I hope you enjoyed your Labor Day weekend. To me the week after Labor Day is the unofficial start of fall. Kids are back in school, and at the Dietrich we are busy gearing up for the Dietrich’s Fall Film Festival. Have you started making a list of movies that you want to see yet? I am so impressed with the selection, and with 19 films there is something for everyone. For music buffs, we will be showing “20 Feet From Stardom.” This documentary tells the untold true stories of some of the greatest backup singers. It will feature interviews with some of the greats in music including Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Mick Jagger. We also will present “The English Teacher,” which is set in nearby Kingston, Pennsylvania. The film tells the story of Hannah Arendt’s reporting on the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann. The movie “Fruitvale Station” also looks gripping. And for those of us who enjoy a little comedy, the festival includes the feel-good hit of the season “The Way Way Back” and Keri Russell in “Austenland.” The fall festival will run from Friday, Sept. 20 through Thursday, Oct. 3. Visit www.dietrichtheater.com for movie showtimes and synopses.
Opening Night Gala on Sept. 20 will have an Oktoberfest theme. The evening will be filled with beer, wine, two films, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Tickets are $35 per person. Food will be provided by Epicurean Delight, Ma Greenley’s BBQ, Twigs Restaurant & Café and The Fireplace Restaurant. Nimble Hill Vineyard & Winery and Nimble Hill Brewing Company will be providing the wine and beer. Join us for this festive evening. Reservations can be made by calling (570) 996-1500.
If you are looking for after school activities for your children, Dietrich’s art classes with Steve and Amy Colley will be starting up next week. In September the focus will be All About Pottery & Sculpture. In these classes, students will get their hands dirty as they as they learn to work with the medium of clay. Students will discover how to throw pots on a potter’s wheel. They will explore sculpting methods. Plus, they will also learn how to create pottery using the hand-building technique. Classes for students ages five to eight years old will be held on Fridays, Sept. 13, 20, 27 and Oct. 4 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and students ages nine to 12 years old will meet on Thursdays, Sept. 12, 19, 26, and Oct. 3 at the same time. Admission is $40 per class series.
We will also be offering Preschool Pottery & Sculpture in September. Children will learn to sculpt animals and work on a potter’s wheel. It is amazing to me what even the youngest of students can make. Admission to preschool pottery classes is free. Classes will be offered on Thursday, Sept. 12, 19, 26 and Oct. 3 from 10 to 10:45 a.m.
Call the Dietrich for more information or to register for these classes.
And remember to join us this Saturday, Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. at the Dietrich for the nature presentation Bears in My Backyard. During this presentation, Wildlife Conservation Officer Victor Rosa will share interesting facts about bears including where they came from, why they are common in our region, den locations, bear cubs and more. He will also share humorous anecdotes pertaining to black bears. This program is appropriate for all ages and admission is free. Tickets can be reserved by calling (570) 996-1500 and will be available at the door while they last.
As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!