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

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-

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-

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 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 –

David McCullough celebrates another all-American story

By Whit Griswold on May 19, 2015

I first met David McCullough around 1970, when he picked me up hitchhiking on Old County Road after my truck had broken down, again. Driving a nondescript, not-new sedan, maybe a Plymouth, he was heading home to Music Street in West Tisbury, where he and his wife, Rosalee, lived with their five children. After introductions, we got to talking about The Johnstown Flood, his first book, which was published in 1968. I bought the book that week, and was quickly drawn into it, a compelling story well told.

Last week I read his latest book, The Wright Brothers (Simon & Schuster, New York, 2015), which had a similar effect on me. The Johnstown Flood runs 268 pages and costs $6.95; at 262 pages, The Wright Brothers costs $30. Between these two bookends, Mr. McCullough has had a fertile and broad career, principally as a writer, but also as a narrator and lecturer who has devoted his life to keeping important people and events in American history alive and relevant. – MORE –

An evening with Geraldine Brooks

By Joyce Wagner – Apr 15, 2015

Geraldine Brooks’ appearance belies her power. She’s petite, with a valentine of a face, and a voice that neighbors girlish. Yet the dainty Australian effortlessly held 60-plus attendees at State Road Restaurant in the delicate palm of her hand last Wednesday.

The event, part of the “Speakeasy” series of authors’ talks that benefits the West Tisbury library, brought out Islanders hungry enough for culture after a long winter and brave enough to risk the event’s parking lot.

It was, Ms. Brooks admitted apologetically, her first sojourn into the promotion of her new historical novel, The Secret Chord. – MORE –

McCulloughs honored for contributions to the West Tisbury library

by Tony Omer,  

The West Tisbury library board of trustees and the library foundation Sunday dedicated the new community program room of the newly renovated and enlarged West Tisbury public library to David and Rosalee McCullough. Hunter Moorman, chairman of the West Tisbury library foundation, thanked the McCulloughs and, in particular, Mr. McCullough for his four years as honorary chairman of the library foundation. A full presidential term, he noted, to laughs from the full house.

The McCulloughs, West Tisbury residents, were instrumental in raising funds to help pay for the $6 million dollar project. They were early donors to the project and in his role as honorary chairman of the foundation, Mr. McCullough, an acclaimed historian and author, drummed up support and funds; the library foundation ultimately raised over a quarter of the construction costs. The town picked up almost a quarter and almost half of the project’s cost was funded by matching funds from the state. The old 5,640-square-foot library was enlarged to 13,000 square feet and opened on March 22, after a 14-month construction period.  –MORE –

Willy Mason, Good Night Louise up first for Tuesdays at Twilight

On July 15, the Tuesdays at Twilight concert at the West Tisbury Grange Hall in West Tisbury features local singer/songwriter Willy Mason and the band Good Night Louise. The concert is sponsored by the West Tisbury Library Foundation. All proceeds go toward landscaping and protecting the environment around the new library.

Well known on the national and international music scene, Mr. Mason has toured with Beth Orton, Death Cab for Cutie, Radiohead, KT Tunstall, and Mumford and Sons.

Good Night Louise’s music is best described as a folky medley of Americana and blues.  The have been a fixture at Vineyard venues for several years.

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