Newsletter 6/6/17 – Sch’dy Today Show’s Guests and Topics

Schenectady Today

In & Around the Capital Region

Guest Line Up for the next four weeks of filming. (May be subject to change)

Now In our 19th year!

Looking forward to our 1,000th Show and Beyond!

SAVE THE DATE – September 19, 2017 in the GE Theatre – 10 am

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 yourself.

June 6, 2017 #986

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 ~~~

Jazz on Jay This Summer !

Guests:  Karen Johnson, Organizer and Nat Phipps, Musician

Here’s the upcoming schedule:

June 8 – Hot Club of Saratoga

June 15 – June Jays

June 22 – Brass & Blues

June 29 –Linda Harrison Quartet

July 6 – JECCO Trio

July 13 – Michael Benedict and Jazz Vibes

July 20 – Nat Phipps Quartet

July 27 – Peter Van Keuren Trio

August 3 – Tim Olsen Quartet

August 10 – Dylan Canterbury Quintet

August 17 – Giroux Brothers Quartet

August 24 – Music by McIntosh

August 31 – A 3

All concerts are from noon to 1:30 on the Jay St. Pedestrian Mall in Schenectady.  In case of rain the concerts move into Robb Alley at Proctors, 432 State Street.  For more information call (518) 573-2922.

Facebook: Yes “Jazz on Jay”

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

Juneteenth Celebration !

Guests: Betty Harper, Co-Chair and Miki Conn, Co-Chair

            This event is a celebration of the end of slavery.

Organization: Hamilton Hill Arts Center

Event: Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Location of event: Vale Cemetery and Central Park

Date/Time: June 16 -17

Cost: Free event

Contact Information: 518-312-6129

Facebook: Yes “Hamilton Hill Arts Center’s Annual Juneteenth Celebration


~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

Classic Theater Guild’s “Rumors” !

Guests: Phil Bruns, Asst. Director & Cast Member; Marie Oppedisano “Chris Gorman;

Michael O’Farrell “Ernie Cusack” and Cheryl Charbonneau “Claire Ganz”

            At a large, tastefully appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken, and wife Chris, must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.  This play is rated PG-13 for adult language.

Classic Theater Guild has been established exclusively for the advancement of education in the theater arts through, among other things, the production of contemporary and classical plays. The Guild also works to strengthen theatre arts, support emerging playwrights, encourage education in the Arts, present a diverse array of topics, and encourage persons to enter acting by promoting the benefits of dramatic entertainment to educational institutions and to the general public.

Organization: Classic Theater Guild

Event: Rumors by Neil Simon

Location of event: Temple Beth Israel in Sch’dy at 2195 Eastern Parkway

Date and time: June 8, 11, 13, 14, 15 and 18 — Evenings at 7:30, Matinees on Sunday at 3:00

Cost: $20 Regular / $18 Senior/Student

Contact Information: or 518-387-9150

Facebook: Yes “Classic Theater Guild”


~~~ Segment FOUR ~~~

Strawberry Festival on Upper Union St. !

Guests: Gregg Kelly, Vice Chair UUS-BID and Maureen Gebert, Executive Director

               Lots of entertainment and fun. Music: HaNG at Phillips Hardware 10-12, Long Bow trio at Hot Harry’s, Madeline Civill Trio at Head to Tail & Gershon’s 11:30 – 1:30.  Fashion show at Ferri Formal 2 PM.  Face painting at One Huge Sale, Dance recital at Dance Me, Pony Rides on Baker Ave, vendors and STRAWBERRIES.

Organization: Upper Union Street Business Improvement District

Event: Upper Union Street Strawberry Festival

Location of event: Upper Union Street

Date/Time: Sat, Jun 17 from 10 am to 3 pm

Cost: Free Event


~~~ Segment FIVE ~~~

Celebrating Outdoor Centennial Movies !

Guests: Carle Kopecky, Old Stone Fort Museum Director

            The Schoharie Free Street Movies Centennial Celebration will be held in the village of Schoharie, NY on Thursday, June 8 beginning at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, June 10 at 5 p.m. The featured movie on Thursday will be The Awakening of Helena Ritchie, starring Ethel Barrymore at 9 PM, the first movie shown on June 7, 1917. Saturday is a community festival with antique cars and exhibits, Jazz and Swing bands, food, and more. The feature film will be 1938’s The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Errol Flynn, plus The Awakening… and other short subjects.

Their mission: Preserving and presenting the history of Schoharie County, from prehistory to the advancing present. Street Movies Centennial – recognizing the 100th Anniversary of Schoharie’s Free Outdoor Street Movies, 1917-1942, and the pioneering vision of Mayor Perry Taylor and ingenuity of projectionist Edward Scribner.

Organization: Schoharie County Historical Society

Event: Schoharie Street Movies Centennial

Location of event:  Main St. Schoharie

Date/Time: Thursday, June 8 (7-10 pm) and Saturday, June 10 (5-11 pm)

Cost: Free Event

Facebook: Yes “Free Street Movies” and “Old Stone Fort”

Website: and

~~~ Segment SIX~~~

Soroptimist’s Garden Tour !

Guest: Freida Tanski

Information below retrieved from website

Organization: Soroptimist of Schenectady

Event: 14th Annual Outdoor Garden Tour

Location of event: Various

Date/Time: Sat. Jun 17 from 10 am to 4 pm

Cost: $20 – Tickets may be purchased at: Experience & Design, Schenectady, Faddegon’s Nursery, Inc., Latham, Felthousen’s Florist, Niskayuna,  Kulak’s Nursery & Landscaping, Rexford, Scott’s Hallmark, Glenville, The Open Door, Schenectady and The Petal Pusher, Burnt Hills and Oliver’s Cafe, Glenville.



June 13, 2017 #987

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Alpha-1 Update and Meeting

Richard Lovrich, Group Leader NY Upstate Alphas

Animal Protective Foundation – Foster Program & Kitten Season

Brianne Doherty, Shelter Team Leader

Colleen Guyer, Adoption and Rescue Relations

Kittens up for Adoption

Birding and other topics

Richard Guthrie

Kids Arts Fest – Wrap up with Junior Artist

Betsy Sandberg

Guest TBA

Life Snacks for Women

Sharon Burstein, Author

June 20, 2017 #988

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Comic Con in Schenectady

Leah LaFera, Adult services Public Library

Holistic Health Approach

John Ferguson, DC

Iroquois Museum in Howe’s Cave – Summer Events & Featured Exhibit “Walking the Steel”

Stephanie Shultes, Director

Others TBA

Schenectady County Library Summer Events

Kaela Wallman, Director of Youth Services Librarian

Leah LaFera, Adult Services Librarian

The Soul Man – Don Hyman – Performing and Music Trivia

June 27, 2017 #989

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Nik Bisanz Performing on our Stage

Nik Bisanz is a guitarist/vocalist

Dudley Observatory

Valerie Rapson PhD, Astrophysicist

Mad Science — Demonstrations

Margaret Liberti

Music Haven Summer Events

Mona Golub

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