Newsletter 12/5/17 Topics & Guests on Sch’dy 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 yourself1

December 5, 2017 #1011

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 ~~~

City Hall-iday, Holiday Bazaar & more

  • Jim Salengo, Executive Director
  • Jason Lecuyer, Director of Special Events, Sch’dy County

The new Downtown Schenectady Holiday Bazaar is 2-day outdoor seasonal marketplace featuring an array of vendors and artisans in heated tents offering original products, quality crafts and food items, along with downtown’s local businesses.

Join the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation for FREE and FUN activities for the entire family during Downtown Schenectady’s City Hall-iday. Stop by City Hall and hop on the horse-drawn carriage for a ride, then visit with Santa and have a FREE family picture taken. Many other hands-on activities, performances, musicians and much more!

Some of Downtown Schenectady’s best restaurants and pubs will open their doors to serve a variety of hot chili during the Schenectady County Chili Chowdown & Craft Brew Trail. In addition to the various varieties of chili offered, there will be a number of restaurants sampling regional craft beer.

  • Organizations: Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation and Schenectady County
  • Events:
  1. Downtown Schenectady’s Holiday Bazaar at Jay Street Marketplace – Dec 9 & 10 — Sat: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – no charge (items for sale)
  2. Downtown Schenectady’s City Hall-iday at Schenectady City Hall – Dec 9 — Noon to 4 p.m. – no charge
  3. Schenectady County Chili Chowdown & Craft Brew Trail – Various Downtown Schenectady Restaurants – Dec 9 – 3 to 8 pm — $1 per Chili sample and $1 for brew sample

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

Saratoga First Night

  • Alix Jones, First Night Director & development Associate
  • Matthew Boyce, Performer & Elvis Tribute Artist

As one of the oldest and largest celebrations of its’ kind in the country, First Night Saratoga truly is the most affordable, accessible, safe and exciting way to spend New Year’s Eve in the region.  On Sunday, December 31st join over 15,000 revelers as Saratoga Arts hosts over seventy regional and touring performing groups in thirty venues throughout Historic Downtown Saratoga Springs.  Starting with the 5k road race at Skidmore College at 5:30pm, culminating with the fireworks in Congress Park at midnight and packed full of live music, dance, comedy and magic in between, this event will be a highlight of your outgoing year.

Matthew Boyce will be performing with the Suspicious Minds.

  • Organization: Saratoga Arts
  • Mission: Founded in 1986 by local artists, Saratoga Arts is dedicated to making the arts accessible throughout the Saratoga Springs area and enriching the lives of those in the community.  To further this mission, the organization operates The Arts Center at the corner of Broadway and Spring Street in downtown Saratoga, where they present exhibitions, events (including First Night Saratoga), and classes throughout the year. The Arts Center has transformed into the region’s home for arts education for all ages.
  • Event: First Night Saratoga
  • Location of event: Downtown Saratoga Springs
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Dec. 31 from 6 pm to midnight
  • Cost: $20 and $15 early bird at Saratoga Arts and Online
  • Contact Information: 518-584-4132
  • Facebook:
  • Website:

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

Class and Brass – Mendelssohn Club Performs

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

Festive holiday music with special guest artists – Tamarac Select Elementary Chorus and the Adirondack Bones Trombone Quartet.

From their website: They will also perform at First Night Bethlehem at St. Thomas the apostle Church at 35 Adams Place in Delmar.

  • Organization: Mendelssohn Club of Albany
  • Mission: The club if dedicated to preserving and presenting male chorus music and blends musical experiences with fellowship for members through rehearsals, concerts, and other musical events, afterglow, and social gatherings.
  • Event: Class and Brass (Holiday Concert)
  • Location of event: the Egg
  • Date/Time: Friday, Dec 15 at 7:30 pm
  • Cost: $20
  • Contact Information: 518-428-5382
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FOUR ~~~

World Class Ballroom Dancing in Niskayuna

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

From their website: Natalia O’Connor is a professionally trained ballroom dancer who has performed and competed across the world on the amateur circuit since the age of 10. Ms. O’Connor has won various awards and toured extensively during her career in the industry. Having worked as an instructor in many places around the country and world, including Russia, Romania, Louisiana, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Vermont, she is the proud owner of the newest ballroom & fitness studio in the Capital Region. She is a former National Champion, World Semi-finalist and World Cup Finalist. She is a full member of the National Dance Council of America (NDCA) as well as the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF), both leading governing bodies in the dance industry. Natalia has a BA in Psychology having studied both sports psychology as well as Behavioral and Social Psychology.

