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Pear Tree June 2018

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Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta, proprietor of Pear Tree

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” – Audrey Hepburn

 People often ask me why I chose the name “Pear Tree” for my business. When coming up with a name, I figured The Beatles had success with Apple Records, so why not continue with the fruit theme. I also like the idea of something live, something delicious, and something that grows! All that sums up Pear Tree. It all started with a small vision 10 summers ago. I wanted to start my own home-based business working with people I like and doing things I love. Ten years later Pear Tree is still going strong. I’m doing more speaking engagements than ever; helping people write and edit their books prior to publication; and other freelance projects here and there. Life is good!

Would you like to book a program, or get help writing your book? Become part of the Pear Tree journey! Call 908-276-1514 during business hours of noon to 6 p.m.; or email maryannechristiano@gmail.com anytime!

WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?

Feel free to contact me regarding my services (writing, ghost writing, book editing, blogging, 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 be sure to check out my blog (http://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/) for updates and happenings.

AUTHOR

 Books

 “On the Guest List” by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

“On the Guest List” is available directly from my publisher, Next Century! To get your copy, go here: https://nextcenturypublishing.com/product/on-the-guest-list/

“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/

“The Gypsy Smiled” by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

“The Gypsy Smiled” is now available Amazon! For paperback go here: https://www.amazon.com/Gypsy-Smiled-Maryanne-Christiano-Mistretta/dp/1545447470

And for Kindle, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Gypsy-Smiled-Maryanne-Christiano-Mistretta-ebook/dp/B074VC7MT9

UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS!

Sunday, June 3, 2018, 2 p.m. “The Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald: Featuring Barbara Hassenfeld” Cliffside Park Library, Cliffside Park, New Jersey. Free.

Monday, June 4, 2018, 7 p.m. “The Life and Music of Johnny Cash: Featuring Keith Beck” – Fairfield Library, Fairfield, New Jersey. Free.

Sunday, June 10, 2018, 1 p.m. Antibullying talk for Coalition for the Human Condition, followed by live music from Montville School of Rock, at Montville High School Amphitheater, Montville, New Jersey.

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 10:30 a.m. “Meet Your Soul Mate” at Soulshine Crystals, Avon by the Sea, New Jersey. Cost: $35.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 7 p.m. “Elton John’s ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ A Celebration of Elton John’s Last Tour” Featuring Rob Fusari — Carlstadt Library, Carlstadt, New Jersey. Free.

Thursday, August 9, 2018, 7 p.m. “The Life & Music of Elvis Presley: Featuring Ruben Castillo” at Bloomingdale Library, Bloomingdale, New Jersey. Free

Sunday, September 16, 2018, 2 p.m. “Elton John’s ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ A Celebration of Elton John’s Last Tour” Featuring Rob Fusari — Kinnelon Library, Kinnelon, New Jersey. Free.

Monday, October 15, 2018, 7 p.m. “The Life & Music of Frank Sinatra: Featuring Stephen Fuller” at Clark Library, Clark, New Jersey. Free.

Friday, November 16, 2018, 1 p.m. “Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry” — Woman’s Club of Chatham, “Chatham Room” of the Library, 214 Main Street, Chatham, New Jersey. Free.

Saturday, February 2, 2019, 2 p.m. “History of Motown: Featuring Stephen Fuller” — Scotch Plains Library, Scotch Plains, 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.

 LECTURES

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.

General

“Newsies: History of the Newspaper Industry”

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

Art and Inspiration/Motivational Speaking

“Say No to Bullying!”

“Create Your Dream Box and Make It Happen” (Limited to 10)

“Meet Your Soul Mate” (with Dana Cilento Murphy)

“Learn and Listen Series”

“The Life and Music of Freddie Mercury” (with Rob Fusari)

“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – A Celebration of Elton John’s Last Tour” (with Rob Fusari)

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

“Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald” (with Barbara Hassenfeld)

“Ella Fitzgerald Christmas” (with Barbara Hassenfeld)

“History of Motown” (with Stephen Fuller)

“The Life and Music of Michael Jackson” (with Charlie Fusari or Stephen Fuller)

“The Life and Music of Sammy Davis Jr.” (with Stephen Fuller)

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

“Nat King Cole Christmas” (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)

“One Hit Wonders” (with Keith Beck)

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)

“Paleo for Beginners” (includes dish)

“Healthy Pasta Alternatives” (includes dish)

“Eat Well for the Holidays” (includes dish)

Holiday

“Origin of April Fool’s Day”

“History and Origin of Mother’s Day”

Seniors

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

“Remembering Our Pets”

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.

BUTTONS

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.

Copyright (c) 2018 Pear Tree Enterprises. All rights reserved.

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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! ❤

WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?

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.

AUTHOR

Books

“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/

Writing

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

UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS!

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.

LECTURES

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.

Free

“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

General

“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)

Holiday

“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”

Seniors

“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.

BUTTONS

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.

Copyright (c) 2016 Pear Tree Enterprises. All rights reserved.

