8/22/17 — Guests and Topics on Schenectady Today

Schenectady Today

In & Around the Capital Region

Guest Line Up for the next four weeks of filming. (May be subject to change)


Below you will find listings for our interesting on-air guests for the next four weeks.  Check out the lists below for our great variety of topics.  We start filming at 10 am at Proctors Underground on Tuesday. A live audience is always welcome and there are plenty of seats. You can meet the guests in person and learn more about their projects or even get involved yourself.

August 22, 2017 #996

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

(Listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Information below has been provided by the Guests or from their websites

~~~ Segment ONE ~~~

Mabee Farm Arts & Crafts Festival

Mary Zawacki, Executive Director

            We’re bringing together the very best of the Capital Region’s handcrafted goods! Join us as over 65 artists and crafters fill Mabee Farm with beautiful and eclectic handcrafted items including jewelry, soap, pottery, candles, mead, maple, wine, textiles, and more! All items are handmade here in our region.

Also on site are blacksmithing and woodworking demos, art and historic exhibits, nature trails, and tours of the 1705 Mabee farm house & 1760s Dutch Barn.           

  • Mission: The Schenectady County Historical Society shares stories, inspires dialogue, and encourages understanding of the history, people, and cultures of Schenectady County
  • Organization: Schenectady Historical Society
  • Event: Arts & Crafts Festival
  • Location of event: Mabee Farm, Rotterdam Junction
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Aug 26 from 10 am to 3 pm
  • Cost: Admission to this event is $5.00.
  • Instagram: @SchenectadyHistorical
  • Website: www.Schenectadyhisorical.org/festival

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

Family and Child Service of Schenectady

Bob VanZetta, LCSW, Executive Director


Family & Child Service of Schenectady, Inc. was established in 1930 as the initiation project for the Junior League of Saratoga and Schenectady Counties and along term partner with the United Way. We are a small private nonprofit specializing in providing personalized in-home and community based care; Case Management Services for individuals with developmental disabilities; Family Support Services to individuals and family’s supporting individuals with developmental disabilities; Employment Services for Individuals with developmental disabilities; Homemaker services to frail elderly and those unable to manage the hygiene of their home, providing housekeeping services and nutritional support to those we serve.

Traditional Counseling Services to those in need of counseling support.

  • Organization: Family and Child Service of Schenectady Inc.
  •  Vision Statement: “A community where everyone has the opportunity to live as independently as possible with dignity and respect.
  • Mission Statement: “We enrich the lives of vulnerable individuals and their families-including the elderly and those with disabilities by providing highly personalized in-home and community based services.”
  • Location: 246 Union Street, Sch’dy 12306
  • Contact Information: 518-393-1369
  • Website: www.FamilyAndChildService.com

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

Fall/Back to School at the Schenectady JCC

Marc Weintraub, Executive Director

            The Robert and Dorothy Ludwig JCC of Schenectady on the Golub Family Campus has been in existence for more than 90 years. The mission is to build a vibrant, welcoming and inclusive community that embraces Jewish values, culture, identity and connections to Israel, engages the local community, and enhances the body, mind and spirit of members. SJCC is the largest Silver Sneakers provider in Schenectady County.

            It’s back to school time at Schenectady JCC! Our Early Childhood Education programs are in full swing.  ECE offers a bridge between home and school.  Spaces are available for preschool and in the toddler playgroup on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

            After school with Schenectady JCC offers quality care for elementary school-aged children in a safe, supportive environment, either at Schenectady JCC (A.S.E.P.) or at any of the five Niskayuna Elementary Schools (Kid’s Time).  We continue to partner with Living Resources and Niskayuna Central School District to offer inclusive services at all of our programs.  Also, keep an eye out for Fit Kids, special small group programs that feature a personal trainer and focuses on physical fitness and healthy living for kids.

We’ll be celebrating the Jewish Holidays (Rosh Hashanah, Sept. 20 and 21; Yom Kippur, Sept. 30; Sukkot, starting Oct. 4; Simchat Torah, Oct. 11) with the return of our Apple and Honey Festival (Sept. 17) which includes a vendor and craft fair; an apple/honey tasting; crafts; face painting; pony rides; and  a fun-run/obstacle course.

The Schenectady JCC Jewish Film Festival is back!  Starting October 7 and through spring — eight award-winning films representing every genre are coupled with special local presenters for post-film discussions. New this year – two showings of each film!

  • Organization: Schenectady Jewish Community Center
  • Event: Fall/Back to School at the Schenectady JCC
  • Location of event: 2565 Balltown Road, Niskayuna, 12309
  • Contact Information: 518-377-8803
  • Facebook: Yes “SchenectadyJCC”
  • Website: www.SchenectadyJCC.org

