Dietrich Theater Upcoming Events Songs & Games for Tots At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock Saturday, July 16 at 11 a.m Presented by Bill Frye Admission: Free Enjoy a morning of songs and games with Bill Frye and his supercharged guitar. Children and adults will share smiles and sing and dance together to familiar, popular songs Bill plays with his trademark zest. Call 570-996-1500 for details. Celebrate Our River Day At Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park Saturday, July 23 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission: Free Sponsored by: the 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, plein air painters, a presentation about Francis Slocum by Bill Bachman, a River Float, and more. Live music will be provided by Sadie Green Sales Jugband, the blue grass group Coal Town Rounders, and the George Wesley Bank. For more information about the River Float contact Endless Mountain Outfitters at 570-746-9140. For more information about River Day call 570-996-1500

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

Ooooh, I so hope you had as wonderful a 4th of July as I did. It was truly perfect. Friends and family on Sunday, on Monday just leftovers, a little writing, some dog walking, some totally lazy gazing out the window and finally, watching Yankee Doodle Dandy (what a great, great movie!!!) on AMC. Now really, is that a perfect 4th of July or what? The only thing missing were sparklers. When Jennie and I were little my father would bring home two packages of sparklers, one for Jennie and one for me. I think, except for Christmas Eve, it was the most exciting night of the year. I didn’t know, until I was much older, that some people set off fireworks. Being a veteran, my Dad wasn’t too big on things that exploded, but sparklers were just fine with him. And we absolutely had to wait until it got dark (the upside being that we got to stay up a little later than usual) and then, when my father deemed it dark enough, he would light the sparklers, one at a time and hand them to us and we’d leap about the lawn leaving trails of light in our paths. And speaking of my father (I think this column today is a bit stream-of-consciousness), my sister gave me a package of letters my folks wrote to each other during the course of the war. My mother had burned many of them (they’re none of anyone’s business,” she said) but hundreds were left. When you consider that they wrote to each other every day for two and a half years, you can see how that would mount up. She left the letters that mainly had to do with the war and weren’t so personal. But then we came upon a little mystery. As I was looking in the box I saw that there was a small, capped bottle with paper taped to it with duct tape (or something that looked just like it). Inside were a few tablespoons of sand and in my father’s neat hand, “Sacred soil of Nagoya.” And the date. I asked my history buff husband what that could be about and he didn ’t know so we went to the computer. Apparently Nagoya was where the Mitsubishi armaments factory was, and in 1945 we bombed it into oblivion because, of course, we thought our men were going to invade the mainland. My father never mentioned going ashore, and indeed, another sailor could have gone and brought him back the sand. But why he labled it the “sacred soil” I have no idea. I wished he were back, wished he were on the porch, so he could tell me what that was all about. “Well, Babe,” he’d say, as he lit a cigarette and leaned back in his chair, “I’ll tell you how it happened….ya see, there was a lot going on then, what with the kamikaze’s comin’ at us in waves, and…and…” and what? What? Do we ever stop missing them? Do we ever find out the many mysteries of their lives? Maybe if I begin to read the letters in order, maybe then I’ll find out. I’ll let you know if I do. Okay. We have the delightful Kevin James in Zookeeper this weekend. And next week we have Harry Potter on two (yes, two!!!) screens so you can see it in 3D or 2D, whichever your heart desires! We thought we’d experiment a little since some of you like 3D and some don’t. So now you can see it whichever way you want. Then in two weeks we’ll bring you Cowboys and Aliens and the latest Steve Carrell, so there’s lots to look forward to. Good movies to see. Much to do. And don’t forget – Mask Making Camp for ages 6-12. The kidlets will have such fun and when they go home they will have a mask they can fool you with. Heh heh. Enjoy the lovely weather, and your family and your friends. Remember, as George Gershwin would have said – “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” Oh, yeah. See you at the Dietrich.

