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Social Distancing, First Outdoor Concert of the Summer!

Published July 8, 2020 by Maryanne

DSCF5086Do you see the social distancing circle in white paint? 

Last night was exciting. It was the first outdoor concert my husband and attended since COVID19. I don’t keep up with the news (it’s too depressing), but last I’ve heard is that New Jersey, USA is doing good. We now have outdoor dining and outdoor concerts — with social distancing. We are in Phase 2 of Covid; hopefully moving to Phase 3 soon. I truly believe our Gov. Murphy is doing a great job, especially with the two-week quarantine for those who have visited other states and countries. Why not? NJ has worked so hard to get to this point; why should we be punished because other states are careless?

Woodbridge Township is offering a concert series all summer long, on the lawn of their high school. Mondays are Golden Oldies; Tuesdays are Tribute Bands; Wednesdays are indie acts; Thursdays are local bands; and Sundays are country bands.

Since many of the acts are from out of state, they will most likely cancel because they don’t want to quarantine for two weeks. You can’t blame them; they need to earn a living. But according to the Township, they will replace those bands with others, so it’s still a music win!

Though humid, it was still a lovely summer evening. It stays light late and it’s romantic watching the sun go down while listening to great music.

Last night the concert was Best of The Eagles. They were a great tribute band and so on the money. Such a vast collection of music, much of which sends chills up your spine, like my favorite, “Best of My Love.”

They also had a bar garden; and treats like popcorn and ice cream. It was especially lovely seeing so many senior citizens coming out, wearing their masks, and having a great time. Dancing was not permitted because it would bring strangers too close together. Everyone obeyed. It was truly a scene I was proud to be part of — a small piece of history, and people coming together during trying times.

For more information on Woodbridge Township and their concerts, visit: Woodbridge

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West Orange Arts Council Event

Published May 5, 2018 by Maryanne

DSCF2086Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta and Carol Black-Lemon, artist

As a journalist, I’m usually covering stories on the weekend. Today was the first Saturday I had free in a long time. I looked up NJ Events and saw that the West Orange Arts Council was having a Mother’s Day Shopping Boutique event. For those in the area, it’s happening again tomorrow (Sunday, May 6, 2018) from 1 to 5 p.m. at 551 Valley Road, West Orange, New Jersey.

This event was so cool, I just had to blog about it! Check out all the links and maybe you can guess which artists I purchased from. It was a tough choice!

Carol Black-Lemon ( has original paintings, plus handmade jewelry.

Vivienne O’Neill ( has unique handmade fashion accessories, home furnishings, and all-natural beauty items, including natural soap made with goat’s milk.

JDenaro ( is a fashion designer who has unique t-shirts, pillows and much more.

Sheila N. Kibutu ( has incredible jewelry.

DSCF2089Sheila N. Kibutu, jewelry artist

I hope you enjoyed checking out all the artist’s websites and remember to buy local whenever you can! ❤

For more information on the West Orange Arts Council, go here:

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is an author and award-winning journalist. Her latest book, “The Gypsy Smiled” can be purchased on Amazon:

Going, Going Gone! What the Next Generation Won’t Remember

Published August 3, 2014 by Maryanne

70RetroClock_mainTomorrow night, Monday, Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m. I’ll be presenting my lecture “Going, Going, Gone! What the Next Generation Won’t Remember” at Sayreville Public Library, Sayreville, New Jersey.

I love that they gave me such an awesome write-up on their website, as well as advertised in the Star Ledger! Kudos to Sayreville Public Library — a class act!

Check out the promotional page:

Come See Me Today, Somerville Library, 4 p.m.!

Published July 12, 2014 by Maryanne

Come one, come all! Today I’ll be at the Somerville Library, in beautiful historic Somerville, New Jersey, at 4 p.m. reading from my book “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” and signing copies.

It’s a gorgeous day to take a nice ride!

If you’re not in the area, you can purchase copies of “On the Guest List” at Amazon: