Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater

Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater 

Newsletter for July 11, 2014 
Now Showing at the Dietrich 
(Click on Movie Posters for Showtimes and Synopses.)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Tammy
Transformers: Age of Extinction Jersey Boys
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Coming Soon to the Dietrich 
Planes: Fire & Rescue North By Northwest Sex Tape
Upcoming Events at the Dietrich 
Close Encounters with Birds of Prey
Saturday, July 12 at 11:00 a.m.

Presenter: Bill Streeter, Director of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center

Admission: Free    
Sponsored by: the Overlook Estate Foundation
Would you like to see a golden eagle, a peregrine falcon or perhaps, a saw whet owl? If so, join Bill Streeter to see and learn about these and other birds of prey.  You will see six live raptors and spend a magical hour gaining a greater knowledge and appreciation of the raptors of the northeast.  Streeter, who has a B.A. in biology and an M.S. in zoology, will entertain, as well as educate you with the knowledge he has gained over 30 years of studying and rehabilitating raptors.  Tickets are available by calling 570-996-1500 or at the Dietrich Theater ticket booth while they last. 
Sneak Peek at New Independent Films by Local Filmmakers
Thursday, July 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Free    
All are invited to the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock on Thursday, July 17 at 7:00 p.m. for a free sneak peek featuring two films produced in Tunkhannock. The evening will feature scenes from Driving Not Knowing, filmed by Jay Jadick, Benjamin Davis, Dylan Hansen-Fliedner, and Dane Mainella, and the short film Pitchfork, produced by Todd Oravic and Ryan Wood.  Not only will the audience have a chance to see the film clips, but they will also have a chance to learn about filmmaking from the filmmakers.  Key to the process is fundraising, of course, and viewers will learn about Kickstarter, and the internet based fundraising campaign.    See the film clips!  Meet the filmmakers!  Support our local artists!  For more information call the Dietrich Theater at 570-996-1502. 
River Day  
Saturday, July 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm.

At Tunkhannock's Riverside Park

Admission: Free

Sponsored by: the Overlook Estate Foundation

Join us for River Day in Tunkhannock's Riverside Park.  Included in the day's festivities will be live music, environmental activities for children and adults, nature walks, a River Float, live animals brought by the Ross Park ZooMobile, mural painting, face painting and more.  Live music will be provided by Sadie Green Sales Jugband, The Coal Town Rounders and Hickory Project. 
Dietrich Theater Quilt Raffle
The Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater  is delighted to offer a raffle of 3 quilts made by Laurie Mace.  All proceeds will benefit  cultural programs.  Quilts can be viewed at the Dietrich's Earnshaw Gallery and tickets purchased at the theater's ticket counter during movie times.  This is an opportunity to inexpensively acquire a quilt for your home, a friend, bride, graduate, anniversary, etc.  
Ticket prices: 1 for $5, 3 for $10, 7 for $20.  Drawing 10/4/2014 (Airing of the Quilts). 
Thanks for your support!
At the Dietrich by Hildy Morgan     
        What a week this has been! Kittens, kittens, kittens! Really.  Let me tell you right now – five kittens can turn your life into a circus in about five minutes. Kittens do not abide by rules, they don’t listen, and, basically, they simply don’t care what you say. They are interested in A: Mealtime  B. Playtime  C. Cuddletime  D. Sleepytime.  Now,you may ask, don’t you have quite enough cats? Well, I could, in a far more perfect world, one in which there is always enough room for an extra pup or kitty, take in endless numbers of wee critters. But, since we don’t live in that kind of world and since my husband does quite a bit of the animal care and since he said, in his deepest baritone – “I mean it this time, Hildy – I mean it. No more! Do we fully understand each other?” Sigh. Yeah. We do. And it’s not the words, it’s the use of my name, said with a certain deliberateness. It’s like when my mother would call from the kitchen while she was making dinner and I was practicing piano - – “Hildegarde Abby  - the third measure of the right hand does not include an F#! Play it again! And this time play it right!” It wasn’t what she said that mattered so much (although I knew I better fix the F#) but the tone when she used my name.
     I tried to tell him that I had no intentions of keeping these kittens – that a wonderful woman was taking them and could actually find them homes. But I guess I’ve kind of used up my “honest” card about cats. He had to read the emails between said wonderful woman and me before he would believe me. The babies are from the feral colony. We discovered them and took them home before they would become feral, too, because ferals have a hard life, no matter how much you try to make it easier. So these wee creatures have a bright future – they will get loving homes, they will be loved.  But that is not the usual story for ferals. Or for the kittens people allow their cats to have. Millions (yes, millions!!!) of cats (and nearly as many dogs) are destroyed each year because people, in their blind ignorance, refuse to neuter their animals. Cats and dogs don’t need sex. They need food and shelter and love. Spay them. Neuter them. Otherwise know that you are one of those  choosing to kill kittens and puppies. Because for every home your domestic kittens take up, that many homes aren’t going to a pound kitty or a pound puppy or a rehomed feral. Understand that you are part of the problem. Don’t romanticize the love life of cats and dogs. The love of their lives is you. Nor another cat or another dog. Please, please spay and neuter. We were only able to save these kittens through dumb luck. So many will be lost, and they are funny, noisy, loving  creatures with a fierce will to live. Help them. Spay and neuter!
     And now on to an entirely different subject (boy, I bet you’re happy about that!!!). This coming Thursday night, July 17th at 7:00, we are having a special night. So special. Because we are going to show clips from a film made by local (some from here, some from Philadelphia) young men and honestly, I’ve seen clips from so many films in the past thirteen years – and this is the best, without a doubt, of all the film clips folks send us asking for screen space. The young men, including Jay Jadick who was one of our concession kids a few years ago – really nice  and a hard worker, too – have completed the film and are almost there raising the money they’ll need to send it to festivals across the country. Please come and support these terrifically talented young artists. The film (you can look it up just on Google or on Kickstarter) is called Driving Not Knowing, and it takes place here, in Wyoming County and honestly, it looks beautiful. If you have a couple of bucks you could spare for the arts and these young adults, your money will be put to good use. They need to raise only $9,000.00 more to reach their goal. Come see the work they’ve done and then, if you feel like it, make a donation to a great project. If you can’t do that, that’s okay, too. But come to meet the boys who made the film and see the kind of fine work our home grown boys can do!
     And whatever you do – do not forget (that’s an order – really, it is) River Day – the 19th, from 1-7! It’s always so much fun! Food, music,  displays of wildlife, kayaking, lectures, and, of course, our beautiful river! And it is so lovely at the park. It’s funny, isn’t it? How peaceful the river can be, how gentle and seductive. But boy! When it gets riled up, well, that’s a different story, isn’t it? But, rest assured, brothers and sisters,  it has never been riled up for River Day. It’s just gorgeous and peaceful and provides a perfect backdrop for a great day outside. Come and join us! It’s always such a wonderful summery good time!
     See you at the Dietrich. (Or the river.)
Live at the Dietrich by Erica Rogler 
Last Sunday singer/songwriter Jay Smar entertained us as well as educated us about our region’s rich coal mining heritage through songs and stories.  Over 115 folks attended the event from all over the region including Hazelton, Pittston, and more.  Jay’s grandfather was a coal miner and many in the audience had family members who were also coal miners.  I was surprised to learn that at least one attendee worked as a breaker boy in his youth.  It’s so important to keep our coal mining history alive.  We would like to thank the Pennsylvania Humanities Council for underwriting the program, and we hope to bring in more programs like it.
Our next free event at the Dietrich will take place this Saturday, July 12 at 11:00 a.m.  Join us for Close Encounters with Birds of Prey with Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center.  Bill will bring with him five to six live raptors, and participants will spend an hour gaining a greater knowledge about the majestic birds of prey of the northeast. He will educate us about golden eagles, peregrine falcons, saw whet owls and more.  Bill has a B.A. in biology, an M.S. in zoology and has spent over thirty years studying and rehabilitating raptors.  All are invited to attend this event which has been sponsored by the Overlook Estate Foundation.  Free tickets can be reserved by calling the theater at 570-996-1500 and they will be available at the door as long as they last.
Close Encounters with Birds of Prey is a pre-event for Tunkhannock’s 10th annual River Day which will take place on Saturday, July 19th from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Mark your calendar now, and be prepared to enjoy a day full of live entertainment, nature activities for all ages, great food, kayaking and other fun activities in Tunkhannock’s scenic Riverside Park. Admission is free.  Children will be able to meet a variety of animals at the Ross Park Zoo Mobile, try mural painting, get their faces painted and take part in relay races and other fitness activities with the Walter B. Tewksbury Memorial Committee.    For entertainment there will be a karate demo by High Energy Fitness and Karate, group cross fitness mini classes and demonstrations and then at 3:00 p.m., live music will begin!  This year we will be featuring the rollicking Sadie Green Sales Jugband, local bluegrass favorite Coal Town Rounders and the acclaimed Hickory Project.  For more information about River Day, please visit www.susquehannariverday.com or call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.
In addition to events, Dietrich summer camps are in full swing, this week Steve Colley is teaching All About Pottery and Sculpture where children are learning to use potter’s wheels, creating sculptures and trying hand-building techniques to create pots and bowls.  I am always amazed by how quickly children learn how to throw pots on potter’s wheels.  If you weren’t able to make this week’s All About Pottery & Sculpture Camp, we are offering the camp again in August.  For more information about this camp or any classes and activities at the Dietrich, please call us at 570-996-1500.
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