Newsletter – Topics/Guests on 4/30/19 TV show

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 30, 2019 – Show #1082

Segment ONE

The Fabulous Beekman Boys & Beekman 1802 Sale

Josh Kilmer-Purcell & Brent Ridge (Co-Founders)

            The Beekman 1802 Warehouse Sale is an annual event that offers up to 75% off the company’s vast array of gifts, beauty products, and more. The event will be held between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, May 3, Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5.  In addition to shopping, visitors will have the opportunity to visit local food trucks and vendors. And, by pre-registering for a Fast Pass, visitors can get a free tote, a free hand salve ($20 value) AND bypass the lines to enter the sale.

            We collaborate with local farmers & artisans to produce most of what you find both online and in our flagship store, Beekman 1802 Mercantile in Sharon Springs, NY. We work with our neighbors to help them grow their businesses. We produce our goods seasonally, because, well, that’s how our goats, chickens, and garden do it. We personally eat, use, and wash with the goods that we sell. And we’ll do anything to make sure that as our neighbor, you love everything you purchase.

  • Organization: Beekman 1802
  • Event: Warehouse Sale
  • Pre-registration:
  • Location of event: 220 Harborside Drive, Sch’dy (Near Rivers Casino)
  • Date/Time: May 3-5 (Fri-Sat-Sun)
  • Contact Information: 888-801-1802
  • Facebook: Yes “Fabulous Beekman Boys”
  • Twitter: @Beekman1802Boys
  • Instagram: @Beekman1802Boys
  • Website:

Segment TWO

God of Carnage at Sch’dy Civic Players

Joe Fava, Director and Cristine Loffredo “Veronica Novak”

            This is a Hilarious Comedy! Two eleven-year-old boys. A stick. Two broken teeth. A playground altercation brings together two sets of parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the evening progresses, tensions emerge and the gloves come off. There are tears, tantrums, name calling and violence, as the conventions of polite society break down to reveal the brutality beneath the polished middle-class exteriors of the Novaks and the Raleighs. 

            Winner of the 2009 Tony Awards for Best Play, God of Carnage is a brash and hilarious exploration of Human nature. The original Broadway production starring Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini, and Marci Gay Harden, closed on June 6, 2010, after 24 previews and 452 regular performances, making it the third-longest running play of the 2000s.

  • Organization: Schenectady Civic Players
  • Event: God of Carnage
  • Location of event: Playhouse at 12 S. Church St.
  • Date/Time: May 3-5 and 8-12; Wed & Thurs 7:30 pm; Fri Sat 8 pm and Sun at 2:30 pm
  • Cost: $20 
  • Contact Information: Order on-line at  or call (518) 382-2081.
  • Website:

Segment THREE

Trestle at Pope Lick Creek at Albany Civic Theater

Sean T. Baldwin “Dalton Chance” & Caroline Codd “Pace Creagan”

            Pace Creagan, a tough, charismatic girl, ropes Dalton into her greatest obsession: running the trestle that spans the dried-up Pope Lick Creek, playing chicken with the 7:10 train. In a town wasted by the economic depression, in which neither Dalton’s nor Pace’s parents can offer them any future hope, there is nothing for them to do but court death in order to feel alive. The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek unrolls its spare, bleak beauty, timelines converge and the living and dead collide in this rough, poetic drama which explores inter -generational devastation, economically hopeless circumstances, emerging sexuality, and the wondrous human imagination.

  • Organization: Albany Civic Theater
  • Mission: Albany Civic Theater aims to encourage and foster community interest and participation in the dramatic arts through non-profit sponsorship of plays, lectures, publications, workshops, study groups, drama libraries and related activities; to provide education and training in acting, directing, writing, speech, staging and all other aspects of the dramatic arts. 
  • Event: Trestle at Pope Lick Creek
  • Location of event: ACT Playhouse on Second Ave in Albany
  • Date/Time: May 3-19Friday & Saturday May 3-4,10-11, 17-18 at 7:30 pm & Sunday May 5, 12, 19 at 3 pm

Segment FOUR

Color Run at Brown School

Patti Vitale, Head of School & Elizabeth Ritz, Adm. Asst.

