proctors-summer.JPGNew Visitors Center, Restaurants, Hotels "At Your Service" Downtown Schenectady, N.Y. - From the show-stopping antics of BLUE MAN GROUP to the mesmerizing menagerie of excitement of the ZOPPÉ CIRCUS', an abundance of entertaining events are in store for Capital Region residents and visitors to Proctors in Downtown Schenectady. Jazz on Jay Al Haugen & Friends - Thu, Jun 14, 12:00 pm MOPCO - You Never Know... Underground at Proctors - Fri, Jun 15, 8:00 pm Jazz on Jay Alex Slomka Quartet - Thu, Jun 21, 12:00 pm MOPCO - You Never Know... Underground at Proctors - Fri, Jun 22, 8:00 pm MVP Health Care Organ Concert Series Organist Extraordinaire Avery Tunningley - Tue, Jun 26, 12:00 pm Jazz on Jay Dave Fisk Quintet - Thu, Jun 28, 12:00 pm MOPCO - You Never Know... Underground at Proctors - Fri, Jun 29, 8:00 pm Jazz on Jay The Sunnyside of the Street Band with Brian Brundige Thu, Jul 5, 12:00 pm Jazz on Jay Gals Who Play Jazz - Thu, Jul 12, 12:00 pm Proctors on Tap - Sat, Jul 14, 5:00 pm Jazz on Jay Keith Pray Quartet - Thu, Jul 19, 12:00 pm BLUE MAN GROUP - Jul 21 - 22 Jazz on Jay Nat Phipps All-Stars - Thu, Jul 26, 12:00 pm Jazz on Jay Sensemaya - Thu, Aug 2, 12:00 pm Outstanding in the Arcade - Sat, Aug 4, 4:00 pm  Jazz on Jay New Regime - Thu, Aug 9, 12:00 pm ZOPPÉ CIRCUS - Aug 9 - 2 Outdoors under a Real Big-Top tent! Jazz on Jay Brian Patneaude Quartet - Thu, Aug 16, 12:00 pm Jazz on Jay John Hines and Friends - Thu, Aug 23, 12:00 pm Magic of the past...with an eye on the future NEW VISITORS CENTER OPENS DOWNTOWN  A celebratory ribbon cutting earlier this year marked the official opening of a new Heritage Area Visitors Center in downtown Schenectady at the city's biggest attraction, Proctors. The historic showplace brought more than 600,000 people to downtown Schenectady for close to 1,728 events last year.  The opening of the Visitors Center coincided with the announcement of the designation of Proctors as the city's Tourism Promotion Agency -- the Schenectady County Visitors Agency (SCVA) at Proctors - that enables the arts and entertainment complex to apply for funding through the I Love NY matching grant program to promote tourism in Schenectady County. "The Visitors Center and the designation of Proctors as SCVA are exciting initiatives," said Proctors CEO Philip Morris. "The Schenectady Heritage Area Visitor Center is yet another step toward achieving our goal of making Proctors an important gathering place for the community - and for those visiting Schenectady. We're pleased to move this project forward with the strong support of the City, County and Metroplex." Technology, teamwork to inform, entertain The project features five areas that highlight the legacy of the Schenectady area and alert visitors to the role that Schenectady plays in green energy and other emerging technologies. The five exhibit areas include History, Landmarks, Industry, Culture and Visionaries.  The Visitors Center exhibits deploy state of the art digital print and TV technologies. The area includes enhanced lighting to highlight the area - and a new ceiling over and adjacent to the exhibits to create an intimate space to view and participate in the exhibits. The exhibit space also includes display racks to showcase marketing materials on various historic points and places of interest within Schenectady County and the Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway.    A unique feature of the Visitors Center is that it is designed as a "revolving exhibit," enabling Proctors to introduce new subject matter throughout the year. Maureen Gebert, Coordinator of the Schenectady Heritage Area Visitors Center, believes that the importance of the center cannot be overstated as a draw for tourists, businesses and area residents who want to know more about the noteworthy events that helped define both the city of Schenectady and the Capital Region.  According to Ms. Gebert, "Representatives from numerous organizations came together to develop the content of the exhibit including the Schenectady County Historical Society, Schenectady Museum, Mabee Farm, local historians, Proctors History Committee, Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway, Revolutionary Byway and the City of Schenectady. The Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway is a national and state designated byway from Waterford to Schenectady. It connects to the Revolutionary Byway that runs to Port Ontario."  The Schenectady Heritage Area Visitors Center is open daily from 8:00 a.m., and is easily accessible from the State Street entrance of Proctors and no admission is required. The 1,200 square foot exhibit is adjacent to the recently refurbished Apostrophe Cafe at Proctors. Even MORE to Do Downtown: PROCTORS GUIDE TO DINING WITH STYLE Whether the choice is authentic Thai food, homemade Italian, or fine American cuisine, Downtown Schenectady offers a wide variety of restaurants to please every palate.  And Proctors invites visitors to extend their Capital Region stay by making arrangements to stay at one of the many wonderful hotels and inns that offer accommodations and convenience to the Downtown area!  Click here for a list of restaurants and hotels, then click on each business name to be connected right to their website! For more information on the Visitors Center, contact Maureen Gebert, Schenectady Heritage Area Visitors Center Coordinator, (518) 382-5147; Additional information on events at Proctors is always available at



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