Tonight (Wednesday, June 19) at 7 p.m. we hope you can join us for our first of four Civil War sesquicentennial events at the Dietrich Theater. Historian, actor and friend of the Dietrich, Ed McMullen will present “An Overview of the Civil War 150 Years Later.” This presentation is free to the public and all are welcome to attend. Ed will be joined by four gentlemen from the Confederation of Union Generals whose mission is to authentically portray historical figures from the American Civil War era in order to educate the public and honor the service of the persons portrayed. Ed’s guests will be Don Holdridge as Emury Upton, 121st NY; John Hart as General Winfield Scott; Ray Sulger as General Logan and Bob Sulger as Colonial Cullum. Each guest will have a few minutes to speak about their personas, roles, uniforms and answer questions from the audience. Ed McMullen has a way of making history come alive before your very eyes. You don’t want to miss this special presentation.
Then Saturday, June 22 come to Tunkhannock to celebrate Founders’ Day. During Founders’ Day, Tunkhannock’s streets are filled with fabulous artisans and vendors, entertainment and delicious food. On Founders’ Day, the Dietrich’s Fundraising Committee will host a basket raffle with baskets filled with gift certificates, car items, movie bags and lots of other fun stuff. Visit their canopies on the green space outside the theater to show your support. All proceeds will benefit cultural programming for children at the Dietrich.
While in Tunkhannock on Founders’ Day be sure to visit the Dietrich’s exhibit “Civil War Remembered: Our Service, Our History.” Come and view local treasures and Civil War memorabilia. The display includes uniforms, a drum, discharge papers, a Civil War era quilt, relics from Antietam, Fredericksburg and so much more. On Founders’ Day Sean Callahan will be in the Dietrich’s gallery to showcase even more Civil War relics that he has collected. The exhibit will open at 10 a.m. or can be visited during scheduled movie times or by appointment through July.
During Founders’ Day weekend, the Dietrich will be also present free Theatre in the Park on Friday and Saturday, June 21 and June 22 at 7 p.m. at Tunkhannock’s Lazybrook Park. All are invited to bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy “The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock” by Catherine Trieschmann. This play is about a lost soldier and a young blind woman who fall in love during the last days of the Civil War. Though one is Confederate and one Union, they discover their similarities are far more important than their differences. As a nation begins the task of healing, the burning need for vengeance may reap unimaginably tragic consequences. This play has been sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Dietrich Theater. For more information or directions to scenic Lazybrook Park, please call the Dietrich at 570.996.1500.
Then Sunday, June 23 at 4 p.m., there will be a Civil War Walking Tour of Gravel Hill Cemetery off of Susquehanna Avenue in Tunkhannock. Led by Bob Baker, former Griffin Camp #8 Commander of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, we will take a step back in time as we look at Wyoming County’s involvement in the American Civil War. Admission is free and we will assemble at the corner of the cemetery nearest Franklin Avenue. The rain date of this event is Sunday, June 30 at 4 p.m.
As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!