Starry Night 2023


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5-7:30 PM  |  Saturday, November 11, 2023  |  10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH


Starry Night returns in 2023 as an in-person event. Like previous Starry Nights, this annual event will feature a silent auction, a theme talk, live music, and refreshments. We look forward to welcoming you to this lively event whether you know Star Island very well, or are just in the mood for good conversation and entertainment. This year we are excited to have Isaac Fitzgerald as the featured speaker. Before and after his talk you are welcome to bid in the silent auction on any number of items. If you’re looking to add to your Star Island art collection, the Starry Night silent auction always has several pieces available.

Presentation with Isaac Fitzgerald

A portrait image of Isaac Fitzgerald looking into the distance with an ocean shoreline in the backgroundStar Island is pleased to announce that the theme speaker for our Starry Night 2022 event will be Isaac Fitzgerald, a former Pelican. Isaac is the New York Times bestselling author of Dirtbag, Massachusetts. He appears frequently on The Today Show and is also the author of the bestselling children’s book How to Be a Pirate as well as the co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them and Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos. His writing has appeared in the New York TimesThe AtlanticEsquireThe GuardianThe Best American Nonrequired Reading, and numerous other publications. He lives in Brooklyn. Photo credit: Remi Morawski.


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Silent Auction

The Starry Night silent auction is known for its creative offerings. You’ll likely find artwork by people who visit Star Island, and artwork featuring scenes from the island. You are invited to stroll through the gallery space to see what items you might like to purchase for yourself, or as a gift. We aim to have items of various price points to bid on, and various types of items. For instance, you could bid on the chance to name a frappe from the Star Island’s Snack Bar in 2023. Winning bids for the silent auction will support the Star Island Annual Fund.


Local musician Seth Gooby will perform two sets of music during Starry Night this year. He will provide live music before and after the theme talk by Isaac Fitzgerald. You may recall Seth’s music from previous in-person Starry Night events, and we look forward to hearing him perform again. If you’re curious about his music, check out Seth’s website to hear him play.


Starry Night takes place at the Discover Portsmouth Center located at 10 Middle Street in Portsmouth, NH. Limited parking is available behind the building. More parking locations, including the Foundry Garage, can be found at various public lots and garages a short walk away ranging from 1 to 10 minutes. A ramp into the Discover Portsmouth Center can be found at the rear entrance. The Discover Portsmouth Center is located within Portsmouth’s historic downtown. Numerous restaurants, cafes, and bars are a short walk away. You might consider continuing your Starry Night conversations over a meal after the event.

Online Option

This year we will also offer an online option for Starry Night. The online option will consist of watching the talk delivered by Isaac Fitzgerald. We anticipate being able to share questions online viewers have with Isaac during the Q&A portion of the event. The online option does not include the silent auction, music, or refreshments. Register for the online option to receive the link to the YouTube live stream.

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