Newsletter Aug 21, 2018 — Topics and Guests

 Schenectady Today

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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 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.

August 21, 2018 #1047

Filming at the Addy in Proctors

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~~~

Scottish Games! A great event!

Bill Munro, Schenectady Pipe Band

This event includes competitions, performances, foods, crafts, clothing and various other vendors and in general a great place to enjoy the day or the entire weekend.  The Northeastern United States Pipe Band Championships are held here.

Pipe bands strive for a full “big band” sound. Pipers play mostly in unison. Harmony, when used, creates a distinctive haunting sound. Bands must meet musical and minimum personnel standards varying by grade.

Larger bands may not be better bands. Additional players must play and sound as well as the minimum complement, or unison will suffer. But, extra players can add volume and fullness to a band’s sound and may add to the band’s standing. In every case, it’s not just the level of difficulty of the music that counts, but how well it is played.

Bill performs on the show.

  • Organization: Capital District Scottish Games / Schenectady Pipe Band
  • Event: Annual Capital District Scottish Games
  • Location of event: Altamont Fairgrounds
  • Date/Time: Sat/Sun; Sept 1-2; Sat starts at 8 am and Sun at 9 am
  • Cost: Prices start at $10 (pre-sale). See website for event prices based on day and events.  Children 12 and under enter free/ Free parking.  50% discount to veterans and active military – just show your ID card at the gate – discounts are only at the gate.
  • Contact Information: see website
  • Facebook: yes
  • Website:

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

Eyes Wide Open Fundraiser – Play with your Food

  • Deborah McKenzie Fowler, President/Founder/Shop Owner
  • Joe Starzyk, Playwright – Joe Starzyk Productions

Play with your Food is a dinner-theater fundraiser supporting Eyes Wide Open, NENY, Inc.  The 3 short plays will be presented by Joe Starzyk Productions. Catering provided by Mazzone Hospitality.

To purchase tickets on line:  Login to Click on Upcoming Events/Click Play with Your Food/ and purchase tickets.

  • Organization: Eyes Wide Open NENY, Inc.
  • Mission: Our mission is to raise awareness of human trafficking in Northeastern NY through a campaign of public awareness; advocacy; and collaboration with existing community organizations, local law enforcement, and health care professionals. We purpose to provide restorative care and a sanctuary of healing and hope for women survivors of sex trafficking, prostitution and addiction.
  • Event: Play with your Food
  • Location of event: Key Hall Proctors
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Oct. 4 at 6 pm
  • Cost: $85 per ticket — may be purchased online on their website
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: Yes “Eyes Wide Open”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

A BBQ! Schenectady Day Nursery

  • Patricia Skinner, Board Member
  • Eli McNett, Board member

            New location at Zion Lutheran Church, 153 Nott Terrace for the 3rd annual Fall Chicken BBQ to benefit Schenectady Nursery – About the guests: Eli McNett has been on the SDN board for several years – he is a legislative aide to Assemblyman Phil Steck and is a professional fire fighter / EMT – he “invented” the SDN BBQ fundraiser with his friend, caterer and retired police officer “Little John” AND when he was little he made lifelong friends as a student at Schenectady Day Nursery. Patty Skinner is an SDN board member, a Zion Lutheran Church parishioner and the retired Executive Director of the Capital District Child Care Council. She played a role in creating a wonderful new relationship between SDN and Zion’s “Outside the Walls” project.

Menu includes: half chicken, baked potato, coleslaw and corn bread.

  • Organization: Schenectady Day Nursery
  • Mission: Schenectady Day Nursery is a non-profit, licensed child care center offering affordable, quality childcare services and early learning programs for infants and children of working families. SDN provides a secure and nurturing environment for children between the ages of six weeks old to twelve years old. Fundraising activities such as the annual BBQ help keep tuition affordable especially for some of our families who work at entry level positions.
  • Event: 3rd Annual BBQ — To Go to benefit Schenectady Day Nursery
  • Location of event: Zion Lutheran Church, 153 Nott Terrace, Schenectady
  • Date/Time: Friday, September 14, 2018 — 4 PM – 6:30 PM – or until they sell out.
  • Cost: $12 in advance $15 at the event – Available at Open Door Book Store
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: Yes “Schenectady Day Nursery”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FOUR~~~

Annual Walk for RITA – Out of Darkness

Laura Marx, Capital Region NY Area Director

            Our suicide prevention walks are fundraising events but also work to bring awareness, reduce stigma and bring a sense of hope and healing to those affected by suicide.  Money raised from these walks go towards research as well as suicide prevention education, training and support programs offered free of charge in the 15 counties served by the Capital Region Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

