Newsletter 9/12/17 Guests and topics on Schenectady Today

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.

September 12, 2017 #999

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 ~~~

Cap Rep’s Sex with Strangers

  • Maggie Mancinelli- Cahill, Artistic Director
  • Jenny Strassburg, Actor
  • Ben Williamson, Actor

From their website: When Ethan, a strapping twenty-something blogger ends up snowbound at a Bed and Breakfast with his literary idol, forty-ish novelist Olivia, sparks fly! One thing leads to another, as these two savvy writers give in to their mutual attraction — but oh, in the morning….things are not quite what they seemed to be the night before.  Soon it becomes clear that this passionate weekend will turn into a life-altering experience – all just a click or a tweet away.

Just like a page-turner, this smart comedy pulls you in and keeps you wondering what’s coming next…well-crafted, with sly wit and pitch perfect dialogue. — New York Daily News

A hell of a lot of fun. — The Hollywood Reporter

Contains mature language and adult subject matter.

  • Organization: Capital Repertory Theatre
  • Event: “Sex with Strangers”
  • Location of event: Capital Repertory Theatre – 111 North Pearl, Albany
  • Date/Time: Sat Sept 22 through Sun Oct 15
  • Cost: Varies – Tickets:
  • Website:

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

SLOC’s “Cabaret”

  • Peter Caracappa, Director
  • Gary Hoffmann, “Herr Schultz”
  • Melissa Putterman-Hoffmann, “Frl Schneider”
  • Heather-Liz Copps, “Frl Kost” “Fritze”
  • James Alexander “Cliff Bradshaw”

Cabaret is SLOC’s 91st season opener! In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920’s draw to a close, a Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. The Emcee’s bawdy songs, along with the brash and glitzy performers of the Kit Kat Klub provide the backdrop as Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.

Gary Hoffmann and Melissa Putterman-Hoffmann will perform the number “Married”, which is sung by their characters, Herr Schultz and Fraulein Schneider.

  • Organization: Schenectady Light Opera Company
  • Mission: Schenectady Light Opera Company 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: Cabaret
  • Location of event: SLOC, 427 Franklin St. Sch’dy
  • Date/Time: Sept 22-24 & Sept 28-Oct 1 — Thurs-Sat 8pm, Sunday 2pm
  • Cost: $22-28
  • Contact Information: Box Office 877-350-7378
  • Facebook: Yes. “SLOC Theater”
  • Twitter: @sloctheater
  • Instagram: @sloctheater
  • Website:

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

Story Circle Events

  • Kate Dudding, Storyteller

Word Play: Awakening — The morning isn’t the only time when people wake up. Come hear stories about people who had unexpected awakenings which changed their lives. Storytellers: Betty Cassidy, Claire Beetlestone, Joe Doolittle, Kate Dudding, Marni Gillard, Nancy Marie Payne, Sandy Schuman.

Stories of Haunting — Stories of haunting and the haunted as told by master storytellers Barbara Chepaitis and Mary Murphy. A storyteller as well as an author of 7 published novels, Barbara is a member of the group String Stories, which brings original music, story, and poetry to classrooms and performance venues. A storyteller as well as a writer, Mary’s stories have been published in two anthologies. She has performed at the National Storytelling Festival as well as festivals and storytelling events, both locally and across the country.

  • 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 2,300 people have enjoyed our shows at Proctors
  • First Event: Word Play: Awakening
  •             Location of event: Fenimore Gallery at Proctors
  •             Date/Time: Sunday, Sept 24 at 2 pm
  •             Cost: $12
  • Second Event: Story Sunday: Bump in the Night
  •             Location of event: Glen Sanders mansion
  •             Date/Time: Sunday, Oct 1 at 5 pm
  •             Cost: $37 – includes dinner
  • Facebook: Yes. Story Circle Productions
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FOUR ~~~

Build A Bash

  • Madelyn Thorne, Executive Director

The 5th Annual Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County’s Build-A-Bash will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Schenectady Armory. This action packed event will be hosted by Master of Ceremonies, Jack Arnecke and Honorary Chair, Ann Parillo and will celebrate our Volunteer Honoree, Lauri Dittmer.  Fantastic food will be served by our exclusive Food and Beverage sponsor Mallozzi’s.  There will be tasty desserts, refreshments at the cash bar, music, games and the ever popular Tug of War Challenge and Hammerschlagen competitions.  It will be a night to remember!

