Pelican Reunion 2019: Ignite Your Creative Spark

Dear Pelican Reunion Friends, 

We are delighted that you will be joining us for the 2019 Pelican Reunion Conference! 

Please read below for more information, tips, and details about the following help you prepare and guide you on your way back to Star!



Our program depends on volunteers to operate safely and smoothly. Please click on the volunteer link below to choose an activity to help out.

All those bringing children – and those who like to be with children as well – are encouraged to volunteer during PIT times (Sat aftn, Sun morning, Sun afternoon, Mon morning) for our future Pels! There is also an opportunity to volunteer for Youth Fellowship/Social Hour occurring simultaneously during adult Fellowship/Social Hour.

Click Volunteer Link below to share your time and assistance. Thank you!!!


Remember you are REQUIRED to be at the dock AT LEAST 90 minutes before the boat departs. 

Friday, August 30 (3-night option)

1:55 pm Thomas Laighton Depart Portsmouth; Arrival Star Island 2:55pm



Saturday, August 31 (2-night option)

10:25 am Thomas Laighton Depart Portsmouth; Arrival Star Island 11:25am

Monday, September 2

2:15 pm Thomas Laighton Depart Star; Arrival Portsmouth 3:15pm

For more information about boats and parking among other topics, visit:


Fire and Water is a mandatory orientation session to go over safety rules and other important information for your weekend on the island. This will take place immediately upon arrival to Star Island followed by a brief Conference Orientation.


Sunscreen & Bug Spray/Hat
Clothes/Sturdy Footwear for ALL weather
Halloween Costume – All Ages!
Small Halloween bag or bucket for “Task or(and) Treating”
Talent for Talent Show – Or hands to clap in appreciation
Musical Instruments if you wish 
Item for Silent Auction
Book for Book Swap
Recipe for Recipe Swap
Item for Yankee Swap
Pelican photos
Cash for Snack Bar, Gift Shop, Fellowship/Social Hour Donation
Swim suit and beach towel
Payment for hotel bill
T-shirts for possible PIT youth tie-dyeing activity
Willingness to get out of the box and have fun creating!


We have planned a fun weekend to ignite your creative spark, enjoy traditions, and reconnect with old and new friends. There are many options and follow your impulses to rest and relax as well! Some highlights are below and also plan on an ice cream social, softball game, board games, marshmallow roast on pier, and more!

Some of the Star Gathering weekend activities are also open to Pel Reunion. Look at the chalkboard for more options! 

Minister for the Weekend, Rev. Leon Dunkley 

Artists for the Weekend 

Ignite your creative spark through many modalities: Ellen Clegg, Drumming; Kristi Martel, Singing; Lisa Medley, Movement.

These creative activities will be scheduled during PIT times: Sat. afternoon, Sun. morning and afternoon, and Mon. morning. Details forthcoming. 

Learn more here about Rev. Leon and artists here:

Halloween Party!

Bring a costume and express yourself creatively! ALL AGES. Have fun playing “dress up” and enjoy exploring the Island in our “task or(and) treat” followed by a celebration. 

140 Years at Sea Talk

Island Historian Ann Beattie will be offering a special presentation covering the legacy of the Isles of Shoals’ grand Oceanic Hotel, one of New England’s few remaining Victorian resort hotels. Hear tales of the subterfuge and rivalry that inspired the building of the Oceanic on Star Island and the renowned Appledore House across the harbor. Discover how flames destroyed the hotels and learn of the ingenious effort in creating a second grand Oceanic Hotel.

Recipe Swap

Bring one or two recipes (Star/Pel-connected if you have one) that are special to you. If there is a story behind your recipe, we will take time to share stories. 

Book Swap

Bring a book to leave; take a different book home with you on Monday. (Bring two, take two, etc.) We will meet to discuss our contributions and share opinions and thoughts. 

Yankee Swap

Back by popular demand! We guarantee a lot of suspense and fun! If you’d like to participate, please bring a wrapped gift that is either related to Star, totally useless, or cost you virtually nothing to get. Here’s your chance to regift that apron from Aunt Agatha! Wrapping paper will be available in case you forget. If you get to the island and have forgotten to bring something, Gift Shop and Snack Bar gift certificates work quite well!  For info or questions contact Elise Anton at

Silent Auction

Bring something upon which others will bid to help raise funds for the Pel Reunion Scholarship Fund. If you forget or don’t want to carry anything, the Shops on Star now offer GIFT CERTIFICATES!

Fellowship/Social Hour

Fabulously hosted and paid for by your generous donations, please bring your appetites and donations for the basket please. Non-alcoholic options are also provided. 


The PIT Crew is our children’s program, managed and overseen by Deb Weiner Soule and Ben Soule. All registered families will receive an informational email from Deb and Ben. If you have questions, please contact Ben or Deb directly ( or The PIT groups meet Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning and afternoon, and Monday morning. The groups are led by “anchor teachers” and volunteers from the conference. We need your help to ensure that safe child-adult ratios are maintained.

There will be a twenty-minute MANDATORY orientation for kids and parents just before the Saturday afternoon PIT program at 1:10 PM!  Please check the chalk board for location of this orientation.


Please note that while the current Pelicans serve as Hall Monitors in the evenings on the second floor of the Oceanic (beginning at 8 PM and finishing at 11 PM), this is offered for the entire second floor and should not be considered babysitting. Parents must be easily accessible at all times. Make sure you leave your cell phone number or location with hall monitors so they may locate you should the need arise. Parents are also asked to pitch in and monitor kids during Fellowship/Social Hour. Star Island is a fun and exhausting place. We encourage parents to make sure their children are in bed at these suggested bedtimes: ages 0-4: 7:30 PM; ages 5-9: 8:30 PM; ages 10-13 – 9:30 PM. Well-rested kids are happy kids!

Volunteering Before Pel Reunion

For those of you who are keen to relive your bygone Pelican days and volunteer:

Should you wish to come early and volunteer for a couple days before the start of the Pelican Reunion, please contact the island volunteer coordinator:


We plan to distribute a conferee address list on Island with your name, address, phone number and email address.  If you prefer to limit that information, please contact our Registrar Matt Baya ( no later than August 27th.

Thank you for registering! There are over 100 terrific reasons to come to Pel Reunion and you are one of them!

RATS, RATS, Cinaeco, Cinaeco, rah, rah, rah!!

See You Soon,

Lisa and Roger Medley

2019 Co-Chairs