June 18 Sch’dy Today Topics/Guests

 Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region

Now in our 21st Year!


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 in THE ADDY THEATRE 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.

June 18, 2019 – Show #1089

Segment ONE

Uncharted Wild

Adam Bornt. Wildlife Expert and “Friends”

  • Organization: Uncharted Wild LLC
  • Mission: Educate the public about exotic animals including arachnids, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, and insects. Teach respect, not fear, and that all animals serve a purpose in nature and are cool! Not scary.
  • Contact Information: 518-728-5431 or email alb5270@gmail.com
  • Facebook: Yes “Uncharted Wild”
  • Instagram: @unchartedwild
  • Website: none provided

Segment TWO

Appollo 11 – 50th Anniversary

Valerie Rapson PhD, Chief Astronomer, Dudley Observatory

Dr. Rapson will be discussing the Appollo 11 – 50th Anniversary and Lunar Engagement Day on July 20

  • Organization: Dudley Observatory at miSci
  • Events: Apollo 11 Anniversary events: July 16-24 and Lunar Engagement on July 20
  • Location of event: misci on Nott Terrace Heights, Sch’dy
  • Contact Information: 518-382-7890
  • Facebook: Yes “misciny” & “DudleyObs”
  • Twitter: @misciNY
  • Instagram: @misci_ny
  • Website: www.misci.org

Segment THREE

Opera Saratoga Premiere

Ricky Ian Gordon, Composer/Ellen West & Jennifer Zetlan, Soprano

            Balancing tradition with innovation, the second production of the season will be the World Premiere of Ellen West. Through the evocative poetry of Pulitzer Prize winner Frank Bidart and the beautiful music of Ricky Ian Gordon, this co-commission and co-production between Opera Saratoga and Beth Morrison Projects explores the emotional, psychological and physical challenges of a woman struggling with perceptions of her body, her relationship with food, and the world closing in around her. Inspired by one of the earliest cases of existential analysis, the opera brings the audience into the lives of psychiatrist Ludwig Binswanger and his patient, “Ellen West.” Throughout her life, Ellen filled journals and wrote poetry. Frank Bidart’s poem, which serves as the primary source for the opera’s libretto, juxtaposes the clinical observations of Binswanger with fictitious entries of Ellen’s writing, which shine light on her deeply personal struggles. This tour de force chamber opera stars soprano Jennifer Zetlan in her Opera Saratoga debut as Ellen, alongside baritone Keith Phares (Le nozze di Figaro, 2016) as her doctor. The world premiere production is directed by Emma Griffin, also in her Opera Saratoga debut, with Lidiya Yankovskaya (Zémire et Azor, 2016) at the podium. 

  • Organization: Opera Saratoga
  • Mission: Opera Saratoga serves the communities of Saratoga Springs, the Lower Adirondack and New York State Capital areas by providing access to world-class opera through the production of an annual Summer Festival, as well as year-round activities including extensive educational programs, mentorship of emerging operatic artists, and unique opportunities for the public to experience opera in both our home theater and non-traditional venues that leverage and embrace the unique cultural, historic, and natural resources of the area.
  • Event: Opera Saratoga Season – Ellen West Premiere
  • Location of event: Spa Little Theater – Saratoga
  • Date/Time: June 30 at 2 pm
  • Cost: Various – go to website
  • Contact Information: 518.584.6018
  • Facebook: Yes “OperaSaratoga”
  • Twitter: @OperaSaratoga
  • Website: www.OperaSaragoga.org

Segment FOUR

An Evening on the Lake

              Don Mullin, CEO & Lisa Anderson, Dir. Family Supports & Self-Direction

            An Evening on the Lake is the Arc of Rensselaer County’s largest fundraising event of the year.  Live and Silent auctions, raffles, gift card, and wine pulls.  All items are donated by the surrounding community businesses and friends of the Arc.  The event is held at the Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake in Averill Park, NY. From 6-9 pm.   Elegant appetizers and dessert, cash bar available.  Our Honorary Chair for the evening is Keith D. Algozzine, PA – C

          Keith Algozzine is a board certified Physician Assistant and co-founder and CEO of United Concierge Medicine and Management (UCM) as well as their CEO.  Also Lydia Kulbida from WTEN will be our MC for the night.  Ralph F. Passonno Jr., CAI, AARE, GRI, President of Uncle Sam AUCTIONS.com Inc. will be our Auctioneer for the evening.