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June 10, 2011 -
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July 15, 2011 -
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Songs & Games for Tots
June 18, 2011 - July 16, 2011

Bridal Bliss Exhibit
June 1, 2011 - July 31, 2011

Everhart Museum Bus Trip
July 9, 2011

Celebrate Our River Day
July 23, 2011

Life on the Susquehanna River Exhibit
August 1, 2011 - September 30, 2011

Gathering of Singers and Songwriters 10
August 24, 2011

or (570)996-1500 to enroll

Acting Camp for Kids
June 20, 2011 - July 29, 2011

All About Pottery & Sculpture Camp - Filled
July 11, 2011 - July 15, 2011

Jammin' in a Jugband
July 18, 2011 - July 22, 2011

Mask Making Camp
July 18, 2011 - July 22, 2011

Mixed Media Camp
July 11, 2011 - July 22, 2011

Move It! Theatre & Visual Arts Camp
July 25, 2011 - July 29, 2011

Quilting for Kids
April 6, 2011 - July 20, 2011

Swing from the Tree Tops Camp
August 1, 2011 - August 5, 2011

Things in the Sky
July 6, 2011 - July 27, 2011

Intergenerational Quilting
April 6, 2011 - July 20, 2011

Jammin' in a Jugband, ages 13 to adult
July 18, 2011 - July 22, 2011

Open Studio: Painting, Drawing & Pottery
April 12, 2011 - August 23, 2011

Decorative Painting
April 13, 2011 - August 31, 2011

Introduction to Stained Glass
August 8, 2011

Jewelry Making: Introduction to Glass Fusing
July 11, 2011 - July 25, 2011

Knit a Mobius Scarf
July 14, 2011 - July 28, 2011

Pottery & Sculpture
April 4, 2011 - September 12, 2011

Writers' Group
April 14, 2011 - August 25, 2011

Yoga for You
April 13, 2011 - August 31, 2011

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

Live at the Dietrich July 13, 2011 Do you have little ones? Do they enjoy singing and dancing? If you answered ‘yes’ to both of these questions, then the Dietrich has the event for you this Saturday, July 16 at 11 a.m. Bill Frye and his supercharged guitar will be back for a morning of popular songs and games for children. At a similar event we hosted in June, children enjoyed helping Bill lead songs and using his microphone. So come on out for a fun morning with you family. Admission is free. We also have a variety of camps for children coming up next week. For tots, Amy Colley will be teaching Mixed Media Camp for Preschoolers. From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on July 18 to 22, children will be introduced to the arts as they create and play with clay, paints, collage and more. Admission is $50 for the week. There is still some space available, so call 570-996-1500 to register. The Dietrich will also be hosting its ever-popular Mask Making Camp that week for older children. Students ages six through twelve years old will make their own masks as they learn about this three-dimensional art form. Students will also explore the different cultures and uses of masks. Plus they will experience using a variety of materials to construct their masks. Amy Colley will teach this camp daily from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $60. We will also be hosting a residency next week with Pennsylvania Council on the Arts rostered artists Timothy Walker and David Driskell of Sadie Green Sales Jugband. During the week, campers will create homemade instruments and learn how to make music together. At the end of their camp, students will join Timothy and David at Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park to perform at Celebrate Our River Day on Saturday, July 23 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Speaking of Celebrate Our River Day, this year’s event is going to be better than ever. We will have more activities and presentations, delicious ice cream and Simply Savory’s BBQ, and just the best music. In addition to Sadie Green Sales Jugband, popular bluegrass group Coal Town Rounders and the reggae/rock inspired George Wesley Band will take the stage. Many local environmental organizations will be on hand with displays and activities for all ages. For instance, Endless Mountains Nature Center will have a butterfly garden activity and Anthracite Outfitters will have a kayak fishing display. Susquehanna Kayak & Canoe Rental and Endless Mountain Outfitters will be running a river float from Mehoopany to Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park that day. Call 570-746-9140 for more details about the float or to register. There will also be bird and nature walks, local history presentations by Bill Bachman, plein air painters, a mural painting activity for children and so much more. Celebrate Our River Day is fully sponsored by the Overlook Estate Foundation so admission is free! Check out for more information about the event.