August 12 to 19, 2017
Your Chairs for LOAS 1, 2017 are
Brian and Emily Levine
Updated: June 5th, 2017
"One Star In The Galaxy"
week on Star will focus on science and astronomy, observation and examination,
and our place in the Universe. In addition to our theme speaker, workshops for
kids and adults will tie in themes of connectedness and exploration. We’re
also very excited to have our childhood assistant minister from Brooklyn joining
us for the week.
are thrilled to welcome Irene Pease, New York City’s Friendly Neighborhood
Astronomer! Through an exploration of the size, scales, and
diversity of objects in space, as well as the vast distances between, she will
help us better appreciate our place in the galaxy and the universe. She
will also help us related to the universe through observations of the night sky
as our ancestors have, regardless of our cultural backgrounds. We share
this view will all of humanity, and may explore some of this history, in various
cultures, in various religions, and think about how each of us personally
regards the night sky.
educator, professional amateur astronomer, rock climber, runner, poi novice.
Brooklyn’s Friendly Neighborhood Astronomer, Irene enjoys sharing views
through her telescope to passersby on busy sidewalks, and under darker skies in
Prospect Park. She has a bachelors degree in Physics from the University
of Arizona, and has worked as a professional amateur astronomer, astrophysics
educator, telescope operator, and Mad Scientist. In addition to
astronomizing around Brooklyn, Irene teaches physics courses at York College and
climbs fake rocks.
Minister of the Week:
Rev. Harris Riordan
in Brooklyn, at the First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn, The
Reverend Harris Riordan has been the minister at The Unitarian Universalist
Fellowship of Boca Raton for almost 20 years, a congregation doing what it can
to create environmental and racial justice.
her BA at the State University of New York, and her Masters of Divinity at Union
Theological Seminary in New York. She was ordained by All Souls Unitarian
Church in New York City in 1982. She has served as The Religious Education
Director and Associate Minister of the Community Unitarian Church in White
Plains, New York and Associate Minister of the First Unitarian Church in
Brooklyn. Later she was the Interim minister of the Unitarian Universalist
Church of the Restoration in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Interim Associate
Minister at All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Workshops and Starbursts:
Week long classes offered daily
with Elyse Sparkes
the centers of our own universes
n'shine with a morning movement class! We'll stretch and strengthen
so you'll feel balanced, flexible, and ready to conquer the rest of
your day. We'll also focus on breathing exercises and relaxation
techniques so you can go inward, practice listening to your body,
and connect to your own inner wisdom. Open to all levels!
a personal trainer, fitness coach, and yoga teacher who gets people
moving with in-person training and her signature online
training programs. She wants to help people drop the guilt/shame
game around exercise and start moving with ease and kindness. Elyse
has been featured on mindbodygreen.com,
as an expert for She Knows, and highlighted as an athlete in the
book The Gluten Free Edge. When she's not doing squats and sun
salutations, Elyse is dressed up in vintage lindy hop dancing or
gathering other Lovely
Lady Entrepreneurs to talk about their careers and living their
most passionate lives. Start moving with me today with these FREE
stretch breaks you can do to feel more energized and aligned during
your day! - stretchbreak.elysesparkes.com
with Jean Stefanik
learn to cane and contribute to the island!
will be re-caning the iconic Star Island rocking chairs and dining
room chairs. No experience necessary since all instruction
will be ongoing with individual attention as needed. All tools
will be provided, just your hands and patience needed.
Considering the addictive nature of this activity, Jean will be
available outside workshop hours if you want to relax and cane on
the porch throughout the day and evening.
tools are provided, if you have a favorite pair of good scissors
and/or needlenose pliers, please bring them along!
donations of recycled twist ties (as on bread bags) are
you have any carpentry skills, we will gladly put them to use
reinforcing chairs before caning!
has attended and chaired Natural History and ISHRA on Star and
volunteered in various roles for decades. She has organized
the efforts to restore the rocking chairs and dining room chairs for
the past several years and loves to share her skills. Jean is
a lifelong educator and naturalist, and enjoys volunteering and
traveling in her active retirement. A Star Island Corporation
member, she has served on both the Rutledge and Property Standards
Committees. Her favorite spot on Star is a toss-up between the
Marine Lab and the front porch!
in Science Journalism
with Dan Check
Club on Island Time
happens to scientific research as it moves from the researcher to
the general public? Through accessible daily readings,
provided in advance, we will explore the role of science and
scientific authority in our daily lives. How do we balance our
enthusiasm for scientific progress with the raft contradictory
studies we see? We will also examine how our media handles
this tension on a day to day basis. As UUs, many of us also
believe in limits to scientific knowledge; we will explore how we
think about these in our daily lives as well.
with Graham & Kristina Fuller
Star: Universal Harmonies
lift your voices skyward with Graham and Kristina Fuller!
Graham and Kristina are performers from Longmont, CO. By day,
Graham is a civil litigation attorney and Kristina is a vocal
instructor. They have been singing a cappella music and
putting musical groups together for decades. Their workshop
will experiment with human sound and making music without any pesky
instruments. Singers of all ability levels are welcome and
strongly encouraged to attend - the more the merrier. Songs to
be performed are surprises, but will include some old and some new,
and probably some theme-specific jingles to boot!
with Patti Emmons
us for an exciting and fun-filled workshop on basketry.
will learn about the different types of baskets and why they were
typically made. We will be making two types of baskets during
the week. The first basket we will make will be a Country Basket
(which will have the handle incorporated into it). On this basket,
you will learn the terminology for basketry and the core basics of
weaving a basket. This will take about three days. For our second
basket, we will make a rectangular loaf basket with handles, which
will take up the remainder of the week.
will be able to personalize your baskets by either the size you want
your basket to be and/or what color weavers you decide to use.
Colors to choose from will be navy, hunter green, rust, red, or
note: There will be a minimal
fee for each basket kit to cover the cost of materials.
with Elyse Sparkes
and Connection in Swing, Lindy Hop and Charleston
this workshop you'll learn the basic principles of swing dancing.
You'll practice weight shifting, leading, following, and adding your
own unique footwork to the mix! Dancing with a partner allows you to
connect, improvise and have a 'conversation' with another person,
without having to say a word! You'll deepen your understanding of
your own body movement, while communicating with a partner, and
swingin' it out to fun tunes of the 20’s, 30's + 40's
Comfortable & secure closed toe shoes that don’t grip the
floor too much are recommended
From the Stars
with Peter Berkrot
exploration of Science Fiction through spoken word
acting exercises with readers theater and scene study by utilizing
scenes from Science Fiction films (screenplay), short science
fiction stories (audio drama) and the original and uncut teleplay
from the original Star Trek series, we will explore the many forms
of 20th Century science fiction as it helped shape our vision of the
S T AR B U R S T S
Single, 45 Minute Mini-Workshops to fill in your days
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