The second annual Fair of Romanians in New England, organized by the Association of Romanians in New England, turned out to be very successful this year as it was last year.
Held on December 3rd 2011 within Lower Falls Community Center in Newton, MA, the fair was attended by over 200 participants. The event gave over 30 companies and organizations of Romanians from the area the opportunity to promote their activities, either through individual stands or through presentations in front of the audience. The list of participating companies may be accessed at the address http://www.ar-ne.org/2011/11/targulromanilor2011
Also, several activities were organized for the 30 children present at the fair, including games and educational activities prepared by “Castelul Copiilor.”, a rhythmic gymnastics program and a kid’s movie projection (“A Bug’s Life) in Romanian.
At the end, the participants enjoyed specialty dishes from Romanian cuisine: salads, appetizers, Romanian sausages (“mici”), stuffed grape leaves and polenta.
This event would have not been successful without the efforts and involvement of over 50 sponsors and volunteers or without the financial contributions of the AR-NE members. [ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS]
Our media partners, Radio Diaspora Online and Incredible Footage several interviews, which are available at
We would like to thank all of the participants and hope that even more people we’ll join us in 2012 either at this event or at other events posted in our AR-NE calendar.
The first opportunity will be the screening of the Romanian movie “Morometii” on January 28th, at the Cambridge Public Library in Cambridge, MA and a social gathering for making the traditional Romanian “martisoare” (trinkets symbolizing the arrival of spring) on February 18 at “Castelul Copiilor” in Newton, MA.
The Association of Romanians in New England Board of Directors would like to thank our members and everyone who attended the Second Annual Romanian Fair in New England, making it one of the best attended Romanian events in the area to date!
AR-NE Board of Directors
|Vice-president||Smaranda Maria Albeck|
|Treasurer||Liliana Onita Lenco|
|Directors||Dana Bucin, Anca Costea, Alexandru Lefter, Valerica Stanca,
Our deep appreciation goes to the 40+ companies who attended the Fair and turned it into a big success! Thank you for your support and we hope to see you back next year!
All these companies and organizations are listed on the AR-NE website at: http://www.ar-ne.org/2011/11/targulromanilor2011/
SPONSORS AND PARTNERS
We would like to extend special thanks to our sponsors and partners, who have generously donated products or financially supported the event!
|Facility and Equipment Donation||Rhythmic Dreams|
|Food Donation||Ball Square Fine Wines, D&J Market, Sophia’s Greek Pantry|
|Cash Donation||ASPERA Foundation|
|Children’s Programming||Castelul Copiilor, Casuta Alba, Rhythmic Dreams|
|Event Promotion||Nativity of the Ever-Virgin Mary Orthodox Church, St. Parascheva Orthodox Church, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church,
MIT Romanian Student Association, Romani in Boston Organization
Special thanks go to our hosts for offering a wonderful facility for our event!
|Lower Falls Community Center||Bob Jones|
|Newton Parks and Recreation Dept.||Judy Dore and her staff|
A heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our other volunteers who invested so much time and effort before, during and after the Fair, helping with anything that was needed in order to make this event a success! We are sure the list is much longer and we apologize for leaving anyone out. If you know of any others who contributed, please let us know so we can properly acknowledge them! We could have not done it without you all!
PLANNING AND PROMOTION
|Public Relations and Promotion||Dana Bucin, Anca Costea, Razvan Mirica, Valentin Neacsu, Valerica Stanca, Lorelei Stoica, Camil Toma|
|Program Design and Printing||Lorelei Stoica|
|Guest Registration Table||Mara Onita-Lenco|
|Senior Club Registration||Cornelia Balan|
|Web Support||Marcel Filimon, Alexandru Lefter, Valentin Neacsu|
|Master of Ceremonies||Razvan Mirica|
|Photography||Doriana Bercea, Anca Costea, Ovidiu Hentea, Mircea Nedelcu|
|Camera and Video Editing||Dan Banici|
|Radio Interviews||Sebastian Rus|
|Video Interviews||Dana Bucin, Anca Costea|
|Media Coverage||Radio Diaspora, Pro TV International|
|Music and Multimedia||Smaranda Maria Albeck, Marcel Filimon, Aurel Velicanu|
|Children Programs Coordinator||Raluca Honciuc|
|Children Room Volunteers||Penny Anderson, Florin Brasoveanu, Alina Constantinescu,
|Rhythmic Gymnastics Demonstration||Margaret Zhao, MA State Champion, Rhythmic Dreams|
|Logistics Coordinators||Smaranda Maria Albeck, Valerica Stanca, Camil Toma|
|Food Donations and Preparation||Cornelia Balan, Claudia Bota, Viorica Fatu, Emil Lancea,
Rodica Mirica, Liliana Onita-Lenco, Laurentiu Stan, Valerica Stanca, Camil Toma
|Decorations||The team of parents from Castelul Copiilor|
|Romanian Artifact Donation||Valerica Stanca and the Nativity of the Ever-Virgin Mary Orthodox Church|
|Photo Display||Liliana Onita Lenco|
|Set Up and Breakdown Crew||Smaranda Maria Albeck Dana Bucin, Anca Costea, Lucian Fatu,
Marcel Filimon, Emil Lancea, Alexandru Lefter, Rodica Mirica,
Victor Moisescu, Delia Olteanu, Liliana Onita Lenco, Valerica Stanca, Lorelei Stoica, Camil Toma, Aurel Velicanu
|Other Volunteers|| Doriana Bercea, Andrea Bodnari, Simona Coborzan, Cristina Cosma, Denisa Dobrin, John Francis, Ovidiu Hentea, Radu Ivan,
Greta Lungu, Valentin Maier, Alexandru Mican, Kaslong Nda
Thanks again to all who attended and we hope to see everyone in even greater numbers in 2012!