Above: Star Island from the Boat, photo by Georges Nashon.

Below: An Amazing Sunset from Patrick, The Hotel, Staff Concert in the Lobby, and the Pavilion at Sunset - Star Island is
a place of much and varied beauty!

Star Hampshire Traditional Music & Dance Weekend  Star Island: Archives, 2011

Online Host: New Hampshire Old-Time Country Dance Web Site
Peter Yarensky, Publisher, Designer  & Nearly Everything Else
Music & Dance Staff
for the
2011 Weekend

Dance Master: Sue Rosen - Contras & squares.

Music By: Pete Sutherland, fiddle;
Mark Roberts, banjo and flute; Bruce Rosen, piano

About the 2011 Weekend Staff

Staff Information. Here is some information about the 2011 Star Staff, courtesy of David Millstone.

Sue Rosen has been dancing all of her life and attended her first callers workshop at Campers’ Week at Pinewoods in 1989. Since then she's become one of New England's favorite callers and has written contras that have become part of the standard repertoire. She is a favorite at dance camps across the country and overseas. Dancers of all levels will enjoy Sue's clear teaching and spirited calling as she treats you to the best contra and square dances from around the country.
Pete Sutherland. Raised on a diet of Broadway show tunes, operatic arias and British invasion melodies, native Vermonter Pete Sutherland discovered both traditional music and songwriting in college and like Huck Finn "lit out for the territories."A musician's musician and multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, banjo, guitar, piano) known equally for original and traditional songs, Pete has toured nationally and internationally with the likes of Metamora, Rhythm In Shoes, Ira Bernstein, Mac Benford’s Woodshed All-Stars and the Clayfoot Strutters. He is also a sought-after record producer with more than 60 albums to his credit. His own recent recordings include "The Wilderness Road," "Poor Man's Dream," "A Clayfoot's Tale" and "Streak O' Lean." Pete and family reside in a converted general store in Monkton, VT.
Mark Roberts plays traditional music on the flute, tin whistle, 5-string banjo and bouzouki and has had a long and varied career in music. He toured and recorded with Triona Ni Dhomhnaill's award-winning group Touchstone and played the banjo with the Red Clay Ramblers on Broadway in the show Fool Moon. Mark and friends composed and performed much of the music for the John Sayles film, "The Secret of Roan Inish." He lives in the Buzzards Bay area of Massachusetts and plays regularly with Clayfoot Strutters and The Sevens. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist (flute, banjo, whistle, guitar), Mark can move smoothy from traditional Irish melodies to old-time Appalachian string band tunes.
Bruce Rosen has been part of Boston's contra and English country dance community since the mid-70s as a dancer and musician. His rock solid piano and guitar accompaniment is sought after by many of New England's best contra dance musicians. Bruce also plays piano for English country dancing, appearing frequently in Jamaica Plain (MA), as well as other New England venues. As part of Boston’s traditional music scene, he plays guitar at Irish sessions and in performance with the West Newton Ceili Band, and drives the rhythm at Old Time music jams on the banjo ukelele; he also has played button accordion for numerous morris teams. Bruce has collaborated on four recordings of New England contra dance music and is seen most years conducting the New England Folk Festival Orchestra.



2011 Registration Forms Publicity Materials 
Links of Interest

2011 Registration Materials

Very Important Registration Information

Please Read:

The Registration Form this year is a fillable PDF which can be filled out in one of two ways.

  1. You can print it and fill it out by hand as usual.

  2. You can download it, fill it out on your computer by typing into it, and then print it and mail it in.

  3. If you fill it out on your computer:  (1) Start by clicking just above the line for Name 1”. (2) Please mail it in; please do not send it by e-mail; the organizers want paper copies. (3) Please try to remember the medical release signature which must be done by hand. (4) If you use a Mac, please do not use Preview; that can result in your losing everything you typed in! Use Adobe Reader instead.

  4. Star Registration Flyer, 2011, PDF.


Publicity Flyer

Here it is. Print out a few and bring them to your local dance!

  1. Star Publicity Flyer. Standard 8.5 x 11 paper, PDF format, suitable for display at your local dances - spread the word! Or if you need it, a Half-Sized Flyer.


Star Hampshire 
Contact Information

Here are the official organizers; we can thank them for the continued existence and success of the Weekend!

  1. Chair: Peggy Martin, (603) 726-3033, pmartin03223 at yahoo dot com [usual substitutions]

  2. Registrar: Chrissy Fowler, (207) 338-0979, ktaadn_me at hotmail dot com [likewise]

  3. Program coordinator: David Millstone, (603) 448-2950, david dot millstone at valley dot net [same]


Links of Interest

Here are a few links that will be of interest in learning more about the Weekend, about Star Island; and for those of you who already know about it, for reminding yourself of what a marvelous place it is and what a great time the weekend is.

Star Hampshire Sample Program (2009 Weekend).  This should give you a good idea of what to expect in the way of programmed activities. There are more gaps than you might expect, but it’s such a wonderful place to be that you’ll want those gaps.

Star Island Corporation Home Page. The Star Island Corporation owns and runs Star Island and coordinates all the conferences that occur there, of which Star Hampshire is one. From their web site you can learn a lot more about the island and you can get an aerial tour of the island in a slide show.

Star Hampshire Photo Pages. I’ve assembled two pages, one for 2003-2005 and one for 2006. You can’t go wrong with photos of Star Island! This is the Main Photo Page; check out some of the other Photo Pages while you’re there.

Star Hampshire Archival Pages: 2007 2009 2010. These are recreations of the original web pages of the 2007, 2009 and 2010 Weekends for reasons of enjoyment, curiosity, and historical interest.