Fun, Formal ‘Prom From Hell’ Replays Your Haziest Days
Saturday, May 6th is this year’s Annual Dwyer & Michaels Prom From Hell! What was born of an on-air conversation with ladies who didn’t have another occasion to wear their expensive bridesmaid dresses, has evolved into a night of dressed-up goofy fun for adults of all ages. It started a while ago. Twenty years ago, maybe twenty one, possibly twenty two years ago the fun night started. That’s a LOT of formal wear! The memories might be hazy, but we’d like to create a few more!
This year’s party will be easier on your wallet, because we’re rolling back the ticket price to fifteen bucks! Also back this year is the official Prom Photo. The photo will be taken when you arrive, and waiting for you as you leave, just like the real Proms! We still love the social media posts, but there’s something cool about having this actual photo reminder in your hands when it’s all over! We have your special Prom From Hell Pint Glass, and a special Prom From Hell Brew from Bent River Brewing Co. (How do these guys keep doing cool stuff for us?) There will also be free eats through the night! There’s other cool stuff, but since those things are related to our as-of-yet secret theme, we’ll announce that stuff before tickets go on sale next month.
Also next month, the announcement of the bands! Yep, you read that correctly, there will be more than one band this year. The music will be starting earlier, and going later. We’re working on what we know will be a great line-up. Lynn Allen has for years been the House Band for this gig, But they will be doing a different gig this year. Some of my haziest-best memories have to do with me and Billy P. doing something we shouldn’t have, either before or after hours! They will be big shoes to fill, no doubt.
Ask anyone who’s been to a Prom From Hell, and they’ll tell you first about the fun! You dress people up funny, get ’em a few drinks and hope for the best! Some made long-lasting friendships. Well, some have. Others couldn’t tell you how they got back to their hotel room! Some slept in their cars, some unluckies slept in the Clinton County jail (Story unconfirmed.)
There have been groups arriving in buses from Dixon, groups from the balcony landing in the hotel pool, all while fully dressed at midnight. Proposals, but no weddings yet–and one divorce celebrated over the years! There’s also a story of a limo that got stuck in a Wendy’s Drive Thru at Midnight. I remember autographing the gash in the side of the building, which we visited often until they tore the building down (I like to think we helped!)
So save the date, and bring a friend or two! IF you’ve got the old fancy duds, we’ve got the party for you!
The concept of a formal has changed also, with one generations’ fashion spilling onto the next. One year’s Afro wigs and Day-glo jackets became the leisure suits and pastel tuxes of the next year. 80’s skinny ties, 90’s mono-chromatic style all fit in perfectly with the crowd, so long as there’s help from a little lubrication. I hate to tease you with “More info to Come…” but we are really excited about Prom From Hell this year, so I’m jumping the gun a little. Hope to see you there, in your formal wear (or whatever works.)