Dietrich Theater Upcoming Events!

Dietrich Radio Players Performance
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Tuesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Presented by: the Dietrich Theater Radio Players
Admission: Free
Go back to those golden days of radio during this live performance of radio plays presented by the Dietrich Theater Radio Players. During the show, you will experience the "theatre of the mind" including live sound effects and music. All are welcome to attend. A casual reception will follow the show. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for details or reservations.
Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Friday, December 7 and Saturday December 8 at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
For all ages
Admission: Free
Presented in part by: The Jim Henson Legacy Foundation
Sponsored by: Ace-Robbins Inc.
Gather up your family and friends and go to the Dietrich Theater to enjoy this favorite Jim Henson Christmas movie about a poor otter family that risks everything for the chance to win the cash prize of a talent contest for Christmas. Tickets are first come, first served. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for details.
Holiday Workshop
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Saturday, December 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For all ages
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: Ace-Robbins Inc.
Get into the holiday spirit! A morning of cookie decorating, holiday crafts, singing and creations by the balloon lady. Great for the entire family! Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for details.

A Homemade Christmas Walk at the Dietrich
during Christmas in our Hometown at the Dietrich Theater (Dec. 7 & 8)
Fill a container of homemade Christmas cookies while supporting arts and educational programming for children at the Dietrich Theater.
Containers are $5 each.
It's a Wonderful Life
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Tuesday, December 18 at 2:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
For all ages
Admission: Free
Sponsored by: Ace-Robbins Inc.
Enjoy three free showings of this classic holiday film. Admission, popcorn and soda are free. Seating is first come, first served and is limited. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for details.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

   Well. The world is all sugar coated and pretty as a Hallmark card! Snowy and lovely. A little dicey to travel in, but otherwise just about perfect. Everything is covered. The fields look as if someone has placed a huge white sheet atop them, a soft and snuggly bed for critters of all sizes. And the tree branches are all cuddled up under their little white quilts. Only a cardinal, red as blood, can interrupt the perfectly peaceful scene. And there he is, the handsome rake, sitting on the grape arbor, preening and waiting for the ladies to join him. Poor lady birds, they’re no match for the drama that is him.
     About fifteen years ago, when we were having a very cold and snowy winter, and the hawks circled above, hungry and searching for food (I kept wee Roxy close by), another cardinal (or perhaps the same fine looking fella) sat on the grape arbor nibbling seeds and looking well satisfied. His Missus was next to him, a bit fluttery, looking for a meal herself. (If this were a movie she’d be played by Judy Holliday, nervous, fluttery, worried.) And then suddenly, from the deep blue sky of winter, cutting through the icy air, came the hawk, its’ red tail feathers trailing behind, it’s golden chest puffed out, it’s eyes clearly focused. 
     I desperately tried to get the window open in time to warn the cardinals. The were just nibbling away and the angel of death was headed at them at breakneck speed. And then the bright red head looked up, saw what was hurtling through space at them, made a judgment call and hopped to his left. Leaving his dowdier and less quick-witted mate to fend for herself. “Noooo. Nooo,” I cried as I threw the window open. Too late! Mrs. Cardinal was no more, and the hawk flew into the tree tops and surveyed the kingdom that was his.
     And the gorgeous red bird, standing stark and fine against the snow, flew back and continued eating. “Hey, you!” I called out the window. “How about a moment of remembrance? A little service? A kind word or two? Something, for heavens sake!”
His head cocked in my direction. The hawk flew off into the woods, the wrens came back to eat. The wind gusted and a fine layer of snow drifted over the tiny red spot where she had been. A drab young female flew to his side. “Don’t trust that one,” I called out. “I mean it! He’s a rat in red feathers.”
     But he just kept eating and she joined him in something like a perfect rhythm. So, although I think the cardinal is a beautiful bird, I don’t think he’s the kind of guy you can count on. Hmmmmm. Maybe what young women need is to study birds. It might give them a few hints about life. Hmmmm. Or not.
     I saw the beautiful Sandy Ide Friday. She’s locked in one miserably tough battle with one mean-spirited rotten no good disease. It’s so completely unfair. She is one of those people who brings light into the world. Light and laughter and deep and abiding kindness. Anyone who knows her smiles when her name is mentioned. “Sandy?” they say. “Oh, she’s the most wonderful person!” And she is. She is. She is. I wonder, if we spent as much on cancer research as we spend on bullets and bombs and all the garbage we spend on, wouldn’t the world be such a better place? We need Sandy here. She makes us better people. Oh, Sandy, we all wish you well. We all want you to be better. This is the season of miracles, and with all my heart I wish one for you. There is always, always, hope. Always. 
     See you at the Dietrich.
     P.S.  – Lincoln is booked for Dec. 14th. We forgive you, Bob Baker, because you do so much for the town and you run such wonderful papers. But what you need to do now, as penance, is come to the Dietrich to see it a second time. And then we can forgive you even more! (Heh heh.)

