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

Letter from the BOD President:
All members and friends,

Now that Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, it is the unofficial kickoff to the Summer of 2017!  Although this is vacation time for many, the REAA is going into our busy season with a variety of activities taking place this summer.

The River's Edge Chorale is busy rehearing for our annual Artist Appreciation Concert on June 14.  We will be honoring Kathleen McKenzie as our 2017 award recipient.  Registrations for our 29th annual Summer Drama Workshop program are due by June 16.  
The River's Edge Players have also begun rehearsals for "Disney's The Little Mermaid".  The show will take place August 11, 12, and 13.  Tickets will go on sale shortly.  We will also be running Fun Family Nights in Marlborough in the month of August.

If you are a visual artist, we are currently accepting registrations for our last Art in the Hall event of the season.  This is a great way for local artists, young and old, to showcase their artwork at Hudson Town Hall.

For more information on these events and more, please read on...  

If you have any questions, please drop us an e-mail at: bod@upwitharts.org

Lisa Schliker
REAA BOD President

Program Updates
River's Edge Chorale
2017 Artist Appreciation Award recipient
Kathleen McKenzie

We are pleased to announce that Kathleen McKenzie has been selected as our 2017 Artist Appreciation Honoree. Kathleen is the Drama teacher at Hudson High School. We hope you can join us at the Artist Appreciation Concert on June 14 where we will recognize Kathleen during intermission.

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

Registrations are still open for our  2017 Summer Drama Workshop through June 16th!

The workshop will be held at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School in Marlborough, MA.

Afternoon Workshop details (12:45 - 2:45):

WEEK 1 (July 3-7; *No camp on July 4th)
CLASS CLOWN: Exploring the Art of Joke-Telling & Comedy! (Grades 1- 6)
NAILING AN AUDITION: Audition Preparation & Technique (Grades 6-12)

WEEK 2 (July 10-14)
STORYTELLERS: Storybook Theatre (Grades 1 - 6)
MASTER ACTOR: Stage Movement & Character Development (Grades 6-12)

WEEK 3 (July 17-21)
MUPPET MAKING: The Art of Puppetry (Grades 1-6)
PROP SHOP: Prop Building & Scenic Painting (Grades 6-12)

WEEK 4 (July 24-28) 
MAKE IT UP AS YOU GO: Improvisation (Grades 1-6)
SHE SAID WHAT??: Improvisation (Grades 6-12)

Click here for more details:  SDW information
Click here to register : SDW Registration form


River's Edge Players   -  Disney's The Little Mermaid
Join us under the sea!  Save the date!

Friday, August 11 at 7pm
Saturday, August 12 at 7pm
Sunday, August 13 at 1pm

Ticket Prices:
$15 adults - REAA members
$13 Senior / Students - REAA members
$18 adults - Non members
$16 Senior / Students - Non members

Location: Hudson High School

Tickets will go on sale shortly!  Visit our website for show updates and more:

Art in the Hall
Registrations still open for our next event!   Click the image below to register:

The REAA will be starting to plan our 2017 - 2018 exhibit schedule for next year.  If you have an idea for a theme, please e-mail us at: info@upwitharts.org
Solo Exhibit Opportunities

Coming Soon...  Art Walker at
Cafe 641 this Summer!

Join us today!
The REAA is a non-profit organization with a mission to "enrich lives and create community through the arts".  
M embership fees help support the REAA and all of our programs.

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 (excludes fundraising events)
  • 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)
  • Tuition discounts for programs, classes and workshops
Business Memberships ($75/year)
  • Two complementary tickets to an event
  • Free Listing on our website
Arts Organization / Non-Profit Memberships ($60/year)
  • FREE arts and culture calendar listing in our newsletter
  • Discount registration fees for festivals
  • Free Listing on our website
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 Classifieds

Now Hiring
Chief Administrative Officer - part time (28 hours)

The Chief Administrative Officer of the organization reports to the board of directors and assists them in enriching lives and creating community through the arts.  

Please visit our Careers webpage for details:

Seeking candidates to join our
Board of Directors

Want to be part of the planning and support of our organization?  Please consider joining our Board of Directors.  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.

Ad space available in our upcoming program booklets

Want to help support our programs?  If you are a business owner, please consider purchasing ad space in our Program booklets for our Summer Drama Workshop in July and our August Production of Disney's The Little Mermaid.  Your ad will be seen by 600+ members of the community.

Please review this form for more information on how to submit an ad: 
REAA Ad Form - Spring Summer 2017

Volunteers needed

Over the next few months we will be looking for volunteers to help support our programs.  Volunteer opportunities include office support (filing, mailing, etc...), concert support (handing out programs, set-up, etc...) and front of house support for our SDW shows and our REP music.  
If you would like to be added to our volunteer database, please send your name and e-mail to the office at: info@upwitharts.org 
Below is a listing of June events sponsored by REAA members:
Ongoing - Assabet Valley Camera Club meetings: 
AVCC welcomes anyone who is interested in photography or in enhancing photographic skills. We meet at 7:30 PM on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from now through June at the Hudson Senior Center, 29 Church St., Hudson. For more information, contact Liz West (978) 263-2853.

Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce
31st Annual Hudson Community Fest
Saturday, June 10 th , 9 am. to 3:30 pm.
South Street, Downtown Hudson
Celebrating commerce, community, and culture for over 3 decades, this free family friendly event includes two sound stages, dozens of free or inexpensive activities for young and old alike, and over 125 vendors. For more info, find us on FB, call 978.568.0360, or email us at:  info@assabetvalleychamber.org .
The REAA will have an information tent at Hudson Fest!  

Save the date: 16th Annual Harvest Golf Classic - Monday, September 18th, 2017

Hudson Public Library events:
Monday, June 5th - Summer Reading starts (6th grade and younger)

Thursday, June 8th 7pm - 8pm - Mindful Yoga for Teens and Tweens.   Friendly yoga for all levels.  Please sign-up at the Children's desk one week before.

Saturday, June 24 at 2pm - Author Talk with Maria Salomao-Schmidt.  

First Monday of every Month at 6pm - Knitting Club

Friends of the Marlborough Public Library events:
Annual Meeting / "Let's Go Sailing" - Wednesday June 7th at 6:00 PM
Keynote speaker: Ellen Dolan, Director of the Shrewsbury Public Library.  Topic: " Let's Build a Library: a Long and Winding Road"

If you are a current member of the REAA, we will post your events in future newsletters.  Submissions for our July newsletter are due Friday, June 30.  For more information on becoming a member, please visit our website or contact: info@upwitharts.org