WEST ORANGE, NJ - The New Jersey Arts Incubator opened their summer season at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center with a Summer Solstice event that drew hundreds of residents ready to relax and enjoy the beautiful sunset, scenery, and weather.

Solstice, derived from Latin for sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still). is recognized as occurring between June 20-22, heralding the start of summer and the day where the sun reaches its highest point in the sky. The sun set at OSPAC at approximately 8:31 pm as musicians celebrated with rhythmic interpretations, sun salutations were demonstrated, and information about Summer Solstice events around the world were shared.

In attendance were Mayor Robert Parisi, Councilwoman Sue McCartney, Councilman Jerry Guarino, and members of the NJAI team, including Lisa Scalora, Amy Simon, Carol Berman and Christine Wolff-Strassman. Emmanuel Anim-Sackey, aka "Baba" was also at the event, and shared the big news that his organization, Adopt A Village would be featured in a extensive CNN report.  Adopt A Village is a project that has been embraced by residents all over West Orange and provides food, supplies, clothing, and support to a village in Ghana.

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Residents were asked to bring non perishable food items for the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry, who is currently in need of additional food for the summer months. Email Cynthia Cumming, Food Pantry Administrator, at heidlercumming@aol.com, if you can help.

The summer lineup for OSPAC will provide the community with great entertainment, including music, community theater, and movies.

For more information, visit the New Jersey Arts Incubator Website at www.njai.org.