Dietrich Theater Tango: Movie and Lesson
At the Dietrich Theater and Father Nallin Hall in downtown Tunkhannock
Sunday, May 27. Movie starts at 1 p.m., followed by dance lesson at Father Nallin Hall
Presented by: The Dietrich Theater and NEPA Tango Connection
Admission: $10, includes movie and lesson
Argentine tango is known for its beauty, passion, drama and excitement. The Dietrich Theater and NEPA Tango Connection invite the public to see the movie Tango and try the dance. The movie Tango, which is beautifully filmed in Buenos Aires, home of the Argentine Tango, is about a movie director and the men and women whose lives revolve around tango. After the film, Jill and Gehred Wetzel will teach an introductory tango lesson at Father Nallin Hall. No experience required. Call 570-996-1500 to register.

The Potential of Living Willow Structures in the Landscape
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Wednesday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m.
For all ages
Presented by: Bonnie Gale
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: the Overlook Estate Foundation
Bonnie Gale has been building living willow structures in the landscape since 2004. In this illustrated lecture and PowerPoint, she will show the basic concepts of building living structures, her development with this work, international examples and the great potential for commercial applications. Her structures have been featured in House and Garden, Vogue and FiberArts magazines, and she appeared on the Martha Stewart Show in 2010. Her website is Call 570-996-1500 for event details.

The Gifts of Wali Dad
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Friday, June 22 at 10 a.m. and Saturday, June 23 at 11:00 a.m.
For all ages
Presented by: the Dietrich Children's Theatre
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: Pennsylvania Humanities Council
Wali Dad is a simple, happy man in Pakistan. After several years, he finds he's saved more money than he can possibly use. He wants to do something good, so he sends a gift to a deserving queen. The queen sends him a bigger gift in return. Wali Dad cleverly passes this on to a noble king, who sends Wali Dad an even more lavish present. The more Wali Dad tries to give away the more he is rewarded. How will he ever return to the simple life he loved? Tickets are available at the door while they last or can be reserved at 570-996-1500.

Poe in the Park: Much of Madness
At Tunkhannock's Lazybrook Park
Saturday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m.
For ages 12 and up
Presented by: Gamut Theatre Group
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: the Overlook Estate Foundation
Experience the intensity, terror and excitement of some of Edgar Allan Poe's most treasured works, including The Raven, The Cast of Amontillado, Annabel Lee, The Masque of Red Death and The Tell-tale Heart! Five actors use music and movement to bring these and other tales to life on stage in this haunting and memorable original-text adaptation of the original Master of Horror's most celebrated stories and poems. This show will run 80 minutes and is recommended for ages 12 and up. At 6:45 p.m., Bill Chapla will present a discussion on Edgar Allan Poe and following the show actors will host a talkback session with the audience. Call 570-996-1500 for event details.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

 So. I have an ancient tree on my lawn, a gnarled and twisted catalpa that was struck first by lightening and then by wind fifteen years or so ago and has stayed alive in spite of many predictions of its impending demise for all the years since. Ten years ago when tree-men were here to take down two no longer mighty oaks that wavered perilously in the breeze and endangered the house if they fell, the tree men told me that the catalpa was in “bad shape” and really needed to come down. “Half of it is gone,” the one man said. “It can’t survive.” That was, as I said, fifteen years ago. I don’t know what happened to the tree men, but the catalpa stands. 
     Every year my husband and I have the same discussion when everything else has burst into leaf and the catalpa stands wrinkled and nekkid in the spring sun. ‘I don’t think it’s going to make it,” he says, staring at the not-green branches.
     “Yeah,” I say, “It is.”
      “Gonna have to come down one of these days,” he says.
      “Not while I’m alive,” I say.
     “I’m telling you, you can’t have a dead tree standing in the yard!” he says. “It’s not normal.”
     “Yeah, like you’d know normal,” I say, not sure whether that has nailed him or me.
     He gives me his most tolerant, steady gaze. Sort of John Wayne-ish.   “It’s just a tree,” he says, looking at me as if he might need an exorcist.
     “That’s not what you’d say if it were one of the dogs,” I say.   Ha! I got him there!
     “That’s exactly what I’d say if the dog were dead!” he snaps, but by now I can see he’s losing interest in this no-win yearly battle. He wanders off then, as he does every year, muttering to himself. I always feel bad when that happens.
     But not that bad.
     Because yesterday small leaves began to pop out all over the catalpa with dizzying speed. I walked over to pat the rough bark and welcome him back. “Hey!” I said. “Good to see you. Did you have a good sleep?” I saw the curtains in the laundry room move and knew my husband had been watching my yearly welcoming speech. In my mind I could see him shaking his head, wondering how we inhabit the same planet. But he loves it, too. When it blossoms he’ll call me outside to admire the sea of white flowers that adorn it. 
     Sometimes we just don’t understand that life can give you a lot of bad hits, can gut you at times, but to me that tree is like the human spirit – unsinkable. We suffer terrible losses of those we love, of our youth, our beauty, sometimes even the sharpness of our minds, but the spirit – that indefinable spark that causes us to hope, on a daily basis, for a better tomorrow, that is the part of us that the catalpa mirrors. It doesn’t matter what the world sees as long as deep inside us the essence of life is stirring, is pushing to the surface, is cutting through the age and the defensive layers and the fear and suddenly, on a day filled with sunshine, that spirit, like the leaves of the catalpa, burst forth, and for a brief sunlit moment we are young again and strong and filled with hope and joy! And on those days our dreams bring us comfort and we see those we lost backlit by the soft light of memory and it is good.
     May your Memorial Day holiday be filled with fine memories and may hope, which Emily Dickinson called “the thing with feathers that perches on the soul” bring you peace and love. May you be surrounded by family and loving friends. And if they have departed this earth, may your thoughts of them wrap around you like a down comforter on a wintry day. God bless us one and all. (And that includes the catalpa.)
     See you at the Dietrich.

