October 
2019
REAA NEWSLETTER 
A newsletter to keep you informed about what's "up with arts."

Letter from the BOD President:
Dear Friends,

Fall is officially in full swing! We were quiet in September, but don't let that fool you. There is so much happening at the arts alliance, in the coming months as well as in the coming seasons. Lessons are well underway for more than 40 students in the River's Edge School of Music. The River's Edge Players production of The Addams Family is gearing up for their performances at the end of the month. And we just wrapped up our fiscal year end review, which means it's almost time for our annual meeting - I hope you'll join us on November 20 to talk about all we accomplished together this past year.

Looking further ahead, we're filling up our winter calendar with special community events. Check out everything we have coming up below!

On behalf of the River's Edge Arts Alliance Board of Directors, I want to thank you for your continued support of our organization and of the arts in our community.

Best wishes,

Anna Klashka
President, REAA Board of Directors

The Addams Family : Tickets on sale now!

We're keeping weird in the family this month with the River's Edge Players production of The Addams Family on October 25-27 at First Church in Marlborough. Tickets are going fast, get yours today and plan to celebrate Halloween with us a few days early!

We're looking for a few good ghouls to help lend a hand for this production. If you can help out with the box office, raffle ticket and concession sales, or even the production strike after the final performance, sign up to join us here.

River's Edge Chorale: Registration now open!
The River's Edge Chorale is back this fall under the direction of Lisa Schliker. This group will rehearse at First United Methodist Church in Hudson on Tuesdays. The Chorale is always open to new members of all skill levels and vocal parts. 

Registration is open now through October 22, so sign up now to join our long-standing community choir!
  Annual Meeting: November 20, 2019

Each year we invite the entire River's Edge Arts Alliance community to join us at a Board of Director's meeting to discuss the organizations activities and celebrate what we've accomplished together over the prior year. This year, we'll meet on November 20, 2019, at 7:30pm in room G101 at Hudson High School. Join us to share your voice!

Holiday Stroll

Hudson's Holiday Stroll will be here before we know it! The River's Edge Chorale and REHarmonix will be performing at 3:00pm (location TBD while Town Hall is undergoing renovations!) to kick off the festivities. Following our portion of the concert we'll be strolling up and down Main Street with carols - come out and sing with us!

River's Edge Holiday Concert and  Winter Market

Come celebrate the season with us at the River's Edge Holiday Concert! We'll be at First United Methodist Church on December 8, 2019, at 2pm for a festive concert featuring the River's Edge Chorale, REHarmonix, two choirs from FUMC, and the award-winning Fireside Quartet. This special afternoon will also include a Winter Market of work from local artists and artisans and a dessert reception to follow the performance. Ticket information and details about the Winter Market coming soon, but for now, save the date!
  Announcing the Winter Concert & Performance Series


We are thrilled to be partnering again this year with our friends at Main Street Bank to bring you the 2020 Winter Concert & Performance Series. Mark your calendars now for FlamencoBoston on February 15, 2020 and a Celtic night on March 14, 2020 at Hudson's Town Hall.

Many thanks to our sponsors, Main Street Bank, for their ongoing support.

For Our Members
  
Are you an REAA member? If you are, you may have noticed we've been changing the way we manage our memberships. We received a generous grant this fall from the Foundation for MetroWest, which has allowed us to begin using Neon CRM, a new system that is streamlining the way we do all of our work, from program registrations and ticket sales, to member communications. This system allows us to remind you when your membership is up for renewal, so you don't miss out on the benefits we offer to our valued members throughout the year. If you see a message letting you know that your membership is due, make sure you jump on it and join us for the coming year!

In the future, this system will also help us make registration easier for our members and accessing your benefits even more convenient. 

As always, we are grateful for your support of the arts through your membership. Every single dollar of your membership dues is having an immediate impact in our community:

  • One membership can help fund our Art in the Hall program for an entire year;
  • Five memberships provide art supplies for free community events throughout the year or purchase the rights for a short play production;
  • Ten annual memberships support a scholarship for a Summer Drama Workshop participant or provide a stipend to bring a first-class local musician to Hudson for a performance.
All memberships help keep ticket fees and participation costs down and help to defray operating costs so that we can continue to provide flagship programs and develop new ones, while keeping the arts accessible to all.

Individual membership ($50/year)
Household membership ($50/year)
Senior/student membership ($30/year, for individuals only)

Non-profit and arts organization membership ($60/year)


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

2019 - 2020 Board of Directors
Anna Klashka - President
Danielle Neuffer - Vice President
Kevin Santos - Treasurer
Christopher Griffith - Secretary
Julie-Anne Burdick
Ron Sorgman

Junior BOD members:
Brianna Hamel - Marlborough High School
Lucy McCabe - AMSA
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Chief Administrative Officer - Danielle Griggs

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

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Here is a link to our last Annual Report:  http://upwitharts.org/annual-report/
   
Want to help drive the arts in Hudson? Join our board!
Seeking candidates to join our
Board of Directors

If you're receiving this email, you already know better than most the power of the arts to build community and drive economic development in our area. Hudson and its surrounding area are in the midst of an impressive surge of regrowth, and we at REAA are doing everything we can to make sure the arts are central to that conversation. 

If you are passionate about the arts...
If you want to help make lasting changes in Hudson and beyond...
If you care about the ways our community is growing and changing and want to be a part of it...

Join our Board of Directors! As a board member, you'll get to to provide feedback on our current programs, help guide new programming, and bring a fresh perspective to drive REAA priorities in the future. You'll help make our programs happen in a practical and immediate sense, attending meetings, volunteering at events, and acting as an advocate for the arts within your own circle.

A healthy board is a diverse board. An arts background is NOT a prerequisite! We also need appreciative audience members, professionals with financial expertise, leaders with broad nonprofit experience, parents of school age children and retirees... There's a seat at the table for a range of backgrounds, and we'd love to hear your voice.

There is NO financial commitment to join our board, just a love of the arts and community, 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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