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

Rise of the Guardians 3D
November 23, 2012 -
December 6, 2012

November 21, 2012 -
December 13, 2012

November 2, 2012 -
December 6, 2012

November 9, 2012 -
December 6, 2012

Coming Soon
or (570)836-1022 for times

December 14, 2012 -
December 20, 2012

THE HOBBIT: An Unexpected Journey
December 14, 2012 -
January 10, 2013

or (570)996-1500 to reserve

Dietrich Radio Players Performance
December 4, 2012

Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas
December 7, 2012 - December 8, 2012

Holiday Workshop
December 8, 2012

It's a Wonderful Life
December 18, 2012 - December 18, 2012

or (570)996-1500 to enroll

Holiday Camp
December 27, 2012 - December 28, 2012

Mask Making, ages 5 - 8
November 9, 2012 - December 7, 2012

Mask Making, ages 9 to 12
November 8, 2012 - December 6, 2012

Preschool Mask Making
November 8, 2012 - December 6, 2012

Quilting for Kids
September 12, 2012 - December 12, 2012

Quilting for Everyone
August 24, 2012 - December 12, 2012

Golden Days of Radio Players
October 2, 2012 - December 4, 2012

Kundalini Yoga
September 8, 2012 - December 1, 2012

Writers' Group
July 26, 2012 - December 13, 2012

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

 Live at the Dietrich November 28, 2012

Last Saturday the Dietrich’s Fassett Studio was filled with candy, creativity and holiday spirit as local baker Gina Sherwood and her daughter Carly (a budding baker and future culinary school student) taught teens and adults the basics of building and designing their own gingerbread houses. Gina had the class split up into 5 groups to work on their own gingerbread creations. Even though each group started out with the same materials, each house looked unique based on the architectural details and designs that were incorporated into each structure. The workshop was free of charge thanks to Gina, Carly and the Tunkhannock Business and Professional Association.  This class will hopefully inspire some newcomers to the upcoming Gingerbread House Contest that is part of Tunkhannock’s Christmas in Our Hometown. Contest rules can be found at
Speaking of holiday festivities, the Dietrich Radio Players live performance is less than a week away. Join us on Tuesday, December 4 at 7 p.m. for their free show, which will showcase some favorite radio comedies, that all relate to the holidays. They include "Irma Wants Extra Money for Christmas", "Fibber Paints the Christmas Tree White" and "Lou Prepares for a Big Party" from The Abbott and Costello Program. The show will feature old-fashioned sound effects and live music. Admission is free and tickets can be reserved by calling 570-996-1500. A light reception will follow the show. We would like to thank the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for sponsoring this program. 
While at the radio show or movies, be sure to check out the Dietrich’s galleries. They are a sight to behold! Our amazing volunteers and staff members have truly outdone themselves this year. So much time and artistry was put into the exhibit. We would especially like to thank Carolyn Northerner, Carol Brown, Amy and Steve Colley, Patrick Robinson, Mark Mitchell, Margie Young, Sarah Sidorek and Jim Rosengrant for their contributions. 
We are also looking for cookie elves to help out with our upcoming Homemade Cookie Walk that will be held at the theater during Christmas in Our Hometown -December 7 & 8. All proceeds from the walk will be used to support children’s programming at the Dietrich. If there is anyone who would like to bake 2 or more dozen Christmas cookies for our cookie walk fundraiser please bring the cookies and the recipe for them to the Dietrich Theater on Thursday, Dec. 6th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. or Friday Dec. 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Any and all help would be appreciated. 
During Christmas in Our Hometown, the Dietrich will have free showings of Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas on Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8 at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. This is one of my all time favorite Christmas movies. These showing are sponsored by Ace-Robbins Heating Oil and Propane and are brought to you in part by the Jim Henson Legacy Foundation. Tickets will be first come, first served. 
We also will be bringing you our annual Holiday Workshop on Saturday, December 8 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join us for a morning of cookie decorating, holiday crafts, singing and balloon creations by Silly Sally. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. We would like to thank Ace-Robbins for also sponsoring this event.