Posted by: David Giacalone | January 18, 2012

Our Town Schenectady shares a glimpse of the Stockade

Last night’s preview of Our Town Schenectady at Proctor’s GE Theater made it clear that WMHT has created an interesting, enjoyable, and informative look at the City through the words, eyes and lenses of its residents.  Even natives and longtime residents of Old Dorp will surely discover new reasons to appreciate their City.  As Stockade resident Linda Muralidharan, who is the storyteller for the segment on the Stockade and its Walkabout event, put is: “We’re ornery but we’re fascinating.”

 Our Town Schenectady has its broadcast premier tomorrow, Thursday January 19, at 7:30 PM, on our PBS Channel 17, and in about three months you will be able to view it online. ; or purchase the DVD.  At the bottom of this posting, you’ll find a list of the 19 segments that make up Our Town Schenectady, which is narrated by Ernie Tetrault. See The Saratogian for more coverage; TU Arts Talk blog, too.

    The Stockade segment of Our Town Schenectady gives some background history and then uses the annual Walkabout event to tell more of the story and show what makes our first-in-the-state historic district unique and inviting. The one-person staff and editorial board of suns along the Mohawk was proud to be asked to contribute to the Stockade segment, and most pleased to discover last night that WMHT’s production staff selected two dozen of our images for inclusion in the show.  Below is a Slideshow of the pictures from suns along the Mohawk that help tell our Stockade story in Our Town Schenectady.  In choosing the photos, I’m glad Joanne Durfee and her staff at WMHT decided to focus on the people who make the beautiful historic Stockade a living neighborhood — especially the residents who participate in events like the Walkabout, and the non-residents who come to share in the fun and inspiration as re-enactors and visitors.

The photos in the Slideshow were taken from our 2010 Walkabout or 2011 Walkabout postings, each of which has a Gallery that includes the photos used in Our Town Schenectady and dozens of additional images.  You can click on a Gallery image for a larger version and permalink, and scroll over the photo for a description of the picture.

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Here is a list of the segments and storytellers in Our Town Schenectady, in the order of their appearance:

Mabee Farm – Kim Mabee
Stockade Walkabout – Linda Muralidharan
Engineering Solving Problem (Schenectady Museum) – Chris Hunter
Empire State Aerosciences Museum – Kevin Millington
Vale Cemetery – Bernie McEvoy and John Sowa
Little Italy – Maria Papa
Hibernians – Michael Glenn
SCCC – Patricia Frazier and Martha Asselin
Vibrant Arts Community (SCP, SLOC, SSO, Proctor’s) – Mardy Moore
Schenectady High Chamber Choir – Ben Butryn and Raya Malcolm
Hamilton Hill Arts Center – Iris Williams and Penny Holmes
Youth Media Arts – Mike Feurstein and Shawn Minarik
Roots and Wisdom – Debbie Forster (Cornell Coop Extension)
Schenectady Green Market – Betsy Henry and Dick Shave
Jackson’s Garden, Union College – Andrew McLain
Central Park Rose Garden – David Gade
Central Park Disk Golf – Justin Hoffman and Andrew Butryn
Ultimate Frisbee and Moon & River Open Mike – Dan Goodspeed
Holiday Parade – Gail Kehn

The WMHT webpage for Our Town Schenectady has links for access to more info on each of the segment top

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