Tag Archives: August 2016

TromaDance Detroit 2016

TromaDance Detroit is the only truly independent film festival in Michigan that doesn’t charge an entry fee for filmmakers or admission fee for people to attend! TromaDance Detroit is the only festival of the people, for the people, and by the people!

TromaDance Detroit doesn’t just bring you crazy and bizarre film on the Tangent Gallery’s large, silver screen; we put you in the art with a gallery, vendors and performance art from some of Detroit’s finest artists who embody the independent spirit.

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Michigan Pirate Festival 2016

Join us for our 10th pirate fest!
Weekend festival – August 13th & 14th, 11am-6pm

Loutit District Library (LDL) and Harbor Island will be the port of swashbuckling, piratical fun for the whole family as the 10th Annual Michigan Pirate Festival invades Grand Haven, August 8-14, 2016.

With the theme, “Pirates through the Ages,” pirate re-enactors from historical to fantasy personas come from around Michigan and the Mid-West to entertain everyone from young powder monkeys to seasoned buccaneers.

The pillaging’ and plundering’ begins August 8 at 9 a.m. when LDL opens. Kids are invited to pick up a treasure map from the chest located at the Library’s Youth Services Area. This treasure map will lead young pirates and their families around downtown Grand Haven in search of fortune.

Harbor Island is where the pirates set-up for the weekend beginning Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Pirate merchants, stages, cannons, encampments and more are brought in to make any pirate feel at home. Minstrels wander and entertainers perform against this backdrop that is sure to appeal to the pirate in you.

And the pirates do not come alone. Mermaids and others friendly to the sea-going buccaneers join in and set up little areas of their own to help celebrate.

Weekend event admission is $5 for adults and children are free.

Weekday Activities
(Loutit District Library)

10-11: Storytelling with Scallywags – All ages Come enjoy a pirate’s favorite story. I wonder if it’s about treasure…
12-1: Pirates Meet Up and Eat Up at Central Park All ages
3-4:30: Pillaging with Pirates Ages 4-12 Come test your worth with a sword as the Pirates defend their treasure!
6:30: Small Arms Showcase All ages – parking lot

11-12: Bellydance class and show with Gypsy Raqs (Ages 4-12) Come learn the pirates’ favorite bellydance moves, and enjoy a short show.
2-3: Pirate Puppet Show All ages Join the Pirates and their puppets for a silly puppet show.
6:30-7:30: Pirates meet & greet in the park with the Irish!! – WGHN along with LDL presents Music in the Park Series featuring Uneven Ground and Goitshe!.

10-11:30: Powder Monkey Olympics Ages 4-12 – Join the Pirates and train to be an honorary powder monkey!
2-3: Pirate Crafts and Coloring Ages 4-10 Fun Pirate themed crafts. Make a treasure map, eye patch, or a parrot to complete your pirate ensemble.
7-8: Sea Shanty Singalong All ages Join the Pirates for a fun evening of sea shanties.

10-11: Dress Like a Pirate All ages
1-2: Pirate Games and Coloring Ages 4-12 Come play simple pirate games with a little bit of coloring thrown into the mix
7-8: Pirate Puppet Show All ages Join the Pirates and their puppets for a silly puppet show.

10-11: Storytelling with Scallywags – All ages Come enjoy a pirate’s favorite story. I wonder if it’s about treasure…
1-2: Powder Monkey Olympics Ages 4-12 Join the Pirates and train to be an honorary powder monkey!
6:45ish Sail in on the waterfront!

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Mackinaw City Renaissance Festival 2016

Come enjoy the magic of a renaissance festival right in the heart of the Mackinaw Crossing. Pay $1 to arrest your friends and family courtesy of The Jail. Watch live action, non choreographed, sword fighting courtesy Swords of Valour. Enjoy The witchy woman’s booth, Lady Sherrie’s tarot readings, and the enchanted mermaid of the fountain. Fun for all ages!! Please dress up and share in this magical event!!

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Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire 2016

The Grand Rapids Maker Faire is back for a third year! The 3rd annual Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire will be August 20 & 21, held at the Grand Rapids Public Museum and Grand Valley State University’s John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering. Maker Faire combines the traditional science fair with innovation and engineering capitalizing on the Maker movement for something entirely new. The Faire will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 20 and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, August 21.

Featuring both established and emerging local makers, the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring robotics, DIY science and technology, sustainability and alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, local food and educational installations. Visitors will see installations from the GR Makers, the Geek Group and other local West Michigan inventors, innovators and tinkerers.

