Newsletter 1/22/19 – Topics and Guests

Schenectady Today
In & Around the Capital Region

Now in our 21st Year!

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 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.

January 22, 2019 – Show #1068

Segment ONE

Babylon Line at Sch’dy Civic Players

Christopher Foster, Director

Cristine Loffredo ”Frieda”

Cori Irwin “Joan”

            The 3rd Mainstage Production of our 91st season!

            1967 — Aaron Port, a 38-year-old writer from Greenwich Village, commutes to Levittown, Long Island, to teach an adult-education creative writing class. In this straight-laced community he finds anything but the cookie-cutter lives he expected. As his students discover the power storytelling has to transform their lives, one special student reawakens him to his own artistic impulses. This class may bring them something that neither quite expects.   

  • Organization: Schenectady Civic Players
  • Event: The Babylon LIne
  • Location of event: Schenectady Civic Playhouse in Sch’dy Stockade
  • Date/Time: Jan 25 to Feb 3 — Jan 25-27, 30-31 & Feb 1-3, 2019 @ Fri/Sat: 8pm, Sun: 2:30pm, Wed/Thus: 7:30pm
  • Cost: $20
  • Facebook: “Schenectady Civic Players”
  • Website:

Segment TWO

Word Play!

Kate Dudding, Storyteller – Story Circle at Proctors

            Sometimes you can’t continue on — you just have to start over. Come hear stories of how people dealt with, coped, and/or survived starting over, told by: Atharv Agashe, Claire Beetlestone, Kate Dudding, Margaret French, Varun Mondaiyka, Eliud Nieves, Claire Nolan and Nancy Marie Payne

  • Organization: Story Circle at Proctors
  • Mission: At every Story Circle show, superb performers tell rarely heard contemporary and traditional stories celebrating the human spirit. You will find that these shows are shared experiences between the audience and the performer, combining the intensity of a solo performance with the intimacy of a face-to-face conversation. Over 2,600 people have enjoyed our shows at Proctors
  • Event: Word Play: Stating Over
  • Location of event: Hearst Education Center, Proctors, Schenectady
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 pm
  • Cost: $12, $8 per person for groups of 8 or more
  • Contact Information: 518-383-4620
  • Facebook: Story Circle Productions
  • Website:

Segment THREE

Author of The Surgion’s Mate

Gerald Stulc, Author

            The book is a culmination of my personal experiences as a surgeon and a flight surgeon in the USNR medical corps, as well as my lifelong study of military and medical history. I am currently writing a sequel to the book, and am working on a creative nonfiction book, The Red Badge, a comprehensive history of military medicine from antiquity to the present.

  • Book Title: The Surgion’s Mate (Historical Novel)
  • Event: Northshire Bookstore, Book Promotion
  • Location of event: Saratoga Springs
  • Date/Time: March, 2019, date to be determined
  • Cost: 6 pm
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: “The Literary Physician”
  • Website:

Segment FOUR

Kicking off the Tax Season with CA$H Coalition

Andrea Scott, Sch’dy CA$H Coalition Chair

Tracy Randle, CA$H Coalition Program Director, United Way of GCR

            Households with income of $55,000 and below can have their taxes prepared for FREE by an IRS Certified Tax Preparer.   We are actively seeking volunteers for the program. Training is free. You can visit or email: for more details.

  • Organization: Creating Assets Savings and Hope (CA$H) Coalition
  • Mission: To help individuals and families keep their hard earned money
  • Event: Free Tax Preparation
  • Location of event: Various Locations throughout the Greater Capital Region
  • Date/Time: January-April 2019
  • Cost: FREE
  • Facebook: CASH Coalition of the Greater Capital Region
  • Website:

Segment FIVE

A Walk in the Woods at Hubbard Hall

David Andrew Snider, Executive and Artistic Producer

            A Walk in the Woods by Lee Blessing. Two men, one American and one Soviet, take a series of walks in the woods over the course of a year and struggle to save the world from certain annihilation. Based on a real incident, this compelling and topical play resonates in fresh ways today, as we watch two intelligent and caring politicians lean into the careful craft of true diplomacy and try to save the world

            Directed by Kirk Jackson and stars Robert Zukerman & David Snider

  • Organization: Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education
  • Mission: Hubbard Hall makes art and community happen.  We gather people from all walks of life to create, learn and grow together, while presenting, producing and developing world-class art and artists.  We do this in order to enrich lives – and the life of our community. 
  • Event: A Walk in the Woods
  • Location of event: Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education – Cambridge, NY
  • Date/Time: Jan 25-Feb 3 – Fridays-Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays-Sundays at 2 pm (7:30 pm and 2 pm)
  • Cost: $25 General, $10 Students 21 and Under
  • Facebook: Yes – Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education
  • Twitter: @thedavidsnider
  • Instagram: @hubbard.hall
  • Website:

Segment SIX

Save the Pine Bush

Lynne Jackson, Volunteer

          Our February Dinner will have a speaker regarding the proposed Sheridan Hollow gas-fired power plant.

          At the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 85 Chestnut Street, Albany, NY (people with cars can park in the lot near the door). All-you-can-eat lasagna dinner, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, salad, garlic bread and delicious desserts. Only $12 for adults, $6 for students, and $2 for children. People who make reservations are served first. For reservations (not required), please email

            Lynne Jackson is a volunteer with Save the Pine Bush.  For forty years, Save the Pine Bush has been using litigation and education to work to protect the globally rare Pine Bush ecosystem, located between Albany and Schenectady.

  • Organization: Save the Pine Bush
  • Mission: Save the Pine Bush uses litigation and education to work to protect the Pine Bush, the rare Pine Barrens ecosystem located between Albany and Schenectady.
  • Event: Vegetarian/vegan Lasagna Dinner
  • Location of event: 85 Chestnut Street, Albany, NY 12210
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 6:00 PM
  • Cost: $12 for adults, $6 students, $2 children
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook:  Save the Pine Bush
  • Website:

Upcoming Shows            

January 29, 2019 Show #1069

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Albany Civic Theater’s 4000 miles (Event Feb 1 to Feb 17)

            Barbara Davis, Director

            Guests TBA

Confucius Center at SUNYA

            Youqin Huang, Executive Director.

Frog Alley Brewing

            J.T. Pollard, Owner

Octavo Singers Event

            Janice Walz, Singer

Public Relations

            Lisbeth Calandrino, Strategic Business Planner

A Thousand Moms “Healing the Brain: Stress, Trauma & LGBTQ Youth”

            Dave Balog, Author

February 5, 2019 Show #1070

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Girl Scouts NENY – The Cookies are Coming!

            Mary Buszuwski, Director

            Other guests TBA

miSci – Butterfly House is Coming!

            Guests TBA

Schenectady Civic Players — Boston Marriage (Event 2/10)

            Evan Jones, Director 

            Laura Graver, Actor

            Angelique Powel, Actor

Proctors Historical or other topic

            Janice Walz

Writer’s Institute – Creative Life Series with Susan Orlean (Event Mar 1)

            Kim Engel, Assoc. Dir. U Albany Performing Arts Center

            Paul Grondahl, Director, NYS Writers Institute

February 12, 2019 Show #1071

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Cash Coalition

            Tracy Randle

            Robert Zazacyki

Conversation with

            Ron Suriano

Electric City Chorus – Valentine’s Day Special

            Dave Iovenello

            Guests TBA

            Others To Be Named

Other segments in process

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