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There is just something about jugband music that is so uplifting. I know I can’t help but start tapping my feet when I hear it played. I think the 1960s band The Lovin’ Spoonful, said it best with their lyrics “And the doctor said give him jug band music, it seems to make him feel just fine.” Last week the Dietrich was filled with jugband music during our artists-in-residency Jammin’ in a Jugband with David Driskell and Timothy Walker of Sadie Green Sales Jugband. Students learned how to play jugband instruments such as a washtub bass, washboard, spoons, jug, drums and more. They also made instruments such as spoons, bumblebees and drums as well as other instruments of their own design. At the end of the week, students were invited to play with Sadie Green Sales Jugband at River Day. The guys of Sadie Green Sales Jugband also played concerts at Tunkhannock Manor and Tunkhannock’s URS during the week.

We would like to thank the Northern Tier Partnership for Arts in Education and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for helping fund these classes.

Summer camps will continue next week at the Dietrich with Your Epic Journey Theatre and Visual Arts Camp and Art Explorers Camp. In Your Epic Journey Camp, children will go on a fantastical adventure of the imagination as they create costumes, props, a set and a play to perform for family and friends. Instructors Amy Colley and Michaela Moore do such a wonderful job of helping campers express their creativity through the projects they develop. Your Epic Journey Camp will be held Monday through Friday, July 29 through August 2 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Then during the afternoons of that week from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., children ages five to 12 will be able to venture into the world of visual arts and discover many of the innovative methods and exciting materials used by famous artists throughout history. Students will work with clay to create sculptures, paint, draw and create 3-D collages. Admission to this camp and Your Epic Journey Camp is $60 each. For more information or to register for either of these camps, call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.

The Dietrich will also be offering free dance workshops in August. Children are invited to join instructor Judy Weist of Stage Door Dance Studio August 5 and 6 to explore dance, rhythm and movement through these introductory workshops. Children ages two & three years old are welcome to attend from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. There will be a class for youngsters ages four to six years old from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. And a session for seven to nine -year- olds will take place from noon to 12:45 p.m. For more information or to register for these free classes, call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500. Space is limited.

And this Friday, be sure to join us for Open Mic at the Dietrich Theater. Musicians, comedians, storytellers and other local performers are invited to take the stage and share their talents. Open Mic starts at 7 p.m. and our evening’s featured guest poet Brian Fanelli will perform at 8:15 p.m. Doors open for seating and sign-ups for Open Mic at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. We hope to see you there!

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

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