Newsletter 11/21/17 Topics & Guests on Schenectady 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.

November 21, 2017 #1009

Happy Thanksgiving this Week

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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JJ Lussier Performing – Tribute to Everly Brothers

John Lussier & Jared Lussier

            John and Jared, 20 yr old twins, have been singing on stage since they were 4 yrs old. Their first performance was at the Center for Disabilities CP Telethon and they have been singing throughout the Capital Region ever since. Their tight twin-harmonies bring The Everly Brothers songs forward to the present and the memories back in time. Their most recent Venues include Proctors Theater, The Log Cabin

JJ LUSSIER, The Everly Brothers Tribute and more including 50’s & 60’s music. Their most recent performances include a fundraiser and awareness for CASA Schenectady, events for GE Retirees Assoc., GE Quarter Century Club, and GE Women’s Assoc as well as performances at Proctors Theater and The Log Cabin, Holyoke, MA through Horizon Tours.

  • Organization: JJLussier
  • Event: Upcoming: Horizon Tours, The Log Cabin, Holyoke, MA — Spring/Summer 2018
  • Contact Information: Cherie Lussier at 518-256-2221 or
  • Facebook: Yes. “JJLussierMusic”

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

Conversation with Ray Bleser

Ray Bleser, Owner, Northeastern Fine Jewelers

            Let’s learn more about Ray Bleser. We’ll be chatting with Ray about his background, his community activities and his journey to establishing his business and his various branches.

  • Organization: Northeastern Fine Jewelry

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Tree Lighting on Upper Union St.

Maureen Gebert, Executive Director

            Celebrate the beginning of the Holiday season with the annual tree lighting.  Entertainment by the Brown School Bell Choir.  Visit by Santa and refreshments.

  • From their Press Release:  Holiday Tree Lighting, Upper Union Street, Schenectady – Saturday, November 25, 4 PM, Trustco Bank, 1620 Union Street. Caroling, Santa, Refreshments. Free all are welcome. Also the public is invited to visit businesses participating in Small Business Saturday all day long on November 25.
  • Organization: Upper Union Street BID
  • Event: Tree Lighting
  • Location of event: Upper Union Street – Corner of Woodland and Union at Trustco Bank Corner)
  • Date/Time: Sat. Nov. 25 at 4 pm
  • Cost:  Free
  • Website:

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12th Annual Festival of Trees

Kerrie Wolf-Piechota, YWCA

Susanna Fout, Sch’dy Historical Society

            Join the celebration On Dec. 1 for the Night of Lights and Festival of Trees Sneak Preview. Enjoy Desserts Under the Tree on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 pm at 32 & 44 Washington Ave. in the Stockade.

Our Festival of Trees is back, lighting up Schenectady! This year, we’re kicking off the season with the Night of Lights, December 1, a special evening of radiant fir trees, live music, great food & cocktails and more. Visit both locations to see the tree!

Kerrie Wolf-Piechota is the YWCA’s Development/Communications Asst. and Susanna Fout is with the Exhibitions/Collections Manger Sch’dy Co. Historical Society and Mabee Farm Historic Site.

  • Organizations: YWCA and Sch’dy Historical Society
  • Event: 11th 2017 Annual Festival of Trees
  • Location of event: YWCA and Sch’dy Historical Society on Washington Ave.
  • Date/Time: December 2 to December 17 from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Cost:  Adults $6 and children under 12 are free
  • Contact Information: Susanna Fout at 518-374-0263 Ext 4
  • Facebook: Yes “YWCA Northeastern NY” and “Schenectady County Historical Society”
  • Websites: and


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It’s a Wonderful Night Event for Sch’dy Day Nursery

Katelyn Galbraith, Board member

Joanne Devoe, Public Relations

            Neil and Jane Golub, long-time supporters of Schenectady Day Nursery (SDN) are the honorary chairs of “It’s a Wonderful Night”, a party planned for Thursday, December 7 to celebrate SDN’s 115th birthday. The event, set for 6-9 PM at Key Hall in Proctors Arcade, will feature live music by “Kevin Green with Doug Chilton and Friends” , Hors D’oeuvre Reception with sparkling Prosecco, sit down dinner by Mazzone Hospitality, a wine pull and a live auction hosted by LeGrande Serras. There will be a cash bar and complimentary red and white wines at each table. A special prize has been donated by Sondra’s Fine Jewelry.

Two exceptional community partners and SDN supporters, Zonta of Schenectady and Dawn Neville will be honored at the party. Zonta of Schenectady is a community service group dedicated to improving the lives of women and their children through many very worthy initiatives. Dawn Neville is the parent of two children enrolled at SDN, and an exceptional volunteer who, with the support of her employer, the Creative Advantage, donates many hours of professional services to the child care center.

Katelyn Galbraith, SDN Board Member & Fundraising Chair

  • Organization: Schenectady Day Nursery
  • Mission: The Schenectady Day Nursery, located at 25 Lafayette Street Schenectady, was formed in 1902 by a group of innovative community members who saw a need in Schenectady for progressive and comprehensive childcare.  SDN strives to continue the founders’ vision of high quality, affordable daycare and early childhood education for the children of working families. In a time of skyrocketing childcare costs, families pay tuition on a sliding scale commensurate with their ability to pay. Fund raising is an essential part of keeping fees affordable.
  • Event: It’s a Wonderful Night Holiday Event
  • Location of event: Key Hall / Proctors Arcade at 432 State Street
  • Date/Time: Thursday Dec. 7 at 6 pm
  • Cost: $85; $65 35 and under; $115 Honorary
  • Neither Website nor social media contact information was provided.

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GIFT! GIFTS! GIFTS! – Unique at Proctors

Janice Walz, Proctors Historical Committee

            We’ll learn about the newly renovated Proctors Gift Shop and the unique gifts that they have to offer the community and theater attendees. A new feature has been added which you will learn about.

  • Organization: Proctors and Proctors Historical Committee
  • Location: Proctors Arcade
  • Proctors Memorabilia Contact Information: Audrey Hughes, President at
  • Website:


November 28, 2017 #1010

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Bagels! – A bit of local bagel history!

Ceil Mack, The Bagel Baker’s Daughter

Circle Theatre Players “Annie” – (Event Dec 8 >17)

Guests TBA

Classic Theater Guild “Miracle on 34th St” – (Event Dec 1 > 10)

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

DePalma’s Screen Printing & Embroidery

Frank DePalma, Jr., Owner

miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science (December Programs)

Mac Sudduth, President

Schenectady Civic Players “As Bees in Honey Drown” – (Event Dec 1 > 10)

  •             Cristine Loffredo “Alexa Vere de Vere”
  •             Joe Fava

December 5, 2017 #1011

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Dance Fire Studio – Niskayuna

  •             Natalia O’Connor
  •             Florin Vlad

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

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


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