A Midsummer Night’s Daydream
Each year, the All Star 1 conference begins about a week after the summer solstice. So, we’ll reflect on this mysterious seasonal change, the moment when summer begins, and yet the hours of daylight immediately begin to diminish. This also ties in with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” one of the works of William Shakespeare. Or is it? Our guest speaker, Dr. Earl Showerman, will lead us through a fascinating exploration of the “Shakespeare Authorship Question,” which some call the greatest literary mystery of all time.
All Star 1 has a vibrant Children’s Program, which is led by 20 talented, committed, and fun educators. Children are divided into eight groups, ranging in age from infants to young adults. Teachers meet with their group twice a day, in the morning from 9:30-11:30 and in the afternoon from 1:30-3:00. Kids look forward to many established traditions, as well as new and unique activities. Our Children’s Art Barn projects are exceptional. Kids can start their day with a 7:00 AM Polar Bear dip, followed by hot cocoa on the front porch. Children’s Morning Chapel has become a multi-generational favorite, with real-life storytelling modeled after the radio show “The Moth.” Other intergenerational activities include a softball game, 4th of July games, the “Grand March,” a kid’s talent show, and our very own “Great People Hunt.” Kids can hang out on our playgrounds, shoot baskets, visit the Marine Lab, and play tennis or pickleball. There are cherished memories to be made for the children of AS1. Please feel free to be in touch with our Children’s Program Coordinators Deb and Tom Walton if you wish to share ways in which we can help make your child’s experience the highlight of their summer!
Dr. Earl Showerman, MD, President of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship
Minister of the Week
Rev. Nancy Wood, Spiritual Care Department Manager and Director of Clinical Pastoral Education, The University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT
(up to $380/family)
New and returning shoalers in financial need are encouraged to apply to All Star I’s Financial Assistance Program. Up to half of the Room & Board and the conference fee will be awarded (parking fee is not included). Applicants are encouraged to ask for only what they truly need to be able to attend ASI. Applicants must complete and submit the financial assistance application form (available at https://allstarone.org/) to the Registrars along with their conference registration form.
The conference registrar is Susan O’Loughlin. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.