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We were delighted with the turnout of performers at our recent Open Mic Night at the Dietrich Theater. Community members regaled us with poetry, music, stand-up comedy and more. And then Nygel Metcalfe took the stage for an amazing spoken word performance.

This month we are looking forward to Open Mic Friday, June 28 with featured guest David Hage. Come out and experience the guitar stylings and vocal talents of this local performer who is no stranger to Open Mic at the Dietrich. We also encourage all other musicians, poets, storytellers, playwrights and comedians to share their talents that evening. Open Mic begins at 7 p.m. and admission is free. Doors open for seating and Open Mic sign-ups at 6:30 p.m. Reserve your slot early. Call the Dietrich at 570.996.1500 for details.

In addition to hosting Open Mic in June, the Dietrich will also present a variety of events to commemorate the Civil War sesquicentennial. On Wednesday, June 19 at 7 p.m., historian and actor Ed McMullen will be back at the Dietrich for a presentation on the Overview of the Civil War 150 Years Later. If you have never seen one of Ed’s talks, I encourage you to come. He has such a great way of bringing history alive. Admission is free. Tickets can be reserved by calling 570.996.1500, or they will be available at the door while they last.

We will also present the Civil War drama “The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock” by Catherine Trieshmann at Tunkhannock’s Lazybrook Park Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 at 7 p.m. Please bring a blanket or lawn chair and join us for live theatre directed by Jennifer Jenkins in scenic Lazybrook Park. Admission is free.

Then on Sunday, June 23 (rain date – June 30) at 4 p.m., join us for a Civil Walking Tour of Gravel Hill Cemetery. You are invited to take a step back in time as we look at Wyoming County’s involvement in the Civil War through this tour of Gravel Hill Cemetery, which is located off of Susquehanna Avenue in Tunkhannock. We will meet at the corner of the cemetery nearest Franklin Avenue. This tour will be led by Bob Baker, past Griffin Camp # 8 Commander of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

The following Sunday, June 30, the Dietrich will present a program with Thomas Jolin on Civil War Era Music. According to Jolin, “The trauma of the Civil War produced a tremendous amount of music as the nation mourned and sough relief from the death of over 600,000 Americans.” These songs provide a picture of solders’ lives, domestic scenes, minstrel traditions, the fight to end slavery and what it was really like to live during that time. Thomas Jolin will perform songs on his hammered dulcimer, button accordion, harmonica and banjo including “Lincoln and Liberty,” “Battle Cry of Freedom,” “No More Auction Block” and more. Admission is free and audience participation is encouraged. This program has been sponsored by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

Tickets are available by calling us at 570.996.1500 or at the door while they last.

During the months of June and July, the Dietrich will also feature the exhibit Civil War Remembered: Our Service, Our History. View local treasures and memorabilia from the Civil War era on loan from local collectors, the Wyoming County Historical Society and Scranton’s GAR Civil War Museum.

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

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