Melville, NY - July 16, 2015 - The Over 50 Fair, in its sixth year, continues to improve year after year. The annual event is the largest “over 50” expo on Long Island. This year’s event, on Sunday, September 27 from 10-4:30 at the Melville Marriott, will have 90 exhibitors and 30 speakers including many local celebrities.
Edith Jason, one of the oldest yoga teachers on Long Island, will be teaching a yoga class. Mrs. Jason, age 80, has been teaching yoga since 1986 and currently teaches several times a week at Winthrop Hospital.
At the other end of the age spectrum, Chef AJ of Fox TV’s MasterChef Junior Season 3 will be cooking Quesadillas for all to try. Chef AJ, age 11, was a huge hit at April’s All Kids Fair where she prepared waffles with fresh whipped cream and fruit.
Mark Brier of Laughs at the Library and Howard Newman of Jokesercise, where one can get a little exercise along with enjoying a comedy show, will be on hand to entertain.
Other classes’ topics include saving for retirement, travel, and health topics such as sleep apnea, skincare, and podiatry.
The Over 50 Fair is the brainchild of East Hills resident Barbara Kaplan, who also coordinates events at area malls under the business name Specialty Connections. “Because Americans are living longer, they should seek to live life to its fullest. There are so many opportunities here on Long Island. The purpose of the Over 50 Fair is to show people where to find them.”
This event has been building a loyal following among the Boomer Generation during the five years of its existence due to its consistent presentation of a variety of classes and products they find appealing. The free opportunities this year include valet parking, popcorn, and many health consultations.
Gemma Kodumal, who attends the Over 50 Fair annually, said of last year’s event, “I was able to attend one class, Genomic Testing, and we all raved about it. We need to come earlier next time to be able to avail ourselves of other seminars.”
Cynthia Shaw of Helpful Care said, “This was our first year of exhibiting at Barbara’s Over 50 Fair. Each exhibitor felt a personal connection with Barbara and each of us knew that she truly wanted us to be successful. We will certainly participate in ‘Barbara sponsored’ events in the future”.
The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network), a local non-profit that helps Long Island’s needy, is once again asking people to bring non-perishable food and cash donations to exchange for raffle tickets for valuable prizes.
Admission tickets, which include access to all classes and exhibitors, are $6 online, $8 at the door, and free for Veterans. The Melville Marriott is located at 1350 Old Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY, off the Long Island Expressway’s westbound (north) service road.
For more information, visit the Over 50 Fair's Official Website. Barbara Kaplan can be reached at 516-621-1446.