The Star Hampshire dance weekend is a relatively small but very friendly weekend of music and dance, held in one of the nicest places we could hope to spend a weekend of music and dance. Here's some information about Star Island and about the dance weekend.
Photo CreditsBelow: Dancing on the Porch. Photo by Peter Yarensky, Sept. 16, 2012.Bottom: Star Island Twilight. Photo by Peter Yarensky, Sept. 19, 2015.Star Island is part of the Isles of Shoals, several miles off the coast of New Hampshire. As our coastline is only 18 miles long it’s not hard to find. Transportation is by boat. We leave from Portsmouth Harbor traveling on the Thomas Laighton. Star Island is surrounded by the ocean, and home of a turn of the (last) century resort hotel with a large porch on three sides looking out over the ocean and with many comfortable rocking chairs. Thus, if you’re not dancing or engaged in other activities, you can hang out in a rocking chair and socialize, read, etc., while watching and listening to the ocean.
Star Hampshire is a relatively small weekend of music and dancing, with a relaxed schedule and a friendly social atmosphere. There’s lots of good dancing, but there’s also time to walk around, explore, socialize, hang out on the rocking chairs, and take advantage of the other possibilities associated with the island.
We are fortunate to be carrying on a living tradition: one that preserves the best of the old, but is constantly changing. Our traditions have been influenced by a wide variety of people who have come to live here: Canadians, both English and French; Irish, Scottish, Scandinavians and others. These influences contribute to the rich program of the Weekend.
Here is a description of some of what you might expect to find at the weekend. You will receive a set of orientation materials well before the weekend that will describe the weekend, what to expect and how to pack in more detail.