Newsletter 9/5/17 Guests & Topics Schenectady Today Show

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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 5, 2017 #998

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 ~~~

Women’s Employment and Resource Center’s

Awards Celebration

  • Beth Miller, Executive Director
  • Patricia Blais, Marketing consultant/ WERC Board Vice Chair

Since 1988, WERC has provided quality workforce development services to more than 7,000 women from Capital District, who have lost their source of income upon the death, divorce, separation, disability, or dislocation of a spouse, or who are single mothers, or left the workforce to take care of an elderly parent.

Annually, WERC provides over 2,700 free services to women who need to return to the workforce giving them the resources, computer and career skills training, and the confidence needed to find employment in today’s competitive job market.

At the 2017 Annual Awards luncheon Celebration, the Capital District Women’s Employment & Resource Center (WERC) will honor these community leaders who have made important contributions to the personal and professional growth of women, as well as to the region’s economic vitality.

This year’s awardees include: Kathleen McLean, CEO, The McLean Group, who will receive the Harriet Rifkin Leadership Award; Jade Gibson, Founder & Owner, Jade’s Hair Envy Salon, who will be awarded the WERCing Woman of Achievement Award; and Susan Taylor, Manager, Great Finds Thrift Boutique, who will be recognized with the Advancement of Women in the WERCplace Award. This is the 13th year that WERC has hosted this uplifting event. KeyBank is the title sponsor of the event. Benita Zahn, WNYT Anchor & Health Report will emcee the event. Tickets are still available at

Patricia is also the WERC Awards Committee Member.

  • Organization: Women’s Employment Resource Center (WERC)
  • Mission: WERC is a not-for-profit organization that works to advance women’s success in the workplace by building their economic and personal independence.
  • Event: WERC’s 13th Annual Awards Luncheon Celebration
  • Location of event: Hilton Garden Inn, 235 Hoosick St. Troy, NY 12180
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017 from 11 am to 1:30 pm
  • Cost: $60 registration fee
  • Contact Information: Elizabeth Miller
  • Facebook: Yes “Capital District WERC”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

Sand Lake Historical Society’s “Who Killed Hazel Drew?”

  • Joan Fuess, President
  • John Holser, Filmmaker

Drew was murdered and found on Teal Pond, Sand Lake in 1908 and remains an unsolved mystery. In 1908 the murder made national news.  Today Twin Peaks fans from all over have called, Britain’s Daily Mail ran an article, the latest article has been in the NY Time.  The TV series “Twin Peaks” was based on this incident. The Town of Sand Lake Historian, Bob Moore, is the point person for the project. The project has resulted in tee shirts, a play, a film, two books and a new Twin Peaks series (Mark Frost, screenwriter).  John Holser is a local filmmaker who is in the process of making a documentary and has a three minute preview available. – Our October meeting honors the Suffragettes Anniversary and in November the Erie Canal Anniversary

  • Organization: Sand Lake Historical Society
  • Mission: To promote the appreciation and preservation of the history and culture of the Town of Sand Lake;
  • To gather, preserve, display….records and materials relating to the history of New York State and the Town of Sand Lake and surrounding areas; and to encourage suitable marking of places of historic interest.
  • Event: “Twin Peaks FAQ” Who killed Hazel Drew? The murder mystery that inspired Twin Peaks
  • Location of event: Sand Lake Center for the Arts, 2880 NY 43, Sand Lake, NY
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, Sept 12 at 7 pm
  • Cost: None
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: Yes
  • Website:

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

Schuyler Mansion & Crailo State Historic Sites

  • Heidi Hill, Site Manger

Harvest Faire is held as a tribute to the 17 and 18th century market faires held at Crailo.  Music, 18th c. reenactors and craft demonstrators, 18th century cooking demonstrations, Native American and Dutch interpreters, free ice cream, games and pumpkin painting are a few of the many amenities offered at this annual event.

Schuyler Mansion also has a September event.  Thursday evening, Sept. 21 from 5:30 – 7pm.  Phil Lord, former NYS Museum employee will discuss his research into the surveying, planning and development of the Western Inland Navigation Canal Company, the forerunner of the Erie Canal, headed by Philip J. Schuyler in the 1790s.

