The wonderful musicians of the Academy
of Irish Music in Chicago will be playing at Prairie Fire March 2 from
7 to 9 pm. The Academy of Irish Music of Chicago is part of a
long and proud history of Irish and Celtic Music in Chicago that began in the late 1800s and has
produced musicians renown in the world of traditional music.
The Academy of
Irish Music of Chicago was established in 1994 at the Irish American
Heritage in Chicago
to ensure that the traditional ways of learning and teaching Irish and Celtic
music continue to be handed from generation to generation. Its major source of
funding is the Irish Music Foundation, an Illinois
non-profit corporation dedicated to carrying on the long tradition of Irish
music in Chicago.
Also on that night we will help get you ready for St. Patrick's Day at Prairie Fire with a
special of Corn Beef and Cabbage with Boiled Potatoes for $17.50, served with
warm Irish Soda Bread. "And will there be anything Irish
to drink" you ask? March
2 we will be featuring Guinness Stout, Smithwick's Irish Ale, and shots of
Jameson Irish Whiskey.
There will be a special Irish Guest Bartender on this special night from
6 pm until 8 pm: Susan O'Malley-Bumbaris
is a native North side Chicagoan, and first generation American. Her father's
family hails from Galway and her mother from Dublin. Susan takes great pride in her
heritage, sharing it with her husband, Sterios, and their two children, Katie
and Danny. They all love traveling to Ireland to visit her family &
Susan loves to cook and entertain on a regular basis. She is also known
for making the best Irish Soda Bread, just ask her. When she is not
entertaining, she is baking her renowned Irish Soda Bread and passing out
loaves to friends and coworkers at the North Suburban
School District where she
has worked for 16 years as well as to her husband's coworkers at Micros, Inc.
Susan is a regular participant in Chicago's
Shamrock Shuffle as well as various other runs in and around the Chicago area and has now
set her sights on the Soldier Field 10 Mile. When Susan is not running, she enjoys
going to concerts, especially at Ravinia, and making travel plans.
Susan also has the distinguished honor of being Sarah's favorite Irish
person (or the only she knows - not sure:) and George's favorite Irish
sister-in-law (again by default, as she is the only sister-in-law). Thank
God the Irish have a great sense of humor!
Susan's charity is the Children's
Advocacy Center, which provides prevention, intervention, and
treatment services to abused children -- an organization near and dear to her
and the rest of the O'Malley clan. Susan's late father, Michael, served
on the Board of Directors and her older brother, Brendan, is currently serving
on the Board.