Ticonderoga Elvis is coming to Ticonderoga.
James Cawley of Ticonderoga, an Elvis impersonator, will perform a benefit show for the Ticonderoga Historical Society Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Ticonderoga High School auditorium.
Tickets are $15 for general admission and $20 for VIP center stage seating. Tickets can be purchased by calling 585-7355. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for raffles and refreshments with the 75-minute show starting at 7 p.m.
Proceeds from the show will assist the Ticonderoga Historical Society. Bill Dolback, society president, said the society needs $14,000 to heat its home, the Hancock House, as well as money for new computers, a microfiche reader and a federally-mandated upgrade to its security system.
“There’s a lot of special needs coming up on top of our regular operating costs,” Dolback said, “as well as our ultimate goal to build a carriage barn for an event/performance space.”
Established 116 years ago, the Ticonderoga Historical Society has advanced and preserved local history through its collection of photographs, manuscripts, books and artifacts housed in the Hancock House, a 1926 duplicate of patriot John Hancock’s home in Boston.
The historical society also presents community programs and is active in community outreach.
Cawley, a Ticonderoga native, said he will always consider the community as home. He said he appreciates the work of the Ticonderoga Historical Society.
“Ticonderoga always had a very special community — very strong,” he said. “It’s what kept me coming back. There has been so many changes and without the historical society we’d be losing a lot.”
The live concert will feature Cawley and his Las Vegas show band.
Cawley has performed his re-creation of Elvis’ live Las Vegas show the past 24 years with sold-out concerts across the nation at casinos, theme parks and theatres. His resemblance to the “King” in appearance, mannerism and voice earned him the top ranking in the nation out of more than 2,500 impersonators – chosen by a special committee of Elvis’ personal associates selected by Graceland.
Cawley has appeared in concert with the “Jordanaires,” Elvis’ original back up quartet.