  • Organization: Crailo & Schuyler Mansion State Historic Sites
  • Mission: Crailo: The Museum of the Colonial Dutch in the Hudson River Valley. Exhibits housed within a 1707 van Rensselaer. Schuyler Mansion shares the history of the home of Major General Philip J. Schuyler & Catharine van Rensselaer Schuyler. Architecture, 18th century political & military history, daily 18th century life, tenant farm system, trade economy, early canal endeavors and developing a new nation.
  • Event:  Crailo Harvest Faire
  • Location of event: Crailo State Historic Site
  • Date/Time: Sat. Sept 16 – Rain Date: Sunday Sept 17 from 11 am to 4 pm
  • Cost: Free outdoor event. Small fee to enter museum
  • Contact Information: Crailo – 518-463-8738 and Schuyler Mansion – 518-434-0834
  • Facebook: Yes “Crailo State historic Site”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FOUR ~~~

Annual Carrot Festival

  • Hillary Fink, Carrot Festival Chair
  • Ken Carpenter, Cong. Agudat Achim President
  • Anita Merims, Original Carrot Festival Committee
  • Scott Baker, DKMS Representative/ 4 time Cancer Survivor/Author

This annual fall tradition features:  delicious food, fun activities for children, vendors galore, a community service tent, a farmer’s market with locally grown produce, a “cool” car show, a pet adoption clinic, and of course carrot cake!  Music and entertainment will be scheduled throughout the day.

  • Organization: Agudat Achim Congregation
  • Event: 39th Annual Carrot Festival
  • Location of event: Congregation Agudat Achim at 2117 Union St, Niskayuna
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Sept 10 from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Cost: Free Admission
  • Facebook: Yes “Carrot Festival”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FIVE ~~~

The Upper Union St. 5 K Run

  • Maureen Gebert, Executive Director

From their website: The run will start behind the Trustco bank at 1620 Union St. Registration begins at 7 AM with race at 8:30 AM. The course goes through and around Central Park and is USATF sanctioned. Registration is $25 prior and $30 day of event.

  • Organization: Upper Union Street BID
  • Event: 5 K run
  • Location of event: Upper union Street
  • Date/Time: Sat. Sept 16
  • Website:

~~~ Segment SIX ~~~

A Look at The ADDY at Proctors

  • Janice Walz, Proctors historical Committee

            Janice will be discussing the third floor of the former Carl Co, now being developed as “The Addy”, a small 100 person theater, rehearsal spaces and meeting rooms for the Empire State Youth Orchestra as well as other art groups.

  • Organization: Proctors Historical Committee
  • Mission: To gather, preserve, and display the history of F.F. Proctor and Proctors Theatre.
  • Event: Opening 2018
  • Contact Information: Audrey Hughes at
  • Website:


Sept 12, 2017 #999

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Capital Repertory Theatre – “Sex with Strangers”

  •             Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, Artistic Director
  •             Other guests TBA

Habitat for Humanity’s Build A Bash (Event Sept 28)

  •             Madelyn Thorne, Executive Director

Schenectady Historical Society “Farm to Fork” (Event Sept 16)

  •             Mary Zawacki, Executive Director

SLOC’s “Cabaret” – (Event Sept 22 to Oct 1)

  •             Peter Caracappa, Director
  •             Other Guests TBA

Story Circle – Season Debut at Proctors and Glen Sanders

  •             Kate Dudding, Storyteller

Walk for R.I.T.A. – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – (Event Sept 24)

  •             Laura Marx, Area Director, Capital Region, S. Central NY Chapters

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
  • Adam Marquise Productions – Circus
  • Byron Nilsson “Songs to Amuse”
  • Persephone PommeBurlesque Tribute
  • Cindy Werner “Cher” from Zing A Gram
  • Wunsapona Farms – The Alpacas

~~~~~ Other Guests – listed alphabetically ~~~~~

  • Greg Aidala, Area Personality – Co Host
  • Jon Russell Cring, Area Filmmaker
  • Greg Dewey, President Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • Bill Healy, Biblomania – Guest from our First show 1998
  • Mayor Gary McCarthy
  • Philip Morris, CEO Proctors
  • Leesa Perazzo, President Sch’dy City Council
  • Angelo Santabarbara, Assemblyman
  • Mike Seber, Sch’dy Asst. Police Chief
  • Jim Tedisco, NYS Senator
  • More to come – stay tuned!

Sept 26, 2017 #1001

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Circle Theatre Players “In the Heat of the Night”

  •                Patrick White, Director

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


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