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NATURAL HISTORY WEEK, STAR ISLAND, JUNE 17 - 24, 2017

 


EXAMPLES OF ACTIVITIES WE ENJOY AT NHW

NHW shares Star Island with the ARTS conference. In preparation for two concurrent but separate conferences, schedules are worked out for use of common areas, such as the chapel and community rooms.

art easelWake up Singers - About one-half hour before breakfast each day, wake up singers will sing a clever wake up tune at the front door of your cottage.  You will also hear the current time, weather forecast and what’s for breakfast.

Choir practice -– The NHW choir is made up of conferees who practice just prior to the morning chapel service.

birdersMorning bird walk – conferees love to head out in the early morning to observe birds in their natural habitats.  Experienced birders and/or the Island’s naturalist lead the walk each day.

Morning exercises – exercise classes are led by one or more exerciseconferees who have volunteered to lead a class.  Exercise classes are always enthusiastically attended.

Morning chapel – Morning services are held in the stone chapel. On a beautiful day, many conferees prefer to sit outside the chapel and listen to the music and minister over a loud speaker.

Speaker’s lecture – Our guest speaker will conduct a one hour lecture each day, Monday - Friday.

Talks on the rocks - Oftentimes, this is where our speaker(s), minister or conferees hold interesting, impromptu or scheduled open discussions.

Rest, read, relax, rock in our comfortable porch chairs, enjoy the sunrise or sunset
Roald Schrack reading Susan Thorner reading

Art Room and specific workshops – painting, carving, block printing, beaded jewelry, and pewter workshops have been offered in the past.  Our carol baldwinart room is a fun place to hang out. Our art director will provide guidance, inspiration and lots of art supplies to get you started.  Workshops are led by conferees, who volunteer their services and which may change from year to year. New workshops in 2017 include felting, journaling and weaving.

Writer’s workshop – conferees who enjoy writing may wish gather in the Sandpiper room each day and follow a format that the group chooses at the beginning of the week.

The Sandpiper is our end-of-the-week publication of writings, drawings and musings which our conferees have contributed throughout the week. We also publish a welcome addition of the Sandpiper that provides a preview of the week ahead.

CHALKBOARD - Throughout the week, a chalkboard is maintained in the main lobby of the hotel. This is where you will look for times and locations of the day's events. Last minute time and place changes will also be noted on the chalkboard, so check it frequently.

swimmersSwimming is permitted whenever a Star Island lifeguard is present. There is also a polar bear swim at dawn for brave and hardy souls.

Kayaks and Row boats – rentals are available. Paddle to Smuttynose and explore.

Celia Thaxter's gardenExcursion to Appledore Island and Celia Thaxter’s garden - (indefinite in 2017)

Star-sponsored walks and historical talks – geology, low tide, botany, “behind the scenes.”

exploring on the rocksHiking – for the sure-footed, there’s lots to explore on Star Island.  Beautiful vistas can be seen from every location on the island.  The terrain is uneven, sometimes hilly and sometimes rocky.

Tennis – Star has a nice tennis court.  Bring your racquets.

Evening candlelight – candles are lit on the porch of the Oceanic each evening.  Conferees silently carry lanterns in procession to light the candlelightchapel. A short, reflective, meditative service follows, led by a volunteer conferee.  Following the service, lanterns are silently carried back down to the porch.

social hourSocial Hour – snacks and beverages are served on the Lindquest deck one hour before dinner.

Art auction – this popular event takes place during the social hour on Friday. Donations of art/hand workand unique items and books are needed for the auction. Proceeds from the auction will benefit NHW's scholarship fund and the Star Island Annual Fund.

Lobster night – for those who love fresh lobster,lobster don't miss lobster night! Lobster will be delivered fresh off the boat by a local lobsterman at a very reasonable price. The cost of lobster is very reasonable. Orders are placed at the beginning of the week.

L Saunders with celloTalent/sketch night – our week at NHW ends with a talent show. Conferee Sally Oesterling has volunteered to organize our 2017 show. All kinds of talent (and skit writers) are needed for our Friday night show! Start practicing and bring your talent with you to NHW!

Vaughn Cottage and Library, Rutledge Marine Lab and Star Island Gift Shop - make sure to reserve some time to visit these special places on the island.
Stone village
Audience participation games -- Trivial Pursuit and Team Jeopardy -- great fun!

Slide shows – conferees frequently bring interesting slides to share.

Star gazing – star gazing equipment is available.  Much depends upon the sky and whether we have a volunteer to help.

Parlor games in the Oceanic -- (mahjong, chess, scrabble, puzzles, etc.)

“Fastest Hound Dog in Maine” – we never get tired of hearing this story read to us, especially if we’re sitting by a warm fire and our reader has a wonderful Maine accent!

Pelican talent show – entertainment is performed in the hotel lobby by talented members of the Pel crew.  The show takes place one evening during week throughout the summer and is always a crowd pleaser.

Late night movies – movies are sometimes brought by conferees for late night viewing.