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Romanian Ball 2012 – Report


We would like to thank everyone who attended the first Romanian Ball in New England! We were overwhelmed by the numerous attendance (over 300!) and we were happy to see the enthusiasm and joy of those who wanted to celebrate with us Romanina’s National Day! We apologize deeply for the imperfections and the shortcomings and we promised that next year we will do a bigger/better event! If you have any comments, suggestions or complaints, please email them to or please take the time to complete this short survey. Please share generously your photos and videos! Lastly, but most importantly, we would like to invite you all to join our volunteer organization so you can help plan and organize more successful events in the upcoming year.

We welcome you with open arms, AR-NE


Join AR-NE, in collaboration with the Romanian Student Association at MIT, for an evening celebrating Romanian culture and heritage.

Where: Morss Hall, MIT, 142 Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA (Walker Memorial, MIT Building 50)
Parking: Parking at MIT
When: Sunday, December 2nd 2012, 5:30pm – 10pm
Attire: Semi-formal
Doors open at 5:30pm, dinner and live entertainment at 6pm, DJ after 8pm.

Cash bar with an assortment of alcoholic beverages, including beer and wine from Romania.
There will be fasting food.


Mescalun salad
Romanian potato salad (Boeuf salad)
Roasted eggpland salad (Vinete)
Bean spread
Mozzarella cubes
Feta cheese
Fried meat balls
Main Course
Stuffed cabbage
Romanian grilled sausages (mici)
Fish in white souce
Kettle cooked chicken with garlic sauce
Country style oven roasted potatoes
Romanian braised cabbage stew
Panettone Romanian style
Cookies or pastries


  • 6:00 AR-NE presentation
  • 6:15 Traditional Romanian folk music (Iuliana Roata – part 1)
  • 6:30 Traditional Romanian folk dances (artistic group The Ladies from Rhode Island)
  • 7:00 Traditional Romanian folk music (Iuliana Roata- part 2)
  • 7:30 Pop and classical Romanian and international music (Raluca Campean)
  • 7:45 Traditional Romanian dances (including “Hora Unirii” and “Perinita”) (artistic group from MIT)
  • 8:00 DJ program – Radu C. Morar – Morar Mobile DJ


Romanian Library Opens its Doors – October 20th, 2012 – Newton, MA

Where: 375 Auburn Street, Auburndale, MA 02466
When: October 20th 2012, 12pm-3pm

You are invited to visit the Romanian Library on October 20th between 12pm-3pm. This will be a great opportunity to browse through our book collection, maybe borrow some that pique your interest and meet other Romanians from the Boston area. If you would like to donate some of your Romanian books, CDs or DVDs, this would be the perfect occasion.

“Book of the Month Club” Literary Circle – Newton, MA – [10 May 2012]

The “Book of the Month” literary circle invites you to join us in reading and discussing two novels by Gabriela Adamesteanu, a well-known contemporary author. In June, we will focus on her newest novel “Provizorat” (2011).

Where: Auburndale Community Library, 375 Auburn Street, Auburndale, MA 02466 (Romanian Library)
When: Thursday, June 14th, 2012, 7 to 9PM
Details: AR-NE members free. Visitors 10$/family suggested donation.
Please RSVP, as room is limited.

Watch the UEFA Champions League 2012 Soccer Final – Boston, MA – [May 19 2012]

The Association of Romanians in New England (AR-NE) has the pleasure to invite you to watch 2011 UEFA Champions League soccer final together with us at “The Point” Pub in Boston, in a traditional Romanian atmosphere, with Romanian sausages (“mici”) and a variety of other appetizers. Watching soccer events has become a tradition within AR-NE – we are organizing this type of event for the 3rd year in a row. Who’s playing: Chelsea FC and Bayern Munchen

Where: “The Point” Pub, at 147 Hanover St. Boston, MA (next to Faneuil Hall) (http://www.thepointboston.)
When: Saturday, May 19th, 2012 from 2 to 5PM
Details: Parking: “Parcel 7 Garage” (aproximatively $3 for 3 hours, with validation)
Admission: Free for AR-NE members, a $10 donation is gratefully accepted from non-members to help cover the costs associated with this event. We invite you to choose an even better option – through joining AR-NE as members, either online at, or directly at “The Point” on the day of the event. The annual membership cost is $10/ $25 /$50 for students or retired / individual / family
Confirmation: In order to help us approximate how much food to prepare, please RSVPContact:

Picnic on Lilac Sunday – Bosto, MA – [May 13 2012]

This year, the Association of Romanians in New England (AR-NE) along with Romanians in Boston (RIB) and Educational Enrichment for Romanian Children (EERC) are organizing the third edition of this picnic, at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum. Picnicking among the over 400 lilac trees is allowed only once a year, on this special day.

Where: Harvard Arboretum, Point 11 on the map (the group of trees on the hil)
When: Sunday, May 13th, 2012, 11:30am-4:30pm
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).
Contact AR-NE: Liliana Onita-Lenco – 978-548-8435
Contact Romani in Boston: Serban Georgescu – 617-959-7472 and Codrin Bucur – 617-817-7397

“Book of the Month Club” Literary Circle – Newton, MA – [10 May 2012]

The “Book of the Month” literary circle invites you to join us in reading and discussing two novels by Gabriela Adamesteanu, a well-known contemporary author. In May, we will focus on Drumul egal al fiecarei zile (1975), her debut novel.

Where: Auburndale Community Library, 375 Auburn Street, Auburndale, MA 02466
When: Thursday, May 10th, 2012, 6PM to 8PM
Details: AR-NE members free. Visitors 10$/family suggested donation.
Please RSVP, as room is limited.

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!



December 3rd 2011: 2nd Annual Romanian Fair!

[Click here to download PDF version of this invitation.]

Dear Friends,

You are cordially invited to attend the Second Annual Fair of Romanians in New England, on Saturday, the 3rd of December 2011, between the hours of 4 and 8 PM, at Newton Lower Falls Community Center (545 Grover St., Newton, MA).

This fair is unique in New England as it provides a unique opportunity to discover more about organizations and businesses owned by Romanians as well as learn about professionals involved in social and cultural activities aimed at promoting the Romanian spirit and culture and supporting the Romanian community. Each participant organization will display and promote their products and services through individual booths. Those organizations that do not have representatives on site can send promotional materials that will be displayed on a special stand. If you represent an organization wishing to participate or sponsor the fair, please read this page and contact us as soon as possible at

Besides the commercial and professional aspect of the fair you will also find:
– Ambiance and Romanian music
– Traditional Romanian food
– Romanian wine tasting
– Supervised Children’s program that includes watching a Romanian kids movie
– Raffle of products and services offered by the businesses and organizations present
– The chance to meet other Romanians living in New England
– Many other suprises

Click here for the 2010 Romanian Fair report. We would appreciate if you could spread the word about this fair and invite your family, friends, and acquaintances.

Please note there is no cover charge and donations towards AR-NE are appreciated. To RSVP, please fill in the online form. For more information about the fair or volunteering opportunities with AR-NE, please contact us at

Look forward to seeing you at the fair,

Association of Romanians in New England

Fair Timeline

Time Activity
3:30pm Set up starts.
4:00pm Doors open in Main Hall for presenting companies to set up.
Doors open for public to sign up, register for ARNE, socialize and coffee hour.
Doors open for kids activities in the Blue Room.
4:30pm Public admission to the Main Hall.
Kids Rhythmic Gymnastics activities.
5:30pm Company presentations (max 5 minutes each, there is time for 12.)
Kids’ movie – A Bug’s Life – in Romanian starts.
6:30pm Food stand open for adults and kids.
7:30pm All activities end in the Main Hall.
8:00pm All activities end in the Reception Area.
Clean up – load/unload vans.

List of Participants and Sponsors (updated 11/24/2011)

Food and Drink

Services – Law

Services – Business, Finance, Real Estate

Services – Medical and Dental

* O’Neil Dentistry

Services – Home Improvements, Moving

Services – Other

* ProScience (Sponsor 2011, 2012)
* Raluca Grigoriu, Graphic Design (Designed BRP and AR-NE Logos)
* 64 de Obiecte Romanesti

Non-Profits – Charity, Educational, Religious

* E-Media (Media Partner 2011 & 2012)
* Prospect Asis (Asociatia Intreprinzatorilor din Secuime)
* Radio Diaspora (Media Partner 2011, 2012)
* Rhythmic Dreams (Sponsor 2011, 2012)
* Tudor Bota, Piano Studio & Claudia Bota, Paintings

CEENET – Danube Chambers of Commerce Association – Hartford, Connecticut [ 17-18 Nov 2011 ]

Dear Friends,

AR-NE is cordially inviting you to:

Meet the Danube Chambers of Commerce Association (DCCA) trade delegation on November 17 and 18, 2011 in Hartford, Connecticut organized by the Central and East European Network of Connecticut.

  • 15-20 companies, chamber representatives and consular envoys from Central and East European (CEE) countries such as Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Romania and Serbia
  • 5+ companies from Romania
  • delegation led by the Minister of National Economy of Hungary

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