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Romanian Traditions: Dances, Food, Music with Plaiurile Dornelor Ensemble – Arlington MA, April 20 2019

Saturday April 20th, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Arlington Masonic Temple, 19 Academy Street, Arlington, MA 02476
Tickets – Eventbrite – $25

You are invited to an evening of Romanian traditional dances, food, and music. The Ensemble Plaiurile Dornelor from Vatra Dornei, Romania, will bring their talent and folklore to charm us with their virtuosity. The evening will include a welcome with traditional Romanian foods, a master class in Romanian dance – children are encouraged to participate, as well as a dance performance with folk dances from all regions of Romania along with unique folk traditions of Bucovina.

Children are especially welcome, they’ll have a chance to learn traditional folk dances first hand. All children will have free admission.

The winners of many Romanian dance competitions, Plaiurile Dornelor Ensemblem from Vatra Dornei, Romania have performed at international folk festivals throughout Europe and have also appeared on local and national radio and TV programs.

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Theater – Ileana, Princess of Romania – Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM – Belmont, MA

Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM
Studio Cinema Belmont – 376 Trapelo Rd, Belmont, MA 02478
For English speaking audience, subtitles are projected on the back screen.

Ileana Princess Of Romania


History is one of the three main genres in Western theater alongside tragedy and comedy, although it originated, in its modern form, thousands of years later than the other primary genres.
Dramatization by Edith Negulici after the autobiographical novel “I Live Again”, the performance about Princess Ileana’s life is a charming and dramatic evocation of the main moments in the life of the author and of the history she had lived.

“Yes, to live again, because after I left home, which for me was always Romania, I was as dead. Not the circumstances were hard to bear, but even the need to live. I never doubted of the necessity of being close to my six children, but inside, the “personal self” that existed independent of the mother, the wife, the friend who I was – the essential ego, on which all was built – suffered a deadly shock when I was dismissed from my people.” – Princess Ileana

In 1950, she and the children moved to the United States, where she bought a house in Newton, Massachusetts.

In 1961, Ileana entered the Orthodox Monastery of the Protection of the Mother of God, in Bussy-en-Othe, France. On her tonsuring as a monastic, in 1967, Sister Ileana was given the name Mother Alexandra. She moved back to the United States and founded the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, the first English language Orthodox monastery in North America. She was the third female descendant of Queen Victoria to become a Mother Superior in a convent of her own foundation. She served as abbess until her retirement in 1981, remaining at the monastery until her death.

Princess Ileana fought for others, was at the service of her people, and served those in need. She created hospitals, canteens, nursing schools, all sorts of ways to raise funds for wounded, orphaned, ill, poor, less fortunate than her, who was the daughter of an important King, Ferdinand Integrator and a Queen of Excellence, Queen Mary of Romania.
The life of Princess Ileana/Mother Alexandra, imposes her as a model to be followed and legitimizes her in front of posterity.”

Lilac Sunday Picnic – Arnold Arboretum, Boston MA – Sunday, May 13 at 10 AM – 3 PM

Picture0002 The Association of Romanians in New England (AR-NE), Romanians in Boston, EERC, Castelul Copiilor and Rhythmic Dreams invites you to join us at the Arnold Arboretum for a picnic on Lilac Sunday. Of the thousands of flowering plants in the Arboretum, only one, the lilac, is singled out each year for a daylong celebration. With more than 370 lilac plants of 176 kinds, the Arboretum holds one of the premier lilac collections in North America. Tours of the lilacs, family activities, food vendors, and picnicking (on this special day only) make for a memorable day. This is the 8th consecutive year we are co-hosting this picnic.
When: Sunday, May 13th, 2018, 10am-3pm
Where: Meeting spot: Square 14 (birch trees on the hill) marked with “X” on the map below.
Entrance to the park is free.
Details: Entry to the Arboretum is free. As in previous years, everyone is welcome to bring whatever food and drink they’d like (potluck style). Street parking along the Arboretum perimeter is limited and visitors are advised to take public transportation. The nearest MBTA statios is Forrest Hills on the Orange line..
Contact: AR-NE: Liliana Onita Lenco 978-548-8435
Romani in Boston: Serban Georgescu – 617-959-7472

Tara Skurtu : Poetry Reading – January 9 2018 – Cambridge MA

Tuesday January 9, 2018, 7pm – 9pm, Grolier Poetry Book Shop, 6 Plympton St, Cambridge, MA – with Lloyd Schwartz

Saturday January 13, 2018, 4 PM, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA

Tara Skurtu is an American poet and literary translator currently residing in Romania. Her ancestors hail from Romania. She is a two-time Fulbright grantee and the recipient of two Academy of American Poets prizes, a Marcia Keach Poetry Prize, and a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship in Poetry. Tara’s poems are published internationally, translated into six languages, and appear in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Plume, Salmagundi, Poetry Review. She is the author of the chapbook Skurtu, Romania (Eyewear Publishing, 2016; Romanian trans. Radu Vancu, Charmides, 2016) and the full poetry collection The Amoeba Game (Eyewear, 2017). Tara holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University and a double degree in English and Spanish from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Before moving to Romania, she taught at Boston University; she was a lecturer in creative writing, she taught composition and literature to incarcerated students through BU’s Prison Education Program, and she was on the planning and teaching team for Robert Pinsky’s 2014 massive open online course (MOOC), “The Art of Poetry.” At present, she teaches creative writing in Bucharest.

The Romanian translation of The Amoeba Game (tr. Radu Vancu) is forthcoming with Nemira in March 2018.


Book Launch – January 14th 2017 – Newton MA

Book launch event “Eternal Longing, Impossible Love” Mihai Eminescu, English translation by Adrian George Sahlean


The book was launched in 2016 in Romania by Adrian George Sahlean and won the author the prestigious Eminescu award. The Romanian community and their friends are invited to meeet the author who will discuss his latest literary projects and will also autograph his book. There will be a stock of books available for purchase at a discount at the event.

When: Saturday, January 14th 2017, 6-8 PM

Where: The Auburndale Community Library
75 Auburn Street, Auburndale MA 02466

The meeting with Adrian George Sahlean at the Auburndale Library, which houses a small collection of Romanian books, will be followed by a reception at Bocca Bella Bistro ( ) for $15/person. Please RSVP for reception on ARNE Facebook Page before 11 AM on Saturday, January 14.

Summer Harmony – June 25 – Newton MA

ARNE invites you to walk cheerfully on a magical journey into a summer night of world famous opera arias, canzonettas and zarzuelas, guided by the powerful voice of tenor Costel Busuioc.

Where: Carriage House Violins – of Johnson String Instrument
1039 Chestnut St, Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts 02464
When: June 25 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Admission: $25, groups > 6 people $20/person, children under 12 free

Here is Costel Busuioc during a Chicago concert:

2015 European Champions League Final – June 6 2015 – Newton MA

Watching the finals of the most important soccer competitions among Romanians has been a tradition within the Association of Romanians in New England (AR-NE) since 2010. This year, we are inviting you to join us on the occasion of the 2015 European Champions League Final, which will be played on the Olympic Stadium (Olympiastadion”) in Berlin, Germany. As usual, we will serve a variety of appetizers, as well as the traditional Romanian sausages (“mici”). CHL_2015_collage
When: Saturday, June 6 2015, 2 to 5 PM
Where: “The Cherry Tree” Pub
1349 Washington St, Newton, Massachusetts 02465
Parking: Metered parking in front or parking lot in back.
Admission: $10 ($5 kids under 12)
Confimation: In order to help us approximate how much food to prepare, please RSVP on the Facebook Event.