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Steampunk Art and Music Expo

This is a FREE to the Public event. ***

There will be a STEAMPUNK INVASION in Collette’s Vintage Art and Antique Mall. We are taking control of the back half of the building for this afternoon of fun, sounds and sights! This will be both and indoor/outdoor event!

There will be for your viewing pleasures Steampunk Art and Music as well as “Steamy Style” Burlesque, Dramatic readings from the Call of Cthulu by H.P. Lovecraft. There will be Demos as well as tantalizing ears and eyes treats to experience!

Please share with friend and family that are 18 and up please! This will be an indoor/outdoor event with food and lots of Steampunk wares to be seen and purchased!

*** Must be 18 years or older to get inside the building portion of this event and have photo ID in hand.

Collette’s will be holding the traditional and usually very full Flea Market as well and is also free of charge to the general public!

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Michigan Comic Book Expo 2016 Interview

Tony Miello of the Michigan Comic Book Expo talks about the August event in Wyandotte, Michigan. Check this video out for the guests and events.


Pokemon Go – COOK OUT!

Hey all! With the huge release of Pokemon Go going on I thought it would be fun to do a Pokemon Go Cookout!

The battle between teams is a heated one! Lets show who is really best with some test of knowlodge, skill, and trainer power!

Represent your team in these events and win your team some prizes, glory, and bragging rights!
Teams will score points depending on the event and what place they get!
Winning Team of the entire time will have bragging rights, glory and a Small prize to take home! (While supplies last)

Each event will be 2$ Each OR We will be offering an all access pass for $25! All access passes will include!

Access to all Cookout events!
A Plate of food at the Cookout! (A 7$ value!)
Bandana of your choice! (Comes in each team!)

Current Events:
Doduo Race!
Pokemon Trivia (Resticted to Gen 1 FYI 😉 )
100 Yard Rapid- ash
Capture the Gym (Ongoing event throughout the cookout)
Save the Magickarp!
Scavanger Hunt!
Squirtle use bubble! – Water Balloon Fight!
Pokemon Theme Sing OFF!! (Original Opening! Here is the link!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyXTgqJtoGM)

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Imperial March Rebel Trek Parade

Events start at 8:00 here at the Bullpen with Star Wars props on display and then we will make our way to the Band Shell in a parade where we encourage everyone of all ages to join. Light saber training for kids at the Band Shell before we raffle off prizes for participants in the parade and then we watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Band Shell. Who doesn’t like free Star Wars stuff just for showing up at the Bullpen and walking with us to the Band Shell.

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WASTE – Summer’s End 2016

Come out for a weekend of action, adventure and Fun at WASTE – Post-Apocalyptic Airsoft LARP Summer’s End 2016 Event!

This event is a two day event. The day will be a meet & greet, rule review and testing, safety overview. Plus battle scenarios, missions, night skirmishes and more throughout the weekend.

WASTE is a free form player driven LARP where the game is driven based on the players actions. Making allies and enemies, doing trade among players, joining or creating factions etc…

Ages 13+ (players under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the event waiver)

Admission fee:
$25.00 per-pay or $30.00 at the gate – per person for the weekend, camping included.

Kit included with Fee
10 Bottle caps
200rds of Bio BB’s
Beta Tester Bonus Loot**
**Players that took part in the Beta testing events will recive bonus caps, ammo and loot based number of Beta events they attended.

11:00am-12:00: Check In (registration, waiver signing, weapons check, Rule Overview. (Player may check in after 11:00)
12:00: Game Start
Midnight: day 1 Game out
Dawn: Game In
5:00pm: Game End
5-6:00pm: Game Rap Up ( Player reports, Bottle cap & Loot tally, Clean up)

Any Gear is allowed but no full matching camouflage is allowed (mix and match is fine). Ghillie suit is acceptable. Players should try to look the part of an apocalypse survivor as much as possible.
Players may bring their own Medwrap (remember… this will become lootable and you may not get it back at the end of the game.)
*No outside Stimpak’s, **Bottle caps or **Ammo allowed.
**Player that bring Caps (20caps minimum) can donated them to the game bank will receive bonus starter caps.
**Players that bring ammo (1000bb minimum Bio BB’s ONLY) to donate them to the game armory. Players will receive double starting rounds.
**Player that wants to bring their preferred Bio-BB weight and brand must turn them in to the staff for approval before the game. They will be labeled and placed in the armory and available for that player only to purchase in game.

The impossible finally happened, World War 3 broke out and lasting 10 years due to no cooperation between the worlds factions. No one remembers who started the war or why, but now more than a 100 years have passed and all that remains of society are pockets of civilization, warring factions and the Waste. You are a traveler having heard of refuge somewhere in the northern region of Machingan (Michigan) but the area has been invaded by wasteland raiders and warring factions fighting over resources…The New Ameria faction lead by Captin Freeman and the Homeland Brotherhood, Now you have a choice…. Choose a side or survive on your own.

