Dietrich Theater Coming Soon! 

Celebrate Go Red Month
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Thursdays, February 11 at 7:00 pm.
Presenter: Valerie A. Bell, M.S.N., R.N., Cardiovascular Health Consultant for the PA Department of Health.
Admission: Free
Ladies, give yourself a gift for your heart health! February is Go Red Month. Become informed! Come and learn about your risks for heart disease and how you can improve your heart health. Interactive presentation. Light refreshments served. Receive your free pedometer.
Call 570-996-1500 for more information.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

  It’s so strange in South Auburn now. Not bad strange, just strange. The other night, about two in the morning, I awoke to light in the bathroom and I wondered why that would be since the rest of the household was sound asleep. So wee Roxie and I got out of bed and walked into the hallway and sure enough, the bathroom was all lit up, although the ceiling light wasn’t on. I picked Roxie up and we walked to the window and looked out at the South Auburn hills which were now bathed in an unearthly light. For whatever reason, the lights surrounding the well pad which lies about six fields over from our house were particularly bright, and again, for some reason were aimed at our house and the light was flooding into the bathroom. 

Which was okay. I’m not hostile to the gas companies – I think it’s the fuel of the future. And yet….and yet…. When I was a little girl I used to play ball on the road in front of our house (you know – one o’larey, two o’larey – or however you spell that) and my mother’s only admonition, since we lived so far up in the mountains of the Poconos, was “Be sure to listen for cars, sweetie.” Which wasn’t hard because there were so few that passed by our little house.
In the morning and at sunset we’d watch the deer amble through the woods that surrounded us and we’d listen to the sweetness of first the spring peepers and then the crickets of summer and then, in the fall, the lonely cry of the crow, telling us that summer was over and the winter was headed right at us. But the thing I so remember was the dark, and the stillness. It was as if all of nature conspired to envelop us in the peace of quietude.
  And that’s what beautiful South Auburn has always been like – different from the sounds of even beloved Tunkhannock. On a crisp night you can look up and see a trillion stars showing off in their black velvet setting. You can hear the coyotes ululating across the hills, the sound both joyous and thrilling at the same time. All the seasons are reflected in the fauna and the flowers of the Auburns, and I feel a terrible sense of foreboding that like the Poconos I grew up in, they will be among the victims of this progress. I fear that where the white tailed deer graze and the cattle contentedly chew their cuds in the moonlight, that the quiet of God’s creation will be replaced by the steady thrum of the wells.
  It’s okay, I guess. Many people are going to become very wealthy and that’s a good thing. And what will be will be. Nothing to be done about it. Just a lingering sense of foreboding and a nostalgia for the place where I grew up and the place where I have chosen to live my later years. I pray to the God of the black-eyed susan and the bachelor’s buttons and the wee chippy and the elegant deer and all the stars in the heavens, to watch over us all. Our boat is so small and this sea of progress is so very, very large.
    Avatar opening this weekend here -- in 2D. We haven’t yet taken the plunge into 3-D (at $54,000.00 you can see why we hesitate) and Mel Gibson’s Edge of Darkness which looks to be a proper thriller. We’re keeping Blind Side one more week even though we told you last week was its last, but we’re keeping it because it was our highest grossing weekend film! So, how could we let it go? Another week for Eli and then, for the kidlets, we still have the endearing Tooth Fairy. So, something for everyone! 
And the very, very best popcorn this side of the Russia. (I want to paint that with a broad brush.) Do come visit us. We love seeing your smiling faces.
     See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

Edge of Darkness
January 29, 2010 -
February 11, 2010

January 29, 2010 -
February 4, 2010

The Blind Side
January 8, 2010 -
February 4, 2010

The Tooth Fairy
January 22, 2010 -
February 4, 2010

The Book of Eli
January 15, 2010 -
February 4, 2010

Coming Soon
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or (570)996-1500 to reserve

