SHIFT Fair Wrap-Up!

Posted by Diana Friedell on May 12, 2015 at 12:00 PM

The Holiday Inn was absolutely hopping with Fair Go-ers on April 25th and 26th- about 500 of them to be exact! They gathered from far and wide, including 4 states to attend the free spiritual workshops, get psychic readings, alternative healing sessions, or peruse the fabulous shopping. There were 61 Vendors participating who came from as far away as Philadelphia, Buffalo, and New Hampshire, as well as the very best teachers and vendors from our region, to offer insights and experiences that ranged from “what is my life purpose” to “getting rid of the negativity in my space” to “what does my aura look like after I meditate?”

On Behalf of the Planning Committee and myself, I want to express a huge thank you to all of the volunteers who helped to facilitate the fair and made things go smoothly for both vendors and fair-goers. A $2,000 check was given to the UUSO Treasurer, Beth Rafter yesterday. (see SHIFTNewYork on facebook to see the pictures and comments regarding this year’s fair). Listings & contact info of vendors, readers & healers, will stay up, as a business directory on this site, until the next fair. As pictures are ready (thanks Ed Garbarino, & Paul Donnelly) we will post them on the website and the facebook site. One new vendor, Sheikha Maryam from "Kashmir Dream-Treasures from the Silk Road" commented, “Thank you so much. . .it was wonderfully beneficial to be there. Enjoyed ourselves greatly. . . felt greatly received and very much at home in that circle. Please give our love to everyone.”

Thanks also to Deborah Ziegler, Pat Donnelly (Volunteer Coordinators & Logistics supervisors), Jim Koury (Program) as well as the 4 Hartwick students who worked diligently with us on the fair, as their Business in the Community Class assignment- Shannon Carter, David Hajduk, Jennifer Spagnuolo, and Lisa Dygon.

How was the fair for you?  What was your day like? If you were a vendor, or presenter,  or a fair-goer and want to post a blog on this site about  your experience at the fair, just send it to Diana Friedell, chair of the event, at, and it will go up (if it passes an initial screening!)

Looking forward to hearing from you!

In Peace, Diana Friedell,


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