Dietrich Theater

Live Events at the Dietrich this weekend!

Open Mic Night
At the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock
Friday, August 23 on 4th Friday in Tunkhannock; Open Mic at 7:00 p.m. Feature at 8:15 p.m.
Feature: Breaking Ground Poets
Admission: Free
Come prepared to get on stage or to be entertained. Musicians, poets, storytellers, comedians, playwrights and other performers are invited to share their talents. Then the Breaking Ground Poets, a group of Tunkhannock-based youth poets, will take the stage equipped with passion and poetry. The Breaking Ground Poets will appear on the Dietrich stage shortly after their trip to the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival where they will have participated in the largest youth poetry competition in the world. Doors open for Open Mic sign-ups and seating at 6:30 p.m. Reserve your slot early. Seating is limited. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for details

Hickory Project Live Concert
At the Dietrich Theater in Downtown Tunkhannock
Sunday, August 25 at 3:00 pm
Admission: Free, donations accepted
Don’t miss Hickory Project’s hard-driving acoustic music, deeply rooted in bluegrass. Hear it live at the Dietrich Theater with Steve Belcher, Craig Vance, Dave Cavage, and National Mandolin Champion, Anthony Hannigan. Hickory Project is globally acclaimed, having performed throughout Europe, the United States, and Australia. A true tour-de-force, they have produced 7 CD’s and 1 DVD. Tickets for this free concert can be reserved by calling 570-996-1500 or they can be picked up at the ticket booth. They will be available at the door as long as they last.

At The Dietrich

Hildy Morgan

 So.  I was reading such a distressing article this morning.  Oh, yeah.  I know what you’re thinking – what news can you read today that isn’t distressing?  True enough.  And this certainly didn’t fall into the category of someone being murdered or dying from a dread disease, but it did seem to me to  be about the letter of the law being carried to the extreme and no one showing a whit of either common sense or charity. So, to sum it up, there was a woman in Pennsylvania whose husband died.  He had always taken care of the bills, of anything to do with money, so she had a double whammy to deal with – the terrible grief she felt over his death and the fact that she knew nothing about their finances.  Apparently her property taxes were due about that time but, lost and confused, she didn’t pay them. What followed was a series of mix-ups and then, finally, she began to get her sea-legs and thought she had paid her taxes in full.  It takes a while, you know, for someone to begin to function again after a terrible loss, and she was devastated.

     Okay, you’re probably saying, so what’s the news here?  Happens a zillion times a day all over the world.  Okay.  The key word there was thought she paid them.  And she had.  Except for $6.35 cents. It’s a $280,000.00 dollar house and she had neglected to pay $6.35. Otherwise she was all caught up.  Now, what happened in the intervening months, I have no idea, but the upshot was that her house was taken over by the state  and put up for auction.  The auction of her home has just been frozen by a judge who says that the state has to prove she got all the information through the mail and therefore knew she was in imminent danger.  I have no idea if she will get to keep her home or not.  I’m guessing she doesn’t know.

     But this I do know.  It should never have gotten this far.  Some clerk should have given her a call.  Someone should have spoken to her, gone to see her, done something to help her.  Heck, someone, knowing what was going to happen on down the line, could maybe have paid the six bucks for her.  Something!  Anything!  What in the world is going on when we become such bureaucrats that we know someone is heading for total disaster and we can’t reach out and give them a hand?  Have we become so impersonal that we can’t call someone up and say – hey, you’re in a bit of trouble here—you need to fix it?  Couldn’t someone have done something?

     It just made me feel so sad for her.  It’s hard growing older – there are some plusses but there are plenty of minuses too.  And obviously she had too much thrown at her in a short space of time.  And she didn’t deal with it properly.  Except, paying bills is complex.  Paying taxes can be confusing.  Being suddenly alone is horrifying.  Suddenly you’re a stranger in a strange new land.  Maybe, if someone we know becomes a widow, maybe their church or their neighbor or their best pal could ask about the family finances.  Maybe someone could offer a helping hand.  A woman shouldn’t lose her home over something so petty.  And the guys at the tax office should be totally ashamed of themselves.  And don’t anyone say they were just doing their jobs because that argument was settled in Nuremberg over half a century ago!

