Tunkhannock ArtScene

ArtScene: Tunkhannock

by Alice Strauss – ajstrauss@epix.net


On this dreary, but rather warm, January day I’ve been searching for interesting things to do in the upcoming months.  Hmmmmm….Tunkhannock must have had a very stressful holiday season, because the overwhelmingly frequent activity is – YOGA.  In February, March and April one can attend Hatha Yoga, Beginning Yoga, Tai Chi, Relax and Renew Yoga and Slo Flo Yoga all mixed in with some stress management workshops.  Whew!  By May we should all be as relaxed as that bag of old elastic from great-grandma’s sewing box!

February, the month for lovers, does offer a few other entertainments. Superbowl Sunday, the 2nd, will undoubtedly spawn a goodly number of Watch Parties, during which we can all keep track of Punxatawny Phil’s predictions. On the 3rd  and the 24th  the Lego Club ( for kiddies ages 5 – 9) meets at the Tunkhannock Library.  On the 5th, Wyoming County Reads begins at the Dietrich Theater and continues on Wednesdays through March 4th.  This session will be a discussion of Ian McEwin’s book “Atonement” and the accompanying movie will show on February 12.

Feb. 8 brings Terrarium Workshops at Creekside Gardens (through Feb. 9).  Jeff Mitchell presents a talk on Hiking the Natural Beauty of NEPA at the Dietrich.  Chippy White Table on Tioga Street will host ‘Galentines’ Day and the Tunkhannock Library will celebrate Donor Appreciation Day.

Valentines Day!  Why not go for a special night at Shadowbrook and attend their Murder Mystery Dinner or to the Laugh and Love Comedy at Stonehedge. Mercantile 22 will be hosting a wine and cider tasting from 3 to 7pm  on Tioga Street.   The Dietrich will present a Health Transformation Workshop on Feb. 15 (we’ll need it after all that wine and chocolate!).  The Food Pantry will be open at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Feb. 17, Presidents Day; then on the 21st, the Dietrich’s Winterfest Film Festival opens, continuing through March 12, and Flatland Ruckus will be appearing at Kelly’s Creekside Inn.  And last, but not least, Shadowbrook will host a Beerfest on Feb. 22 and there will be a free showing of the film “On Chesil Beach” at the Dietrich on the 26th. We’d all better keep relaxing with all that Yoga for the last February week because this is a Leap Year, so we can’t get to March and April for an extra 24 hours!

Now March is the month where we can all switch from wine tasting to beer drinking, thanks to St. Patrick and his celebratory day.  There are, however, some otherwise entertaining events to consider.  The kiddies Lego Club meets on Mar. 2 and 23 at the Tunkhannock Library.  There will be a Nutritional Workshop at Levin Chiropractic on Mar. 3, and the Dietrich will hold its Winterfest Discussion session on the 13th.  Loch’s Maple is having an Open House on the 21st and 22nd – a lovely time to sample some wonderful local maple products.  Open Mic night at the Dietrich is on March 27, with Magician Tony Leoni providing some extra fun.

In honor of  St.Patty’s Day, the Dietrich will be presenting Leprechaun Lore with Hal Pratt on the 14th and the film “The Quiet Man” on the 18th.  Back to Kelly’s will perform at Kelly’s Creekside Inn on the 7th and 8th, and lest we forget:  Daylight Savings Time begins on March 8, and the Spring Equinox occurs on the 19th.  There is hope for us all!

April Fool’s Day is for pranksters, but on April 2, the Dietrich Theater holds the Spring Film Festival preview.  Then there’s more Yoga until April 7, when just to shake things up a bit, Flatland Ruckus will hold forth at Kelly’s Creekside Inn.  In between we will see Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and the start of Passover.  On the 16th, the Dietrich will present the Tom Knight Puppet Show and on the 17th, the Spring Film Fest begins, running through the end of the month.  On April 18th, in honor of Earth Day (April 22) there will be a free showing of Rachel Carson’s “Voice of Nature” presented at the Dietrich by the PA Parks and Forest Foundation.  This will include a panel discussion and a Q & A session following the movie.  On the 19th, the artists’ reception for the exhibition Arts in Nature will be from 2 – 4 pm at the Dietrich.  Leave a little early to attend the Northern Tier Symphony’s concert at 3 pm at Tunkhannock Middle School.  Another Food Pantry day at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on the 20th, and we can celebrate the first day of Ramadan by attending Open Mic night at the Dietrich – this time with guests the Binner Band. Finally, let us all hope that April brings us a truly springlike month so that we can get out in those gardens and DIG!


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About the author:

Alice Strauss is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and a member of the Kitson Arts Alliance.  Her book, “What if Ants Wore Orange Pants?” is currently available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, at the Kitson Gallery in Tunkhannock, or by contacting her on Facebook at Alice J Strauss, Author.

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