Newsletter Apr 2, 2019 Topics and Guests – Sch’dy Today

 Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region

Now in our 21st 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.

April 2, 2019 – Show #1078

Segment ONE

Time Stands Still at Sch’dy Civic Players

John Quinan, Director; Jean Carney “Sarah”; Laura Graver “Mandy”

             “Time Stands Still” focuses on Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy.  Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together making a difference.  But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life.

             Civic Players and Capital Area actors featured in Time Stands Still are Jean Carney, Michael Schaefer, David Rook, Laura Graver and Michael Silvia.

Organization: Schenectady Civic Players

Event: Time Stand Still by Donald Marguiles

Location of event: Green Room at the Civic Players Playhouse

Date/Time: Sunday, April 7 at 2:30 pm

Cost: Pay what you will

Facebook: Yes


Segment TWO

2018 Tax Season – Final Update

Tracy Randle, Program Director; Joanne Passineau, Site Coordinator

            Households with income of $55,000 and below can have their taxes prepared for FREE by an IRS Certified Tax Preparer.  

            We are actively seeking volunteers for the program. Training is free. You can visit or email Tracy Randle (see below)

Organization: CA$H Coalition Greater Capital Region

Mission: To help individuals and families keep their hard earned money

Event: Free Tax Prep

Locations: Various Locations throughout the Greater Capital Region

Dates: January to April 2019

Time: Call 2-1-1 for appointments and information

Charge: Free

Contact Information: Tracy Randle , 518-640-2371


Segment THREE

Annie Comes to Hubbard Hall

David Snider, Executive & Artistic Director; Virginia May Edinger, Director

            Hubbard Hall & the Cambridge Central School Drama Club present the Broadway Smash Annie!

            Annie is a Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan. The original Broadway production opened in 1977 and ran for nearly six years, setting a record for the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theatre). It spawned numerous productions in many countries, as well as national tours, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The musical’s songs “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard Knock Life” are among its most popular musical numbers.

            Direction and choreography by Virginia May Edinger; Musical directed by Richard Cherry; Voice coaching and stage management by Moe Cossey; Assistant directing by Katherine Danforth

            Join us for the third year of the CCS Drama Musical here in Hubbard Hall! From the company that brought you The Sound of Music and Fiddler on the Roof, this show will blow you away with all of its heart, soul and song.

Organization: Hubbard Hall Cultural & Education Center

Mission: Hubbard Hall is a thriving arts center dedicated to cultivating, sustaining and promoting the cultural life of our rural community in Washington County, NY and throughout the Capital Region.

Event: Annie – the Musical by Strouse, Charmin & Meehan

Location of event: Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts in Cambridge, NY

Cost: $10 General, $5 Students 21 and Under

Date/Time: April 5-14 — Fridays-Saturdays at 7:30 pm Sundays at 2 pm

Contact Information: 518-677-2495 and

Facebook: Yes. Hubbard Hall Cultural and Education Center

Twitter: @thedavidsnider

Instagram: @hubbard.hall


Segment FOUR

Hamilton! The Eddies! Next Season and More at Proctors

Michael Eck, Sr. Communications & Public Relations Leader

Six acts have been announced to represent local sounds at the inaugural Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Awards, April 14 at Proctors.

The performers represent the wide range of music found throughout the Capital Region, touching on songwriters, hip-hop artists, worldbeat musicians, blues rockers and party bands.

Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra, Bear Grass, Johnny 2 Phones, New York Players, Wyld Blu and Rich Ortiz will appear at the festivities, which will be hosted by musician/comedian Erin Harkes (nominated for Solo or Duo Performer of the Year—Covers Category).

Organization: Proctors

Event: The Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Awards and more

Location of event: Proctors

Date/Time: Sunday, April 14 at 6 pm

Cost: $20 in advance or $25 at door for the Eddies.

Contact Information: Box Office at Proctors 432 State ST. Sch’dy or 518-346-4204


Segment FIVE

 Harry Potter Day at miSci

Dan Beck, Dir. of Membership & Special Events

            Are you a muggle trying to escape the routine of everyday life? Are you a wizard or witch looking to return to the wizarding world? No matter your circumstance you should come to “The Science and Wizardry of Harry Potter” presented by miSci. On Saturday, April 13th miSci will transform from a museum to an interactive experience space complete with everything a wizard, young or old, may need to expand on their magical journey.

