Linda Weinbaum AKA “Auntie Linda” is featured in the Lynn Daily Item as part of a story on the Annual Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo.

Fair brings frightful fashions to Salem
By Nicole Martinez
The Lynn Daily Item, Tuesday, October 31, 2006

SALEM - There's only one thing that could bring a Palm Beach, Fla. resident to the North Shore this time of year. With the dedication to make it through wind, rain, or snow for just one weekend in Salem, John Foley said he had to visit for "the best holiday ever." Halloween.

Foley said he chose to visit the Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo, 176 Essex St., because he has received positive feedback from friends and family members who have visited in the past.

"My brother and sister-in-law came last year and said they were blown away," Foley said. "This has been a dream for me. It's great to be here."

Hosted by Shawn Poirier, Christian Day and The Salem Witches, this annual event takes place everyday throughout the entire month of October. Participants have the opportunity to experience tarot card readings, aura photography and interpretations, astrological guidance, palm readings, spirit mediumship and clairvoyance.

For nearly 20 years, the Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo has brought thousands of visitors to the area who are interested in learning and exploring all aspects of the psychic world, which is why Foley said he knew his trip to Massachusetts was a must.

The Palm Beach resident wandered the streets of Salem dressed as a warlock and said the best part of his day was spending time with Clairvoyant Linda Weinbaum.

"She was fantastic," he said.

Foley said she sensed what he was feeling in an instant, and was able help him to clarify some family and business issues he has been struggling with.

"She alone has made this trip more than worthwhile," he said.

Maggie Wentworth of Nashua, New Hampshire, said she enjoys being a part of the "crazy" festivities that the Halloween season has to offer.

"I bring my kids down to experience this atmosphere," she said. "I feel that they should be exposed to as many things as possible. They are very open-minded."

She said her 13-year-old daughter has discussed witchcraft, saying it's something she's extremely interested in.

"She's been drawn to it," she said. "She's been doing a lot of research on it, and I think it's great for her to explore."

Salem resident Tommy Fisk said if he didn't love this season, he could never live in Salem.

"It's like this every year," he said of the crowded sidewalks and backed up traffic on the streets. "But it's great. I love the spirit of the people who come here every year. They are all great."

And it's hospitality like this that keeps people coming.

"Everyone here is so welcoming," Wentworth said. "It's not just about the festival. It's about the city. They welcome us crazy people every year. It's amazing."