More Than Movies: The Dietrich Theater is filled with music, healing, history

More Than Movies - Margie Young | August 29th, 2017 12:17 pm

The Gathering of Singer/Songwriters last week was a bittersweet evening because singer/songwriter Tom Flannery, on his way to perform at the concert, had to turn back to go to his mother’s bedside when she went into a coma. The show went on with Lorne Clarke and Abi and Tim Zieger with moving stories that inspired their songs and wonderful original songs.

Even though Clarke was born in Canada, many of his songs reflect his love of rural life in NEPA with his family. Always an advocate for justice for those who need a voice, many of his songs reflect the plight of refugees and victims of injustice.

Tim Zieger brings many emotions and feelings to his songs and many are truly poignant and thought provoking. His voice and guitar are backed up by the lilting voice of his wife, Abi, and her string bass. They make a perfect blend of folk and jazz – a very lyrical and pleasing duo.

Thank you Clarke and the Ziegers for a very special Gathering of Singer/Songwriters – our 16th! And our very special thoughts go out to Tom Flannery and his family at this sad time for them.

Here is what is coming up in the next few weeks. All of you striving toward a healthier life will be glad Donna LaBar returns for a presentation titled “Gain Clarity and Remove Foggy Thinking” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 9. LaBar shows how good nutrition will enable you to do this through her simple, natural, healing suggestions. All are welcome. The suggested donation is $10.

Have you been to a film festival Preview Day yet? All previews of the 22 films featured in our Fall Film Festival will be on the screen at both 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 – a free event with discounted concessions. Come and see the enticing scenes of all 22 films and mark your Fall Film Festival schedule for the ones you do not want to miss.

Preview Day is free! No tickets to purchase. No reservations to make. Just sit back and enjoy a sneak peek of the latest acclaimed foreign and independent films. I bet you will want to see at least five or perhaps 10 – maybe more! And you only need to wait until they all will be onscreen at the Dietrich multiple times from Sept. 15 through Oct. 5.

Did you know Tunkhannock is officially a River Town of Pennsylvania? Would you like to know more about other River Towns of the Endless Mountains? Rick Hiduk will present “River Towns of the Endless Mountains,” an informative program featuring the history and current life of River Towns from Tunkhannock to Sayre, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10.

For free tickets, call 570-996-1500.

This presentation is sponsored by the Endless Mountains Heritage Region that is funded by PA DCNR. The same funder is sponsoring the free Discovering NEPA River Towns Bus Trip from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13. Stops along the way will feature historic venues, scenic vistas and more along the way. Reservations are closed for this trip, but if you are interested in the same trip at a later date, call the same number.

I must mention that Fall Film Festival Opening Night Gala is filling up fast. Is it because of the two Opening Night films, “The Big Sick” and “The Hero?” Or is it because film festival galas are known for their wonderful spread of hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and dessert? Maybe it is because attendees always meet new people as they stand in line for the delectable creations, a good way to meet new friends and greet the old. Don’t miss your chance to attend.

Tickets are $40 each for this night of enlightenment, good food, drink, and fun.

What can the Dietrich offer you? Four film festivals a year, blockbuster movies, concerts, local history presentations, changing art exhibits, art and theater classes, Open Mic, three kinds of Yoga, Nia, healthy nutrition practices. We hope you have found your connection with us.

More Than Movies

Margie Young

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