Tuesday, November 8

Voting Deadlines for Nov. 8 Election

Oct. 11—Voter Registration Deadline. To be eligible to vote in Tennessee, you must be a citizen of the United States. You must be eighteen (18) years of age or older on or before the date of the next election. You must be a resident of Tennessee. In order to participate in an election, a qualified voter must be properly registered no later than thirty (30) days before the election. The election commission office will process any by-mail voter registration form that has been postmarked at least thirty (30) days before the election.
Oct. 19–Nov. 3—Early Voting. A person must appear in person at either the county election commission office or at a satellite voting location opened by the county election commission. The early voting period begins twenty (20) days before an election and ends five (5) days before an election.
Nov. 1—Deadline for receiving an application for a by-mail ballot. A registered voter may request an application for a by-mail ballot no earlier than ninety (90) days before the election and no later than seven (7) days before the election.
Nov. 8—Election Day.
For more information go to ten nessee.elections@tn.gov.

Friday, November 4

SSO Announces 2016–17 Season

The Sewanee Symphony Orchestra (SSO) announces its 2016–17 season, the fourth under Maestro César Leal. “I believe this will be our most ambitious season yet,” said Leal. “We will continue with our annual Halloween concert as well as three collaborative concerts with the Sewanee Chorale, the American Spiritual Ensemble and the University Choir.”
This year kicks off on Friday, Nov. 4, with two Halloween concert performances. Nearly 500 area elementary school children are invited to the fourth annual Halloween concert at 10 a.m. in Guerry Auditorium. The SSO underwrites this spooky educational concert, including the cost of transportation, as a part of its community outreach. At 7:30 p.m., the SSO will perform a concert including “Pirates of the Caribbean” by Badelt/Rickets, “Totentanz” by F. Liszt, “Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld” by J. Offenbach, and “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin/Povey.
In collaboration with the Sewanee Chorale (Ruth Cobb, music director), the SSO is bringing back the popular Celebrate the Season winter concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9. Orchestral performances include “Around the World at Christmas Time,” “A Christmas Festival” and “Festive Songs of Chanukah.” The Sewanee Chorale will join the orchestra for seasonal favorites including “O Holy Night,” “O Come all ye faithful” (with audience participation), “We wish you a Merry Christmas,” “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and selections from Handel oratorios “Judas Maccabeus” and “Messiah.”
Guest artists-in-residence the American Spiritual Ensemble will perform with the SSO at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, in Robert Russell Bennett’s concert version of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.” The Ensemble’s five-day residency at the University of the South will feature multiple performances.
The final SSO concert of the season will be at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 28, in All Saints’ Chapel. “Gloria in Spring” will again unite the University Choir and the SSO in an exciting joint performance. Last year was the first occasion in which the two University ensembles joined forces before a standing-room-only audience.
All performances of the SSO are free of charge.

Friday, October 28

‘The Good Doctor’ at Proctor Hill Theater

The Department of Theatre will present the comedy, “The Good Doctor,” written by Neil Simon, based on works of Chekhov. Show times are 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29, and Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 3–5, with a Sunday, Oct. 30 matinee at 2 p.m. All performances will take place at the Proctor Hill Theater in the Tennessee Williams Center at the University of the South.
Ticket reservations for “The Good Doctor” are available at TWCTickets@sewanee.edu. Admission is free.

‘Cutify Cowan’ for Halloween Contest

Cowan residents and businesses are encouraged to decorate for Halloween and enter to win the next “Cutify Cowan” contest. Register at Cowan City Hall with your name, address and telephone number before the end of business on Friday, Oct. 28. Judges will make their rounds on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 30. The winners will be announced Oct. 31 at the Halloween-in-the-Park celebration. The winning residence will receive a gift basket and the winning business will receive a commemorative trophy. For more information go to VisitCowan.com.

‘Jenny’s Menagerie’ at Artisan Depot

The Franklin County Arts Guild announces a member show by local artist Jenny at the Artisan Depot in Cowan. “Jenny’s Menagerie” features block prints of animals in nature. There will be a meet the artist reception 5–7 p.m., today (Friday), Sept. 30. Community members and artists are cordially invited to attend and enjoy refreshments and this truly unique art. The show will run through Oct. 29.

“Love Thy Neighbor’ at UAG

The University Art Gallery presents Jessica Wohl’s “Love Thy Neighbor,” an exhibition of quilts and drawings that grapples with the fear, intolerance and polarization the artist sees dividing communities and cities across the country, and answers those divisions with objects that evoke empathy and comfort. The exhibition will be on view from Oct. 28 to Jan. 27.
Wohl will speak about her work at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11, in Convocation Hall with a reception to follow.
On Saturday, Nov. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m., “Love Thy Neighbor” will be part of the sixth Annual Campus Gallery Walk at the University of the South, with live performances inspired by the exhibition in the gallery.
The University Art Gallery is located on Georgia Avenue on the campus of the University of the South. Hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and noon–4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Call 598-1223 for more information, or go to gallery.sewanee.edu.