  • Organization: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Mission: To save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.
  • Event: Capital Region Walk for RITA & Schenectady Community Walk
  • Location of event: Saratoga & Schenectady
  • Date/Time: Sunday, September 23 & Saturday, October 13 — 9 am & 12 pm
  • Cost: Free and open to anyone
  • Facebook: Yes “AFSP Capital Region NY”
  • Instagram: @afspcaptialregionny
  • Twitter: @afspcapregionny
  • Website:   &

~~~ Segment FIVE~~~

Oktoberfest 5K – a run!

Patrick Lynskey, Event Director

            Oktoberfest 5k is an annual race and fun run taking place during Oktoberfest celebrations hosted by Wolff’s Biergarten in Albany, NY.

On Saturday, Sept. 29 at 10:20 a.m., hundreds of runners from throughout the Capital Region will head to downtown Albany to enjoy the fall weather and participate in the 4th annual Oktoberfest 5k and fun run.

The event, which is part of the Oktoberfest celebrations hosted by Wolff’s Biergarten, begins at 10:20 a.m. at Broadway and Ferry St, Albany, N.Y. A portion of proceeds raised will benefit less fortunate members of our community — the Epilepsy Foundation of NENY, Center for Disability Services, Special Olympics NY and the Ronald MacDonald House.

Race Entry Receives:

  • Commemorative 5k Beer Stein
  • Free Beer
  • Refreshments
  • Chip Timing
  • Music and Vendors
  • Free access to Oktoberfest ($20 value)

Lynskey is the COO of Malta-based Green Leaf Racing, which has handles event logistics for numerous regional road races/swim events, including the Hudson River Triathlon, Lake George Open Water Swim and Moreau Lake 15K Trail Run. Besides his work for Green Leaf, Patrick is the operations director for the Troy Turkey Trot and co-director for the Freihofer’s Run for Women, the area’s most prestigious all-women’s 5K road race. In that capacity, he manages all logistical operations, including overseeing all area directors, volunteer recruitment, vendors, and oversees partnerships with city/state agencies, including City of Albany officials and key officials from the Albany Police Department, Homeland Security, New York State Troopers, New York State Office of General Services, and Albany Fire and EMS. His work ensures that the event is safe for participants and runs without a hitch. A longtime runner himself, Patrick is a finisher of The Comrades Marathon, an 89 km ultramarathon, which is run annually in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. It is the world’s largest and oldest ultramarathon race.

  • Event: Oktoberfest 5K
  • Location of event: Broadway and Ferry Street. Albany, NY
  • Date/Time: Sept 29 at 10:20 am
  • Cost: Early Bird Reg through 8/31 is $30; 9/01 through 9/22 is $35; 9/23 through race day $40
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: Yes “Octoberfest Albany 5K”
  • Website:

~~~ Segment SIX ~~~

A Place for Jazz – The Fall Concert Series

Tim Coakley, Organizer

            The series will open with alto saxophonist Sharel Cassity and her quintet. Other performers are vibraphonist Warren Wolf, drummer Cliff Brucker, vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, and clarinetist Anat Cohen.

  • Organization: A Place for Jazz
  • Mission: We put on five jazz concerts each fall at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady, 1221 Wendell Ave. We also provide in-school workshops by our artists for student musicians.
  • Event: A Place for Jazz Concert Series
  • Location of event: Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady
  • Date/Time: Sept 7 & 21; Oct 5 & 19 and Nov 2 — 7:30 pm
  • Cost: $20 adults
  • Contact Information: 518-393-4011
  • Facebook: Yes “A Place for Jazz”
  • Website:


~~~~~~~~~~Upcoming Shows~~~~~~~~~~

August 28, 2018 #1048

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Albany Civic Theater “The Gingerbread Lady” by Neil Simon (Event Sept 7-23)

Gary Hoffmann. Director

Circle Theatre Players “Men in Boats”

Patrick White

On the ADDY Stage

Don Hyman, Performing

Stockade Villagers Art Show (Event Sept 8)

Steve Kowalski

Story Circle – The Upcoming Season

Kate Dudding

September 4, 2018 #1049

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Animal Protective Foundation “Bark n Brew”

  •             Colleen Keating, Dir. of Development
  •             Brittney Desmond, Development Associate


Connie Frisbee Houde, Global Photographer and Activist

Schenectady School District’s Athletic Hall of Fame Awards (Event Sept 17)

Bob Pezzano

Schenectady Job Fair

Peter Jones

Schenectady Light Opera “In the Heights”

  •                Peter Caracappa, Director
  •                Guests TBA

September 11, 2018 – #1050

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Business & Professional Women’s Club Fashion Show (Event Nov. 4)

  •                Cyndie Powell
  •                Jane Osterhout

Eighth Step – Upcoming Events

  •                Margie Rosenkranz
  •                Ed Guider

25th Annual FAM 5K FUND Run/Walk Day (Event Sept 22)

  •                Guests TBA

Habitat for Humanity (Event Sept 27)

  •                Madelyn Thorne, Executive Director

miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science

  •                Guests TBA

Schenectady Historical Society

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