All Star II 2011

Dates: July 9 - 16, 2011 (Saturday to Saturday)Chairs: Jim and Noni Cooper, chairs2011@allstar2.org, 781.674.99832011 boat letter: All Star II 2011 Boat Letter (PDF) (Right-click to download file)

Renewal on the rocks...

Discover the magic as we gather with family and friends on an Island ten miles out to relax, reflect and renew. During All Star II, young and old will awake to the sounds of ocean and gulls, marvel at the diversity of flora and fellow Shoalers, and close each day with an inspirational candlelight service in Star's historic stone chapel. Hours in between are filled with sports, art, music, rowing, theatre, dancing, reading, friendship, and a thought-provoking lecture series, or simply relaxing in a porch rocker at the Oceanic Hotel, communing with one's self, one's family, and old and new friends. Morning and afternoon children's programs led by our wonderful and expert staff offer creative fun for the kids. Gather with us in 2011 for laughter, friendship and spiritual renewal.

Enjoy talks on the rocks and walks on the rocks; painting and dancing; kids and games and classes and stories, choirs and colors of evening. Tennis and softball and Frisbees and kites; speakers and singers, pickers and players and sitting and knitting. Brains and brawn, exhilaration and meditation; swimming and volleyball, expectation, exhaustion, and showering. The sun, the gulls, the moon, the stars; candles and sandals, soothing and singing, and the grass and the flowers; the ocean, the sails, the masts and the waves, and the porch and the friends, oh the friends. Rocking and reading and listening. Join us!

New for 2011: Become a fan of All Star II on Facebook!

2011 conference theme and guest speaker: "Simplicity By Design" with Dr. John Maeda

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." — Leonardo da Vinci

"John Maeda is the 'Steve Jobs' of academia." — Forbes Magazine, November 2, 2010

The 21st Century challenges us with complexities in our daily lives, from the technology we use to live and create, to our struggles to find effective leadership in a world strife with social issues and threats to global sustainability. How can we simplify? How can we harness technology to spur our creativity? How can we effectively lead?Guest speaker Dr. John Maeda is president of the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and a world-renowned artist, graphic designer, computer scientist and educator whose career reflects his philosophy of humanizing technology. Educated at MIT, where he served for 12 years as associate director of research at the MIT Media Lab, and voted by Esquire Magazine in 2008 as one of the 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century, Dr. Maeda is an accomplished author and international superstar in the fields of design technology, education and the arts, known worldwide as a pioneering voice for simplicity and innovative thinking in the digital age.

Maeda has lectured widely, including at Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, the Royal College of Art, Stanford and UCLA; at the Centre Pompidou, TED conferences and Walker Art Center; and for corporations such as Herman Miller, Sony, Steelcase, Toshiba and Yahoo!.

Join us as we gain valuable insight into our 21st century existence through the thoughts, ideas and reflections of one of the most provocative minds of our time.

Read more about John at the RISD web site.

Follow John's Twitter feed.

March 16, 2011: Adobe Museum of Digital Media Announces New Exhibition: John Maeda: Atoms + Bits= the neue Craft (ABC)

All Star II 2011 Minister of the Week: our very own Megan Kelly

We are delighted to announce our 2011 Minister of the Week: long-time All Star II shoaler Megan Kelly. A lifelong Unitarian Universalist, Megan graduated with a degree in Religious Studies from Connecticut College followed by a Master's in Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. Her participation in All Star II since the age of six played an integral role in Megan's decision to pursue ministry. She furthered her training by completing a yearlong residency in clinical pastoral education at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. In 2006 Megan was ordained by her home congregation in Paramus, NJ. For several years Megan served as a chaplain specializing in pediatrics, oncology and end-of-life care. Currently Megan works in healthcare and has begun work in addictions ministry. Megan continues to be inspired by the spirit embodied in the beloved community of Star Island. She is honored to serve as Minister of the Week and looks forward to being with friends, old and new.Registration, fees and information[edit]

A room & board deposit of $150 per person (age six and older) is due with registration. Also, a conference fee of $100 per adult (18+) and $85 per child, up to $370 per family, is due with registration. When registering, please combine the room & board deposit and the conference fee into one check. $10 of each individual's conference fee will be donated to the Ginny Levine Shoalership Fund (up to $40 per family). Additional donations to this financial aid fund are welcome.

Each 18+ child out of high school must register separately. Registrations postmarked on or before March 10, 2011 will be given priority. Registrations postmarked after March 10 will be accepted, space available. The room & board deposit and conference fee are refundable until May 15, 2011. All letters, (acceptance, waitlist, volunteer job, boat letter, etc), will be sent via email, so please remember to include your email address when registering.

New this year! Helpful fee calculator: For assistance tallying your check amount, try the new fee calculator.How to make out the check: Please submit ONE CHECK payable to “All Star II Conference”.

Registrar contact information: Please mail the completed Star registration form and ONE CHECK payable to “All Star II Conference” to: Ron Cordes, 3 Jeffrey Circle, Bedford, MA 01730, 781-275-6181 registrar@allstar2.org.

Notifications: All letters, (acceptance, waitlist, volunteer job, boat letter, etc), will be sent via email, so don't forget to include your email address on your blue 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: Financial aid assistance is available to individuals with need through the The Ginny Levine Shoalership Fund. For information and an application, click on The Ginny Levine Shoalership Fund or contact Mary Ellen Mellen, 81 Grouse Lane, Perkinsville, VT 05151. Phone: 802-795-0033 financial.aid@allstar2.org. All inquiries and awards are kept confidential.

Boat schedule: Depart Portsmouth, N.H. aboard the Thomas Laighton on Saturday, July 9 at 2:25 p.m. Depart Star on Saturday, July 16, at 8:45 am. (Times subject to change.)