Newsletter 2/19 – Topics and Guests Sch’dy Today Show

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.

February 19, 2019 – Show #1072

Segment ONE

Friends of the Library – One County One Book

Chris Witkowski Co-Chair, Cheryl Cafari Co-Chair

Felicia Spivey Committee Member

            Throughout the month of March, the OCOB committee will present a series of events centered around Between the World and Me, including a book review, a movie festival featuring Black Panther (written by Coates), writers workshops, a readers theater, streaming of a Coates YouTube interview, and book discussions at the Bornt Branch Library and SUNY SCCC.

  • Organization: Friends of the Schenectady County Library
  • Mission: One County, One Book is a community read initiative that encourages everyone in the county to read the same book. The public nominated books, with the list of 300 titles whittled down to four books. After a two month voting period, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates was chosen to be the 2019 book.
  • Event: One County, One Book
  • Location of event: Various Locations
  • Date/Time: Various, beginning Feb. 25 with kickoff in McChesney Room, Main Library, and running through the month of March
  • Cost: No Charge
  • Facebook: Yes – “Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library”
  • Website:

Segment TWO

BABY the Musical at Schuylerville Community Theater

Bonnie Thomas, Director; Carol Hawks, Musical Director;

Travis Brunell “Man”; Michael Coleman “Danny”

            The story of when three loving couples find themselves expecting… and it wasn’t expected.

            Baby, the musical from examines how parents-to-be experience the emotional stresses and triumphs, as well as the desperate lows and the comic highs that accompany the anticipation and arrival of a baby.

            Book by SYBILLE PEARSON; Music by DAVID SHIRE; Lyrics by RICHARD MALTBY, JR.

  • Organization: Schuylerville Community Theater
  • Mission: SCT has been offering quality theater productions to the surrounding communities for 40 years. We try to foster the love and interest in the arts through our 2 annual productions, many community programs and college scholarship fund
  • Event: BABY the Musical
  • Location of event: Saratoga Town Hall, Schuylerville NY
  • Date/Time: March 1-3 (one weekend) —  1st (7:30pm), 2nd (7:30pm), 3rd (2pm)
  • Cost: $20 adults; $18 (students and seniors)
  • Facebook: Yes. “Schuylerville Community Theater”
  • Website:

Segment THREE

Irish American Heritage Museum – Irish Soda Bread Competition

Elizabeth Stack, Executive Director & Ed Collins, Board Member

            Our first of two St. Patrick’s Day Festival, features the 7th Annual Soda Bread Competition. The festival includes performances by the Bethlehem School of Traditional Irish Dance and Three Irish Voices in a special presentation “Ceol Agus Craic: Music and Fun.” There will also be an

            Irish Craft Market featuring handmade items from crafters and artisans. The Soda Bread Competition is open to all amateurs and will be judged in two categories: traditional and family recipes.

  • Organization: Irish American Heritage Museum
  • Mission: The Irish American Heritage Museum is a jewel of a cultural center in the Capital District, committed to preserving Irish heritage for new generations of Irish and non-Irish Americans. Firmly rooted in its rich history, the non-profit organization brings to life Irish culture and its relevancy in today’s society through public events, education, exhibits, collections, lectures, presentations, genealogy, live performances and more, all related to the Irish-American experience. The museum provides year-round access to the Paul O’Dwyer Library, film screenings, book signings and other special programs. “It’s Your Heritage … Pass It On!”
  • Events: Irish Festival, Soda Bread Competition, St. Patrick’s Day Sweat-er Run
  • Location of event: Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany, NY 12210
  • Date/Time: Saturday March 9th, and Saturday 16th at 10 am (9K Run)
  • Cost: $5
  • Contact Information: / 518 427 1916
  • Facebook: Yes – Irish American Heritage Museum
  • Twitter: @@IrishAmericanMuseum
  • Instagram: @IrishAmericanHeritageMuseum
  • Website:

Segment Four

miSci – Zoom into NANO

Guests to be Announced — Currently awaiting information – unavailable at this time for publication

  • Organization: miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science
  • Mission:
  • Event: Zoom into NANO — Butterflies
  • Location of event: Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady
  • Date/Time:
  • Cost:
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook:
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  • Instagram: @
  • Website:

Segment FIVE

23rd Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Rescheduled

Ang Morris, Executive Director Human Rights Commission

            Keynote Speaker Brooklyn Assemblyman Latrice Walker. Inspirational songs by MLK Choir and other special performances.

  • Organization: Schenectady County Human Rights – Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition
  • Mission: To Foster mutual respect and understanding and to protect and respect all rights of all residents of Schenectady County and to advance the principles, teachings and doctrine of MLK.
  • Event: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Observation Celebration
  • Date/Time: Thursday Feb 28, 2019 at 6 pm
  • Location: Taylor Auditorium at SCCC
  • Website:

Segment SIX

Climate Change and Solarize Capital Region

Dennis Karius, TV Host

            When I wrote “No charge”, in a few years, you get every penny back by the energy provided by Solar Panels. They don’t have to be on your roof or my roof because there are SO MANY roofs out there (schools, churches, malls, etc.) our Government could do that because we’re in a country that prints money. Not just millions or billions: our country prints TRILLIONS of Dollars and that’s the ONLY reason for us to print money because it ALL COMES BACK!Organization: Solarize Capital Region Show

Mission: To get the message out on Climate Change

Event: Save the Planet!

Location of event: Planet Earth

Date/Time: this Century

Cost:  no charge


Upcoming Shows           

February 26, 2019 Show #1073

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Arc of Rensselaer County Fundraiser – Play with Your Food (Event March 13)

            Joe Starzyk, Playwright

            Donald Mullin, CEO

Callaloo Theater Company’s Milk Like Sugar (Event – Dates to be announced)

            Karen Christina Jones

            Other Guests TBA

Circle Theater Players’ Becky’s New Car (Event — Mar 15 -24)

            Joan Fuess, Director  

            Other Guests TBA

Hubbard Hall’s The Velocity of Autumn (to be verified) (Event Feb 23 – Mar 11)

            David Andrew Snider, Director

            Other Guests TBA

Schenectady Job Fair – (Event March 6)

            Peter Jones, Capital Job Development Group – Treasurer

            Sarah Rose Dill, Capital Job Development Group – Vice President

Schenectady Light Opera Company‘s 1776 (Event – Mar 8 to 17)

            Heather Liz Copps, Director

            Other Guests TBA

March 5, 2019 Show #1074

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Classic Theater Guild’s Inspector General (Event Dates Mar 13 to Mar 24)

            William Wilday

            Phil Bruns, Director

            Other Guests TBA

Forever Young Trio — Performing

            Ashley Cross, Vocals 

            Peter ________, guitarist

            David Gerard, Percussionist

Friends of Recovery – Stand Up for Recovery Day (Event Mar 20)

            Allison Weingarten, Interim Executive Director

            Other Guests TBA from Schenectady FOR NY Branch

miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science – The Super Moon

            Guest from Dudley Observatory

USISTD – Dance Organization

            Susan Nelson

            Louise Giuliano, Chair

            Liz Paone, Events Committee Chair

March 12, 2019 Show #1075

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Business Strategist

            Liz Calandrino

Schenectady Civic Players’ Then There Were None (Event 3/15 to 3/24)

            Brian Sheldon, Director

            Additional Guests TBA

Siena College Production Peter & the Starcatcher (Event 3/14-3/23)

            Patrick White, Director

            Additional Guests TBA

Tax Credits — People with Disabilities

            Melinda Burns, Dir of Adult Education, Wildwood Programs

            Tracy Randle, CA$H Coalition Director, United Way of GCR

            Denise Dinoto, Vice Chair CA$H Coalition

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