     So, this has nothing to do with the theater or the movies or anything, does it?  But I guess I’m trying to say that if you can lend a hand to someone struggling, do it.  We all need a hand now and again, don’t we?  For most of us in the middle class, our homes are really all we have.  No one should lose everything over a $6.25 cent bill.  We’re a better country than that, a better people. Sometimes we actually have to practice Christianity instead of just talking about it.

     See you at the Dietrich.

Now Showing
or (570)836-1022 for times

Lee Daniels' The Butler
August 16, 2013 -
August 29, 2013

We're the Millers
August 11, 2013 -
August 29, 2013

August 23, 2013 -
August 29, 2013

August 8, 2013 -
August 29, 2013

Coming Soon
or (570)836-1022 for times

or (570)996-1500 to reserve

Open Mic - August 23
August 23, 2013

Hickory Project Live Concert
August 25, 2013

Bears In Our Backyard
September 7, 2013

Jimmy Welch Quartet Concert
September 15, 2013

Fall Festival Oktoberfest Opening Night Gala
September 20, 2013

Fall Film Festival Post-Festival Discussion
October 4, 2013

Open Mic Night - September 27
September 27, 2013

19th Century Appliqued Quilts
October 5, 2013

Guitar Music of South America
October 6, 2013

Dietrich Classic Movie Series: The King and I
October 9, 2013 - October 9, 2013

Fall Foliage Trip to Grey Towers
October 12, 2013

Music for the Movies Silents to the 1960s
October 13, 2013

The Magic of Bill Dickson
October 19, 2013

Open Mic Night - October 25
October 25, 2013

Sing! Sing! Sing!
October 26, 2013

Tunkhannock’s Cultural Heritage
November 10, 2013

Dietrich Classic Movie Series: To Catch a Thief
November 13, 2013 - November 13, 2013

Northeastern PA During the Jazz Age
November 13, 2013

Winter – How Nature Readies for the Worst!
November 16, 2013

Open Mic Night - November 22
November 22, 2013

Dietrich Radio Players Performance
December 3, 2013

Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas
December 6, 2013 - December 7, 2013

Holiday Workshop
December 7, 2013

Dietrich Classic Movie Series: White Christmas
December 11, 2013 - December 11, 2013

It’s a Wonderful Life
December 17, 2013 - December 17, 2013

or (570)996-1500 to enroll

Introduction to Yoga
August 14, 2013 - August 28, 2013

All About Pottery & Sculpture, ages 5-8: Sept.
September 13, 2013 - October 4, 2013

All About Pottery & Sculpture, Ages 5-8: Nov.
November 8, 2013 - December 6, 2013

All About Pottery & Sculpture, Ages 9 to 12: Sept.
September 12, 2013 - October 4, 2013

All About Pottery & Sculpture, ages 9-12: Nov.
November 8, 2013 - December 6, 2013

Art Explorers Camp, ages 5 - 8
October 11, 2013 - November 1, 2013

Art Explorers Camp, ages 9-12
October 10, 2013 - October 31, 2013

Holiday Camp
December 27, 2013 - December 30, 2013

Preschool Art Explorers
October 10, 2013 - October 31, 2013

Preschool Pottery & Sculpture - Sept.
September 12, 2013 - October 3, 2013

Preschool Pottery & Sculpture - Nov.
November 7, 2013 - December 5, 2013

Quilting for Kids: Tumbling Blocks
September 11, 2013 - December 11, 2013

Sidewalk Surfing
October 1, 2013 - October 29, 2013

Sing Your Heart Out
October 26, 2013 - November 23, 2013

Songs and Games for Tots
November 6, 2013 - December 4, 2013

Writing Your Hat Off: Creative Writing for Kids
October 2, 2013 - October 30, 2013

