Newsletter May 7, 2019 filming – Guests and Topics

 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.

May 7, 2019 – Show #1083

Segment ONE

Town Of Niskayuna

Denise Murphy McGraw, Council Member

Segment TWO

2019 Scholar Celebration

Laura Marx, Executive Director and Scholars: Erika Matos & Luisa Sanchez

            This event will honor Sponsor-A-Scholar’s 22 years of supporting selected students in Schenectady, Albany and Troy High Schools to earn their college degrees and follow their dreams. Since 1997, more than 250 local students have earned their higher education degrees through the academic guidance, tutoring and financial support of Sponsor-A-Scholar. In addition, we will honor Hugh Johnson Advisors (HJA) for their longstanding support and dedication to our Scholars and our mission. They have served as trusted partners since 2013, and they are personally invested in our program’s success. Revenue from the event will support our college readiness and college success programs, benefiting more than 200 local students.

  • Organization: Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar
  • Mission: Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar inspires and empowers promising, underserved students to succeed in high school, college and life. Each year, a new group of academically promising, low-income students from Schenectady, Albany and Troy High Schools join our program and receive individualized academic support, long-term mentoring and financial assistance as they make their way through high school and go on to attend and graduate from college.
  • Event: 2019 Scholar Celebration
  • Location of event: Hilton Garden Inn, Troy
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 6 pm
  • Cost: Tickets start at $50
  • Contact Information: 518-935-1045
  • Facebook:
  • Twitter: @CRS_A_S
  • Instagram: @CRS_A_S
  • Website:

Segment THREE

Landis Arboretum

Fred Breglia, Executive Director; Jim Paley, Board President & Amy Howansky, Board Member

            The signature Plant, Book & Bake Sale at Landis features unique trees, shrubs, perennials, vegetable seedlings, native plants, annuals and much more. Free educational tours and talks are scheduled as well. Stop by the book area of the barn to find books of all topics including gardening. We also have an incredible Bake Sale on sight, where you can find a wide range of sweet treats and goodies, and now hold a Basket Raffle with a bounty of items to choose from!

            Landis also hosts the Full Moon Music Series throughout the summer, The Mettawee River Theater Group in July, The Perennial 5K Forest Run/Walk in August, and several classes throughout the year. See our full range of activities at

  • Organization: Landis Arboretum
  • Mission: To foster the appreciation of trees and other plants and their importance in our environment.
  • Event: Spring Plant, Book and Bake Sale
  • Location of event: Landis Arboretum 175 Lape Rd. Esperance NY 12066
  • Date/Time: May 18-19 from 10AM – 4PM
  • Cost: Free to attend
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook:
  • Twitter: @Landisdirector
  • Website:

Segment FOUR

Great American & Collegiate Songs

Jeff Vredenburg, Conductor & Michael Donegan, President

            A mix of great American songs (patriotic, sacred, folk, jazz, Broadway, & classical) and collegiate alma maters and fight songs from great American colleges & universities (Williams, SU, Cornell, OSU, Wisconsin, Michigan, Notre Dame). Some highlights are Amazing Grace, Something’s Gotta Give, Beautiful Dreamer, There’s No Business Like Show Business, Tell My Father (Civil War tune with fiddler, Ryan Delaney), and The Ground, from “Sunrise Mass” by Ola Gjeilo.

            Guest Artists are the Williams Octet, a male cappella group from Williams College, Williamstown, MA.

  • Organization: Mendelssohn Club of Albany
  • Mission: The Mendelssohn Club of Albany is composed of men with a variety of occupations and interests who live in the greater Capital District.  The Club is dedicated to preserving and presenting male choral music and blends musical experiences with fellowship for members through rehearsals, concerts and other musical events, afterglows and social gatherings.
  • Event: Great American & Collegiate Songs
  • Location of event: Chancellor’s Hall, 89 Washington Ave., Albany, NY
  • Date/Time: Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7:30 pm
  • Cost: $22
  • Contact Information: Amy Radley  518-428-5382
  • Facebook: Yes “Mendelssohn Club of Albany”
  • Website:

Segment FIVE

Dudley Observatory

Valerie Rapson PhD, Astronomy Outreach

  • Organization: Dudley Observatory
  • Mission: (From their website) The Dudley Observatory provides education and outreach programs designed to bring the wonders of science, particularly astronomy, to people of all ages. We cultivate interest and understanding of science, science careers and scientists, and help the public appreciate science in an approachable and enjoyable way. Our long-standing commitment to the history of astronomy, and our library and artifact collection, serve as the platforms from which to launch vibrant and expanding educational programs.
  • Event: National Astronomy Day
  • Location of event: miSci (Museum of Innovation and Science) 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Sch’dy
  • Date/Time: May 11
  • Contact Information:
  • Website:

Segment SIX

Banda Bola Sports Foundation

Kalekeni Banda, Founder/CEO

            (From a News Item on the Web) US-based physical education (PE) expert Kalekeni Mtalika Banda, founder of Bola Banda Foundation, has donated sports equipment to 34 primary schools in Nkhata Bay and Mzuzu.  The equipment, comprising boots, jerseys and footballs, was sourced from well-wishers in the US.

            Speaking during the handover ceremony at Zolozolo Primary School ground in Mzuzu, Banda said they decided to reach out to four primary schools in Mzuzu to help more children.

            He said they initiated the programme in primary schools to inculcate a sports culture among the youth.

“What is more important to me is that the children are given the resources to enjoy the game they love most. It is my hope that this donation will inspire them to pursue sports as a career,” Banda said.

            The donation to Matope, Ching’ambo, Chiputula and Zolozolo Primary Schools targeted women football teams.

Upcoming Shows          

May 14, 2019 Show #1084

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Armenian Festival (Event Date Jun 1-2)

            Maria Derian, Church Member

Circle Theatre Players at Sand Lake Center for the Arts – Elephant Man (Event May 31-Jun 9)

            Ken Goldfarb, Cast Member

            George Filieau, Cast Member

Foothills Arts Council (Event ????)

            Cheryl Charbonneau

            Additional Guests TBA

Old Songs Folk Festival (Event Jun 28-30)

            Joy Bennett, Executive Director

            John Roberts, Folk Singer

            Additional Guests TBA         

Schenectady ARC – Electric City Trucks, Taps Corks and Forks (Event May 18)

            Kelly Dombrowski, Site Director, Maple Ridge Center

            Luke Wilkinson, Sr. Program Coordinator, Maple Ridge Center

May 21, 2019 Show #1085

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Author “What Love Becomes”

            Jan Tramontano

Derrick Horton and the Jay Street Band – Performing

            Doc Horton, Vocals

            Additional Band Members TBA

miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science – Wolf to Woof Exhibition

            Guests TBA

St. Anthony’s Street Festival (June Date ???)

            Doreen Ditoro

            Additional Guests TBA

Schenectady County Human Rights Awards (Event May 23)

            Ang Morris, Executive DirectorS

May 21, 2019

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