As you are reading this, the Dietrich will have almost completed week one of its three-week Fall Film Festival.
What films have you already seen? What has been your favorite so far? One of my favorite parts of festival, besides the movies, of course, is talking about the movies with other festival-goers after each film. So many of these films evoke conversation and, with the variety of topics covered in the films, there is definitely a lot to talk about. These post-movie discussions sometimes give you a different perspective on what you have seen, you might have a lingering question answered, or you might get a tip on a film you must absolutely see.
Now, if you haven’t seen any of the festival movies or as many as you would have liked, which is usually the case with me, don’t fret. There are still two weeks of festival to go. For a full listing of festival movies and their show times, visit dietrichtheater.com.
If you are looking for live entertainment, we invite you to join us for Open Mic Night at 7 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 25 at the theater. All are welcome to share their talents or be entertained as members of the audience. We have had poets, singers, a ventriloquist, comedians, storytellers and other talents of all ages take the stage and we are always welcoming of new and returning performers.
After the open mic portion of the evening, members of the Dietrich Theater Writers Group will read excerpts of their original works.
This group of gifted writers has been meeting at the Dietrich for over 12 years. They write in a variety of genres towards a goal of publication. Along the way, they provide each other with support and advice in their storylines. I can’t wait to see them. Who knows, maybe we will hear a portion of the works of a future, famous author and you could say you saw them first at the Dietrich.
Admission to Open Mic Night is free, thanks to the generosity of the Dietrich Fundraising Committee. Doors open for seating and sign ups at 6:30 p.m.
The following weekend, the film festival will continue and we will also celebrate the first-ever Tunkhannock Quilt and Artisan Walk from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 in downtown Tunkhannock. This event is a re-imagining of Tunkhannock’s Airing of the Quilts. There will be the outdoor airing of quilts throughout the historic streets of town, a Quilt and Fine Crafts Show and Sale at the Triton Hose Banquet Hall, an exhibit of heirloom quilts at the Wyoming County Historical Society, art exhibited at the Wyoming County Courthouse and more.
We will have a variety of exhibits and activities for you to check out that day at the Dietrich, including the Glass Freedom Quilt, created by members of the Glass Artisans Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman, a quilt exhibit featuring gorgeous Stack-and-Whack quilts created by a group of local retired teachers and a visually stunning photography exhibit by Sally Wiener Grotta, called “Pennsylvania Hands,” which beautifully captures artisans and their incredible work. You will also have the opportunity to see the Monday Artists’ watercolor and mixed media exhibit.
There will also be two free events at the Dietrich. Join us at 11 a.m. for a presentation by Cassandra Gunkel on “The Underground Railroad in Quilts” and a free showing of the movie “Stitched,” a quilt documentary at 1 p.m. Both of these events have been sponsored by the Tunkhannock Rotary Club. Tickets to both activities can be reserved by calling 570-996-1500 or picked up at the door while they last. The Dietrich’s Fundraising Committee will also have delicious apple crisp and decorative wall hangings available for sale that day.
As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!