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  • Star Island’s Winter Caretaker, Alexandra de Steiguer, headlines annual fall event, Starry Night

    Popular Auction Moves Online  
     Nov. 13 - 21
    PORTSMOUTH –As with many nonprofits during the pandemic, Star Island Corporation, owner and manager of Star Island, has moved its annual fall fundraiser online. This year’s Starry Night attendees will be regaled by stories from acclaimed photographer and the longtime winter caretaker of the island, Alexandra de Steiguer, who will present via Zoom on Saturday Nov. 21, 2020 at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

    In the run up to her presentation, Star island will move its popular auction online from  Nov. 13 - 21. Supporters and the general public will have a chance to bid on works of art from artists such as Chris Volpe and Alexandra de Steiguer, a retreat at the Himalayan Institute in the Poconos, handcrafted items such as cashmere mittens, and experiences including a session with a New Yorker cartoonist. Starry Night has been one of Star Island’s largest fundraising events in the past. The nonprofit is recovering from a financially challenging year since Covid-19 prevented the island from opening in 2020. 
    According to CEO Joe Watts, “We’re all missing the peace and beauty of Star Island this year, and so, to facilitate a feeling of ‘being there,’ we’ve looked to Alexandra who has been our caretaker for the last 23 years. She is a talented and well known photographer and musician, as well as a wonderful storyteller.  All are welcome to hear her insights and stories about her experiences and art.”
    To register for the virtual presentation visit:  https://starisland.org/programs/events/
    To facilitate a feeling of “being there,” Alexandra de Steiguer will present moments from an island missing its people, conveyed in images, music and selected excerpts from her private winter journal.  Says de Steiguer, “Both my journal and my temperament range wildly between substance and silly, so come prepared. I reside there with many wild beings, feathered, furred and seal-slick that live among the islands.  Between all the holding down, digging out, lashing-in-place and generally seeing to the needs of the buildings and grounds, I make black & white images with an old film camera, in addition to writing and creating music.”
    The fundraising auction is particularly important this year since the island was not able to open to visitors this past summer due to the pandemic. To participate, visit www.biddingforgood.com/starisland
    Auction items include:
    ·       Many works of art, including a gelatin silver print by Alexandra de Steiguer, entitled “Last Light of Day, Star Island”
    ·       Paintings by Shoaler artists including Chris Volpe, Doris Rice, and Ron Quinn
    ·       A two-night retreat at the Himalayan Institute in the Pennsylvania Poconos - A leader in the field of yoga, meditation, spirituality, and holistic health
    ·       Handmade items including cashmere mittens, a custom knitted shoulder shawl, quilts, and Swarovski crystal necklaces
    ·       Experiences such as music and art lessons, a creative strategy session with a New Yorker cartoonist, a family photo shoot, parent coaching, team building, and creative writing workshops
    Starry Night sponsors include Fred C. Church Insurance, Peter Paul Wines, and Cambridge Trust. 
    About Star Island 

    Star Island is the second largest of the nine small, rugged islands known as the Isles of Shoals located an hour's boat ride off the coast of New Hampshire and Maine. The Island is owned and managed by a nonprofit organization called Star Island Corporation. Star Island hosts weeklong conferences and programs focused on a wide variety of topics including ecology, history, spirituality, arts, and intergenerational family camps. All are welcome to come for the day, spend the night or attend a conference. Star Island is a model of environmental sustainability and has a rich history dating back hundreds of years. Star Island's Oceanic Hotel continues to welcome guests and is one of the last of the original Grand Hotels in New England. For more information visit www.StarIsland.org.