What an event! It was so exciting to be a part of Sean Flynn’s musical homecoming in Tunkhannock last week with An Evening With Flynn & Co. at the Dietrich. More than 65 folks came out to see Sean perform. He shared original music and played some of his favorite songs by other artists as well.
Not only is he a wonderful musician but he is also a great storyteller. I always like to learn what music inspires artists and their process for writing music. He also performed with his niece McKenzie Hobbs, Shane Montross and the Dietrich’s neighbor Chuck Pirone, owner of FroYo+ and Sean’s high school music teacher. We would like to thank Sean for a night of great entertainment.
Another live event we are looking forward to at the Dietrich is Open Mic Night. On Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m., all ages are invited to enjoy a smorgasbord of local talent. Musicians, poets, comedians and performers of all types are encouraged to share their talents, then sit back and enjoy the month’s featured artist Wolf Critton. Wolf is a war veteran and a singer/songwriter who considers himself an artist of our current times. He has been featured on television, radio and in print magazines. His music draws from the experiences he had during his two tours of duty in Iraq and his life in New York, and his songs strive to remind us that no one is alone. The doors will open for seating and signups at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500.
The theater is also gearing up for Wyoming County Reads. This year we chose two books to read – The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Interesting choices, right? I can’t wait to explore their similarities and differences. All are welcome to attend book discussions at the Tunkhannock Public Library on Wednesdays, Feb. 5 through March 12 at 7 p.m. Discussion leaders will include Bill Chapla, Suzanne Fisher Staples and Dr. Len Gougeon. Copies of The Scarlet Letter and A Thousand Splendid Suns are available to borrow at the Tunkhannock Public Library. Admission to the discussion is free.
My favorite part of the project is listening to other participants’ views about the books. I think it helps you gain a different or broader perspective about the characters or themes in the novel you are reading. This will be our tenth year for Wyoming County Reads. Please join us.
Speaking of broadening horizons, the Dietrich will be offering a variety of classes and workshops for you to try this winter. From creating glass artwork to knitting to yoga, there is something for everyone. On Jan. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m., the Dietrich’s own Esther Harmatz will be teaching a jewelry making workshop on Little Leather Luxuries.
In this class, students will learn to create original leather jewelry using leather strand. Students will fashion earrings, a bracelet and a leather pendant necklace. Bead embellishments can be added to all items. Esther is a great teacher and has made quite a variety of leather jewelry. Admission is $30 for the class and all materials will be provided. For more information or to register, please call us at 570-996-1500.
As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!