Testimonials from the 2019 and 2021 Over 50 Fairs

“You were on top of everything, and all of the people seemed very happy with the event!!! And as usual, you did an amazing job, Barbara [Kaplan], as well as your team. Thank you for all of your hard work, and we look forward to next year. “

Maureen Tara Nelson of MTN Marketing

Three time Over 50 Fair exhibitor/speaker

“Thank you for coordinating the Over 50 Fair. My wife and I had a wonderful time visiting the vendors and attending classes.”

Steven Duncan of New Hyde Park

Four time Over 50 Fair attendee

“It was a pleasure working with Barbara Kaplan. I appreciated the turnout for my cooking demo (one of the classes during the event) which went very well. Everyone was very engaged and seemed to enjoy their samples very much. Barbara is a professional, experienced event planner, who knows the ins and outs of producing an event. I definitely recommend working with her!”

Alana Berg of Naturally Lana’s

First time Over 50 Fair exhibitor/speaker

“Thanks for putting the fair together in these trying times. It was extremely well run, with great communication leading up to the event. I have already booked a client directly from the fair, with other potential clients reaching out.”

David Lawrence

Second time Over 50 Fair exhibitor/speaker

“I thought it was a very nice fair … The vendors did a very good job. Thank you for organizing this event and having it live as it should be, not virtually.”


Over 50 Fair attendee who has been to at least three Over 50 Fairs

“Thanks again, Barbara [Kaplan], for offering another great Over 50 Fair. We have been participating in this fair for the past 5 years and every year we are pleased with the event. Barbara puts a great deal of effort into the event making sure her vendors benefit from attending and the public also enjoy and are educated by the different services offered by each individual vendor. Thanks again. Looking forward to next year. Thank you.”

Gracemarie Horan-Luce of Senior Health Plan Specialists

Five time Over 50 Fair exhibitor/exhibitor

“For older people, looking for the answers to many questions they have, from various businesses, ALL IN ONE PLACE, at one time. It makes it easier to talk to the various representatives in attendance and even attend one of many seminars, where guest speakers from various walks of life, address programs that may affect us older folks....A very nice event for such a reasonable, affordable price.”

Dave Fischer

Over 50 Fair attendee who has been to at least six Over 50 Fairs

“When Barb approached me about being a vendor for the Over 50 Fair, I wasn't very keen on the idea because it didn't match our demographic. However, she challenged my perspective, and I agreed to attend [exhibit]. I'm so glad I did! There was lots of interest from attendees and even an unexpected solicitation from a potential HUGE donor! Thanks for the nudge, Barb!”

Paul Rubin of Camp Good Mourning!

First time Over 50 Fair exhibitor

“The best thing about the Over 50 Fair is CONNECTING.”

L Giuliano

Over 50 Fair attendee

“This was AA Entertainment & Events first year being a part of the Over 50 Fair. We provided a DJ and Karaoke room with lights and decorations. Everyone left with a smile, including us, because we met so many great people, and Barbara from Specialty Connections is a very easy person to get along with and she is very responsive. We will definitely be back next year!”

Alex Goodemoot of AA Entertainment & Events

First time Over 50 Fair exhibitor

“That was an excellent, excellent event. The individual vendors were really superior. They had good information. Their attitudes were great. There were things that anybody of any age could use and enjoy. The speakers were a real value. I certainly will attend all future Over 50 Fairs. Overall, I was very impressed with how organized it was and how well run it was. It was smooth.”

Sheila Skolnick

First time Over 50 Fair attendee

“The Over 50 Fair is an incredible event staged by Barbara [Kaplan]. If you are 50 or over, it is the place to be. When you arrive, you'll find friendly vendors from all walks of life, including speakers and classes designed to enlighten you. Barbara does a great job putting this varied array of experts in their fields together under one roof. It has been my pleasure to be associated with Barbara and the Over 50 Fair. Kudos to you, Barbara, for your dedication and great work organizing such an extensive undertaking. We had another great year.”

Joe Satriano of the Susan Satriano Foundation

Six time Over 50 Fair exhibitor

“Everyone was in very high spirits, and everyone wanted to make this a great experience: the staff, the vendors, the participants. It was amazing!”

Dr. Daniel Davids of Commack

First time Over 50 Fair attendee

“I thought things were really well organized and was pleasantly surprised at the way it seemed to run smoothly. Good job Barbara & team!

Ellen Smiley, Financial Literacy Coach

First time Over 50 Fair exhibitor

“I enjoyed the diversity of the vendors and the entertainment outside of the rooms. It gives us a chance to wander and take a rest, then be able to go back to the fair itself.”

Carrie Leigh

Second time Over 50 Fair attendee

“I had a great time. Thank you so much for putting on such an amazing event!”

Helen Cernigliaro

Three time Over 50 Fair speaker

“I loved meeting the authors of both the books! I am a teacher so a sucker for a book singing. I got the memoir for myself and the Over-Sixty: Shades of Gray for my mom. I went to the class on buying a home and found it very informative since I’m just starting to think about possibly starting the process. I sat with Tiffany, one of the psychic mediums you had, and I’m going to have another session with her. I bought some tea. It was really something for everyone! I did sign up at a few booths to get some more information. I thought the event was amazing! The staff was always around to offer help. They were very easy to find in their T-shirts. I met so many people and made so many new friends.”

Danielle Greco

First time Over 50 Fair attendee

“Great, friendly, helpful staff and diverse attendees provided a "melting pot" of opportunities!”

Rocky Cinque of New York Entertainment Ltd.

First time Over 50 Fair exhibitor

“This is one of the few very focused events on attendees and exhibitors. An excellent one to attend if you serve the over 50 crowd or are part of it. Just a great event to learn about the many things to do in our area also.”

Brian Cohen

Repeat attendee

“The best thing about the Over 50 Fair is being introduced to new ideas or concepts you never thought of.”

Felicia Paura of Oakdale

First time Over 50 Fair attendee

“The Over 50 Fair is an AMAZING event that focuses on the various needs of those who are...Over 50! The INN is so honored to have been the chosen charity of the event for 8 years. We have an opportunity to meet the attendees and share information with them about hunger and homelessness on Long Island. This is one event you don't want to miss!”

Cynthia Sucich of The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network)

Eight time Over 50 Fair exhibitor

“I can’t tell you enough how much we enjoyed this year’s Over 50 Fair. It was the best one ever. Our friends loved it as well, and [our friend] said she can’t wait to tell everyone she knows about it and encourage them to go next year. Thank you again for a wonderful day!”

Tony Miller of Sayville

Attendee who has been to at least three Over 50 Fairs

"On behalf of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, thank you for having us at the Over 50 Fair this year! We were able to get the word out about the programs we offer such as our support groups, education events and Take Steps Walk program. Our ambassadors loved connecting with the community!”

Melissa Pulsinelli-Varellas of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

First time Over 50 Fair exhibitor

“The Over 50 Fair had vital info and entertainment. I thought the fair was wonderful. Very interesting. Very good for men and women to know.”

Linda Faessler of Kings Park

First time Over 50 Fair attendee

“It was a great fair. You had a wonderful turnout, and I was happy to participate. Great job.”

Janice Imbrogno, MS, CFCS

First time Over 50 Fair speaker

"The best thing about the Over 50 Fair was the variety of exhibitors. It was a fabulous event at a nice hotel. It was very organized."

Roberta Lulov of Great Neck

Three time Over 50 Fair attendee