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Letter from the BOD President:
Dear members and friends,

The holiday season is upon us!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and that you are gearing up for all of the holiday celebrations that take place in December including Christmas, Hanukkah, and more!  

A great way to get into the Holiday mood is to attend the annual Holiday Stroll in downtown Hudson on Saturday, December 2nd.  The REAA will be participating in this event in several ways:
  • The River's Edge Chorale will be performing at Hudson Town Hall at 4pm.  This is a free event.  
  • The REP Carolers will be strolling Main Street singing carols throughout the night.  
  • We are also sponsoring our first Hudson 5x7 Clothesline Art Walk.  We will be displaying and selling 5x7 artwork at 3 locations throughout downtown Hudson.  Each piece will be sold for $20.  
The fun doesn't stop there!  I hope you will consider joining us at our annual Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 10th.  The concert will take place at the First United Methodist Church in Hudson.  I also invite you to read on to learn more about our Winter Concert Series and several visual arts opportunities in the coming months.  

Thank you for your time and support!  

Warm Regards,
Lisa Schliker
REAA BOD President


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Program Updates:
River's Edge School of Music

Registration opens on December 1st:
The River's Edge Players 

Coming in 2018...  Theater for Children and One Act Play Festival 

Art in the Hall -  SPECIAL NOTE:  

The Assabet Valley Camera Club Opening Night has been rescheduled to Thursday, December 7th from 6pm until 7pm


Registrations open on December 8th for "My Favorite Things"!

Do you want to participate in this event?  Contact us at:
for more information.
Solo Exhibit Opportunities

Now showing at  Cafe 641!

Are you a member of our organization?  Why not 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 the Holiday Concert, 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)

For more information on what our membership offers, please visit our webpage:
You can also renew your membership right on the site!  

New discounts for REAA Members...
Mullahy's Artisan Cheeses and Specialty Foods
10% discount off purchases (excludes special orders)

C.A.S. Handmade
10% discount off purchases

Questions? Please e-mail:

THANK YOU to those of you who recently joined or renewed your membership.  We could not run this organization without your financial support!

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
Interim Chief Administrative Officer - Debra Vanderwerf

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.
Volunteer e-mail list

Are you part of our volunteer e-mail list?  We have several opportunities for volunteers throughout the year.  Volunteer duties can include selling tickets at an event, light office duties, helping to hang artwork at an art show, and more.  If you would like to be added, please send your name and e-mail to the office at: 


Cyber Monday is November 27th.  
If you are planning on doing your holiday shopping online, please consider using Amazon Smiles.  Click on the link below and begin shopping!  It is easy to use!

Giving Tuesday is November 28th
Please consider making a donation toward the River's Edge Arts Alliance on this special day.  Click the button below:

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

Wednesday, December 6 - Artistic and Abstract Nature Photography presented by Ed McGuirk.   Abstract images generally rely on the strong use of lines, curves, shapes, colors, patterns and texture. This presentation discusses how to utilize these elements as they apply to abstract photography.  The program covers creative techniques such as Soft Focus, In-Camera Movement, and Multiple Exposures that allow a photographer to create more painterly-type images.

Thursday, November 30th - Holiday Music at the Mall, Marlborough High School Jazz Ensemble performs at Solomon Pond Mall at 4 pm and the Marlborough High School String Ensemble at 5 pm. Location - First Level near entrance to J.C. Penney

Friday, December 1st - Home for the Holidays on Marlborough Union Common at the Intersection of Routes 20 & 85
6:00 pm Festive Tree lighting with Mayor Vigeant with performances by the Marlborough High School Choirs directed by Mrs. Shannon McNulty
6:45 pm First Congregational Church Marlborough High School String Ensemble directed by Ms. Angie Crockwell
7:45 pm First Congregational Church Marlborough High School Jazz Ensemble directed by Mr. Gary Piazza

Wednesday, December 13th - Marlborough 7th & 8th Grade Winter Concert at the Whitcomb School Auditorium 7:00 pm. Entrance fee - donation

Thursday, December 14th - Marlborough High School Winter Concert at the Whitcomb School Auditorium 7:00 pm. Entrance fee $10 adults $8 seniors.

Friday, December 15th - Holiday Music at the Mall - Marlborough High School Jazz 2 Ensemble performs at Solomon Pond Mall at 6 pm Location - First Level near entrance to J.C. Penney

Wednesday, December 20th - Marlborough 6th Grade Winter Concert at the Whitcomb School Auditorium 7:00 pm. Entrance fee - donation.

Thursday, December 21st - Marlborough High School A Cappella Concert with the Marlborough High School Voices ReChoired and guest performance by Five O'Clock Shadow at the Marlborough High School Little Theatre 7:00 pm

Open rehearsals : Monday nights, Nov. 27, December 4 and December 11 - First Parish Church in Stow center, 7:30-9:30.
All area singers are welcome to the open choral rehearsals. See website: for further details or call 978-562-2620.

Want to include your event or announcement here?  Become an REAA member today!  Click here to join: Link to online membership form

If you are a current member of the REAA, we will post your events in future newsletters.  Submissions for our January newsletter are due Sunday, December 24th.