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Pear Tree’s Learn & Listen Series Holiday Edition

Published December 15, 2016 by Maryanne

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Keith Beck and Maryanne Mistretta hanging out prior to performance

Tuesday, December 13, 2016, Pear Tree Enterprises (www.https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/) presented the holiday edition of the Learn & Listen series at the Maywood Library, Maywood, New Jersey.

The holiday series featured the music of John Lennon and David Bowie, including their famous holiday songs “Merry Christmas/War is Over” (Lennon) and “Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth” (Bowie).

Maryanne Mistretta spoke told the audience the “Behind the Music” stories about both songs; followed by live entertainment from Keith Beck (http://www.zigmanbird.com/)

The Learn & Listen series is an hour presentation; a half-hour biography on a famous entertainer, followed by live music. Pear Tree has the following artists: David Bowie, John Lennon, Johnny Cash, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Ella Fitzgerald.

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For pricing and availability, contact Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com 

“Learn & Listen: Frank Sinatra” Starring Stephen Fuller

Published July 14, 2016 by Maryanne

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Stephen Fuller

Pear Tree Enterprises (https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/) was thrilled to present “The Life and Music of Frank Sinatra” featuring Stephen Fuller (http://www.fullersounds.com/) at the Caldwell Library, Caldwell, New Jersey, on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

It was a full house, with a waiting list!

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Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta presented a half hour biography on Hoboken’s famous entertainer, followed by live music from Stephen Fuller. Songs included “New York, New York,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” and “My Way.”

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Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta and Stephen Fuller

Thanks so much to Fran Larkey of Caldwell Library for hosting this program!

And thanks to Su Mead of the upcoming Eerie Art Cafe, Bloomfield, for coming out to support. The Eerie Art Cafe will be featuring programs such as this!

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Sue Mead of the upcoming “Eerie Art cafe” and Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

To book this program in your library, senior center, JCC, or rotary clubpr, contact Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta at maryannechristiano@gmail.com 

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is an award-winning journalist and author. Her first book “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” is available on Amazon in paperback editon only: https://www.amazon.com/Guest-List-Adventures-Music-Journalist/dp/162903908X

 

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

“History of the Newspaper Industry” at Chatham Antique Club

Published November 20, 2015 by Maryanne

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Thanks so much to Jane Drew and the Chatham Antique Club for having me back at the Chatham Library to do another presentation. This time it was “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry.” It was so nice seeing everyone again; it’s always a great crowd.

I got a kick out of the fact that Jane Drew keeps my Pear Tree business card in her eyeglass case! I had to take a photo!

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Visit Pear Tree Enterprises at: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/ to find out about upcoming lectures and to book your own “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry” event! I’m available for antique clubs, rotary clubs, senior clubs, library presentations, Jewish Community Centers, etc.

For pricing, travel costs and availability, contact: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

“Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry” synopsis

Take a trip back in time as Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta presents “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry.” The lecture will take the audience back to 59 B.C. when the first newspaper was published in ancient Rome.

Since the history of newspapers is so vast, Maryanne will focus on U.S. newspapers. The audience will learn about how the quality of newspaper reporting was perfected after the American Revolution and the Battle of Lexington; the Penny Press; “yellow” journalism, chains and syndicates, and how competition such as radio, television and internet caused a decline in the newspaper industry.

What makes this lecture so much fun is that there is audience interaction. Maryanne will ask listeners to join in and share their experiences with newspapers. For example: “What was your introduction to reading the newspaper?” and “Where you ever in the newspaper?”

Maryanne worked in the newspaper industry herself as a journalist during most of her adult life. She wrote for New York papers: The Westsider and the Chelsea Clinton News (which is named after an area of NYC, not the former president’s daughter).

Maryanne was also a journalist at The Montclair Times for seven years. After she left The Times, she went on to write for several online publications including The Paterson Press, where her feature articles also appeared in The Herald News.

She also wrote for The Aquarian Arts weekly, a newspaper that is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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“Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry” at Denville Library

Published October 21, 2015 by Maryanne

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SAM_8878Maryanne Mistretta and librarian, Ilene Lefkowitz

Thanks so much to the Denville Library (http://www.denvillelibrary.org) for hosting my program “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry” on October 20, 2015.

“Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry” takes the audience back to 59 B.C. when the first newspaper was published in ancient Rome.

Since the history of newspapers is so vast, “Newsies” focuses on U.S. newspapers. The audience learned how the quality of newspaper reporting was perfected after the American Revolution and the Battle of Lexington; the Penny Press; “yellow” journalism, chains and syndicates, and how competition such as radio, television and internet caused a decline in the newspaper industry.

What makes this lecture so much fun is that there is audience interaction. Listeners join in and share their experiences with newspapers. For example: “What was your introduction to reading the newspaper?” and “Where you ever in the newspaper?”

Maryanne worked in the newspaper industry herself as a journalist during most of her adult life. She wrote for New York papers: The Westsider and the Chelsea Clinton News (which is named after an area of NYC, not the former president’s daughter).

Maryanne was also a journalist at The Montclair Times for seven years. After she left The Times, she went on to write for several online publications including The Paterson Press, where her feature articles also appeared in The Herald News.

She also wrote for The Aquarian Arts weekly, a newspaper that is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

To book this program for your library or senior group, contact Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta at: MaryanneChristiano@gmail.com

 

“The Life and Music of Elvis Presley” at Arista Care, South Plainfield, N.J.

Published June 6, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_7588Ruben Castillo as “Elvis Presley”

This afternoon Pear Tree Enterprises (https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/) was proud to present the Learn and Listen series, “The Life and Music of Elvis Presley” featuring Ruben Castillo as Elvis Presley (http://www.soundsofelvis.webs.com/).

This my fourth time at this particular Arista Care facility, as the residents are awesome and keep requesting me. One in particular got excited when she saw me and said she remembered me from my “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry” presentation.

But today was extra special to present a half hour bio of Elvis and then have Ruben perform. One resident was so excited, she got up out of her seat and started dancing — without her walker!!

Elvis hits included: “Hurt” (my favorite because it was my grandmother’s favorite), “How Great Thou Art,” “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You,” “It’s Now or Never,” and “The Impossible Dream.”

Special thanks to Patricia Castillo for doing the sound.

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(Photo used with permission)

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

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!

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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

“History of Motown Music” Presentation at Bridgewater Library

Published May 19, 2015 by Maryanne

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Last night I presented “History of Motown Music” at the Bridgewater Library (one of many times I’ve presented there!) This presentation is a 40-minute bio, followed by 20 minutes live Motown music.

I was honored to work with Stephen Fuller (who actually was a warm-up act to Motown Recording artist, Stevie Wonder). Stephen Fuller brought the house down! Check out his website at: http://www.fullersounds.com/

Stephen Fuller works with me on two other presentations in the “Learn and Listen Series” — “The Life and Music of Nat King Cole” and “The Life and Music of Frank Sinatra.”

For more presentations that are available for libraries, assisted living facilities, senior groups, rotary clubs, Jewish Community Centers and more, please visit my website “about” section: https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/about/

For bookings, pricing and availability, email Maryanne at: 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

“Make Art Out of Recyclables at the Sayreville Library” April 15, 2015

Published April 16, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_7108Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta (left)

All photos used with parents’ permission

Children were thrilled to make flags that represented their favorite countries out of chopsticks, recycled paper and origami paper. This program was created by Bridget Briant, of YogaToGo (http://www.yogatogonj.com/) and available through Pear Tree Enterprises (https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/).

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All photos are used with parents’ permission

Bridget Briant and myself give special thanks to Lorraine Brown and Diane Barros for their extra hands. Lorraine will be creating new recyclables programs beginning April 27. Diane will also be on board as a fill-in.

Find out which libraries we’ll be presenting at for the rest of the month in New Jersey by visiting Pear Tree (https://peartreeenterprises.wordpress.com/). All events are free and open to the public. There are many bookings this month in celebration of Earth Day.

Our program is available to schools and for private children’s parties. For pricing and availability, contact Maryanne at maryannechristiano@gmail.com