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Friday, July 2, 2021

A Look Back; 'Village Players' Fourth of July Parade Floats

Village Players Fourh of July parade float, year unknown. (Img: Village Players)

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By Jessie Eden

It's no secret that Fort Thomas dearly loves its Fourth of July parade. 

This annual tradition has been going on for years and years...and the Village Players have participated in it for a fair share of those years.

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Village Players 4th of July parade float in front of Highland High School, year unknown. (Img: Village Players)


In fact, in 2019, Fort Thomas resident and longtime Village Players member Sara Morlidge Hamel (aka "Pinky") was the Fourth of July parade's Grand Marshal.


Pinky Hamel was honored as Grand Marshal back in 2019. (Img: Jen Davis)

Pinky Hamel at the Highland and N. Fort Thomas Ave. intersection in front of the Village Players building. 
(Img: Jen Davis)

Pinky Hamel at the Highland and N. Fort Thomas Ave. intersection in front of the Village Players building. 
(Img: Jen Davis)

The parade crowd outside of the home of the Village Players in 2019  (Img: Jen Davis)


If you aren't familiar with Village Players of Fort Thomas, you should be. This theatre group has been a vital part of the community's history since **officially** 1967. 

Before that? Well, this merry band of performers was a part of the Drama Department within the Woman's Club of Fort Thomas, located at 8 North Fort Thomas Avenue, since the mid-1950s. 


Susan Snyder (30) working on the 4th of July float for Village Players.


In 2015, the Woman's Club celebrated its 100th anniversary and in Fall 2018, the organization gifted the space, a former telephone exchange building, to the Village Players.


On October 31, 2018, Village Players officially took over the space of the former Woman's Club of Fort Thomas.



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About Village Players


Village Players of Fort Thomas is a vibrant community theatre, continually producing plays and musicals for almost 60 years. Productions range across a spectrum of periods and styles, presented in an intimate three-quarter thrust performance space in the heart of Fort Thomas, Kentucky. 

Village Players stages innovative and of-the-moment works alongside beloved classic pieces while serving as an incubator for new talent, ideas, and writing. Each season features four mainstage shows, including a family-friendly winter production, as well as a summer production of original short plays produced by the New Works branch of the group.

Village Players is a member of the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT), Association of Community Theatres Cincinnati (ACT), Ohio Community Theatre Association (OCTA), and the Kentucky Theatre Association (KTA).

Susan Snyder (30) working on the 4th of July float for Village Players.


How can you support Village Players?


As one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in Fort Thomas, there are many ways you can help keep the Village Players legacy alive and well so future generations can enjoy the Arts in Fort Thomas. 

To learn more about any of these opportunities, email info@villageplayers.org or call 859-240-7897.

Volunteers Needed

Village Players always needs volunteers, both on stage and behind the scenes. We typically meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm - visitors welcome.

Sponsor A Show

For not a lot of money, you can support local theater and promote your business. In addition to a full-page ad in our program, your organization’s name can appear on our posters, banners, program covers and other advertising.

Rent the Theater

Our facility includes three levels: a lower-level theater, with tiered seating for 102, restrooms and green room; a street-level reception hall, with restroom, kitchen and entrance lobby; and a second-level all-purpose room, with a small stage. Rates vary.



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