A newsletter to keep you informed about what's "up with arts."

Letter from the BOD President:
Dear Members and Friends,

March certainly came in like a Lion this year!  It was hard to get into the mood for Spring with all of the snow!  But despite the bad weather, the REAA hosted some wonderful events this past month.  We'd like to thank everyone who came out to hear Banish Misfortune at the last concert in our 2018 Winter Concert Series.  Special thanks to Main Street Bank and all of our other concert sponsors!  We are already looking to plan another concert series next year. 

We also kicked off a new A Cappella singing group on March 14.  We also opened our latest Art in the Hall exhibit in March.  

In April, the River's Edge Chorale will begin rehearsals to prepare for our annual Artist Appreciation concert in June.  Members of the River's Edge Players are also rehearsing in preparation for our "Theater for Young Audiences" offering at the end of the month.

We hope that the warm weather will entice you to come out of your homes and attend some of our programs and events this month.  Read on for all of the details...

Warm Regards,
Lisa Schliker -  REAA BOD President
Important Announcement

On behalf of the REAA BOD, I would like to share the following Press Release with our members and friends:

Interim Chief Administrative Officer, Debra Vanderwerf, will be stepping down from her position and begin serving as a consultant to the arts alliance as of June 1st. Ms. Vanderwerf will be moving out of state with her husband, who has accepted a new job in Arizona.  "The arts alliance is in a strong position as an arts provider, resource, and advocate in the region", states Ms. Vanderwerf, "I am confident our board of directors will find the next leader to oversee our thriving portfolio of programs". During her 8 month tenure, Ms. Vanderwerf has increased organizational capacity for the arts alliance through new and expanded programming, increased membership and visibility, secured funding and sponsorships, and strengthened community partnerships.  In addition to serving in a leadership capacity at River's Edge, Ms. Vanderwerf also serves as Chair of Hudson's Downtown Business Improvement District's Arts and Culture Committee. "It's been a pleasure working with the amazing artists, cultural organizations, and businesses in our community and using the arts as a vehicle to economic vitality in Hudson and surrounding communities", states Ms. Vanderwerf. She will continue to serve as consultant and grant manager for the arts alliance.

"Debra has been an amazing part of our team since she joined us last summer", states Board of Director President Lisa Schliker, "While we are sad to see her go in her current capacity as CAO, she has helped to make our organization even stronger."  Ms. Schliker adds, "Her love for the arts and her knowledge of the non-profit sector was the perfect fit for our organization. We are glad that Debra will continue to serve as a consultant when she moves out of state."

For more information about this press release or to inquire about applying for the Chief Administrative Officer position, contact or call (978) 562-1646.

Lisa Schliker  

ArtsFest Hudson

REAA is a proud sponsor of ArtsFest Hudson  scheduled for Saturday, May 5, 2018 fro m 12-5 pm (rain date- Sunday, May 6th).  This premiere festival, produced by the Hudson Downtown Business Improvement District, will showcase the arts and cultural assets  of our community.  Vendors and performers will stretch from the Hudson Town Hall to Main Street Bank.  The planning committee is seeking vendors to exhibit their local, handcrafted items and volunteers to help everything run smoothly.  

For questions or more information, please contact event chair, Debra Vanderwerf at (978)  394-0627 or email:

Vendor Application - Only $35 to exhibit!: 

Volunteer Registration - We need 20 volunteers!  You will receive a long sleeve ArtsFest shirt: 


Save the Date - Artist Appreciation Concert

Wednesday, June 13 at 6:30 pm at Wood Park in Hudson

The River's Edge Chorale and the new River's Edge A Capella group will perform at this event along with The Justin Meyer Quartet

Help us select our 2018 Artist Appreciation recipient by nominating someone today! Nominations will be open through Saturday, May 5th.
The River's Edge Arts Alliance is seeking submissions for the yearly recipient of the Artist Appreciation Award. We are looking to honor someone who has made a substantial contribution to our mission to enrich lives and create community through the arts. This person, business or organization chosen should be someone who has integrity in the community, is knowledgeable in his/her art field, has contributed to the artistic lives of many people and who has contributed to our community in general through his/her artistic work with the people of this area.

Past recipients:
2012 Jan Patterson
2013 Paul Johnson
2014 Jason Caron
2015 Harvest Cafe (Karen Freker & Pippa Jollie)
2016 Lynne Johnson
2017 Kathleen McKenzie

You can submit a nomination using the following link:

Program Updates:
The River's Edge Players 


Summer Musical Update:

Over the past month, we have been working to find a venue for our annual Summer Musical.  There are a lot of factors that go into finding a venue including pricing, availability, and quality of the venue.  Trying to find a place for the summer months has additional challenges.  
We are looking into some other options, including the option of moving the show to September.  We hope to secure a location and announce more details shortly.

Click here to register:


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:
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.

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 Hi gh School Mini-Theater (E101).
These recitals are free and are open to the public.


Solo Exhibit Opportunities

Now showing at  Cafe 641!

NEW! Healing Gallery  at  UMASS Memorial Marlborough Hospital
GRA ND OPENING Spring 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
Julie-Anne Burdick
Anna Klashka
Ron Sorgman
Blane Stanczak - Junior Board member
Maya Levine - Junior Board member
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: for an application or for more information.


Below is a listing of April events sponsored by REAA members:

On Wednesday, April 11, AVCC will host the New England Camera Club Council's " Spring 2018 Electronic Photograph Interclub Competition". The program is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Great Room at the Hudson Senior Center, 29 Church St.

Saturday, April 7 at 2:00 pm - "What Makes a Poem a Poem?" with Jennifer Freed
Thursday, April 19 at 4:00 pm - "No Bake Healthy Desserts for Teens" with Chef Liz
Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 pm - " The Benefits of Eating Locally" with Chef Liz Barbour
Saturday, April 28 at 10:00 am - " Pastel Painting" with John Maichack (Space is limited, so contact the library to sign-up)

If you are a current member of the REAA, we will post your events in future newsletters.  Submissions for our May newsletter are due Friday, April 27.


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!