Birds of Prey presentation, River Day coming up at the Dietrich Theater

More Than Movies - By Erica Rogler | July 6th, 2015 12:00 pm

More Than Movies

By Erica Rogler

While it was a bit rainy on Founder’s Day this year, we at the Dietrich Theater were impressed with all those who still came out to Tunkhannock to be a part of the celebration. Folks enjoyed delicious strawberry shortcake at the Dietrich, a first for us, and took chances on our basket raffle to support children’s programming at the theater.

We would like to thank all those who made these fundraisers a success — from the bakers, to the strawberry preppers, to those who donated raffle baskets, to volunteers who took shifts to work at Founder’s Day, to those who enjoyed the strawberry shortcakes and bought raffle tickets. I would especially like to thank the organizers of the fundraisers. Linda Harvey spearheaded the basket raffle and Linda Sherman and Nancy Aiello co-chaired the strawberry shortcake sale. The time and talent they shared with the Dietrich is greatly appreciated.

The following day, the Dietrich hosted a multi-media presentation on The Music of Irving Berlin with Dr. Phillip Atteberry from the University of Pittsburgh. It was a fascinating afternoon and I learned a great deal.

For instance, did you know that Irving Berlin only played the black keys on the piano and that he had levers put on six pianos so that he could play them in different keys? He also only had the formal education of a third grader and he couldn’t read music. Yet, his impact on American music and our culture is far reaching.

At the reception that followed the program, so many audience members mentioned how the music they heard during the show brought back memories. We would like to thank Dr. Atteberry for sharing his knowledge on Irving Berlin with us and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council for underwriting the event. We hope to bring him back next year for another presentation.

This weekend the Dietrich will have another free event to enjoy. Bill Streeter, of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center, will be back with his presentation, “Close Encounters with Birds of Prey,” at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 11. During this program, Streeter will teach about a variety of raptors of the northeast, including the golden eagle, the saw whet owl and peregrine falcon. He will also bring rescued birds to show the audience. They are absolutely majestic to see up close.

Streeter has over 30 years of experience working with and studying raptors. Definitely add this event to your schedule if you can. It’s great for all ages and admission is free. We would like to thank the Overlook Estate Foundation for sponsoring this program.

Close Encounters with Birds of Prey is a pre-event for Tunkhannock’s River Day. Be sure to come out to Riverside Park in Tunkhannock from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 18 for a day of live music, children’s activities, nature programs, great food, farm vendors and more. It is a free event and a great way to learn about our natural resources.

You can also sign up for a River Float that day with either Endless Mountain Outfitters or Susquehanna Kayak and Canoe Rentals. Naturalist and WNEP personality Rick Koval will also be there with live snakes as he discusses the “Snakes of Pennsylvania.” The Ross Park Zoo Mobile will have a variety of animals for all ages to learn about. There will be free face painting and mural painting for kids and more. For more information, call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.

As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!

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