Newsletter 11/28/17 Topics & Guests Schenectady Today Show

 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.

November 28, 2017 #1010

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

(Listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Information below has been provided by the Guests or from their websites

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Bagels! A bit of Local Bagel History!

Ceil Mack, The Babel Baker’s Daughter

            She’ll tell a fun story about being the daughter of an inventor: from bagel machines and cars than ran on vegetable oil, to medical devices and anti-theft locking bars for vending machines, among others.

My father, Louis “Label” Wichinsky made headlines around the world for his out-of-the box inventions from the 1960s until his death in 2000. He revolutionized the bagel baking industry with the “Wichinsky Bagel-matic and held numerous patents including an anti-theft locking-bar used in the vending machine industry.

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Classic Theater Guild’s “Miracle on 34th St”

  • Donna Zobre Baxter, Director
  • Phil Bruns “Fred Gayley”
  • Anna Starr “Doris Walker”
  • Shaylee Hanshe “Young Susan Walker”

Information has not been provided by organization as of this printing.

  • Organization: Classic Theater Guild
  • Event: Miracle on 34th St
  • Location of event: Proctors – The ADDY
  • Date/Time: Dec 1 – 10
  • Website:

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December Events at miSci

Mac Sudduth PhD, President

Information has not been provided by organization as of this printing.

  • Organization: miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science
  • Website:

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Circle Theatre Players Annie

  • Claudia DeMartino, Co-Director
  • Matt Perret, Actor
  • Suzanne Baker, Actor

This family-friendly 1977 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical is based on Harold Gray’s popular comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” which he started in the 1920s. Story: Little orphan Annie is taken from her orphanage, and the clutches of evil Miss Hannigan, to stay at billionaire Oliver Warbuck’s mansion for the holidays.

  • Organization: Circle Theatre Players
  • Mission: To enrich community life through discovering, appreciating and creating excellence in theatre, the performing arts and the visual arts.
  • Event: Annie the musical
  • Location of event: Sand Lake Center for the Arts at 2880 NY 43,Averill Park, NY
  • Date/Time: December 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 8pm and December 10 and 17 at 2:30pm
  • Cost: $20 Adults, under 18 $10.
  • Contact Information:  or call  518-674-2007
  • Facebook: Yes “SLCA”
  • Website:

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Sch’dy Civic Players As Bees in Honey Drown

  • Cristine Loffredo “Alexa Vere de Vere”
  • Joe Fava, President, Board Member

In Beane’s satirical comedy, called “A delicious souffle of satire” by the New York Times, Evan Wyler has just finished a photo shoot. No, he’s not a super model, just a twenty-something New York writer savoring the success of his debut novel. Evan captures the attention of Alexa Vere de Vere, a glamorous woman of mystery who’s made the world of celebrity her home. In fact, it’s her religion.  She wants Evan to write the screenplay of her life story. But, Alexa vanishes, leaving him to foot the bill for all the dinners and Armani suits they’ve gone through. Trying to find Alexa, Evan discovers a chain of people who have fallen under her spell and acted as her meal ticket. The Civic Players cast features Knathan MacKenzie-Roy (as Evan Wyler), Cristine M. Loffredo (as Alexa Vere de Vere), and Jason Biszick, Pat Brady, Laura Graver, and Michael Schaefer in multiple roles as the chain of people discovered by Evan.

            Joe Fava will tell us about their upcoming event on Dec. 15 “Broads who Belt”, a fundraiser featuring Benita Zahn.

  • Organization: Schenectady Civic Players
  • Event: As Bees in Honey Drown
  • Location of event: Civic Playhouse in the Stockade Section
  • Date/Time: As Bees in Honey Drown runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (December 1, 2, and 3) and Wednesday through Sunday (December 6 through 16).  Friday and Saturday curtains are at 8 pm. Wednesday and Thursday curtains are at 7:30 pm., and Sundays are matinees only at 2:30 pm.
  • Cost: Tickets are $20
  • Contact Information: Order on-line or call (518) 382-2081
  • Website:

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Screen Printing & Embroidery

Frank DePalma, Jr. Owner

From their website:

Since 1977 DePalma’s has given personalized service you just won’t find most places anymore.    When you come into our store you won’t find pushy, fast sales people that rush you, or shopping online with robots that can’t help after a problem occurs.   Here you’ll be dealing direct with the owner Frank DePalma Jr.
We encourage customers to come in and browse samples to ensure satisfaction with your choices and go over designs in person to make your purchase complete.
DePalma’s can help with any custom printed Promotional Item as well from Pens to Mugs and much more, use our links to browse thousands of items.   All work is done on the premises so great prices and timely delivery are two things you can count on!  We will meet your deadline at a fair price!

  • Organization: DePalma’s Screen Printing and Embroidery
  • Location of event: 2044 Hamburg St. Sch’dy
  • Contact Information: 518-374-0530
  • Website:


December 5, 2017 #1011

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Dance Fire & Fitness Studio – World Class Ballroom Dancing — Niskayuna

  •             Natalia O’Connor, Owner and Dance Master
  •             Florin Vlad, Studio Manager and Dance Master

Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation

  •             Jim Salengo, Executive director

Filmmaker – “Ice Eagles: American Aviation in Antarctica”

  •             Tom Henderson

Mendelssohn Club of Albany – Class and Brass (Event Dec 15)

  •             Jeff Vredenburg, Director
  •             John Musacchio, President
  •             Christopher Siegenthaler, Guest Artist

Proctors Historical Committee

  •             Janice Walz, Committee Member

Saratoga First Night

  •             Alix Jones, First Night Director and Development Associate
  •             Matthew Boyce, Elvis Tribute Artist

December 12, 2017 #1012

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

City Mission of Schenectady

  •             Floyd, Cory & Mike – Food Prep at the City Mission

Civil War Letters & Memoirs

  •             Wanda Burch, Historian and Author

Long Term Care Services

  •             Cathryn Bern-Smith, Manager – Sch’dy County

Musical Instruments –Seeking Donations of Instruments

  •             Karen Johnson

Musician – Performing

  •             John Kenosian, Singer-Songwriter

December 19, 2017 #1013

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Kwanzaa Celebration

  •             Miki Conn
  •             Others TBA

Let’s Talk Nutrition – Getting through the Holidays!

  •             Lester Rosenzweig MS, RD, CDN (Nutrition Educator)

MopCo – New Year’s Eve Event

  •             Michael Burns

Music by:

  •             Mike Purcell, Performer
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