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

22nd Star Hampshire
Traditional Music & Dance Weekend
Star Island S September 18–20, 2015

Online Host: New Hampshire Old-Time Country Dance Web Site
Peter Yarensky, Publisher, Designer  & Nearly Everything Else
NH Country Dance Table of Contents 

NH Old-Time Country Dance Web Site Home Page

Star Hampshire Traditional Music & Dance Site Map

Music & Dance Weekends

  1. Ralph Page Weekend

  2. Star Hampshire Weekend

Music & Dance Community, History & Stories

  1. Photo Page Index

  2. Music & Dance Story
    General Index

  3. NE Contras & Squares Index

Dance Pages

  1. Country Dance Newsletter

  2. Dance Calendar Page

  3. Lamprey River Band

Music Pages

  1. Wednesday Jam, Durham

  2. Canterbury Fiddlers Picnic Barrington Natural Heritage

  3. Fiddle Tunes - Index, abc

  4. The Tunes, PDF Format

  5. abc Musical Notation

  6. Peter’s abc Help File

  7. Links - Recorded Music Sites

Site Information

  1. Contact/Link Information

  2. Update Notes

  3. Feedback Page

NH Country Dance
Site Navigation

Section Home Pages are listed here; a few major Subpages may be as well.

A more detailed listing of each section may be found on each Section Home Page.


Quick Guide to the Star Hampshire Web Site

On This Page:

Left Column

  1. Music & Dance Staff Listing

  2. Registration Forms & Information

  3. Links of Interest

Right sidebar

  1. Publicity Flyer

  2. Contact Information

Other Star Pages:

  1. Staff Information Page: Bios & Photos

  2. About the Weekend & Star Island: About the Location & the Weekend, and a Brief History of the Weekend

  3. Archival Pages: About Past Weekends, Previous Staff, etc.

  4. Photo Pages from previous weekends

For more information about these pages and links to the various archival and photo pages, look below on the left.


2014 Information for Weekend Attendees

The following are the attachments from last year’s Welcome letter. While some details will differ, this should give you a good idea of what the weekend is like.

2014 Welcome Letter

Directions to Portsmouth Ferry

Star Hampshire schedule, 2013

Star Island map


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]


Welcome to the Star Hampshire Traditional Music & Dance Weekend Web Site.

  1. Immediately below is a listing of the music and calling staff, and Registration forms and information.

  2. Look on the right for a Guide to where to find other information about the Weekend.

  3. Star Hampshire flyer, 2015. [Coming soon!].

Music & Dance Staff ~ September 18–20, 2015

Dancing Master: Tony Parkes - Contras & squares.

Music By

  1. George Wilson & Selma Kaplan.

  2. Rebecca McCallum & Jane Knoeck.

Staff Information: Click on the link for information about the staff and for photos.

2015 Registration Information

Registration is open!  Register online via the Star Island Corporation (SIC) website!  [To register by mail, print and complete this form and mail with $190 per person deposit check (made out to Star Island Corporation) to Star Island, Morton Benedict House, 30 Middle St, Portsmouth, NH 03801.]

The ferry departs Portsmouth circa 2:55 pm on Friday, 9/18.  On Sunday 9/20, it departs Star Island circa 3:00 pm and returns to Portsmouth circa 4:45pm. (Schedule not yet confirmed)

If you’re new to Star Hampshire and want to know more about what to expect, click links on the bottom of the registration page,  visit the SIC site, or see last year’s Welcome Letter (“Welcome Letter” should have embedded link to the 2014 letter) .   If you have questions after looking through these resources, contact the registrar.

Weekend cost is “per person” and varies by room type.  Extra costs include optional Lobster ($16/crustacean), mainland Parking ($24/vehicle), and any treats from the snack bar, gift shop, or bookstore.  Bills are paid on the island, minus the $190 per person deposit.

Per Person Weekend Rates:

Triple or Double: $385 ($90 program fee + $295 room, meals, ferry)

Single: $457 (90 program + 367 r/m/f)

Motel Double: $450 (90 program + 360 r/m/f)

Motel Single: $567 (90 program + 477 r/m/f)

You may request a specific roommate.  Most rooms have shared bath; “motel” rooms have an en suite toilet.  This is primarily an adult weekend, but children/teens occasionally attend.  Contact registrar for info on youth rates. 

Star Island Corporation offers some Discounts and limited Financial Aid.  Click links or see SIC website.

SIC’s Cancellation Policy is on the Important Info for Guests page.  Star Hampshire Dance is guided by the SIC cancellation policy (regarding the program fee portion of the deposit.)

Check out our Facebook Page! Information, updates, photos, comments contributed by people who attend and love this weekend.

An Amazing Sunset on Star Island, photo by Patrick.  

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 schedule 2013Last year’s schedule 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 2011 2012. These are recreations of the original web pages of the 2007, 2009, 2010 & 2011 Weekends for reasons of enjoyment, curiosity, and historical interest.