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Hell's Half Mile Launch Party

10th Anniversary Edition at Retro Attics

August 15, 2015       1 Comments
By: Diane Szczepanski

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The pre-public announcement of the film and music line up for the 10th Annual Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival took place Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Retro Attics.

The new Downtown Bay City warehouse and showroom provided a stylish venue for the '60s and '70s theme and included fun drinks and appetizers, as well as music from Lightnin' Licks Vinyl Preservation Society.

For more information on the Festival which takes places September 24-27, 2015 follow them on Facebook or visit their website at

Retro Attics showroom
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60's meets 70's style
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HHM Organizer, Alan LaFave, thanks guests and sponsors of the event
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A blow up outdoor screen provided the back drop for the film advertising the upcoming films and music line-up
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Guests were encouraged to wear 60's, 70's or 80's attire
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Retro kitty
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On right, Pat Tanner, organizer of B.A.R.S, a bike riding club that meets every Thursday at 7:30 pm at Wenonah Park.
Over 350 riders stopped by the Retro Attics party

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kadmedia Says:       On July 04, 2016 at 05:44 PM
Hi Diane,

I hope you are having a great weekend!

I am volunteering with the non-profit Hell's Half Mile Film and Music Festival, which is having a first-ever beach party in advance of the Festival in September. Since I know you have written about HHM's events in the past, we were hoping you might let your readers know in advance that it's happening (HHM co-founder and event organizer Alan LaFave is available for interviews any time to elaborate on the event) and, if you are available, join us for the party!

Info and links are below, and we can answer any questions you may have. Thanks in advance for considering.


Karen A. DiBernardo
Media Relations Specialist
O: 989/423-1573
C: 989/245-9984



The beach is BACK, so don't be a square and miss this groovy hot summer evening, Daddio!
All the cool cats (and their kittens) will be hanging at the beach until after sunset at:

The first annual HELL?S HALF MILE BEACH PARTY! The Hell's Half Mile crew invites you and yours to an old-fashioned BEACH PARTY!!! It?s "Beach Blanket Bingo" style party-time in the sand at the Bay City State Park, featuring an Americana Cookout, tasty refreshments for adults and kids, California surf-pop-style live music, a mural painting competition and fun-in-the-sand beach activities like volleyball, Frisbee, sand castle-building, a fire pit and of course, dancing!

· Saturday, July 9, 5PM ? 10PM

· Bay City State Park, 3582 State Park Drive, Bay City, MI

· Fun and games on the beach, including volleyball, sand castle building, Frisbee and more -- for adults and kids of all ages
· A mural painting competition, presented by Studio 23, will include multiple groups painting on large wooden walls during the event and the audience will choose the winner!
· Dance all night to some groovy surf music with our ?Bands on the Sand? lineup (and a DJ between bands!):
o 6:00 PM - The Kickstand Band:
o 7:30 PM - Shady Groves:
o 9:00 PM - Valentiger:

· Entry tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids ? deadline is July 7 and tickets are limited (Advance ticket sales required to estimate food and drink needs. DNR Recreation Passport or Day Use Pass required for entry into park)
· Add dinner at the party for $12 and enjoy an Americana Cookout featuring burgers for meat eaters and vegans alike, a gourmet topping bar, grilled corn on the cob and a tasty side

Hell?s Half Mile Beach Party is presented by GRAFF CHEVROLET, with all proceeds going to the eleventh annual
Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival, to support independent film and music in the Great Lakes Bay Region

To Purchase Tickets:
HHM Beach Party Facebook Page:
HHM website:

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What is Hell?s Half Mile?
Hell?s Half Mile Film & Music Festival is more than an event for those who simply appreciate film and music. It?s a grassroots effort to develop a community that participates in the arts. In our 10-year history we have brought scores of independent films, filmmakers, actors and bands from all over the country to downtown Bay City. We?ve also brought in thousands of attendees, many from the Great Lakes Bay Region, but others coming in from all over the state of Michigan and beyond.
Much like the St. Patrick?s Day Parade and the annual Bay City Fireworks celebration, Hell?s Half Mile has become a tentpole event in mid-Michigan. With so many out of town guests, HHM has become a great opportunity to show off everything Bay City and the Great Lakes Bay Region has to offer.

Agree? or Disagree?

Diane Szczepanski

Business-woman by day, confessed boot addict by night and 'wanna-be' writer, music lover and proud Mom of an awesome guitar playing, teen son.

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