Newsletter 11/7/17 Topics & Guests on Sch’dy Today (covers 4 wks.)

 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 7, 2017 #1007

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 ~~~

West Side Story at SLOC

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

Inspired by the timeless story of Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story takes Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, and places them in the vibrant battleground of New York City’s West Side in the 1950’s. With soaring, sophisticated, and diverse melodies, energetic and athletic dance battles, and its remarkably salient social message, West Side Story remains one of American musical theatre’s most revolutionary and most loved treasures.
West Side Story is our annual youth production, cast with the very best high school talent from the entire capital district.

Nick and Claire will perform “Tonight” on today’s show.

  • Organization: Schenectady Light Opera Company (SLOC)
  • Mission: SLOC Musical Theater is a non-profit community-based performing arts center. Our mission is to provide opportunities for adults and youth to experience and participate in the performing arts.
  • Event: West Side Story
  • Location of event: 427 Franklin St. Sch’dy NY
  • Date/Time: Nov 10-12; Nov 16-19 — 8pm Thurs-Sat; 2pm Sunday matinees
  • Cost: $22 – $28
  • Contact Information: 877-350-7378
  • Facebook: Yes “SLOC Theater”
  • Twitter: @SLOCTheater
  • Website:

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

Science Festival at miSci

  • Roshni Bhambhwani, Science Festival Coordinator
  • Tara Burnham, VP Marketing & Communications

Science Festival of the Capital Region is a week-long celebration of STEAM (science, technology, engineering and math), with wall-to-wall hands-on activities throughout the museum and in the festival tent!  See exciting stage performances featuring live reptiles, video game puppetry, and a high-tech comedy show by AudioBody. Plus, explore miSci’s interactive exhibits, see a Planetarium Show, or fly a simulated space mission in the Challenger Learning Center. Enjoy Festival Expo Days all weekend, Astronomy Day on Saturday and a special STEM Summit for Educators on Wednesday evening. Explore nanotechnology, robotics, natural sciences, chemistry, astronomy, and more from more than 60 participating partners.

Tuesday: District 9 Movie night and panel discussion at GE Theater at Proctors


  • STEM Summit for Educators (evening) – a professional development workshop for educators, featuring various workshops by several different presenters. PD Credits awarded for successful completion.

Thursday: Expo Day & School Groups

  • Opening ceremony and kick-off in festival tent at 10 AM
  • Performance of “The Story of Niobe” by EK Theater (video game puppetry)

Friday: Veteran’s Day, EXPO Day

  • Festival Tent Stage:
    • 10-10:45: The Dirtmeister – Science Around the House
    • 11:30-12:30: Whispering Willow Wildcare Live Birds
    • 1:00 – 2:00: Uncharted Wild Live Reptiles
    • 3:00-4:00: Audiobody
  • Live Stream of Talk by Nobel Prize in Physics Laureate Rainer Weiss 7:30 – 8:30 PM

Saturday: Astronomy Day, EXPO Day

  • Festival Tent Stage:
    • 10-10:45: The Dirtmeister – Science Around the House
    • 11:30-12:30: Whispering Willow Wildcare Live Birds
    • 1:00-2:00: EMPTY
    • 3:00-4:00: Audiobody
    • 4:30 – 5:30: Uncharted Wild Live Reptiles
  • Astronomy Activities all day – solar observing, star party, Challenger Adventures, planetarium shows

Sunday: EXPO Day, Hot Topics in STEM Forum

  • Festival Tent Stage:
    • 12:30-1:15: The Dirtmeister – Science Around the House
    • 2:00 – 3:00: Uncharted Wild Live Reptiles
    • 3:30 – 4:30: Audiobody
  • “Hot Topics in STEM” Forum
    • Technology: Going Where No One Has Gone Before (12:30 – 1:30 PM)
      • Looking at our current technology – such as virtual and augmented Reality, self-driving cars, additive manufacturing – as well as how technology will evolve in the future. Is there anything left to invent? What will the home of the future look like?
    • According to Who?!: Ethics in Science (2:00 – 3:00 PM)
      • How and when is scientific knowledge shared with the public? When should the public be concerned about bias due to funding? When does science go too far? This panel looks at the practice of science as well as ethically controversial practices such as manipulating the human genome. What is synthetic biology? What is CRISPR? How has it been used already (e.g. to cure heart conditions such as HCM)? Who gets to decide what should be “corrected”? What are some stereotypes or controversial misconceptions about exploratory science?
    • What on Earth?: Extreme Weather, Wasted Food, and the Renewable Revolution (3:30 – 4:30 PM)
      • This panel will look broadly at sustainability. Topics can include, but are not limited to, the impact of climate change on extreme weather and what we can expect for the future. How food is wasted, how consumers are taught to waste food (only buy food which looks or feels are certain way), food expiration dates, and current efforts to change food wasting habits. Other topics of interest include water quality – such as PFOA contamination‒ and conservation, and renewable energy efforts and technology.


