Newsletter 9/10/19 Topics & Guests on the show

Schenectady / Capital Region Today

Now in our 22nd Year!

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.

September 10, 2019 – Show #1101

Segment ONE

The Addams Family at SLOC

James Alexander, Director; Gabriel Hage “Gomez Addams; Kevin O’Toole “Fester Addams” and Elizabeth Sterling “Morticia Addams”

Your favorite creepy and kooky family is LIVE, on stage, in this musical comedy about love, family, honesty and growing up.  The Addams are put to the test when their beloved daughter, Wednesday, falls in love with a “normal” boy and invites his family to dinner! “One Normal Night” is all she asks for, BUT the evening turns out to be anything but!

  • Organization: Schenectady Light Opera Company
  • Mission: SLOC Musical Theater is a non-profit community-based performing arts center. Our mission is to provide opportunities for adults and youth to experience and participate in the performing arts.
  • Event: The Addams Family
  • Location of event: 427 Franklin St. Sch’dy, NY
  • Date/Time: Sept. 20-19 — Thurs-Sat 8pm, Sunday 2pm & added matinee Sat 9/28 (2pm)
  • Cost: $23-28
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: Yes “Schenectady Light Opera Company”
  • Instagram: @sloctheater
  • Twitter: @sloctheater
  • Website:

Segment TWO

Build a Bash! Habitat does it again!

Madelyn Thorne, Executive Director & A.J. Gannon, JDog

            A truly fun fundraiser. Tug-of-War competition, Leap of Faith, TrustCo Bouncey Bounce House, Hammerschlagen. Food, music and more.

            A.J. Gannon is with JDog Junk Removal and Hauling.

  • Organization: Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County, Inc
  • Mission: To Build safe, affordable housing for working class families.
  • Event: Build a Bash (Fundraiser)
  • Location of event: Schenectady Armory
  • Date/Time: Sept 26 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Cost: $65 pp
  • Contact Information: Habitat’s Restore is located at 115 N. Broadway, Sch’dy
  • Facebook: Yes “Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County”
  • Website: &

Segment THREE

Story Circle Announces New Season!

Kate Dudding, Producer & Storyteller

            Listening to stories of hope – what a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Come hear many types of hope-filled stories – personal and historical stories as well as folktales from around the world – told by Fran Berger, Betty Cassidy, Kate Danaher, Alden (Joe) Doolittle, Marni Gillard, Linda McKenney, Claire Nolan, Nancy Marie Payne and Sandy Schuman.

  • Organization: Story Circle at Proctors
  • Mission: At every Story Circle show, superb performers tell rarely heard contemporary and traditional stories celebrating the human spirit. You will find that these shows are shared experiences between the audience and the performer, combining the intensity of a solo performance with the intimacy of a face-to-face conversation. Over 2,600 people have enjoyed our shows at Proctors. 
  • Event: Word Play: Hope
  • Location of event: Hearst Education Center (Underground), Proctors, Sch’dy
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 pm
  • Cost: $12, $8 per person for groups of 8 or more
  • Contact Information: 518-383-4620
  • Facebook: Yes “Story Circle Productions”
  • Website:

Segment FOUR

Beekman 1802 Harvest Fest in Sharon Springs!

Alan Edstrom, Events Manager

This year, as we celebrate the 10th Annual Beekman 1802 Harvest Festival, we invite you all to join us in this spirit of homecoming. Every vendor and artisan who has ever been part of our Beekman Neighborhood in Sharon Springs, NY and around the neighborhood is welcomed back with open arms, and we look forward to what we’re sure will be a joyful reunion

  • Organization: Beekman 1802 Harvest Fest
  • Event: Beekman 1802 Harvest Fest in Sharon Springs, NY
  • Location of event: Sharon Springs, NY
  • Date/Time: SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14 AND SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2019  from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Contact Information: 1-888-801-1802
  • Facebook: Yes “Beekman 1802”
  • Instagram: @beekman1802
  • Website:

Segment FIVE

Empire State Aerosciences Museum Events

Kevin Millington, Vice President

          The viewers will learn about the recent and upcoming happenings at the museum, including erection of the Concorde replica, the week-long Aviation STEM Camp, and proposed redevelopment of the museum.