          Brown School is excited to announce their third “Color Outside with Brown School” 5K (run/walk) for the entire Capital Region community. The event, to be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 in Central Park, Schenectady, is sponsored by Best Fitness and is a fundraiser for the nursery through grade 10 independent school. This year there is a festive Star Wars theme that includes a costume contest. The day kicks off with a kid’s one-mile race at 10:45am, followed by the 5K Color Run at 11:00am.

            Organizer of the race and Brown School Administrative Assistant, Elizabeth Ritz, is excited to bring this event to the community once again. “We love this event because everyone has so much fun. For those who have never participated, Color Run participants are sprayed with bright, safe, non-toxic powder. We’re excited to have Star Wars as a theme to see what people come up with for costumes,” said Ritz. 

  • Organization: Brown School
  • Mission: Our mission is to inspire each student to love learning while striving for academic excellence.
  • Event: Color Outside with Brown School
  • Location of event: Central Park, Sch’dy – 500 Iroquois Way
  • Date/Time: Saturday, May 4 – 10 am registration opens
  • Cost: 5K — 8 and Under: $10, 14 and Under: $20, Adult: $25
  • Contact Information: 518.370.0366
  • Facebook: Yes “Brown School”
  • Twitter: @BrownSchool
  • Instagram: @BrownSchool
  • Website:

Segment FIVE

Conversation with ……

Greg Aidala, Comedian, Actor, Traveler

Gregg will tell us about his recent service trip to Puerto Rico. He will also tell us about his upcoming shows and events.

  • Organization: Radial Gage Entertainment
  • Facebook: Yes “Greg Aidala”
  • Twitter: @gregaidala
  • Instagram: @gregaidala
  • Website:

Segment SIX

Turkish Paper Marbling Exhibit at NYS Folklore

Ellen McHale, PhD, Director

            New York Folklore (NYF) opens a new exhibit gallery at 129 Jay Street in Schenectady, NY. The mission of New York Folklore’s new folk art gallery is to present the work of New York-based artists who are currently pursuing arts that are learned through their membership in a community or specific cultural group. The gallery will also showcase the documentation of New York’s folk arts and cultural traditions by regional folklorists working with communities and arts organizations throughout New York State. The new art gallery is Schenectady’s newest, and the only current art gallery within Schenectady’s Art and Entertainment District. The gallery will provide a destination for visitors to experience and engage with high quality traditional art forms that represent the diversity of New York State. The first solo exhibit featured in the gallery will be Ebru: The Art of Turkish PaperMarbling with Hatice Erbas-Sorkunlu. The exhibition will be available for viewing through Labor Day 2019.

            Ellen will bring a few pieces to show our viewers.

  • Organization: New York Folklore Society
  • Mission: New York Folklore (NYF) works to nurture traditional arts and culture in New York State through education, support, and outreach
  • Event: Turkish ebru exhibition (also promoting our new gallery space)
  • Location of event: 129 Jay Street
  • Date/Time: Changing exhibitions – ebru on view through Labor Day
  • Cost: No charge
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: Yes “New York Folklore”
  • Twitter: @nyfolklore
  • Instagram: @nyfolklore
  • Website:


Upcoming Shows        

May 7, 2019 Show #1083

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Banda Bola Sports Foundation Inc.

            Kalekeni Banda, Founder & CEO

Capital Region Support-A- Scholar

            Laura Marx, Executive Director

            Additional Guests TBA

Dudley Observatory — Astronomy Day (Date?)

            Valerie Rapson PhD, Astrophysicist – Astronomy Outreach

George Landis Arboretum – Upcoming Events

            Jim Paley, Board President   

            Additional Guests TBA

Mendelssohn Club of Albany (May 17)

            Jeff Vredenburg, Conductor

            Michael Donegan, President

Niskayuna Town Board

            Denise Murphy McGraw, Board Member

May 14, 2019 Show #1084

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Armenian Festival

            Guests TBA

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

            Ken Goldfarb, Cast

            George Filieau, Cast

Foothills Arts Council

            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)

            Guests TBA

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

            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 Jewish Community Center – summer Pool Swim Opportunities & Safety

            Andy Katz, Interim Executive Director

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