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The Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald at Florham Park Library, Florham Park, NJ

Published April 10, 2016 by Maryanne

SAM_9909Maryanne Mistretta with singer Carol Erickson

Thanks so much to the Florham Park Library for hosting my company Pear Tree’s (https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/) presentation: “The Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald” which is part of our Learn & Listen series.

This program is available to libraries, senior centers, assisted living facilities, rotary clubs, Jewish Community Centers, etc.

“Learn and Listen: Ella Fitzgerald” is a one-hour presentation, with Maryanne sharing the biography of the First Lady of Song, followed by a half hour of song by the dynamic Carol Erickson! (https://carolericksonvocals.wordpress.com/).

Known as the First Lady of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald had both a blessed and tragic life. In this interactive presentation, learn about Ella’s life, loves, and music — as well as her unfortunate health struggles.

Following the biography, Carol Erickson wows the audience with her interpretation of Ella hits including, “Night and Day,” “Blue Skies,” “A Tisket A Tasket,” and so much more!

For rates and availability, please contact Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta at: 908-276-1514 during business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or email: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

 

“The Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald” at Jewish Federation Plaza, West Orange

Published May 5, 2015 by Maryanne

Jewish Federation 5-4-15 - USE THIS ONE!Jewish Federation Members, Maryanne (center), Rosalind Grant and Steve Nile

(Photo by April Osborne)

Yesterday was the kick off for “The Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald” (from the Pear Tree “Learn and Listen” series) at the Jewish Federation Plaza in West Orange, New Jersey.

I presented a half hour biography on Ella, followed by live music, performed by Rosalind Grant (vocals) and Steve Nile (keyboard).

Rosalind Grant was filling in for Carol Erickson who has been under the weather. (Get well soon, Carol!)

We truly brought the house down! The audience enjoyed both the lively bio and the music. Members were clapping and singing along and also shared their love for Ella Fitzgerald with questions, comments and stories. What a wonderful time!

It was an honor to work with Rosalind Grant and Steve Nile and I look forward to doing so again.

Thanks so much to activities director April Osborne for having us!

Here’s a little taste of Ms. Rosalind’s fine talent:

The “Learn and Listen” series, available to libraries, senior centers, assisted living facilities, rotary clubs, Jewish Community Centers, etc.

“Learn and Listen: Ella Fitzgerald” is a one-hour presentation, with Maryanne sharing the biography of the First Lady of Song, followed by a half hour of song by the dynamic Carol Erickson! (http://www.carolericksonvocals.com/).

In addition to Ella Fitzgerald, we also have “The Life and Music of Elvis Presley” with Elvis portrayed by Ruben Castillo: https://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/the-life-and-music-of-elvis-presley-learn-and-listen-library-series/

There will be more artists added to the series this year!

For rates and availability, please contact Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta at: 908-276-1514 during business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or email: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

Happy National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day!

Published March 29, 2015 by Maryanne

Pear tree buttons - 2My business “Pear Tree Enterprises”

Happy National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day!

Observed annually on March 29, according to National Day Calender (http://nationaldaycalendar.com/2015/03/28/march-29-2015-national-mom-and-pop-business-owners-day-national-lemon-chiffon-cake-day/), it’s a day that honors all small businesses.

The summer of 2008 I started my home-based business, Pear Tree Enterprises (www.peartreeenterprises.com). Fed up with the politics (and gossip) of working for other people, I decided to create something for myself, focusing on using my talents to the best of my ability. My ultimate goal was to work with positive people doing a variety of things I loved: freelance writing, book editing, personal assistance and marketing.

Interesting, “marketing” the skill I felt I was the least good at has opened up many doors for me. And I was able to market myself when I eventually became a public speaker (late 2013) and an author (2014).

I recently won a book on Good Reads called “The Business Romantic” by Tim Leberecht: http://www.amazon.com/The-Business-Romantic-Everything-Something/dp/0062302515

While reading this book, I was fascinated by how much in common I had with the author. My vision of romanticizing work and looking forward to tending to my business every day had come to fruition early on. I embraced the times I was high on the hog and during lean times I was still happy because I was able to successfully avoid: gossip, harassment and not being recognized for your efforts. Since being self employed I was able to take vacations when I wanted; take off for funerals without having to jump through hoops; and let go of people I didn’t want to work with, respectfully.

Each day is different. My world is a blessing of working with people I genuinely like and respect; being creative; and time flying because I’m having fun!

Currently, I offer a series of lectures to libraries, assisted living facilities, rotary clubs, senior clubs, etc.

And I am in the process of helping two people write their books.

From time to time I write for the Paterson Press online. I will always love journalism no matter what.

If I can successfully get past August, my time at Pear Tree will surpass any other job I’ve held. That shows that this is where God wants me — working for myself. Because working for myself isn’t always about me. It’s about being a better wife. Without the stress I’ve endured at previous places of employment, I am a much happier person, which makes my husband happier too. (Happy wife, happy life, right?)

