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We could not have asked for a better River Day. From the weather to the crowds that came out to enjoy Riverside Park to the activities to the music, it was wonderful. The day started out with more than 30 kayakers joining David Buck from Endless Mountain Outfitters for a River Float from Mehoopany to Riverside Park. Then Barbara Tierney led a relaxing yet energizing yoga class on the riverbank. By 1 p.m. the main event had begun with informative displays by environmental organization and wonderful wares and food items for sale by farm and food vendors. High Energy Fitness and Karate also entertained us with an informative karate demonstration. It was amazing to see what young students learned from their classes. Then the live music began. Sadie Green Sales Jugband regaled us with toe-tapping jugband tunes. I especially enjoyed seeing students from the Dietrich’s Jammin’ in a Jugband classes join David Driskell and Timothy Walker on stage to play “Momma Don’t Allow” and “Let Your Imagination Lead the Way”.

By 3 p.m., folks were able to meet and learn about animals from the Ross Park Zoo Mobile including a chinchilla and an armadillo. Little ones enjoyed getting their faces painted by Silly Sally and receiving fun balloon creations provided by Ally’s Air.

Children also explored the arts as they painted a mural with Dietrich Theater artists-in-residence Amy and Steve Colley.

For those interested in taking part in nature explorations, Jerry Skinner taught children and adults about dragonflies and Bob Daniels gave a presentation on river critters.

We would like to thank everyone who helped make River Day a success from the volunteers to the environmental organizations to the Riverside Park Commission to G & B Tents and to the Overlook Estate Foundation for sponsoring the event.

Looking to August, we have a couple of free offerings coming up. On Monday and Tuesday, August 5 and 6, the theater will host free dance workshops with Judy Weist of Stage Door Dance Studio. During these classes students will learn about rhythm and movement as they explore the world of dance. Classes will be offered for children ages 2 to 9 year. Please call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for the class schedule and to register.

We will also be offering free Introduction to Yoga classes for adults at the theater in August. On Wednesdays, August 14 & 28 at 10 a.m., yoga instructor Donna Fetzko will show participants how yoga can strengthen the body, calm the mind, and lift the spirit. During these sessions, students will be introduced to breathing exercises, yoga postures, and relaxation techniques in the user-friendly, safe, and effective “Yogafit” style. This class is appropriate for any beginner; it is recommended that participants check with their health practitioners before beginning this or any exercise program. Attendees should wear comfortable clothing; bring a mat, towel, or blanket, water. Call 570-996-1500 for more information or to sign up.

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

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