Newsletter 11/20/18 Guests & Topics

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.

November 20, 2018 #1060

Filming at the Addy in Proctors

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~~~

TEDx at Brown School

Cristina James PhD, TEDx in the Classroom ED Consultant

Patti Vitale, Brown School Head

Students from Brown School

A pre-k to 10th grade independent school in Schenectady which is hosting both a student organized and curated live stream of the TED Women conference from Palm Springs on December 6th (TEDx Brown School Women) and their own TEDx student speaker populated event (TEDx Brown School) on May 18th.

Ever wanted to attend an actual TED conference and see TED talks as they are presented live?  Well, on December 6th at Urban Co-Works on Jay Street you can attend a live stream of the TEDWOMEN conference direct from Palm Springs. The students of Brown school will be curating the event. Enjoy woman themed light fare and drinks, watch a live session of the TED Conference and enjoy a spirited Q and A afterwards.

  • Organization: Brown School
  • Event: TEDx Brown School Women
  • Location of event: Urban Co-Works
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Dec. 6th at 5:30 pm
  • Cost: $20
  • Contact Information: 518-370-0366
  • Facebook:  Yes “Brown School”
  • Instagram: @brownschool12304
  • Twitter: @brownschool
  • Website:

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

Circle Theatre Players’ Christmas Carol

Brian Sheldon, Director

Liam White “Young Scrooge”; Bill Douglas “Scrooge”

George Filieau “Marley Present”;

H.G. Warrender “Marley Past/ Fred’s Wife”

A Christmas Carol is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.

  • Organization: Circle Theatre Players
  • Mission: To enrich community life through discovering, appreciate and creating excellence in theatre, the performing arts and the visual arts
  • Event: Christmas Carol
  • Location of event: Sand Lake Center for the Arts, 2880 NY43, Averill Park, NY
  • Date/Time: Dec. 7, 8,13,14,15 at 8pm and Dec.9, 16 at 2:30pm
  • Cost: $18 Adults, k$10 under the age of 18
  • Contact Information: see website
  • Facebook: Yes “Sand Lake Center for the Arts/ Circle Theatre Players
  • Website:

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

Holiday Food Bazaar!

Maria Derian, Women’s Guild Representative

Paulette Doudoukjian

“The Family Church on the Hill” has more than a century of history rooted in the Capital District in Upstate New York.

Annual Holiday Food Bazaar, featuring delicious Armenian cuisine to warm your heart and belly.  Delicious pastries, such as paklava.  There will also be vendors to kick-start your holiday shopping.

Additionally, very year, the Women’s Guild chooses a non-profit charity to support through a portion of proceeds.  This year’s Charity of Choice is the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern NY.  Representatives from the association will be on hand to answer questions and collect donations.

A table will be presented with many of the items that you will find at the bazaar.

  • Organization: St. Peter Armenian Church Women’s Guild
  • Mission: Our mission at St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church is to provide a place where we reach out to unite our community by developing meaningful opportunities for spiritual programs based on the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and cultural programs for all generations of God’s people; in doing so, we strengthen and maintain Armenian traditions and nurture our community through brotherly love.
  • Event: Holiday Food Bazaar
  • Location of event: St. Peter Armenian Church
  • Date/Time: Dec. 1st & 2nd.   11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Sat) and 12 noon to 4 pm. (Sun)
  • Cost: Free Admission and Free Parking
  • Contact Information: St. Peter Armenian Church at 518-274-3673
  • Facebook: Yes. St Peter Armenian Apostolic Church
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FOUR~~~

FREE Tax Prep

Rushka Tcholakova, Senior VP Community Impact United Way

Joanne Passineau, Tax Site Coordinator/Rensselaer County Vice Chair

Households with taxes $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 Coalition (CA$H)
  • Mission:
  • Event: Free Tax Prep
  • Location of event: Various Locations throughout the Greater Capital Region
  • Date/Time: January through April 2019
  • Cost: Fee
  • Appointments: Call 2-1-1 for appointment
  • Contact Information:, 518-640-2371
  • Facebook: Yes “Cash Coalition of the Greater Capital Region”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FIVE~~~

Capital Holiday Lights in the Park

Leonard Ricchiuti, Executive Director Albany PAL

Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park is a spectacular drive-through light show in Albany’s Washington Park.  This show is the premier holiday attraction in the Capital Region, attracting visitors from all over!  All proceeds from Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park benefits the youth programs of Albany PAL!

  • Organization: Albany Police Athletic League
  • Mission: The Albany Police Athletic League (PAL), Inc. builds partnerships among youth, police and the community through collaborative programs designed to encourage and develop good citizenship and improve the quality of life in Albany, New York.
  • Event: Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park
  • Location of event: Washington Park, Albany
  • Date/Time: November 23 through January 2 — Opens Daily at 6:00pm
  • Cost: $20.00 Cars-See website for complete pricing
  • Contact Information: Albany Police Athletic League 518-435-0392
  • Facebook: Yes “Albany PAL – Police Athletic League”
  • Website:

~~~~~~~~~~ Upcoming Shows ~~~~~~~~~~

November 27, 2018 – #1061

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Blacksmith Art

Bryan Salisbury, Artist

DSIC – Holiday Events

Jim Salengo, Executive Director

Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY (Mentoring)

Mary Buszuwski, CEO

St. Clare’s Retirees

Peter Jones

Sonya Sidhu-Izzo, MD

Tax Season – Review your Documents

Joanne Passineau, Rensselaer CA$H Chapter

Richard Zazcyki, Dir. Circles of Mercy

Waterford Museum (Event Dec 1)

Anastasia Garceau Director

Michael Dack, Special Events Committee Member

Dave Cerrone, The Refrigerator’s Band

December 4, 2018 – #1062

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Classic Theater Guild – Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Event Dec 12 to 16)

Glenn Read, Director

Others TBA

CM School of Fine Arts – Nightmare Before Christmas (Event Dec 8-9)

Timothy Sherman, Theatre Director/Choreographer

Others TBAS

Mendelssohn Club Concert (Events Dec 4/Dec 14/ Dec 31)

Jeff Vredenburg, Conductor

Others TBA

Schenectady Civic Players – Looking at Christmas (Dec 7-13)

               Mark Stephens, Director

Others TBA

December 11, 2018 – #1063

Filmed on Location


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