Dietrich Theater hosts Open Mic Nights, Founder’s Day events in Tunkhannock

June 1st, 2015 4:35 pm

What an evening of entertainment at the Dietrich’s Open Mic Night.

The event was kicked off by a duo performing “Who’s On First?” by Abbott and Costello. They were a hoot. Then a ventriloquist took the stage with funny jokes. He was followed by a poet. Then we were regaled with a lively story about why in England you drive on the opposite side of the road. And the storyteller was followed by two poets. One of those poets was a seasoned performer and the other gave her first reading before an audience.

They were all wonderful. I always enjoy seeing the diverse talents who take the stage for Open Mic. Featured artist Josh Pratt then played a set. He is such a gifted performer — witty and entertaining. And he is quite the songwriter and lyricist. Thanks to Josh and all of our performers for coming out to Open Mic Night.

This month Open Mic Night will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 26. Our featured artist will be musician Jason Vo. Please join us, performers and audience members, for a wonderful evening. Admission is free. Seating and sign-ups to perform begin at 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Night is sponsored by the Dietrich Fundraising Committee.

The following day is Founder’s Day in Tunkhannock. Have you ever been? It’s a wonderful day of food, fun, activities and lots to see. At the Dietrich we will host the Nicholson Bridge: Past and Present Exhibit. The display will include photos of its construction, present-day photos and other artifacts and memorabilia that will remind us of the significance of the world’s largest steel reinforced concrete railway bridge right here in our own backyard.

The Dietrich’s Fundraising Committee will also be busy on Founder’s Day outside the theater. It will have its annual basket raffle, and boy, let me tell you there are so many great baskets to choose from, it will be difficult to decide what ones to take chances on. Basket themes include Fisher Man, Let’s Party, Pamper Yourself, Lucky Lottery, Children’s Craft Kits and more. We thank our basket raffle chair Linda Harvey and all those donating to the raffle for their generosity.

The fundraising committee will sell strawberry shortcake at Founders’ Day. That’s right! The Tunkhannock Tree Association sold strawberry shortcake at Founders’ Day for the past seven years. Delicious strawberry shortcake, I might add. And this year it passed the fundraiser on to the Dietrich to raise money for children’s programming.

The members of the Tunkhannock Tree Association are just wonderful. Yes, my mother is a member so I might be a little biased. Not only do they take care of all of our community’s trees, They have been generous with their time, expertise and resources as they pass this fundraiser on to the Dietrich. They provided us with their recipes, tools, materials and their playbook. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We are excited to be continuing the Founder’s Day strawberry shortcake tradition.

On Founder’s Day night, the Dietrich will present Shakespeare in the Park. Gather up your friends, chairs or blankets, maybe a little picnic and join us at Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park at 7 p.m. for an evening of live theatre! See the Gamut Theatre Group of Harrisburg perform an 80-minute version of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Admission is free. The evening will be introduced by Tunkhannock’s own Bill Chapla and after the show there will be a talk back session with the cast. We thank the Overlook Estate Foundation for underwriting the event.

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