Pear Tree July 2015

SAM_7667Maryanne Mistretta, Pear Tree Proprietor

“I have cried, and I have laughed. Laughing is a hell of a lot better.” – Glen Campbell


Feel free to contact me in regard to using my services (writing, copy editing, researching, typing, public speaking/lectures) at: MaryAnneChristiano@Gmail.com.

Rates are reasonable, and the first hour phone (or in-person) consultation is free to potential new clients. Every client that uses Pear Tree services will be featured in the newsletter (unless for whatever reason they don’t want to be in the newsletter, as privacy is respected).

And check out my blog (http://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/) for updates and happenings. Or find me on Twitter and Linked-In.



“On the Guest List” by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

“On the Guest List” is available on Amazon! To get your copy, go here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162903908X

“Love Cats” by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

“Love Cats” is now available on Amazon! For paperback, go here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1681020513 and for Kindle, go here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YBGVJQS/

“Demons, Love and Hope” by Ana Kladivko

Ana’s memoir is now with Next Century Publishing and will be published within the next few weeks! Exciting times ahead for Anna!

SAM_7882Ana Kladivko (left) and Maryanne Mistretta

“200 Letters, 62 Years and a War”

Antoinette and Domenic’s memoir is nearing publication also. We are just putting the final touches on the book. Stay tuned!


Last month I was thrilled to do some reporting for Paterson Press:

Paterson’s 50 Book Club: http://www.northjersey.com/towns/paterson/1-900-youngsters-earn-membership-in-paterson-s-50-book-club-1.1350117

Paterson Honors Firefighters: http://www.northjersey.com/news/on-150th-anniversary-of-first-death-paterson-honors-firefighters-who-fell-in-line-of-duty-1.1350966


I’ll be presenting a writers workshop on Wednesday, July 22, 6 to 8 p.m. in Paterson, New Jersey. For sign-up information and pricing, please contact me directly at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com


“Going Going Gone: What the Next Generation Won’t Remember”

Friday, July 3, I’ll be returning to Independence Manor in Flemington, New Jersey, to present this lecture.

 “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry”

I had a wonderful time presenting this lecture at Township of Springfield, Springfield, New Jersey last month. Don’t forget, this program is available to all senior groups, discounted! This month I’ll be presenting this lecture on Monday, July 20, 1:30 p.m. at Monroe Senior Community Center, Monroe Township.

“Make Art Out of Recyclables” (Children)

Lorraine Brown and I had a blast presenting this filled to the brim program at Chatham Free Library, Chatham, New Jersey and Madison Library, Madison, New Jersey. This month we will be presenting at:

  • Tuesday, July 14, 3:30 p.m. at Clark Public Library, Clark, New Jersey.
  • Wednesday, July 15, 10:30 a.m., at the Matawan Library, Matawan, New Jersey.

“Learn and Listen Series: “Ella Fitzgerald”

Carol Erickson (http://www.carolericksonvocals.com/) and I will be presenting this series again on Saturday, August 1, 2:30 p.m. at the Sommerville Library, Sommerville, New Jersey.

“Learn and Listen Series: “Elvis Presley”

Ruben Castillo and I had a blast presenting “The Life and Music of Elvis Presley” last month at the Boonton Library, Boonton, New Jersey; Arista Care, South Plainfield, New Jersey; and especially Westminster Village, Allentown, Pennsylvania!


Ruben Castillo, as Elvis Presley

Contact me at maryannechristiano@gmail.com for a show you don’t want to miss!

All Lectures

Here is the complete list of all the current available lectures.



“On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” (Free if I can sell books)

“Love Cats” (Free if I can sell books)

Paid Programs


“Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry”

“Trends from the 1970s”

“Going Going Gone: What the Next Generation Won’t Remember” (land lines, typewriters, etc.)

“History of Motown Music” (music optional)

“Italian Food, Family and Community”

“Learn and Listen Series”

“The Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald” (with singer, Carol Erickson)

“The Life and Music of Elvis Presley” (with Ruben Castillo)

“The Life and Music of Nat King Cole” (with Stephen Fuller)

Health Conscious Foodies

(Note: Limited to 20 people)

“Raw Foods for Beginners” (includes raw pudding dessert)

“Healthy Pasta Alternatives” (includes dish)

“Paleo for Beginners” (includes dish)

“Benefits of Butter, Fats and Bullet Proof Coffee” (includes coffee)

“Eat Well for the Holidays” (includes dish)


“History of Valentine’s Day”

“Black History Month”

“Luck of the Irish: Discovering Ireland’s History” (singer optional)

“Origin of April Fool’s Day”

“History and Origin of Mother’s Day”

“This is Halloween”

“Thanksgiving Fun Facts”

“Holidays around the World”

“History of Santa Claus”


“Make Art out of Recyclables” (with artist Lorraine Brown)


“Here’s to Your Health and the Benefits of Walking”

“Remembering Our Pets”

“Senior Prom”

What makes my lectures unique is that I get the audience to participate, sharing their views and experiences. They always have a great time!

Call 908-276-1514 for pricing.

If there’s an additional topic your residents may be interested in, I can do research free of charge.

Over 40 Modeling

Why not? Please check out my page on Model Mayhem: http://www.modelmayhem.com/mystuff/manage_photos

Last month I had some awesome jobs as a fit model! So cool to still be doing this at 51 years of age!


Pear Tree Enterprises has buttons! If you are interested in supporting Pear Tree by proudly wearing a button, please via email at MaryAnneChristiano@Gmail.com Please put “Button” as the subject head.

Copyright (c) 2015 Pear Tree Enterprises. All rights reserved.