.D., MPH, National Health Law Project

Minister of the Week

The Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley, North Chapel, Woodstock, Vermont

Program Fee

$100 per adult (18+); $80 per child not to exceed a family maximum of $385 dollars


Please do not allow financial concerns to impact your decision to apply. Up to 50 percent of registration fees and room and board may be covered. Costs such as parking and boat fees and on-Island expenses are not covered.

Soon after completing your registration, please send a financial aid application to the All Star I registrar, Susan O’Loughlin (, 123 Briarcliff Rd. Durham, NC 27707. Applications are held in strict confidentiality and are only viewed by the Financial Assistance Committee. If your circumstances change between submitting your application and the start of the conference and you find you need financial assistance, please send the application to the registrar and it will be processed as quickly as possible. Applying for financial assistance will not affect your chances of being admitted to the conference.

Contributions to the All Star I Financial Assistance Fund are welcomed and encouraged. Please consider a donation to the Financial Assistance fund. You can write a check payable to All Star One, with memo “FA Fund” and mail to Ann Etter at 820 Superior Dr, Northfield, MN 55057.

Room & Board Rates

These rates include lodging, meals, and ferry transportation.

AS1 Standard Shared Standard Single Motel Shared Motel Single
Adult 18+ $967 $1,315 $1,191 $1,747


Youth rates are determined by age on the first day of the program, regardless of room type.

AS1 Under 6 6-11 Yrs 12-17 Yrs
Youths Free $448 $640

Ferry Schedule

Saturday, June 30
Departure: Portsmouth 2:25 p.m.
Arrival: Star Island 3:25 p.m
Saturday, July 7
Departure: Star Island 8:20 a.m.
Arrival: Portsmouth 9:45 a.m.


Please direct questions to our chairs at or to our registrar, Susan O’Loughlin, at