They call it a “crawl,” but these folks hustle from one watering hole to another.
The Kenosha Area Pipes and Drums Association, a bagpipe band comprised of Kenosha-area firefighters, police officers and sheriff’s deputies, will do its annual “St. Patty’s Day Kenosha Krawl” on two days — Saturday (March 16) and Sunday (March 17).
The latter is St. Patrick’s Day.
The band’s main role is ceremonial — playing at events such as funerals for law enforcement, fire and military personnel.
But the group also does an annual “Krawl” on St. Patrick’s Day — and this year the day before as well — performing at local taverns to raise money for uniforms, instruments and music instruction.
Taverns pay the band, and a boot is passed for donations. It’s the group’s major fundraiser.
This year, the band has 16 stops on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m., with the last performance at 9:15 p.m.
That’s 11 hours of virtually non-stop tavern touring and playing.
On Sunday, 14 venues are being visited, from 1:15 to 9:15 p.m.
The group performs at each locale for about 45 minutes. Some 25 members participate — on both days. There are no “reinforcements.” On some occasions, the band splits into two groups and performs at separate locations.
Here is the band’s itinerary this year. It is subject to change. For any updates visit their website at www.kapda.org.
Saturday, March 16 — 11 a.m. at Kenosha Civil War Museum, 5400 First Ave., for a Public Safety Memorial; 12:30 p.m. at Scoops Ice Cream and Candy (a children’s event), 5819 Sixth Ave.; 1:15 p.m. at Sunnyside Club, 7517 22nd Ave.; 2 p.m. at Starlite Club, 8936 24th Ave.; 2 p.m. at Sullivan’s Place, 6015 75th St.; 2:45 p.m. at Our Kenosha Tap, 3221 60th St.; 3:30 p.m. at Gerb’s Tap, 2627 63rd St.; 3:30 p.m. at Clubhouse Pub and Grille, 2621 30th Ave.; 4:15 p.m. at Chutes and Ladders, 3812 60th St.; 6:15 p.m. at Spanky’s Bar and Grill, 2325 52nd St.; 7 p.m. at TG’s 4120 Seventh Ave.; 7 p.m at Mariah’s Neighborhood Bar, 2724 Roosevelt Road; 7:45 p.m. at Sunnyside Club, 7517 22nd Ave.; 8:30 p.m. at Kaiser’s Pizza and Pub, 510 57th St.; 8:30 p.m. at Captain Mike’s, 5118 Sixth Ave.; and 9:15 p.m. at Ashling on the Lough, 125 56th St.
Sunday, March 17 — 1:15 p.m. at Starlite Club, 8936 24th Ave.; 1:15 p.m. at Mariah’s Neighborhood Bar, 2724 Roosevelt Road; 2 p.m. at Sunnyside Club, 7517 22nd Ave.; 2:45 p.m. at Our Kenosha Tap, 3221 60th St.; 3:30 p.m. at Rival’s Sports Bar, 6325 120th Ave.; 3:30 p.m. at Uncle Mike’s Highway Pub, 6611 120th Ave.; 4:15 p.m. at Chutes and Ladders, 3812 60th St.; 6:15 p.m. at Circa, 1880 4902 Seventh Ave.; 7 p.m. at Boathouse Pub and Eatery, 4917 Seventh Ave.; 7 p.m. at Champions Sports Bar, 719 50th St.; 7:45 p.m. at Spanky’s Bar and Grill, 2325 52nd St.; 8:30 p.m. at Kaiser’s Pizza and Pub, 510 57th St.; 8:30 p.m. at Cooler Near the Lake, 506 56th St.; and 9:15 p.m. at Ashling on the Lough, 125 56th St.
Here is a sample of other local St. Patrick’s Day activities:
-- TG’s Bar and Restaurant, 4120 Seventh Ave., will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and soda bread as well as traditional and vegetarian Irish stew. The band Acoustic Soul will perform at 8 p.m. on March 16. Call 262-658-8080.
-- People who prefer their alcohol with sugar can visit Jack’s Cafe inside Andrea’s, 2401 60th St. The locale will serve Irish Cream and chocolate mint shakes and malts, Irish Cream cheesecake, and Irish Cream lattes on March 16 and 17.
That’s in addition to the corned beef and cabbage soup, reuben sandwiches and corned-beef sandwiches available those days at the locale, 2401 60th St. Call 262-657-7732.
