Newsletter 3/3/20 Topics & Guests on Sch’dy Capital Region Today

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.

March 3, 2020 – Show #1122

Segment ONE

Quit Smoking!

Nicole Lodise, Pharm D.

  • Organization: Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • Website:

Segment TWO

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Emily Rose, Music Director; Benjamin Amey “Hero”; Edda Roemelt “Phila”

            This light, fast-paced, witty farce takes comedy back to its roots. A Funny Thing Happened…is a nonstop laughfest, filled with plot twists, cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two! Benjamin and Edda will be performing “Lovely” from the show.

  • Organization: Schenectady Light Opera Company
  • 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: A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum 
  • Location of event: 427 Franklin St. Sch’dy, NY
  • Date/Time: March 13 to 22
  • Cost: $23-28
  • Contact Information: 518.730.7370
  • Facebook: Schenectady Light Opera Company
  • Twitter: @sloctheater
  • Instagram: @sloctheater
  • Website:

Segment THREE

Triskele – Celtic Music Performing

Noeleen Druckenmiller, Co-Founder (Bodhran); Sharon Wheeler, Co-Founder (Guitar); Jennifer Kilinski, (Flute/Whistle/percussion)

  • Organization: Triskele
  • Missio: Triskele, [pronounced Tris-Kay-lee] is an all~female Celtic band out of Albany NY. They are known for their stunning harmonies, singing the Gaelic language and for their Irish wit. These ladies perform traditional, original and some modern Celtic/Irish music. Triskele not only revitalizes the Gaelic language, but weaves history and traditions about growing up in Ireland lending a deeper appreciation of aural history.
  • Contact Information: Sharon Wheeler 407-718-7707 or Noeleen Druckenmiller 518-522-2459
  • Facebook: Triskele
  • Twitter: @ Triskele@triskelemusic1
  • Instagram: @triskelemusic
  • Website:

Segment FOUR

Celebrating the Irish at a New Location!

Elizabeth Stack, Executive Director

            We have several talks about Ireland – St. Patrick’s Feast Day on March 4th; Top Ten Irish Events March 12th; History of Irish Dance March 13th; The Priesthunters March 16th; The Black and Tans in Ireland March 25th. We have live music on the 7th, 14th, 17th and 19th. And our annual 5 and 10 k Sweater Run on March 7th as well our ever-popular Irish Soda Bread competition on March 7th with a family festival and party all day.

  • Organization: Irish American Heritage Museum
  • Mission: The Irish American Heritage Museum shares stories about our heritage and culture so that we can find a common understanding of the American Dream, whether that dream was realized in 1847 or 2020. We seek to inform our visitors about the stories of everyday immigrants who came here to make a new life for themselves and helped build the country. We hope that by learning about our ancestors’ dreams and the trials they endured or overcame, our visitors will understand that the immigrant story is a universal one. We encourage the sharing of stories, and the passing on of our culture and traditions, so that all Americans will see their own heritage as part of the American cultural mosaic.
  • Event: Irish American Heritage Month
  • Location of event: The Museum at Quackenbush Square – Albany
  • Date/Time: Wednesday March 4 until March 31 — Mostly evenings
  • Cost: dependent on event
  • Contact Information: 518 427 1916 or
  • Facebook: Irish American Heritage Museum
  • Twitter: @IrishAmericanMus
  • Instagram: @irishamericanheritagemuseum
  • Website:

Segment FIVE

Harry Potter, Family Day and Butterflies

Tyler Kellogg, VP of Education

            The Science and Wizardry of Harry Potter is an experience designed to engage and excite individuals of all ages and talent levels. As each participant enters miSci, they will receive a Marauder’s Map. This document will act as a guide to showcase all the magical experiences that are available. 

     Four distinct pathways will guide your movements and actions that will help the Sorting Hat determine which house you most deeply belong to. For the younger wizards among us, a series of test questions called the O.W.L.s (Ordinary Wizarding Levels) will be available to test your knowledge and observation skills. The more seasoned wizards will be expected to take their N.E.W.Ts (Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests) to help to determine what magical skills they most deeply possess. Once you’ve completed your quest, get sorted by The Sorting Hat into your Hogwarts House!


  • Find the Horcrux – the dark lord has scattered pieces of his being around the Museum. Witches, wizards and muggles of all ages are encouraged to solve his riddles and find all pieces before it’s too late!
  • Spell Casting – explore the Museum and learn new spells to cast as you progress in your journey to become a witch or wizard.
  • Selfie/Boomerang Station – take your picture with props and our themed backdrops to make all your friends who couldn’t attend jealous.
  • Sorting Hat – once you’ve completed your training, get sorted into your Hogwarts House by The Sorting Hat.
  • Museum staff will be in costume and we encourage participants of all ages and cosplay levels to come dressed as their favorite Harry Potter characters (other wizards and witches are welcome, too).


