Ridgewood Ice Cream Shop Raises Money for Paterson Habitat for Humanity

Published April 11, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_3928Pierre Berberoglu, owner of Ridgewood Ben & Jerry’s

(Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Here’s an article I wrote about Ben & Jerry’s giving back to the community: http://www.northjersey.com/news/ridgewood-ice-cream-shop-raises-money-for-paterson-habitat-for-humanity-1.917861

I had a wonderful time covering this story Tuesday afternoon. It was a gorgeous New Jersey day and I had a sample of the peanut butter/banana yogurt, which was fabulous!

Book Signing, Reporting and Lectures!

Published April 11, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_3964Maryanne and Dennis, heading down the shore!

SAM_3970My husband Dennis and Ron

SAM_3971Me and Ron

SAM_3974Signing

This is a week of crazy — good crazy.

It started off Tuesday, reporting on Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day, reporting for Paterson Press. The Ridgewood Ben & Jerrys gave away their free cones to benefit Paterson’s Habitat for Humanity. It was a gorgeous day and I had a taste of the fabulous banana/peanut butter yogurt.

Wednesday night I gave a lecture on the benefits of raw food at Long Valley Library. It was fantastic! I had a great turn out of 15 women who said it was “excellent.” I made a raw chocolate banana pudding and other guests made wonderful salads, raw kale chips and raw flax crackers.

Then last night was my first book reading/signing at Manasquan Public Library. Another gorgeous night and a lot of fun — especially since beforeĀ  I had a drink at this cool restaurant called The Squan: http://www.squantavern.com/ and got to hang out with our cool friend Ron. The three of us returned to The Squan after the reading for dinner. Lots of fun, laughs and great conversation!

To purchase “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” visit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

Now heading out today to give a lecture about “Remember Our Pets and What They Mean to Us” at an assisted living facility — coincidentally on National Pet Day!

GREAT WEEK – LIFE IS GOOD!

Gerard and Diane Barros Performance at Mountainside Library

Published April 5, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_3856Gerard Barros on keys (and guitar)

SAM_3861Diane Barros (vocals) and young fan

SAM_3874Adorable!

Today I had such a wonderful time going to check out Gerard and Diane’s performance at the Mountainside Library in Mountainside, New Jersey.

I’ve been representing the musical couple for quite some time now, via my brand Pear Tree Enterprises (www.peartreeenterprises.com) booking them into assisted living facilities and libraries. Not only do I represent them, I’m a fan too!

Not only are they both extremely talented, I just love the vast song selection. Some of my favorites today were: “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” “Something Stupid,” and “A World Without Love.”

Check out their website: http://barrosmelody.com/

SAM_3876Gerard, Diane and Maryanne

Women of Excellence Awards at Royal Manor, Garfield, NJ

Published April 3, 2014 by Maryanne

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rom left, Paterson Police Sgt. Sharon Easton with her sister, mother, and Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter – See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/in-a-poignant-gesture-paterson-cop-passes-her-award-along-to-mother-and-sister-1.841105#sthash.rzJq8Nk1.dpuf

From left, Paterson Police Sergeant Sharon Easton with her sister, mother and Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter

(Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

Monday night I was honored to attend the “Women of Excellence” Awards at the Royal Manor in Garfield, New Jersey. I was truly inspired by so many positive women.

Please enjoy my article: http://www.northjersey.com/news/in-a-poignant-gesture-paterson-cop-passes-her-award-along-to-mother-and-sister-1.841105

From left, Paterson Police Sgt. Sharon Easton with her sister, mother, and Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter – See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/in-a-poignant-gesture-paterson-cop-passes-her-award-along-to-mother-and-sister-1.841105#sthash.rzJq8Nk1.dpuf
rom left, Paterson Police Sgt. Sharon Easton with her sister, mother, and Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter – See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/in-a-poignant-gesture-paterson-cop-passes-her-award-along-to-mother-and-sister-1.841105#sthash.rzJq8Nk1.dpuf

Meet Darlene Foster: “On the Guest List” Cover Designer!

Published March 29, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_3813Artist Darlene Foster

I was honored to have lunch with Darlene Foster today! Not only is she the cover designer for my book, “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” she’s also a very good friend!

Last fall when I was nearing the finishing stages of my book (which is now available from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X) I gave Darlene a photo of me taken in the mid-1990s by my friend Ed O’Brien at a club called Cake in NYC. I felt the photo truly represented what the book was about, being on the guest list in the punk rock circles. And Darlene truly nailed it — where I was coming from and where I wanted to go with the cover — which received tons of compliments!

Cover proof 4“On the Guest List” cover design by Darlene Foster

Darlene Foster also designed the back cover which includes endorsements for the book and a recent photo of me, taken by my husband last June.

back cover proof 2“On the Guest List” back cover

I’m now writing my second book, which is my first attempt at fiction. And of course I’m going with Darlene once again to do the job! You can check out more of her work here: http://www.darlenefoster.com/

And for all you foodies out there, you can check out the menu of Toast in Montclair: http://toastmontclair.com/

It was absolutely delicious! I had the homemade veggie burger, sweet potato fries and a red velvet cupcake for dessert!

My Guest Appearance on “The Bright Side with Tekneshia Day”

Published March 24, 2014 by Maryanne

TekneshiaBlog Talk radio host, Tekneshia Day

I had a fabulous interview earlier today with Tekneshia Day.

In addition to promoting my book, “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” and my company Pear Tree Enterprises (www.peartreeenterprises.com) we spoke about so many great things and I mentioned quite a few people who were positive influences to me in school, the music world and in publishing — as well as anti-bullying! What a great show, what a blessing, life is good!

Here is the blog radio archive for anyone who wants to listen: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/tekneshiaday/2014/03/24/on-the-guest-list-adventures-of-a-music-journalist-with-maryanne-christiano