Prepare to be amazed

Nat Lawson isn’t a hypnotist, a psychic, or a mind reader. He’s a cognitive entertainer, and he’s the only one in the world.

Seventeen-year-old Lawson is bringing his brand-new show to the Grange Hall this Tuesday, August 8, at 7:30 pm, presented by the West Tisbury Library Foundation. The show is called “Anomaly” — a fitting title for a one-of-a-kind entertainer.

“‘Anomaly’ is the first cognitive entertainment show in the world,” Lawson said in an interview with The Times. “It uses an integration of hypnosis, memory techniques, influenced readings, rapid calculation, and some other fun stuff that you have to see the show to find out about.” more

Like Father Like Daughter; Amy Helm Rocks Audience Off Its Feet

by Steve Myrick – Tuesday, July 26, 2016 – 6:50am

Some children of famous people run away from their last name. Amy Helm runs right at it, lays a great big sweet harmony up under it and sings a hymn to it. Then she rocks the house so hard and so loud, her father, Levon Helm, who died in 2012, surely hears her.

At the Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs Sunday evening, she captivated an audience with a free-flowing set as hot as the stifling air in the old church. She and her band, the Handsome Strangers, appeared Saturday at the Newport Folk Festival, and might have been forgiven for cruising through a few tunes for their Island performance. The heat did prompt a few pauses on stage, but Ms. Helm and her band never cruised, and seemed to gain momentum as the temperatures dropped a few degrees, finishing the performance with jaw-dropping musicianship. – MORE-

Amy Helm takes center stage

Nina Violet and friends perform at Grange Hall

By Geoff Currier – Jul 13, 2016
On Tuesday night, local musician Nina Violet performed at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury in an event sponsored by the West Tisbury Library Foundation. Nina has been a fixture on the local music scene for years; she was joined by Adam Lipsky on piano and synth and Annie Howell on the harp. Mr. Lipsky, a native Vineyarder now living in California, flew in two days before the concert to accompany Ms. Violet, and they played together seamlessly. Ms. Violet and Ms. Howell, a resident of Chilmark, have been playing together for about a month in preparation for the show. -MORE-

Mind Over Matter Is Second Nature for Young Mentalist

by Mike Kotsopoulos
Thursday, July 7, 2016 – 5:30pm

Few people know the difference between a mentalist and a magician. But Nat Lawson certainly does.

The young mentalist sensation walked on stage at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury on Tuesday evening with only a sketchpad and sharpie, no cards up his sleeves or bunny-packed hats, and mesmerized a packed audience.

“This is my fifth time performing this show since I debuted it in January,” he said. Nat is a 16-year old Rockport, Me. native, who also has Vineyard ties — he is a grandson of David McCullough.

While magic uses slight of hand or deception to create an illusion, mentalism exhibits predictable mental actions, according to Nat. He is also a certified hypnotist.MORE

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Nat Lawson performs feats of mentalism

By Brittany Bowker – Jun 29, 2016

“We’re going to play a game over the phone,” 16-year-old Nat Lawson of Rockport, Maine, said as he prepared to read my mind. And without giving anything away: He did just that. Using a series of psychological techniques and voice analysis, from 300 miles away, the young entertainer carried out a feat of mentalism.

Mentalism is defined as the use of psychological, hypnotic, and intuitive principles to read minds and influence decisions. Mr. Lawson will bring his newest show, “Perceptions,” to the Grange Hall in West Tisbury on Tuesday, July 5, at 7:30 pm, presented by the West Tisbury Library Foundation. -MORE-

David McCullough Helps Make History Soar

By Alex Elvin Friday, July 17, 2015

More than 100 people gathered in the West Tisbury Grange Hall on Wednesday to hear Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough talk about his new book, The Wright Brothers. Tickets sold for $100, with all profits going to the West Tisbury Library.

At around 7 p.m., with overhead fans providing some relief to the evening heat, Mr. McCullough emerged from behind a black curtain on the stage, wearing a blazer, khakis and a bow tie. He carried a copy of his book, which tells the story of the two bicycle mechanics from Ohio who changed the world with their achievement of mechanical flight.

Since the book’s release in May, Mr. McCullough has spoken to thousands of people around the country about the project. “Rarely have we ever known anyone,” he said Wednesday, to a standing-room-only crowd that included friends and family.

“Surely one of the most obvious lessons in history is that almost nothing is ever done alone,” he said, speaking deliberately and without notes. “It’s a joint effort.” He noted the many people who made the book possible, including his wife Rosalee, who was also in attendance. Mr. and Mrs. McCullough lived in West Tisbury since the 1960s.  – MORE –

Author David McCullough gives credit where credit is due

by Nelson Sigelman – 

On Tuesday evening, Pulitzer Prizewinning author, historian, and lecturer David McCullough spoke about his latest book, “The Wright Brothers,” to a sold-out room of rapt fans in the Grange Hall in West Tisbury, around the corner from his Music Street house. The occasion was a West Tisbury Library Foundation fundraiser for the West Tisbury Free Public Library, of which he and his wife Rosalee have been longtime supporters.

No. 1 for the ninth week on the New York Times bestseller list, “The Wright Brothers” is his 10th book. Mr. McCullough, 83, signed his first contract with Simon and Schuster 50 years ago. He has never had another publisher.

He has just returned from an 18-city book tour with Rosalee, and after five decades punctuated by a series of critically acclaimed and enormously popular histories of signature American events and achievements, several of its most remarkable leaders, and its abiding national spirit, Mr. McCullough’s enthusiasm for telling the stories of America and Americans is undiminished. – MORE –

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An Evening with Historian David McCullough

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Pulitzer-Prize winning historian and author David McCullough, a longtime West Tisbury resident, will be speaking at the Grange Hall in July for his only public event on the Vineyard this summer.

Mr. McCullough will be talking about his new book The Wright Brothers on Tuesday, July 14 at 7 p.m. The evening is a fundraiser for the West Tisbury Library Foundation.

Mr. McCullough and his wife, Rosalee, have long been supporters of the West Tisbury Free Public Library. In July 2014, the community room at the newly-renovated library was dedicated to the McCulloughs.

The Wright Brothers tells the behind-the-scenes story of flight pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright. Mr. McCullough will talk about the book and also about the research that went into it.

Tickets for the July event are $100 for general seating; reservations are required. A limited number of premium seats are available for $500, and those ticket holders will be invited to a reception with Mr. McCullough. Call 508-696-9539 for tickets. – MORE –

An Evening with David McCullough

By Juliana da Silva – Jun 5, 2015

David McCullough will speak to benefit the West Tisbury Library Foundation. Mr. McCullough will talk about his newly published well-reviewed biography, The Wright Brothers, and the research behind it.

Tickets for the event are $100 for General Seating and reservations are required. There are also a limited amount of Premium Seats still available for $500. These ticket holders will be invited to a reception with Mr. McCullough. Call (508) 696-9539 to reserve tickets.

This will be the only event David McCullough will hold on the Island this summer so it’s suggested that tickets be reserved early. – MORE –