  • Attend
  • Volunteer as an individual or group
  • Participate as a partner to present a hands-on activity or demonstration

Help sponsor the event with a monetary contribution

  • Organization: miSci (Museum of Science and Innovation)
  • Mission & Vision: Vision: A scientifically literate community sparking innovation. Mission: To inspire people to celebrate and explore science and technology, past, present and future. At miSci, all of our exhibits, programs, and events are designed with our mission in mind. miSci is a dynamic science center that explores the area’s rich technological heritage while celebrating and fostering a regional spirit of invention and imagination.
  • Event: Science Festival of the Capital Region at miSci
  • Location of event: miSci on Nott Terrace Heights
  • Date/Time: Nov 7 – 12 — Mon – Thurs: 9 AM – 5 PM & Friday – Saturday: 9 AM – 8:30 PM & Sunday: 12 – 5 PM
  • Cost: General Admission: Adults: $10.50, Seniors: $9.00, Children: $7.50 & Children under age 3: Free
  • Contact Information: 518-382-7890 or
  • Facebook: Yes “miSci – museum of innovation and science”
  • Instagram: @misci_NY
  • Twitter: @misciNY
  • Website:

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

Tellabration – Story Circle

Kate Dudding, Storyteller

            Challenges cause some people to rise to the occasion. Come hear stories of what happened when people responded to challenges, told by Kate Dudding, Margaret French,   Marni Gillard,   Christie Keegan,   Bonnie Mion, Claire Nolan,   Nancy Marie Payne and Sandy Schuman. Our emcee is Karen Pillsworth, storyteller laureate of Kingston, NY.

This is our 22nd annual Tellabration.  Proceeds from our previous Tellabration programs have funded 100 storytelling events at libraries, museums and other locations in the Capital District.

  • Organization: Story Circle at Proctors
  • Mission: At every Story Circle show, superb performers tell rarely heard contemporary and traditional stories celebrating the human spirit. You will find that these shows are shared experiences between the audience and the performer, combining the intensity of a solo performance with the intimacy of a face-to-face conversation.
  • Event: Tellabration 2017 “Challenges”
  • Location of event: GE Theatre at Proctors
  • Date/Time: Sunday Nov 12 at 3:30 pm (new starting time)
  • Cost: $12 adults * Bring someone new & you each save $2 * Only one discount / person, given on entry to theatre;  $10 groups of 8 or more – No additional discounts may be applied;   $6 students – No additional discounts may be applied
  • Contact Information: Kate Dudding at 518-383-4620 or
  • Facebook: Yes “Story Circle at Proctors”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FOUR ~~~

Concerned for the Hungry – Annual Event

Peter Jones, Co-Chairperson


  • Saturday, November 11th 10 – until done – Receive and count Boy Scout Donations
  • Wednesday, November 15th: 4pm – done – Box night creation of boxes to hold food
  • Thursday, November 16th:   10 am – 5pm — Set up floor, receive donations and purchased food.
  • Friday, November 17th:   10 – done   Sort food into appropriate sections
  • Saturday, November 18th:  10 – until done — Pack baskets and prepare for pick up and distribution.
  • Sunday, November 19th:  9 am – 6 pm: Clients pick up food baskets.
  • Monday, November 20th:  Agencies pick up baskets for their clients, homebound baskets delivered and cleanup.


  • Organization: Concerned for the Hungry
  • Mission: Concerned for the Hungry, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax exempt, non-profit organization working to fight hunger in Schenectady County. The organization is run strictly through volunteer efforts. CFH was started by a small group of individuals in 1979. It began with the realization that the need for emergency food was growing. After 38 years, CFH remains a leading force in providing essential food service programs throughout the county.
  • Event: Thanksgiving Food Drive
  • Location of event: William C. Keane Elementary School – 1252 Albany St. Schenectady
  • Date/Time: Varied dates
  • Cost: Free to participate
  • Contact Information: 518-372-9881
  • Facebook: Yes “Concerned for the Hungry Inc”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FIVE ~~~

The Nellie Bly Award – Museum of Political Corruption

Bruce Roter, President & Founder

            The Nellie Bly Award event honoring Susanne Craig of The New York Times will be on Nov. 16th at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, 405 Washington Ave. (adjacent to the downtown SUNY campus). The reception will start at 6 PM, with an award ceremony at 6:45. The roundtable discussion on government and the media will begin at 7 and will feature Susanne Craig and William K. Rashbaum of the New York Times, Rex Smith of the Times Union, and John Caher, Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications with the New York State Unified Court System. The panel will be moderated by Capital Pressroom host Susan Arbetter.