  • Organization: Empire State Aerosciences Museum
  • Mission: The Empire State Aerosciences Museum is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to interpret aviation.
  • Location of event: Rudy Chase Drive at Schenectady Airport (off Route 50)
  • Contact Information: See website
  • Facebook: Yes “EmpireStateAerosciencesMuseum”
  • Website:

Segment SIX

35th Anniversary — Goldie’s History and More

Janice Walz, Proctors Historical Committee

          Goldie is the name that has been designated to identify their organ at the Mainstage. There are monthly organ concerts held at Proctors performed by a number of professional organists.

            Carl Hackert has been playing the theater organ since soon after it was installed at Proctors in the early 1980s. In those days, Proctors was undergoing a renovation and Dennis Madden, then-executive director, wanted an organ for the house.

            Proctors had opened in 1926 and had had a pipe organ to accompany vaudeville shows, silent films, stage productions and background music at intermissions. On a trip to Minneapolis, Madden heard Goldie, which was at the time installed at Claude Newman’s mansion. “Dennis loved organ and when he heard Goldie, he fell in love with it and knew he had to have it,”

            Hackert said. Goldie had been built in 1931 for the Paramount Theater in Aurora, Illinois, and was so named because she had an all-gold finish.

  • Organization: Proctors Historical Committee
  • Mission: To preserve the history of Proctors and the people that made and keep it a success.
  • Location: 432 State Street, Sch’dy
  • Website:

Upcoming Shows          

September 17, 2019 Show #1102

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

National Ballroom Dance Week Event at Colonie center (Event Sept 25)

            Barbara Ritschel

            Gary Burgess

            Anita Riccio

            Additional Guests?

Out of Darkness Walk – American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (Event Sept 28)

            Nichele Darby

            Additional Guests?

Schenectady County Historical Society’s Farm to Fork – (Event Oct 5)

            Mary Zawacki, Executive Director

            Additional Guests?

Stockade Walk-About – (Event Sept 28)

            Sylvie Briber

            Additional Guests?

Ja Ja’s Kids – orphanage in Uganda

            Diane Reiner, Advocate

            Additional Guests?

Capital District Women’s Employment & Resource Center (WERC) – (Event Oct 1)

            Elizabeth Miller- Guthier, Executive Director

September 24, 2019 Show #1103

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Angel Names Association

            Lisa Rose, Vice President

            Michelle Mosca President

            Amy Reinink, Board Member

Author “The Woman Behind the Mask”

            Shana Gourdine

Cornell Cooperative Extension – Schenectady County – Topic TBA

            Lester Rosenzweig, MS, RD, CDN, Nutrition Educator

            Victoria Opalka, Sage College Nutrition Intern

miSci (Museum of Innovation & Science) – New Exhibition

            Guests TBA

Schenectady Day Nursery – Fundraiser (Event Oct 24)

            Guests TBA

USISTD Albany Upstate Chapter – Dance Camp

(United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing)

            Louise Giuliano, Chair          

            Sue Martin, Secretary & Director Camps and Competitions

            Ruth Lieberman Treasurer

            Sue Nelson, PR Director

October 1, 2019 Show #1104

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Circle Theatre Players “Church & State”

            Patrick White, Director

            Additional Guests?

Dudley Observatory at miSci – Observe the Moon Night

            Valerie Rapson PhD

Holocaust Remembrance

            Robert A. Michaels

            Additional Guests?

Northeast Career Planning

            Nancy Rider, Chief Executive Officer (email address required)

            Additional Guests?

Reading is Fun Program – Fundraiser

            Al Magid PhD, Founder

            Additional Guests?

SEAT Center – Bites & Brews (Event Oct 4)

(Social Enterprise & Training Center)

            Jennifer Lawrence, Executive Director

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