Ti Mainstreet Committee to host George Washington

TICONDEROGA The Town of Ticonderogas Mainstreet Promotions Committee, in conjunction with the 250th Anniversary of the French and Indian War, will present a day with General Henry Knox and General George Washington on Thursday, June 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Historical actors from the American Historical Theatre will be available throughout the day and each will give a 30 minute presentation at the Bicentennial Park under the gazebo. Beginning at 9 a.m. the actors will be driven in a horse-drawn carriage, owned and operated by Tim Huestis, from the boat launch site to the village. Several stops along Montcalm Street are planned for meet and greet sessions. The two generals will be escorted by members of the Ticonderoga Militia. This event will be held regardless of weather. However, in the case of rain, the historical actors will perform in the LaChute Hall located in the Community Building. The carriage and guests will travel to the park for formal presentations, followed by a question and answer period. The actors will than proceed to Fort Ticonderoga for a second presentation as well as additional time to meet and greet. George Washington will be portrayed by Dean Malissa. Malissa is a performer who has appeared in many theatre companies, films, commercials and TV shows. He has appeared at the Smithsonian, the National Archives and the White House, as well as many other venues in Valley Forge. General Knox will played by Bob Heffner. Heffner trained at the Walnut Street Theatre and continues performing in many Philadelphia theatres as well as films and plays. As an actor I am drawn to good character roles, the type of roles that help define the character and what draws me to Henry Knox is that he was a consummate talented supporting general, without whose abilities and determination, Washington would not have been so successful, Heffner said. According to Ticonderoga Supervisor Bob Dedrick and Director of Promotions Kristi Mars this is an opportunity for the citizens in the Ticonderoga area to witness professionals portray important and significant historical figures in American history.

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