Thursday, October 27

Five Functional Clay Artists in SAS Art Gallery

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School’s Art Gallery is pleased to present the work of five Southeastern clay artists. Functional Clay: Five Contemporary Artists will be in the gallery Oct. 8 through Nov. 14. The exhibition features the work of artists Burki Gladstone, Mary Lynch, Claire Reishman, Merissa Tobler and Ursula Vann. Their works range from pit-fired stoneware to atmospherically fired porcelain; yet, all are functional—intended for use by their owners. And, each negotiates a unique and compelling dialogue between form and function in those works. A reception celebrating the exhibition will be 5–7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, in the SAS Gallery. The public is invited to attend.

Hochschild to Speak on Political Implications of Class-In-Race Inequality

Political scientist Jennifer Hochschild will give a talk at Sewanee investigating the possibility of the recent marked growth of inequality within non-white groups changing those groups’ political or policy views. Her talk—“Here they treat us like a different race:Political Implications of Class-in-Race Inequality”—is open to the public. It will be at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, in Blackman Auditorium (in Woods Labs).

Monday, October 24

Community Council Meeting

The next meeting of the Community Council is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 24, at the Senior Citizens’ Center. Items for the agenda should be submitted to the Provost’s office by noon, Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Open Meeting for STHP

The Sewanee Trust for Historic Preservation (STHP) is having a public meeting open to all interested community members. The meeting is at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 24, at St. Mark’s Hall, Otey’s Parish Hall.
The STHP is a community organization that began in the opening years of the 21st century with an interest in local history and preservation of that history and of memories not previously formally recorded. In recent years it has met infrequently.  A group of former officers and supporters of the STHP gathered informally to discuss reactivating the organization.
There are several activities the STHP could pursue:
Assisting in the research and updating of information concerning Sewanee buildings being undertaken by professors, students and others;
Gather a collection of oral histories from members of the larger Sewanee community;
Serving where possible as liaison with the University faculty, staff and students in efforts related to Sewanee history; and
Publishing a manuscript about the history of the Sewanee Grammar School, the Sewanee Military Academy and the Sewanee Academy.
Other suggestions of other possible undertakings are welcome.
Another purpose of the meeting is to revive the organization formally with election of a provisional vice president and provisional secretary to join the provisional president, Meg Beasley and provisional treasurer, Waring McCrady.
There will also be time for questions, suggestions, discussion and collection of contact information from interested attendees.

Sewanee Garden Club, Oct. 24

The Sewanee Garden Club will meet at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 24, in the Clifftops Lake Clubhouse. Visitors, guests and members are invited to come and hear John Farrell, the Franklin County Extension Agent, give an overview of the Master Gardner Program. For more information, please contact Flournoy Rogers at 931-598-0733 or .

Sunday, October 23

Jump Off Fire Hall Event

Everyone is invitied to meet the fire fighters 2–4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Jump Off Fire Hall. This will also be an opportunity to see the new pumper truck recently donated to the fire department by Dan Rather. Bring an instrument to join in an informal jam session. Refreshments are provided and all are welcome.

Saturday, October 22

Mountain T.O.P. Fall Festival

The fifth annual Fall Festival is an event taking place Saturday, Oct. 22 that allows Mountain T.O.P. to continue meeting the needs of the community and fostering the relationships built through 40 years of ministry. The event is open to Grundy County residents for $1 per person or one canned good per person.
At the festival, churches, individuals, businesses and organizations come together to provide supplies, resources and activities for those in attendance. Items such as books, toiletries, coats, shoes, socks, hats, gloves and scarves are available for each individual to collect as they walk between booths set up all around the festival.
Along with supplies, volunteers do blood pressure readings and give out information on different health programs available to residents in Grundy County. While waiting to visit the different booths there are activities for the children to play such as bounce houses, carnival games, relay races and minute-to-win-it games.
The Fall Festival is held at Camp Cumberland Pines located in Cumberland Heights between Coalmont and Altamont. The address is 480 Old Highway 56, Coalmont.

Thursday, October 20

‘The Future of Diplomacy and World Geopolitics’ Talk

The U.S. Department of State’s Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Thomas A. Shannon Jr., will speak on “The Future of Diplomacy and World Geopolitics” at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, in Gailor Auditorium.

Jazz Ensemble Concert

The University Jazz Ensemble presents its first concert at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, in St. Luke’s Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public.