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May 11, 2012 -
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Tango - Movie & Lesson
May 27, 2012

Living Willow Structures
June 20, 2012

The Gifts of Wali Dad
June 22, 2012 - June 23, 2012

Poe in the Park: Much of Madness
June 23, 2012

Everhart Museum Bus Trip
July 14, 2012

Celebrate Summer at the River
July 28, 2012

Gathering of Singers & Songwriters 11
August 12, 2012

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Acting Camp for Kids 1
July 16, 2012 - July 20, 2012

Acting Camp for Kids 2
July 30, 2012 - August 3, 2012

Crazy Commercials
June 25, 2012 - June 29, 2012

Dance! Dance! Dance! - ages 2 & 3
June 4, 2012 - August 7, 2012

Dance! Dance! Dance! ages 4 to 6
July 2, 2012 - August 7, 2012

Dance! Dance! Dance!, ages 7 to 9
July 2, 2012 - August 7, 2012

Digital Arts Camp
June 25, 2012 - June 29, 2012

Food & Culture Around the World
July 9, 2012 - August 6, 2012

It IS Easy Being Green
July 30, 2012 - August 3, 2012

Jammin' in a Jugband, ages 6 to 12
July 23, 2012 - July 27, 2012

Knights, Princesses & Dragons
June 25, 2012 - June 29, 2012

Mount Olympic! Theatre & Visual Arts Camp
July 16, 2012 - July 20, 2012

Pottery & Sculpture Camp
July 9, 2012 - July 13, 2012

Quilting for Kids - Spring
April 4, 2012 - June 13, 2012

Quilting for Kids - Summer
June 20, 2012 - July 25, 2012

Trash to Treasures Camp
July 23, 2012 - July 27, 2012

Pottery for Beginners
April 4, 2012 - September 5, 2012

Introduction to the Game of Go
June 11, 2012 - July 2, 2012

Jammin' in a Jugband, 13 and up
July 23, 2012 - July 27, 2012

Open Studio & Portfolio Prep
April 3, 2012 - August 28, 2012

Quilting for Everyone - Spring
April 4, 2012 - June 13, 2012

Quilting for Everyone - Summer
June 20, 2012 - July 25, 2012

Decorative Painting
April 11, 2012 - August 29, 2012

Easy Beads: Create in Clay!
August 13, 2012

Introduction to Stained Glass
June 18, 2012

Kundalini Yoga
June 2, 2012 - August 11, 2012

Photography for Beginners
May 7, 2012 - June 4, 2012

Writers' Group
April 5, 2012 - August 30, 2012

Yoga for You
April 11, 2012 - September 26, 2012

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

Live at the Dietrich for May 23, 2012
This Sunday, May 27 at 1:00 p.m. we invite you to put on your dancing shoes and make your way to the Dietrich for an afternoon of tango. First we will see the acclaimed movie Tango, which was beautifully filmed in Buenos Aires, home of the Argentine Tango. After the film, we will walk to Father Nallin Hall where Jill and Gehred Wetzel will teach an introductory tango lesson. No experience is required and admission is $10 per person. This event is sponsored by the NEPA Tango Connection. The last time we hosted a tango movie and lesson in conjunction with the NEPA Tango Connection, my husband and I gave the tango a try and it was pure fun. Argentine tango is a beautiful and exciting dance. For more information or to make reservations for this event, call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500. 
In June, the Dietrich will continue hosting a variety of workshops and classes where you can explore different art forms and games. On Mondays, June 11 through July 2 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., Bill Herron of Nicholson will be teaching an introductory class to the Game of Go. We invite adults and students ages 11 and up to come out and learn the fundamentals of this ancient game that is still popular today. It is easy to learn, and in Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan, it is far more popular than chess is in the West. Admission to the class is free and we may end the class series with a tournament for all those who wish to participate. 
The Dietrich will also be presenting an Introduction to Stained Glass workshop in June. Join instructor Esther Harmatz on Monday, June 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to learn the first steps of working with glass to create stained glass pieces. Students will learn to work with a design, cut glass, polish, foil wrap and solder. Each student will leave with a finished piece at the end of the session. All glass supplies and equipment will be provided and admission is $60. What is so great about this class is you can see if you enjoy the art of creating stained glass before you invest a lot of time and money into buying your own equipment and supplies. 
We also will be starting up another Pottery for Beginner series next week. Adults and students ages 13 and up will have the opportunity to explore the medium of clay in this introductory class. Steve Colley will teach students how to work on potter’s wheels and hand-building (coil and slab construction) and sculpting techniques. Classes will be held on Wednesdays, May 30, June 6, 20 and 27 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $60 for the series and all materials will be supplied. For more information or to register for any of these classes, call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.