More Than Movies: George Stonier taught us about Parkinsons and exercise

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We are so grateful to George Stonier for bringing us the very special Rock Steady Boxing and Parkinson’s program last week at the Dietrich Theater. Seventy people learned his story with Parkinson’s and how Rock Steady Boxing has changed his life and the lives of many others. Several Rock Steady boxers were in the audience. The encouraging message of the presentation is that exercise can do so much to delay the progression of the disease. The three ways to be proactive to delay it are exercise, medication, and deep brain stimulation. George’s mission is to share what he has discovered to help improves the lives of others.

The popping Pot Art exhibit opening reception the next day attracted at least 95 popular art appreciators. All eight exhibiting artists were there to meet them and celebrate the pure fun and joy of Pop Art. Actually, the afternoon was just that! It was full of fun and joy, acknowledging these delightful new expressions as a constantly changing form of art. Pop Art in the Endless Mountains is alive and well here. Come see the exhibit through May any time the theater is showing movies or by appointment.

Last week I promised to tell you about some more of the Spring Film Festival films showing from April 13 to May 3. I will start with a special collaboration with WVIA at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at one of the showings of the film “Canaletto and the Art of Venice.” Jo-Ann Reif, an art scholar with extensive knowledge of the artist Canaletto and Venice, will share her wonderful first-hand experience about discovering the artist and his city. Everyone is invited to learn her story after the movie. An other showing of the movie will be at 5 p.m. April 29.

I will definitely attend this showing of “Canaletto.” And I absolutely will make sure I am there for one of the showings of

“In Search of Mozart.” It promises to bring new insight into the early life of Mozart and actually take us on a 25,000 mile journey along every route he followed. A wonderful chance to immerse ourselves in the life of one of the world’s greatest musicians, just the way “Canaletto and the Art of Venice” immerses us in the art world at a particular time and place. This movie is shown at noon April 26 and at 4:30 p.m. May 2.

If you are 75 or over or getting close, what words of wisdom would you like to share? For a celebration of our humanity, a movie I look forward to seeing is “Lives Well Lived.” Sure to be an inspiration for us all, the memories of 40 people, ages 75 to 100, are captured to reveal their thoughts after experiencing the best and worst that life can deliver. Some will make you laugh. Some will make you cry. Most will inspire us all. This one is a must-see for me. “Lives Well Lived” will be shown at noon April 20, at 2:30 p.m. April 22, at 2:15 p.m. April 28 and at noon April 30.

Celebrating our 17th anniversary as I write this – yes, the Dietrich Theater reopened on Friday, April 13, 2001 – we invite all of you to celebrate with us! Do you need more information about us? Do you want to be on our mailing list? Just call 570-996-1500 and provide your name and address. We do want to see you soon and often.


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Margie Young