Organization: miSci (Museum of Innovation and Science)

Vision: A scientifically literate community sparking innovation

Mission: To inspire people to celebrate and explore science and technology, past, present and future

At miSci, all of our exhibits, programs, and events are designed with our mission in mind. miSci is a dynamic science center that explores the area’s rich technological heritage while celebrating and fostering a regional spirit of invention and imagination.

Event: The Science & Wizardry of Harry Potter

Location of event: miSci – Nott Terrace Heights, Sch’dy

Date/Time: Saturday, April 13 from 11 am to 4 pm

Cost: miSci General Admission: Adults: $12, Seniors: $10, Children: $8; Children under age 3: Free

Contact Information: 518-382-7890 or

Facebook: Yes “miSciNY”

Twitter: @miSciNY

Instagram: @misci_ny


Segment Six

Walk for Mercy

Richard S. Zazycki, Executive Director

            The “Walk for Mercy” fundraising activity is our annual spring event, having as its theme; “Widening the Circles of Mercy” and is being done in partnership with Maria College which is another sponsored work of the Sisters of Mercy…

            “Walk For Mercy” to benefit Circles of Mercy and Maria College’s Student Support Center.  Circles of Mercy and Maria College are sponsored ministries of the Sisters of Mercy.  

            Admission to the event is free…  To ensure a successful event, walkers and sponsors are needed.  Kindly RSVP by April 2, 2019 by calling Circles of Mercy at 518-462-0899 -or- email us at

            Registration and Open House takes place at Marian Hall.  Walk also supports Maria College’s Frank E. O’Brien, Jr. Student Support Center.  There will be Refreshments, Free Walk T-Shirts to the first 50 Walkers, and also several Prize Raffles

Organization: Circles of Mercy, Inc

Mission: Circles of Mercy, is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy NE Community, With a 21-year tradition of providing hope, hospitality and empowerment to Individuals in the Rensselaer Community, especially women and women with children…

Event: “Walk for Mercy” in Partnership with Maria College

Location of event: Maria College – Marian Hall – 700 New Scotland Avenue | Albany, NY  12208

Date/Time: Saturday, April 6, 2019 — 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Cost: Free – Need Both Walkers and Donors

Facebook: Yes “Circles of Mercy”


Upcoming Shows       

April 9, 2019 Show #1079

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

DEC & American Eel Research Project

               Garrett McCarey, Volunteer

Girl Scouts of NENY — Camping

               Mary Buszuwski, Executive Director

               Other guests?

Legal Corner — Law Update

               John Musacchio, Esq

Mother Teresa Cancer Awareness Fund

               Terra Maddalone-Ristau, Executive Director & Co-Founder

               Joyce Maddalone, Co-Founder and Chair

Women’s Symposium – Habitat for Humanity — (Event Apr 24 & 25)

               Madeline Thorne, Executive Director Habitat for Humanity

               Brenda Keneally, Photojournalist

April 16, 2019 Show #1080

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Black Diamond Group Performance Ensemble

               Penny Meacham

               Other guests TBA

Jan’s Wanderings – Topic Historical Windows

               Janice Walz

Kema’s Kreations – Fashion Bags

               Karen (Kema) Maxwell, Designer

The Living Room – Crisis Diversion Program

               Tele Rabii, Peer Specialist: Living Room

               Jennifer DeCresente, Program Director: RSS

               Jennifer Clemons: Care Manger: The Living Room

               Mary May, LCSW-R, Clinical Mgr.: Ellis Mental Health Clinic

               Hannah Springer, MSW, Program Mgr.: Schenectady Care Mgmt.

               Eileen Soricillo McGachey LCSW-R, Supvr. Psychiatry Living Room

MiSci – Dudley Observatory & Octagon Barn

               Valerie Rapson PhD, Astrophysicist

April 23 2019 Show #1081

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Author of Let My Legacy be Love, A Story of Discovery & Transformation

               Christina Beachemin

Author of Parabellum (When you live in Peace, Prepare for War) – Spy/Thriller

               Jack Nanuq

miSci – Gala (Event May 3)

               Tara Burnham

Schenectady Light Opera – 42nd Street (May 3 – 12)

               Suzanne Rayome, Director

               Additional Guests TBA

Taiwanese American Heritage Week – (Event May 6)

               Chungchin Chen, Organizer

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