Monday, December 21, 2020

‘Swamp Radio’ returning to raise money for the Florida Theatre

Swamp Radio, a live radio experience celebrating all things Northeast Florida, will return for a special holiday reunion show on Tuesday, December 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Florida Theatre via live Zoom broadcast. The show’s proceeds will go toward the Florida Theatre Worker Relief Fund to help those impacted by a challenging year navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.

For three years, Swamp Radio celebrated the culture, art, and history of Northeast Florida through a mixture of stories, interviews and music. The show recorded several live episodes at the Florida Theatre, a historic venue cherished by Swamp Radio creator and host Ian Mairs.

“It is important to remember the financial ecosystem affected when theaters go dark,” says Mairs. “Our stagehands, artists, and musicians depend on gigs to keep their lights on. We must help them through this rough patch.”

During the Swamp Radio Holiday Reunion, virtual audiences will enjoy stories, songs, and interviews that celebrate the holidays on the First Coast. A full cast of artist contributors are slated to perform. Best of Jax award-winning comedian Derek Coghlan will share a hilarious and moving tale of his family’s Christmas morning hijinks. Author Teri Youmans Grimm’s memories of Bing Crosby and David Bowie will promote a message of holiday unity, and St. Augustine novelist Laura Lee Smith’s cherished Christmas memories are bound to get audiences in the seasonal spirit. The fan-favorite Swamp Lady will also return with advice for getting through the holiday season.

“It’s been a challenging year for our stagehands, artists, and musicians, to say the least,” adds Numa Sasselin, President of the Florida Theatre. “We’re thrilled to have Swamp Radio returning to our stage, and we look forward to celebrating the holidays with them, Northeast Florida-style.”

Virtual tickets for the Swamp Radio Holiday Reunion are on sale now for a suggested donation of $25.00. To purchase, visit

The historic, nonprofit Florida Theatre is sponsored by Community First Credit Union. For a complete list of upcoming events or to buy tickets visit the Theatre’s official website,

EVENT:                                  Swamp Radio Holiday Reunion
DATE:                                    Tuesday, December 22, 2020
TIME:                                     7:30 p.m.
TICKET PRICE:                    $25.00 suggested donation

The Museum of Science and History announces new fundraising campaign

The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) today shared details regarding a new fundraising campaign launched just in time for the holidays. MOSH Wonderful Time of the Year launched on November 27, 2020 and kicked off a season of giving with special promotions, events and donation opportunities.

Due to COVID-19, a lot of things have changed this year for cultural institutions across the world, and MOSH is not immune. Like many cultural institutions, the Museum lost revenue while it was closed to the public. This initiative will help make up for funds lost during that period, and support the Museum’s ongoing efforts to serve the community through in-person and virtual programming.

MOSH is partnering with WJXT to present the "MOSH Wonderful Time of the Year" online through a series of PSAs on the station and a special episode of River City Live. The campaign includes:

• Buy One, Gift One MOSH Memberships: New and renewing members can share the joy of lifelong learning with a friend or opt to let MOSH share it with a family in the community.

• Donation Match, Courtesy of Rebecca and Randy Johnson, Kristen and John Surface, and an Anonymous Donor: Through December 31, all donations will be matched dollar for dollar — doubling the impact of year-end giving. 

• Special MOSH episode of River City Live: WJXT’s viewers will learn all about MOSH’s history and impact on a special edition of River City Live, which will run throughout the campaign.

As a special treat this holiday season, the MOSH is offering $1 admission for children aged 3 - 12 with the purchase of a full-priced adult entry ticket through the month of December. Up to five children tickets at the discounted rate can be purchased per adult ticket.

“We are grateful for the public’s support all year long, but this time of year especially,” said Bruce Fafard, CEO of the Museum of Science & History. “Together, we all have the power to inspire the joy of lifelong learning, and with the support of the public we can help spark that joy for even more members of the First Coast community. We are thankful for the partnership of WJXT and their continued support of our mission.”

“As the local station in Jacksonville, we are always glad to partner with other entities making a difference on the First Coast,” said Bob Ellis, Vice President & General Manager of WJXT. “The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, and as we celebrate, we encourage our viewers to give back as well. We hope to help meet — and exceed — the Museum’s needs through this partnership.”

To learn more, visit

Three Non-Profits, join forces for Christmas!

It happens tomorrow - Tuesday, December 22, 2020; 10 a.m., at 215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL. The Bethel Church presents the “Christmas Food Giveaway” in partnership with the Clara White Mission and Farm Share. The three non-profits will host a “Holiday Drive-Thru Food Giveaway”, three days before Christmas, to ensure 1000 families are served.

 No walk ups will be allowed.

Together, this collaboration will assist families in need and will help alleviate hunger by distributing groceries and other non-perishable items to families, children, seniors and individuals.  During this urgent time of need, the safety-net of the church and community agencies are standing in the gap, to ensure that food and resources are available just in time for Christmas.