-- The Breakwater Bar and Grill, 5130 Fourth Ave., will serve corned beef and cabbage for lunch and dinner on March 17. The restaurant, inside the Kenosha Yacht Club, is also planning live music in the evening. Call 262-657-5300.
-- Ashling on the Lough, 125 56th St., an Irish pub and eatery next to Southport Marina, has a dozen Irish and European beers on tap. On March 17 there will be corned beef cabbage and Irish stew throughout the day. Call 262-653-0500.
-- VFW Post 1865, 6618 39th Ave., is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party starting at noon March 17. The menu includes reuben sandwiches “until it runs out.” Call 262-652-2751.
-- The Boathouse, 4917 Seventh Ave., will serve green beer, corned beef, cabbage and Irish soda bread throughout the day beginning at 11 a.m. on March 16 and 17.
Also on March 17, the duo Bjorn and White — dubbed O’Bjorn and O’ White for the occasion — will perform on bagpipes in the late afternoon. No cover. Call 262-654-9922.
-- The Bartley House, 1212 58th St., will have its annual St. Patrick’s Day party starting at 5 p.m. March 17. There will be green beer and corned beef and cabbage. Stuffed animals will be given away based on spins of a wheel. Proprietor Bartley O’Mara Jr. will dye his hair green for the occasion. Ed Doody will be at the piano from 5 to 10 p.m. Call 262-658-1966.
-- George’s Club Highview, 5305 60th St., will serve corned beef and cabbage starting at 6 a.m. on March 17 — until it’s gone. Call 262-654-3190.
-- Lotus Sports Bar, 3215 60th St., will serve corned beef and cabbage from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 17. On Friday (March 15) and March 16, reuben sandwiches will be served all day, and a DJ will perform starting at 9 p.m. Call 262-652-4735.
-- Coins Sports Bar, 1714 52nd St., will host a St. Patrick’s Day Party on March 16 and 17.
On March 16, green beer will be served throughout the day and night and the band 76 Juliet will start at 9:30 p.m. with a $5 cover.
On March 17, green beer, corned beef and cabbage will be served from 11 a.m until it’s gone. Advance call-in orders are preferred. A DJ will perform at 8 p.m. with no cover. Call 262-652-5028.
-- Stone Creek Grill, on Sheridan Road just south of the Wisconsin-Illinois border in Winthrop Harbor, Ill., is having St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on March 16 and 17. On March 16, bagpipe players will perform at 5 p.m. On March 17, there will be green beer, corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew and corned-beef sandwiches. Bagpipers will perform at 4 p.m. Call 847-746-2020.
-- Motor Alley Bar and Lounge, 1402 52nd St., will host a party starting at 8 p.m. on March 16, with Christian Samuels on bagpipes followed by the band American Folk. See the bar’s Facebook page.
-- Denny’s Sports Den, 5521 Washington Road, will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 16 and 17 with corned beef and reuben sandwiches — and $2 hot dogs. Call 262-652-6006.
-- Pasqauli’s Bar (dubbed Pasquali’s Irish Pub for the weekend), 2901 60th St., will serve corned beef and cabbage dinners and reuben sandwiches on March 16, when there will be live entertainment at 9 p.m. On March 17, reuben sandwiches will be served. Call 262-654-1976.
-- McAuliffe’s Pub, 3700 Meacham Road, Racine, will have a St. Patty’s Day party on March 17 starting at 8 a.m. with live music throughout the day and evening including Medicinal Whiskey, Saturday Night Preachers and Tallymoore. Irish stew and soda bread will be served. Call 262-554-9695.
-- Big Shotz, 3000 Roosevelt Road, celebrates St. Paddy’s all weekend, Friday through Sunday, “all day — all night,” with green beer, Irish car bombs and reuben panini sandwiches. Call 262-925-8702.
The Southwest Library, 7979 38th Ave. will host a free St. Patrick’s Day open house from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday (March 16). The event will feature books, games, crafts, shamrocks and leprechauns. It’s designed for children ages 3 and up and their families. Call 262-564-6159.
The Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave., will have a St. Patrick’s Day-themed Sunday Funday for children from 1 to 4 p.m. on March 17. The free event’s theme is “All About Green.” Children are welcome to create with the color green and go on a green scavenger hunt through the museum. They can also make a shamrock pinwheel and a green collage. Call 262-653-4140.
The Dinosaur Discovery Museum, 5608 10th Ave., is also open 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday for free family activities. Museum visitors will learn about dinosaurs from Ireland and make a lucky dinosaur craft. All activities are free. Call 262-653-4450.