Jari Mattila – New York For Everyone

Hi Everyone!

My name is Jari Mattila. I’m originally from Helsinki Finland, and have lived in the US since 1984. As to what/who I am, well, that’s a little more difficult to answer, except that after living in various parts of the US, I’ve discovered that, at least for me, there really is no place like NY. My favorite thing (other than traveling myself…) is to tour the city with visitors and to share my own experiences, as a European in the US, with them.

Here’s a little background:

I originally came to the U.S. as a teenager to attend high school as an exchange student in Madison, Wisconsin. Following High School, I spent the next four years studying music at William Paterson University in suburban New Jersey, as well as working as a musician in salsa and merengue bands all over the metropolitan area, most often in Queens. Like many other northerners, I’ve always had a fascination with warm weather, and soon after graduation decided to give Southern California a try and experience the year-round sunshine and the swaying palm trees. San Diego turned out to be as beautiful as everyone had said, but after living there for nearly a decade, I still missed the energy and lifestyle of New York. There simply is no other place as exciting and full of life. Not to mention the interesting (and funny!) people….

That move happened in 1998 after which I spent the next 15 years or so working with the music departments of two soap operas, Guiding Light and As The World Turns, as well as managing Procter & Gamble’s music publishing companies. P&G owned most of the soap operas since the genre began in the 30s and is actually the reason for the term “Soap Opera.” P&G originally started out as a soap manufacturing company who then created dramatic (therefore “opera”) TV shows on which they advertised their own products exclusively.

In addition to working in music publishing, and as music director for the P&G soaps, I also had some small acting gigs in a yet another soap, One Life to Live, as well as a few low budget independent movies. I’ve always enjoyed acting and continue doing it whenever an opportunity presents itself. My next project is a courtroom/suspense play titled “Second Seat,” which will have its performances in January.

After the soaps operas ended (it was about time, they were on every weekday for nearly 80 years!) I realized that this would be a chance to do something I’ve always wanted to do but never had the time, which is to put together a private tour and relocation company. I have always loved spending a day walking or driving around the city while having interesting conversations with great people so this is really the ideal job for me. And it’s rewarding work, too, as being able to enhance someone’s NY experience, whether they are from Finland, Estonia, Spain, or Wisconsin, is really what’s it’s all about for me. 🙂

All the best,

Jari Mattila
New York For Everyone

New York – Dec 31 2015

This is a ticketed event!

EuroCircle and Privé Group are gathering the finest of New York’s high society for a night of exuberance and dancing at New York’s highest loft oasis, the Midtown Loft and Terrace.

We cordially invite you for a special NYE party hosted by Playboy’s very own Ashley Massaro featured on the cover of Playboy Magazine. Playboy’s Ashley Massaro, socialites, and celebrities will dance while bringing the New Year together. Come drink and eat all night at NYC’s most exclusive party including an All Night Open Bar from 9pm-4am and enjoy delicious passed appetizers.

The Ambiance – an 11 story rooftop loft penthouse, is Manhattan’s best kept secret. Featuring full circumspect panoramic views, of the empire state building and across the NYC Skyline. The private loft event space is two stories with one penthouse loft space below an exquisite rooftop. This is NYC’s only all night Open Bar, come bring in the New Year, on top of the best city in the world.

This, invite-only event will have socialites and celebrities in attendance. Top executives, models, celebrities anchored by Privé guest list will be dressed in their most fashionable attire to dance the evening away, bringing the New Year in on the top of the world. The surprise celebrity guests are confirmed but remain anonymous. Past celeb attendees include The Pussycat Dolls, Kid Cudi, Swiss Beatz, Derek Jeter, Richie Rich, Pamela Anderson’s muse and designer partner, Hall of Frame basketball player Earl The Pearl Monroe, and much more.

Your Hosts look forward to ringing in the New Year 2016 with you!

