Cancelled: February’s 4th Friday @ the Arts Café

The 4th Friday @ the Arts Café evening on February 25, 2022 starring the Academy Project has been cancelled due to forecasted weather. This concert will be rescheduled for a later date.

The Marlborough Arts Center hosts the Academy Project trio on February 25 for the monthly 4th Friday @ the Arts Café at 231 North Main Street in Marlborough CT. The Academy Project is made up of professional musicians who have graduated from the Colchester Bacon Academy’s music program, and have received a degree in Music Performance at the university level. They take great pride in their Bacon Academy background and their goal is to create more opportunities to bring live music of all genres to audiences everywhere. Leading the trio is Erin Vivero, an award winning flutist, recording artist, and flute teacher. She is a winner of the National Flute Association’s Professional Flute Choir competition, a member of the Connecticut Flute Orchestra and a semi-finalist in the professional chamber ensemble category for The American Prize. As an entertainer, model, and actor she is often seen on local commercials as well as being a principal actor for the North Pole Express. Harry Kliewe is a highly sought after multiple woodwind player chamber musician and teacher based in Hartford. He regularly performs throughout Connecticut in pit orchestras including Goodspeed Opera House, Playhouse on Park, The Norma Terris Theater, and Ivoryton Playhouse. He is also the soprano saxophonist and one of the founding members of the Resurgam Quartet based in Connecticut. Sean McCormick on alto saxophone was involved in the UConn Wind Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet and Marching Band. Sean was also the alto saxophonist at the 42nd International US Navy Band Saxophone Symposium in January 2020. At present he is also student teaching at Bolton High School.

This trio brings all of these awards, their ongoing studies in music, and also their sense of humor which makes every performance an interactive experience and a delight to the senses.

Admission is $10 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m., the performance begins at 7:30. Masks are required and seating is set up for social distancing. The Arts Center is fully assessable and there is ample parking.

Arts Center Membership Drive Underway

The Marlborough Arts Center announces that its annual membership drive for 2022 is underway. Memberships are valid from January through December each year.

The Arts Center is a regional non-profit organization which includes all the towns in the Marlborough area. Artistic and cultural activities are offered throughout the year, including fine art shows, classes, and musical presentations.

Funds collected for membership are a vital part of keeping the Arts Center running, and are greatly appreciated.

Membership forms can be downloaded from the website:, printed and submitted with a check to Marlborough Arts Center, 231 North Main Street, Marlborough CT  06447. The Arts Center phone number is: 860-467-6353.

Calendar of Events; seeking volunteers

The Marlborough Arts Center presents a calendar of upcoming events for the new year:

               Yoga Evenings on Tuesdays

               Evenings of Relaxation starting January 20

               Fourth Friday Musical Presentations will continue throughout the year

               Annual Tag Sale, February 5

               Annual Student Art Show, Month of March

               Watercolor Classes starting in late March

               Members’ Art Show, Month of May

               Regional Open East of the River Art Show, in the fall

The calendar is by no means complete: there is room for more activities. The Arts Center relies on volunteer help in order to make these events happen and is actively searching for new volunteers to step forward. Gallery-sitters are always needed, as well as hospitality helpers for major events.

More classes could be offered if someone is able to teach oil painting, pastels, drawing, pottery.

The Gallery is available to rent for private parties, baby showers, wedding showers, and birthday parties.

Please contact the Arts Center by leaving a voice mail (860-467-6353) or email (    

January’s 4th Friday @ the Arts Café on February 4th

The Marlborough Arts Center hosts “Ramblin’ Dan Stevens for its first 4th Friday @ the Arts Café of the year on February 4th, 2022 at 231 North Main Street in Marlborough CT. “Ramblin” Dan Stevens performs an eclectic mix of traditional finger-style blues, popular songs and originals, and has entertained audiences throughout the USA, Germany, UK, Canada, and Virgin Islands. Of special interest is his unique style of “bottleneck” slide playing popularized by the early Mississippi Delta bluesmen including his use of a homemade, three-stringed “Cigar Box Guitar” and one-stringed “Diddly Bow”, both primitive blues instruments. As a finalist in the International Blues Challenge ’08 on Beale Street in Memphis TN, and protégé of the legendary Dave Van Ronk, Dan has been lauded for his ability as a raconteur and for the authenticity of his approach gained by many years on the road as a traveling blues musician.

Admission is $10/person at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. The show starts at 7:30. Masks are required and chairs will be set up for social distancing. There is ample parking and the Arts Center is fully accessible.