Newsletter 2/4/20 Topics and Guests on Sch’dy Cap Reg Today TV

  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.

February 4, 2020 – Show #1118

Segment ONE

The Schaltajahr Ball!

Ann Marie Schwartz, Director and Florin Vlad, Dance Fire Studio

            Schaltjahr (Leap Year) Ball —Musicians of Ma’alwyck is hosting a Schaltjahr Ball on Saturday, February 29th, 7-11pm, at 90 State Street, Albany.  Step back to Vienna, Austria, circa 1900 for a true Viennese Ball. With a live orchestra, a palatial setting, a great dance floor, dinner performance (featuring Metropolitan Opera Singer Emalie Savoy performing music of Lehar and Strauss), a professional Viennese Waltz showcase by Florin and Natalia Vlad, a Galopp lesson and a gourmet sit-down dinner by Mazzone Catering, this one-of-a-kind evening in the Capital Region is not-to-be-missed. Waltz and polka through the night in true old world elegance and celebrate the Leap Year in true style, why travel to Vienna when you can experience it here.  For information on the evening’s activities, dance lessons, ticket levels, and more, visit our website. Reservations are due by Feb 18th.

  • Organization: Musicians of Ma’alwyck
  • Mission: To present historic music and to tell history through music in historic sites and venues around the Capital Region.
  • Event: Schaltjahr Ball (Leap Year Ball)
  • Location of event: 90 State Street, Albany
  • Date/Time: Saturday, February 29, 2020 — 7-11pm
  • Cost: $150 and other higher levels
  • Contact Information: 814-441-0852
  • Facebook: Yes — Musicians of Ma’alwyck
  • Website:

Segment TWO

American Soldiers at Albany Civic Theater

Katie Weinberg, Artistic Director

Joseph Bruton “Carlo Colletti, Sr”; Siobhan Shea “Marie Colletti”

            The patriarch of a politically prominent Long Island family fights to hold the family together when his eldest daughter, an Army veteran, returns from the Middle East for an uneasy homecoming. The daughter, emotionally scarred from her military service, is struggling to take her ex-boyfriend and sister away with her to start a new life in Colorado. Her aim is to liberate them of the hometown influences of society, religion and class that led her to enlist. The play reveals the urge of children to break away, the power of family destiny and the emotional ties that bind.

  • Organization: Albany Civic Theater
  • Event: American Soldiers
  • Location of event: Albany Civic Theater, 235 Second Avenue, Albany
  • Date/Time: Jan 31 to Feb 16 – Fridays-Sundays — Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3:00pm
  • Cost: $18 and special military discount of $10 (with ID)
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: Yes — Albany Civic Theater
  • Twitter: @AlbanyCivic
  • Instagram: @AlbanyCivic
  • Website:

Segment THREE

Russian Winter Festival

Tayna Deptola, President & Marissa Scotti, Singer

            The 12th Annual Russian Winter Festival in the Capital Region of New York State is a month long cultural project consisting of various events which concludes with the Grand Finale – a full day of cultural events.

            The Festival includes Russian poetry contest, Gregory Popovich Pet Show, Tchaikovsky Music Competition, Best Soviet World War film screening, and Grand Finale – the final day of the Festival with plenty of performances, food, music, dance, arts and crafts, exhibitions and costumes, all with a Russian theme.      

            The Tchaikovsky Music Competition on Saturday February 8 is open for piano contestants ages 6 through 18 and vocal contestants ages 12 to adults. Piano contestants will perform one piece of music written by a Russian composer of their choice.  The vocal contestants will sing one song composed by a Russian composer, including classical Russian Arias, Russian art songs, and Russian folk songs in classical arrangements.  The piano/vocal divisions of the competition are free and open to the public.

            All Winners Concert will be on Saturday February 15 at 1:30pm at the concert hall of New Russia Cultural Center, located at 1550 Broadway Rensselaer NY. Free event.

            Best Soviet World War Film “The Cranes are Flying” – February 22 at 2pm at Opalka Gallery, located at 40 New Scotland Ave, Albany. Free Event.

            Marissa Scotti is currently earning her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at The College of Saint Rose. An Albany native, Scotti has participated in two Tchaikovsky Music Competitions at the New Russia Cultural Center, including 2018 (2nd Place Young Adult level and Special Diction award) and 2015 (1st Place Young Adult).

  • Organization: New Russia Cultural Center
  • Mission: The Center stands to stimulate public interest in Russian arts and culture through educational and cultural activities.
  • Event: Russian Winter Festival Month Events
  • Location of event: Polish Community Center, 225 Washington Ave Ext. Albany NY
  • Date/Time: Grand Finale Festival on  Sat. 2/29 from 11am -5pm
  • Cost: $7, Children $3
  • Facebook: Yes. New Russia Center
  • Website:

Segment FOUR

Holocaust Essay Contest

Dr. Robert Michaels

            Winning students, sponsoring teachers, and families are honored.  Students read their essays and receive cash awards and certificates of achievement.  The event is videotaped, and DVDs delivered to public television stations such as OSM Channel 16, broadcasting from Proctors Theater.  OSM generally broadcasts the event twice weekly over a period of one to two months, and it also may be available on demand via the internet.

