Newsletter Sept 26 – Schenectady Today Guests and Topics

Schenectady Today

In & Around the Capital Region

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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 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 26, 2017 #1001

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

(Listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Information below has been provided by the Guests or from their websites

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Northeastern Association of the blind Albany

Cheryl Lawyer with Clive, NABA Ambassador

            The association has three events coming up.

  • Organization: Northeastern Association of the Blind Albany
  • Event: Low Vision technology Fair – Albany on Oct 16 from 9 am to 4 pm at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church at 440 Whitehall Road, Albany NY
  • Event: Low Vision technology Fair – Saratoga on Oct 17 from 8 am to 5 pm at City Center, Saratoga
  • Event: 7th Annual NABA Casino Night, Oct. 19 at the Albany Country Club from 6-10 pm
  • Website:

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National Astronomy Week (Sept 25 – Oct 1)

Valerie Rapson PhD, Astrophysicist

            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

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In the Heat of the Night at Sand lake Ctr. Arts

Patrick White, Director, Aileem Penn “Virgil Tibbs”,

Richard Cross “Endicott” and Lee Lattimer “Oberst”

            On the 50th Anniversary of the Best Picture winner, Sand Lake Center for the Arts is proud to present Circle Theatre Players stage production of “John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night” adapted by Matt Pelfrey from the Schenectady native John Ball’s 1965 novel. It tells the story of California police detective Virgil Tibbs who while travelling thru Argo, Alabama in 1962 is profiled, arrested and detained for the murder of an activist real estate developer only to commandeer the investigation after we learn he’s a homicide detective and becomes the town’s last best hope against a murderer among them.

The book has inspired many incarnations most famously the 1967 Oscar winning film celebrating its 50th Anniversary which picked up trophies for Best Picture and Best Actor for Rod Steiger as Chief Gillespie (Chris Foster in the CTP production. There was also a long running television series (1988-1995) starring Carrol O’Connor still in syndication. Virgil Tibbs also appears in six subsequent John Ball novels-The Cool Cottontail (1966), Johnny Get Your Gun (1969), Five Pieces of Cake (1972), The Eyes of Buddha (1976), Then Came Violence (1980) and Singapore (1986).

The Circle Theatre Players production has Aileem Penn and Chris Foster heading up a cast of 14 directed by Patrick White in his Sand Lake Center for the Arts debut. The cast features 9 actors making their Sand Lake debut. It is produced by Val Kavanaugh with sets and lights by Barry Striefert, stage management by Mary Margaret Concra and set by Bob and Sharon Dawes. The play will be done on a practically bare stage using only a wall and 3 chairs to create 35 different scenes. Movement assistance by Cori Irwin and fight choreography by Ron Glasser. Barbara Neu did costumes and Anna Church and Karleen Hayden did props and set dressing.

Patrick White in his SLCA-CTP debut is directing a cast of 14 many making their SLCA debuts as well.

  • Organization: Circle Theatre Players
  • Event:  John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night-adapted By Matt Pelfrey
  • Location of event: Sand Lake Center for the Arts — 2880 NY 43    Averill Park, NY 12018
  • Date/Time: 10/6-10/15 Th, F & S-8PM Su-2:30PM
  • Cost: $18. Adult $10. Children
  • Contact Information: 518-674-2007
  • Facebook: Yes “John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night”
  • Twitter: @SLCA_CTP
  • Website:

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Homebrew Emporium

Celebrating 20th Anniversary

Roger Savoy, Owner

            With five retail locations in Massachusetts and New York, and an online shop, we are America’s largest homebrew chain. We sell supplies for making beer, wine, and cheese. Come visit us in Rensselaer, NY, West Boylston, MA, Cambridge, MA, South Weymouth, MA, and New Rochelle, NY. We cater to all levels of brewing, from Master Brewers to First Timers.

  • Organization: Homebrew Emporium
  • Event: 20th Anniversary
  • Website:

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Harvest Fest on Upper Union Street

Sondra Stevens, Sondra’s Fine Jewelry

            Businesses come out on the sidewalk with merchandise and special offerings.  Music by the Brian Patneaude Trio and walking musician Graham Tichy. Pony rides will be there to benefit the Union St Scholarship.

            Sondra’s Fine Jewelry is having a special celebration that day in honor of her 20th Anniversary.

  • Organization:   Upper Union Street Business Improvement District
  • Mission: To promote business in the upper union street area.
  • Event: Harvest Fest
  • Location of event: Upper Union Street
  • Date/Time: October 7 from 10 am to 3 pm
  • Cost: Free event
  • Website:

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Oktoberfest 5K – Albany

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.

On Saturday, Sept. 30 at 10:15 am, hundreds of runners from throughout the Capital Region will head to downtown Albany to enjoy the fall weather and participate in the third annual Oktoberfest 5k and fun run.

The event, which is part of the Oktoberfest celebrations hosted by Wolff’s Biergarten, begins at 10:15 am at Broadway and Ferry St, Albany, NY.  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.

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: Albany
  • Date/Time: Sept 30 at 10:15 am
  • Cost: Early Bird Registration through 8/31 is $30;  9/01 through 9/22 is $35;  9/23 through race day $40
  • Facebook: Yes “Oktoberfest Albany 5K”
  • Website:


October 3, 2017 #1002

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Schenectady Today: Special Edition – Filmed earlier

Schenectady Tomorrow
This show will consist of two panels. The first half hour will consist of Panel One
Economic Engines: Business and Non-Profits Working Together
Panel Members

Carm Basile, CEO Capital District Transportation Authority
Jeff Buell, President/CEO Sequence Development

Jayme LaHut, Executive Director, Metroplex
Ray Legere. Owner Legere Properties/Legere Group
Colleen Merays, Asst. Director, Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation

Fueling the Engines: Arts, Entertainment and Tourism
Panel Members

Maria Papa, Owner, Perreca’s and More Perreca’s Restaurant
Judy Patrick, Schenectady Daily Gazette
Mac Sudduth PhD, President miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science
Madelyn Thorne, Executive Director habitat for Humanity/ Community Projects
Mary Zawacki,  Executive Director, Schenectady Historical Society

October 10, 2017 #1003

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Author: The Inscription in the Window”

Sylvie Briber

Epilepsy foundation if NENY – An Overview

Gwennan Booth, Marketing & Communications

Other Guests TBA

Lyme Action network

Christine Fisk, Co-Founder

Holy Ahern, Co-Founder & VP Lyme Action Network

Northern Rivers Family Services  “Give Hope a Home” Campaign

Guests TBA

Proctors Historical & the Costumer

Janice Walz, Committee member

Schenectady Civic Players “Fifth of July”

Joe Fava, Director

October 17, 2017 #1004

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Animal Protective Foundation “Canine Academy”

Guests TBA


Rev. James Bookout

Ghana Project — (Event Oct 22)

Carrie Brown

The Makeup Curio – (Opening this Fall on State St.)

Jenn Dugan, Owner, Esthetician

miSci (Museum of Innovation and Science) – Halloween Camp

William “Mac” Sudduth

TEDx Schenectady — (Event Oct 21)

Sherrie Lyons

Guest TBA

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