TUNKHANNOCK — Downtown is the place to be on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2 for Christmas in Our Hometown, and the Dietrich Theater invites everyone to three special events: a free movie, the Holiday Workshop, and a cookie walk. All three events are traditions of old-fashioned fun for everyone.
Jim Henson’s “Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas” is the free movie with free popcorn, set for 5:30 and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, sponsored by Ace-Robbins, Inc. and made possible in-part by the Jim Henson Legacy Foundation. The movie is a story for children and adults, another telling of the story of the “Gift of the Magi,” one that takes place in a river town. With otters and muskrats as main characters, it is the story of the book by the same name by Russell Hoban, published in 1971.
The movie shows real puppets with real puppeteers bringing them alive. The set design uses real water and real boats to tell the story. A costume designer creates real clothes of real material.
“Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas” also has a local connection. Part-time Tunkhannock resident Calista Hendrickson was the costume designer for the film. She and her husband Stephen Hendrickson recently installed an exhibit at the Dietrich about the making of the movie, showing backstage views of its creation.
Another event that celebrates real life holiday experiences is the free Dietrich Holiday Workshop, to be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. It is made possible by Ace-Robbins, Inc. It includes cookie decoration, a holiday ornament craft, creations by the Balloon Lady and more.
For cookie lovers, not to be missed is the Dietrich Theater Cookie Walk, starting at 5 p.m. Friday and continuing from 11 a.m. Saturday until the cookies are all sold. Hundreds of bakers donate holiday homemade cookies and all proceeds benefit children’s programming at the Dietrich. The cost $6 per container.
Donations of homemade cookies will be accepted Thursday, Nov. 30 and Friday, Dec. 1. For more information, call 570-996-1500.