Newsletters 10/29/19 Topics & Guests on TV show

  Schenectady / Capital Region Today

Now in our 22nd 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.

October 29, 2019 – Show #1108

Segment ONE

Mary Poppins at SLOC

Suzanne Rayome, Director; Amy Clark, Producer; Claire Flynn “Mary Poppins” and Jake Goodman “Bert”

            Let your imagination take wing with everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny, Mary Poppins! Tag along with Mary, Bert, Jane and Michael Banks, as they experience many magical and memorable adventures. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

  • Organization: Schenectady Light Opera Company (SLOC)
  • Mission: SLOC Musical Theater is a non-profit community-based performing arts center. Our mission is to provide opportunities for adults and youth to experience and participate in the performing arts.
  • Event: Mary Poppins
  • Location of event: 427 Franklin St. Sch’dy NY
  • Date/Time: November 8-10 & 14-17 — Thurs-Sat 8pm, Sunday 2pm & added matinee Sat 11/16 (2pm)
  • Cost: $23-28
  • Contact Information: 518.730.7370
  • Facebook: Schenectady Light Opera Company
  • Instagram: @sloctheater
  • Twitter: @sloctheater
  • Website: www.

Segment TWO

Alabama Story at Albany Civic Theater

Barbara Davis, Director; Rich Cross “Senator E. W, Higgins”; Lucy Breyer “Emily Wheelock Reed” and Marquis Heath “Joshua Moore”

            In 1959 Alabama, segregationist Senator E.W. Higgins wants a controversial children’s picture book — about a white rabbit who marries a black rabbit — purged from the state library, but librarian Emily Wheelock Reed refuses, putting both of their worlds at risk in a time of extraordinary social change. While Reed spars with Higgins, a parallel story of childhood friends reunited in adulthood reflects the political and personal tensions swirling in Montgomery, a city known as both the Cradle of the Confederacy and the Cradle of Civil Rights. Famed illustrator Garth Williams (“Little House on the Prairie,” “Charlotte’s Web”) is conjured as narrator and participant in the fact-inspired, highly theatrical drama about tests of character in “the Deep South of the Imagination.”

          The six-actor play is inspired by real events that touch on Civil Rights and censorship in the Deep South. By spring 2019, the highly theatrical play will have been produced in at least 24 cities since its premiere, introducing the world to the little –known true story of the librarian named Emily Reed, who was persecuted by politicians for protecting a children’s picture book, in the Jim Crow South.

  • Organization: Albany Civic Theater
  • Event: Alabama Story
  • Location of event: 235 Second Ave. Albany 12206
  • Date/Time: Fridays and Saturdays, 11/1-2; 11/8-9; and 11/15-16 @7:30 PM. Sundays, 11/3, 11/10, and 11/17 @3:00PM
  • Website:

Segment THREE

Diary of Anne Frank at Classic Theater Guild

Alan Angelo “Mr. Duessel”; Krista Rivers “Anne Frank” and Marie Oppedisano “Mrs. Frank”

            Director’s Comment: I know people can look at Anne Frank’s story in terms of today’s political landscape and draw parallels, which I choose not to do.  What does draw parallels for me are her words – her diary is filled with words of hope – inspiration – kindness – uplifting spirit – despite what her circumstances were when she was writing.  That is precisely what we need more of in this world once again.  As I have written in my director’s message – it’s not a Jewish play – it’s not tragedy — rather it’s a play about the human spirit – a celebration of the human spirit.

  • Organization: Classic Theater Guild
  • Event: Diary of Anne Frank
  • Location of event: Congregation Beth Israel, Union St, Schenectady
  • Date/Time: Oct 31 to Nov 10
  • Cost: $20 adult / 18 Senior, student, military
  • Contact Information: Classic Theater Guild on Facebook
  • Tickets:
  • Facebook: Classic Theater Guild
  • Website: not provided

Segment FOUR

Frog Alley Brewing

JT Pollard, Owner & Jessica Leavitt, Dir Marketing

            Every month we pick two charities to help raise money for them. We invite them in every Tuesday and all night $1 of every drink purchased gets donated to one of the two organizations but the consumer decides which one they donate to. The organizations can bring in any materials they want to help raise awareness and inform people and the charity that raises the most money that night wins. After the 4 weeks the charity that has won the most weeks, gets a bonus check form us as well. 

