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Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater 

Newsletter for March 21, 2014
Now Showing at the Dietrich 
(Click on Movie Posters for Showtimes and Synopses.)
Muppets Most Wanted Divergent
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Need for Speed
Spring 2014 Film Festival begins in one week!
Opening Night Gala Friday, March 28 Reserve your gala night tickets now at 570-996-1500!
At the Dietrich by Hildy Morgan     
     I have to tell you – Sunday afternoon’s panel discussion about domestic violence was incredibly fine!  The panel Margie and Erica put together was  superb and they had much to say about women and violence.  Janet MacKay, who has headed Victims Resource Center for over a quarter Century was chock full of information about trying to extricate women from violent situations, about trying to help them survive.  Laura Hasenzahl talked about young girls and boys on probation, needing understanding and guidance to get them through troubled teen-age years.  And the men on the panel, our District Attorney, Jeff Mitchell and the Assistant District Attorney, Jerry Idec spoke with great passion about their desire to keep women safe, to help them in terrible, life-threatening situations.  And Patrick Rushton, formerly a cop, now with Victims Resource, talked about the need to educate men so that they would stop using language that encourages abusers, makes them think it’s okay.
     Thirty years ago, when I was getting my degree from College Misericordia my senior project was to interview about a dozen elderly women ( you know…the age I am now) about the lives of abuse they had led.  To a person, these often frail, always frightened women (I pretended I was an Avon Lady in order to talk to them, so that if the husband came in no suspicion was aroused) had gone to their parents, or their friends, or their priest.  To a woman they had been told to go home and be a “good wife” and not “give him reason to hit her.” (And what possibly, possibly, could be that reason????) One woman, then in her eighties, told me about the time her husband knocked her down a flight of stairs, dragged her back up and knocked her down again.  A neighbor, hearing her scream, called the police.  They came as she lay cowering at the foot of the stairs, bruised and bleeding.  The husband told them  she “needed to be taught a lesson.” The cops told her to try to be a better wife. They left.  He knocked her down the stairs a couple more times until  he felt in need of a drink.
     Those women went to their Priests and were told to “submit” to their husbands. “If you’re a good wife, God will reward you,” they said.  Parents told them “You’ve made your bed, now lie in it.  And try not to provoke him. Be a good wife.  This will go away.” Or not.
     You see the recurring theme, here.  If you’re a good girl, bad things won’t happen to you.  Your husband is good.  You are deeply annoying and he has to straighten you out.  Good luck and God Bless.
     We’re more enlightened than that today.  Pennsylvania has good laws to help protect women.  The men on that panel were absolutely dedicated to helping women in abusive situation.  And they could use the law to help them.
     But what no one on that panel could do, and what we MUST do, is look deep into our own hearts, especially as women, and stop judging the victim!  As Pat Rushton said, no woman was ever raped because she was drunk.  No woman was ever raped because of her attire.  (And if you don’t believe that think about the fact that men rape babies, children and the very elderly.) They are raped because a rapist is in the room.  And it’s not about sex, it’s about control.  And rage.  And a sense of such perverse entitlement that it takes your breath away. We, as women, must not think that judging the victim will protect us.  That “good women” aren’t raped or domestically abused, because they are.
     And yes, women go back to their abuser (if it’s so bad, how come they go back?) and we judge them for that.  And I say, it’s complicated.  There are so, so  many reasons for that.  Pure fear (I’ll kill you and your entire family if you don’t come back), feeling sorry for the abuser (I’ll never touch you that way again, I promise!!! I love you!  I’ll kill myself if you don’t come home), no money, no place to stay, no friends (he isolated you from them years ago), no belief in yourself (he knocked out any sense of confidence a looong time before) no hope.  It’s exhausting to be a battered wife.  It’s exhausting to leave.  Most women who are murdered by their husbands are murdered after they try to leave.
     We must stop judging these women. They don’t deserve it.  We need to tell them to call Victims Resource Center.  You don’t have to give VRC your name.  You can just talk.  They will help you get to a shelter with your kids if that’s what you want.  They will walk you through the court process.  They will do whatever they can for you. They’ll just listen, if that’s all you want for now. There is help out there.  Sure, nobody can know the outcome.  But VRC will listen.  They won’t tell you that it’s your fault, because, of course, it’s not.
     Back at Misericordia, so  many years ago, an eighty-five year old woman told me that she was so happy to marry “Bobby.”  “He brought me flowers every week.  And my folks loved him.  He told me he’d always look out for me.  He was the sweetest talker I’d ever known.”  On their wedding night, he walked into the bedroom and punched her in the face.  “That’s what’ll happen to you if you smart-mouth me,” he said.  Then he went out drinking with his pals to “celebrate” his wedding.  It was the start of a fifty year nightmare marriage.  He was dead when I interviewed her.  His death was her liberation.  She didn’t mourn him, nor did his children.
