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Mind, Body & Spirit Expo: A (psychic) fair to remember

Healing massage techniques were demonstrated during the Mind, Body, Spirit Expo at the Best Western in Matamoras, PA.

By Jonathan Fox
April 5, 2012

MATAMORAS, PA — On Sunday, April 1, hundreds of people gathered at the Best Western/Hunts Landing in Matamoras to explore alternative forms of healing, thinking and living—but regardless of the calendar date, the fair was no joke. I was drawn to the event, sponsored by All Better Central (, a center “dedicated to promoting physical, emotional and spiritual well-being,” by a flyer promoting “vendors, demonstrations, aura photography, psychic readers and healers.”

Coordinator and psychic medium Tina Vesely ( took time out of her busy schedule to chat with me over the phone prior to the event and answered some salient questions on how the whole process works. When asked how the expo, now in its fourth year, came into being, Vesely said that she had a desire to “create opportunities for alternative practitioners, vendors and the growing community of interested parties to gather, exchange information and share common experiences under one roof.”

Citing some well known paranormal investigators and authors who would be in attendance, Vesely added that a desire to raise funds for those in need was also at the heart of the event, with a portion of the proceeds from this year’s expo going to the Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark ( in memory of her recently departed pet, Moe.

While I admitted to Vesely that my interest in the paranormal was a lifelong fascination, I had to acknowledge that my experience with “things that go bump in the night” was limited, and that I was anxious to check out some of the speakers and workshops that the day-long fair promised. “We’re still basically a hidden society” Vesely said, “but history shows that in troubled times, people tend to reach out to each other for answers that may be hidden as well.” Tina, who “comes from a generations-long line of psychics and mediums” discovered her abilities at the tender age of three, and because there were others before her, the family “encouraged, rather than dismissed” her gift.