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

Letter from the BOD President:
Dear Members and Friends,

The second performance for our Winter Concert series will take place on Saturday, February 10 at Hudson Town Hall.  We are excited to be presenting Flamenco Boston.  This is the perfect event to share with your Valentine.  Come to Hudson before the show and grab a bite at one the many restaurants in downtown Hudson.

Have you ever wanted to write a short play?  If so, we have THE workshop for you!  We will be hosting a two night workshop called Crafting A Short Play.  This workshop will help you turn your ideas into a play.

Although it is cold outside, we are busy planning for our 30th annual Summer Drama Workshop program.  We will be announcing the shows and opening registrations in February. 

We are hoping to kick off a Community Orchestra in the Spring.  There is an informational meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February, 21. 

We also have some wonderful opportunities for visual artists.  Registrations for our next Art in the Hall event will open on February 1st.  We are also excited to announce that we are working with UMass Marlborough Hospital to establish an Art Gallery where REAA members can showcase their artwork.  We are still working on the details, but our goal is to rollout the gallery in April.

This is just a sampling of what we have to offer in February and beyond.  Please read on for information these events and other programs.  I also encourage you to visit our website often as there is so much going on and we don't want you to miss anything!

Warm Regards,
Lisa Schliker
REAA BOD President


These are 3 performances that you won't want to miss!  
Hudson Town Hall is handicap accessible.  

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Program Updates:
The River's Edge Players 


Theater for Young Audiences

We are excited to announce that we will be presenting two plays for Young Audiences.  
The two shows are: Thumbelina  and The King' New Clothes
April 28 at 1pm and 5pm
April 29 at 1pm

Auditions will take place:
Sunday, March 11: 2pm - 5pm 
Tuesday, March 13: 7pm - 9pm

  We are still working to finalize a venue for the performances.  Be watching for more information on show dates, audition details, and more in the coming weeks!  Visit the REP website for the most up-to-date information: http://upwitharts.org/theater/rivers-edge-players/ 

This summer, we are celebrating 30 consecutive years of amazing workshops for kids and youth from the Hudson area.  We will be announcing our shows and opening registrations in February!

Save the dates!
We are shifting the workshop by a week to avoid the 4th of July holiday!

Little Theater I (Gr 1 - 3): July 9 through July 20 - Show on July 20 at 1pm
Children's Theater (Gr 4 - 6): July 9 through July 27 - Shows on July 26 and July 27
Youth Theater (Gr 7 - 11): July 9 through Aug 3 - Shows on Aug 2 and Aug 3
Little Theater II (Gr 1 - 3): July 23 through Aug 3 - Show on Aug 3 at 1pm

We will also be offering Afternoon programs again this year.
We are excited to announce that Ryan DeFoe will be returning as the Program Director!


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 Film Harmonic Orchestra

You are invited to an exploration meeting:
There will be a meeting on Tuesday, February 20 at 7pm for anyone who may be interested in helping to start this new musical group!  The meeting will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Hudson.  Rehearsal days and times have not been established yet.

David Burleigh  of Hudson will be directing this group

If you cannot make it to the meeting, but you are interested in helping to make this new group happen, please send an e-mail to the REAA BOD President at:  bod@upwitharts.org

For more information on our vision for this program, please see our FILM Harmonic Orchestra page:  http://upwitharts.org/filmharomic-orchestra-new/

Rivers Edge Chorale

Rehearsals will begin in late March / early April.  We will be preparing for the Annual Artist Appreciation concert on Wednesday, June 13.
NEW!! - A Cappella group

We recently sent out a survey to our friends and members.  Many of the respondents indicated that they would be interested in supporting a singing group that focuses on A Capella music.  

We will be sharing more information on this group and hosting an Exploration meeting in the coming weeks.  Please visit our website for the latest information.



Solo Exhibit Opportunities

Now showing at  Cafe 641!

We LOVE our members!  Become an REAA member 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)

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

Questions? Please e-mail: info@upwitharts.org

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: bod@upwitharts.org for an application or for more information.


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

Wednesday, February 7 at 7:30 pm - Bob Ring and Don Toothaker will present "Macro Photography: How and What to Do".  The presentation is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Great Room at the Hudson Senior Center, 29 Church St.

Join us for the Flower Themed Art Exhibit, juried by Elizabeth Ricketson 
Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb 1st, 5:30-8:00 
All artwork will be for sale and on view in our gallery until Feb 21st. 
We have many art classes for kids and adults starting the first and second week of February.    Please register for classes  online , over the phone   (508-485-2580 ) or in person (we always enjoy visitors!)

The Stow Cultural Council is organizing the first Stow Community Art Exhibit, March 16-April 13. We are excited about the show, as it will be our first community art show in the community center gallery wing.   Applicants can find out all information at our site  stowart.org , where they can submit their digital image of their artwork.

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 February newsletter are due Friday, March 2.


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!