Star Gathering Weekend UCC Family Conference: Storytelling

September 4 or 5 to September 7

Join us for a fun and relaxing Labor Day weekend on our beautiful island home! Our award-winning speaker, Valerie Tutson, will share her experience in African storytelling traditions. Join friends, new and old, as we learn how storytelling can build community and inspire action.  What’s your story?

Teacher-led programming is provided for children through Middle School age and is scheduled at the same time as the adult program led by Valerie Tutson. In addition, fun activities for all ages are scheduled throughout the afternoon and evening — examples include field games, softball, swimming, crafts, board games, trivia, and much more!

Program Speaker

Valerie Tutson, Professional Storyteller

Program Fee

$45/per adult; $25/ youth

Room & Board Rates

Adults Standard Shared Standard Single Motel Shared Motel Single
3-nights $494 $660 $607 $906
2-nights $380 $503 $465 $660


Youth 12-17 yrs 6-11 yrs 0-5 yrs
3-nights $333 $233 Free
2-nights $258 $178 Free

Star Gathering is happy to provide financial assistance to help shoalers, old and new, join us on Star Island! Register today and defer the Room and Board deposit and Conference Program fees until you hear back about financial aid. The conference is better with you there, please apply if it helps get you out to the island this summer!


Conference Chair: Tina Morris:

Registrar: Lee McTighe:

Returning Shoaler Discount!

If you are returning to Star Island this summer and bring a new Shoaler you will receive either a $50 or $125 room and board credit depending how many people you refer.

1-3 referrals – $50 credit
4+ referrals – $125 credit

New Shoalers receives 25% off room & board of one of the select conferences when referred by a returning Shoaler.

The returning Shoaler must fill out the discount application. The application asks for the name of the person who referred the new Shoaler – SIC staff will credit the returning Shoaler’s room and board bill when a name is submitted on the application.

Discount Deadline: Two weeks prior to the conference you plan to attend.