Frights, delights this month at the LBI Historical Museum


HAPPY MEDIUMS: The association is hosting its first-ever psychic fair later this month with seven readers from across the region, and the following weekend, Ghost Fest. (Photo taken by Jack Reynolds)

The Long Beach Island Historical Society puts the “eek” on the weekends this month with two Saturdays of festive fun leading up to Halloween.

On October 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Historic Museum on Engleside Avenue is hosting its first-ever Psychic Fair, featuring seven talented psychics (read more below) and other vendors of paranormal persuasion. The free event is open to the public and walk-ins are accepted. For more information, email Ellen Kehr at [email protected]; to schedule a reading, email [email protected]

The following Saturday, bring the kids to GhostFest, 12-4 p.m., at the Museum and Veterans Park, for crafts and games, s’mores at 2:30 p.m., and an early appearance of the Jersey Devil . For more details, contact Ron Marr at 609-492-3988.

Colleen McNally is a tarot reader and educator, reiki and access bars practitioner, psychic medium, podcast host and writer. Her intention for her channel, she said, is to receive and share information “to serve the highest and best of divine alignment” for anyone seeking answers. She believes in the fluidity of all information presented and in free will. A reading provides a snapshot and a trajectory, but an individual’s choices and actions can change the results. The same goes for spirits, she added.

“I will do my best to channel your beloved to the other side. However, they may be busy doing other things, like watching their life journal or helping other spirits. As you read, another loved one may show up in their place.

McNally described his style of reading as being honest, frank, and supportive. As a conversation medium, talking during a session helps bring more information to light, she said. Her readings are intended to bring empowerment and healing and to inspire affirmation action.

“There is nothing more inspiring to me than watching others take ownership of their lives, overcome self-limiting beliefs, and live a life that brings them true joy and purpose,” she said.

Kasandra Chasmar of Charmed in Company in Waretown was born of an intuitive lineage with a psychic veil, and has been a professional reader for over 60 years. She is also a numerologist, aromatherapist, tarot reader, palms, crystals and tea leaves, and a teacher. His lifetime of knowledge and experience in metaphysical and mystical fields guides seekers to answers and solutions.

Empath and life coach Jakki Gioia of Manahawkin has been in the holistic healing arts since 1995 and offers a variety of emotional balancing treatments. Gioia’s intuitive gifts allow her to hear angels, spirit guides, and the dead. She can hear, smell, and feel the information as it comes in.

Leslie Lagani of Forked River has been interested in the paranormal all her life. As a child, she could predict future events and communicate with the dead. So, as an adult, she joined a paranormal investigation group to broaden her knowledge and feed her passion for ghosts and hauntings. The more she learned and developed her relationship with the Spirit, the more her mediumship abilities increased, she explained.

Lagani said she was “honored to be a voice for Spirit, sharing messages of hope and comfort in private or group sessions.” She offers intuitive guidance through tarot, past life analysis and paranormal consultation.

The mononom dear is a Toms River based reiki master and tarot/oracle reader with over 30 years of experience. The self-proclaimed free-spirited hippie facilitates personal clarity and encourages healing in individuals, nature, and the planet itself. Her work is imbued with her “holistic mystical art” and love, peace and magic. Her readings incorporate crystal synergies, promote spiritual connection, and “channel informative intuition lovingly guided by Spirit.” Energy healing adjusts the chakra centers and life force to bring the body into balance.

Alison Maxfield is a psychic medium and energy lightworker from Pleasantville who began giving readings at the age of 10 and has provided mediumship to hundreds of people at Lily Dale Assembly in Western New York, home of spiritual healing. She specializes in providing psychic information on past lives, chakra healing modalities, Eastern spirituality methods and the Akashic Records – the collection of all past, present and future universal events, words, thoughts , emotions and intentions of all entities and life forms, human and non-.

Crystal Yankasky of Absecon is a Certified Angel Therapy Practitioner, Paranormal Investigator, and Nature and Animal Lover. She was prompted to explore the metaphysical realm by a ghostly presence behind her in a photo taken at a historic restaurant on LBI. Yankasky has felt guided and supported by angels since childhood.

“Angels are always around us,” she said. “They are there to help us live our best life. We just have to ask for their help. She uses angel oracle cards to give messages of healing, clarity and guidance.

—Victoria Ford

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