The Melo-Dears were in song, smile and swim in June 1968. Schenectady’s singing troupe was preparing for its annual Men’s Night Saturday. Some of the mellow women dressed in bathing styles from the early 1900s to promote an Edwardian number — “You Can Do a Lot of Things at the Seaside That You Can’t Do in Town.” The Melo-Dears will be in action for their 61st show on Saturday at 7 p.m. The women in song will take the stage at the Rotterdam Elks Club. Other groups were into spring swinging in June ’68. Students at the Ellis Hospital School of Nursing danced during their annual formal. Susan Mitchell was crowned queen of the affair, which took place at the Niskayuna Club. The Junior Etude Club named new officers. Bob Boucheron, the new treasurer, serenaded new friends Susan, Betsy, Louise and Martha with a song from his guitar. Niskayuna teens were also entertaining — the school’s annual carnival was held June 8-10, with “Alice in Wonderland” as the theme.
Members of the Schenectady Melo-Dears pose in old-fashioned bathing suits and practice for their June 1968 presentation of the old number “You Can Do a Lot of Things at the Seaside that You Can't Do in Town.” From left are Jean Bambury, Ruth Tulloch, Joan Taylor, Metta Hooker, Sherry Bates, Mildred Polsik and Joyce Duignan.
Snow was long gone in June 1968, but members of Schenectady’s 18-Plus Ski Club were still thinking about cool things to do. One event was a spring dance advocated by, from left, Sue Gillis, Barbara Ross and Jack Wolfe.
Schenectady Deputy Police Chief Joseph A. Peters Jr., right, welcomes Stanley J. Zdunek Jr. to the YMCA. Also glad to have Stan on board — as associate director of health and physical education — are YMCA officials Nate Barker (second from left) and Peter Pink. Peters was a nationally recognized weight lifter.
The Junior Etude Club had new members in June 1968. From left are Betsy Caine, Susan Dakin (past president, kneeling and tallest girl), Louise Reid, Martha White and Bob Boucheron.
Niskayuna High School students rehearse for their “Alice in Wonderland” carnival in June 1968. In front are Betsy Cain (left), dressed as a “gryphon,” and John Abbale, dressed as a Cheshire cat. In back are Jim Van Patten (left), dressed as Tweedle Dum, and Heidi Zacek, who masquerades as Alice.
Dr. George William Graham, director of Ellis Hospital, crowns Susan Mitchell queen of the school of nursing’s spring dance in June 1968. Members of Susan’s court are, from left, Dolores Winchell, Christine Polster, Marcia Hill and Sandra Matnell.