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

Letter from the BOD President:
All members and friends,

Summer is just around the corner and we have a lot of exciting events coming up in May and beyond!

Our next Art in the Hall event kicks off next week.  We will also be having auditions for our production of Disney's The Little Mermaid on May 21 and May 22 with call-backs on May 24.  The River's Edge Chorale is busy rehearing for our annual Artist Appreciation Concert on June 14.  We are still accepting registrations for our 27th annual Summer Drama Workshop program.  We are also accepting nominations for the annual Artist Appreciation award.

Many of you know that the board has taken a "Grassroots" approach to the organization, so we currently have no paid office staff to support these programs.  We need your help to support the many programs that are happening this summer. Please consider volunteering to support some of these events.  For more information on how you can help, please see the Classifieds section below.

Don't forget to check out what some of our member organizations are doing this month!

If you have any questions, please drop us an e-mail at:

Lisa Schliker
REAA BOD President

2017 Artist Appreciation Award

Help us select our 2017 Artist Appreciation recipient by nominating someone today! 

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 co mmunity, 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

Nominations will be open through Monday, May 15th.   You can submit a nomination using the following link:

Program Updates
River's Edge School of Music
As the school year comes to a close, so is the second semester of our after school music program.  We had over 40 students participate this semester.  

We would like to thank our amazing RESOM teachers for a great semester:
Alex Andrews - Flute and Guitar
Phil Andrews - Percussion
Jane Bailey - Clarinet and Saxophone
Michelle Drapeau - Clarinet 
Caroline Graham - Oboe
Chris Rymes - Brass

For more information on our after school music program, please visit our RESOM website:  Registrations for next year will begin in the late summer of 2017.
River's Edge Players   -  Summer Musical

We are excited to announce that our Summer Musical will be " Disney's The Little Mermaid"!  The show will take place August 11 - 13 at Hudson High School.

Jacob Zentis and Emily Zentis will be directing the production. Jacob will be the Art Director and Emily will be the Music Director. Jacob and Emily are married and live in Framingham. 

Auditions will take place on the following days and times:
Sunday, May 21 from 4pm until 7pm
Monday, May 22 from  6pm until 9pm
Callbacks - Wednesday, May 24 from 6pm until 9pm
Locations TBD

For more information on auditions, please visit our website:
The tentative rehearsal schedule will be Sunday evenings, Monday evenings, and Wednesday evenings.
Summer Drama Workshop

Registrations are still open for our  2017 Summer Drama Workshop!

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)

July 10-14th (6pm-8pm)
THE GAUNTLET: Stage Combat & Fight Choreography Workshop
(Grades 7th through Undergrad College)
Click here for more details:  SDW information
Click here to register : SDW Registration form

Note: "The Gauntlet" is a separate registration form: 

River's Edge Chorale

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

Solo Exhibit Opportunities

We are looking for an artist to feature at 
Cafe 641 this Spring!
Please click on the flyer below for an application.

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:

THANK YOU to those of you who recently joined or renewed your membership.  We appreciate your support!

River's Edge Arts Alliance Classifieds

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: 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 Artist Appreciation Concert in June, the Summer Drama Workshop in July and our August Production of Disney's The Little Mermaid.  

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: 
Below is a listing of May 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: .

Hudson Public Library events:
Monday, May 8th at 6:30 pm - Traveling through the Tea Lands of Sri Lanka and India with  Danielle Beaudette of The Cozy Tea Cart.

Wednesday, May 17th 2pm or 6:30 pm - Advanced Retirement Planning Strategies.   Free seminar presented by George and Steve Pessotti

Annual Poetry Contest 2017 - Entries being accepted through Wednesday, May 31

First Monday of every Month at 6pm - Knitting Club

Friends of the Marlborough Public Library events:
May 10th at 7 PM - Sojourner Truth: A Woman, Ain't I? as portrayed by Kathryn Woods.
Kathryn Woods recreates the remarkable life of famous abolitionist, feminist and escaped slave, Sojourner Truth, one of the most significant figures in American history. 

Marlborough Public Schools Music Association
The Marlborough Public Schools Jazz Ensembles perform at the Whitcomb Middle School Auditorium performing with the Berklee College of Music Concert Jazz Orchestra directed by Mr. Gregory Hopkins.
The Marlborough Public Schools  all String Ensembles, 5th grade through 12th grade, perform at the Whitcomb Middle School Auditorium.  The concert is a vertical concert, showcasing musicianship across all grades.  
Main Street, Marlborough starting at 10:00am, the Marlborough Middle School Marching Band and the Marlborough High School Band will perform.
The Marlborough 7th and 8th grade students perform on May 31st at the Whitcomb Middle School Auditorium at 7:00pm. Admission is a donation.  

Sounds of Stow:
Sunday, May 14 at 4pm - SpringFest concert, "Songs of Love, Lilt, and Laughter: A Celtic Spring Fling"

Now showing at Post Road Art Center:
REAA member Donald Gotz has two painting now showing in the Post Road Art Center's Abstract exhibit now thru May 25.  V isit website to see art and vote:

If you are a current member of the REAA, we will post your events in future newsletters.  Submissions for our June newsletter are due Wednesday, May 31.  For more information on becoming a member, please visit our website or contact: