The second annual Fair of Romanians in New England turned out to be very successful

2011 Fair Survey / Impresii despre Targul AR-NE

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

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

President        Razvan Mirica
Vice-president  Smaranda Maria Albeck
Secretary   Camil Toma
Treasurer  Liliana Onita Lenco
Directors Dana Bucin, Anca Costea, Alexandru Lefter, Valerica Stanca,
Lorelei Stoica


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:


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!



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


Webmaster  Camil Toma
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,
Manuela Mates
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!