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For the past many years, Star Island has had a special type of boost when opening up for the summer. It started out as a small handful of conferees from all conferences volunteering their Memorial Day weekend to tackle fix up projects on the island. It has turned into a few weekends before and after (and including) Memorial Day with crews that practically constitute a full conference. Coordinators pick crews to work on almost ALL projects, from landscaping to painting to creating new foundations to creating completely new buildings.
Crews have consisted of conferees, past and present Pels, Church groups, Corporation members, past caretakers, and assorted other people. 
In the last few years, there have been numerous work weekend coordinating with Open Up activities during the months of May and June. These images were from the weekends that I was able to attend - not from all the weekends. If you have any photos of WW projects, please e-mail me and I will get them posted to this page.

 

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Pictures from Work Weekend 2002.



Putting yet another coat of paint on the screens

Yup, everything gets cleaned

Andy fixes the  main hotel stairway wall.

Taylor and Son work on the Waste Water Utility Building

The counter (before)

The counter (after)

The Lobby Store has a nasty problem when it rains.

Sarah's kitchen counter (before)

Sarah's kitchen counter (after)

The Star Island solution to the Lobby Store leak

The ceiling in Pel Hall (before)

The ceiling in Pel Hall (after)

rest=good

The ceiling in Pel Hall (before)

The ceiling in Pel Hall (after)

play=better

Holly in the Carp Shop

Ben and Holly building a new boat for a lucky few conferees

The floating stairs are ready for a boat load of Pels arriving for the summer

While the Leighton docks at the barge...

The Privateer pushes the floating stairs between the Leighton and the Pamela J.

This is the test run... A conference has to arrive this way.

Torrence proves that volunteers can even cook

Lots of food gets made

...and brownies, too!

The unusual (and hopefully short-lived) sight of the crane barge in Gosport Harbor

Yeah, it's even ugly close up.

Even though it costs an amazing amount, even though it's taking too long to make, even though it's forcing everyone into contingency-mode... It's gonna be beautiful for the next 100 years.

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Pictures from Work Weekend 2001.
1 Brookfield closet turns into 2
New conference closet being made in Brookfield
New Conference Closet in Brookfield
Paul and Lisa have already started to fill the shelves

Kurt and Darren prove to Lisa that the shelves are strong enough
Newton gets a kitchen
Newton Center gets a new kitchen and batheroom

From inside the Newton kitchen looking out

The Adams working on the Newton Kitchen
Asher takes out the Tuffett
Asher was asked to destroy the old tuffet from Brookfield
Pels take a break
Pels know how to work, party and rest with great efficiency

The pier damage from the tough winter.

Waste Water Utility Building gets an annex. 

Kurt making concrete for the WWUB footings

The footings are almost done.

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Pictures from Memorial Day (Work) Weekend 2000.
Painted Float
The newly painted float sits
on the front lawn
Edith on the North 40
Edith mowing down
the LONG grass
Hot Rod Edith
Don't get in her way!
The Annex
The Kiddie Barn Annex
is taking shape
Discussions
Discussions among the decision makers
Compost Bins
Making tops for the
compost bins
Compost Bins
The compost project
A new porch for Cottage E
Making a new porch for Cottage E
Al Doolittle
Even Al Doolittle gives
some elbow grease
Julia and her truck
Julia (head of Truck Crew)
in her element
Nola painting the porch
Nola applies a coat of
paint to the porch
John painting Cottage A
John prepares, paints and cleans up Cottage A
Fire Escape Work
A new fire escape in the
back of the hotel
Fire Escape Work
The skeleton starts looking
like a fire escape
Fire Escape Work
Bob Fry's crew built this
in one weekend!
Kurt working on the Dragon
Kurt pulls out part of the Dragon's rotting tail
Kurt upgrading the slide
Smooth wood for the
slides is a MUST
Kurt repairing Tire Hammock
Kurt attempting to bolt 2 tires together (with a bolt that's too short)
A small project...
A new handicap walkay is contemplated
A small project getting bigger
The project starts to get pretty large and complicated
Now a MAJOR project
The path will borrow some of the basketball court

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Some Pictures from Memorial Day (Work) Weekend 1999.
Pels check out the progress
Some Pels contemplate the Tiki Bar
Work inside the Marshman Building
Adams and Son flying through the wall construction
Work inside the Marshman Building
Adams and Son flying through the wall construction
Mark showing off the work
Everyone wants a peek at the Marshman building
Adams & Soule Construction Co.
Marshman building takes shape
Work inside the Marshman Building
"Looks like the hot tub will fit next to the fireplace."
Adams & Soule Construction Co.
Chris, Mark and Ben working on the Marshman building
Better than The Reserves
Paintball training comes in handy with these tools
Chris is ready to nail something
Does he look just a bit dangerous?
Marshman Building Construction
The outside of Marshman takes shape, too
Marshman Building Construction
The outside of Marshman takes shape, too
Marshman Building Construction
The outside of Marshman takes shape, too
Marshman Building Construction
The outside of Marshman takes shape, too
Shingling the outside
The outside of Marshman takes shape, too
Marshman Building Construction
The outside of Marshman takes shape, too
Marshman Building Construction
The outside of Marshman takes shape, too
Marshman Building Construction
The outside of Marshman takes shape, too
Marshman Building Construction
The outside of Marshman takes shape, too
The Annex Site takes shape
Grannie's Annex is contemplated
The Annex
The Annex takes shape
The Annex
The Annex takes shape

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