Schenectady Today -- In and Around the Capital Region
Filmed September 30, 2014 (Show #848)

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

Almost, Maine – "this rom-com leans on shrewd writing" (NY Times) Guests: Cheryl Charbonneau (Director), Sierra Lynch (cast member), Brandon Degrott (cast member), Melissa Capone (cast member) and Sonny Duross (cast member) Colonial Little Theatre is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the performing arts through opportunities for community participation in a variety of cultural experiences in Fulton County and the surrounding area. Almost, Maine by John Cariani is a very funny romantic comedy. I Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town that's so far north, it's almost not in the United States—it's almost in Canada. And it almost doesn't exist. Because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it's just…Almost. One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same. It's the most produced play in America today. These nine comic vignettes, about finding and sometimes losing love, are bathed in the magical glow of the northern lights. Organization: Colonial Little Theatre of Johnstown Event: Almost, Maine Location of event: Colonial Little Theatre—1 Colonial Ct. Johnstown, NY Date/Time: Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 17, 18, 24 & 25 Sundays Oct. 19 and 26 -- Fri & Sat 7 pm Sun 2 pm Cost: $12.00 Contact info: 762-4325 or email Facebook: Yes "Colonial Little Theatre" Website:

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Providing Hope, Hospitality and Empowerment to those in need! Guest: Richard Zazycki, Executive Director Irish Night features the music of Frank Jaklitch with performances by the Farrell School of Irish Dance. Singing, Dancing, Food, Drink, 50-50 Raffle, Door Prizes and Rail tickets for Two to NYC. Join in the fun! This is their mission statement: Circles of Mercy honors the dignity of each person, offers hospitality and provides services to instill hope and empower individuals to reach their full potential. Organization: Circles of Mercy/ Sisters of Mercy Event: Circles of Mercy "Irish Night"… Location of event: Bishop Maginn High School at 99 Slingerland St. in Albany, NY Date/Time: Sat. Oct. 18, 2014 from 6-10 pm Cost: $10 in advance and $12 at Door Contact Information: 462-0899 (office) Facebook: Yes Website:

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Get Ready for the Time Warp Dance! It's just a step to the……. Guests: Mike Gatzendorfer (Director), David Cerutti "Rocky", Jennifer Meglino "Magenta" and Nick Muscatiello "RiffRaff". The Rocky Horror Show is a musical with music, lyrics and a book by Richard O'Brien. A humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through to the early 1970s, the musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist unveiling his new creation, a muscle man named Rocky Horror. The original London production of The Rocky Horror Show won the award for Best Musical at the Evening Standard Awards in 1973. Additionally, both the original Broadway production and the 2000 revival of the musicals have accrued nominations for both Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards. Organization: "The Rocky Horror Show" Event: SLOC Theater (Schenectady Light Opera Company) Location of event: Franklin St. Campus (Former St. John the Baptist facility) Date/Time: Oct 10-12 and 16-19 (Evenings at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm) Cost: $22-$28 Facebook: Yes "SLOC Musical Theater" Website:
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Classical Guitar Fall Festival at SUNY Oneonta Guest: Harry George Pellegrin, Performance and Instruction `Their mission is to promote the education, appreciation and cultural awareness of the classical guitar and other associated instruments as a non-profit presenting arts organization. Every Fall CGSUNY presents the Annual; Classical Guitar Fall Festival, a two-day event held in the rolling hills of Oneonta, NY set against the backdrop of the area's beautiful fall foliage. The Festival features its members performing throughout day with solo guitar music, ensembles, of guitar and other instruments and voice, and mini-workshops. On Saturday evening we present our headline artist. Over the past few years headline artists have included Paul O'Dette, David Starobin, Benjamin Verdery, The Presti Trio, Jason Vieaux, Carlos Barbosa Lima, Newman Oltman Duo and Ana Vandovic. Other Festival events include a collegiate recital performed by students from across the state, a Sunday afternoon recital by a regional artist, a vendor's fair/silent auction and a master class by our headline performer. Organization: Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York Event: Classic Guitar Fall Festival Location of event: SUNY Oneonta Date/Time: Oct 18-19 Cost: $35 for members and $40 for non-members/general public Contact Information: CGSUNY, 8 Banta Place, Stamford, NY 12167 or call 607-865-8775 Website: and

BPW's Woman of the Year & Fashion Show Guests: Cyndie Powell (Fashion Show Chair), Jane Osterhout (Co-Chair) and Kim Bellizzi (2nd VP) Women Helping Women, through Advocacy, Education and Networking. Raising money for scholarship for girls and women in Schenectady County. This is our largest fundraiser, where we raise money for scholarships for girls and women in Schenectady County. We also introduce our Woman of the Year at this event. This year's Woman of the Year is Dr. Laura Schweitzer, President of Union Graduate College. There will be vendors, silent auction, raffles, a mystery wine sale and our Fashion Show and luncheon. We will be raffling off a $1000 Southwest Gift Card and A Lottery Ticket Tree containing 100 scratch off lottery tickets. There will be three Fashion Providers, highlight local women in business, Sistah's Vintage Aprons, 22 Shades of Gray, and Ferri's Formals and Bridal. Organization: Schenectady Business & Professional Women's Club, Inc. Event: BPW's Fashion Show and Woman of the Year Award Location of event: Glen Sanders Mansion Date/Time: Sunday, Nov 2 from 10:30 am to 3 pm Cost: $45 includes Lunch Contact Information: Facebook: Yes "Schenectady BPW" Website:

It's the season for apples – 26th Annual Apple Festival! Guest: Beverly Kantrowitz (Public Relations) This celebration includes Food vendors, and a food court. Wine Tent. Admission to the wine tent is free but to taste, it is $8 per person 21 and over. The tent opens at 10 am on each day. No Pets are allowed during the festival. Plenty of free parking. Organization: Goold Orchard Event: 26th Annual Apple Festival and Craft Show Location of event: Goold Orchards – off Route 150 in the Town of Schodack Date/Time: Sat-Sun Oct 11-12 from 9 am to 5 pm rain or shine Cost: $9 Adults and kids under 12 are free – Seniors 65+ and Military tickets are $8. (Must have military ID) Website: