Schenectady Today Show – May 2, 2017 – Info on Guests

Schenectady Today

In & Around the Capital Region

Guest Line Up for the next four weeks of filming. (May be subject to change)

Now In our 19th year!

Looking forward to our 1,000th Show and Beyond!

SAVE THE DATE – September 19, 2017 in the GE Theatre – 10 am

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.

May 2, 2017 #981

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 ~~~

Taiwanese Celebration at the Egg – 2017!

Guests: Dr. Patrick Yang, President and Chungchin Chen, Advisor

            A concert featuring the “Sounding from the Heartstrings of Homeland” will be performed by the Formosa Melody Music Center of Taiwan and sponsored by the Taiwanese American Cultural Society of the Capital District.    The group will play popular Taiwanese folk music with combination of Taiwanese and western musical instruments.  The event is part of the North America’s celebration of Taiwanese Heritage during the month of May since 1999.

The organizations mission is to: To introduce and promote Taiwanese culture and heritage to the Capital District through arts, exhibition, lectures, musical performance, charity, and festival activities and to promote cultural diversity and community solidarity throughout the Capital District.

Organization: Taiwanese American Cultural Society of the Capital District (TACSCD)

Event: 2017 Taiwanese American Heritage Week Celebration

Location of event: The EGG at the Empire State Plaza, Albany

Date/Time: May 7 from 7 – 9 pm

Cost:  Free admission with ticket

Contact Information: or or 518-458-2435

Facebook: Yes “TACSCD”



~~~ Segment Two ~~~

People Hear Thunder at theREP!

Guests: Jessica Wockenfuss, Performer and Michael Eck, Publicist

            Some People Hear Thunder is a powerful musical love story—an uplifting tale of a young reporter, his true love in America, and Armenians fighting for dignity and survival in the face of brutality. Set between 1914 and 1915, in New York and southern Turkey, in the midst of shocking historical events, Some People Hear Thunder comes to life through song, dance and beautiful storytelling. “The play speaks to repression, it speaks directly to the global refugee crisis, it speaks to lost peoples looking for a home. It is very pertinent to our time.” Remarkably, the play also has local roots—some of those fleeing the contested region early in the century arrived in Albany, Troy and the surrounding areas, creating a tightly-knit Armenian community. Guest Jessica Wockenfuss: (National tours of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Little Mermaid and Spamalot)

Organization: theREP (Capital Repertory Theatre)

Event: People Hear Thunder

Location of event: Capital Repertory Theatre at 111 North Pearl Street

Date/Time: Apr 28 – May 21 various times and dates

Cost: varies by date and seat choice

Contact Information: 518-445-7469




~~~ Segment Three ~~~

The Curious Savage at SCP!

Guests: Jennifer Van Iderstyne – Director, Jean Carney “Lily Belle” and David Rook “Titus”

            The “funny and heartwarming play” centers around Mrs. Savage who has been left ten million dollars by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of her step-children’s efforts to have her committed to “bring her to her senses” and thus gain access to her fortune. The dominant mood is high comedy, and the audience is left with a feeling that the neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems at times motivated only by greed and dishonesty.

The Civic Players cast features Pat Brady (as Mrs. Savage), Patti Noble (as Florence), Autumn Routt (as Fairy May), Laural Hayes (as Mrs. Paddy), Robin MacDuffie (as Jeffrey), David Quinones (as Hannibal), David Rook (as Titus), Joe Fava (as Samuel), Jean Carney (as Lily Belle), Christine Vermilyea (as Miss Willie), and Steve King (as Dr. Emmett).

Organization: Schenectady Civic Players

Event: “The Curious Savage”

Location of event: 12 South Church St. Sch’dy – Stockade District

Date/Time: May 5-14 — Wed/Thurs at 7:30 pm & Fri/Sat at 8 pm & Sun Matinees at 2:30 pm

Cost: $20

Contact Information: call (518) 382-2081



~~~ Segment Four ~~~

Big Bang Gala at miSci!

Guests: Carmel Patrick, Vice President of Development at miSci and Eileen Handelman, Principal Capital Affairs

The 10th Annual Big Bang at miSci! Celebrate a decade of discovery while enjoying an incredible evening of gourmet cuisine, premier networking, exciting silent auction, live music and a ground fireworks display. All this and more while experiencing the wonders of miSci (Museum of Innovation and Science). Friday evening, May 5, 2017 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at miSci. $125 per person benefits miSci programs and exhibitions. Call Carmel Patrick at 518-382-7890 x 250 or email

Organization: miSci – Museum of Innovation and Science

Event: “Big Bang Gala – 10th Anniversary” – A Decade of Discovery

Location of event:

Date/Time: Friday, May 5

Cost: $125 pp

Contact Information: 518-382-7890 or

Facebook: Yes “miSciNY”

Instagram: @misci_ny

Twitter: @miSciNY



~~~ Segment Five ~~~

  1. F. Proctor and the book!

Guest: Marilyn Sassi, Committee Member

            Their mission is to preserve artifacts of and promote interest in the history of Proctors Theatre.

Organization: Proctors Historical Committee

Contact Information: audrey Hughes


~~~ Segment Six ~~~

To Life at Chancellor’s Hall!

Guests: Jeff Vredenburg – Conductor, John Musacchio – President and Michael Benedict, Guest Artist

            The Spring Concert is a celebration of the parts of a wonderful life (faith, love, joy, hope) and a set of traditional male choral selections.  Special guest artists will be the Michael Benedict “Jazz Vibes”.  The combo includes piano, bass, drums, and vibraphone.

Since its inception in 1909, this male chorus has become the longest continuously performing arts group in the Capital District. The Mendelssohn Club of Albany 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 gathering.

They will be appearing at 11:30 am at the Albany Tulip Festival lake House in Washington Park

Organization: Mendelssohn Club of Albany

Event: “To Life” Concert

Location of event: Chancellor’s Hall, State Education Building, Albany, NY

Date/Time: Friday, May 19

Cost: $20

Contact Information: 518-428-5382 or email

Facebook: yes “Mendelssohn Club of Albany”



May 9, 2017 #982

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Business & Professional Women’s Club – 90th Birthday Celebration

Jane Osterhout

Others TBA

Colonie Senior Services

Diane Conroy-LaCivita

Ariana Wilson, Media Communications Specialist

Sue Napierski, RSVP and Volunteer Director

Landis Arboretum – New Features

Gail Browning, Marketing Committee

St. Paul’s Center

Tracy Pitcher, MSW, Executive Director

Shavina Richardson, Client Advocate

Saratoga Tour de Cure (Event Jun 4)

Nicole DeCelle, Diabetes Association

Laura Greenaway, Diabetes Association

Transgender Forum in Saratoga (Event May 23)

Trace Ellis

Cindy Shwaba, Director Saratoga Pride

May 16, 2017 #983

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Circle Theatre Players at Sand Lake Center for the Arts “As You Like It” (Event Jun 2 – 11)

Barbara Leavell Smith, Director

Joan Fuess

Others TBA

DanceSport Albany – 4th Sunday Ballroom Dance (Event May 28)

Liz Paone, Representative and Dancer

Natalia O’Connor, Professional Ballroom Dancer

Florin Vlad, Professional Ballroom Dancer

Louise Giuliano, Professional Ballroom Dancer and Teacher

Electric City Innovation Center & “Startup Townsquare” (Entrepreneurial Programming)

Jeff Goronkin

Human Rights Awards Breakfast (Event May 25)

Ang Morris, Executive Director

Software Development Agency – Computer-Answers

Michael McQueen, Representative

May 23, 2017 #984

Scheduled Topics on the Show with Guests

Filmed Tuesdays at 10 am at Proctors Underground

Albany Citizens’ Police Review Board

            Ivy Morris, Vice Chair CPRB

Zach Garafalo, Board member CPRB

Book Release: l’etoiler: The Disarrayed Expos

Osaretin Oghomwen, Author and Filmmaker

Freihofer’s Run for Women

Patrick Lynskey

Kristen Hislop

Kids Arts Festival

Betsy Sandberg

Performers – vocalists

Edd Clifford

TBC – Bill McGrath

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Now in our 17th Year of giving voice to Capital District / Tech Valley communities. To receive our weekly announcements & guest list by e-mail, send your name & e-mail address to: How to watch the Show: Live Streaming on the web when aired on Channel 16 in Schenectady County: Schenectady County — Channel 16– starting on Wed. 10 am and 6 pm and continuing throughout the week depending on time availability Now on FIOS in Sch’dy – on Channel 36 – see above for times: Amsterdam – Channel 16 – Tuesday 3 pm (one week later) Albany (City) – Channel 18 on ChannelAlbany on Sunday at 5 pm – Same week as filmed Albany County, Clifton Park, Saratoga, Rensselaer, Troy — Time Warner Cable – Regional Public Access –– Tuesday 3 pm (one week later) Bethlehem/Delmar – Channel 18 – Wednesday 2:30 pm. (One week later) We can also be found on Facebook: Schenectady Today – In & Around the Capital Region. Please join our page. You can also watch many show segments, read about guests and browse / search our archives, here on the site. Show Content: The show usually includes six segments with a variety of guests interviewed each week. Regular guests include Representatives from the Animal Protective Foundation; faculty from the various area institutions of higher learning discussing health and community issues; Representatives from City, County and State agencies; actors and directors from the theREP, Proctors Theatre, Circle Theatre Players at Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Schenectady Civic Players, Schenectady Light Opera, Albany Civic Players, Classic Theater Guild, and many other area theatrical groups; Tax Specialists from the Internal Revenue Service (during tax season); Representatives from Schenectady County Library; area museums including miSci & ESAM and many area non-profit organizations. We also try to highlight local artists and musicians whenever possible.