More Than Movies: Historic walking tours continue in Tunkhannock

More Than Movies - Erica Rogler | September 6th, 2016 11:29 am

This past week, the guides who conduct Tunkhannock’s Historic Walking Tour got together to review the project so far. It was a great gathering. Their enthusiasm for the tours has grown and it was wonderful to hear stories about the tours they led and how they learned even more about Tunkhannock’s history from folks in their tour groups and through their own research.

The tour guides include Rick Hiduk, who also managed much of the project and trained the guides; Greg Spencer; Kathi Keefe; Rich Jones; Beth Romanski; Dianne Rosengrant; Sandy Vieczorek; Bob Boyce; Connie Kintner and Kellie Faigle. They are all volunteers, so if you see them out and about, please give them a big thank you for providing such a gift to the community. Gerri Glenn Vaskas helped sign people in who were going on the tours so we would like to say thank you to her as well.

Due to the guides’ willingness to continue leading walks, we will be presenting tours this month starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday evenings, Sept. 15, 22 and 29. To register, call us at 570-996-1500.

With cooler fall weather coming, the tour route should be even more enjoyable to walk. The guides have also agreed to hold tours on Tunkhannock’s Quilt and Artisan Walk. This event will be held Saturday, Oct. 1 and tours will start at 12 p.m. that day. Pre-registration is required, due to limited space.

The Dietrich Theater will also feature a quilt exhibit for Tunkhannock’s Quilt and Artisan Walk showcasing the work of Kathryn Foley. Other activities we have planned for Oct. 1 include a free quilt movie “How to Make an American Quilt,” which will show at 11 a.m. Sarah Sidorek will offer a free Make and Take Quilt Block Activity where all ages are invited to stop by and paint wood or ceramic blocks with their favorite quilt pattern or color paper quilt squares. The Make and Take will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Dietrich. Be sure to stop by!

In addition to offering walking tours this month and having Tunkhannock’s Quilt and Artisan Walk to look forward to in early October, we hope you can join us for our 15th Annual Gathering of Singers and Songwriters at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. It is always an evening of great music with some of our area’s finest folk musicians including Lorne Clarke, Tom Flannery, Eddie Appnel and Josh Pratt. Admission is free. However, donations will be accepted. Free tickets will be available at the door.

Then on Friday, Sept. 16, the Dietrich’s Fall 2016 Film Festival will kick off with the Opening Night Gala. It’s not too late to reserve tickets for this fun evening full of delicious food by Ma Greenley, Epicurean Delight, Twigs Café and the Fireplace Restaurant, acclaimed films, “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” and “Captain Fantastic,” wine and beer by Nimble Hill and the best desserts between movies by Epicurean Delight. I am a sweets person, and I can tell you that their dessert spread is simply sumptuous.

Tickets to open night are $40 and can be reserved by calling 570-996-1500. For a full listing of all of the festival films, visit

Then at 7 p.m. the following Friday, Sept. 23, come out for Open Mic Night. We had a great turn out last month. The Dietrich’s Writers Group was our feature and they shared portions of their original works. This month the feature will be the Ziegers, an acoustic husband and wife duo. They will be playing original music that features folk, pop and indie influences grounded in artful songwriting. We also encourage you to share your own talents that evening. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

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

More Than Movies

Erica Rogler

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