About Susanne Craig: Susanne Craig is a reporter in the investigations unit at The New York Times. She writes about the intersection of government, politics and money. She previously served as the paper’s Albany bureau chief and currently writes about President Donald Trump’s finances and business interests She is perhaps best known as the journalist who received portions of his 1995 tax returns in her mailbox during the 2016 U.S. election campaign.

  • Organization: Museum of Political Corruption
  • Mission: Museum of Political Corruption, a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan institution, is dedicated to educating and empowering the public by providing a better understanding of political corruption, and encouraging solutions that promote ethics reform and honest governance
  • Event: The Nellie Bly Award Reception and Roundtable Panel
  • Location of event: First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany at 405 Washington Ave. Albany
  • Date/Time: Nov. 16 from 6 to 8:30 pm
  • Cost: $40 pp
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: Yes “Museum of Political Corruption”
  • Twitter: @CorruptMuseum
  • Website:

~~~ Segment SIX~~~

Schenectady Recycles!

Angelina Perone, Recycling & Composting Educator

            In celebration of America Recycles Day, this event was created by the Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Committee’s Recycling Team to raise awareness of all the materials that can easily be diverted from the landfill by choosing to recycle and donate.

    • American Flags
    • Books
    • Bottles & Cans *deposit bottles only*
    • Baby Food & Formula *must be unopened, in original container
    • Cellphones *broken or functional
    • Clothing, Shoes, Fabric, Linens & Textiles: tablecloths, towels, curtains, bedding, stuffed animals, linens, throw rugs, costumes, purses, bookbags and more *stained, torn, old items accepted* NO bloody, moldy, greasy fabrics*
    • Corks from wine bottles
    • EyeglassesFoil Wrappers from Snack Bars *any brand of foil-lined wrappers from energy bars, granola bars, diet/protein bars etc.
    • Foil Drink Pouches *any brand of foil & plastic drink pouches with spouts/straws
    • GoGo Squeeze Pouches *any brand of squeezable plastic snack pouches
    • Inkjet Cartridges
    • Sewing Supplies, Yarn & Knitting Accessories: buttons, pins, thread, yarn of all types, trim, ribbon, lace, knitting needles, crochet hooks, sewing or knitting books, scissors, elastic, patterns and more!
    • Styrofoam Packing Peanuts
    • Plastic grocery bags and other thin plastic films: shopping bags, bread bags, newspaper bags, cereal bags, fresh-produce bags, freezer-food bags, and more!
    • Plastic 6-pack rings
    • Tyvek envelopes

Test your knowledge about recycling trivia & win a ZEROWASTE prize while supplies last!
*Reusable coffee mugs donated by Stewarts Shops
*Reusable shopping bags donated by Price Chopper Supermarkets
*Reusable water bottles provided by Schenectady County Recycles

Visit interactive displays to learn more about recycling & composting
Fun games hosted by the Schenectady County Master Composters/Master Recyclers and even more chances to win free prizes!
Learn how you can sign up to opt out of junk mail & other unwanted mail
This event is made possible in collaboration with · Cornell Cooperative Extension Schenectady County · Price Chopper Supermarkets · Stewarts Shops · Up-Stitch · City Mission · Schenectady Inner City Ministry · Phillips Hardware

  • Organization: Schenectady County Recycles – Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Event: America Recycles Day Schenectady
  • Location of event: Schenectady County Community College Parking Lot near athletic field
  • Date/Time: Saturday Nov 11 from 10 am to 2 pm
  • Cost: Free event
  • Contact Information: Follow them on Facebook for latest information
  • Facebook: Yes
  • Instagram: @SchenectadyCountyRecycles
  • Website:


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 (Event Dec 1)

            Denise McGraw

Troy Turkey Trot

            George Regan, Event Director

Waterford Museum (Concert Event Dec 2)

            Mike Dack, Trustee

Anastasia Garceau

November 21, 2017 #1009

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

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

Jo-Anne Rafalik


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 Nov 25)

Representatives TBA

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.

miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science (December Programs)

Mac Sudduth, President

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

Mark Stephens, Director

Other Guests TBA

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