Nov. 21: Early Thanks Swamp Radio show features local chefs, artists & musicians

Local chefs, musicians, artists come together Nov. 21 at the St. Augustine Amphitheater for Swamp Radio's Early Thanks event. Photo by Renee Unsworth

Local chefs, musicians, artists come together Nov. 21 at the St. Augustine Amphitheater for Swamp Radio’s Early Thanks event. Photo by Renee Unsworth

St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Swamp Radio partner for variety show, one-of-a-kind local dinner

From Swamp Radio

On Saturday, November 21, Swamp Radio, a live radio experience which celebrates Northeast Florida arts and culture, will team up with the St. Augustine Amphitheatre to present Early Thanks – a pre-Thanksgiving celebration that will put a playful spin on some tried and true Turkey Day favorites and delight attendees with storytelling, songs and conversations that explore the notion of community.

Early Thanks will begin with a sit-down dinner starting at 7 p.m., followed by a live variety show (recorded for NPR affiliate WJCT) at 8 p.m. and a post-show dessert reception at 9:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. (Gates will open at 6 p.m.)

“Ryan Murphy, general manager of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, has been a supportive fan of Swamp Radio since its premiere,” states Ian Mairs, Swamp Radio’s creator and host.

“We had been exploring a few options, when local foodie favorite, Ned Pollack (of Ned’s Southside Kitchen) was interviewed onstage at our summer show by Stephen Dimare (of Hyppo Cafe).

There was a charming interplay between the two, and so I asked them if they would be willing to come up with a menu which complements the flavor of a Swamp show.”

For Dimare, it wasn’t a hard sell. “My family has eaten several hundred meals at Ned’s establishments over the years, and he has so much passion for what he does.”

Blue Hen Co-Owner Terri Gamble was game to provide desserts after a conversation with the two chefs.

The Swamp Radio variety show, now in its third season, will detour from the usual tourist stops and explore people and places which provide a rich profile of the Ancient City.

Historian David Nolan will offer some anecdotes on the Lincolnville area including an overview of its historic context in contemporary history.

Storyteller Derek Coghlan whips up a meditation on the signature dish of his homeland-the potato. Theater legends Tom and Jean Rahner will reminisce on the early days of The Cross and The Sword, a historical pageant.

Novelist Laura Lee Smith’s “Hoppin John” recounts one transplanted Northerner’s attempt to cook her first “southern Thanksgiving.”

There will be special musical offerings from The WillowWacks and percussionist Charlotte Mabrey.

Tickets for Swamp Radio presents Early Thanks are on sale now at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Box Offices. Save on fees by purchasing tickets at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre or Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Box Offices.

Tickets are also available for purchase at, all TicketMaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000.


  • SHOW: Swamp Radio presents Early Thanks
  • VENUE: St. Augustine Amphitheatre
  • DATE: Saturday, November 21, 2015
  • TIME: Doors 6:00pm / Dinner 7:00pm / Performance 8:00pm
  • TICKET PRICES: $55.00 – General Admission Seating



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