LIVE OAK — Thanksgiving dinner will be served in the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park’s Music Hall at noon Thursday but the music will just be getting started that evening when Ted McMullen holds his weekly karaoke beginning at 7 p.m. Thanksgiving night.
On Friday, Justin Time Band takes the Music Hall Stage and Saturday will feature the Fish Camp Cutups for square dancing. Outside on the festival grounds, the 30th annual Old Tyme Farm Days will bring fun and great shopping opportunities Friday and Saturday where music can be heard on the Uncle Charles Stage and the Amphitheater Stage as the Suwannee Spirit Kids Music Camp will also be underway. And Saturday night, the revered Suwannee Lights Christmas lights extravaganza begins 6–10 p.m.
Thanksgiving dinner is at noon in the Music Hall on Thanksgiving day. It costs $5 per person and guests are asked to bring a large covered dish of their favorite recipe of delicious food and the SOSMP will provide the rest.
Thanksgiving night in the Music Hall, Ted McMullen will oversee his weekly karaoke he’s held for the past 18 years. The SOS Café will be open for those that still have room for more great food after Thanksgiving dinner.
Friday night, Justin Time takes the Music Hall Stage at 8 p.m. where fans can work off those Thanksgiving goodies by dancing the evening away. This dynamic band has a huge following of fans who love these musicians. Arrive early to get a seat and enjoy dinner before the very talented Kian Sanchez and Godiva, both Jacksonville up and coming artists well-known in the Music Hall, will open for the band. These two will do duo and solo presentations.
The Fish Camp Cutups Band will take over the Music Hall Stage for the first time Saturday night and bring some fine square dance music from 7-9 p.m. After 9 p.m. the band will continue on the stage playing other music for line dancing and couples. This will also be the first time The Fish Camp Cutups, a Gainesville bluegrass/square dance band with fabulous musicians, will play in the Music Hall.
Free admission to karaoke and to the Music Hall Friday and Saturday night. Doors to the Music Hall open Thursday night at 5 p.m. for karaoke and supper. Friday and Saturday night doors open at 6 p.m. for supper. Opening artists normally take the stage at about 7:30.
The 30th annual Old Tyme Farm Days & Swap Meet is Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. ($10 per carload at the gate) on the festival grounds with dozens of food and merchandise vendors offering handmade outdoor furniture, woodworking, chainsaw carving, crochet, canned jellies and jams, antique farm equipment, a tractor parade each day at 1 p.m., music and clogging on the Uncle Charles Stage, tractor sled pulls, cane grinding and syrup making and the Suwannee Spirit Kids Music Camp taking place all weekend. The Fish Camp Cutups will also have square dancing time Friday night in the VIP Pavilion and Saturday night in the Music Hall until 9 p.m.
Saturday will also be opening night for the beautiful Suwannee Lights Christmas extravaganza lights show display and drive thru. Visitors may park at the end of the drive-thru and walk through the beautiful display near the Amphitheater and enjoy the excitement in Santa’s Wonderland. This ever-popular event that appeals to everyone offers more than six million lights in many brilliant colors. It will continue nightly thru Dec. 30 from 6–10 p.m. Admission per person at the gate. It’s a family friendly display for people to marvel at the magical lights, new and gorgeous lighted displays, beautiful lighted nativity scene, Santa’s Workshop, a new shopping extravaganza, great entertainment around the fire pit in front of the Country Store Friday and Saturday evenings and arts and crafts for the kids. Visitors may also shop to find those special Christmas gifts next to the Country Store, enjoy hot chocolate, and s’mores, shop Dame Folks Crafts where one can special order hand-made gifts or choose from the display, visit Santa at Santa’s Wonderland nightly in December before he leaves to deliver his gifts. Santa will be waiting to hear what every little good boy and girl wants for Christmas. The Snack Shack will feature sweets, marshmallows to roast over the huge fire pit and lots of goodies to purchase and take home.