George Washington Portrayed by Dean Malissa

A life-long resident of Philadelphia, Malissa has been a performer since childhood.  After graduating with a degree in Communications, he entered the world of business – working his way from a junior salesman to the senior vice presidency of an international manufacturing firm. During those 25 years he traveled to all 50 states in America, every province in Canada, Mexico, much of Europe (including former Soviet Bloc countries), much of the Middle East and extensively in Asia. He happily and voluntarily left corporate America in 1999 and in “Act II” of his adult life – pursued acting as a profession. He has performed and continues to be cast in film, TV, commercial, radio, stage and voiceover productions although his historical portrayal of George Washington represents 95% of his work today. This portrayal of Washington has proven to be one of the richest experiences in his life. It is often daunting, continually challenging, always interesting and humbling work. In December of 2000 he met William “Bill” Sommerfield. Bill was a respected George Washington scholar and portrayer. Until his retirement from performing in January 2007 Bill was the foremost historical interpreter of Washington. Bill had interpreted Washington throughout the world and was the first actor in American history to be approved to portray Washington at Mount Vernon– George Washington’s Estate and Gardens. The historical interpretive acting world lost its patriarch with Bill’s passing in September 2009. Bill and his wife Pamela operated The American Historical Theatre – a wonderful non-profit organization “dedicated to the edifying and entertaining art of Historical Interpretation.” Back at the beginning of this century they were seeking...
DON WATSON Special Friday Evening Show

DON WATSON Special Friday Evening Show

Don Watson is a singer/songwriter from Gilford, NH, who’s music has been compared to John Denver, Jim Croce and Dan Fogelberg. His songs are upbeat, inspiring and easy on the ears. Don’s newest project “Welcome Home New Hampshire” is a collection of songs based on people, places and events of the granite state. Don partnered with Steve Redic, a poet and historian from Candia, NH in the writing of these songs. Don recently performed for Governor Maggie Hassan and the Governor’s Council. He was also featured on WMUR TV’s “New Hampshire Chronicle”. In addition, Don has performed at several larger NH venues including Meadowbrook, Franklin Opera House, Hopkinton Fair, and many historical societies, libraries, farmers markets and festivals. See Don Watson’s “Welcome Home New Hampshire, Songs and Stories of New Hampshire” at the President Franklin Pierce Homestead Friday, August 14th, 7 PM...