Tango - Movie & Lesson
January 31, 2010

Wyoming County Reads - The Grapes of Wrath
February 3, 2010 - March 3, 2010

Pennsylvania Hands
February 7, 2010

Celebrate Go Red Month
February 11, 2010

Reptiles & Amphibians of Northeast PA
February 20, 2010

The Haunted Dietrich
March 6, 2010

The Grapes of Wrath
March 10, 2010 - March 14, 2010

Determined Spirit: The Story of Amelia Earhart
March 21, 2010

The Pennswood Guitar Quartet Concert
April 25, 2010

or (570)996-1500 to enroll

After School Players
March 6, 2010

Exploring Painting
March 11, 2010 - April 2, 2010

Exploring Sculpture
January 14, 2010 - February 5, 2010

Exploring Shapes
February 11, 2010 - March 5, 2010

If You Build It!
March 2, 2010 - March 30, 2010

Let's Pretend
February 2, 2010 - February 23, 2010

Little People & Nature
March 9, 2010 - March 31, 2010

Mixed Media, ages 5 - 12
January 14, 2010 - April 2, 2010

Intergenerational Quilting, ages 13 and up
January 13, 2010 - March 31, 2010

Open Studio for Painting, Drawing & Pottery - Days
January 11, 2010 - March 29, 2010

Open Studio: Painting, Drawing, & Pottery - Nights
January 12, 2010 - March 30, 2010

Beginning Bead Crochet
March 16, 2010 - March 30, 2010

Beginning Crochet
March 2, 2010 - March 16, 2010

Creat a Felted Hat
March 17, 2010 - March 31, 2010

Decorative Painting, for ages 16 and up
January 20, 2010 - March 31, 2010

Introduction to Stained Glass
March 29, 2010

Jewelry Making: Introduction to Glass Fusing
March 22, 2010 - April 5, 2010

Make an Easy Knitted Hat
February 4, 2010 - February 18, 2010

Pottery & Sculpture
January 11, 2010 - March 29, 2010

Introduction to Spanish
April 12, 2010 - May 17, 2010

Conversational Spanish
May 24, 2010 - July 5, 2010

Writers' Group
December 17, 2009 - February 25, 2010

Yoga for You
January 6, 2010 - February 24, 2010

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

Next Wednesday night is the first discussion for Wyoming County Reads. Join us at the Tunkhannock Public Library at 7:00 pm to talk about John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. The focus on tonight’s gathering will be the characters of this epic novel. Every year, Bill Chapla and Julia Peterson do a great job of facilitating discussions. The number of people who take part in these talks always pleasantly surprises me. I love hearing their different ideas. 
The following week’s discussion (same time, same place) will center around "Surviving the Dust Bowl: An Education of the Heart". Everyone is invited. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. If you are not able to make the discussions at the Tunkhannock Public Library, there will be gatherings at the Schenk Memorial Library in Noxen, the Laceyville Library, the Mehoopany Library, the Factoryville Library, and the Methodist Church in Nicholson. We hope to see you there. 
In addition to book discussions starting, rehearsals for the play The Grapes of Wrath will begin next week. This past week director Jennifer Jenkins held the first crew meeting for the production. It is wonderful to see so many local volunteers interested in working on the play. We are truly lucky to have so much talent in our community from college students, to a retired theatre instructor, to helping hands willing to help out in anyway they can. Sitting in on the meeting gave me an even greater appreciation of how much work goes into creating a live production. I can’t wait to see the play come to life on the Dietrich stage! If you are also interested in seeing the Dietrich’s production of The Grapes of Wrath tickets are currently available for the show’s five-day run from March 10 to 14. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the Dietrich Theater ticket booth or over the phone by calling 570-996-1500.
Another event that is just around the corner is a special presentation about the exhibit in our Earnshaw Gallery, "Pennsylvania Hands". On Sunday, February 7 at 3:00 pm, you will have the chance to meet the artist behind these photographs, Sally Wiener Grotta. Sally’s exhibit "Pennsylvania Hands", which is part of American Hands", is an ongoing photographic project of narrative portraits of artisans who are keeping alive the traditional functional skills such as glassblowing, spinning, pottery, weaving, blacksmithing, quilting and so forth. After talking to her for a little bit as she was putting up the exhibit, I can’t wait to hear more about her photography and the artisans she meets at the presentation. Admission is free. 
Looking to activities for younger artists, Amy Colley will be starting up a new series of art classes for little ones called Exploring Shapes in February. In these classes, children will look at, touch, name, and work with shapes while experimenting with the properties and possibilities of paint, drawing, sculpture, paste and paper. The preschooler class will be held on Thursdays, February 11 to March 4 from 12:00 - 12:45 pm. Amy will meet with Mommy & Me students on Fridays, February 12 to March 5 from 11:30 am - 12:15 pm. Admission is $35. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for more information or to register.