De-stress during the holidays at the Dietrich Theater

More Than Movies - Erica Rogler

Last Sunday’s reception in the Dietrich Theater’s new gallery for the Artworks artists from Keystone Community Resources truly was a celebration of the artist in all of us, a celebration of pure joy. At least 100 family members and community supporters came for the opportunity to browse the artwork, meet and greet the artists, enjoy the refreshments, and choose which artwork to buy. The pride of all 13 artists was visible on their faces as they greeted their guests and took them to see their artwork.

Animals are favorite subjects of the Artworks exhibit, from cats and bears to turtles and trout. Artworks instructor Kaitlin Bobrovcan helped release the creativity of her students, who she says “break all the rules,” resulting in the charming and unique pictures, drawings, and paintings on display. The artists were given choice of subject, medium, and price of their artwork according to Kaitlin.

It is worth a special trip to see this exhibit in the new gallery through December.

Coming up at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 9 and 16 are two free Yoga Holiday De-Stressor classes, taught by Donna Fetzko and sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation. Holidays are a time for friends, family, celebrations and stress. Yoga can be a wonderful de-stressor, empowering us to fully embrace and enjoy all the special moments of this holiday season. No experience is required as the classes are suitable for all abilities. Just wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat, blanket or towel.

Jenny Paconowski and Gary Morgan, co-facilitators, invite all veterans and service members to check out Warrior Writers from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14. They are both veterans, Jenny from the Iraq War and Gary from Vietnam, and know the benefits of writing about military experiences. Sponsored by the Tunkhannock Rotary Club, this free program meets every second Monday of the month. Come for the coffee and popcorn. Stay for the empowering experience of writing.

Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5: Are they circled on your calendar? Christmas in Our Hometown is legendary in Tunkhannock and can’t be missed.

Starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, the Cookie Walk is your chance to buy your choice of homemade cookies, baked by the many friends of the Dietrich who like to bake for a good cause. All proceeds help fund free and low cost programs and classes for children at the Dietrich. Cookies will also be available at 11 a.m. until they are gone Saturday, Dec. 5. The array of cookies is always amazing and it is such fun to choose your own from a huge variety of favorites.

At 5:30 and 7 p.m. on both evenings of Dec. 4 and 5, another Dietrich Theater holiday tradition will feature free showings of the beloved Muppet movie “Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas.” Free popcorn and a perfect movie for the family — What could be better? And from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 is another family tradition at the Dietrich, the Holiday Workshop. Come and decorate a holiday cookie, make an ornament, then make sure you tell the Balloon Lady what balloon construction you would like to take home with you.

All Emmet Otter movie showings are free, along with the popcorn, and the Holiday Workshop is also free, thanks to the generosity of Tunkhannock’s Ace-Robbins. We are so very grateful.

We are so much more than the movies, especially during the holidays!

More Than Movies

Erica Rogler

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