Newsletter 6/12/18 Guests/Topics 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 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.

June 12, 2018 #1036

Filming at the Addy in Proctors

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~~~

“OZ” A Short Paly by Don Zolidis

Jill McManus “Glinda the Witch” & Melinda Burns, Wildwood

            The Wildwood Theater Arts Players present Oz: A Short Play by Don Zolidis. Reeling from her sister’s death, Beth suddenly finds herself journeying through a world suspiciously resembling the film The Wizard of Oz.  But, with the yellow brick road sold, the Scarecrow in a state of bliss, the Cowardly Lion acting, well, cowardly, and the Tin Man emotionally numb, Beth wonders what role she plays in this classic story gone awry. A hilarious and heart-wrenching exploration of grief and perseverance on the road to acceptance.

Theater Arts performances are supported by The Review Foundation and the Lucille Herold Trust Grant. Performances are open to the public. Adult Education has been providing classes and learning opportunities for almost 20 years. Students must be over 18 years of age to enroll in Adult Education. For more information, contact Melinda Burns at 518-640-3352, or e-mail

  • Organization: Wildwood Programs Inc.
  • Event: Oz: A Short Play by Don Zolidis
  • Location of event: Theater Institute at Sage College, Meader Little Theater, 1st and Division St., Troy 12180
  • Date/Time: Friday, June 14
  • Cost: $5
  • Contact Information: Tom Schreck,
  • Website:

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

STEM Classes /Asteroid & Bubble Day

Gina Gould PhD, President

 Danette Carll, Director of Education

Summer STEM Classes

Weeklong summer STEM classes for students in grades K-8, July 2 – August 31. Explore Topics like robotics, chemistry, manufacturing, astronomy, space academies, crime lab science and more. Hands-on activities in the classroom, plus time in miSci’s interactive galleries. Before and after care available. Registration online at Scholarships available. Free lunches available through Schenectady Inner City Mission.

Asteroid Day

Did you know that there are over 150 million asteroids in our solar system? Most of them orbit the sun in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and some are hundreds of miles wide! International Asteroid Day is a global awareness campaign where people from around the world come together to learn about asteroids and what we can do to protect our planet, families, communities, and future generations from future asteroid impacts. Asteroid Day is held each year on June 30, the anniversary of the largest impact in recent history, the 1908 Tunguska event in Siberia. Asteroid Day events around the world range from lectures and other educational programs to live concerts and broader community events, to raise public awareness of the need for increased detection and tracking of asteroids. The Dudley Observatory at miSci will present space themed activities, and display some of miSci and Dudley Observatory’s meteorite collection:

Solar observing through a telescope (weather depending)

Meteorite meteor-wrong: experimenting with different rocks to determine what is a meteorite and what is an Earth rock

Creating Craters: making craters with asteroids in simulated moon soil

Touch a meteorite: guests will have the opportunity to touch and explore real meteorites from space from the Dudley Observatory collections.

Bubble Day

Bubble day will consist of outdoor bubble fun!

  • Organization: miSci (Museum of Innovation and Science, formerly Sch’dy Museum)
  • Mission: To inspire people to celebrate and explore science and technology, past, present and future
  • Vision: A scientifically literate community sparking innovation. At miSci, all of our exhibits, programs, and events are designed with our mission in mind. miSci is a dynamic science museum that explores the area’s rich technological heritage while celebrating and fostering a regional spirit of invention and imagination.
  • Events:  See above
    • Asteroid & Bubble Day – Saturday June 30th
    • Summer STEM Classes at miSci – July 2 – August 31Location of event:
  • Date/Time: Daily @ miSci: 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Cost: Adults: $10.50; Seniors: $9.00; Children: $7.50; Under age 3: Free
  • Location: 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Sch’dy 12308
  • Contact Information: 518-382-7890
  • Facebook: Yes “miSciNY”
  • Instagram: @miSci_NY
  • Twitter: @miSciNY
  • Website:

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

Summer Lunch Programs

Phil Grigsby, Executive Director

Information has not been provided as of this printing.

From website: … Breakfast available at city sites. … Daily lunch served at fixed sites and from mobile vans.
… Supplemental activities are organized by volunteers serving meals. These can include arts & crafts, reading.
and more …

  • Organization:  Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM)
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FOUR~~~

Strawberry and Gourmet Food Festival

Madelyn Thorne, Representative

            A family oriented event along the Upper Union Street Shopping District. Sample restaurant cuisine, as well as local food artisan wares. Artwork, crafts, food and clothing vendors will be spread throughout the district. Balloon animals, face painting, bouncy bounce and pony rides for the kids. Great music, too.

  • Organization: Upper Union Street Business Improvement District
  • Mission: To promote business along the Upper Union Street Business Corridor and support our local community.
  • Event: Upper Union Street Strawberry and Gourmet Food Fest
  • Location of event: Upper Union Street
  • Date/Time: Saturday June 16th from 10-3 pm
  • Cost: Free event
  • Facebook: Yes “UpperUnionStreet”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FIVE~~~

Author: A Real Whole Lot

Jacqueline A. Kane PhD, Author

            The book “A Real Whole Lot: A World War II Soldier’s Love Letters to His Wife” by Jacqueline A. Kane, Ph.D. allows the reader to glimpse love eternal! Love’s depth is most poignant when heard in the voice when handwritten on a found sheet of paper.  Upon their deaths, the love of Baltimore, MD natives Phil and Jack, is revealed in some 200 transcribed v-mail and a dozen paper letters found while going through family papers. Largely from Phil to Jack while he was serving in the Army during WWII, these letters provide a mere glimpse of the author’s parent’s intense love for each other during the early years of their sixty-six-year marriage. As recent HBCU graduates, they were separated during most of their first 4 plus years of marriage. On the pages of this book is an opportunity for the reader to share the feelings that this couple strove to communicate to each other during their separation.

~~~ Segment SIX~~~

Final Exit Network

Eleanor Aronstein, Representative

            Mentally competent adults have the right to end their lives when they suffer from a fatal or irreversible illness or intractable pain, or when their future holds only hopelessness and misery.

FEN Educates and Supports its members so that they may achieve this.

FEN also supports the work of Compassion & Choices and Death with Dignity.  These organizations work toward achieving legislation which allows for PAD (Physician Aid in Dying).

FEN also supports organizations in the Death with Dignity Movement which work toward enacting laws which permit Physician Aid in Dying for people who qualify.

  • Organization: Final Exit Network
  • Cost: No charge
  • Contact Information: Final Exit Network, PO Box 10071, Tallahassee, FL 32302
  • Website:


~~~~~~~~~ Upcoming Shows ~~~~~~~~~

June 19, 2018 – #1038

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Electric City Barn

Kristen Holler, Executive Director

Maple Ridge Greenhouse – ARC Schenectady

Donna Vincent

Schenectady Police –Active Shooter Program – Preparing for the Unthinkable

Sgt. Matt Dearing

Sgt. Paul Antonovich

Schenectady Rotary – 100 years

Deneen Palmateer, President

Mark C. Sheehan, Past President

Curtis Eatman, Member

Waterford Museum — Events

Kevin Millington, Trustee

June 26, 2018 – #1039

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)


Angelina Peone

Derrick Horton and the Jay Street Band

Derrick Horton

Band Members

miSci – Asteroid Day


Music Haven

Mona Golub

STEP Program

Karen “Kay” Stanley-White, Executive Director

July 3, 2018 – #1040

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)


Baptist Home Saluting Veterans

Megan Miner Malone, Esq.


The Tony Wayne Story

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