Thacker News – Cool gifts, live music Friday at The Lyric

The party’s back! The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour will host its 8th Annual Holiday Membership party on Friday, Dec. 3 from 6-8:30 pm at The Lyric Oxford. The event will feature an online auction of unique gifts to raise funds for the show, plus live music by the Yalobushwhacker Big Band with the Holiday Horns! (Pictured, above, earlier this year at the Old Armory Pavilion). Food and a signature drink will be provided by local caterers. The Lyric bar (cash/credit) will also be open. The Lyric Oxford is located at 1006 Van Buren Avenue.

The party is free to current members.

Memberships (new or renewed) are available at the door or online for $50 (solo), $75 for family and $20 for students. Memberships are good for one year.

If you are unable to attend, you may donate at the show’s website,

Checks can be sent to: Friends of Thacker Mountain Radio, Inc., P.O. Box 2196, Oxford MS 38655.

Health protocols for the party include wearing a mask OR present a test proof or vax card.

Pre-register for the auction! Here’s how:

Check out auction items: 2021 Thacker Mountain Radio Silent Auction

Some of the one-of-a-kind auction items include:

Private dinner for 12 – Prepared by TWO James Beard Award winning chefs, John Currence and Vishwesh Bhatt. Cocktails and wine included.

Biscuits and Bloody Mary bar for 50 – Author and Today Show sensation Elizabeth Heiskell, with biscuits and Bloodies from her original recipe!

Local artwork by William Dunlap, John Steele Davis, Lucius Lamar, Bonnie Renfro, Milly Moorhead West

University Museum gift bag – includes a one-year family membership to the University Museum, a curated bundle of swag from Rowan Oak, the museum’s annual holiday keepsake ornament, locally-made gifts, and books about museum exhibits and collections.

Pickleball lessons for four from Oxford Pickleball.

Tales from ‘Old Oxford. Gather 20 friends and join John Cofield (author of Oxford, The Cofield Collection) and local award-winning storyteller, Kaye Bryant, for cocktails and bites (from GRIT – Taylor) and real-deal stories from our classic Southern community.

Two VIP festival passes to the 2022 Oxford Film Festival. Includes admission into all events and private VIP parties, plus priority seating for all venues.

Chicory Market Goodies – Give the gift of a curated Chicory crate full of goodies or stow away one for yourself! Includes a $50 gift card to Oxford’s favorite local market.

Records and Rye for 8 to 10 people – At The End of All Music record store, you’ll listen to unique vinyl records curated by Oxford’s favorite music aficionado, David Swider, while enjoying spirits selected by bourbon expert, Michael Koury and St. Leo’s.

Guitarist Lenny Kaye, who has played with everyone from Patti Smith to REM to the Yalobushwhackers, offers a beautiful book, You Call It Madness, which tracks the history of the classic “crooner.” Paired with a Kaye-curated “soundtrack” and a 45″ pressing of “Lost On Xandu” by Lenny Kaye and the Fleshtones.

Fresh flower centerpieces from Farmstead Florals

In Faulkner’s Shadow: A MemoirBook by longtime Oxonian, Faulkner-in-law and Thacker supporter, Larry Wells. Beautifully written, Wells chronicles his ringside seat to one of the most fascinating – and feisty!- literary families of all time.

Jim Dees Action Figure – (Is that an oxymoron?) Created as part of a series of Oxford locals by Father Joe Tonos, this gift can double as a voodoo doll.

See you Friday at the Lyric and next year as we celebrate 25 years on the air!

The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour can be heard each week, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Put your hands on the radio – or your device of choice!