From their website: Florin Vlad, originally from Romania, is a world renowned competitive ballroom dancer and a multiple US National DanceSport Finalist, currently ranked 5th in the country. Together with his dance partner, Natalia O’Connor, he successfully represented USA at 5 World Championships. Florin is an active member of the Competitor’s Commission of the National DanceSport Council of America. He has a clear understanding of this industry with over 10 years of experience in competitive dancing as well as teaching experience. Mr. Vlad has a concentrated business experience being a young entrepreneur and successfully handling the various challenges that a start-up company faces in the civil engineering field. Florin was handling all the business

Dance Fire Studio & Fitness would like to become the go-to place in the Capital Region for dance. We offer Individual, Couple, Fitness and Wedding Dance options. Classes from Beginner to Advanced levels. Friday night Social Dance Parties. Professional Dance Performances at your event and Corporate Team Building.

New Student Introductory Special: 1 complimentary private lesson with one of our Dance Masters and 1 free group class (Dance or Fitness) of your choice.

  • Organization: Dance Fire & Fitness Studio
  • Mission: Our goal is to create a united community around our World Class Ballroom Dance Studio opened to everyone teaching the secrets of over 25 styles of dance in a warm and welcoming environment.
  • Event: Grand Opening
  • Location of event: Niskayuna
  • Contact Information: 518-557-2052 or
  • Facebook:
  • Twitter: @dancefirestudio
  • Instagram: @dancefirestudio
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FIVE ~~~

 Ice Eagles: American Aviation in Antarctica

Thomas “Tom” Henderson, Filmmaker

            “Ice Eagles” is the first film to document the entire remarkable history of aviation in Antarctica, from Admiral Byrd’s first expedition in 1928 to the present day, including the activities of the 09th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard based in Scotia, New York.

Mr. Henderson has been to Antarctica three times with the U.S. Geological Survey conducting mapping Antarctica. I wintered over at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in 1982 when temperatures reached -114 degrees F. “Ice Eagles” was inspired by the many hours that I spent on U.S. Navy LC-130 Hercules planes and Huey helicopters flown in support of U.S. operations in Antarctica.

~~~ Segment SIX~~~

The Addy is Open!

Janice Walz, Proctors Historical Committee

            Janice will be talking about Ghost Lights and the Addy

  • Organization: Proctors Historical Committee
  • Mission: To inform and promote the history of Proctors.
  • Contact Information: Audrey Hughes, President at
  • Website:


December 12, 2017 #1012

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Civil War Letters & Memoirs

Wanda Burch, Historian

Long Term Care Services

Cathryn Bern-Smith, Manager – Sch’dy County

Musical Tools for Schenectady Schools – Donations needed

Karen Johnson, Jazz on Jay Organizer

Robert Aronstein, Music Teacher at Oneida

Musician – Performing

John Kenosian, Singer-Songwriter

Schenectady City Mission

            Representatives from the Kitchen crew

December 19, 2017 #1013

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Human Rights Commission – Events in Review

Ang Morris, Executive Director

Kwanzaa Celebration

Miki Conn, Organizer

Others TBA

Let’s Talk Nutrition – Getting through the Holidays!

Lester Rosenzweig MS, RD, CDN (Nutrition Educator)

Rosie Urkevich, Nutrition Intern

MopCo – New Year’s Eve Event

Michael Burns

Music by:

            Mike Purcell, Performer

December 26, 2017 #1014

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Armenian Traditions

Stepanos Doudoukjian

Others TBA

Hannukah Traditions

Marc Weintraub

Others TBA

Italian Traditions

Angelo Santabarbara

Others TBA


Featuring Entertainer, Mike Purcell

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