Newsletter 8/1/17 Guests and Topics on Schenectady Today Show

Schenectady Today

In & Around the Capital Region

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 yourself.

August 1, 2017 #993

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 Performing Arts Production “Pippin”

Steven Yuhasz, Director

Student Star… TBA

          From their Press Release:  For 2017, Broadway Camp—part of the School of the Performing Arts at Proctors—has expanded its course offerings and is delving even deeper into the process of creating a production with the Tony Award®-winning Broadway classic Pippin, the tale of a young prince taking a soul journey with a mysterious group of traveling players.

Pippin plays at Proctors, 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4; and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5. Tickets, $10, are available at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady; by phone at 518.346.6204; and online at

  • Organization: Proctors Performing Arts School
  • Event: Pippin
  • Location of event: Proctors
  • Date/Time: Aug 4 (7 pm) & Aug 5 (2 & 7 pm)
  • Cost: $10
  • Facebook: Yes
  • Website:

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City Mission of Schenectady – Update

Mike Saccocio, Executive Director & CEO

            From their website: City Mission of Schenectady, founded in 1906, is dedicated to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. Our ministries are seeking to comprehensively meet the needs of the poor in a manner that dignifies and strengthens the individual, the family, and the community.

The purpose of City Mission of Schenectady is to establish and maintain programs and ministries that address the physical, social and spiritual needs of the poor as well as those who are under-resourced.

  • Organization: City Mission of Schenectady
  • Contact Information: 518-346-2275
  • Website:

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theREPs Summer Stage Acting Company “One Act Plays”

Author – TBA

Actor – TBA

            From their flyer: A night of short plays written by winners of the Young Playwright Contest and performed by the Summer Stage Young Acting Company at the REP.

  • Organization: Capital Repertory Theatre
  • Event: One Act Plays
  • Location of event: Capital Repertory Theatre –Albany
  • Date/Time: Aug 10 (4 pm) Aug 11 (4 pm) Aug 12 (11 am) Aug 13 (6 pm)
  • Cost: Free performances
  • Website:

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Classic Theater Guilds Summer Theater Festival

Phil Bruns & Julia Jaster — Directors

James Monsees, Taylor Steil,

Gwendolyn Davis & Maria Seipel — Actors

            Performing William Shakespeare’s Love’s Labor’s Lost directed by Phil Bruns and Robin Hood by Julie Jaster and directed by Julie Jaster.

There will be a Gala at Proctors: At Proctors Theater (432 State St, Schenectady, NY):  “Robin Hood” & “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” with refreshments in between!  August 19: Robin Hood at 2pm Love’s Labour’s Lost at 6pm

  1. Schedule at Indian Ladder Farm below:
  2. Robin Hood, August 3, 7pm
  3. Love’s Labour’s Lost, August 4, 7pm
  4. Robin Hood, August 6, 2pm
  5. Love’s Labour’s Lost, August 6, 5:30pm
  6. Robin Hood, August 8, 7pm
  7. Love’s Labour’s Lost, August 9, 7pm
  8. Love’s Labour’s Lost, August 10, 7pm
  9. Robin Hood, August 11, 7pm
  10. Robin Hood, August 13, 2pm
  11. Love’s Labour’s Lost, August 13, 5:30pm
  • Organization: Classic Theater Guild
  • Event: Summer Theater Festival
  • Location of event: At Indian Ladder Farm (342 Altamont Rd, Altamont, NY)
  • Date/Time: see above
  • Cost: Free Events
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FIVE ~~~

Bradford Smith Photographic Exhibit

Susan Rivers, Project Manager

            Renowned, Schenectady photographer Bradford Smith passed away in June of 2016.   During his long and varied career he was a photographer in NYC in the 40s and 50s.  Brad would take photos of fashion models by day and their nude portraits by night.   Brad left the Big City and returned to his beloved upstate NY and purchased a home in Ballston Spa.  That very home is now Brookside Museum.