~~~ Segment FOUR ~~~

Albany Poets

Mary Panza, Vice President

            Their mission is to promote poetry and the spoken word.  From their website: Albany Poets is a local organization whose goal is to promote the poets and poetry of Upstate New York. Albany Poets hosts open mics, poetry readings, slams, music and spoken word events, and the annual Albany Word Fest to increase participation and attendance in the local arts community. Albany Poets’ website, www.albanypoets.com, is the most comprehensive resource in Northeast for news and events listings for poetry and spoken word. Albany Poets also publishes a free quarterly literary zine, OTHER: which showcases poetry, fiction, art, and more from not just the Albany area, but all over the country.

Albany Poets mission is to give everyone the platform to share their poetry with the world. Whether it is at an open mic, on a website, or in print, Albany Poets strives to integrate poetry and spoken word into the Capital Region.

~~~ Segment FIVE ~~~

A Talk with Carla Page

Carla Page, Area Personality

            To recognize and honor Carla Page for her many years of loving and selfless service to our community and the upstate New York capital district region.  My many years of hosting and producing the Carla Page Show, which aired on channel 16 Access television from 1978 to the present, had a great impact in a positive way with all diverse cultures and ages groups. In addition, the show is known for its excellent renowned guests and topics that had an effective impact on our community. There will be a 50/60/70’s band providing musical entertainment at the event.

  • Organizations: The Hughes Williams Helping Hands Committee and Hamilton Hill Neighborhood Association
  • Event: Luncheon in Recognition of Carla Pages Outstanding Contribution to the Community
  • Location of event: Ancient Order of the Hibernians Hall at 1748 State St. Sch’dy
  • Date/Time:  Sat. Sept 16 from 1-4 pm
  • Cost: $25 pp (only 150 tickets available) 
  • Contact Information: For more information on the tickets, please contact either Christine Palmer – (518) 346-1816 or Marva Isaacs at (518) 728-8419


August 29, 2017 #997

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

A Place for Jazz – Concert Series (Sept 8, 22 & Oct 6, 20 & Nov 3)

  •             Tim Coakley, Organizer

B Designs – Home Décor/ Design

  •             Maria Bortugno

Little Italy Street Fest (Event Sept 9)

  •             Doreen Ditoro, Rossi & Ditoro Funeral Home
  •             Roie Angerami, Civitello’s Pastry

Schenectady East Rotary Event at Mabee Farm Historic Site (Event Sept 3)

  •             Jean Barnoski

Schenectady Job Fair (Event Sept 6)

  •             Peter Jones

Scottish Games at Altamont Fairgrounds

  •             Bill Munro

Sept 5, 2017 #998

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Carrot Festival (Event Sept 10)

  •             Guests TBA

Proctors Historical Committee – Another Bit of History

  •             Janice Walz, Committee Member

Sand Lake Historical Society – “Who Killed Hazel Drew”

  •             Joan Fuess

Schuyler Mansion & Crailo State Historic Sites

  •             Heidi Hill, Manager

Upper Union Street Event – 5 K Run

  •             Guests TBA
  •             Gregg Kelly or Joe DeFilippo (need email addresses)

Women’s Employment and Resource Center

  •             Beth Miller, Executive Director
  •              Patricia Blais, Marketing Consultant & WERC Board Vice Chair

Sept 12, 2017 #999

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Capital Repertory Theatre – “Sex with Strangers”

  •             Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, Artistic Director
  •             Other guests TBA

Habitat for Humanity’s Build A Bash (Event Sept 28)

  •             Madelyn Thorne, Executive Director

Schenectady Historical Society “Farm to Fork” (Event Sept 16)

  •             Mary Zawacki, Executive Director

SLOC’s “Cabaret” – (Event Sept 22 to Oct 1)

  •             Peter Caracappa, Director
  •             Other Guests TBA

Story Circle – Season Debut at Proctors and Glen Sanders

  •             Kate Dudding, Storyteller

Walk for R.I.T.A. – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – (Event Sept 24)

  •             Laura Marx, Area Director, Capital Region, S. Central NY Chapters


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