Mina Deutsch, Hungary and Romaniawww.minadjewelry.com

Ilona Lee, Poland, http://www.ilonalee.com

Michael Alexander, Cyprus/Greece

Alexandra and the EuroCircle New York Team


Atlanta – Dec 02 2015

Greetings everyone:

Our December Holiday Get-together will take place at the brand new Il Giallo Osteria & Bar located in Sandy Springs (just across I285) off Roswell Road in the shopping center behind the Sandy Springs Le Font Theatre. This is an amazing Italian Restaurant & Bar and we will have access to the entire spacious bar area. Complimentary appetizers will be on hand early evening & parking around the venue is free so come out and celebrate the holiday season with us as well as our last Get-together for 2015.

Wishing all a happy Thanksgiving and looking forward to seeing everyone next Wednesday (December 2nd)!!!

EuroCircle Atlanta

Dallas – Nov 20 2015

Thanks to our photographers Paula Hallahuhta (Austin) and Matthew Devlen.

Please invite all your European friends to join us.

Alex & Matthew / EuroCircle Dallas


Trinity Design District, on Oak Lawn at Hi-Line.  Meddlesome Moth has a full bar and the city’s best beer menu featuring 40 draught beers, two live ales and more than 85 bottles to help us round out theirselection.

Chances are if you’ve seen it in a commercial, they don’t serve it.

San Francisco – Dec 04 2015

Sinterklaas is the most beloved of all Dutch & Belgium holidays and traditions!
And one, Low Land people are fiercely proud of. Don’t you dare go messing about with this very gezellig affair!
Check out on December 4 WHY? (The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, as well as some parts of Germany, Czech Republic, French Flanders, Lorraine and Artois.)

Sinterklaas is also well known in territories of the former Dutch Empire (still is an empire to me :), including Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Indonesia, and Suriname.  Sinterklaas laid the premise for Santa Clause.

Sinterklaas music will be played but as always when people want to dance the tables will be turned and the EDM/House music will rule the sky as the Sint himself on a white schimmel (horse) soaring above the roofs for the good people on his list deserving of a present filled with a good time.

The Polski and Czech society will join us to turn the Sinterklaas party into a super EDM/Euro House Party by 10PM.

Marc James and the EuroCircle & NLBorrel Team

Austin – Nov 24 2015

Join EuroCircle Austin team for pre-thanksgiving cocktails at this gorgeous and elegant new venue.

While coming up with a new space is always such a struggle for any volunteer team- occasionally one runs into a bar or restaurant concept that really thrills us.  The  bottom-floor space of a historic building on Congress Avenue, The Townsend is beautiful.

The Townsend Austin is a cocktail bar and performance space located in the Townsend-Thompson Building, a downtown historic landmark built in 1875.  The Townsend also offers an array of vibrant tasting “fine dining bar food” items prepared by their team of excellent chefs.

The concept and design for the Townsend was created by principal owner Steven Weisburd, while co-owner Scott Samson, an acoustician, created the Townsend’s music performance space. The Townsend’s owner-investor team also includes Kathy Valentine, who helps direct our music program, Suzanne Deal Booth, who helps direct our arts program, as well as Roger Sandau, Stacey Sher, Kerry Brown, and Justin Elliott. The Townsend is managed by Penumbral Strategic Ventures.

This time of year it is good to recall Oprah’s saying “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”.

Join us to share a few good moments and be grateful for what we have. Bring any lonely Europeans with you and make sure they meet a few people for the holidays. It is a terrible time to be alone.

Allison, Adnan, Emma, Szilvia and Kaisa
PS. Save-the-Date for our joint  Holiday Party with AIN on Friday, Dec 11 @ The Madison

Houston – Nov 18 2015

Welcome to the pre-holiday season and join the EuroCircle on Wednesday, November 18th.

Come and meet us at Bradley’s Fine Diner, a popular spot with modern Southern hospitality featuring tasty local craft beer, signature cocktails, and great wine list.

If you are not a member yet, please sign up at EuroCircle.com — it is FREE.

Please note Facebook has restricted access to a larger audience, thus,  we highly recommend to sign up and please RSVP @ the EuroCircle website

Please spread the word among your connections.

