Nov. 19: Early Thanks dinner & live Swamp Radio show


St. Augustine, FL – Slow-smoked turkey with roasted garlic and sage. Hand-crafted sausage with venison. Grits with Gouda, cheddar and white chocolate. Candied cornbread and cranberry cupcakes. Grab a plate, settle down at the table and dig in … it’s time for Early Thanks!

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Swamp Radio proudly announce the return of the wildly popular “Early Thanks” dinner and live entertainment event for its second year in a row. This year’s “Early Thanks” will be held on Saturday, November 19 and will feature a southern-style Thanksgiving dinner followed by a radio show live from the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Specially priced Early Bird tickets are on sale now through November 11.

On Saturday, November 19, join the cast of Swamp Radio, Northeast Florida’s beloved (and hilarious) live radio show, for an Early Thanksgiving celebration at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.

Early Thanks attendees will enjoy a down-home, three-course Southern Thanksgiving meal turned slightly on its head by notable St. Augustine chefs Stephen Dimare of The Hyppo Café and Terri Gamble of The Blue Hen Café, Ned Pollack of Ned’s Southside Kitchen and Mariah Salvat of Southern Roots Filling Station (Jacksonville) while dining under the trees in the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Pavilion.

Dinner will be followed by an 80-minute Swamp Radio show which will celebrate the Ancient City in all its autumnal glory. Special musical guests include Duffy Bishop and the Unnamed Trio, singer Katherine Archer and percussionist Charlotte Mabrey. This will be a truly unique gathering of local storytellers, musicians and chefs for one unforgettable early Thanksgiving celebration! Last year’s Early Thanks was a massive success and sold out in advance. A limited amount of tickets will be sold for this year’s event, purchase your tickets today.

This year’s Early Thanks menu includes an appetizer course featuring chicken and dumpling arancini and main courses of slow-smoked turkey with roasted garlic and sage, hand-crafted sausage with venison and a vegan-friendly option of Shepard’s Pie with mashed potatoes, veggie lentil filling and mushroom gravy. Sides include scalloped pineapple casserole, inverted sweet potato mash, tortellini salad, grilled pumpkin, grits with Gouda, cheddar and white chocolate and candied cornbread. Guests will also enjoy an array of desserts including cranberry cupcakes, pumpkin cheesecake squares with pepita and vegan dark chocolate coconut pies.

But the meal is only half of the fun! After dinner, guests will enjoy an entertaining combination of music, sketches, conversations and stories all centered around the November holiday. Irish storyteller Derek Coghlan will ponder the roots of Turkey Day with his usual mixture of cynicism, wit and wonder. Writer Kate Norton will profile Louisa Fatio – one of the original hosts of St. Augustine’s first Bed and Breakfasts. Co-host Tiffany Melanson will sit down with Phil McDaniel, owner of the St. Augustine Distillery to discuss what to look for in a good bourbon. The Retreads, Swamp Radio’s sketch comedy crew, will serve up some hilarious riffs on subjects as varied as the Turkey Giblet War of 2015, the proper way to prepare for a dysfunctional family gathering and a wacky walking ghost tour more unsettling than scary. Local writers of note (Laura Lee Smith, Ray Sharpe and Mark Woods) will deliver blessings throughout the evening, some comic, some outrageous and few wistful.

Swamp Radio provides the Greater Northeast Florida area with a live radio experience (and podcast) which celebrates the culture, art, and history of the greater South based out of Northeast Florida. Since its inception in 2013, Swamp Radio has featured over 100 artists, musicians, historians, scientists and personalities from the region.

General admission tickets, which include both dinner and live entertainment, are $88 per person. Specially discounted Early Bird tickets are available for $7 per person now through November 11 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Box Offices or online, all TicketMaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000.


  • SHOW: Swamp Radio presents Early Thanks
  • VENUE: St. Augustine Amphitheatre
  • DATE: Saturday, November 19, 2016
  • TIME: Doors 6:00pm / Dinner 7:00pm / Performance 8:00pm
  • TICKET PRICES: $70.00 – Early Bird General Admission Seating ; $88.00 – General Admission Seating



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