Newsletter – 2/20/18 This Week’s Guests/Topics

 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

February 20, 2018 #1021

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 ~~~

Proctors Broadway Series and More 2018-2019

Michael Eck

We’ll be discussing the upcoming seasons:

  • 2018-2019 Key Private Bank Broadway Series at Proctors and
  • 2018-2019 Season at Capital Repertory Theatre

Michael Eck is the Senior Communications and Public Relations Leader for Proctors.

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

Play with your Food!

  • Rianna Daniels, Communications, Development coordinator
  • Joe Starzyk, Sales and marketing manager
  • Bill Douglas

Play with your Food is a night of laughter and great food.

Playwright Joe Starzyk directs and performs (along with a few talented actors) 3 plays that will make you laugh so hard you might find a few tears in your eyes.

Our meal choices include Chicken with a Pale Ale Jus Lie served with veggies and potato, Pan Seared Asparagus and mashed potatoes, or a Vegetable Napoleon.

  • Organization: The Arc of Rensselaer County
  • Event: Play with your Food (Dinner Theater Fundraiser)
  • Location of event: Revolution Hall
  • Date/Time: Mar 14 from 6-9 pm
  • Cost: $55
  • Facebook: Yes “The Arc of Rensselaer County”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

Events at Empire State Aerosciences Museum

  • Kevin Millington, Vice pres. ESAM
  • John Panoski, Trustee, ESAM

They will tell us about current and upcoming happenings at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum, such as acquisition of a replica Concorde supersonic transport and spring break week 4/3 – 4/8/18

  • Organization: Empire State Aerosciences Museum
  • Location of events: Rudy Chase Drive at Sch’dy Airport
  • Facebook: Yes “Empire State Aerosciences Museum”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FOUR ~~~

Russian Winter Festival

  • Tatiana Deptola, Organizer
  • Yuri Naumkin, Artistic Director Russian Drama Studio

The festival’s headliner is a folk trio, “Moscow Nights,” from North Carolina. The repertoire is centered on masterpieces of Russian folklore and represents the diversity of the culture, ranging from gently humorous songs to elaborate lyrical suites. Lilting balalaikas, dynamic bayan accordion, unique Trashotky & Loshky and humorous dances combine for an exhilarating and educational performance for audiences of all ages!

More than 50 entertainers will be engaged in the non-stop performances during the Grand Finale: Dancers Vladimir Nikitin and Dinara Subaeva, Ensemble Barynya from NYC present the pulsating dance numbers drawn from Russian, Cossack, Siberian, Nanai, Ukrainian, Roma Gypsy and Jewish traditional dancing. The Yale Russian Chorus is a tenor-bass a cappella choral ensemble specializing in sacred and secular Slavic choral music.  The Winners of Tchaikovsky Music Competition are young Capital Region musicians playing piano and violin, and vocalists. The Winners of Russian Poetry Recital Contest—native speakers and non-native speakers, children and adults—recite, in Russian, one poem of their choice. Two local dance studios represent Ballroom Dancing with Russian Flair: Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Latham, NY, and Dance Fire Studio of Niskayuna, NY.

At the festival the traditional Russian menu includes blini (Russian pancakes), golubtsy (stuffed cabbage), oven-baked piroshki, shashlik (Russian Shish Kebab) and Russian beer Baltika.

  • Organization: New Russia Cultural Center
  • Mission (from website): Our mission to introduce, celebrate and promote traditional Russian arts and culture to the community. Russian Winter Festival in the Capital Region of New York State aims to expand the public appreciation of Russian folk art, traditions and culture.
  • Event: 10th Annual Russian Winter Festival
  • Location: NRCC at 1550 Broadway, Rensselaer
  • Date/Time: Feb 24-24 — Feb 24: 12pm-5pm, Feb 25: 11am-3pm
  • Charge: Two day pass $10, One day – $6, children: $3
  • Facebook:  Yes “New Russia Center”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FIVE ~~~

Underground Railroad History Project

  • Mary Liz Stewart, Co-Founder & executive Director

In our increasingly polarized society, the symbol of the 19th century Underground Railroad movement and its abolition activists challenges us to publicly reflect and act upon the legacy of the institution of slavery in our contemporary times. LibertyCon 2018 looks to new research about the past to inform how we understand and respond to our present as we move forward together for a better tomorrow.