  • Organization: Frog Alley Brewing
  • Mission: Frog Alley Brewing is about having fun and making great craft brews even on Sundays!
  • Event: Community Pint Night
  • Location of event: Frog Alley Brewing
  • Date/Time: Every Tuesday from 4 to 8 pm
  • Contact Information: website
  • Facebook: Frog Alley Brewing 
  • Instagram: @frogalleybrewing
  • Website:

Segment FIVE

Halloween Teaser

Maria Immediato, Halloween Aficionado & Carol Rymanowski, Paranormal Research

            Maria is a “Lover of All Things Halloween!”.  She’ll share her excitement with you. Her mission is to share and express not only my love for Halloween (and all things spooky), but to encourage everyone to pursue their passions, whether considered mainstream or not. “I loved this holiday before it was cool for adults to love it. So many of us have finally come out of that Halloween closet. I put my full effort into my parties because friends and family love it. I get great joy from seeing faces light up, or brave people refuse to enter my haunted basement attraction. Halloween…it’s not just for kids any more. And: this pairs very well with my love of the paranormal, and my psychic gifts.”

            Carol is the Co-Founder of Cohoes Paranormal Society. Their purpose is to investigate paranormal activity in homes or businesses free of charge to create peace of mind for the home or business owner. We will bless the location or contact experts in the field if necessary. They can be reached at 518-280-2161.

Segment SIX

Legal Corner

John Musacchio, Esq

          His mission is to provide legal guidance and representation to individuals and businesses in a variety of areas, including estate planning, Medicaid eligibility, wrongful death, personal injury, corporate matters, employment matters, real estate transactions, and litigation.  During my appearance on the program, I would like to discuss some updates on new laws and legal trends, including new laws involving sexual harassment in the workplace, new laws which may impact access to medical care by Medicaid recipients, and other developments.  I am also happy to discuss any other legal issues or topics that you would like to bring up.

  • Organization: Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C.
  • Contact Information: 518-452-1800
  • Facebook: John A. Musacchio, Esq.’s Legal Corner – Group
  • Instagram:
  • Website:

Upcoming Shows

November 5, 2019 Show #1109

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Author/Sports Figure

            Willie Deane

Concern for the Hungry – Thanksgiving Event

            Peter Jones, Organizer

Dudley Observatory

            Valerie Rapson PhD, Director

Hill City Cloggers – Performing

            Dancers: Fran (Instructor and PR) & Hannah Beaudoin, Joanne Boel (Instructor), Andrew Kaulfuss, Audrey Koester, Tracy Leahon, Jackie Lawlor, Val McDonald, Bev Quinn, Ralph Spaulding &Cassandra & Mary Spellman.

November 12, 2019 Show #1110

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)

Blacksmith – Artist & Author

            Bryan Salisbury

Life Made Easier (Event Dec 5)

            Robin Battista

NY Folklore Society -75th Anniversary (Event Nov 16)

            Ellen McHale MA PhD. Director

theRep (Capital Repertory Theatre) – Wonderful Life etc. (Event Nov 22 – Dec 22)

            Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, Artistic Director  

            Additional Guests?

            Contact persons: Michael Eck & Margaret Hall

Schenectady County Historian and Author

            Bill Buell

Tellabration – Story Circle – Mountains (Event Nov 17)

            Kate Dudding, Storyteller

November 19, 2019 Show #1111

(Topics listed alphabetically – subject to change)


            Nicholas Zacharczenko, DDS, MSD, RPh

Circle Theatre Players “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” by Neil Simon (Dec 6 to 15)

(Sand Lake Center for the Arts)

            Melanie Douglas, Director (email required)

            (Contacts: Joan Fuess & Brian Sheldon)

Jan’s Wanderings

            Janice Walz

miSci – Trains are coming!

(Museum of Innovation & Science)

            Guests TBA

            (Contact: Tara Burnham)

Troy Turkey Trot – Thanksgiving Day

            George Regan

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