Arts Center begins 'Fourth Friday at the Arts Café' series

By Kevin Hotary - Staff Writer
Marlborough - posted Tue., Sep. 6, 2011
Neal Alderman (left), Doug Yeager and Dianne Sandler organized 'Fourth Friday at the Arts Cafe' at the Marlborough Arts Center. Photo by Kevin Hotary.
Neal Alderman (left), Doug Yeager and Dianne Sandler organized 'Fourth Friday at the Arts Cafe' at the Marlborough Arts Center. Photo by Kevin Hotary.

One thing that Doug Yeager has missed since moving to Marlborough about six years ago is a venue for live entertainment.

Fortunately, as vice president of the Marlborough Arts Center, he had a way to remedy that situation. Yeager - working with Arts Center members Neal Alderman, Bonnie Desaulnier and Diane Sandler - organized the center’s most recent venture, “Fourth Friday at the Arts Café,” which, on the fourth Friday of every month, will feature live entertainment in a coffeehouse setting in the arts center’s main gallery.

The goal, said Yeager, is to create “a space in the community that can host live entertainment.” The first coffeehouse, on Friday, Sept. 24, will feature musician Shawn Fisher. But the Fourth Friday series isn’t just for musicians, as the center hopes to feature poetry, stand-up comedy, lectures, films and anything else that will fit in the space. “We want it to be for whatever talent people can bring,” said Yeager.

“Anything that will work in a cabaret-type environment,” added Alderman, which may include an open-microphone night at some point.

The goal of Yeager and the rest of the Arts Center board is to expand the center’s audience and bring in people who have never visited before, and to make the building and the grounds more than just a place for people to see art in a gallery-type setting. Yeager said that he envisions “a place where people can come for all aspects of artistic expression.” By working together with similar organizations in surrounding towns, Yeager said that he would like to see “the whole area become a vibrant, cultural community,” and to think of the Arts Center as more of a “cultural center. We are the Arts Center, plural,” said Alderman.

The idea of hosting the coffeehouse consistently on the fourth Friday of every month will hopefully make the night easier to remember, said Sandler, who admitted that some fourth Fridays, like the day after Thanksgiving, may be difficult to arrange. But the talent roster is already set through October, with the a cappella group, The Sweetest Key, entertaining on Oct. 28. “They can take a song and do a whole new perspective on it,” said Yeager.

In addition to taking in the entertainment, Arts Center café patrons can get coffee, tea and a variety of desserts to enjoy during the show. According to Sandler, they can accommodate up to about 50 people.

“Fourth Friday at the Arts Café” will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the Arts Center gallery at 231 North Main St., in Marlborough. Yeager said that, while the shows will go on regardless, they are still looking for someone to donate a sound system and a film projector. Those interested in donating or in perhaps performing at the Arts Center coffeehouse can reach Yeager at 860-467-6010 or at

Further information about the Arts Center and other events and classes can be found at

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