For the first and last time, the public will have the opportunity to view and purchase Bradford Smith’s vintage fashion and vintage nude prints.  Each of these pieces were taken over fifty years ago and were printed within a year of being shot.  These are the originals Bradford had safely hidden away all these years.  Attention vintage photography collectors.  Vintage prints with certificates of authentication for sale.

Bradford J. Smith, Brookside’s most famous – and colorful – occupant, came to Ballston Spa after an illustrious career as a photographer in New York City during the 1940s and 1950s. By day, fashion photos for Harper’s Bazaar. By night, nude portraits of aspiring actresses.

Bradford’s (now) vintage photography will be shown in an atmosphere evoking those early days of Madison Avenue’s advertising “mad “ men.

This is a golden opportunity to own a piece of history as vintage prints will go to Heritage Auction House photography auction in October 2017. Sale of these one of a kind vintage photos will benefit the Saratoga County Historical Society.

  • Organization: After hours at Brookside Museum
  • Event: Bradford Smith Photographic Exhibit
  • Location of event: Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton St. Ballston Spa, NY
  • Date/Time: Aug 7-10 — After Hours exhibit open to the public to view and VIP sale 8/7, 8/8 and 8/9.
  • “After Hours” Soiree 8/10 7 to 11 pm.
  • Soiree – Fundraiser at same location On August 10 from 7-11 pm.  Ticket sales will benefit Saratoga county historical society. Limited number of free passes available.
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: Yes. “After Hours”
  • Instagram: @after_hours_vintage
  • Website:


Aug 8, 2017 #994

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Empower Ethiopia

  •             Lisa Buoniconto
  •             Tesfahunegn Sina, Skidmore Student

I’ll Remember You Fundraiser “Elvis Tribute”

  •             Deborah Austin
  •             Matthew Boyce, ETA
  •             Spencer Boyce, ETA
  •             Thomas Greene, ETA

Proctors Historical Committee – Stars from our area

  •             Janice Walz, Historical Committee

Reading is Fun

  •             Al Magid, Founder & President

Ride the Cure – Diabetes

  •             Denise Nicastro, JDRF Development Director
  •             Michelle DiMeo, First-year rider, JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes

Aug 15, 2017 #995

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Animal Protective Foundation – Community Spay and Neuter Clinic

  •         Stephanie Johnson, Clinic Manager
  •         Kathy Snowden, Clinic Customer Service Representatives

Lake George Music Festival — (Events Aug 11-24)

  •            Alex Lombard, Founder & CEO
  •             Roger Kalia, Musical Director and Conductor

miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science (Eclipse/Summer Programs)

  •             Mac Sudduth PhD, President

Pancreatic Cancer 14th Annual Walk (Event Sept 10)

  •             Shari Piper, Co-Founder & Participant
  •             Neil Piper, Co-Founder & Participant
  •             Sue Patterson, PC Survivor
  •             Therese O’Callaghan, PC Survivor

Schenectady School District’s Athletic Hall of Fame (Event Sept 11)

  •             Robert Pezzano, Organizer
  •             Paul Della Villa, 2017 Inductee, Mont Pleasant Football
  •             Mechelle Smith, 2017 Inductee, Basketball / Taekwondo Championships
  •             John Maurycy, 2017 Inductee, Mont Pleasant Golf
  •             Al Aldi, 1967 Mont Pleasant Football Captain – 50th Anniversary

Vale Park and Family Movie Night (Event Aug 24)

  •             Leesa Perazzo, City Council Member
  •             Jason Lecuyer, Sch’dy Co Special Events

August 22, 2017 #996

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Carla Page Interview

  •             Area Celebrity

Family and Child Service of Schenectady

  •             Bob VanZetta LCSW, Executive Director

Albany Poets

  •             Mary Panza, Vice President

Schenectady Historical Society – Arts & Crafts Festival (Event Aug 26)

  •             Mary Zawacki, Executive Director

Schenectady Jewish Community Center

  •             Marc Weintraub, Executive Director

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