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Bay City After 6 will hold its second anniversary meet-up on Wednesday, April 6th from 6–9pm at Bay City’s Old City Hall (814 Saginaw Street). The evening will include food and drink specials courtesy of Old City Hall, live music, door prizes and more.

Bay City After 6 is a casual networking group—billed as No Nametag Networking—open to adults of all ages who are interested in coming out and meeting new people. All Bay City After 6 meet-ups are open to the public and free to attend. There are no membership dues or fees to be a member of BCA6. Monthly meet-ups are held at area establishments with members responsible for their own food and beverage charges.

Music for the 2nd anniversary meet-up will be provided by three local acts. The Crooked Trees will be kicking off the show at 6PM with a short intro set followed by Saginaw’s Bub Fish and Bay City’s Matt Ferranti (of Take the City), who will each play individual sets. Door prizes will include a complete detailing package (valued at $129) from Garber Buick in Saginaw and an I HEART BC prize package (valued at $45) from 989 Design. In addition, the Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe in Midland will be bringing an assortment of mini-cupcakes for people to sample.

“We started Bay City After 6 as an alternative networking opportunity, just a chance for people to get together and meet new people,” said Shawn MacDonald, owner of 989 Design, a Bay City graphic design and marketing studio. “I was a member of a couple of the local chambers of commerce and after talking to people, it was clear that some people wanted something different than what the chambers were doing. So we just started getting together and have been making it up as we go along.”

“We get compared to the area young professionals groups pretty often, but that’s not really accurate,” MacDonald said. “For one thing, I’m a little too old to be a member of any group with ‘young’ in its name. The crowd tends to be younger, but there are plenty of people in their 40s and beyond who attend. As far as being professional, it’s an interesting mix of people from all walks of life—accountants and lawyers to artists and musicians.”

Bay City After 6 held its first meet-up in April of 2009, with about 25 people in attendance, and have held a meet-up every month since, with some events drawing over 100 people. In addition, the group hosted last summer’s “An Evening in the Park,” a fundraiser held in Wenonah Park to benefit the Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival.

“We’ve had a monthly meet-up since the very beginning and they continue to draw new people every month,” MacDonald said. “I’ve met a lot of people I may not have otherwise had the opportunity to meet and I’ve made a lot of good friends through Bay City After 6. I’m confident that if you were to talk to people who come out regularly, they’d say something similar. We’re really proud to have been doing this for 2 years and our 2nd anniversary party should be a lot of fun. Great food and drink, fantastic music and some of the best people you could want to meet. What more could you ask for?”

For more information regarding Bay City After 6 or regarding the 2nd Anniversary Meet-Up, please search Facebook for the group “Tri-Cities After 6” or by visiting www.BayCityAfter6.com.