All Star 2 Family Conference 2020 Saturday, July 11 - Saturday, July 18, 2020

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!

All Star 2 registration page at
Link here


Your 2020 Conference Chairs: Alison Barrows Ronn  and Matt Ronn

Welcome to the 2020 All Star 2 Conference webpage!!  We are thrilled and honored to be the 2020 chairs and are excited to share information about the week. 

We are having a great time planning this year’s conference.  We’re very excited about some new things we’re planning, as we continue to make sure the traditions we all love stay alive.  If you have ideas, questions or thoughts to share, please contact us at  It’s going to be a great week!  

See you on the dock – Alison and Matt

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 WeekFollowing the Sun: Renewable Energy for Your Home and the World

Solar energy is more than just panels on the roof. You can build or renovate a house to use the sun for heating, cooling, and proper lighting. Hilton Dier will be showing you how to use siting, landscaping, design, and materials to make your home more comfortable, more earth-friendly, and cheaper to live in. He’ll also offer some perspective on the worldwide forces that affect your energy use and where you fit in to the big picture.

About the Speaker: TBD


Minister of the Week: TBD


Music Director: TBD


Registration, Fees, and Logistics

Registrar contact information:
Brooke Cordes


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 All inquiries and awards are kept confidential.

Star Island Corporation also has a financial grant program. The confidential program is available to individuals and families who are registered for a conference. Although you may apply for both a conference scholarship and financial grant from Star Island Corporation, you may not accept both, and will have to choose between them.  Please use the link below for more information:

Boat schedule:

Depart Portsmouth, N.H. aboard the Thomas Laighton on Saturday, July 6, at 2:25 PM. Depart Star on Saturday, July 13, at 8:20 AM. (Times subject to change - the boat letter has all the details.)

Information for Shoalers (conference attendees)

Behind the Scenes