Dietrich Theater
Celebrate Our River Day
At Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park
Saturday, July 24 from 3:00 - 8:00 pm.
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: Overlook Estate Foundation
Join us as we celebrate and promote the value of one of our greatest resources, the Susquehanna River. Included in the day’s festivities will be live music, environmental activities for children and adults, a nature walk, a river float, food and more. Live music will be provided by Sadie Green Sales Jugband, the bluegrass group Hickory Project, and the George Wesley.
For more information contact 570-996-1500.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

My goodness. This weather is something! I got out of my air-conditioned car this morning and it was so humid and sticky out that my glasses immediately steamed up. I had to take them off because I couldn’t see! This whole summer thing is getting a little carried away this month. I’m ready for autumn now and the cool breezes of September. Yeah, yeah. I know I have no right to kvetch since people who love summer hardly ever get a doozy like this. And last summer they were totally cheated out of all this heat and humidity. Still, enough is enough already! 

     So, we’re still steeped in preparations for the fall film festival. It is so exciting! And can you believe it, we are already getting calls for gala night! (Very smart folks, is all I have to say.) So, amidst all the festival hustle and bustle (I should have the list of films for you next week) I think I need to take a moment to recognize the folks who make it all possible: our sponsors! (And our dear Shirley, of course, who manages and organizes everything to do with sales.) 
     Here’s the thing. Without sponsors there would be no festival, because the films are pricey and the costs of shipping and putting them up and down and advertising and just everything connected with festival is very expensive. And although many of the films play to a packed house, almost no one buys concession, and you know that means we make very little profit off the festival. Now, we love it, we will do it forever and ever, but we also have to think about how we turn a profit so we can keep this grand old theater afloat. 
     And that’s where Shirley and her sponsors come in. They make it possible to bring in the best films and to not have to worry about concession sales or if every single movie will be a hit (it won’t) or any of the other money things that (sigh) we always have to worry about. So, when you see those sponsor ads on our screens, make sure you remember them and factor that sponsorship into your next shopping trip. Remember, it is through their unwavering support of the arts and their willingness to support something as rare as a small town film festival, that it is all possible. So, thank you sponsors and thank you members and a big, big tip of the hat to our Shirley whose dedication to our cultural programming is simply wondrous!
     Okay, so you’re probably wondering what we have for you this week. Once again, we have an adult film, Salt, starring the incredible Angelina Jolie. (I just saw Clint Eastwood’s The Changeling for about the hundredth time the other night and was reminded once again what a superb actress she is.) Jolie plays longtime CIA agent Evelyn Salt whose life is suddenly thrown into complete chaos when she is accused of being a Russian spy. It’s a top drawer thriller, so if that’s your thing (and I love that genre) then come and enjoy it with our very, very best popcorn!
     And let’s not forget Inception. I had so hoped to get to see it before I wrote this today, but that just didn’t happen. I hope to see it tomorrow. But let me tell you -  it’s like a festival film in that people come out and turn to perfect strangers and want to talk about it. It’s hard and imaginative and great fun. Once again, I am saying to those who will only come to so called art films and who chide me on not having more of them, this is everything you say you watch art films for. It is blindingly original, thoughtful, intelligent and not like anything else. If you won’t see it because a Hollywood studio made it, then that’s just plain snobbery, isn’t it? (And we wouldn’t like to think anybody in T’town would suffer from such a malady, now would we? Naaaaah. Definitely not.) Gosh, I’ve run out of space so soon. And I had so much more I wanted to tell you. Sigh. Hmmmm. Guess I’ll have to wait until next week. Until then….
     See you at the Dietrich.

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Faces & Places Exhibit
June 16, 2010 - July 31, 2010

Celebrate Our River Day
July 24, 2010

Gathering of Singers & Songwriters 9
August 25, 2010

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Open Studio: Painting, Drawing, & Pottery - Nights
April 6, 2010 - August 24, 2010

Jewelry Making: Introduction to Glass Fusing
July 12, 2010 - July 26, 2010

All About Pottery & Sculpture Camp
August 2, 2010 - August 6, 2010

Around the World in 5 Days!
August 2, 2010 - August 6, 2010

Cowboys and Nomads
July 5, 2010 - July 26, 2010

Jammin' in a Jugband
July 19, 2010 - July 23, 2010

Easy Beads! Create in Clay!
August 16, 2010

Jewelry Making: "Seed Pod" Pendants
July 29, 2010

Jewelry Making: Introduction to Metal Working
August 2, 2010

Pottery & Sculpture
April 5, 2010 - August 30, 2010

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

We are delighted to have David Driskell and Timothy Walker of Sadie Green Sales Jugband back in Tunkhannock this week. They have developed quite a following of all ages in our region. Over twenty children learned how to create homemade instruments such as the washtub bass, a washboard instrument, spoons, and bubble bee noisemakers in their Jammin' in a Jugband class. Children also learned how to play those instruments as well as the saw, kazoo, slide whistle, jug, and tube-a-phone, which is similar to a large xylophone except that it is made out of 2” PVC piping. The teachers joking call it a sewerphone. In fact, some children were so inspired by the instruments that they worked with in the class that they went home and fashioned their own unique jugband instruments from items they found around the garage and kitchen and brought them in to share with the class.
In the teen and adult class, students also became skilled at playing and making their own instruments including a plastic drum set and drum sticks. They also learned about conventional instruments such as the guitar, banjo, harmonica, saxophone, and clarinet. The two groups also discovered the role each instrument plays in a jugband and how to jam as a group. 
Along with their classes, Sadie Green Sales Jugband also performed at Tunkhannock’s Senior Center and the Tunkhannock Manor, and will play a show tomorrow at Celebrate Our River Day in Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park. Their audiences absolutely enjoyed experiencing David and Timothy’s jugband, ragtime, and jazz inspired music. Many of the members of the audiences were singing along to favorite tunes the band played such as “Baby Face” and “The Pennsylvania Polka”. I especially enjoyed when audience members were invited to play along with the band. Some participants played the spoons, washtub bass and washboards. We’d like to thank the activity directors at the Senior Center and Tunkhannock Manor for help making the shows available to their patrons and residents. We plan on having David Driskell and Timothy Walker back next summer and hope even more community members will be able to experience their joyful music. 
In addition to experiencing music, children still have an opportunity to explore theatre and visual arts at the Dietrich in our Around the World in 5 Days Camp during the week of August 2nd through 6th from 10:00 am to noon.   In this camp students ages five to twelve will create a play, costumes, props, scenery and visual arts masterpieces inspired by countries from around the world. This camp is bound to inspire children to use their imaginations as well as discover other cultures. Admission is $50 for the week and there are still a few spaces available. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for more information or to sign up.
 For adults, the Dietrich’s own Esther Harmatz will be teaching a couple of jewelry making classes in August. On Monday, August 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, students will be able to learn the basics of metal working for jewelry fabrication. During the class, students will work with a jeweler’s saw, as they cut, form, and polish a pendant to take home. All materials and equipment will be supplied and admission is $50. 
Then on Monday, August 16 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Esther will teach students how to create original handmade clay beads. She will show students how to experiment with different designs and layers of clay to fabricate colorful and fun beads. Each student will fashion a bracelet and a pair of earrings, while learning some of the basics of working with polymer clay.  No experience is required for this class and all materials are provided. Admission is $45. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 to register for either of these classes.