To me there is nothing like autumn with the flaming foliage and the cool temperatures. It's the perfect time to get out there and explore nature. Local naturalist and WNEP Pennsylvania Outdoor Life personality Rick Koval will be back at the Dietrich Saturday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. to teach us about animals that use their natural camouflage and adaptations to avoid detection in a PowerPoint program called "Camouflage and Mimicry: What You See Isn't What You See." Rick has presented this program in the past at the Dietrich to a full auditorium. It is appropriate for all ages and is very informative and interactive. Admission is free thanks to funding from the Overlook Estate Foundation. In order to reserve a seat for this event, please call us at 570.996.1500.
We also will have a Contemporary American Classical Guitar Music concert this weekend Sunday, Oct.14 at 3 p.m. Classical guitarist Jay Steveskey will perform the music from the finest American guitar composers. Spanning the country, they include the smooth contemporary sounds of Andrew York of California, the jazz influences of Frederic Hand from New York City and Ralph Towner from the group Oregon, the modernism of Andrew Zohn from the southeast, Bryan Johnson from the Northwest and the unique musical languages of Own Middleton and Brian Head. If you have never been to a classical guitar concert, I would recommend it. It is so soothing to listen to. Plus it is quite an experience to see Jay run his fingers across the guitar so quickly and with such agility. Tickets are $10 each and children can attend for free. They will be available at the door or you can reserve them by calling 570.996.1500.
The following weekend will also be filled with music at the Dietrich. There will be a Barbershop Vocal Clinic Saturdays, Oct. 20, 27 and Nov. 3 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Presented by the Endless Mountains Chorus, this workshop is for anyone who likes to sing, or would like to sing better. During this clinic you will see and hear "Vocal Accord," a quartet whose members have collectively more than 60 years of experience, express themselves by singing four-part harmony. You will also receive a "Learning CD" and music that will allow you to learn a song in four-part harmony without reading music, plus you will learn the mechanical, technical and performance elements of good quality singing and what you can do to become a great singer. This clinic is for novice as well as experienced singers and it's free. For more information, please call 570.836.8595.
Then Sunday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m., Beatles scholar Kenneth Womack will be at the Dietrich for an audio and video-oriented discussion that will bring the story of the Beatles vividly to life. We will trace the group from their beginnings to the twilight of their career. We will also discus the origins of the group's compositions as well as their songwriting and recording practices. Admission is free thanks to funding from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. For reservations, please call us at 570.996.1500. We hope to see you there.
As you can see the Dietrich is so much more than the movies.