Over 50 Fair’s Terrific Offerings


Over 50 AFor the seventh consecutive year, East Hills resident Barbara Kaplan will be directing the Over 50 Fair, which has now become the largest such expo on Long Island. This year’s event, held on Sunday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Melville Marriott, will have 80-plus exhibitors and 30 speakers, including many local beauty queens.

“We will once again be offering our singles lounge, facilitated by 7 in Heaven Singles Events. Every year, our single guests request a way to meet other singles and this area was a huge hit last year,” explained East Hills resident Barbara Kaplan, the Over 50 Fair director.

This year’s class offerings include those concerning finances, health and social media. Vendors will provide information about health and wellness products, home improvement, travel, financial services, realty, food, dental health, healthcare coordination and in-home care. The free opportunities this year include valet parking, chocolate samples, and health consultations.

Beauty queens will be at the expo again this year, including Dolores Hofman, Ms. New York Senior America 2016; C.J. Marie, Ms. New York Senior America 2015; Jane Rubinstein, Ms. New York Senior America 2014; Elisabeth Zamarelli, Ph.D., Elite New York American Beauty 2015; and Amy Marchany, Ms. Royal America 2011-2012.

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.

This year’s event is sponsored by AARP, Northwell Health, Madnani Facial Plastics,
LongIsland.com, and 516Ads.com

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 Rd., Melville, off the Long Island Expressway’s westbound (north) service road.

When she is not working on large events such as the Over 50 Fair, Kaplan is busy with smaller expos at Smith Haven Mall and Walt Whitman Shops, including upcoming kids’ events in August and a health fair in October. For more information, visit www.SpecialtyConnections.com. Kaplan can be reached at 516-621-1446.

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Joe Scotchie is the editor of both The Roslyn News and New Hyde Park Illustrated News. In 2009, he won a New York State Press Association award for a sports feature. Joseph Scotchie’s past publications include biographies of Thomas Wolfe and Richard Weaver and a comprehensive history of the city of Asheville, North Carolina.


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