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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 yourself1

May 1, 2018 #1031

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~~~

Squeeze Play Performing

  • Peggie Hart, Director
  • Russ Patrician, Russ Pokorny, Pam Dodson,
  • Ralph Brooks, Sheldon Grand, Roland Tozer, and Greg Hart

The accordion is coming back! And we are a venue for accordion players who are looking to get back into playing.  We are just having fun playing the instruments that we love, and we just want to share this with others.

(Submitted by group) We have made a CD which will be available at our performances. It’s a German theme and we are hoping to let folks know that we are available for OKTOBERFEST gigs.  However, we are not strictly a German Band.  We also have a Holiday Show, an Irish Show, a Patriotic and Summer Show. We are a band for all seasons, having played weddings, birthday parties, churches, picnics, etc.  We are always looking for members.  I teach for the Old Songs in Voorheesville, and we will be looking for children between the ages of 4-14, as well as the adults that I have been teaching for years (10-12 Years)


We are also scheduled to play at the Bethlehem Concerts on the Green on Wednesday, July 25. We will be playing RAIN OR SHINE on that day at 7 pm. This will be a family event.  We have also played for the Bethlehem Children’s School, and also at the Elsmere Elementary. We are trying to introduce this instrument to the children. So many children don’t even know what an accordion is! So, we are available for schools, and family fun days. I have been so lucky to have all of these talented players, and it is our goal to usher this fine instrument back into the community. Recently, we have had a write up in the American Accordionist Magazine.

  • Organization: The Squeeze Play NY Accordion Band
  • Event: Outdoor Concert/ Rehearsal
  • Location of event: Voorheesville Gazebo
  • Date/Time: Every Tuesday evening, weather permitting from Memorial Day until Labor Day – 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Cost: no charge
  • Contact Information: see website
  • Website:

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

School for Lies at Sch’dy Civic Players

  • Chris Foster, Director
  • Jason Biszick “Frank” & Angelique Powell “Eliante” &
  • David Rook “Clitander”

THE SCHOOL FOR LIES – by David Ives (adapted from Molière’s The Misanthrope.)

It’s 1666 and the brightest, wittiest salon in Paris is that of Celimene, a beautiful young widow so known for her satiric tongue she been sued for it. Surrounded by shallow suitors, whom she lives off of without surrendering to, Celimene has managed to evade love since her beloved husband died- until today, when Frank appears. A traveler from England known for his own coruscating wit and acidic misanthropy, he turns her world upside-down, taking on her suitors, matching her barb for barb, and teaching her how to live again. A wild farce of furious tempo and stunning verbal display.

  • Organization: Schenectady Civic Players
  • Mission: We believe in the power of expression, and we work day and night to make sure our performances are flawless and meaningful. Our shows are designed to captivate and enlighten audiences. If you are looking to enjoy an entertaining outing suited for the entire family, you’ve come to the right place.
  • Event: School for Lies
  • Location of event: Schenectady Civic Playhouse in the Schenectady Stockade
  • Date/Time: May 4-6 and 9-13 — Fri & Sat @ 8:00 PM / Wed & Thu @ 7:30 PM / Sun @ 2:30 PM
  • Cost: $20 pp
  • Facebook: Yes – Schenectady Civic Players
  • Instagram: @SchenectadyCivicPlayers
  • Website:

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

Pedal-Paddle-Run Event

  • Jason Lecuyer, Director of Special Events – Sch’dy County

Come out and enjoy this “Not Your Typical” Triathlon. A 7 mile bike, 2 mile kayak or canoe and 5K run makes this event a one of a kind experience. Join us for a fun, family friendly, yet competitive event that provides an exciting adventure on the Mohawk River and the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path. All participants receive a race shirt and all finishers will receive a medal!
Compete as a team or on your own for those seeking a more challenging adventure!

  • Organization: Schenectady County Special Events
  • Event: Schenectady County Pedal-Paddle-Run
  • Location of event: Aqueduct Park – Niskayuna
  • Date/Time: 8 am on Saturday May 12th
  • Cost: $35
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: Yes – Schenectady County
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FOUR ~~~

Schenectady County Recycles!

  • Angelina Peone, Educator

SCR wants to help you start composting this summer. Angelina will bring a Compost Bin to our stage to show us.

A special pre order program will allow residents to order compost bins and accessories, which they can pick up at the Compost Fair in July. To pre order fill out the worksheet available on our website. Email Angelina with questions.

Open to capital region residents, but they must pick up the compost bin at the fair.

            The Fair is free to attend and will have workshops, live entertainment and much more.

~~~ Segment FIVE ~~~

Squeeze Play Performing

  • Peggie Hart, Director
  • Russ Patrician, Russ Pokorny, Pam Dodson, Ralph Brooks, Sheldon Grand,
  • Roland Tozer and Greg Hart



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May 8, 2018 – #1032

Filmed at THE ADDY THEATRE at Proctors

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)


Animal Protective Foundation – Foster Program

Brianne Doherty, Volunteer & Placement Coordinator

Amy Duskiewicz, Shelter Director

Brown School – 125th Anniversary


Freihofer’s Run for Women

Patrick Lynskey, Co-Director, Freihofer’s Run for Women

Mendelssohn Club of Albany Event

Jeff Vredenberg, Conductor

Colleen Pratt, Guest Artist

Proctors Historical Committee – Proctors Hall of Celebrity Fame

Jan Walz, Committee Member

May 15, 2018 – #1033

Filmed at THE ADDY THEATRE at Proctors

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)


Catholic Charities Senior & Caregiver Services

Marlene Hildenbrandt, Executive Director

Susan Napierski, Director, RSVP, Volunteers and Health and Wellness


John Russel Cring, filmmaker

Girl Scouts Northeastern NY

Mary Buszuwski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY

miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science

Guests TBA

Schenectady County Human Rights Commission Event

Angelicia Morris, Executive Director

Schenectady County Tourism “Discover Schenectady”

Becky Daniels, Executive Director

May 22, 2018 – #1034

Filmed at THE ADDY THEATRE at Proctors

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)


Circle Theatre Players “The Importance of Being Ernest” (Event Jun 1-10)

Criss Maccione, Director

Other Guests TBA

Kids Arts Festival (Event June 2)

Fran Giordano, Volunteer

Colleen Merays, Volunteer

Mad Science of the Capital District

Margaret Liberti-Wiegert, Owner


Oded Ben-Ami, Instructor

Musicians of Ma’alwyck (Event June 8 & 9)

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