  • Organization: Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County, Inc.
  • Mission: Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
  • Event: 5th Annual Build A Bash
  • Location of event: Schenectady Armory
  • Date/Time: Thurs. Sept 28 starting at 5:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Cost: $65 per ticket in advance, $75 at the door
  • Contact Information: Karen McLane, Community Relations Manager —
  • Facebook: Yes “SchenectadyHabitat”
  • Website:  and

~~~ Segment FIVE ~~~

Mabee Farm to Fork Event

  • Kat Wolfram, President, Electric City Food Co-op
  • Mary Zawacki, Executive Director, Sch’dy Historical Society
  • Michael Diana, Educator

            Mission of Electric City Food Co-op:  Electric City Food Cooperative, Inc. is a member-owned and operated cooperative marketplace based on principles of economic fairness. Our mission is to cultivate the health, self-sufficiency, and sustainability of our community.

The purposes for the Cooperative are to 1) provide wholesome food and responsibly-produced products to our member-owners and their families and guests throughout the community, 2) Expand social awareness of health and nutrition, 3) Support local agriculture and the local economy, 4) Promote sound ecological practices, 5) Offer member-owners an opportunity to contribute talents and abilities towards the success of the Cooperative.

The Cooperative shall operate on a not-for-profit basis and shall be empowered to operate for any and all lawful purposes and activities for which cooperatives may be organized under the laws of the State of New York and to transact any and all such business incidental thereto, primarily for the benefit of its member-owners and their families and guests and for the benefit of the Community.

            Mission of Schenectady County Historical Society: The Schenectady County Historical Society shares stories, inspires dialogue, and encourages understanding of the history, people, and cultures of Schenectady County.


The Schenectady County Historical Society will strengthen our community and be an increasingly vital destination and resource for those who wish to explore history.

Support of this harvest event will expand both organizations’ reach into the community and demonstrate your commitment to a stronger, progressive regional economy.

Proceeds from the event will support Mabee Farm Historic Site (part of the Schenectady County Historical Society) and the membership drive for the Electric City Food Co-op.

County Historical Society and the Electric City Food Co-op are teaming up to bring an evening celebration of local food with live music inside Mabee Farm’s historic Dutch Barn. We’re even sourcing ingredients from Mabee Farm’s own fields!

The event includes a locally-sourced meal prepared by area chefs, music by Justin Friello & Joshua Mlodzianowski, a cash bar, and a silent auction/raffle – all in the pastoral setting of a working farm on the Mohawk River.

This year we are bestowing the Schenectady Farm & Food Award to John Ackner, a farmer in his own right and the site farmer and blacksmith at Mabee Farm Historic Site. This award is given to acknowledge the role small farms play in culture and food quality — both historically, and today, and to recognize a person or business in Schenectady County that integrates local food and farm into the community.

By offering this award, our organizations aim to inspire dialogue and promote farm to table food in Schenectady County, as part of normalizing fresh food, and to strengthen and position local food culture towards greater sustainability and craftsmanship in a thriving and vibrant local economy.

Each Award recipient will be a Schenectady County business owner or individual employed by a Schenectady County business or organization who demonstrates a pattern of intention and action to source locally for eating, serving, producing, baking, brewing, distilling, or educating.

  • Organizations: Electric City Food Cooperative, Inc. & Schenectady County Historical Society
  • Event: Farm to Fork
  • Location of event: Mabee Farm Historic Site – The Dutch Barn at the Farm
  • Date/Time: Saturday Sept 16 from 5-9 pm
  • Cost: $50 per person
  • Contact Information: Mary Zawacki — Executive Director, Schenectady County Historical Society 518-374-0263 Or Kat Wolfram — Board President, Electric City Food Co-op (518) 322.6628
  • Facebook: Yes
  • Twitter: @ElectriCityCoop & @MabeeFarm & @SchenectadyHist
  • Instagram: @schenectadyhistorical
  • Websites:  and

~~~ Segment SIX ~~~

Capital Region Walk for R.I.T.A.

