By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Sep 13, 2023 at 9:01 AM

On Sunday, Sept. 17 we’ll be halfway to St. Patrick’s Day and the good folks at The Explorium Brewpub in Southridge Mall are eager to celebrate.

The Greendale brewery, taproom and restaurant will host an Irish-themed gala from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. with live music by Hearthfire and Paddygrass, as well as demonstrations by the Glencastle Irish Dancers.

In addition to The Explorium’s great lineup of tap beers, there will be Irish whiskey specials, Irish Mules and Irish Coffee, plus the unique Irish Maid with elderflower liqueur and Irish whiskey.

The Explorium’s own Kevin Doran will set aside his pizza peel to whip up some Irish favorites like potato and leek soup, mini shepherd’s pie and Bailey’s Irish Cream cheesecake.

“I’d like to invite the whole community out to our patio to enjoy some great Irish music, food, and drink, while we celebrate one of the many reasons America is so great with the multitude of our cultures,” says The Explorium’s owner, Mike Doble.

“In just a couple weeks we’ll be holding a similar celebration of our German heritage with our Oktoberfest party. It’s just wonderful that so many folks in our community keep the unique traditions of these amazing cultures alive every day through music, dance, food, and beverage. Personally, I’m most excited for the Irish Dance demonstration by youth from our neighborhood.”

The celebration is free and open to all. Find the Facebook event page here.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.