More Than Movies: Fall Festival Preview Day was a success; film festival is on its way to the Dietrich Theater

More Than Movies - Margie Young | September 11th, 2017 6:55 pm - updated: 11:06 am.

Have you noticed there is always something exciting going on at the Dietrich?

This last week Fall Festival Preview Day enlightened 56 attendees with all the trailers for the 22 foreign and independent films featured from Friday, Sept. 15 through Thursday, Oct. 5. More and more people are coming to see the previews, marking their brochures that list the films and scheduled showings, and comparing notes with other attendees. A handful of moviegoers see all 22 films, but most of us use Preview Day to pick the ones we want to make sure to view.

Preview Day – a brainstorm idea of Executive Director Erica Rogler - is here to stay. If you missed it this year, make sure to watch for the date of Preview Day for Winter Fest Film Festival in February.

Almost everyone stops to browse the art exhibits in the three galleries at the Dietrich because they just pull you over. They beckon you.

All three of the galleries have new exhibits now: The Earnshaw Gallery has the paintings of not only Brian Keeler, but also others who are less well known. We have the Kitson Arts Alliance and Patrick Robinson and Betsy Green to thank for bringing these works to the Dietrich and giving them a wide exposure.

Also in the Earnshaw Gallery are two new exhibits. Frank Hoeffert, of “,” creates welded metal pieces guaranteed to make you smile. His creativity brings to life robots, insects, birds, motorcycles. And all kinds of imaginative shapes. Hoeffert takes pride in what he calls “things that you may throw out” to create his art.

Beside Hoeffert’s showcase is Viola Henning’s showcase. Henning lives in Tunkhannock, but she works for Yellowstone National Park. Actually, she works for the organization Yellowstone Forever, the fundraiser to maintain the park and help it thrive. On her many trips to Yellowstone, she has photographed spectacular scenes, including wildlife, many now displayed at the Dietrich. Henning is the chair of the fundraising committee at the Dietrich and she also serves on the board of directors.

You may not be able to get to Yellowstone National Park any time soon, but you can take a visual tour if you stop by this exhibit.

The New Gallery, just past the concession stand, displays the photo contest winners of the Susquehanna Greenway, stunning photos that showcase the wildlife, scenery, recreation and towns of our beautiful Susquehanna River. In the Sherwood Gallery, we are showcasing a former Dietrich art student, Rachel Caudell. There is so much to say about her paintings. Watch the column next week to read her inspiring story.

We have been celebrating River Towns of the Endless Mountains with a bus tour and a presentation by Rick Hiduk. If you want to know more about this history of the river towns of the Susquehanna River, you have another very special opportunity. Jim Remsen will present “Visions of Teaoga,” the dramatic history of Indian life and Indian-settler conflicts along the Susquehanna River during the 17th century at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. He will focus on Queen Esther, a real life Indian matriarch.

Remsen is the author of the book “Visions of Teaoga,” written for middle school readers but also engaging for adults. Now retired, he is the former religion editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer and is exploring his passionate interest in our local history. Remsen’s book will be for sale and he will be available for book signing.

Reservations are not necessary, but you may make them by calling 570-996-1500.

Unfortunately, Preview Day has come and gone, but you can still find out about Fall Film Festival movies online at or you can pick up a brochure at the theater. If you need one mailed, call us at 570-996-1500. After seeing all the previews, I know I want to see at least 10 of them. If you want to find out my choices, I will write about them next week.

In the meantime, have you considered becoming a member of the Dietrich?

If you value what we bring to the community and want to see it continue, if you have a hard time imagining our area without the Dietrich, then you probably do want to become a member. It is only with support like yours that we can fulfill your expectations for us. How can you become a member? Come to the Dietrich office for an application, pick one up in the lobby, become a member online, or call 570-996-1507. We can do it all over the phone. We do hope you will join our membership family.

We need you! We want you! Thank you!

More Than Movies

Margie Young

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