By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Apr 06, 2022 at 10:25 AM

Old Falls Village has announced that its Depot Beer Garden will reopen for the season on May 21 to kick off a Revolutionary War Weekend with reenactments twice daily on Saturday and Sunday.

That first weekend, it’s open noon-9 on Saturday and noon-6 Sunday. There will be hot dogs, brats, burgers and pizza.


The nonprofit village park with historical buildings has been operating a beer garden for a few years now with war reenactments, a car show, nightly music, food trucks, six rotating taps of local craft beer and other special activities most weekends, according to beer garden committee chair James Cichy.

“We are so much more than your average beer garden,” he says. “Our 17-acre park (is) just off the freeway on Pilgrim and County Line Road. We hope to make this year our best year ever.”


The beer garden is open every Saturday through Oct. 8, when the season ends with an Oktoberfest featuring half-price beers.

“Our usual hours are 3 to 9 every Saturday, unless we have special events, which we have a lot of them,” says Cichy, “when we are open 12 to 9 in the summer. September 3 and after we close at 8 p.m.”

Among the food trucks on tap this year are Tots on the Street, Taco Barrio, El Sazon and others. Beers typically come from Brewfintity, Sprecher, Lakefront, Raised Grain and others, and seltzers are also available.

“We have entertainment with a variety of bands each garden usually starting after 5 p.m.,” adds Cichy. “There is no cover, but there is admission to the special war reenactments.”

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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.