Working for myself makes me a better friend and relative. I’m able to juggle my schedule around if someone needs me. No more do I have to turn down people I care about because of work and answering to an employer.

And working for myself gives me the opportunity to hire other people and pay them generously. Even though I’m far from a CEO money-making status, I’m happy to say that I can pay people who work with me what they deserve. I never wanted to be the person who keeps others beneath me. I want my colleagues to be at my side — as it should be.

Life at Pear Tree has been a very happy journey and my greatest wish is for God’s blessing to keep it going. And if that is the case, I don’t plan on retiring. Why should I? Pear Tree keeps me young and very happy!

maryanne-typingAt Pear Tree, we give you good old fashioned business!

And now a little shout out to self-employed people I’m currently working with:

Darlene Foster who did the cover of my first book “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist: http://www.nextcenturystore.com/on-the-guest-list-adventures-of-a-music-journalist.html

View Darlene’s work here: http://www.darlenefoster.com/

Carol Erickson is currently working with me on my “Learn and Listen” series: https://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/ella-fitzgerald-program-learn-and-listen-series/

View Carol’s work here: http://www.carolericksonvocals.com/

Bridget Briant is currently working with me on our “Make Art Out of Recyclables” program: https://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/2014/12/10/make-art-out-of-recyclables/

Bridget is a yoga teacher and has a new program called “Baby Buddhas.” Check out Bridget’s work here: http://www.yogatogonj.com/

If anyone is interested in booking the “Listen and Learn” program or “Make Art Out of Recyclables” or having their books ghost written or edited, contact Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com
 
I’m always looking for new ideas and others to work with. Feel free to contact me with your innovative ideas. Don’t hesitate to reach out!
 

“Luck of the Irish” at Hudson View, North Bergen, NJ

Published March 17, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_6943Maryanne Mistretta (left) and Carol Erickson

Today was the last of my “Luck of the Irish” presentations until next year. This year was extra special as I had guest vocalist Carol Erickson sing a few Irish songs following my presentation. I’m thrilled to share that the Hudson View Care and Rehab Center (http://hudsonview.org/) gave both of us standing ovations!

To hear Carol Erickson’s lovely voice, please visit: http://www.carolericksonvocals.com/

Carol and I are available for assisted living facilities, libraries, Jewish Community Centers, senior groups and rotary clubs. In addition to “Luck of the Irish,” I’ve recently added Carol as a guest vocalist for my presentations: “History of Valentine’s Day,” “History of Motown,” “History of Santa Claus,” and “Holidays Around the World.”

For more information on my presentations, please visit my website at: www.peartreeenterprises.com

For pricing and availability, please contact Maryanne at: 908-276-1514 or maryannechristiano@gmail.com

Luck of the Irish Presentation

Published March 8, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_6933Luck of the Irish Presentation

(Left to right: Carol Erickson, Maryanne Mistretta and Bridget Briant)

For the second year, I’ve been presenting “Luck of the Irish” in libraries and assisted living facilities. This year, I have special guest, Carol Erickson (http://www.carolericksonvocals.com/) accompanying me, singing a few Irish songs at the end of some of the lectures.

At the latest lecture, Bridget Briant stopped by. She and I do a children’s recyclables program together. It’s a joy to have great people to work with that all support each other! For more information on my programs, visit: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/

Here is the synopsis for Luck of the Irish:

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta, an award-winning writer, author and public speaker, will explore Irish topics such as the Irish wake, Irish wedding traditions, Ireland’s main crop – the potato — and of course, St. Patrick’s Day.

Irish folklore is also included in the discussion such as leprechauns, the pot of gold and where the term “Luck of the Irish” came from!

There will also be a guest vocalist ending the afternoon with a favorite Irish tune.

Whether you are Irish or not, you will enjoy this fun, informative – and inter-active event.

Carol Erickson and Maryanne Mistretta are available for libraries, assisted living facilities, seniors groups and clubs. For pricing and availability, please contact Maryanne at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

 

Book Reading/Signing at Gallery U, Westfield, New Jersey

Published April 24, 2014 by Maryanne

Gallery UMe, my husband Dennis, my friend Mair and her husband Paul

I had an amazing time reading from my book, “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” at Gallery U in Westfield, NJ. Another great turn out and sold many books!

“On the Guest List” is available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

SAM_4073Me and poet/author, Juditha Dowd

SAM_4074Mair, me and my music client, Carol Erickson

SAM_4075Juditha Dowd

SAM_4076Dennis, me and Paul

SAM_4077Dennis, me and Paul

SAM_4098Me and Mair

SAM_4082Joe Graham and me

SAM_4096Me and Robert of Gallery U

SAM_4097Me signing book for Joe Graham