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The Life and Music of Johnny Cash

Published July 21, 2016 by Maryanne

SAM_0748Keith Beck

Pear Tree Enterprises ( was thrilled to present “The Life and Music of Johnny Cash” featuring Keith Beck ( at the Caldwell Library, Caldwell, New Jersey, on Wednesday, July 21, 2016.

Once again we had a full house!

This was the third of a four-part series. Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta presents a half-hour bio on a famous musician, followed by a half hour of live music. Other artists include: Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis Presley.

SAM_0749Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta and Caldwell Librarian Fran Larkey

SAM_0742Keith Beck and Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

For booking information contact Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta at: 

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” available on Amazon.

Bordentown, New Jersey

Published April 14, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_0577Formerly a bank, now an ice cream shop

SAM_0584Town Hall Municipal Building

SAM_0585Painted rock, landscaping in front of apartment building

My husband and I had a wonderful day in historic Bordentown, New Jersey. Yet another one of New Jersey’s many quaint artistic communities full of thrift stores, bookstores, art galleries and great places to eat.

First stop, a hearty lunch at The Farnsworth House Restaurant:

The food was amazing and we had excellent service. The best part was the huge salads with mixed greens, cabbage, carrots and cucumbers.

Then we spent about two hours in The Record Collector:

We’ve been on their mailing list for a couple years now and finally made the trip down to the shop.

Dennis got me “Sharp Cuts” a vinyl record with a bunch of new wave bands from back in the day including The Know, featuring Gary Valentine (who was on the first Blondie album) on guitar and lead vocals; The Fast; The dBs; and more.

Then we really scored. This amazing place Randy Now’s Man Cave and Consignment Shop:

They had all kinds of pop culture finds, unique sodas and candies, Weird NJ stuff, retro stuff, postcards,  Andy Warhol stuff, Misfits notepads, tons of records and CDs. Dennis got me three CDs and a Johnny Cash button.

The owner, Randy Now, was the promoter at City Gardens and booked thousands of bands there. They are making a movie about him called “Riot in the Dance Floor.” Check it out:

We ended up talking to him for over an hour! Next to the store they have a spot where live bands play. We may just have to check it out someday.

A super, fun day and a great way to end a fabulous weekend. Mike Nesmith Friday night, Saturday night visiting our friends Tommy and Darlene and now this beautiful day. LIFE IS GOOD!