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Updated: 01/16/2014 08:00:03AM

Elvis Wade to perform

Feb. 2 at St. Francis Church

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Elvis Wade, billed as the top Elvis Presley impersonator in the country, will perform at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Lake Placid.


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St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church hosts a performance by renowned Elvis Presley impersonator, Elvis Wade, Sunday afternoon, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the church, located at 43 Lake June Road, and may be ordered by telephoning 863-465-0051.

Fans of Elvis Presley should enjoy a concert of many favorite songs which should bring back memories from halcyon years will include some of Elvis’s gyrations as well.

This reporter enjoyed watching Presley’s first movie, “Love Me Tender,” on television last week. This was the second time I had seen the show, the first being back in 1956 at the Alabama Theater in Birmingham when I was 15 years old. The occasion was a Saturday matinee and the establishment was filled with an audience of teenagers all of whom were enthusiastic about seeing Elvis on the screen.

The first half an hour of the movie I first saw 57 years ago involved Confederate soldiers going home from the war. But then, Elvis is seen putting his plow aside and joining his family at the old homestead. A few “There he is!” sighs were heard. Then he began to sing “Love Me Tender” and the screams began. Later he burst into “This Ol’ House,” dancing a little jig between the verses. The screams began in earnest: “Ee-Eek, Elvis, Elvis, ELL-VISS” as the children of some of Birmingham’s finest families went wild in their seats. Some kids even fainted.

Nearly 57 years later those teenagers, myself included, are grandparents. Kids, what you should do now is buy some tickets to the show.

Invite Grandma, invite the lady down the street, bring Grandpa along, too, so he can regale you about the 1956 DeSoto Firebird automobile with its push-button transmission. Then, when Elvis Wade launches into “Hound Dog” or “Blue Suede Shoes” we can see if your grandparents’ teenybopper instincts take over once again. Do you think your grandparents are too straight-laced to scream at Elvis? Don’t be too sure! And, maybe you can scream, too!

When the show ends, remember: “Please remain in your seats until Elvis has left the building.