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By Erica Rogler Contributing Columnist



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I’m still thinking about last Sunday’s D-Day presentation at the Dietrich with Ed McMullen. Before the talk, I did not fully grasp the challenges that the U.S. forces faced during the D-Day invasion until I listened to Ed’s narrative about the dire conditions they confronted from wading through deep water for long distances to get to the shore, to paratroopers being dropped too low, to the mines that covered the beaches at Normandy.


The courage and sacrifice that was made there really makes me understand why Tom Brokaw refers to the men and women of that time as “The Greatest Generation.” We would like to thank Ed McMullen for sharing the events of that pivotal day in world history with us. We are also grateful to Tunkhannock’s American Legion for their Honor Guard presentation.


Another recent event at the Dietrich that I would like to tell you about is Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Mental Health and Developmental Services’ Celebration of Abilities. What a festive morning. The theater was filled with great music provided by “Seas We’ve Sailed,” delicious food and a spirited audience. At this event, Mental Health & Developmental Services recognized individuals with intellectual disabilities, employers, citizens and community organizations who have made a difference in our community.


The Dietrich was privileged to be among those honored at the event. It was so inspiring to hear about the various honorees’ accomplishments. Each honoree received an award, as well as, a piece of art from the artists of “Arts Thru Abilities.” Their work is incredible. The Dietrich received a painting by artist Miranda Kropa. It is appropriately titled “Diversity at the Theater” and is just fantastic. She captured the movie theater experience perfectly and we can’t wait to display it.


This Saturday is Founder’s Day in Tunkhannock. While in town, be sure to visit the Dietrich’s two new exhibits Wyoming County: Our Beginnings and Wyoming County: Our Natural Beauty.


Wyoming County: Our Beginnings features documents from when Wyoming County was carved out from Luzerne County and became a separate county in 1842. The exhibit also showcases other documents and memorabilia of the time.


Wyoming County: Our Natural Beauty displays the beautiful flora, fauna and vistas of our area. These vibrant photographs were captured by Wyoming County resident and photographer Janie Stabinsky.


On Founder’s Day night, Saturday, June 21 at 7 p.m., join us at Tunkhannock’s Lazybrook Park for Shakespeare in the Park. This year the Gamut Theatre Group of Harrisburg is bringing us “the Scottish Play,” “Macbeth.” Their 90-minute version of Shakespeare’s original text is sure to delight all ages. Following the performance, the actors will stay for a question and answer session with the audience. Admission is free and the play is underwritten by the Overlook Estate Foundation. Please bring your own lawn chairs or blankets.


As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!

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