More than movies: a busy summer for the Dietrich Theater


On several occasions I have sighted bluebirds, swallows, great blue herons and bald eagles right here in beautiful Tunkhannock Park along the Susquehanna River.

Riverside Park in is the perfect place to learn about our awe-inspiring natural world in northeastern Pennsylvania. And Families in Nature, taught by Terra McAuliffe, is the perfect opportunity to inspire young people, ages 3 to 8, with the awe and wonder of it all.

Classes have started and will continue throughout the first week of August on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:30 am to 11:30 am And everyone can have fun at the Riverside Park Lodge. Parents or guardians learn with children this week by listening to the book “All About Birds: A Guide for Kids” read aloud, then taking the time to create their own birds from paper plates and other materials. Call the Dietrich to register at 570-836-1022 ext. 3. Thank you, Overlook Estate Foundation, for sponsoring this very special free opportunity.

This summer, Kundalini Yoga, Qi Gong and Simply Yoga classes are usually scheduled at Riverside Park, but last week the weather was uncooperative so the classes were held at the Dietrich’s Fassett Studio. Both Kundalini and Qigong ended up with a true celebration of the sisters, coincidentally with the presence of two pairs of sisters, an unusual event. My sister Calista and I and Ingrid Rogler and her twin sister Phyllis, who was visiting from Elmira, NY, were the sisters, giving me the idea that may inspire you. Why not ask your sister or friend to join you for one of the classes at Riverside Park this summer? When you register, we will have your contact details to let you know if the class is moved to the studio due to bad weather. It was so much fun to have so much fellowship last week! Simply call the number above to register.

You won’t want to miss the Meet the Artist for Stephen Hendrickson reception on Sunday, July 25 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Browse the Christmas exhibit in July, making sure to read Stephen’s explanation of the artistic process that goes into creating his four models on display. Each will fascinate viewers of all ages. Of course, the youngest gravitate towards the exhibition of the Clock Tower where naughty monkeys have managed to wreak havoc. Light refreshments will be served.

Finally, I haven’t forgotten. I told you last week that I would tell you more about River Day at Riverside Park, July 24, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. River Day which gathers energy by coming to free yoga classes; Kundalini from 9 to 10 with Barbara Tierney; and Yoga in the Park with Donna Fetzko from 10-11. A perfect way to start a great day, maybe try something new. No need to register. Just introduce yourself.

Popular mural painting hours have been extended this summer from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Kids love this activity, as do many young at heart, creating a community piece of art. Cave painting from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. is brought to you by Dietrich, inviting children of all ages to create their own drawings. The rocks, of course, come from the Susquehanna River. Come and create your own “fairy” fish chopsticks with Terra McAuliffe from 3 pm to 6 pm. They seem intriguing!

Next week I will write about all the exhibits to enjoy as well as the presentations in the little tent. River Day is back with a bang.

The Dietrich Theater is a hot spot this summer with River Day, Christmas in July, camps, classes, a Summer Fest, blockbuster movies and more. Popcorn is popping, mornings are scheduled every day of the week, and four movie screens are all for your viewing pleasure. There is electricity and excitement in the air, especially when you are seen walking through the door.


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