Newsletter 10/31/17 Guests/Topics on Sch’dy Today

Schenectady Today

In & Around the Capital Region

Now In Our 20th 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 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.

October 31, 2017 #1006

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 ~~~

Dead Man’s Cell Phone at ACT

Katie Weinberg, Director

Alex Perone, Ellen Cribbs, Terri Storti, Actors

            The odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.

  • Organization: Albany Civic Theater
  • Mission: It is the intent of Albany Civic Theater to provide education and training in acting, directing, writing, speech, staging, producing, reviewing, and other aspects of the dramatic arts. We aim to encourage and foster community interest and participation in the dramatic arts through the non-profit sponsorship of plays, lectures, publications, workshops, study groups, drama libraries and related activities.
  • Event: Dead Man’s Cell Phone
  • Location of event: Albany Civic Theater, 235 Second Avenue, Albany, NY 12209
  • Date/Time: Nov 3-19Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 3:00pm
  • Cost: $18, $10 for students
  • Contact Information: or 518-462-1297
  • Facebook: Yes. “AlbanyCivicTheaterNY”
  • Instagram: @albanycivic
  • Twitter: @albanycivic
  • Website:

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

Schenectady Inner City Ministries

Rev. Phil Grigsby, Director

Laurie Bacheldor, Development Director

***Information obtained from website***

  • Organization: Sch’dy Inner City Ministries
  • Event: Harvest for the Pantry
  • Location of event: First Reformed Church of Scotia, 224 North Ballston
  • Date/Time: Sunday Nov 5 from 4-7 pm
  • Cost: $30 pp
  • Website:

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

100 Women Who Care – Albany

Jeri Bosman, Co-Founder

Eileen Howe Bird, Member and Director of To Life

            100 Women Who Care Albany (100WWC Albany) is a group of women committed to impact giving and learning about Capital District charitable non-profits.  Members make four, $100 donations throughout the year with checks made out directly to the selected charity. Collectively the money can make a significant impact on a local 501(c) (3) organization. 100WWC Albany meetings are efficient; meetings last one hour on the second Thursday of February, May, August and November. Members nominate charities, three are chosen in a drawing, the nominating member gives a brief presentation about her organization, a vote is taken and the checks are written to the selected charity.

  • Organization: 100 Women Who Care Albany
  • Mission: 100WWCAlbany’s goal is to make an impact as women join together to support the projects of local charities through funding, exposure and awareness.
  • Event: 100 Women Who Care Albany
  • Location of event: Fellowship Hall, Delmar Reformed Church, 386 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY 12054
  • Date/Time: Next meeting Thursday, Nov 9, 2017
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: Yes “100 Women Who Care Albany”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FOUR ~~~

Dare to Dream Event

Julia Duff, Case Manager

            Our 5th Annual Dare to Dream with SBANENY fundraiser is taking place on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Wolfert’s Roost Country Club in Albany. This is our major fundraiser and promises to be a fun filled evening featuring cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, unique live and silent auction items and live musical entertainment by Fresh. New this year, dancers and instructors from Roll Call Wheelchair Dance are traveling from Pearl River, NY to perform different styles of partner dance for our guests in attendance. In addition, they are facilitating SBANENY’s first Adaptive Dance Workshop the following morning at the Albany, YMCA. The Adaptive Dance Workshop is a fun and interactive opportunity for consumers to gain experience learning and practicing different styles of adaptive partner dance. We have also invited dance studio instructors and dancers in the Capital District to attend as partners to raise awareness locally.

  • Organization: Spina Bifida Association of Northeastern New York (SBANENY)
  • Mission: SBANENY’s mission is to promote the prevention of Spina Bifida and to enhance the lives of all affected. Our purpose is to SHARE: Support, Health & wellness, Advocacy, Respect & dignity, and Empowerment. SBANENY provides support services including information, referral, education, advocacy, and programming to individuals of all ages living with Spina Bifida, their families and providers.
  • Event: Dare to Dream with SBANENY and the Adaptive Dance Workshop
  • Location of event: Wolfert’s Roost Country Club / Albany YMCA
  • Date/Time: Saturday, November 18 2017 and Sunday November 19, 2017 — 6:00pm-10:00pm and 10:30am-1:30pm
  • Cost: Dare to Dream is $50 entry for the general public and $35 for consumers of SBANENY. Adaptive Dance Workshop is being provided for free to individuals and families living with Spina Bifida.
  • Contact Information: 518-399-9151 –
  • Facebook: Yes “SBANENY”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FIVE ~~~

The Movie “Darcy”

Jon Russell Cring, Filmmaker (Co-Director)

***Information obtained from promo***  

Lead Actress Gus Birney (DARCY), lead actor Johnathan Tchaikovsky (LUKE), AND brilliant supporting character actor Ray Faiola (PETE THE CREEP) will be joining Executive Producers Stephanie Dillon, Niko Meissner, as well as Co-writers Jon Russell Cring (Co-director) and Tracy Nicole Cring (Director of Photography and Editor).  This film was formerly titled “This is Nowhere”. World premier was held on Oct 24 at the Minneapolis Showcase Icon.

~~~ Segment SIX~~~

Author  “It Happened in Schenectqady” & other books

Mario Farina

Mario Farina, local author will discuss his many books.


November 7, 2017 #1007

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Concerned for the Hungry – November Event

Peter Jones, Organizer

Museum of Political Corruption “Nellie Bly Award” (Event Nov 16)

  •             Bruce Roter

Recycling and Composting Educator – (Event Nov 11)

  •             Angelina Peone

Science Festival at miSci (Event Nov 7-12)

  •             Roshni Bhambhwani
  •             Tara Burnahm
  •             Others ?

SLOC – West Side Story (Event Nov 10-19)

  •             Susan Rayome, Director
  •             Amy Clark, Co-Producer
  •             Michael Lotano, Music Director
  •             Nick Contois “Tony” – performing
  •             Claire Flynn “Maria” – performing

Story Circle at Proctors –Tellabration (Event Nov 12)

  •             Kate Dudding, Storyteller

November 14, 2017 #1008

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Capital Repertory Theatre “She Loves Me” (Event 11/24 to 12/24)

  •             Maggie Mancinelli Cahill, Artistic Director

Holiday Lights – Albany PAL

  •             Lenny Ricchiuti

Center for Women in Gov’t & Civil Society – Fellowship

  •             Dr. Dina Refki, D.A., Executive Director

Sch’dy Saratoga Jr. League Holiday House Tour

  •             Denise McGraw

Troy Turkey Trot

  •             George Regan, Event Director

Waterford Museum (Concert Event Dec 2)

  •             Anastasia Garceau, Interim Director
  •            Mike Dack, Trustee

November 21, 2017 #1009

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

11th Annual Festival of Trees (Event 12/3 > Dec 23)

  •             Jo-Anne Rafalik
  •             OthersTBA

Conversation with:

  •             Ray Bleser, Owner Northeast Jewelry

JJ Lussier Everly Brothers Tribute Performers

  •             John Lussier
  •             Jared Lussier

Proctors Historical Committee

  •             Janice Walz, Committee Member

Schenectady Day Nursery Wonderful Night Holiday Event (Event Dec 7)

  •             Representatives TBA

Upper Union Street Tree Lighting (Event Date ?)

  •             Representatives TBA
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