Believers, curious drawn to New Manifestations Fair

Gwen Chamberlain The Chronicle-Express
Penn Yan Psychic Cindy Lane-Newcomb, standing on a chair to illustrate her point, focuses on one of her patrons.

When Penn Yan psychic Cindy Lane-Newcomb organizes an event, there are sure to be a few surprises in store. But even she couldn’t have predicted the events that happened at the New Manifestations, Psychic and Wellness Fair she and her staff hosted at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel Nov. 11 and 12.

The fair brought several holistic healers, metaphysical and wellness related vendors together with intuitives, mediums, artists, readers, a reiki therapist, art therapy, Feng Shui, herbal products, crystals and minerals, and more.

Along with the ballroom full of booths with all kinds of ancient and new age products and services, the fair featured sessions on various topics such as body, spirit, and soul works, essential oils, hexograms, spirit, readings, and Tarot cards.

Newcomb held a special session each day for a room full of people hoping to make a connection to a loved one who has died, and for those who are simply curious about her unique skills.

An instant after Newcomb asked the Saturday audience if they experienced flickering lights in their homes, the room filled with laughter when the hotel’s lights went dark in a power outage. Newcomb continued her lively presentation, engaging many of the visitors, comforting and cajoling as the light from the exterior windows faded. The session continued under the flashing glow of a fire engine’s red lights (firefighters had been called to help people trapped in an elevator).

With school teacher authority, she quickly took control of the room, pacing barefoot up and down the aisle, climbing on chairs, spitting out questions, clues, and puzzles until someone acknowledged a date, a number, a health symptom, or an odd situation. “Why do I smell burned toast?” she thundered at one point. Eventually, a woman brightened, and said her grandmother was well-known for burning food.

The two hours are full of questions, solice, and common sense advice peppered with humor and engaging, positive energy. People who entered the room as skeptics may still not be full believers, but they still don’t have answers for how she does what she does.

Although the event closed early Saturday because of the extended power outage, the ballroom was crowded again Sunday with more visitors, some waiting for their turn to visit with a reader or healer, and others buying candles, oils, herbals, crystals and soaps.

One vendor, Anthony Peters of Unearth the Grounds Crystal Shoppe in Canandaigua, was pleased with the fair, remarking, “It’s beyond perfect.”

Newcomb, whose Raven’s Landing headquarters are at the main four corners in Penn Yan, often holds events around the region, and she and local artist Sam Castner are busy preparing another location on Canandaigua’s Main Street.

Lights on or off, it’s probably a perfect prediction that Newcomb will bring the fair back to Watkins Glen as an annual event. And there’s no way of knowing what will happen next.