More Than Movies: June calendar is bursting with events at the Dietrich Theater

More Than Movies - Erica Rogler
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Editor’s note: This week’s column was written by Dietrich Theater Program Director Margie Young. Erica Rogler will return next week.

There are so many wonderful June events coming up at the Dietrich Theater! Now that you have flipped your calendar from May to June, make note of the many opportunities right here in downtown Tunkhannock, beginning with the Golden Days of Radio free performance at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 7. One of the biggest casts ever will present old time radio classics, including episodes from Boston Blackie, the Great Gildersleeve, the Easy Aces and a surprise for the audience called “A Day at the County Store.” These performances just get better and better every year, allowing some to remember the good old radio days and others to learn about and enjoy the “theater of the mind.”

And we want to tell you a secret: June 7 is the birthday of Director and Sound Engineer Esther Harmatz! Come help celebrate at the reception following the performance. Shh! Don’t tell Esther.

And all of you live theatre lovers will be glad to know that National Theatre Live comes back in June with the Tennessee Williams classic play of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” This acclaimed stage play filmed for onscreen movie viewing, brings the play into a modern setting with modern music to set the scene. A revolving stage, affording multiple views of the action, gives a continuous changing perspective. All National Theatre Live enthusiasts will want to see it, and if you have not experienced one, this will be a good introduction.

Something to make our community swell with pride is the collaboration of so many organizations to launch the Historic Tunkhannock Walking Tour Project, partners including The Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater, PA Route 6, Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau, the Endless Mountains Heritage Region, the Tunkhannock Business and Professional Association and the Wyoming County Historical Society. All have worked together to create a do-it-yourself walking tour brochure that will be available on Founders Day June 25 at the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau, the Dietrich Theater, and the Wyoming County Historical Society.

Guided tours will be available on June 25 and on Thursdays in July. Tunkhannock has such a rich past as well as authentically maintained historic homes and businesses. Tour guides have researched their stories and are sharing them first with middle school groups, and soon will be inviting you to join them.

On Founders Day on June 25 the Dietrich Theater should be one of your destinations. The Dietrich Fundraising Committee will again be selling the famous Strawberry Shortcake, the recipe passed on from the Tree Association. A Basket Raffle with intriguing items of all kinds will be there to tempt you. And don’t miss one-of-a-kind Tote Bags, handmade be Fern Boyce’s Friends of the Dietrich crafting group. You will have to buy one. Or two. Or three.

Don’t miss June at the Dietrich, where there is something for everyone.


More Than Movies

Erica Rogler

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