March
2018
REAA NEWSLETTER 
A newsletter to keep you informed about what's "up with arts."

Letter from the BOD President:
Dear Members and Friends,

On February 21st, the REAA sponsored an event where Princess Anna from Frozen visited the Pediatric Wards at UMASS Memorial - Worcester Hospital.  The River's Edge Arts Alliance strongly believes in the importance of community outreach programs and partnerships!  It is our social responsibility to give back and share the beneficial power and joy of the arts with people from all walks of life, ages, and abilities through a variety of "arts for all" visual and performing arts programming.

st_patricks_day_gold.jpg We have two events to help you get your Irish on in preparation for St. Patrick's Day.  We are hosting a concert performed by the Irish group Banish Misfortune at Hudson Town Hall on March 10.  We are also hosting a Paint Night on March 14 where attendees will be guided through painting the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.  Both events are open to the public.  Proceeds from both events will go toward supporting the Arts Alliance.

Registrations are now open for our 30th Annual Summer Drama Workshop program.  The River's Edge Players are also seeking actors for Theater for Young Audiences performances that will be taking place in late April.  The River's Edge Chorale will begin rehearsals the first Tuesday in April.

We also have some opportunities for Visuals Artists as well.  We are still accepting registrations for our next Art in the Hall exhibit.  We are also accepting applications for solo exhibits at Cafe 641.

Warm Regards,
Lisa Schliker -  REAA BOD President
bod@upwitharts
Events!
Please join us for our last concert that is being presented as part of our Winter Concert Series.  This month we are featuring Irish music in celebration of St Patrick's Day.
Click here to purchase tickets online:

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Program Updates:
The River's Edge Players 

Theater for You ng Audiences schoolkids_teal.jpg

Thumbelina - Adapted by Vera Morris, D irected by Jennifer Finn
The King's New Clothes - by Kevin Holmstrom Bradshaw, D irected by Justine Goetz

Show dates:
  • April 28 at 1 pm and 5pm at Quinn Middle School in Hudson MA
  • April 29 at 1pm at Quinn Middle School in Hudson MA
Calling all Actors! -  Audition information for these shows:
  • Sunday, March 11: 2pm - 5pm at Hudson Town Hall
  • Tuesday, March 13: 7pm - 9pm at Hudson Town Hall
Anyone interested in being in one or both of these shows are encouraged to attend one of the two audition sessions listed above. No appointments necessary.  Just show up at the beginning of auditions and be prepared to move.

The tentative rehearsal schedule will be Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons.  For more information, contact us at:   info@upwitharts.org
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Summer Drama Workshop Alumni  - 30th Anniversary Review 
More information coming soon!
If you would like to receive information on the reunion show, please send an e-mail to:  reaasdw30th@gmail.com
 
Lisa Schliker and Sarah Worrest, SDW Alumni

Rivers Edge Chorale
Rehearsals for our Spring season will resume on Tuesday, April 3.  We will host Open Rehearsals on April 3 and April 10.  We encourage new members to come check us out during our Open Rehearsals.  Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm in room C110 at Hudson High School.  
We will be preparing for the Artist Appreciation concert which will take place on Wednesday, June 13.   We will be preparing songs that are featured in movies, both old to new!   Registration fee: $25 REAA members / $30 non members.
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NEW!! - A Cappella group

The REAA will be starting up an A Cappella group this spring  under the direction of Minoj Padki of award winning Fireside Quartet.  Be watching for details in the coming weeks for rehearsal dates and locations.
Rivers Edge School of Music
On Monday, April 2 and Tuesday, April 3, students from our RESOM program will be presenting recitals each evening.  The recitals will  take place at 7pm in the Hudson High School Mini-Theater (E101).
These recitals are free and are open to the public.
VISUAL ARTS PROGRAMS

Please note that applicants need to be a member of the River's Edge Arts Alliance.  You can join today!  See the Membership section below which includes a link to become a member.
Solo Exhibit Opportunities

Now showing at  Cafe 641!


NEW! Healing Gallery  at  UMASS Memorial Marlborough Hospital
GRA ND OPENING April 2018 (Date TBA)

The River's Edge Healing Gallery at UMASS Memorial-Marlborough Hospital enriches the patient and visitor experience and builds healthy community connection
s through the visual arts.  
Going to a hospital can be stressful, but art can soothe and enhance the healing process by creating calming focal points, offering a sense of hope and empowerment, and shifting focus away from medical issues and back toward a sense of normalcy.  We invite you to enjoy works by local artists in the Main Lobby and adjoining corridor.
     Are you a River's Edge Arts Alliance member?  
Want to be one?  Join Today!
All members receive:
  • Membership card which can be used for discounts at many participating businesses. 
  • Reduced ticket prices to River's Edge Arts Alliance performances:
    • This includes our Winter Concert series and more!
  • Reduced participation fees for programs including Art in the Hall, River's Edge School of Music, River's Edge Choral, Summer Drama Workshop, and more!
  • E-newsletter featuring upcoming River's Edge Arts Alliance activities
  • Invitations to FREE exclusive Members Only Events
  • Personal satisfaction that comes from supporting the arts in your local area!
Personal Membership ($50/year)
Business Memberships ($75/year)
Arts Organization / Non-Profit Memberships ($60/year)

Membership fees help us financially meet our mission to:  E nrich lives and create community through the arts.

For more information on what our membership offers, please visit our webpage:
You can also renew your membership right on the site!  
River's Edge Arts Alliance Board and Staff:

2017 - 2018 Board of Directors
Lisa Schliker- President
Karen Bishop - Vice President
Kevin Santos - Treasurer
Danielle Neuffer - Secretary
Julie Bolduc
Anna Klashka
Blane Stanczak - Junior Board member
Maya Levine - Junior Board member

This month we added two new members to our board.  We'd like to welcome Ron Sorgman and Julie-Anne Burdick to the board.  
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Interim Chief Administrative Officer - Debra Vanderwerf

To learn more about our leadership, please visit our leadership website:  

River's Edge Arts Alliance Classifieds

Seeking candidates to join our
Board of Directors

If you are passionate about the arts and want to help make a difference in the community, a BOD position may be for you!   As a board member, you will be expected to attend our monthly meetings, attend some of our programs, and provide support throughout your term.  Our current board has a variety of experience in the arts, education, business and more.

There is NO financial commitment to join our board, just a love of the arts and a passion to make the organization even stronger!  Please e-mail us at: bod@upwitharts.org for an application or for more information.
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Below is a listing of March events sponsored by REAA members:

Wednesday, March 7 at 7:30 pm - John Slonina will present "Dynamics of Nature Photography".  This program will have practical tips that can be immediately deployed to increase ones chances of capturing that "shot of a lifetime".  This presentation is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Great Room at the Hudson Senior Center, 29 Church St.

Saturday, March 3 at 2pm - You Wrote a Book, Now What? with Jan Kardys
Saturday, March 24 at 2pm - Using the Internet for Genealogy with Seema-Jayne Kenney
Saturday, March 31 at 2pm - Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trail with Sam Ducharme


If you are a current member of the REAA, we will post your events in future newsletters.  Submissions for our April newsletter are due Friday, March 30.

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The River's Edge Arts Alliance is proud to be a member of the Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce!