Quilting and painting classes, Fall Film Festival are highlights this month at the Dietrich Theater


More Than Movies - Erica Rogler



This past week the Dietrich Theater kicked off its fall series of classes, including Simply Yoga, Pottery for Kids, Drumming 101, Preschool Pottery, our quilting classes and more.

On Wednesday, I was able to visit for a few minutes with the ladies in our Quilting for Everyone class as they started to pick out fabrics to use in their tree block quilt samplers. As a quilter myself, I know the excitement of starting a new project and of choosing lovely fabrics. There were newcomers to the class as well as regulars who have been taking quilting at the Dietrich for years now. I can’t wait to see their progress and final projects.

If you would like to learn the craft of early American hand-quilting, you are welcome to sign up anytime this fall and make one or several tree blocks. Classes are held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Admission is $6 per class and fabric is free. You can’t beat that deal — ask any quilter!

If you are more interested in visual arts, local master artist Millie Schelling will teach Pastel Painting for adults at the Dietrich this fall. During this class, she will guide you in the purchase and use of pastel materials as you learn how to portray everyday objects in a new light. She will focus on teaching students how to play light against shadows, layering over colors and how to give a three-dimensional look and feel to paintings.

My husband took this class in the spring and loved it. In fact, he already registered for this fall class. I think his favorite part is that, when using pastels, all mistakes can be fixed with the swipe of a dry paint brush. The mistake just disappears in a cloud of dust. This class is for beginners and experienced artists. Classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 26, Oct. 10, 17 and 24 and Nov. 7 and 14. Admission is $90. Need-based scholarships can be provided. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for more information or to register.

In addition to new classes, the Dietrich’s Fall Film Festival is just a few days away. I can hardly believe it. I am so looking forward to Opening Night on Friday, Sept. 18. It’s always such a festive evening full of delicious hors d’oeuvres by Epicurean Delight, Twigs Café, the Fireplace Restaurant, Ma Greenley’s BBQ and Seasons Restaurant, wine and beer from Nimble Hill, desserts by Epicurean Delight, great company, and of course, two acclaimed films, “A Walk in the Woods” and “Mr. Holmes.”

We couldn’t ask for a better evening.

There may still be a couple of gala tickets remaining by the time you read this, so if you are interested, call us at 570-996-1500.

Have you made your list yet of festival films you want to see? There are so many good ones this time. Our film bookers, Jeffrey Jacobs and Ronnie Harvey, have simply outdone themselves. I am not sure I will have time to see all of them, but I am definitely going to make a concerted effort. For a full listing of the Fall Film Festival movies and showtimes, visit dietrichtheater.com or call us at the Dietrich and we will send you a brochure. I am so glad an extra week was added to the festival so we have more time to see them all.

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

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More Than Movies

Erica Rogler

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