Life on a Star 2 Family Conference – Play

August 18, 2018 to August 25, 2018

Theme Speaker

We are so very fortunate to have one of our very own LOAS2 family as our theme speaker and lover of play! John Keefe is a journalist, tinkerer and coder who works at Quartz as a developer in the Quartz Bot Studio and product manager of Quartz’s breakthrough apps. Keefe also teaches classes on bots and rapid prototyping at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and runs a tiny tinkering company called Really Good Smarts LLC. Before moving to Quartz, he was Senior Editor for Data News at public radio station WNYC, leading a team of journalists to find playful ways to approach data reporting and design — and leading “play days” at work for team experimentation. Keefe is the author of Family Projects for Smart Objects: Tabletop Projects That Respond to Your World from Maker Media, which grew from his effort to make something new every week for a year. Keefe has led classes and workshops at Columbia University, the New School University, and New York University. He was also an Innovator in Residence at West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media. Keefe blogs at and tweets as @jkeefe.

Minister of the Week

Rev. Carol Thomas Cissel, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County, State College, PA

Youth Programming

Life on A Star is a family conference. Children and youth meet with their peer groups and two experienced group leaders during designated morning and afternoon times for fun and adventure (parents are responsible for their children at all other times). On any given day, you might find your child racing hand-made boats off the dock, visiting the marine lab, climbing on the playground equipment, rowing to a neighboring island or tie-dyeing. Infants and toddlers as well are supported by loving caregivers in a safe environment. Teens are challenged with collaborative games and activities as well as stimulating discussions. And while your children are busy reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones, you will be free to explore workshops and special activities designed just for adults. Meals are served family style and evening activities are geared for the whole family as well. Some of the beloved LOAS 2 traditions include: the talent show, an intergenerational dance, the musicale, lobster night, a marshmallow roast on the rocks, bingo night, sharing lime rickeys at the snack bar or just relaxing over a board game with a group of old and new friends.

Program Fee:

$130 per adult; $80 per child under the age of 18

Scholarship Info

Partial financial aid is available. For more details, please click here.

Room & Board Rates

These rates include lodging, meals, and ferry transportation.

LOAS2 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.

LOAS2 Under 6 6-11 Yrs 12-17 Yrs
Youths Free $448 $640

Ferry Schedule

Saturday, August 18
Departure: Portsmouth 2:25 p.m.
Arrival: Star Island 3:25 p.m
Saturday, August 25
Departure: Star Island 8:20 a.m.
Arrival: Portsmouth 9:45 a.m.


Contact the registrar, Mary Heafy at