Pelican Pranks- Night Crew Ghosts

This year in Vaughn Cottage I had an exhibit of Pelican Pranks.  I wasn’t sure how I would make those available to you, but I’ve decided to put a few installments on the blog.  If you have more stories to share, email me at saggerer@gmail.com and maybe I’ll share yours as well!

Practical jokes are a way to pass the time on Star, a remote island in the Atlantic.  There is a long history of our staff (called Pelicans) making fun and giving each other a hard time (lovingly of course).

Paraphrased from talking with Sumar Maji:

When I was on night crew we teamed up to scare folks on the front porch on windless nights.  We would choose someone to be nonchalantly hanging out on the porch and someone would go underneath the porch.  We tied a string to the back leg of a rocking chair and the string hung down under the porch.  The person under the porch would tug on the string and make the chair rock back and forth.  You had to do it on a night with no wind, when all the other chairs were still.  The person on the porch would exclaim something about how the chair was moving and get everyone excited about it.  Once we didn’t tell one of our crew members what we were doing and when someone went to the desk to ask him if this ever happened before he launched into a story about Continue reading

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Baptisms at the Isles of Shoals

I recently received a research request to find out about baptisms at the Isles of Shoals.  The Star Gathering II Conference may be interested in doing a baptism while on Star this summer.  I compiled some information for them, and thought I should share it with all of you.

There is a video of a baptism in the chapel on Star Island, uploaded to YouTube August 18, 2009, presumably filmed August 9, 2009 by looking at the file name.  From the Star Gathering website comes the following testimonial:

My husband and I met in a 1993 Youth Conference. We were married in the chapel on Star Island in 2002 and had our son baptized there in 2009. As members of Star Gathering over the past 3 decades, we’ve made lifelong friends on island and look forward to continuing our annual spiritual vacation.     – Caroline Nigen

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