Newsletter 082719 Topics & Guests on TV Show

 Schenectady / Capital Region Today

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August 27, 2019 – Show #1099

Segments ONE & TWO

The Annual Carrot Festival

Hilary Fink, Festival Chair; Madison VanDenburg, Performer/American Idol 3rd Place; Jessica Shea (and “friends”), Owner – Reptile Adventures

            A fall festival featuring:  vendors and crafters, food, carrot cake (of course!), a community service tent, fresh produce for sale, an extensive children’s area (including a touch-a-truck-and-more area), a pet adoption clinic, and live entertainment throughout the day featuring an afternoon concert by The Refrigerators and a performance by 2019 American Idol runner-up Madison VanDenburg.  Madison has a new release, What Am I Looking For” coming out on August 30th.

  • Organization: Congregation  Agudat Achim
  • Event:  41st Carrot Festival
  • Location of event: 2117 Union Street (Agudat Achim lawn)
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Sept 8
  • Cost: Free Event
  • Contact Information: 10 am to 4:30 pm
  • Facebook: “Carrot Festival” “Reptile Adventure” “Madison VanDenburgh”
  • Website:

Segment THREE

Funk n’ JazzFest Coming Up!

Jason Lecuyer, Schenectady County Dir, of Special Events & Amy Sonder, Promotions Coordinator (DSIC)

            Schenectady County Funk n’ Jazz Festival is a FREE family friendly music event featuring regional and local musical acts influence by funk and/or jazz.
            Enjoy a day or live music, food, drinks, craft vendors along with pop up art demos and kids activities.
            Regional funk and jazz acts will perform on the WEQX Main Stage including Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes, Bryan Brundige and his Piggly Wigglies, Hanzolo, and our headliner Jocamo. Local jazz combos from area colleges and high schools will perform on our Second Stage.

  • Organization: Schenectady County & Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation
  • Event: Funk n’ Jazzfest
  • Location of event: Gateway Plaza Park in Schenectady (near SUNY Schenectady)
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Sept 21 from 1 – 8 pm
  • Cost: free event
  • Contact Information: see website
  • Facebook:  “Schenectady County”
  • Website:

Segment FOUR

Little Italy Street Festival

Doreen Ditoro, Co-Chair and Roe Angerami, Co-Chair

            The 14th Annual Street Fest will be held on September 7, 2019. Italian music on the South Stage, featuring Linda Ezzo Jones, Ed Clifford and TS Ensemble. Appearing on the Main Stage will be Grand Central Station, Happy Daze and 2096 and DJ Eddie all day. 

            Kids rides, free animal balloons and kids game, sponsored by Rossi & Ditoro Funeral Home. 

            Great Italian food, by Babcia’s Kitchen, Civitello’s, Cornell’s, Hunter’s on Jay, More Perreca’s and Perreca’s.  Doreen Ditoro is from Rossi and Ditoro Funeral Home and Roie Angerami is from Civitello’s Italian Pastry Shoppe

  • Organization: Little Italy Business Association
  • Mission: To Promote Italian Heritage
  • Event: 14th Annual Little Italy Street Festival
  • Location of event: North Jay Street between Union and South Ave.
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Sept 7 from noon to 9 pm
  • Cost: Free Street Event
  • Facebook: “Annual Little Italy StreetFest”
  • Website:

Segment FIVE

Schenectady Job Fair

Peter Jones, Event Coordinator & Sarah Rose Dill

            Over 40 area employers, resume! Critique, wellness and professional development workshops designed to help you build your network and land that “perfect” job.

          Saratoga Job Fair will be held on Wed. Oct 16 Saratoga Center City from 10 to 4 pm

  • Organization: Capital Job Development Group
  • Mission: Helping employers find employees and vice versa
  • Event: Schenectady Job Fair
  • Location of event: Proctors
  • Date/Time: Wednesday Sept 4
  • Cost: Free event for job seekers
  • Facebook: “Capital Job Development Group”
  • Website: or

Segment SIX

A Place for Jazz – Concert Series

Tim Coakley, Event Organizer

          Continuing series started in 1987 by Butch Conn, with the goal of presenting the best jazz performers in an acoustically superior, relaxed setting. Guest musicians have always praised the venue for its sound, and for the attentive audiences. 

          Tim Coakley has been doing the Tim Coakley Jazz Radio Show on WAMC since 1987. You can hear him at 11 pm on Saturday nights.

  • Organization: A Place for Jazz
  • Mission: We present five jazz concerts each fall
  • Event: Fall Concert Series
  • Location of event: Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady, 1221 Wendell Ave.
  • Date/Time: Sept. 6, Sept. 20,  Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 1 at 7:30 pm
  • Cost: $20 adults; students half price
  • Facebook: “A Place for Jazz”
  • Website:

Upcoming Shows           

September 3, 2019 Show #1100

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Albany Civic Theater “The Heiress” (Event Opens Sept 6)

               Evan Jones, Heiress Director       

               Ron Weber “Dr. Austin Sloper”

               Susan Dantz “Lavinia Penniman”

American Italian Heritage Museum

               Prof Philip DiNovo, Director

Animal Protective Foundation “Bark & Brew (Event

               Nancy Benz, senior Director of Development

               Alyssa Nealon, Development Associate

Lustgarten Foundation – Pancreatic Research Walk “Sweet Sixteenth” (Event Sept 15)

               Neil Piper, Organizer

               Shari Piper, Organizer

Schenectady Schools – Athletic Hall of Fame

               Bob Pezzano, Organizer

               Willie Deane, 2019 SCSD-HOF Inductee

               Mike Petrolle, Nephew of 2019 SCSD-HOF Inductee Billy Petrolle (deceased)

               Don Blaha – Member undefeated 1959 Mt Pleasant HS Track & Field Team also SCSD HOF Member

Sunnyview Hospital Auxiliary Fundraiser – Fashion Show (Event Sept 16)

               Loretta Moore, President

               Judy Nocera, Sunnyview Auxiliary Board Member

               Michael O’Hara, Executive Director Sunnyview Hospital Foundation

September 10, 2019 Show #1101

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Beekman Boys – Sharon Springs 10th Annual Harvest Festival (Event Sept 14-15)

               Alan Edstrom, Events Manager

Empire State Aerosciences Museum

               Kevin Millington, Board Member

               Additional Guests?

Habitat for Humanity – Build a Bash (Event 9/26)

               Madelyn Thorne, Executive Director

               Additional Guests?

Jan’s Wanderings – Topic TBA

               Janice Walz

Schenectady Light Opera “The Addams Family (Sept 20-29)

               Guests TBA

               James Alexander, Director

Story Circle at Proctors – Fall Season

               Kate Dudding, Storyteller

September 17, 2019 Show #1102

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

National Ballroom Dance Week Event at Colonie center (Event Sept 25)

               On Air Guests?

Out of Darkness Walk – American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (Event Sept 28)

               Nichele Darby

               Additional Guests?

Schenectady County Historical Society’s Farm to Fork – (Event Oct 5)

               Mary Zawacki, Executive Director

               Additional Guests?

Stockade Walk-About – (Event Sept 28)

               Sylvie Briber

               Additional Guests?

Treatie Beatie Cakes

               Evelyn Keplinger, Creator or Cakes

Capital District Women’s Employment & Resource Center (WERC) – (Event Oct 1)

               Elizabeth Miller- Guthier, Executive Director

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