As many non-profit organizations have been doing, the Hamilton Players community theater group has come up with a different way to earn money and stay active during the COVID-19 pandemic.

An online bookseller has partnered with the group to sell most of his inventory in a weekly book sale at the lobby of the Hamilton Playhouse (see photo above). There's plenty - including mysteries and thrillers, first editions and kids books. Hamilton Players executive director denise rose said the books, hardbound and paperback, are selling for a dollar each and the sale will be on each Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the theater, located west of Hamilton at 100 Ricketts Road.

And, yes, there will be a theater season this year, starting with an online presentation of "Always Patsy Cline," a musical that includes many of the late country singer's popular songs. The dates have not been firmed up yet, but the show will be recorded in February and played back online at the end of February in nine showings, starring Mara Luther and April Sommers. The audience will be able to register at the Hamilton Players website or their Facebook page, when the dates are confirmed.

The other shows through the season will be Mark Twain's "The Diary of Adam & Eve," the comedy "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," and the ever-popular "Steel Magnolias." The Hamilton Players are hoping to be able to offer those presentations live. Otherwise, they'll be online. Until then, go up to the theater and buy some books! If you'd simply like to make a cash donation to the Hamilton Players, rose said to do it in February or March because they have a matching grant that will match up to a total of $5,000 in donations during those months.

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