Save the Swamp Mardi Gras Benefit Party

Join us Feb. 13 (Fat Tuesday!) from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Atlanta

Address: 4630 High Point Rd, Atlanta

Georgia River Network is hosting a Save the Swamp Mardi Gras Benefit Party to get you fired up about protecting the Okefenokee! 


Come out to support the cause and enjoy live music by Michelle Malone, a low-country boil and refreshments while communing with fellow advocates around a huge Christmas tree bonfire. If you’re lucky, you just might find the baby in the King Cake and be crowned King or Queen of Mardi Gras!

Also, be sure to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a new Old Town Vapor 12XT kayak! The drawing will take place at 7:15 p.m. during the event, but you need not be present to win! Scroll down for more details and raffle tickets.

Don’t miss out on the fun:

  • Huge bonfire
  • Live music by Michelle Malone
  • Raffle to win an Old Town Vapor 12XT kayak
  • Low-country boil and refreshments
  • Mardi Gras activities and prizes

 Mardi Gras Benefit FAQs

What is the dress code for the event?

Dress casually for our backyard bonfire party! Boots are a bonus, plus chairs for the bonfire. We’ll have some masks and beads, and would love to see your swamp style!

Where is the event?

The Mardi Gras party is at a private residence/farm: Conklin Farm, 4630 High Point Rd, Atlanta. 

How do I get to the event?

Conklin Farm is off Windsor Parkway near Roswell Rd.

When should I arrive?

The event kicks off at 5:00 p.m. with dinner and music starting at 5:30 p.m.

Where is parking?

Parking is limited – please use Uber or Lyft. 

Do I need to bring my ticket?

No, please state your name at the welcome check-in table. 

How do I participate in the raffle?

You can purchase raffle tickets online or at the event. The drawing will take place at 7:15 p.m. during the event, but you need not be present to win! You can buy tickets early here.

Hear musician Michelle Malone live!

This year’s Mardi Gras party will feature musician Michelle Malone and a special performance of “Okefenokee”, co written by Michelle Malone, Rena Ann Peck and Jim Woodcox.

You can hear a recording of “Okefenokee” by Michelle Malone on her Spotify here, but the sounds of the swamp truly come to life when you hear the song live!

About Michelle Malone

Michelle has been a mainstay of American roots music for more than 30 years and has built an award-winning career as a singer, songwriter, and road warrior. Her music is ingrained in the soundtrack of the American South, mixing the rebellious stomp of roadhouse rock & roll with the raw grit of blues, the holy-rolling rasp of gospel, the slow-motion sweep of country-soul, and the organic warmth of folk music. Proudly based in Atlanta, Georgia, she spends much of her time on the move, regularly crisscrossing the country to play 200 shows annually. 

Win a new kayak! 

Purchase tickets for a chance to win an Old Town Vapor 12XT kayak! Tickets are just $5.

Designed to carry a load, the Vapor 12XT is great for paddlers looking for a roomy cockpit, added volume and stablility even if it is loaded with gear. Equipped with the comfortable padded Comfort Flex Seat and a stern Quick Seal Hatch, the Vapor 12XT is a great choice for bird waters, anglers, sportsmen and recreational paddlers alike. Weight 56lbs.


  • Adjustable Comfort Flex seat
  • Support Track foot brace system
  • Stern Quick Seal hatch
  • Molded-in cockpit tray with cup holder
  • Molded-in paddle rest
  • Built in carry handles

Learn more at

If you win the kayak, you must pick it up from the Atlanta area.

This kayak was generously donated by Appalachian Outfitters. Appalachian Outfitters provides canoeing, kayaking, & tubing trips along the scenic Chestatee & Etowah Rivers, near Dahlonega, GA!

Thank You Sponsors:




Bill Cox

Tammy Griffin 

Jim Giattina

Rebecca and Neal Heery

Lynn and Bob McIntyre

The Presten Firm

Inman Porter

David and Deborah Wright

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