Washington Island Literary Festival Announces "Friends Circle"

What are friends for?  In the case of Washington Island Literary Festival, friends help the festival to grow and develop, lend their thoughts and opinions on how to make the Festival a better one, volunteer for Festival-related activities, and make tax-deductible financial contributions to help build the Festival’s capacity to attract fine writers and support developing writers.  

How can you become a friend?  By providing your contribution to the Washington Island Literary Festival.  What’s in it for you?  First and foremost is the satisfaction of being part of the best small literary festival in the Midwest, if not the whole nation!  Gathering with authors in small groups, hands-on workshops, discussion groups, and mealtimes, WILF stands alone as an intimate setting for people who love to read and the authors who satisfy that interest.  Become a friend and help to perpetuate this very worthwhile event for readers and writers.

Here are some additional benefits along with the tax deduction mentioned above:

Friends Circle levels and benefits:

$25 to $49: 

Listing of your name in our annual program
Friends Circle recognition on name badge

$50- $99:

Includes the above benefits, and
Check-in at dedicated Friends’ Circle Desk at the Friday reception
Invitation to Friends Circle registration period for next year’s Festival

$100- $249:

Includes the above benefits, and
Ten percent discount at the Backstage Bookstore throughout the Festival, and a suitable for framing, beautifully illustrated copy of James McCormick’s poem, Writing Washington Island.

$250 and up:

Includes the above benefits, and
Complimentary Sunday Brunch with Festival authors.  
Gifts of $250 or more can also be acknowledged or anonymous sponsorships for:
*Festival Workshops
*Scholarships for Washington Island High School Students to attend writer’s   workshops
*Author housing
*Special Awards
*Other important Festival activities, publicity and/or printing

We’d welcome your friendship.  Please contact Chairperson Helene Meyer (Helene@wilf.com) for additional details or response to your questions. 

Get The New TPAC 4-Pack!

The TPAC is now offering a Punch Card with 20% off the price of 4 shows. It can be used by you, your family or guests. Select from any of 9 designated shows in our 2017 season. Note: Cards are not valid for Island Players productions or for W.I. Music Festival concerts.

Cards are kept at the TPAC for your convenience. Deadline for purchase is July 8, 2017

Shows Valid for TPAC 4-Pack Punch Card
June 29 -  Frogwater - Adults $15
July 1 - Julian Hagen CD Release Concert - Adults $15
July 8 -  Play “Population: 485” - Adults $20
July 15 -  Four Guyz in Dinner Jackets - Adults $20
July 23 -  Midsummer’s Music - Adults $15
August 15 -  American Young - Adults $18
August 29 - Kim Souther & Friends - Adults $15
Sept. 9 -  greenTone a cappella - Adults $18
Sept. 16 -  Prairie Brass Band - Adults $20

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Weed & Feed In The Trueblood Gardens

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Weed & Feed takes place Monday Aug. 15th at 5 p.m. for an hour of weeding the Trueblood Gardens followed by pizza, beer and wine. Bring your spouse or friend, your gardening gloves, and any weeding tools for time in the gardens and a meal together afterwards on the patio, provided by the TPAC. This is a chance to gain gardening tips from Jerry Landwehr, who designed and helped plant the gorgeous TPAC gardens. TPAC Board members will also be on hand to answer any questions you have about the TPAC.

Weeding begins at 5:00 p.m. with pizza served at 6:00 p.m. Please call Betsy Wallman at 847-2437 to let us know you are coming so we know how much pizza to order

Immerse yourself in Harpeth Rising

Harpeth Rising, the next musical group to perform at the TPAC, Thursday June 23rd, at 7:30 p.m., chose to name themselves after a river because water is both dynamic and powerful. These words also describe the music created by the three women –Jordana Greenberg (violin, vocals), Maria Di Meglio (cello, vocals) and Michelle Younger (banjo, guitar and vocals). Unapologetic genre-benders, they fuse folk, Newgrass, rock, and classical into a sound that is organically unique.

Classically trained musicians, they received their degrees from some of the finest music programs in the country: Indiana University, Oberlin, and the Eastman School of Music. Their original music is as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe. The cello sounding at times like a bass, layering in the shimmering sounds of a violin, and the striking addition of the banjo create a sound both familiar and at the same time impossible to categorize.

Their most recent album, SHIFTED, debuted at #1 on the Folk-DJ charts and was released to international acclaim. Chris Spector at Midwest Record said “Taking Newgrass to the next dimension, taking back lyric writing as an art form, if you’ve cleaned your ears out recently, this set is going to blow your mind. One of a kind, in a class by itself and simply superlative throughout.” Tim Carroll of Folkwords wrote “Choose words to define this latest album – progressive, creative, innovative, imaginative - they all describe what’s on offer...Alternatively, don’t attempt to categorize their ingenuity with words, take the shortest route, immerse yourself in Harpeth Rising and let the music carry you with its flow.”

We are grateful to Dan and Connie Westbrook for sponsoring this performance.

Get your tickets now!

Theater Upgrades at the TPAC

During this quiet season, the Trueblood Board and staff are working behind the scenes on theater upgrades. Emmett Woods, consulting with acoustic engineers and other theater professionals, has identified areas that, after 12 years, are in need of replacement. 

As time has passed, some of the used equipment that we acquired to open the facility in 2004, is now truly obsolete. Old equipment demands repairs and when broken switches and faders are beyond repair, they must be bypassed. In addition, TPAC rigging includes immovable lengths of pipe that support stage curtains, lighting fixtures, and cyclorama. The absence of a movable grid makes installation, adjustments, and maintenance of equipment quite difficult. We also want the TPAC to be a performing arts training ground for the Washington Island School. We feel a responsibility to upgrade equipment so that we can be training students using the latest technology.

Priority items are stage lighting which would include a control console as well as multiple new lighting fixtures, new audio equipment that would include a digital mixer, digital stage box, speakers and an audio processing computer, and finally, installing truss rigging for light fixtures and motors to raise and lower lighting.

To cover the high costs of these improvements, we are submitting grants to foundations and corporations who support the arts. If you are aware of a business or foundation that you think would be a good fit for our needs, we would be most grateful if you would contact Betsy Wallman or Board President Bruce McClaren.

Welcome to the Trueblood Performing Arts Center!

The Wilson and Carol Trueblood Performing Arts Center is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization providing a multi-purpose 263 seat theater located on beautiful Washington Island, Wisconsin. The TPAC facility was made possible through a generous bequest from long-time summer residents Ruth and Wilson Trueblood, a gift of land and initial endowment funding from Arni and Mary Richter, and substantial support from the Washington Island Foundation and more than 800 individual, family and business volunteers and donors. The TPAC is named in honor of Wilson and his daughter, Carol, and the performance chamber is named in honor of Mary Richter.

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We are delighted to be able to provide a first class facility to celebrate, entertain and educate all Washington Island year-round and seasonal residents and visitors and look forward to seeing you at our next event!