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“Life and Music of John Lennon” at Boonton Library, Boonton, New Jersey

Published May 7, 2016 by Maryanne

SAM_0016Keith Beck

Pear Tree Enterprises (https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/) proudly presented “The Life and Music of John Lennon featuring Keith Beck (http://www.zigmanbird.com/)” last night at the Boonton Library http://www.boontonholmeslibrary.org/

“The Life and Music of John Lennon” consists of a half hour biography presented by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta, proprietor of Pear Tree. The bio is written so that audience members can join in and share their memories of John Lennon. The bio is followed by a half hour of live music by Keith Beck. Songs included: “Across the Universe,” “Imagine,” and “Oh Yoko” to name a few.

You Tube video from presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1PfH20WJaQ&feature=youtu.be

Thanks so much to Stephanie Gabelmann for having Pear Tree come for the third time!

This presentation is available to libraries, assisted living facilities, senior groups, and more! For pricing and availability, contact Maryanne at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

SAM_0011Maryanne (left), Keith Beck (center) and Stephanie Gabelmann (library director)

Thanks Boonton Library!

Published December 2, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_9276Maryanne Mistretta and Stephanie Gabelmann

Thanks so much to Stephanie Gabelmann and The Boonton Holmes Library (http://www.boontonholmeslibrary.org) for hosting my presentation “Going Going Gone: What the Next Generation Won’t Remember.”

Synopsis for “Going Going Gone”

Since the year 2000, we’ve gained iPhones, GPSs, Twitter, Facebook and many other services and devices.

However, we’ve also lost some things that we’ve grown up with. In “Going Going Gone” Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta will take a walk down memory lane and talk about products that are either on their way out the door, or absolutely obsolete.

Some may actually surprise you!

Items included are: VHS video tapes, phone booths (and making phone calls in general!), travel agents, bookstores, newspapers and classified ads, wristwatches, maps, dial-up internet, encyclopedias, CDs, landline phones, film cameras, yellow pages and address books, and hand written letters.

Which of these items do you miss?

Christiano-Mistretta will also jolt your memory remembering some cool products of yesteryear such as the typewriter, the record player and Polaroid cameras.

Come share your views in this interactive lecture! Audience participation is greatly encouraged.

This presentation is available to libraries, senior groups, non-profit organizations, Jewish Community Centers, and rotary clubs. Please contact Maryanne for pricing and availability at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

Pear Tree Presents Elvis Show at Boonton Library

Published June 6, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_7582Ruben Castillo performs as “Elvis”

Thanks, so much, to Stephanie Gablemann of the Boonton Holmes Public Library (http://www.boontonholmeslibrary.org/) for hosting Pear Tree’s (https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/) “Learn and Listen” series featuring The Music of Elvis Presley on Friday, June 5, 2015.

Ruben Castillo (http://www.soundsofelvis.webs.com/) was a hit, especially with the young ladies, who were too shy to dance, but sang along to many of the Elvis hits on this gorgeous spring evening!

Some of the Elvis hits Ruben performed included: “It’s Now or Never,” “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” and “Trouble.”

Prior to the performance, Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta gave a brief Elvis bio, focusing on Elvis’s first performance of “Old Shep” when he was a youngster, honoring the Dog Days of Summer program, a small grassroots organization dedicated to exposing the public to the importance of art. (www.boontonarts.com)

Also in celebration of Dog Days of Summer, it was Dog’s Night Out. Dog owners paraded their pride and joy down main street, as Ruben, a fellow dog lover, sang Elvis tunes to them.

Here is some video footage: http://www.dailyrecord.com/videos/news/2015/06/06/28594927/?fb_ref=Default

From Boonton Holmes Library Face Book Page: https://www.facebook.com/boontonlibrary/videos/vb.243211676921/10152832693366922/?type=2&theater

It was a fun night for all!

Special thanks to Dylan of the Boonton Holmes Public Library for helping out with the sound system!

SAM_7565Just one of hundreds of dogs featured in Boonton’s Dog Days of Summer

If you’d like to have the “Learn and Listen Series, featuring the Music of Elvis Presley” at your library or other organization, please contact Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta for pricing and availability at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com