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

Letter from the BOD President:
Hello everyone!

A few weeks ago, I was going though some older files in the REAA office and I found a copy of the first Summer Drama Workshop roster from the summer of 1989.  The document was wrinkled and faded.  As I scanned the roster, there is was..."Lisa Patton".  That was my name many years ago before I got married.  I was in the first SDW production of "Camelot".  I have some great memories of the SDW program...           

There have been a lot of changes in the community since 1989!  The REAA has also gone through a lot of changes through the years.  What hasn't changed is our commitment to our mission which is to: "To enrich lives and create community through the arts".  

I am excited about the programs and events listed below.  The holidays are a busy time for everyone, but I hope you have time to participate in some of our upcoming events.

As the REAA BOD continues to look toward the future of the organization, we want to hear from our members, stakeholders, and supporters! If you have any suggestions on programs for the future, let us know!  We are working to schedule a BOD "meet and greet" at the end of November.  You can also send your ideas to:

Want to be involved in helping transform the future of the REAA?  We are also looking to add to our current BOD.  If you would like more information on becoming a member of the board, please send an e-mail to:

Lisa (Patton) Schliker
REAA BOD President

Program Updates

River's Edge Chorale 

The River's Edge Chorale is busy preparing for the holiday season. The chorale is directed by Lisa Schliker and accompanied by  Carole Graves.

The group will be performing at the following venues:

Saturday, December 3 - Downtown Hudson Holiday Stroll - Hudson Town Hall at 5pm
Monday, December 5 - Outreach Concert at New Horizons in Marlborough
Tuesday, December 6 - Community Concert at First United Methodist Church in Hudson at 7pm
This will be a free concert open to the public.  Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods or non-perishibles that will be donated to the Hudson Food pantry.  More information to follow in the coming weeks... 

2nd Annual Nutcracker Tea

The REAA is working in conjunction with Metrowest Ballet to sponsor our 2nd annual Nutcracker Tea.  The shows will take place at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School.  Ticket sales will begin soon.  Please visit our website in the next few days for more details!

River's Edge Players - The Carolers

"The Carolers", under the direction of Sarah Worrest, are a small group of singers who will be spreading holiday cheer throughout the community this holiday season.

"The Carolers" will be performing at the following locations:

Saturday, December 3 - Downtown Hudson Holiday Stroll (Times are approximate):
Hudson Town Hall - 5:30pm

Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11:
At the Nutcracker Tea performances - Just prior to the Nutcracker showtime

River's Edge School of Music

The first semester of our 2016 - 2017 program is in full swing!  This fall, we started offering voice lessons.   Our next semester begins in February 2017.  Be watching for registration information in early December.


Art in the Hall

Please join us for our closing reception for our "On Vacation" exhibit.  The reception will be held on Thursday, November 10 from 6pm until 7pm at Hudson Town Hall.


Last chance to register for our next exhibit!
You must be a member of AVCC to register.

Solo Exhibit Opportunities

We are looking for artists for solo exhibits for our 2016-2017 season.
Please click on the flyer below for an application.

Updated Membership Structure 

We are rolling out a new membership structure for the 2016 - 2017.  The purpose of this change is to simplify the options for our members.  Here is the new structure:

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:

Below is a listing of events sponsored by REAA members:
November - Local photographer, Linda Shelales, will be exhibiting a sampling of her work at Nancy's Airfield Café, 302 Boxboro Road, Stow. She calls the exhibit "Views Near and Far".  Photos will be for sale.
Sunday, November 20 3pm - The Sounds of Stow Chorus and Orchestra opens its 38th season under the direction of Barbara Jones with an exciting program of choral and instrumental music.  Mozart's unique Sinfonia Concertante for four winds and orchestra opens the program, followed by Berlioz's dramatic "Missa Solennelle", and early work only recently rediscovered and made available for performance.  The full orchestra will accompany the chorus in this unique setting of the traditional text.
The concert will be held at the Hale Middle School in Stow center.  Tickets available on line ( ) or at the door.  Visit the website for concert details as well as information regarding parking.
If you are a current member of the REAA, we will post your events in future newsletters.  Submissions for our December newsletter are due Friday, November 25th.  For more information on becoming a member, please visit our website or contact: