St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Swamp Radio partner forÂ variety show,Â one-of-a-kind local dinner
From Swamp Radio
On Saturday, November 21, Swamp Radio, a live radio experienceÂ which celebrates Northeast Florida arts and culture, will team up with the St.Â Augustine Amphitheatre to present Early Thanks – a pre-Thanksgiving celebrationÂ that will put a playful spin on some tried and true Turkey Day favorites and delightÂ attendees with storytelling, songs and conversations that explore the notion ofÂ community.
Early Thanks will begin with a sit-down dinner starting at 7 p.m.,Â followed by a live variety show (recorded for NPR affiliate WJCT) at 8 p.m. and aÂ post-show dessert reception at 9:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. (GatesÂ will open at 6 p.m.)
“Ryan Murphy, general manager of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, has been aÂ supportive fan of Swamp Radio since its premiere,” states Ian Mairs, Swamp Radio’sÂ creator and host.
“We had been exploring a few options, when local foodie favorite,Â Ned Pollack (of Ned’s Southside Kitchen) was interviewed onstage at our summerÂ show by Stephen Dimare (of Hyppo Cafe).
There was a charming interplay betweenÂ the two, and so I asked them if they would be willing to come up with a menu whichÂ complements the flavor of a Swamp show.”
For Dimare, it wasn’t a hard sell. “MyÂ family has eaten several hundred meals at Ned’s establishments over the years, andÂ he has so much passion for what he does.”
Blue Hen Co-Owner Terri Gamble wasÂ 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 usualÂ tourist stops and explore people and places which provide a rich profile of theÂ Ancient City.
Historian David Nolan will offer some anecdotes on the LincolnvilleÂ area including an overview of its historic context in contemporary history.
Storyteller Derek Coghlan whips up a meditation on the signature dish of hisÂ homeland-the potato. Theater legends Tom and Jean Rahner will reminisce on theÂ early days of The Cross and The Sword, a historical pageant.
Novelist Laura LeeÂ Smithâ€™s “Hoppin John” recounts one transplanted Northerner’s attempt to cook herÂ first “southern Thanksgiving.”
There will be special musical offerings from TheÂ WillowWacks and percussionist Charlotte Mabrey.
Tickets for Swamp Radio presents Early Thanks are on sale now at the St. AugustineÂ Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Box Offices. Save on fees by purchasingÂ tickets at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre or Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Box Offices.
Tickets are also available for purchase at www.ticketmaster.com, all TicketMasterÂ outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000.
IF YOU GO
- 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 â€“ General Admission Seating
- WEBSITE: www.swampradiojax.com; www.staugamphitheatre.com