  • Laura Marx, Area Director, Capital Region NY Chapter

The 13th annual Capital Region Walk for R.I.T.A. is a suicide prevention and awareness walk bringing together over 1,500 people from across the Capital Region. Money raised from the walk provide research and suicide prevention, education, training and support programs free of charge in the local communities the chapter serves.  The walk also provides support and healing to people who have lost someone to suicide or who struggle with their own mental illness or suicidal thoughts.  The event leaves people with a sense of healing and hope.

  • Organization: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Capital Region NY Chapter
  • Mission: To save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.
  • Event: Capital Region Walk for R.I.T.A.
  • Location of event: Orenda Pavilion in the Saratoga Spa State Park
  • Date/Time: Sunday, September 24, 2017 — Check-in begins at 9:00 am, opening program begins at 10:30 walk immediately follows
  • Cost: No registration fee, donations encouraged
  • Contact Information: Area Director, 518-791-1544
  • Facebook: Yes “AFSPCapitalRegionNY”
  • Website:   


Sept 19, 2017 #999

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Sept 19, 2017 #1000
YES! It’s our 1000th show!!!!
~~~~~ Featured Musical/Entertainment Guests ~~~~~
FLAME the Band in the GE Theatre
Derrick Horton and the Jay Street Band in the Atrium
Sherri Bellucci, Folksinger
Mark Carrigan with Domino, The Puppet People
Edd Clifford “The Human Jukebox
Don “The Soul Man” Hyman
Malcolm Kogut on Piano
Aaron Marquise Productions – Circus
Byron Nilsson “Songs to Amuse”
Persephone PommeBurlesque Tribute
Cindy Werner “Cher” from Zing A Gram
Wunsapana Farms in Altamont – The Alpacas

Warm UP – Jewish Community Center Trainers
~~~~~ Other on-air Guests – listed alphabetically ~~~~~

Greg Aidala, Area Personality – Co Host
Jon Russell Cring, Area Filmmaker
Greg Dewey PhD, President Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Bill Healy, Biblomania – Guest from our First show 1998

Karen Johnson, Vice Chair Sch’dy County Legislature & Former Mayor
Mayor Gary McCarthy

Gregg Millett Tribute
Philip Morris, CEO Proctors
Leesa Perazzo, President Sch’dy City Council
Angelo Santabarbara, NYS Assemblyman
Mike Seber, Sch’dy Asst. Police Chief
Jim Tedisco, NYS Senator

Sept 26, 2017 #1001

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Circle Theatre Players “In the Heat of the Night”

  •                Patrick White, Director
  •                Aileen Penn, Actor
  •                Richard Cross, Actor
  •                Lee Lattimer, Actor

Hennessey Homebrew Emporium – Celebrating 20th Anniversary

  •                Roger Savoy, Owner

miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science – National Astronomy Week

  •                Valerie Rapson, PhD

National Association of the Blind Albany

  •                Cheryl Lawyer
  •                Clive, NABA Ambassador

One Walk Saratoga

  •                Guest TBA

Upper Union Street BID – Harvest Fest

  •                Guest TBA

October 3, 2017 #1002

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Schenectady Today: Special Edition

Schenectady Tomorrow
This show will consist of two panels. The first half hour will consist of Panel One
Economic Engines: Business and Non-Profits Working Together
Panel Members

Carm Basile, CEO Capital District Transportation Authority
Jeff Buell, President/CEO Sequence Development

Jayme LaHut, Executive Director, Metroplex
Ray Legere. Owner Legere Properties/Legere Group
Colleen Merays, Asst. Director, Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation

Fueling the Engines: Arts, Entertainment and Tourism
Panel Members

Maria Papa, Owner, Perreca’s and More Perreca’s Restaurant
Judy Patrick, Schenectady Daily Gazette
Mac Sudduth PhD, President miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science
Madelyn Thorne, Executive Director habitat for Humanity/ Community Projects
Mary Zawacki,  Executive Director, Schenectady Historical Society


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