Enjoy your time with friends and family, your hostess:
Venere, Shahla, and Juliana
Email Us for ideas or to become part of team! Help is always greatly appreciated.
Meet EuroCircle Houston team

Ivana Lola – Los Angeles based Italian Singer/Songwriter

NOTE: Ivana Lola is performing at the EuroCircle event on Thursday, Nov 12 2015 at Caffe Roma

My name is Ivana Lola, I am a singer/songwriter, dancer and a piano player.

I am originally from Italy. I have been singing since I was 8 years old.

I have been working as a singer/songwriter for many years in my country. I also did a lot of collaborations with the Italian Walt Disney, for many famous Italian singers as well as collaborated with many producers.
My last release is a song that I wrote together with one of the most famous Italian DJ/producer – Mario Fargetta.
The title of the song is ”SURVIVE” and the video is available on YouTube

I grew up listening to Queen, Michael Jackson, Beatles and many more. I can tell that Freddie Mercury inspired me a lot. I really loved the fact that he was a good singer, an amazing performer and an incredible composer and piano player. On top of that he used to wear crazy things and I am so in love with some particular outfits.

But my best teacher has been my father, who is a very talented singer and piano player. He introduced to me to pop music, Rock music and also classic music, that’s why at the age of 6. I also started classical dance, did it for 10 years and got a Diploma. Two years ago I had the pleasure to be invited to sing on stage at the Sayers Club in Hollywood while I was just visiting L.A. as tourist.

It was one of the best experiences of my life, singing here in America. That’s when I made the decision to leave Italy and move here. The truth is that I’ve always had the American Dream.

The reason why I am here to tell you a little bit about myself is because I had the pleasure to meet Sonny Sarna(EuroCircle Los Angeles team), who is a super nice person, at a Venue where I was performing with my band and it was love at first sight ( LOL 🙂 )

Please Follow me on:

Ivana Lola @ Instagram

Ivana Lola at Facebook

Ivana Lola @ Twitter

New York – Dec 22 2015

Join us for our annual holiday party at this midtown hotspot!

NO COVER with online RSVP by 5 pm on December 22 and saying “EuroCircle” at the door!
Attire: Holiday Chic
If you show up in a holiday color or some sparkly, you’ll look even more fabulous!

Let’s celebrate the holiday season this great rooftop & lounge!
There will be great music playing throughout the night!
The drink special: $10 Absolut cocktails. Food is available for purchase.

Feel free to invite friends the more the merrier!

Your hosts:
Harriet Kulmala, Finland
Ahmet Bodur,
Jelena Ignjic, Serbia. Jelena just moved to NYC from Philadelphia to pursue a career in banking.
Igor Bass, Switzerland – Dynamic Outdoors

Alexandra and EuroCircle New York Team

Please no RSVPS via email (see below) though but you can email me here with volunteer interests, interviews, sponsorships etc


If you have FRIENDS who are European/Europhiles and not members yet at the website www.EuroCircle.com, but are at Facebook, tell them to take the following steps:
. Login at FB
2. Head over to EuroCircle.com to SIGN UP (REGISTER) – and choose to use Sign in with FB at Register page
3. The site will grab their name and photo from FB (name can be edited if you wish)
4. It will ask them what is their EuroCircle City (New York) and From what country they are from..

Now you can login with your FB account AND sign up for events (and see who else has signed up)

Los Angeles – Nov 12 2015

We’ve arranged a great venue, Cafe Roma.

I’d like to introduce the beautiful Ivana Lola and her amazing Live Band. We have the pleasure of seeing this band perform LIVE on the night. I’ve heard them before, let me tell you, your ears are in for a treat 🙂

Cafe Roma, the flavours of Northern Italy, classic and contemporary Italian dishes upholding the European standard of hospitality and exemplary service.

From the most delicate thin-crust burrata, sausage, and rapini pizza to a succulent filet mignon steak topped with shaved parmesan and arugula… for lunch, dinner, or a drink– let’s all meet and and have a great time.

Let’s all put in some effort to make this a really big and successful event – invite all the people you know, bring with you friends, family and neighbours. Let’s let our hair down and have a great evening.


Please RSVP soon, we’d like to inform.

See you all soon.


Sonny and Tanya