‘The Art of Islamic Spain’ Lecture

Antonio Momplet of the Department of Medieval Art History of the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain and current Brown Foundation Fellow at the University of the South will present a lecture titled “The Art of Islamic Spain: Beyond the Middle Ages, Beyond the Iberian Peninsula” at 5 p.m.,  Monday, Oct. 24, in the Lytle Reading Room of the University Archives on the Sewanee campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Sixth​ Annual Campus Gallery Walk, Nov. 12

The University of the South will host its sixth annual Campus Gallery Walk 4–7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12. The University Art Gallery, the Museum Gallery of Archives and Special Collections and the Carlos Gallery of the Nabit Art Building will all be open late, with receptions designed by IvyWild and dance and musical performances inspired by the exhibitions. This event is free and open to the public.
Performances are coordinated by C├ęsar Leal, conductor of the Sewanee Symphony Orchestra and assistant professor of music, and Courtney World, assistant professor of dance. Performances will be repeated three times in each space, at 4:30 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 6 p.m., so that visitors may attend in any order.
Visitors to the University Art Gallery will experience ​Jessica Wohl’s ​“Love ​Thy Neighbor.” As communities struggle with misunderstanding, prejudice and fear, Wohl’s quilts ask viewers to respond to one another with empathy. Pieced together from cast off pieces of fabric, these quilts, made into new wholes, offer warmth, comfort and inclusivity.
A special performance of music and dance inspired by ​“Love​ Thy Neighbor” will be presented at 4:30 p.m. and again at 5:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the University Art Gallery.
In the Museum Gallery of University Archives and Special Collections, the current exhibition, “Communal Spirit: 3,000 Years of Mexican Artistry,” explores the creativity and workmanship of artists working in Mexico beginning in 1500 B.C. and concluding in the 1990s. The installation incorporates diverse Pre-Columbian artifacts from both western and eastern Mexico, representing eight different indigenous civilizations. The 20th-century folk art presented features many of  the same regions, inspiration, and creative techniques. Highlights include an Olmec baby ca. 1200 B.C., a Huastec female ball player ca. 100 B.C., celebrations of the Day of the Dead, and a marketplace scene with more than one hundred clay figures, fruits, vegetables and animals.
Mexican folk art-inspired song will be presented in the Museum Gallery at 4:30 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Visitors to the Carlos Gallery in the Nabit Art Building will experience ​Anderson Wrangle​’s exhibition of ​photography “​a hand’s width.” Weight, tension and balance play a large part in this series of photographs. Wrangle uses “work” as a metaphor to draw a connection between the mind, the hand, and the object being made and to play off of our expectations of the functions of utilitarian objects.
The musical performance​ inspired by ​“a hand’s width” will be presented in the Carlos Gallery at 4:30 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Wetland Tour Planned

The University of the South and the University of Georgia (UGA) wetland research group invites the community to come learn about the new constructed wetland,  9–11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 29. The event will begin at the Sewanee Utility District (SUD) office on 150 Sherwood Rd., and a van will shuttle guests to the SUD wastewater treatment site where the wetland is located. Coffee and breakfast snacks will be served at 8:30 a.m. before the tours begin. The event will include a tour of the wetland and treatment lagoons, educational activities for elementary and middle school students, tree-planting and a mascot contest. Ideas about future signage for the wetlands will also be discussed.
Since June, effluent from the adjacent treatment lagoon at SUD has been flowing through the three experimental wetland basins. Goals of this research wetland include investigating wetland processes as a cost effective means of removing contaminants from wastewater effluent. The wetland will also serve as a focal point for raising public awareness about water and wastewater issues.
As the constructed wetland monitoring program continues, the Sewanee UGA research group will share results of water quality testing with the community on a project website <www.sewaneewetlands.org> and on social media. For questions about the event, contact Deborah McGrath at <dmcgrath@sewanee.edu>.

Fall into good spirits and great company with Otey Parish’s second Oktoberfest at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 23, at St. Mark’s Hall.
 This celebration is not one to miss as it will be bursting with food, music and dancing, costume contests and pumpkin decorating. The menu for this feast includes German brats steamed in beer on a hoagie bun, warm German potato salad, sauerkraut with caraway, mouth watering salted soft pretzels and some sweet treats to tantalize any taste bud. Rake in all the fun listening to a Polka Band complete with Polka lessons. A best costume prize will be awarded for best Fall/Halloween getup. Bring your kids and their friends too for fun with music, dancing and some pumpkin decorating for all ages.
Volunteers are always appreciated. Contact Frieda Gibson at <oteypar​ish@gmail.com>.

Rides Offered to the Polls

The Sewanee Community Center, Senior Citizens Center, Folks at Home and Otey Parish are working together to provide rides to Sewanee residents who have challenges in getting to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 8., Election Day.
To reserve a ride, contact Frieda Gibson at 598-5926 and include your name, address, phone number, preferred time to go vote, voting in which county and if you have any mobility issues.
On Election Day, the voting precincts are open 7 a.m.–7 p.m.