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Pear Tree – April 2016

SpringMaryanne Mistretta, proprietor

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” – Richard Bach

Hello Butterflies! Happy Spring; the perfect time to call on your inner butterfly and get that book written! I can help you with my hands-on ghost writing/editing services.

Or maybe you need that perfect presentation for your library or senior center? Check out all the great stuff I have going on, listed below!

I look forward to hearing from you and working with you this spring!

WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?

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.

AUTHOR

Books

“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/

MANAGING EDITOR

Our spring issue of DiningOut magazine is now in restaurants and on newsstands in Hudson/Bergen County, New Jersey http://diningout.com/

Stay tuned for our summer issue, with features on New Jersey’s Taylor Ham sandwich and my interview with Mark Volman of The Turtles!

UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS!

“Healthy Pasta Alternatives” Wednesday, April 6, 7 p.m. at Carlstadt Library, Carlstadt, New Jersey. Free to public + samples, but must call library to sign up.

“Learn & Listen Series Presents the Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald” Sunday, April 10, 2 p.m. at Florham Park Library, Florham Park, New Jersey. Free to public.

“Learn & Listen Series Presents the Life and Music of John Lennon” Tuesday, April 12, 1 p.m. at Roseville Manor, Newark, New Jersey. Private event for seniors.

“Healthy Pasta Alternatives” Saturday, April 16, 1 p.m. Fairfield Library, Fairfield, New Jersey. Free to public + samples, but must call library to sign up.

“Learn & Listen Series Presents the Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald” Monday, April 25, 11 a.m. St. Francis, Denville, New Jersey. Private event for seniors.

“Trends of the 1970s” Friday, April 29, 10:30 a.m., Teaneck Library, Teaneck, 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.

LECTURES

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.

Free

“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

General

“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” (music optional)

“Learn and Listen Series”

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

“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)

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)

Holiday

“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”

Seniors

“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 50 Modeling

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

So cool to still be doing this at 52 years of age!

BUTTONS

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.

Copyright (c) 2016 Pear Tree Enterprises. All rights reserved.

BIO

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta has been writing professionally since 1995. She’s a self-employed award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and ghost writer.

She’s the lead market editor of DiningOut magazine, Bergen/Hudson County New Jersey edition.

Her work has appeared in The Paterson Press, Westfield Alternative Press, Millburn-Short Hills Alternative Press, South Orange Alternative Press, Maplewood Alternative Press, Suburban Essex, The Patch, The Montclair Times, The Jersey City Independent, Skinny News, NJ Health & Fitness, The Aquarian Arts Weekly (which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, April 2012), The Westsider, The Chelsea Clinton News, music.com, Tattoo Review, Punk Magazine, and Exit, to name a few.

Her health column “Here’s to Your Health” has appeared in The Patch Online. She’s also the former editor of NJ Health and Fitness. She’s the current editor of “Dining Out” (Bergen/Hudson County edition). Maryanne has interviewed health celebrities such as Oleda Baker, Paul Nisson, Carol Alt, David Wolfe and the late Nicholas Gonzales. Maryanne has spoken on healthy eating in many New Jersey libraries.

Maryanne’s first book “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” (memoir) is available on Amazon. Her second book “Love Cats” (fiction) is available on Amazon and Kindle.

She is also the founder of the non-profit organization R.O.A.R. (Respect Our Animals’ Rights) and volunteers for various organizations.

Maryanne lives in Union County, New Jersey, with her husband and cat, Derick. Interests include: writing, music, animals, and health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pear Tree – February 2016

SAM_9472With musician, Frank Secich

“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” – David Bowie

Almost nine years ago, I took a big chance. I left a cushy job as editorial assistant without a back-up plan. After a summer of rest and working part-time at a little health food store, I decided to start Pear Tree Enterprises. This summer will mark the ninth anniversary of my start-up business. In the beginning, I took on all kinds of jobs and clients; and have crafted Pear Tree into solely a business of writing, ghost writing, book editing, typing, public speaking/lectures. Not only am I doing the things I love most, but working with people I adore. And of course, it’s never boring!

WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?

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.

AUTHOR

Books

“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/

MANAGING EDITOR

I’m having a blast as Managing Editor for the upcoming Bergen/Hudson County, New Jersey edition of Dining Out magazine http://diningout.com/

Visiting all the fine restaurants in the area is just awesome, as well as working directly with publisher Paul Turpanjian. Stay tuned, mid-March will be our debut issue!

UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS!

“Going Going Gone: What the Next Generation Won’t Remember” I’ll be giving this presentation to the Florham Park Senior Community on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, at 11:30 a.m.

Contact me (maryannechristiano@gmail.com) if your senior group would love to have one of the following presentations!

LECTURES

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.

Free

“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

General

“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” (music optional)

“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)

Holiday

“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”

Seniors

“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

So cool to still be doing this at 52 years of age!

BUTTONS

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.

Copyright (c) 2016 Pear Tree Enterprises. All rights reserved.