NUTLEY, NJ -  An array of eclectic music kept the attendees entertained this past Sunday during the Nutley Family Service Bureau’s Garden Party at Mountsier-Hardie Garden on Rutgers Place.

As the crowd strolled through the more than two-and-a-third garden acres on private grounds, they feasted on fabulous food from top local restaurants and sipped a variety of wines, all while the sounds of jazz, classical, opera and contemporary music filled the air.

There was pop group Rose and the Thorns, whose energy had everyone dancing.  The Michael Bereski Trio, which includes teachers from Nutley School of Music, and Bongiorno Guitar Volunteers provided jazz sounds.

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Vince Villanueva and Ian Frobose provided a unique dual combination of jazz guitar and saxophone.  Out of the ordinary was opera singer Sheldrake Lucas, and poet Xandt Wyntreez.

Marafanyl Drum, Dance and Song provided an African drumming flavor, and had everyone chanting and clapping.

The smaller musical acts rotated throughout different locations across the spacious greenery.  The headline acts performed inside the main tent, complete with a massive dance floor right in the middle of the garden.

This second annual Garden Party was a successful event, attracting hundreds of residents and local dignitaries alike, including Nutley Mayor Dr. Joseph Scarpelli.  All funds raised from the affair benefit Nutley Family Service Bureau.

TAPinto Nutley is proud to have been a sponsor of Nutley Family Service Bureau's 'Garden Party' is the only locally owned news organization serving the Township of Nutley, and is a member of the New Jersey Press Association. 

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