by davebrown ~ June 16, 2008

Summer, Star Island Rockers

The Isles of Shoals Association, Unitarian Universalist, was founded in 1897, and is the organization from which conferences on Star Island originated.

While conferences now have a life of their own, the Association still works behind the scenes, fostering community, comfort, safety and fun.

Our main objectives are best described by our Mission Statement, as follows:

The ISAUU is a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to promoting the spirit and traditions of religious and educational programs at the Isles of Shoals.


1. fund and administer grants that support Island Programs;
2. publish and republish works about the Isles of Shoals;
3. encourage volunteer participation and individual contributions;
4. seek affiliation with other Shoals-related organizations;
5. operate the Book Store and Gift Shop on Star Island as well as online sales at

We invite all like-minded people to participate as members.

Hundreds of people are members of the Association, supporting our work with their memberships, contributions and volunteer efforts.

Much of what the Association contributes is discrete and behind the scenes at Star Island. Some recent support for Star Island included the purchase of chairs, lanterns and sports equipment, as well as funding for conference speakers and workshop leaders.

We also publish works about the Islands, such as Ten Miles Out and The Bear Who Missed the Boat, and have recently republished The Isles of Shoals in Lore and Legend and Moonlight Murder at Smuttynose, both by Lyman V. Rutledge, as well as the Isles of Shoals Cookbook in two volumes (Vol. I in 2011 and Vol. II in 2012). In addition, we operate the Star Island Book Store and Gift Shop, offering books, souvenirs and memorabilia to visitors and conferees.

All income from Shops on Star, the Book Store, and the Gift Shop support our activities.

If you would like to join, please refer to our membership page.

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