Pear Tree — January 2017


Keith Beck and Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

“Learn & Listen Series: The Life & Music of David Bowie and John Lennon”

“I have the audience I deserve. Or at least I have the audience that represents the kind of people that I like.” — George Michael

One of the many blessings of being self-employed is connecting with, as George Michael once said, “the kind of people that I like.” Whether it’s in the audience for a Learn & Listen series or someone I’m helping write a memoir, it’s just one of the precious things about my business that I never take for granted!

I definitely look forward to more of that in 2017!


Feel free to contact me regarding my services (writing, ghost writing, book editing, typing, public speaking/lectures, and wedding officiant) 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.


I am now working as an official wedding officiant! For more information and testimonies, visit: https://maryannemistrettaweddingofficiant.wordpress.com/2016/12/15/wedding-officiant/



“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 and New View Media.

Here are links to some favorite recent articles:

Dream On! Trends in Sleep and Relaxation Supplements: http://vitaminretailer.com/dream-on/

Grammy Winning Producer Rob Fusari: https://issuu.com/newviewmg/docs/livingston_-_october_2016_1.32.44_p/13?e=18163354/39801602

 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


All library presentations are FREE, but please contact the library to sign-up, as some of these events get filled very quickly! 

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, 1 p.m. Book reading and signing for “Love Cats” at Caldwell Library, Caldwell, New Jersey. Portions of book sales proceeds will go to R.O.A.R. (Respect Our Animals’ Rights) https://respectouranimalsrights.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, 7 p.m. “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry” — Lee Memorial Library, Allendale, New Jersey.

Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, 1 p.m. “History of Valentine’s Day” — Fairfield Library, Fairfield, New Jersey.

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 7 p.m. “Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald” – Englewood Library, Englewood, New Jersey. .

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 1 p.m. “Life and Music of Elvis Presley” — Fairfield Library, Fairfield, New Jersey.

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 2 p.m. “Life and Music of Nat King Cole” –- Cliffside Park Library, Cliffside Park, New Jersey.

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 7 p.m. “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry” — New City Library, New City, New York (Rockland County).

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)

“The Life and Music of Patsy Cline” (with Adrienne Asterita)

“The Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald” (with Adrienne Asterita)

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 a 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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