  • Organization: Underground Railroad History Project
  • Mission: Underground Railroad History Project researches and preserves the local and national history of the anti-slavery and Underground Railroad movements, their international connections, and their legacies to later struggles; it engages in public education and dialogue about these movements and their relevance to modern society.
  • Event: LibertyCon 2018: Embracing Equity in a Global Society
  • Location of event: NYS Museum, Albany Capital Center, Albany Visitors Center. The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence
  • Date/Time: March 9, 10, 11 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday — time varies daily — please see website for details
  • Cost: A la Carte
  • Contact Information: 518-432-4432 and
  • Facebook: Yes. “Underground Railroad history Project of the Capital Region”
  • Twitter: @URHPCR
  • Instagram: @URHPCR
  • Website:

~~~ Segment SIX ~~~

To Life! – The Pink Zone Game

  • Eileen Howe Bird, Executive Director

Siena College and To Life! will host the Pink Zone Celebration of Survivorship on Friday, February 23rd at Siena College. The Siena Women’s Basketball Team will host Canisius College. Proceeds from the game will support breast cancer programs and services offered through To Life! Additional information and tickets available through website or by calling office.

To Life’s Support group provides a safe place to share feelings and information that will remain confidential. This group meets monthly, serving English and Spanish speaking attendees.  Group is open to women facing breast cancer. Additional information and available through website or by calling the office at 518-439-5975.

  • Organization: To Life!
  • Mission: To educate our community about breast cancer detection, treatments and related health matters; and provide support services to breast cancer patients, caregivers, family and friends.
  • Event: The Pink Zone Game
  • Location of event: Siena College
  • Date/Time: Feb 23 at 7 pm game
  • Cost: Adults $12/ea. and children under 12 – $8 ea.
  • Monthly Meetings: Schenectady Support Group meets at the YWCA at 44 Washington Ave, in Sch’dy on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm. No charge to attend.
  • Contact Information: 518-439-5975
  • Facebook: Yes. “To Life Cares”
  • Twitter: @To_Life_Support
  • Website:


Upcoming Shows

February 27. 2018 -1022

 (Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Alpha 1 – Support Group (Event in March)

  •             Richard Lovrich, Organizer
  •             Carolyn Koch, Co-Leader

Animal Protective Foundation – Volunteer Programs and Adoptions

  •             Amy Duskiewicz, Shelter Director
  •             Brianne Doherty, Volunteer & Placement coordinator

Classic Theater Guild’s Of Mice and Men (Event Mar 8-18)

  •             John Birchler, Director
  •             Joseph Bruton, Actor
  •             William Wilday, Actor
  •             Alan Angelo, Actor
  •             Edward Miller, Actor

Historical Re-Enactor (Frederick Douglas, MLK, Jr, Booker T. Washington and More

  •             Don Hyman, Educator/Historian

Schenectady Police Dept.

  •             Asst. Chief Mike Seber

YWCA Northeastern NY

  •             Kerrie Wolf-Piechota, Development Asst.
  •             Carole Merrill-Mazurek, Board Member
  •             Crystal Doolity-Mills, Esq, Board Member

March 6, 2018 – #1023

 (Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Animal Protective Foundation – Tails By Twilight Hollywood Nights (Event Apr 13)

  •             Colleen Keating, APF Director of Development
  •             Bill Del-Sette, Gala Honorary Event Chair (Del-Sette Capital Mgmt)
  •             Harline Andrus, APF Volunteer and Gala Committee Member

Freihofer’s Training – Run for Women (Event Starts 3/19)

  •             Guests TBA

Proctors Historical Committee – Topic TBA

  •             Janice Walz, Committee Member

Reading is Fun – Grand Reading Jamboree (Event Apr 21)

  •             Al Magid, PhD
  •             “BookWorm”

Schenectady Job Fair (– Event Mar 15)

  •             Peter Jones

Schenectady Light Opera’s “Curtains” (Event 3/9 – 3/18)

  •             Adam Coons, Director
  •             Other Guests TBA

March 13, 2018 – #1024

 (Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Circle Theatre Players – The Crucible (Event 3/23 – 4/1)

  •             Val Kavanaugh, Director
  •             Sue Frost, Director
  •             Others TBA

Heritage Home For Women – 150th Anniversary Events

  •             Jane Schramm
  •             Others?

miSci –  April Break Week Classes & Nano Days

  •             Guests TBA

Rapp Road Gala – (Event Mar 14)

  •             Beverly Bardequez

Schenectady Civic Players – Other Desert Cities (Event Mar 16-25)

  •             Jennifer Van Iderstyne, Director
  •             Others TBA

Tax Credits – CA$H Coalition and VITA Program

  •             Melinda Burns


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