Basic Rules:
HIT CALLING: – When hit the player is “wounded” or “Critically wounded”, a player must yell as loudly and clearly as possibly “HIT” – To visually signify a hit the player’s weapon and/or hands must be raised over their head.
Must call out “HIT” for all hits
***Players should not put themselves in a position in which headshots are necessary or encouraged. All players are encouraged to aim at center mass (center of the chest/back) If a Head shot occurs it should be treated as a “critical wound” Any player that is caught intentionally taking head shots will be ejected from the game and told to leave the grounds****
-A hit to any Limb: “wounded”… Player may keep moving up to 20 feet to cover before taking a knee, then may call medic or a Medwrap can be self-applied. Once Medwrap is secured player may move and return to active shooting. If Medwrap is unavailable player remains immobile but may use one arm to continue defending themselves and call medic for 2 minutes before injury moves into “critical wound “ status. Any additional limb hits while “wounded” takes the player into “critical wound “status.

-Hit to Torso/back: “critical wound”…take a knee or lay down. Player may call medic for Stimpak revival. Stimpak revival is not self-applied. Player applying the Stimpak must stay in contact with wounded player for 30 seconds in order for Stimpak to revive the player. If medic uses Stimpak player may remove injury wrap and reuse at later time as needed. If medic does not reach injured player by 60 seconds player has bled out and player pulls dead rag and returns to spawn.

If player bleeds out : Before heading to re-spawn and if the conditions are safe, the player may approach the enemy if not already approached by enemy and offer one of the following Loot items (enemy picks if options available)…
-5 caps
-Ammo pouch
-Random Loot (extra- water, snacks, etc…)

**In some cases a player may not be able to reach the enemy do to being pinned down by enemy fire, unknown locations of sniper shots or other dangers so the player has the option of dropping Loot..(see 7.a of Rule Set.)

Random Loot containers: There are red random loot containers of various size and shape hidden throughout the game area. *When you clam the loot from these containers you may leave the container in plain site or return it to a staff member so it can be refilled and replaced back in game.
Waste Market: Merchants have the goods you want and they want your caps. They also may have some jobs they need taken care of, Inquire Inside.
Merchants like Guss’s Gunz,Grub&Goodz offer the following goods….
Item Price(Caps) Return Value (Caps)
Ammo(50) – 5- 2
Ammo (100)- 8- 3
Ammo (200) – 10- 5
Ammo (500)- 30- 12
MedWrap – 5- 3
Stimpak – 15- 6
1 Water- 2- 1

There are some NPC’s (non-player characters) in the waste…unique characters, wandering merchants, tribal raiders, mutants and ghouls that may roam around and have no allegiance to anyone. They carry their own items and are free to fight whomever they choose. They are under the control of the staff.

The following infractions will result in immediate removal from field property and a permanent ban from field property. Law enforcement will be used if required to remove problematic players.

– Theft of field or company property.
– Vandalism or destruction of property.
– Assault of participants, visitors, or staff.
– Repeated removal of eye protection.
– Unsportsmanlike like conduct
What to Bring:
– Full-Seal Eye Protection (ANSI 87.1 rating).(required)
– Airsoft Replica, Sidearm, and Magazines.
– Red ‘Kill’ Rag (Required).
– Barrel Bag or Muzzle Plug (Required for airsoft replica).
– Batteries,(Required for airsoft replica) Charging Unit, ,Spare Batteries (Recommended).***a charging station may not be available so make sure your batteries are fully charged!)
– 3 Loot Items- Players are encouraged to bring at least 3 lootable items to the game. Bring items that you do not care if you get them back at the end of the game. Loot items can be things like…. extra hats, extra scarves, extra food and drinks or any other cool piece of loot. (Lootable Items should be items you may never get back and may be useful to a survivor in the waste. Loot may also be used as trade)
– Foam melee weapon*(optional)
– Medwrap – 3inx3ft white cloth bandage, (optional)
(Medwrap’s and StimPak’s will also be available in game from Merchants for bottle caps or trade)
– Drinks, snacks. (There will be food and drinks available in game for bottle caps and/or real money $cash$)

– Live firearms (real steel) are not permitted on the property.
– Not responsible for items or belongings that are lost, stolen, or damaged.

Please read our Full Rules on safety requirements, FPS restrictions, rules of engagement, etc…. located at the WASTE- Post Apocalyptic Airsoft L.A.R.P. Facebook group page….https://www.facebook.com/groups/1578155339174159/