Newsletter August 28, 2018 Topics/Guests

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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 28, 2018 #1048

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~~~

Don Hyman & a Tribute to Aretha Franklin

Don “The Soul Man” Hyman, Performing

Don “The Soul Man” Hyman will be presenting a Tribute to Aretha Franklin on the show.  He’ll discuss her life and will read a piece called “Lady Soul”.  She was born on March 25, 1942 in Memphis, TN and passed away on August 16, 2018 in Detroit MI.

Don recently was presented the National Veterans Creative Arts Award for Drama at the 2018 Competition.  He presented “Frederick Douglas Goes to Washington” and Men, Cry too”.

~~~ Segment TWO ~~~

The Gingerbread Lady at Albany Civic Theater

John Meglino, Assistant Director

Josephine O’Connor, Actor “Evy Meara”

Michele Cassaro, Actor “Toby Landau”

Through wit and humor, Simon creates a tragically sympathetic portrait of a talented woman undone by her own fears and excesses. Written in 1970, this portrait of the effects of substance abuse is still strikingly relevant today.

  • Organization: Albany Civic Theater
  • Mission: To encourage and foster community interest and participation in the dramatic arts through the non-profit sponsorship of plays, lectures, publications workshops and related activities.
  • Event: “The Gingerbread Lady” by Neil Simon
  • Location of event: Albany Civic Theater
  • Date/Time: September 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 at 7:30 pm; Sunday Matinee September 9, 16, 23 at 3 pm
  • Cost: Adults $18/ students $10
  • Contact Information: 518 462-1297
  • Facebook: Yes “ACT Presents the Gingerbread Lady”
  • Twitter: @AlbanyCivic
  • Website:

~~~ Segment THREE ~~~

Men On Boats directed by Patrick White

Patrick White, Instructor/Director

Cori Irwin, Actor “John Wesley Powell”

MEN ON BOATS by Jaclyn Backhaus is the adventurous play about the 1869 exploration and charting of the Colorado River by a one-armed Civil War major and his insane but loyal crew. Played by a cast of women.

  • Organization: Acting Class of Patrick White
  • Mission: Acting Class with Patrick White is a Saturday morning acting class for all levels and seeks to educate, inform and inspire developing the skills and instincts of all interested in the dramatic arts thru exercises, games, audition prep and scene work so they can contribute and shape the burgeoning Capital Region theater scene.
  • Event: “Men on Boats”
  • Location of event: Sand Lake Center for the Arts in Averill Park (2880 NY Rte 43)
  • Date/Time: Sept 14-23 Friday and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2:30pm
  • Cost: $15
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: Yes “Acting Class with Patrick White”
  • Instagram: @acwpatrickwhite
  • Twitter: @acwpatrickwhite
  • Website for Sand Lake Center for the Arts:

~~~ Segment FOUR~~~

Story Circle at Proctors – Mavericks

Kate Dudding, Storyteller

Yes, mavericks are horses and Dallas basketball players. Come hear stories of other kinds of mavericks – people who did not go along with everyone else, who created their own path, for better or for worse.

  • Organization: Story Circle at Proctors
  • Mission: To present events where performers tell rarely heard contemporary and traditional stories which celebrate the human spirit. 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
  • Event: Mavericks
  • Location of event: Hearst Education Center, Proctors, Schenectady
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Sept. 16
  • Cost: $12/person GROUP RATE: groups of 8 or more pay only $8 per ticket at the Box Office
  • Contact Information: 518-383-4620
  • Facebook: Yes – StoryCircleProduction
  • Website:

~~~ Segment FIVE~~~

Stockade Villagers’ Outdoor Art Show

Steve Kowalski, Artist & Art Show Chair

Just a great day to showcase your art work and be with like-minded people.  A chance to win one of the many cash/ribbon awards totaling $1,100.00, at the end of the day. You can register the day of the event, bring downloaded forms and $40.00. There is parking, available places to eat, visit the Stockade as well as the other events going on that day.

  • Organization: The Stockade Villager’s Outdoor Art Show
  • Mission: To keep to the original mission of having a fine arts outdoor show with juried prizes open to all fine arts, young and old alike.
  • Event: The Stockade Art Show
  • Location of event: N. Ferry Street and Front Street
  • Date/Time: Saturday Sept.8 (Rain date Sunday Sept 9th) 10am-4pm (Rain date Noon-4pm)
  • Cost: $40/artist, $10/young artist   — Free to attend
  • Contact Information: Registration: 518-380-4384 or visit the “” and download forms.
  • Facebook:  Yes “Stockade Art Show”
  • Website:


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September 4, 2018 #1049

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Animal Protective Foundation “Bark n Brew” (Event Sept 16)

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

Italian Festival – Jay Street (Event Sept 8)

  •                Roie Angerami, Civitello’s Pastry Shoppe
  •                Doreen Ditoro, Rossi and Ditoro Funeral Home


  •                Connie Frisbee Houde, Global Photographer and Activist

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

  •                Bob Pezzano, SCSD Athletic HOF Chairperson
  •                Gary DiNola, 2018 AHOF Inductee
  •                Paul Bricoccoli, 2018 AHOF Inductee
  •                Bob Czub, Athletic HOF Member

Schenectady Job Fair (Event Sept 5)

  •                Peter Jones

Schenectady Light Opera “In the Heights” (Sept 21-30)

  •                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)

  •                Keith Cataldo, Race Director
  •                Peter Sweetser, Race Course Director

Habitat for Humanity (Event Sept 27)

  •                Madelyn Thorne, Executive Director

miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science

  •                Guests TBA

Schenectady Historical Society

  •                Guests TBA

September 18, 2018 – #1051

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Ballroom Dance Exhibition – (Event Date ????)

  •                Barbara Ritschel (Title?)
  •                Other Guests? TBA

Circle Theatre Players “Murder is Announced” (Oct 5-14)

  •                Paul Trela, Director
  •                Guests TBA

Cornell Cooperative Extension – Nutrition

  •                Lester Rosenzweig, MS RD, CDN – Nutrition Educator

Jajja’s Kids– (Event Sept 23)

  •                Diane Reiner (Need Title?)
  •                Ronnie (Need last name), African Director

QUILTS  — (Event Sept 29-30)

  •                Lisa Wend (Title?)
  •                Rochelle Jones, QUILT Show Chair
  •                Linda Cary, Guild President

WERC – Women’s Employment & Resource Center – (Event Oct 2)

  •                Elizabeth Miller, Director and Follow us on

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