Newsletter 11/19/19 Topics & Guests on TV Show

  Schenectady / Capital Region Today

Now in our 22nd 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.

November19, 2019 – Show #1111

Segment ONE

Waterford Museum’s Big Event

Anastasia Garceau, Director; Dave Cerrone, The Refrigerators

Moriah Formica, “The Voice” Contestant – Singer & Artist

            The Refrigerators return for the 3rd Annual Dashin’ & Dancin’ Concert at the Cohoes Music Hall in support of the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center! This is a family-friendly, fun and festive event at the historic hall! It’s a fun night of fantastic funk and soul music with the Refrigerators, the 10-piece, horn fueled party band from the Capital Region of NY. For over 25 years, they have been one of the most sought-after bands in the Capital Region and Northeast. There’s the usual line-up of favorite songs but with a surprise this year! A special guest performance by local artist, Moriah Formica. Moriah, who at the age of 16, decided that she was ready to put her talents on the biggest stage that a teenager could dare to step on. She auditioned for NBC’s “The Voice”, leaving fans around the world (and four judges with very successful careers) awestruck. There’s no gimmick to this overnight sensation, regardless of what the critics might say. The formula is simple: show up, rock out, and leave the whole world asking, “Who was that?” We can answer that. It’s MORIAH!!!

  • Organization: Waterford Museum & Cultural Center
  • Mission: As a pivotal gateway for New York’s immigration and commerce, Waterford and its neighboring communities reflect an interrelated history of innovation, industry and ingenuity.  Using traditional and new technologies, WHMCC stirs the imagination, interest and involvement of residents and visitors alike in this unfolding local story of history and culture.
  • Event: Dashin’ & Dancin’
  • Location of event: Cohoes Music Hall
  • Date/Time: Sat. Dec. 7th  — 7pm – 10pm (doors open at 6pm)
  • Cost: $25 per ticket
  • Tickets:
  • Contact Information: 518-238-0809 /
  • Facebook: @waterfordhmcc
  • Instagram: @waterford_museum
  • Moriah’s Facebook: @MoriahFormicaMusic
  • Website The Refrigerators:
  • Website:

Segment TWO

Laughter on the 23rd Floor at Circle Theatre Players

Brian Sheldon “Max”, Executive Director & Bill Douglas “Milt”

            Based loosely on the time Neil Simon spent as a staff writer for the Sid Caesar, Laughter on the 23rd Floor is a fast-paced comedy telling a story from a time when television started its entrance into the American family. In a room full of comedy writers, anything can happen. The play, along with crisp comedic writing deals with serious topics such alcoholism, substance abuse and McCarthyism.   

  • Organization: Circle Theatre Players at Sand Lake Center for the Arts
  • Mission: To enrich community life through discovering, appreciating, and creating excellence in theatre, the performing arts and the visual arts.
  • Event: “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” by Neil Simon
  • Location of event: Sand Lake Center for the Arts in Averill Park
  • Date/Time: Dec 6-8 & Dec 12-15 — 8pm and 2:30pm (Sun)
  • Cost: $18
  • Facebook: Yes “Sand Lake Center for the Arts/Circle Theatre Players”
  • Instagram: @slca_ctp
  • Twitter: @SLCA_CTP
  • Website:

Segment THREE

Thanksgiving Day – Troy Turkey Trot

George Regan & Dr. Erin Napoleone, DPT

            Now in its 72nd year, the Troy Turkey Trot is the nation’s 12th and world’s 64th oldest road race, as well as the 11th largest Turkey Trot in the nation.  The event, which celebrates fun, family and fitness against a backdrop of some of Troy’s most historic neighborhoods, draws as many as 8,000 participants from 40 states and features a 5K, 10K, Grade School Mile and Turkey Walk, while also raising funds for the event’s two charities, Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and Joseph’s House and Shelter. For more information, visit

  • Event: 72nd Annual Troy Turkey Trot
  • Location of event: Downtown Troy
  • Date/Time: Thanksgiving Day Morning (Nov. 28)  — 8 am to 11 am
  • Cost: Varies by event
  • Website:

Segment FOUR

Children’s Books and More

Nickolas Zacharzenko “Dr. Zach” DDS, MSD, RPh

            He has published Dr. Zach’s Amazing Catskill Critters. This book explores the often overlooked and forgotten fauna of the Catskills. These animals include insects, crustaceans, spiders, amphibians and reptiles; all that are usually loathed and avoided. Most are harmless to humans, and we should at least acknowledge them and appreciate their impact on the ecosystem. We are all in this together. He has also written: Bedtime Nature Tails “Dumpy the Caterpillar          

            From the Website: Dr. Zach publishes extensively in pharmacy, dental and nature journals as well as pharmacy textbooks. You can read his articles in Pharmacy Times, Drug Topics and Kaatskill Life Magazines. He and his daughter Brigette routinely collaborate to write nature articles together. His books are available on

            His practice is at Northern Catskill Dental and he specializes as a Prosthodontist.         

            His former athletic pursuits included competitive tennis (5.0 rating) and sprinting. Due to chronic Lyme disease, his main sports today are javelin and pickleball. He is coached in both by his son, the 2010 Albany Academy valedictorian and Magna Cum Laude graduate of Brown University and Duke University School of Law.
            Dr. Zach competes in various track meets in the area. A certified Master Gardener, he tends to his beloved blueberry bushes as often as he can!