  • Organization: The Arc of Rensselaer County
  • Mission: The purpose of this event is to raise funds to help offset the cost of services we provide as an agency.  This year all net profits from this event and all others in this calendar year will be given to our Direct Support Professionals as a lump sum payment.  Due to government-set rates, our Direct Support Professionals do not make a living wage, many less than a fast food employee.  Currently, we are in a staffing shortage because people cannot afford to work for us.  Without adequate staffing, we cannot provide the necessary support to people.    
  • Event: An Evening at the Lake
  • Location of event: The Old Daley on Crooked Lake
  • Date/Time: June 26 from 6 to 9 pm
  • Cost: $75.00/$100.00 at the door
  • Contact Information: Lisa Romeo-Mullin/Development Office at lromeo-mullin@renarc.org
  • Facebook: Yes “The Arc of Rensselaer Count”
  • Twitter: @RenArcTroy
  • Website: www.RenArc.org

Segment FIVE

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Classic Theater Guild

Glenn Read “Big Daddy”, Janice Walz “Big Mama”, John Sagendorf, Actor

            Join us for an evening of powerful theater as we present Tennessee William’s Pulitzer Prize winning play – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.  Proudly presented by the Classic Theater Guild, a talented and veteran cast helps weave a provocative and memorable tale of family ties and lies.

            Maggie and Brick, along with other family members, gather at a Mississippi Delta plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s 65th birthday. The sultry weather is almost as oppressive as the lies and deceit that have crippled the family relationships. Brick, an alcoholic and former star athlete, is the favorite son of Big Daddy and Big Mama Pollitt.  Maggie “The Cat”, his high spirited but frustrated wife, will stop at nothing to regain her husband’s affections and prevent Brick’s brother and his wife from taking control of the family fortune.

Cat On a Hot Tin Roof is the powerful, highly-charged, moving story of a neurotic, dysfunctional Southern family with its rivalries, tensions, and avarice. Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tennessee Williams. The play is directed by Peggi Perrone

  • Organization: Classic Theater Guild
  • Mission: To provide the community with plays that are familiar and classic in nature
  • Event: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
  • Location of event: Fenimore Asset Management Gallery (2nd Floor) Proctors
  • Date/Time: Thurs June 20 to Sunday, June 23 (two shows on Saturday) 7:30 evenings and 2 pm on Sat and Sunday
  • Contact: ClassicTheaterGuild@gmail.com
  • Tickets: $20 Adults and $18 Senior or Student.Available at Proctors (www.Proctors.org)
  • Website: www.ClassicTheaterGuild.com

==== Upcoming Shows =====          

June 25, 2019 Show #1090

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Capital Repertory Theatre “The Full Monty”

               Maggie Mancinelli Cahill, Artistic Director

               Additional Guests ???

Filmmaker – An Update

               Jon Russell Cring

Guilderland Band Events

               Hillary Fink

               Additional Guests ???

Iroquois Indian Museum

               Stephanie Shultes, Director

               Alicia Burnett, Marketing

Music Haven 2019 Concert Series

               Mona Golub

               Additional Guests ???

Class Afloat

               Chris Trow, Chairman, Class Afloat Foundation USA

               Dominique Dunlap, Graduate Sch’dy HS 2018 Class Afloat 2019 (Completed 9 mo)

               Nyre Brown, Graduate Sch’dy HS 2018 Class Afloat 2019

               Blessin Green, Graduate Sch’dy HS 2018, Attending Class Afloat 2019-2020

July 2, 2019 Show #1091

(Repeat of Previous show)

July 9, 2019 Show #1092

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Author/ Filmmaker


Jazz on Jay – An update

            Betsy Sandberg

            Additional Guests ???

miSci (Museum of Innovation & Science) – Topic?

            Guests to be announced

Schenectady Historical Society – CanalFest at the Mabee Farm (Event July 13)

            Mary Zawacki, Executive Director

            Michael Diana, Education Manager

Other Segments In process

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Schenectady Today

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