Pear Tree – October 2016

sam_1357Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta (left) and Ashley Patino

“We can only reach the highest height, if we encourage each other.” — Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great Mind

Since so many people loved last month’s “friendship” theme, I decided to keep it going and share about another beautiful friend.

When my first book was published in 2014, I met Ashley at one of my book-signings. Even though I am 26 years older than her, we really hit it off and became great friends. Soon afterwards she invited me to read at an event she hosted to raise money for animals called Rock ‘n Paws. Ashley is such an incredible young lady — wise beyond her years and very loving. I was thrilled that she asked me to officiate her wedding to Mitchell Patino, September 24, 2016. All of their family and friends were the warmest people you’d ever want to meet. I am so honored to have Ashley in my life! ❤


Feel free to contact me in regard to using my services (writing, ghost writing, book editing, 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 who 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, Facebook, 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/


I’ve been a professional journalist since 1995, writing for magazines, websites and newspapers. Currently I am writing for Vitamin Retailer Magazine, Central Jersey in Motion, and New View Media.

Here are links to some recent articles:

The Kids are All Right: Trends in Children’s Health: http://vitaminretailer.com/kids-right-trends-childrens-health/

Dining on Route 18 in New Brunswick: http://www.centraljerseyinmotion.com/News/2016/09/26/central-jersey-locals-guide-dining-route-18-east-brunswick/

Producer to Share Music Program at Millburn Library: http://www.mypaperonline.com/producer-to-share-music-program-at-millburn-library.html

Esty Store!

Pear Tree now has a store where you can purchase my artwork! Enjoy:https://www.etsy.com/shop/PearTreePunkArtParty?ref=hdr_shop_menu


After taking a much needed two-month break from lecturing, I’m excited to share that I have three lectures coming up in October. But first, I’m honored to have been interviewed for The Caldwell News regarding my Learn & Listen series — and on the front page! Check it out: http://www.mypaperonline.com/library-patrons-learn-and-listen-about-famous-musicians.html

“The Life and Music of Nat King Cole” Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, 10:30 a.m., Bergenfield Library, Bergenfield, New Jersey — FREE

“The Life and Music of John Lennon” Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, 7 p.m., Denville Library, Denville, New Jersey — FREE

“This is Halloween” Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, 6 p.m., Elmwood Park Library, Elmwood Park, New Jersey — FREE

Contact me (maryannechristiano@gmail.com) if your library, JCC, rotary club, or senior group would love to have a presentation. Topics are listed below. Or we can discuss creating a topic for additional cost.


Below is the complete list of all the current available lectures. Please note: paid lectures are only available to corporations that pay “day of.” Pear Tree no longer presents programs to facilities that have a net 30, 60, 90 day policy.


“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”

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

“Trends from the 1970s”

“How to Meet Your Soul Mate”

“History of Motown Music” (music optional)

“Italian Food, Family and Community” (music optional)

“Learn and Listen Series” (MADE FRONT PAGE OF CALDWELL NEWS!) 

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

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

“The Life and Music of David Bowie” (with Keith Beck)

“The Life and Music of John Lennon” (with Keith Beck)

“The Life and Music of Johnny Cash” (with Keith Beck)

Read more about the Learn & Listen Series on the front page of the Caldwell News! http://www.mypaperonline.com/library-patrons-learn-and-listen-about-famous-musicians.html

Pear Tree Music Extravaganza

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta hosts music shows tailored to your needs featuring between one and three musical artists that she represents. So far, we have holiday shows and show for Valentine’s Day. Is there something else you have in mind? Let’s talk! Call 908-276-1514

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)

“Eat Well for the Holidays” (includes dish)


“History of Valentine’s Day”

“Black History Month”

“Luck of the Irish: Discovering Ireland’s History”

“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”


“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.


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

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