Schenectady Today -- In and Around the Capital Region
Filmed October 7, 2014 (Show #849)

Photographs by Thom O'Connor -- Website by Gregg Millett

Get Your Costume Ready – It's a Masquerade Gala! Guest; David Chalmers. Former Board Member and organizer. On the evening of October 17th, 2014 we are once again presenting this very successful and fun event at the Polish American Community Center. DJ, JC Kelleher, will be our grand Master of Ceremonies as we meet up with friends and dance the night away. There will be a variety of foods for purchase a la cart, a Halloween themed photo booth, and a costume contest with Masquerade March and prizes for the winners. Our Silent Auction, new to this year's event, is a major fundraising initiative for us, and we have many well-known business and private "Gem" sponsors and auction donors. Take advantage of this awesome opportunity to get your holiday shopping done early, and at very reasonable prices! We will accept cash or checks. Come prepared to be dazzled by it all….the music, the people, the food, the ambiance!! It takes YOU, however, to truly give this gala the energy and sparkle it needs! If you attended the last one, we think you'll agree, at attendance of over 300 people, it was a, let's do this again! Thirty years of building community for singles in the Capital Region. Singles Outreach is a NYS not-for-profit corporation. Our mission is to serve the Singles Community by providing education, activities, and a supportive environment for personal growth and socialization. Organization: Singles Outreach Services, Inc. (an activities organization) Event: Gala Masquerade Ball Location of event: Polish Community Center, Washington Ave. Ext. Date/Time: Friday, October 17, 2014 from 7pm to 11:30 pm Cost: $10 at the door. Open to the public. Contact Information: or call 452-6883 Facebook: Yes "Singles Outreach" Website:

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The YWCA and Women's Health-- Segment on Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region with Guests: Jo-Anne Rafalik (Development/Communications), Nancy Johnson (Youth & Family Services Dir.) and Kim Siciliano (Women and Family Services Dir.) The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Some events for the Week Without Violence includes "Ribbon of Hope & Bedazzle Your Bra Project", "Shoe Drive", "Zumbathon" on Oct 18 from 5-9 pm. "In Her Shoes Workshop" and "Take Back the night Ceremony and March on Oct 23 at 5:30 pm. They will also address Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence. Organization: YWCA NorthEastern NY Event: Week Without Violence Location of event: YWCA NorthEastern NY Date/Time: October 18-24 Cost: none Contact Information: 374-3394 Facebook: Yes. Website:

For Harvest Fest, we are a little bit of "country" in the city! -- Segment on Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region with Guests: Ray Feurstein (Board Member) and Joann Devoe (PR). Upper Union Street, Schenectady's 9 th Annual Harvest Fest & Art Show will include a wide variety of food served inside and outside, Gourmet Market Place, live music, art, children's activities, & more. Pony rides, Drum Circle (demos & hands-on), Doc Spring's Rehabilitated Dixieland Band at NEFJ, "Gordon Street" rock band at Hot Harry's, "Fotia" Greek Dancers at the Dean Street Corner, Pet Adoptions, Flea Market, Halloween Costume Photo Booth at SophiaSabella, "Toys for Tots" kick off at Sondra's Fine Jewelry, and so much more! The event will be presented in cooperation with the Schenectady County Farm & Foliage Day. The purposed of the organization is to further develop and promote Upper Union Street, a shopping district in the City of Schenectady along the Union Street Corridor from Gartner Avenue to Palmer Avenue. Streetscape improvements, Façade improvements, special events and cooperative advertising are included in the mission. Organization: Upper Union Street Business Improvement District Event: Upper Union Street Harvest Fest and Art Show Location of event: Upper Union Street spans Union St. from Garner Ave. to the Niskayuna Line at Van Antwerp Road. Date/Time: Saturday, October 11 from 10am – 3pm Cost: Free event Contact Information: For further information: call Executive Director, Nell Burrows at 518 370-0662, Facebook: Yes Website:

The Katherine Rosendaal Museum-- Segment on Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region with Guest: Janice Walz – Proctors Historical Museum Committee. Proctors Monthly Museum Moments -- We'll hear another great story about Proctors. At the turn of the 20th century, Frederick F. Proctor, known as the "Dean of Vaudeville," managed many successful theatres throughout the eastern half of the United States. In 1919, the strength of General Electric and the American Locomotive Company added to a population increase of over 80,000 people in Schenectady, NY, which influenced F.F. Proctor to build a larger, more grandiose theatre in the "uptown" business area. Soon after, he purchased the real estate at 432 State Street in Schenectady, and in 1925, construction began on what promised to be Proctor's most sensational vaudeville theatre. Organization: Proctors Historical Museum Committee Location: Second Floor of Proctors Date/Time: Open during major performances Cost: Free Contact Information: Audrey Hughes, President – email Website:

Sch'dy County's Fall Foliage Festival-- Segment on Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region with Guest: Matt Larsen, Special Events Coordinator. Schenectady County's Fall Foliage Festival is an opportunity for residents to enjoy the beauty of fall at the historic Mabee Farm in Rotterdam Junction. Family fun activities will include pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, petting zoo, pony rides, farmers markets, live music, and much more! Admission and most activities are free. Organization: Schenectady County Special Events Event: Fall Foliage Festival Location of event: Mabee Farm, Rotterdam Junction Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 25 from 1 pm to 5:30 pm Cost: Free to attend Contact Information: Website Facebook: Yes "Schenectady County" Website: