Awaken Wellness Fair This Sunday, November 11 in Tarrytown, NY

On Sunday, November 11, 2012, the Awaken Wellness Fair returns to the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown, NY, where more than 100 speakers, practitioners, intuitives and vendors will showcase their alternative wellness techniques. “We’ve grown a lot in the past decade, attracting nearly 1,000 guests to this semiannual event,” says facilitator Paula Caracappa, founder of the PPC Group, LLC. “Our mission has always been the same: to educate people in the very best and latest ways to achieve wellness of body, mind and spirit.”

Among the exhibitors will be Christine DiDomenico, offering instruction in “Running the Bars,” a noninvasive energy process using light touch to promote a sense of calm and positivity. Rejuvenation Café will offer life-enhancing products like Mimi’s Natural teas and condiments, EMF protection devices, and intelligent water systems. Susan Lasky, a productivity coach, ADD/ADHD strategist and professional organizer, will chat with visitors about their organizational challenges and give a 10:15 a.m. talk on “The 7-Step PowerPlan to Action.” Psychic medium and author Lisa Ann from Spiritquest Healing Center also will have a table and give a presentation. Her specialties include intuitive healing, past-life regression and guided meditation.

The fair launches Caracappa’s second decade of creating community wellness events. “My mission is to educate the general public about the many effective and varied wellness practices that are available to them, from ancient practices to cutting-edge technology,” she says. In December, her PPC Group will offer another event, “An Evening for Goddesses.”

 Fair hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit



“One Diet Does Not Fit All” – Weight Loss Specialist Neda Smith at Full Circle in White Plains

Neda Smith

Neda Smith, a specialist in weight loss and optimal health for adults and children, has expanded her business and is now working at Full Circle Family Care, 1241 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains. She also practices at 200 South Broadway, Suite 201, in Tarrytown.

As a functional diagnostic nutritionist, certified metabolic typing advisor, and holistic health coach, Smith identifies the body’s weak and strong systems, and then uses this information to develop customized food plans for her clients. “The purpose of the metabolic type program is to stimulate, strengthen and support the weak side of the control system,” she says. “This helps to restore homeostatic balance and metabolic efficiency with the strong, or dominant, side.” Smith’s individualized programs include guidance on food portioning and types of food, optimal exercise, eliminating food cravings, and stress reduction. That leads to permanent lifestyle changes that can help prevent or reverse a number of diseases while boosting energy and mental acuity.

“Obesity is a strong indicator of malnourishment,” she notes. “Often, overweight people are deprived of the appropriate foods and nutrients that satisfy their hunger and normalize their metabolism. Even if someone is consuming foods and supplements of the highest quality, it is entirely possible the individual is deficient in the vital nutrients needed to obtain this balance. One diet does not fit all.”

 Neda Smith is available as a lecturer or to design individualized programs. For a consultation, contact her at 914.421.1500 or 917.881.3181, or For more information, visit


April’s Awaken Wellness Fair Is “Best Yet,” This Saturday in Tarrytown

The Awaken Wellness Fair returns to Tarrytown on April 16, and organizer Paula Caracappa of PPC Group, LLC, says this year’s event promises to be the best yet, with more than 100 exhibitors and speakers on hand to introduce alternative ways to get and stay healthy. “My mission is to educate the public about the many effective and varied wellness practices that are available beyond the old-fashioned attitude of ‘take a pill’ or ‘cut it off,’” Caracappa says.

This is her 10th year organizing educational wellness fairs. This year, PPC Group will also present Mamapalooza at Kensico Dam on May 14 and Awaken at SUNY Purchase as part of the Pilates Conference on June 5.

Among the exhibitors at Awaken Wellness Fair will be Merrill Black, who will discuss the benefits of hypnosis and lead a group hypnosis session with audience members, and certified life coach Diane Ingram, who will explain the concept and practice of living a purposeful life. Other exhibitors will include Bonnie’s Herbals and Chanson Water, with information on how alkaline water hydrates the body, increases energy, eliminates “brain fog,” and boosts overall wellness; painter Linda Richichi, presenting her channeled Soul Portraits, which reveal an image of the subject’s higher self; and Sound Shore Ayurveda, who will share information about the 5,000-year-old system of Indian medicine, determine doshic balance, and answer health-related questions.

The Awaken Wellness Fair will take place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown, NY. For more information, visit

Sassy Ladies Shopping Night Out in Tarrytown on April 1

Chereese Jervis-Hill

Ask Chereese Jervis-Hill, president of Events to Remember (ETR), what she does for a living, and you’ll get a simple answer: “We create memories.” While organizing an event can be anything but simple, the result is gratifying, she says. “We love turning a special event into an amazing memory that lasts a lifetime. So this year we’re creating a special memory for ourselves, with our inaugural ‘Sassy Ladies Shopping Night Out.’” The event will take place April 1 from 6 to 10 p.m. at The DoubleTree Hotel, 455 South Broadway, Tarrytown, New York.

ETR added a beauty/fashion twist to the sort of event it has organized for clients, “and this is how ‘Sassy Ladies’ was born,” Jervis-Hill says. “This expo event has beauty, fashion, and of course wellness components, as these are all really important to me, as well as to many other women.” ETR will donate a portion of the proceeds to two Westchester County not-for-profits serving the needs of women, she says. In addition to shopping for unique products and services, the evening will include a deejay, food samples, free giveaways, fashion and wellness tips, and an eco-friendly goody bag. Tickets are $10. To order, visit and click on “Blog.”

ETR plans social and corporate events (including “green” meetings), as well as its specialty, expo events. Its largest expo event is The Yorktown Festival & Street Fair, with 225 vendors and a total daily attendance of 15,000.

Contact Events to Remember at or 914.396.7664.

Westchester’s Largest Body-mind-spirit Fair Returns Sunday, November 21, 2010

Paula Caracappa, AWAKEN Wellness Fair Founder

This fall marks the 9th year of Westchester’s biggest holistic event, the AWAKEN Wellness Fair.  “It’s a very encouraging sign of the acceptance of integrative practices,“ says founder and director, Paula Caracappa. “The fair has grown from 42 people in my office in White Plains in 2002, to almost 1,000 (visitors) at the AWAKEN Fair last April.”

The mission of the fair has remained consistent—to introduce the public to a variety of ancient and cutting edge body-mind-spirit wellness practices that can help people to become their very best whole selves. The fair includes at least two rooms of speaker presentations throughout the day (a third may be added due to high demand) and a large ballroom filled with exhibitors, vendors and practitioners presenting information, products, jewelry and services that support a vibrant, holistic lifestyle.

The AWAKEN fair takes place on Sunday, November 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown. The first 500 attendees to enter will receive an eco-friendly, re-useable bag loaded with special offers.

Admission is $10 online at through November 17, or $15 at the door. Services such as psychic readings are offered for an additional fee. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 455 South Broadway in Tarrytown, NY.

Harvest Fest Returns to Stone Barns Center in Tarrytown

Hayride at Stone Barns Harvest Fest

The Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture presents the seventh annual Harvest Fest on Saturday, October 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Tarrytown. Festivities for the whole family include live music, a farmers market and pie bake-off, hayrides and special workshops on food and farming. The event also features Farm Olympics and demonstrations with animals and vegetables in Stone Barns Center’s fields and pastures.

A wide selection of seasonal food and beverages will be available for purchase, including the center’s famous Berkshire pig roast. Other treats include chili made with grass fed beef, lobster rolls, artisanal ice cream, fresh pastries and local craft beer. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for youth ages 6-14, and $10 for children ages 2-5. Stone Barns Center members receive a 10% discount on those prices. Proceeds from Harvest Fest support scholarships for farm camp, school programs and young farmer training.

For more information or to learn about Harvest Fest sponsorship opportunities, contact Emily Grand at 914.366.6200 x152. Visit to buy tickets. Those purchased by September 25 will be mailed. The Stone Barns Center is located at 630 Bedford Road in Tarrytown, NY.

Painting, and a Creative Approach to Family Healing

Eve-Marie Elkin

Eve-Marie Elkin is offering a Painting from the Inside Out workshop in Tarrytown on Saturday, September 11 from 12 to 5p.m. Elkin has been teaching the Painting from the Inside Out process for the past three years. It gives participants an opportunity to let movement from within take shape and color through the brush and onto the paper.

Now, Elkin is expanding her offerings to include the Family Constellation work of Bert Hellinger. Family Constellations take creativity off the paper and into a circle of people who help bring family dynamics to life. As in all living systems, families contain movement and history, called the “family soul” in Constellation work. This soul shows balances, imbalances, health and disease within the family that may cause suffering and the repetition of destructive patterns. Family constellation work allows people to create a visual representation of these dynamics in a circle with others who help them to see and experience patterns of dis-ease in a new way and move forward with ease. Elkin is excited to present a workshop in Family Constellation work on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. in Tarrytown.

For details and more information on Family Constellation work or to check out new fall classes in Painting from the Inside Out, visit

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