More Than the Movies Wild mustangs exhibit arrives

First Posted: 3/14/2014

What a great crowd came out for Rick Koval’s recent presentation at the Dietrich on Reptiles and Amphibians of Northeastern Pennsylvania. It was great to see people of all ages want to learn about some of the amazing creatures that live in our region.

Rick shared with us a total of 48 species. After the presentation, we were able to hold and see a few critters that he brought with him including a beautiful albino garter snake. We would like to thank the Overlook Estate Foundation for sponsoring this program. Rick will be back in the fall with another fascinating program. I think his focus will be primarily on snakes of the region.

We would also like to thank all of you who came out for local author Jeanne Moran’s talk at the Dietrich on “Writing a Novel: My Personal Journey.” The time and extensive research she put into her historical novel “Risking Exposure” was so impressive. She had to change her novel a few times to keep the story accurate.

At the event, copies of Jeanne’s book were sold with 100 percent of the cover price going to support cultural programming at the Dietrich Theater. What a gift. Right?

If you would like to pick up your own copy of “Risking Exposure”, they can be purchased at the Dietrich Theater ticket booth for $9 and all proceeds will go to support the Dietrich. I hope we can bring Jeanne back for another program at the theater. She’s an amazing presenter.

In addition to showing great films this Friday night, the Dietrich will be hosting two events you don’t want to miss. There will be a Meet the Artist Reception on Friday, March 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring the photography of Coralea Scranta of Tunkhannock. Her stunning photos show us the beauty of the wild mustangs of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

At this reception, she will show her latest digital photos of other wild horses she’s captured on film in an effort to shine a light on their plight for survival. Light refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there. If you can’t make the reception, the exhibit can be viewed through March anytime movies are shown or by appointment.

The Dietrich will also present Open Mic Night this Friday at 7 p.m. Come out and share your talent whether you’re a poet, musician, storyteller or comedian or just sit back and be entertained. All ages are welcome to attend. Following the open mic portion of the evening the blue grass duo Terry Wayne Goodholm will take the stage. They performed at open mic in the past and were excellent. Be sure to join us; admission is free.

And just a reminder, now is the time to reserve your tickets for the Opening Night Gala for the theater’s upcoming film festival. It’s sure to be a grand evening full of good films, food, wine and desserts. I especially am looking forward to the film “The Lunchbox” which is about a housewife who tries to spice up her marriage by sending her husband special lunches. The lunches get delivered to the wrong person and a relationship is formed. I can’t wait to find out what happens. Tickets to the opening night gala are $35 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 570-996-1500. Oh, did I mention that the hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Epicurean Delight, Greenley’s BBQ, Seasons Restaurant and Twigs Restaurant & Café? Plus a fabulous cruise ship style dessert spread will be provided by Epicurean Delight. How could you go wrong?

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

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