Despite the heat and humidity on River Day, it was a beautiful day to celebrate our natural resources, learn about local environmental organizations, see live animals up close and enjoy music in Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park. Conservatively, over 1,500 folks came out to take part in the day, whether they were on the river for the kayak float or attending nature presentations and visiting displays, eating delicious BBQ and ice cream, painting a mural or enjoying the entertainment.
The Dietrich Theater thanks to the Overlook Estate Foundation for making the 11th Annual River Day possible and to all of those who worked to make it a success. We are grateful.
We thank Peoples Security Bank and Trust for underwriting Summer Fest.
This past weekend the Dietrich launched its first ever Summer Fest, which features seven great foreign and independent movies in seven days. What movies were you able to see? The festival’s final day is Thursday, July 30, so you still have time to catch a flick or two.
Just like our spring and fall film festivals, we will host a Post-Festival Film Discussion at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 31 at the theater. It will be facilitated by Ronnie Harvey and Hildy Morgan and we invite you to share your thoughts on the films you have seen, ask questions and learn more about the movies showcased in Summer Fest. Admission is free.
Looking to August, the Dietrich will present a few free events for you to enjoy.
We invite you to come out for the Gathering of Singers and Songwriters 14, an evening of folk music, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13. This concert brings together a few of the finest singers and songwriters this region has to offer, including Tom Flannery, Shannon Masyada, Brett Alexander and Lorne Clarke. The format of this show is a favorite – the musicians take turns sharing songs and stories and the evening is full of fun banter. Admission is free and donations are accepted. Tickets will be available at the door or can be reserved by calling the theater at 570-996-1500.
We invite you to join us at the Dietrich to learn more about local history during a program entitled Tunkhannock Viaduct 100th Anniversary at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16. Marion Sweet, of the Nicholson Heritage Association, will share stories and facts about the world’s largest steel reinforced concrete railway bridge, also known as the Nicholson Bridge. We will learn about the challenges of its construction and maintenance, how it affected Nicholson residents, as well as the famous people who have visited it. This presentation will be followed by a light reception. Free tickets can be reserved by calling the Dietrich, and they will be available at the door while they last.
We will round out August with a live concert with acclaimed bluegrass band Hickory Project. You will be able to experience this group’s musical prowess at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30 with national mandolin champion Anthony Hannigan, banjo phenomenon Dave Cavage, Steve Belcher, Josh Sudigala and Jillian Hannigan. Tickets are free and donations will be accepted.
I also want to give you an update on the Music…The Magic in Film series that we are collaborating with Penn State Wilkes-Barre, in case you were planning to attend just one of two films in the series. This rarely happens with programming, but the series had to be cancelled due to a lack of registration for all the movies.
With that said, I have some good news for films buffs out there. The Dietrich’s Fall Film Festival will be another three-week festival starting on Sept. 18 and running through Oct. 8. Our opening night films have already been booked, and, boy, do they look great. They are “A Walk in the Woods,” starring Robert Redford, Emma Thompson and Nick Nolte and “Mr. Holmes” with Ian McKellen in the role of Sherlock. You can’t beat that. Stay tuned for more information about the fall festival.
As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!