The River’s Edge Arts Alliance provide a free June concert along with art exhibits and other activities sponsored by the River’s Edge Arts Alliance as part of Hudson’s Wood Park Summer Concert Series. Community members bring families, chairs, blankets, snacks, and even their pets to listen to the sounds of our community musicians do what they do best. The evening is reminiscent of days gone by and Wood Park which is along the Assabet River, with its music shell, tall trees and beautiful bridge, provide a beautiful landscape to enjoy the sound of music. Join us for this annual concert in the beautiful Wood Park.
Artist Appreciation Award
Our neighborhood is very fortunate to be rich with arts and culture. As a testament to those who have contributed to the arts in our area, the River’s Edge Arts Alliance honors those have who dedicated themselves to cultural enrichment of our community by honoring them every summer at the Concert by the River’s Edge.
These individuals and/or businesses are chosen by community submissions and viewed by the River’s Edge Arts Alliance Board of Directors. Each recipient is honored at the Concert by the River’s Edge which takes place in the 3rd week of June in Wood Park.
Our appreciation of these individuals comes with a sincere thank you to those serving the River’s Edge Arts Alliance mission “to enrich lives and create community through the arts”. There are many who dedicate countless uncompensated hours of time and energy to uphold the intelligence, creativity, talent, beauty and cultural enrichment of our community. We think they deserve to be honored for their complete dedication to the arts.
2012 Jan Patterson
2013 Paul Johnson
2014 Jason Caron
2015 Harvest Cafe (Karen Freker & Pippa Jollie)
2016 Lynne Johnson
2017 Kathleen McKenzie
Bio – Born and raised in Michigan, Kathleen McKenzie moved to Massachusetts in 1996 in order to attend The Boston Conservatory where she earned her Master’s Degree in Musical Theatre. While at The Boston Conservatory, Kathleen discovered her passion for teaching theatre through her work at both The Boston Children’s Theatre and the Boston Renaissance Charter School. After graduating, Kathleen began working as a freelance Artist/Teacher with the Freelance Players (Roslindale, MA), The Concord Youth Theatre (Concord, MA), and Middlesex School Summer Arts (Concord, MA). She also worked full time as a Middle School Theatre teacher from 1998-2004, primarily at Pentucket Regional Middle School (West Newbury, MA). In 2004, Kathleen became the Director of Theatre as Hudson High School (Grades 8-12). While at Hudson High, Kathleen structured the curriculum for seven drama classes that she teaches over a three year rotation and she directs and/or produces nine theatre productions each year. A few years ago Kathleen’s production of The Producers was nominated for the Best Overall Production award by the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild. On stage Kathleen has played such roles as Amalia in She Loves Me, Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, and Cinderella in Cinderella. Of course she knows that none of her success would be possible without the love and support of her husband, Wayne, and her sons Evan, Jacob and Adam.