Schenectady Today — In and Around the Capital Region
Photographs by Malcolm Kogut
Filmed at Open Stage Media, Proctors, Schenectady
© Copyright 2016, Ann Parillo. All rights reserved.
Freihofer’s Run for Women!
Guest: George Regan, Event Director
Freihofer’s, a leading baker of wholesome products, is committed to fostering the growth and recognition of women in sports and inspiring all generations of women to experience the benefits of exercise and good nutrition.
Freihofer’s continues to set the pace by sponsoring the annual Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K.
Now in its 38th year, the event is home to the Master’s World & U.S. All-Comers record and features thousands of women from recreational joggers to Olympians who challenge themselves on the picturesque 3.1-mile course.
Organization: Freihofer’s Run for Women
Event: 38th Annual Freihofer’s Run for Women
Location of event: Albany near Capitol at Washington Ave.
Date/Time: June 4 starting at 9:30 am
Cost: Varies: $30-40 (depends on date by which you register)
Facebook: Yes “Freihofer’s Run” Website: www.Freihofersrun.com
Guests: Karen White, Physical Therapist & MS Clinical Specialist and Kristina Berlin, Volunteer
From their website: Established in 1986, the Saratoga Therapeutic Equestrian Program (STEP) is a charitable, not-for-profit 501 (C)(3) organization, registered in NY State, that is dedicated to helping special needs individuals achieve a maximum degree of freedom, independence and mobility through tested and innovative methods of equine assisted therapy and medical rehabilitation. STEP’s therapists, instructors, and dedicated core of volunteers collaborate to provide equine assisted therapies and activities.
These activities include: HIPPOTHERAPY Our exclusive “STEP-up” program ADAPTIVE RIDING EQUINE EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING HERO HORSES VETERANS PROGRAM MEMORY MANE & HORSE SENSE BACK in the SADDLE MS: Muscles, movement & making a difference 1 STEP @ a time DRIVING MISS DOLLY Competition for Para riders & Special Olympics
STEP Professionals in a variety of disciplines, including licensed Physical & Occupational Therapists, provide individualized treatment planning for each special needs rider. We also utilized volunteers, horse professionals and specially selected horses to achieve the goals of each rider.
Organization: Saratoga Therapeutic Equestrian Program (STEP Program – MS and Hippotherapy: Muscles Movement and Memory)
Contact Information: Phone: 374-5116 or S.T.E.P., P. O. Box 2918, Glenville, NY 12325-0918
Facebook: Yes Website: www.stepup-nfec.org
Lake George ELVIS Festival!
Guest: Drew Polsun, Elvis Tribute Artist
This is a five-day celebration of Elvis’ life, legacy and music!
From their website: This year’s festival will feature performances by Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artists Cody Ray Slaughter and Dean Z plus three Lake George Elvis Festival past champions Michael Chambliss, Dwight Icenhower, David Lee. Thursday night we are proud to present a showing of our new touring production, Elvis ’56 starring Cody Ray Slaughter with Samantha Chambliss and the Hillbilly Katz. Friday night, Jukebox LIVE returns to the Lake George Elvis Festival with appearances by Dean Z as Buddy Holly, Dwight Icenhower as Elton John, Robert Washington as James Brown, Mark Gagnon as Johnny Cash, Samantha Chambliss as Marilyn Monroe and more!
And that’s not all… a new special show will premiere Sunday morning. Instead of our traditional Gospel Contest, we will be presenting the Elvis Music Gospel Celebration. We have some of the biggest voices in the ETA world coming and we’re excited to celebrate the gospel roots of Elvis with Dwight Icenhower, Michael Chambliss, and Robert Washington.
Organization: Elvis Festival in Lake George
Event: Lake George Elvis Festival
Location of event: Lake George – Lake George Forum and throughout the Lake George Village
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 1 – Sunday, June 5, 2016
Cost: Varies — from free for some (Opening Ceremony, Classic Car Show/ Parade and Elvis Around Town) to charges for others starting at $25 and up.
Contact Information: 1-888-406-5885 FREE
Facebook: Yes “Elvis Festivals Websites: www.LakeGeorgeElvisFest.com and for Drew Polsun: www.DrewElvis.com
A Movie Premier — Hobo Hey-seus!
Guest: Jon Russell Cring, Filmmaker
Jon will discuss his latest projects and upcoming Film Premier for Hobo Hey-seus. A strange man attempts to metamorphize folks of a small town by using words, deeds, and logic – but change can be painful.
Event: Movie Premier – Hobo Hey-seus
Location: The Linda in Albany (WAMC) on Central Ave.
Date and Time: June 4 at 7 pm
Find info: Trailer on YouTube and also on Facebook
Radio Drama Returns!
Guests: Jay Towne, Playwright, Cheryl Charbonneau, Actor and Kyle Jenks, Actor
Performance and taping of episodes 1 & 2 of Minutiae, a serial radio drama based and recorded in Amsterdam, NY.
Cast and staff of 17, young and old, are a mix of amateurs and professionals from around the Mohawk Valley and Capitol Region. Original story.
Minutiae, as envisioned, is a serial radio drama depicting a multi-racial family growing up in Amsterdam, NY. It is to be a family saga, told over the course of years, with approximately 5 episodes per year, produced and recorded in Amsterdam, for an intended radio broadcast.
In the first act the family faces the death of their only son, and as a way of coping decide to honor him by keeping his memory alive through reading from his diary. The story is told using the techniques of flashbacks and memories and the device of reading short fiction from Jason’s diary as a means of expressing his point of view.
The characters are varied, ranging from Jackson, an African-American salesman father; Miriam, Caucasian, former nun, mother of two; Margaret, a mixed race daughter, divorcee, adulteress and mother of one daughter of her own; Jason, a mixed race son who confines himself to his room for almost three years while he battles a pernicious mental illness, and Rachel, a Jewish librarian/caretaker to Jason who takes care of and is secretly in love with him.
Other characters range from a police detective, a carpenter, librarian, extended family and more, all representing an aspect of Amsterdam’s culture and sub-culture. The drama also incorporates the intended discussion of certain religious or spiritual themes that each character either holds or doesn’t hold, as a way of addressing the human condition through examination of each characters coping mechanisms.
I hope to examine various belief systems, or lack thereof, to show how each character relates to him/herself and others and their surroundings.
Event: Radio Drama – Minutiae Performance and Taping
Location of event: Century Club, Amsterdam, NY
Date/Time: Thursday, May 26th at 6 pm
Cost: Free Event
Facebook: Yes “Minutiae Drama”