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The serene, intense, infectious bingo nights at Knights of Columbus

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 Bingo building sign at a local banquet hall

Throughout the month of July, Uniquely Milwaukee shines a well-deserved spotlight on the unsung heroes of our city: the loyal regulars who not only frequent our bars, restaurants and museums, but also play a vital role in keeping everything running smoothly.

This week, we steer things in a totally different direction from our last episode featuring Throttle Twisters. The leather jacket comes off, and we grab our dauber before heading over to a local treasure that oozes charm, warmth and the flare of competition: Bingo Night at the Knights of Columbus banquet hall.

This venue may seem tranquil at first, with only the voice of an announcer and the occasional bottle or can being opened. But don't let the calmness deceive you. Within these walls and at cafeteria tables arranged throughout the space, laughter echoes, friendships are forged, and excitement lingers in the air, just waiting to explode. Serene concentration takes an exhilarating turn when someone unleashes the magic word: bingo.

 Four women playing bingo at a local banquet hall

Join us for a surprisingly thrilling episode as we venture into this collegial yet still competitive world that comes alive every Monday night. You’ll meet some of the dedicated bingo regulars, including one who has faithfully attended for an impressive 30 years. Later, we sit down with Dan Castle, the banquet hall’s manager, as he unravels the secrets behind the night’s enduring popularity and the factors that have contributed to its loyal and enthusiastic following (spoiler alert: It has to do with winnings).

Listen to the episode using the player at the top of the page or wherever you get your podcasts, and make sure to follow along with our full month of Milwaukee Regulars:

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