  • Mission: Nick’s two Missions: To encourage more people to get ON their duffs and start writing that novel!  AND “I have dedicated my life to educating and helping patients with their dental care. We specialize in helping people achieve healthy and beautiful smiles.”
  • Facebook: Yes “Keep Writing”
  • Website:

Segment FIVE

All STEAM Ahead – The trains at miSci

Chris Hunter, VP Archives

            Go “Full STEAM Ahead” at miSci’s annual holiday train exhibit – a nostalgic delight for train and hobby enthusiasts of all ages!

            miSci celebrates the holiday season with its annual exhibit, Model Trains in Motion: Full STEAM Ahead!, an elaborate 19′ x 27′ layout constructed by Upstate Train Associates, boasting several running O Gauge model trains. In addition to several trains running continuously, visitors can see a host of other items that have been added to the display over the years, including animated toys and various rural and industrial landscapes. The trains that load and unload their cargo of barrels, lumber, and other objects always delight visitors. Watch the trains navigate through a variety of structures or conduct a scavenger hunt for objects and sights throughout the display.

  • Organization: miSci (Museum of Innovation & Science)
  • Event: Go Full STEAM ahead!
  • Location of event: Nott Terrace Heights off Nott Terrace
  • Date/Time: open 10 am to 5 pm
  • Cost: Included with admission
  • Facebook: Yes
  • Website:

Segment SIX

Beat the Snow Concert Series

Janice Walz, Organizer – Sch’dy County Friends of the Library

  • Organization: Schenectady County Friends of the Library
  • Mission: The Mission of the Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library is to assist and support our library system in fulfilling its role as an essential institution dedicated to meeting the literacy, technology, and cultural needs of all members of our community.
  • Event: Beat the Snow Concert Series
  • Location of event:  McChesney Room at the Central Branch, Sch’dy County Public Library
  • Date/Time: Sundays at 2:30 pm — Concert series starts on Jan 5 and ends on March 29
  • Cost: Free event
  • Lineup: January 5  Bleecker Consort-Music from the Middle Ages & the Renaissance

                              January 12  Bien Baez/ Elizabeth Lehman/ Michael Clement-Opera and Operetta

                              January 19  Sophia Subbayya Vastek-Piano

                              January 26  Musicians of Ma’alwyck- Well-respected classical players

                              February 2   Donald Hyman- “Feeling Good in the 60’s”

                              February 9    BOOK SALE-NO CONCERT

                              February 16   Roseanne Hargrave/Michael Clements/Paul James Quigley-“Serenade”

                              February 23   Malcolm Kogut and the Colonie “Thunder Road” Singers-Sing-Along

                              March 1   Schenectady Light Opera Company-Musical Theater

                              March 8    Mark Tommasone – Guitar and mandolin music

                              March 15   Empire State Youth Orchestra sponsored by Young Musicians Forum

                              March 22     Douglas Chilton And Kevin Green-Jazz

                              March 29     Etude Club of Schenectady-Classical instrumental ensembles

  • Website:

Upcoming Shows

November 24, 2019 Show #1112

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Special On-Location Show

miSci’s Newest Exhibit: Insatiable – Cooking up Innovation

Galleria 1: From Hearths to Induction & Ovens to Microwaves:

The Explosion of Culinary Opportunity

Galleria 2: Extending the Menu: The storage & Shipping Phenomena

Galleria 3: Extending the Menu: An Invitation to Chef-dom!

Galleria 4: The Repeatability Factor: The Science of Cooking

Galleria 5: Food: The Culture, The Commerce & The Consequences

December 3, 2019 Show #1113

Author – Murder on Skis

            Phil Bayly

Electric City Food Coop – Upcoming Plans

            Matt Robbins, President ECFC (Owner Happy Cappuccino)

            Chad Currin, VP ECFC (CEO BioSoil Farm)

            Adine Viscusi, Board Member (Owner Casa Visco)

            (Additional Contact: Kat Wolfram)

Festival of the Trees (Dates?)

(Sch’dy YWCA & Schenectady Historical Society)

            Mary Zawacki, Executive Director SHS

            Kerrie Wolf-Piechota, Communications and Public Relations YWCA

Holiday Homes House Tour ‘19 (Event Dec 6 &7)

(Jr. League of Schenectady and Saratoga )

            Denise Murphy McGraw

            Additional Guests?

Schenectady Civic Players “Pride at Prejudice” (Dec 6 to 15)

            Mark Stephens, Director

            Additional Guests?

            (Additional Contact: Bill Hickman)

Schenectady County Clerk – The New Requirements – Drivers Licenses

            Cara M. Ackerley, County Clerk

            (Additional Contact: Demantra Constantine)

December 10, 2019 Show #1114

Cerebral Sports

            Herman Johnson, Sports Psychology Coach

Mendelssohn Club of Albany – Upcoming Event

            Jeff Vredenburg

            Additional Guest(s) TBA

miSci (Topic TBA —topic not scheduled in advance)

            Guest(s) TBA

            (Temporary Contact Person: Carmel Patrick)

Schenectady Education Foundation (Event Jan 16)

            Guests TBA

            (Contact Person: Haley Viccaro)

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