2018 registration will open on February 1, 2018

All Star 2 Family Conference 2018    Saturday, July 7 - Saturday, 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; engage in the morning lecture series or afternoon 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.

Read more about Star Island in the March-April 2017 issue of Harvard Magazine or in this 2012 article from the Boston Globe!

Your 2018 Conference Chairs: Josh and Fiona Monllor

Welcome to the 2018 All Star 2 Conference webpage!!
We are thrilled and honored to be the 2018 chairs and are excited to share information about the week.

We have a long family history with Star beginning in 1986 when Tom, Vivian, Fiona and Eric Duncan started attending All Star II.  Josh and Makayla started attending with Fiona in 2002.  Makayla grew up on the island and has attended All Star II as well as the YES conference.  Jackson and Carter became shoalers in 2010.  They would have been on island in 2009 but as we were only six weeks into being the parents of twins, the decision was made to wait a year before introducing the boys to the wonders and freedom of Star Island.  They have eagerly attended every year since. 
We have had a great time planning the 2018 conference so far and look forward to a fun-filled week with friends old and new.  Feel free to contact us with ideas, thoughts or questions at as2chairs2018@allstar2.org.

Looking forward to seeing you all on the dock,
Josh and Fiona 



Children's Program

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 of the WeekStarting a revolution – One yard at a time

Linda Borghi is a passionate and experienced individual 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. Her movement is called Farm-A-Yard.

About the Speaker: Linda Borghi
Linda Borghi of Abundant Life Farm in Walker Valley, NY has worked both sides of the fence, as both a vendor and producer. She began her career in 1977, managing four star restaurants on the upper east side of Manhattan, including La Grenouille, Bruno’s, Toscana and Piccolo Mondo. She began farming in 1988 on Block Island, RI where she established Abundant Life Farm. There she invented a 5-gallon pasteurization machine, and was the only farm in the country with a “herd” of one cow to be licensed to sell cheese to the public. In 1992 she returned to the mainland to manage the cut flower operation of 26 Costco wholesale locations. Her territory was from Norfolk, VA to Holbrook, LI. In 1998 she was the first intern at the Pfeiffer Center Garden in Chestnut Ridge NY, which pioneered the practices of Rudolf Steiner’s Biodynamic agriculture. In 2004 she re-established Abundant Life where she began practicing SPIN-Farming and established the Eat Local Virtual Farm stand which created a direct distribution channel from farmer to eater. In 2009 Linda spoke at the United Nations at a conference entitled Food, Famine and the Future of Food Technology. In 2015 she felt the strong desire to teach others of both the importance of why they should farm-a-yard and how to do it so she took it on the road with the “Grow Food Earn Money Tour”. She is now located in South Carolina and continues to educate and grow opportunities for others through online Yard-Farming trainings.






Minister of the Week: Reverend Megan Kelly Gorman

Reverend Megan Kelly Gorman has been an enthusiastic All Star II Shoaler since 1982 and is delighted to be on staff again as Minister of the week. Megan grew up as an active member of Central Unitarian Church in Paramus, New Jersey and was ordained there in April of 2006. Megan was a Religious Studies Major at Connecticut College with a Minor in Gender and Women's Studies. She graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 2003 and became a Board Certified hospital chaplain specializing in end of life care, trauma and pediatrics. Megan transitioned into working in hospital administration in 2010 but she continues to serve by volunteering as a minister in her local UU congregation and at large. She relishes serving as a minister on Star because it is this community that inspired her to become a religious leader and very much looks forward to connecting with new and old Shoalers alike.






Music Director: Scott Ward

Scott Ward joined the staff of First Unitarian Church of Wilmington as Music Director in 1991. In 1996, the Congregation honored him with the title of Honorary Minister of Music. Scott studied church music and classical voice at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. His musical background however, is very strong in the music of Broadway. Scott has been musical and stage director for countless musicals (from community theater to equity houses) and has performed as an actor in several of these shows. Composition is another love of Scott’s: he has written many published and unpublished works, including two oratorios, three song cycles, and two musicals. Conducting has become Scott’s favorite musical outlet. He especially enjoys working with nonprofessional singers and working together through the creative process to create beautiful performances. An avid writer, Scott has written several poems, essays, and short stories and has published two books, “A UU Service of Lessons and Carols” and “Misc. Poems”. He is currently in final production of his new book “Why is There an Olive Pit in My Pocket?” due out in the fall of 2017. Also in the recording studio working on his first solo album “Songs of my Heritage” Scottish and Irish ballads. Scott is also a Certified Hospital Chaplain.



Registration, Fees, and Logistics

The conference fee is $100 per adult (age 18 as of July 7, 2018) and $85 per child (age 0 to 18).

A room and board deposit of $200 for each adult or child who will be 6 years of age or over as of July 7, 2018 is due with registration. Each 18+ child out of high school must register separately. Ten dollars of each individual’s conference fee will be donated to the Ginny Levine Financial Aid Fund (up to $40 per family). Additional donations to this financial aid fund are welcome. The room and board deposit and conference fee are refundable until Friday, June 8, 2018. All correspondence will be sent via email, so please remember to include your email address when registering.

Registrar contact information:
Ron Cordes
3 Jeffrey Circle
Bedford, MA 01730
781-275-5258

Notifications: All notifications (including acceptance letters, communications about wait lists and volunteer jobs, and the "boat letter" that will give you all the necessary information for the week) will be sent via email, so don't forget to include your email address on your registration form. If you do not have an email address, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your registration and we will snail mail the letters to you.


Financial aid:  

For those in need, financial aid is available through grants from the Ginny Levine Fund.  For information and an application click here or contact financial.aid@allstar2.org. All inquiries and awards are kept confidential.


Boat schedule: Depart Portsmouth, N.H. aboard the Thomas Laighton on Saturday, July 7, at 2:25 PM. Depart Star on Saturday, July 14, at 8:20 AM. (Times subject to change - the boat letter has all the details.)


Information for Shoalers (conference attendees)

Behind the Scenes