All Star 2 Family Conference: Starting a food revolution…one yard at a time

July 7, 2018 to July 14, 2018

Family-friendly, creative, and diverse, All Star II is a week that can be as active or relaxing as you’d like it to be. Opportunities abound for both adults and children to make or enjoy music and art; dive into a game of baseball, volleyball, or tennis; explore the harbor by rowboat; investigate the island’s history or marine and bird life; play games; join together in the candle-lit stone chapel; take a morning polar bear dip or a yoga break; bring your talents to the stage on stunt night or at the musicale; watch the sunset at a music-laden marshmallow roast; listen to some engaging “talks on the rocks;” partake in the many All Star II traditions; or just settle into a porch rocker to talk with friends new and old or read a good book. There are few demands but many temptations, and even more opportunities to create the kind of lasting friendships that continually delight new Shoalers and keep old Shoalers coming back for years.

Theme of the Week

Linda Borghi and Criss Ittermann are passionate and experienced individuals who believes that part of the answer to essentially every problem facing modern society – healthcare, jobs, food, security, climate change, and more – is found in nutrient dense food and in the soil right under our feet. Local food and regenerative farming practices – BioEnergetic Agriculture – are the antidote to climate change, the engine for developing local economies, job creation, moving beyond sick care, and so much more. Their movement is called Farm-A-Yard. Whether you plan to make a career out of farming, simply want to turn your landscape into a homestead for personal consumption, want to pull up some grass and grow a garden, or you want to start a container garden on the back porch, Linda and Criss will address every level of “farming and farmer” during their lectures. For food to be grown and eaten to its potential there must be a true desire to participate in agriculture that is rooted in ecological sustainability and motivated by community, quality, and nutrition; not purely production and profit. The mission of Farm-A-Yard is to educate people on how to grow clean local vibrant food free of toxins and GMO’s, provide an open source of information that allows people to take control of their own personal agriculture, connect and decentralize our food system, bring focus towards the qualitative value of food and grow as much of it as we can!

Youth Programming

Experienced and dedicated program staff guide children – from newborns to high-school students – through their week. Grouped by age, children gather with their leaders for an hour and a half every morning and most afternoons. Together, they’ll visit the art barn to delve into guided art projects, investigate island mysteries and lore, row to nearby Smuttynose, spend lots of time outdoors, and – among many other activities – explore the marine lab’s touch and temporary holding tanks that showcase the surrounding sea life. Care is taken to help each group bond and each child prosper. Highlights include the Children’s Stunt Show, where kids take to the stage to perform skits and songs before an enthusiastic audience, and the Great People Hunt, an island-wide, highly spirited game of hide and seek that involves all ages Each group has its own meeting space and two leaders. Before you arrive on Star, your child’s leaders will send a welcome letter noting any special requests for the week. Recent high school graduates can opt to participate in the senior-teen group.

Theme Speaker

Linda Borghi & Criss Ittermann

Minister of the Week

Rev. Megan Kelly Gorman

Program Fee

$100/adult (18+) and $85/child


Financial assistance is available to individuals with need through the The Ginny Levine Shoalership Fund. For information and an application, visit our website or contact All inquiries and awards are kept confidential.

Room & Board Rates

These rates include lodging, meals, and ferry transportation.

AS2 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.

AS2 Under 6 6-11 Yrs 12-17 Yrs
Youths Free $448 $640

Ferry Schedule

Saturday, July 7
Departure: Portsmouth 2:25 p.m.
Arrival: Star Island 3:25 p.m
Saturday, July 14
Departure: Star Island 8:20 a.m.
Arrival: Portsmouth 9:45 a.m.


Contact Registrar Ron Cordes at