            2020 Essay Topic:  Only 11 states currently require public school Holocaust education.  Should Holocaust education be required or encouraged in all states as a way of teaching students to better understand and appreciate ethnic and cultural diversity as tomorrow’s adults, teachers, and community leaders?  If so, how can students, teachers, and/or schools use the lessons of the Holocaust to help avert such tragedies in the future?  Essays should be the student’s original, independent work, and submitted by Friday 19 April 2019, preferably via e-mail to, or otherwise mailed (postmark by 19 April) to the above address.

  • Organization: B’nai B’rith Capital Area Holocaust Essay Contest
  • Mission: In a 12-county area around Albany and Schenectady Counties:  to promote Holocaust education and awareness among Middle School and High School students, our future voters and community leaders, to protect against possible repetition of this tragic era in history.
  • Event: Holocaust Essay Contest
  • Location of event: Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, Golub Campus Community Room, 184 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany
  • Date/Time: Deadline April 19
  • Cost: No charge
  • Contact Information: Dr. Bob Michaels, Holocaust Essay Contest Chairperson
  • Website:

Segment FIVE

Wealth Education Exchange

Angela Tatem, Founder

            Wealth Education Exchange is a local source for trusted and practical personal finance education and financial literacy. Our organization empowers the community through practical everyday financial education. Our teachings help people destroy debt, budget like experts, save money, invest, and end the cycle of living paycheck-to-paycheck to build a stronger and more philanthropic community. We teach people how to empower themselves through a strong foundation in financial literacy.       

  • Organization: Wealth Education Exchange
  • Contact Information: angela@wealtheducationexchange or 518-347-7085
  • Facebook: Yes – Wealth Education Exchange
  • Twitter: @wealthedx
  • Instagram: @wealtheducationexchange
  • Website:

Segment SIX

Clinton St. Groomery

Ron Suriano, Owner

            Ron will talk about talk about the new space and how it’s for curly guys and to discuss about their programs for veterans and military and students.

  • Organization: Clinton Street Groomery
  • Location: 140 Clinton St. Sch’dy
  • Contact Information: or                  
  • Facebook: Yes. Clinton St Groomery or  Moisture Salon
  • Website:

Upcoming Shows

February 11, 2020 Show #1119

Clinton Street Mercantile

            Michelle Wittall, Owner

            Brandon Wittall, Owner

Colonie Seniors on Health & Wellness

            Caroline Barrett, Lifelong Wellness Director

            Additional Guests?

Girl Scout Cookie Sale

            Mary Buszuwski, CEO Girl Scouts of NENY

            Additional Guests?

St. Clares Pension Update

            Peter Jones

            Additional Guests?

Schenectady County Historical Society Exhibitions

            Suzy Fout, Curator

            (Contact Individual: Mary Zawacki)

February 18, 2020 Show #1120

African American History – John Henry, A Steel Driving Man

            Clifford Oliver, Historian

Circle Theatre Players “All My Sons” (Event Mar 6-15)

            Barry Streifert, Director        

            Fred Sirois “Joe Keller” (father)

            Jacob Fisch “Chris Keller” (son)

            (Contact Individual: Joan Fuess; Brian Sheldon)

Classic Theater Guild “Crimes of the Heart” (Opening on Feb 20)

            John Birchler, Director

            Christine Vermilyea

            Audrey Vermilyea

            Marquis Heath

            Joey Cook

            (Contact Individual: Glenn Read)

Jan’s Wanderings – Topic TBA

            Janice Walz

Taxes 2020 – CA$H Coalition & My Free Taxes

            Tracy Randle, Program Director at the United Way

            Richard Zazycki, Director Circles of Mercy and Renss. CA$H Chpt Chair

February 25, 2020 Show #1121

Capital Repertory Theatre “The Irish and how they Got That Way” (Event 3/6 to 4/5)

            Maggie Mancinelli Cahill, Artistic Director

            Additional Guests?

            (Additional Contact Person: Margaret Hall)

Jr. Achievement of NENY

            Tovah Lisky, President

            Additional Guests?

Legal Corner – Updates

            John Musacchio, Esq

Niskayuna Music Dept. “The Little Memaid” (Event 2/27-29)

            Eric Hughes

            Christina Pizzino-Catalano

            (Additional Contact Person: Paulette Doudoukjian)

Schenectady Historical Society – School Programs

            Michael Diana

            (Additional Contact Person: Mary Zawacki)

Schenectady Restaurant Week (Event ?)

            Amy Sonder, Promotions Coordinator – Downtown Sch’dy Improv. Corp)

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