Love and Romance at the Isles of Shoals- in honor of Star Island’s Valentine’s Day today

First off, today is Valentine’s Day.  Staff on Star Island celebrate many of the year’s holidays condensed into the summer months.  I put together some historical romance of the Isles of Shoals to present to the staff here this afternoon and also wanted to share some of it with you. (it was a little too long to share as a post, so I’ve cut bits out)

Photograph of Nick on Star Island, NH. Taken from Jean Caldwell’s scrapbook, who was Pelican staff from 1949-1954. She was also a housekeeper and operated the bookstore in the ’80’s. Caption on back reads Nick- the man I love.

I came out to work on Star 10 years ago, never having been on island before.  I had friends who had worked out here, and friends who had visited.  I was gathering intel before I arrived to see what kind of place I was moving to.  One such friend told me some basic things about the island, but then he got really quiet and serious and made sure I was paying attention.  Like, listen.  EVERYONE falls in love out there.  EVEN the ADULTs.  He was really wide eyed and earnest.  As if adults don’t fall in love anywhere, but this place was magic and tricky, and you just fall in love accidentally as you’re walking down the front porch.  It is such a dreamy and romantic place, it is very easy to fall in love out here. Continue reading