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February 2018

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January 2018

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May 15, 2017

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May 3, 2017

Dear fellow Shoalers,

It is with the deepest sorrow that Jeremy Hill reports that Alex Hill died at home on 15th April after living with cancer for 32 months. A Service of Celebration for Alex's Life will be held at 3:00pm on Saturday 3rd June at the Unitarian Society of New Haven (USNH), 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, CT 06517. Even though there is likely to be a short stone laying service on-island, Jeremy hopes that all from Star who can attend this service (near New Haven) will do so.

Alex was a planner and knew what she wanted for her service. So this service was planned by Alex during the last month of her life. She was helped by Edward Thompson, long time family friend and minister of music at the Westport (CT) Unitarian Church. Alex wanted to share some of her favorite music and readings with you. Music professionals will perform pieces involving piano, cello and a soprano.

She hoped that as many as possible from Star might attend.

April 2017

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March 2017

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February 2017

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January 2017

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December 2016

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January 15, 2016

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December 14, 2015

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November 19, 2015

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October 28, 2015

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September 14, 2015

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May 14, 2015

Happy May Star Arts! My lilacs are out and my sunblock is on. It is only five short weeks before we are on Star Island! This newsletter will focus on helpful information for New Shoalers and Old Shoalers, alike. For all the news that's fit for bits, see the May Newsletter

April 15, 2015

Happy Spring Star Arts! I hope everyone's spirits have lifted after our long winter. My mood has lightened knowing that we are about two months away from stepping onto the new-improved dock on Star Island. And, not to brag - - but I was playing Scrabble the other night and got to go first. I picked my tiles and"S-H-O-A-L-E-R" 72 POINTS!!! Talk about being in a good mood!

There is a lot going into the preparations for our week of June 20 - 27. In May, you will receive this year's "What to Bring and How to Get There". I am asking our workshop leaders to provide supply lists if they have them. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Barbara O'Brien. For more, see the April Newsletter

March 17, 2015

Dear Star Arts - Spring is almost here! Winter seemed extraordinarily long this year which makes the thought of a week on Star Island so much sweeter.

Have you registered yet? We have 55 reservations, including 20 New Shoalers! Think about friends and family who would love the island. Bring them along! Our goal is to have 100 conferees and we have room to grow!

The full text of our March newsletter is available for download here.

February 16, 2015

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February 12, 2015

For those thinking back to their wonderful memories of last year, here are some wonderful pictures of our amazing workshop leaders from 2014, courtesy of Parish Dobson (our Photography workshop leader).

October 21, 2014

Hello Star Arts! Karen Schulz sent a wonderful You Tube video of our week on Star. Sit back, pour yourself a lime rickey or beverage of your choice...and enjoy!


I just watched on a full screen and suggest you do the same! Turn up the volume and smile.

November's newsletter will have an update from the Steering Committee's planning meeting. Good things are happening!

All the best,

Barbara O'Brien Registrar Star Arts

August 29, 2014

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Artwork by Steve Schulz

May 26, 2014

Star Arts You Did Come Back! June 14 - 21, 2014

*Helpful and important information for our week together on Star*

Please PRINT OUT and read this letter carefully, even if you think you know it already, as SOME IMPORTANT THINGS HAVE CHANGED! This message will also be posted on the Star Arts website.

May 19, 2014

It's not too late to register for Star Arts! Happy May 2014! We will be on Star Island on June 14th!

For those people fortunate enough to attend Star Arts this summer, please keep your eyes peeled for the "What to Bring / How to Get There" email. You will have it in the next few days. There is new information - so please READ IT! The document will also be posted on the Star Arts website.

We are all starting to plan our packing. In order to participate fully in the workshops, please plan for your anticipated workshop. Remember, there are no "Super Stores" on Star. Bring only what you need and plan ahead! Full May Newsletter

April 21, 2014

Have you registered for the Star Arts Conference yet? We only have two months before we gather on the island and let our creative juices flow. For the latest updates on this year's conference see the April Newsletter

March 31, 2014

Only two and one half months until the Star Arts Conference "erupts" on Star Island. We have survived a harsh winter and get to look forward to the fun and fellowship of our creative week on a beautiful island! March Newsletter