Open Studio & Portfolio Prep
August 27, 2013 - November 26, 2013

Quilting for Everyone: Tumbling Blocks
September 11, 2013 - December 11, 2013

Basic Knitting
October 29, 2013 - November 5, 2013

Decorative Painting
August 28, 2013 - December 18, 2013

Design a Painted Silk Scarf
October 8, 2013

Golden Days of Radio Players
October 22, 2013 - December 3, 2013

Holiday Yoga Relaxation
December 11, 2013

Introduction to Resin Jewelry
October 14, 2013

Introduction to Stained Glass
October 21, 2013

Jewelry Making: Expressions in Fused Glass
November 4, 2013 - November 18, 2013

Jewelry Making: Introduction to Metal Work
November 11, 2013

Jewelry Making: Kumihimo Beading
October 16, 2013 - November 6, 2013

Jewelry Making: Right Angle Weave
November 14, 2013

Kundalini Yoga
September 30, 2013 - November 18, 2013

August 27, 2013 - December 10, 2013

Nutrition for Women
October 3, 2013 - October 24, 2013

Recycled Glass Artwork
August 26, 2013 - November 25, 2013

Simply Yoga
September 4, 2013 - November 20, 2013

Writers' Group
August 22, 2013 - December 12, 2013

Yoga for the Guardians of Your Health
September 23, 2013

Live at The Dietrich

Erica Rogler

Live at the Dietrich for August 21, 2013
Tonight, August 21, music will fill the Dietrich with our 12th Annual Gathering of Singers and Songwriters. Join us at 7:30 p.m. for some of the finest folk music this region has to offer. Featured musicians include Hannah Bingman, Eddie Appnel, Tom Flannery and concert organizer Lorne Clarke. Admission to the Gathering is free; donations are accepted. We hope to see you there.
Live music will continue at the Dietrich on August 25 at 3 p.m. when acclaimed bluegrass group Hickory Project takes the Dietrich stage. They are exceptional! They played at River Day a few years back and we are thrilled that they will be at the Dietrich this Sunday. See and hear band members Steve Belcher on bass, Craig Vance on guitar, Dave Cavage on banjo and Anthony Hannigan on mandolin. Admission will be free; donations are accepted.
Hickory Project will be in town for the Cornstock Acoustic Music Festival, which will take place at Tunkhannock’s Lazybrook Park from August 30 through September 1. For more information visit
We will also have live entertainment this Friday, August 23 with Open Mic Night at the Dietrich. We encourage local talent of all ages to get on stage and perform whether it is music, poetry, comedy, theatre, etc. Or, if you are like me, just stop by to enjoy the evening. Open Mic starts at 7:00 p.m. Then at 8:15 p.m., the Breaking Ground Poets will take the stage with their spoken-word poetry. They have regaled us with their poetry at previous Open Mics, and trust me; you do not want to miss them. Doors open for Open Mic sign-ups and seating at 6:30 p.m. Reserve your slot early. Seating is limited. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for details.
And don’t forget to make your reservations for the Dietrich’s Fall Film Festival Opening Night Gala on Friday, September 20. I can hardly believe it is a month away. I definitely want to see 20 Feet From Stardom, a documentary that tells the untold true stories of the backup singers behind some of the greatest music legends. I also want to see Austenland starring Keri Russell. This romantic comedy is about a woman obsessed with all things Jane Austen. The drama Fruitvale Station with Academy Award winter Octavia Spencer also looks good. Plus there are many more festival movies that I want to see! These are only three of the nineteen films in this year’s Fall Festival, which will take place from September 20 to October 3.
For our Opening Night Gala, we will be showing The Way Way Back and Blue Jasmine. The gala will be Oktoberfest-themed and will be filled with great food, film, wine, beer and desserts. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $35 each. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 to make your reservations.