  • Alchemy and Potion Making for the Modern Wizard – miSci’s resident wizard, Kurt Beecher, will draw upon his advanced wisdom of chemical reactions and knowledge of the ages to perform acts of transformation before your very eyes that will leave you speechless and curious about the possibilities that exist in this magical world. 

Additional Experiences (extra fees apply):

  • Gronhdal’s Wizard Workshop – wizard and master wand-maker, Titus Grondahl, will be bringing his fantastic wand-making workshop to miSci. He will help wizards of all ages craft that perfect wand for your brand of magic. 
  • Fantastic Beasts & the Care of Magical Creatures Exotic Animal Show – join Adam from Uncharted Wild for an up close and personal show with some of the coolest and creepiest animals. 
  • Magic & Illusion Show featuring Merdwin the Mediocre – join the wizard Merdwin for a fun-filled, family-friendly magic and illusion show. 
  • The Stars of Harry Potter Planetarium Show – see the mythical animals Draco, Centaur and Lupus found in both the sky and Harry Potter, learn how to find the stars Sirius and Bellatrix and more!

CLC Adventure – Embark on an hour-long simulated space adventure in the Challenger Learning Center!

  • Organization: miSci (Museum of Innovation and Science)
  • Mission: Founded in 1934, the Museum of Innovation and Science is the premier science and technology center in New York’s Capital Region. It offers an immersive experience for visitors and serves more than 50,000 patrons annually. At miSci, exhibitions, programs and events are designed to inspire people of all ages to celebrate and explore science and technology – past, present and future. For K-12 classes, the Museum utilizes standards-based education and hands-on exploration while fostering an understanding and appreciation of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics).
  • Event: Family Day – The Science and Wizardry of Harry Potter
  • Location of event:
  • Date/Time: Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Cost: Children (3-12) – $8.00 advance sale ($11.00 at the door)

               Adults (13+) – $12.00 advance sale ($15.00 at the door)

Seniors Citizens (65+) – $10.00 advance sale ($13.00 at the door)

Indoor Butterfly House Admission: $2.00

Planetarium Shows: $6.00

Fantastic Beasts Exotic Animal Show: $6.00

Merdwin the Mediocre Magic & Illusion Show: $6.00 

CLC Adventures: $10.00

Wands from Gronhdal’s Wizard Workshop: $10.00

  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: yes
  • Twitter: @miSciNY
  • Instagram: @miSci_ny
  • Website:

Upcoming Shows

March 10, 2020 Show #1123

(Guests and topics subject to change)

Black History – continued

            Clifford Oliver Mealy, Historian/Photographer

Janis Joplin Tribute at Frog Alley (Event Mar 12)

            Ginger Miller, Promotor

Miss Montgomery County “Fostering Food Insecurity & Wellness

            Victoria Opalka

Mother Teresa Cancer Awareness Fund Gala (Event Mar 27)

            Terra Maddalone-Ristau, Executive Director

United Way of the Capital Region

            Peter Gannon, President & CEO

            (Additional Contact Individual: Ketti Blackwell)

YWCA – Women of Achievement (Event Mar 27)

            Kim Siciliano

            Carole Merrill Mazurek

March 17, 2020 Show #1124

(Guests and topics subject to change)

Crossroads Center for Children – Gala (Event Apr. 4)

            Cindy Barkowski, Board President

            Vicki Ramotar, MSED Resource Development Specialist

Friends of Recovery – New York

            Angelia Smith-Wilson

            (Contact individual: Paulette Doudoukjian)

Gospel Jubilee

            Rev. Dr. Elgin Joseph Taylor, Sr., Musical Director (email required)

            Gretchel Hathway, Stage & Choir Coordinator (email required)

            (Contact Individual: Sara Hill)

Schenectady Civic Players – This Random World — (Event 3/20-29)

            Cristine M. Loffredo, Director

            Additional guests?

            (Contact individuals: John Hickman, Don Mealy)

Schenectady Symphony Orchestra – (Event 3/22 @ Proctors)

            Glen Cortese, Artistic Director

            Additional guests?

            (Contact Individual: Mardy Moore)

Tax Update – Continued

            Melinda Burns, Dir, Adult Ed for Wildwood Programs       

            Denise Dinoto, Co-chair of Marketing Com. Cash Coalition          

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