     We can, and must, do better today.  We need to understand that a woman does not bring rape on herself or domestic abuse.  We need to not judge her, we need to help where we can, we need to tell men who tell crummy sexist jokes that they’re not funny, we need to help make the violence stop. Really, really, really, we do.
     See you at the Dietrich.
Live at the Dietrich by Erica Rogler 
Live at the Dietrich for March 19, 2014
What a great crowd came out for Rick Koval’s recent presentation at the Dietrich on Reptiles and Amphibians of Northeastern Pennsylvania!  It was great to see all ages want to learn about some of the amazing creatures that live in our region. Rick shared with us a total of 48 species.  After the presentation we were able to hold and see a few critters that he brought with him including a beautiful albino garter snake.  We would like to thank the Overlook Estate Foundation for sponsoring this program.  Rick will be back in the fall with another fascinating program.  I think his focus will be primarily on snakes of the region!
We would also like to thank all of you who came out for local author Jeanne Moran’s talk at the Dietrich on Writing a Novel –My Personal Journey.  The time and extensive research she put into her historical novel Risking Exposure was so impressive.  She had to change her novel a few times to keep the story accurate.  At the event, copies of Jeanne’s book were sold with 100% of the cover price going to support cultural programming at the Dietrich Theater.   What a gift! Right?  If you would like to pick up your own copy of Risking Exposure, they can be purchased at the Dietrich Theater ticket booth for $9 and all proceeds will go to support the Dietrich.  I hope we can bring Jeanne back for another program at the theater.  She is an amazing presenter.
In addition to showing great films this Friday night, the Dietrich will be hosting two events you don’t want to miss.  There will be a Meet the Artist Reception on Friday, March 21 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. featuring the photography of Coralea Scranta of Tunkhannock.  Her stunning photos show us the beauty of the wild mustangs of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  At this reception she will show her latest digital photos of other wild horses she has captured on film in an effort to shine a light on their plight for survival. Light refreshments will be provided.  We hope to see you there.  If you can’t make the reception, the exhibit can be viewed through March anytime movies are shown or by appointment.
The Dietrich will also present Open Mic Night this Friday at 7:00 p.m.  Come out and share your talent whether you are a poet, musician, storyteller or comedian or just sit back and be entertained.  All ages are welcome to attend.  Following the open mic portion of the evening the blue grass duo Terry Wayne Goodholm will take the stage. They performed at open mic in the past and were excellent.  Be sure to join us; admission is free.
And just a reminder, now is the time to reserve your tickets for the Opening Night Gala for the theater’s upcoming film festival.  It is sure to be a grand evening full of good films, food, wine and desserts.  I especially am looking forward to the film The Lunchbox which is about a housewife who tries to spice up her marriage by sending her husband special lunches.  The lunches get delivered to the wrong person and a relationship is formed.  I can’t wait to find out what happens.  Tickets to the opening night gala are $35 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 570-996-1500.  Oh, did I mention that the hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Epicurean Delight, Greenley’s BBQ, Seasons Restaurant and Twigs Restaurant & Café?  Plus a fabulous cruise ship style dessert spread will be provided by Epicurean Delight.  How could you go wrong?
(Click on Pictures for Event Details)
Wild Mustang Exhibit Reception
Friday, March 21 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Light refreshments will be provided.

Open Mic Night - Featuring Terry Wayne Goodholm
Friday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m.    
Doors open for seating and sign ups at 6:30 p.m.
The Laramie Project - Live Theatre
Performances at the Theater at Brooks at Keystone College will be: Friday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. & Sunday, April 6 at 2:00 p.m.
Performances at the Dietrich Theater will be: Friday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. & Sunday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m.
 Upcoming Classes
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Little People & Nature - Tuesdays
Tuesdays, March 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
For ages 2 ½ to 5
Little People & Nature - Wednesdays
Wednesdays, March 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
For ages 2 ½ to 5
Preschool Art Explorers 
Thursdays, March 13, 20, 27 & April 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Art Explorers, Ages 5 to 8
Fridays, March 14, 21, 28, & April 4 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Art Explorers, Ages 9 to 12
Thursdays, March 13, 20, 27, & April 3 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Songs & Games for Tots 
Wednesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Open Studio & Portfolio Prep, ages 13 to adult
Tuesdays, March 11, 18, 25, April 1 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Decorative Painting
Wednesdays from noon to 3:00 p.m.
For ages 16 to adult
Kundalini Yoga
Mondays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
For ages 16 to adult
Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
For ages 16 to adult
Simply Yoga
Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
For ages 16 to adult
Writers’ Group
Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., ongoing
Ages 18 and up
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