Newsletter Feb 18, 2020 – Guests and Topics 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.

February 18, 2020 – Show #1120

Segment ONE

Crimes of the Heart by Classic Theater Guild

John Birchler, Director; Christine Vermilyea “Lenny Magrath”; Audrey Vermilyea “Babe Botrelle”; Joey Cook “Don Porter” and Marquis Heath “Barnette Lloyd”

“Crimes of the Heart” is a rollicking play about a Southern family whose fortunes are in turmoil.  A movie version starred Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek, and Diane Keaton.           

            The scene is Hazelhurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at 30 and facing diminishing marital prospects. Meg, 27, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazelhurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast. Babe, 24, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach.
            Their troubles, which are grave yet hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin,

  • Organization: Classic Theater Guild
  • Mission: To present quality theater to the Capital District.
  • Event: Crimes of the Heart
  • Location of event: Congregation Beth Israel, 2195 East Parkway, Schenectady
  • Date/Time: Opens Feb. 20, 22, 23, 27, 29, March 1 (7:30 PM Weekdays, 3:00 Sundays)
  • Cost: $20/$18 seniors, students, veterans
  • Facebook: Yes
  • Website: none

Segment TWO

All My Sons by Circle Theatre Players

Barry Streifert, Director; Fred Sirois “Joe Keller” (father) & Jacob Fisch “Chris Keller” (son)

            Joe Keller, a successful businessman, lives comfortably with his wife, Kate, and son, Chris, in a suburban American neighborhood. They have only one sadness in their lives – the loss of their other son, Larry, who went missing in World War II. After three years, Kate still clings to the hope that her son is alive.

  • Organization: Circle Theatre Players
  • Mission: To enrich community life through discovering, appreciating and cresting excellence in theatre, the performing arts and visual arts.
  • Event: All My Sons by Arthur Miller
  • Location of event: Sand Lake Center for the Arts/ Circle Theatre Players (2880 NY 43 Averill Park)
  • Date/Time: March 6,7,12,13,14 at 8pm — March.8 and 15 at 2:3opm
  • Cost: $18 adults, $10 under the age of 18
  • Contact Information:
  • Facebook: Yes
  • Website: www.

Segment THREE

Hair Braiding Competition at Russian Festival

Tanya Deptola, President

            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.  Two the festival events left: War film screening on Feb 22 and Grand Finale on Feb 29.

            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.   Screening of the classic Soviet film is to commemorate the 75th year of the end of World War II.  The film depicts the cruelty of war as a result of World War II (known in the Soviet Union as the Great Patriotic War.) The film won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, the only Soviet film to win that award.  Film is in Russian with English Subtitles. The event includes post-screening panelists discussion.

            Grand Finale of the Festival – 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 festival’s headliner is a folk ensemble “Barynya” from New York, NY. It’s a well-known group that enjoys exalting stature as the premier Russian folk ensemble outside of Russia. Barynya presents Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewish and Gypsy Roma traditional dancing, music, songs.

            “Kaleidoscope” – children’s dance group has high artistic merit with abilities to perform Russian folk songs and dances with ease.
            Best Braided Hairdo Contest 2020 at 3pm – during the Grand Finale Feb 29. The contest is open to any non-professional hair stylists and to all girls and women of all ages for modeling.


            Soviet Posters. 15 copies of the historical Russian propaganda posters from the Soviet era.  Antique Russian Porcelain Plates. 30 German porcelain Russian fairy tales collection features the works of Russian artist Boris Zvorykin. 

            “The 3rd Rifle Division of Red Army” reenacting group portrays a typical platoon of a Russian rifle division in the Great Patriotic War. By researching the history of the Russian infantrymen the group attempts to recreate the trials and tribulations of the soldiers of the Red Army, as well as teach the public about the life and times of the people and time period.

            Traditional Russian Costumes and Photo Booth.  Russian traditional costumes for women, men and children to dress up and take photos

            CRAFTS. Children Craft Corner. Kids decorate traditional headsets Kokoshnik with gemstones and paint nesting dolls Matryoshka. Craft Vendors. A wide variety of arts, crafts and merchandise related to the Eastern European style.

            FOOD. Blini – Russian pancakes with red caviar, jam or sour cream.

            Golubtsy. Cabbage leaf stuffed with beef & rice, served with baked piroshky.

            Tea. The samovar is an important attribute of Russian households and taverns to tea-drinking.

  • Organization: Russian Winter Festival
  • Mission: The Center stands to stimulate public interest in Russian arts and culture through educational and cultural activities.
  • Event: Hair Braiding
  • Location of event: Polish Community Center, 225 Washington Ave Ext. Albany NY
  • Date/Time: Saturday February 29 2020 — 11am -5pm
  • Cost: $7, Children $3
  • Contact Information:
  • Website:

Segment FOUR

John Henry & the Baltimores of Troy

Clifford Oliver Mealy, Photographer, Historian

            Display and lecture of vintage photographs of the John Henry Family and Friends from the Whitehall Historical Association.  John Henry had been a slave in Virginia until the end of the civil war. He accompanied Lt. Wm. Boyd of NY’s 5th Cavalry home to Whitehall where John Henry established a successful blacksmith shop and married into one of the most prestigious black families north of New York City.

  • Mission: To educate the public on local history. To obtain for more information on the identities of the photographs shown. 
  • Event: John Henry and the Baltimores of Troy
  • Location of event: Lake George’s Caldwell Library
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 at 4:30pm
  • Facebook: Yes
  • Cost: Free

Segment FIVE

Taxes and the Cash Coalition

Richard Zazycki, Chair CA$H Coalition, Rensselaer Co. Chapter

            January 23 —– Tax Season Kick-Off: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).         

            Presenter: Richard S. Zazycki, Executive Director of Circles of Mercy and Chair of the CA$H Coalition’s Rensselaer County Chapter.  He will review for the viewers what is VITA, how to find the nearest VITA or FSA site, to call 2-1-1 for appointments, program income limits, what information to bring to tax appointments, types of tax credits that are available; and review  Organization: CA$H Coalition and the United Way of the Greater Capital Region

  • Mission: Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope (CA$H) Coalition of the Greater Capital Region is:
  • Dedicated to assisting individuals and families to increase their financial self-reliance
  • CA$H partners and stakeholders provide support and access to: Community resources, Free tax preparation,  Financial education and Asset building activities and strategies
  • Event: VITA Free Tax Preparation
  • Location of event: Tax Sites all over the Capital Region
  • Date/Time: January 27th -April 15th
  • Cost: no charge
  • Contact Information: 518-462-0899  |
  • Facebook: Yes
  • Website: Web Sites:,, and

Segment SIX

Jan’s Wanderings

Janice Walz

            The Beat the Snow Concert Series brings to our audiences local talents ranging from classical to jazz to musical theater.  All concerts are free and open to the public.

            Proctors Theatre, open-end in 1926, is a long standing and ever changing institution in our area.  AS such, they have collected a few items no longer needed.  As Proctors changes to newer lighting, there are older style, but serviceable lights available.  There is also a massive collection of lesson books for organ and brass available for the taking!

  • Organizations: Friends of the Sch’dy County Public Library and Proctors Theatre
  • Missions: Friends-to promote literacy in our community by supporting the SCPL.  And Proctors-to promote art in our community      
  • Event: Beat the Snow Concert Series
  • Location of event: Karen B. Johnson (main branch) Library
  • Date/Time: Sundays now through March 29 – 2:30 pm
  • Cost: no charge
  • Websites: and

Upcoming Shows

February 25, 2020 Show #1121

(Guests and topics subject to change)

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?

            (Additional Contact Persons: Stan Simkins, Chris Wessell)

Legal Corner – Updates

            John Musacchio, Esq

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

            Eric Hughes

            Christina Pizzino-Catalano

Madalyn Montgomey, Daniel Klepeis, Nathan Pauly

            (Additional Contact Person: Paulette Doudoukjian)

Schenectady Historical Society – School Programs

            Michael Diana

            (Additional Contact Person: Mary Zawacki)

Schenectady Restaurant Week (Event – March 2 to 8th)

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

            (Additional Contact Person: Jim Salengo)

March 3, 2020 Show #1122

(Guests and topics subject to change)

ACPHS – Smoking Cessation

(Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences)

            Professor Nicole Stack, Pharm D

Irish American Heritage Museum — Events

            Elizabeth Stack, Exc. Dir.

miSci  (Family Day, Harry Potter, Butterflies)

(Museum of Innovation and Science)

            Gina Gould, PhD – President

            Additional Guests?

            (Contact Individual: Bradley LaMere)

SLOC’s  A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum  (Event Mar 13 to 22)

(Schenectady Light Opera Company)

            Gary Hoffmann, Director

            Additional Guests?

            (Contact Individual: Audrey Carlton)

Addition Segments to be announced

March 10, 2020 Show #1123

(Guests and topics subject to change)

Miss Montgomery County “Fostering Food Insecurity & Wellness

               Victoria Opalka

Mother Teresa  Cancer Awareness Fund Gala

               Terra Maddalone-Ristau, Executive Director

United Way of the Capital Region

               Peter Gannon, President  & CEO

               (Additional Contact Individual: Ketti Blackwell)

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