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, October 28

“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.

Wednesday, October 19

Debate Watch: A Series

The University’s Center for Speaking and Listening and Office of Civic Engagement with student organizations No Labels Sewanee, College Republicans and Sewanee Democrats is hosting “DebateWatch: A Series.” Students, staff, faculty and community members are all invited to engage in dialogue and discussion surrounding the presidential and vice-presidential debates. This event is open to the public.
The dates are Tuesday, Oct. 4, Sunday, Oct. 9 and Wednesday, Oct. 19. The Monday, Sept. 26 event is already full.
DebateWatch is a series of viewing parties for the three presidential debates and the one vice-presidential debate. Individuals should arrive between 7:30–7:45p.m. before the televised debate begins. The debate will end at 9:30p.m. Participants will then take part in a 30-minute dialogue and discussion debriefing the debate.This format is a way for participants to watch and critically analyze the debate without the bias of the media or commentators. The format of the event includes a free catered dinner from Sewanee Inn.
Reservations are requested and participants are asked to commit their attendance for the duration of the event. There is limited seating.
Send your resevation request to Michelle Howell amhowell@sewanee.edu and include the date attending and any dietary or allergy restrictions.

Thursday, October 13

FC School Town Hall Meeting

The last Town Hall Meeting to discuss the future of the Franklin County middle schools will be at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, at North Middle School. There will be a presentation of options currently being explored for the middle schools and a question and answer session with the building committee. A survey is available to gather feedback from the community until Oct. 28 at fcstn.net.

Wednesday, October 12

SCA Meeting, Oct. 12

The Sewanee Civic Association (SCA) will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the EQB Building. Social time with wine begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres served. The program begins at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting. This is free and open to the public.
Child care will be available if requested in advance to Lynn Stubblefield at sewaneecivic@gmail.com.
Annual dues of $10 are always payable at the door.
This year the SCA is celebrating 108 years of promoting social and service opportunities. The SCA is the sponsoring organization for Cub Scout Pack 152, the Parks Committee, the Sewanee Classifieds and the Sewanee Community Chest. Any adult who resides in the area and shares concerns of the community is invited to participate and become a member. For more information go to www.sewaneecivic.wordpress.com.

Monday, October 10

Sewanee Woman’s Club Meeting Oct. 10

The October luncheon meeting for the Sewanee Woman’s Club will be at noon, Monday, Oct. 10, at the DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle. The club welcomes all women from the area. Dues are $5 per year and are used to support valuable community programs and charities.
The program will be presented by Tabitha Meeks, President, Grundy County Fair Association on the return of the Grundy County Fair.
Lunch ($13.75) for this meeting will be chili, corn muffins, tossed salad and brownie. Reservations are required and are due by Friday, Sept. 30. To make a reservation call Pixie Dozier at (931) 598-5869 or email Marianna Handler at . A vegetarian choice is offered; please request this when making a reservation. The Club encourages making a standing reservation for the year.
The Sewanee Woman’s Club hosts luncheon meetings on the second Monday of each month, September through May, except January. There is an optional social time at 11:30 a.m. Programs begin at 12:30 p.m. Club business matters are handled briefly at 1 p.m. Child care is also available; please request these when making a reservation. Please bring a snack for your child.

Saturday, October 8

Sewanee Performing Arts Series Announces 2016–17 Season

The Sewanee Performing Arts Series will continue a tradition of bringing named performers to Guerry Auditorium, and this year will present a multi-day residency as a new feature of the series.
The season opens at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, with a solo concert by classical double bassist Edgar Meyer.
Tickets for the performance are $15 (all seats, general admission) and will be available Thursday, Sept. 1, online at sewanee.edu/performingarts and at the door. Students, faculty and staff of the University are admitted free with ID.
Catherine Rodland, artist-in-residence at St. Olaf College (Minnesota), will perform an organ recital at 7:30 p.m. , Friday, Nov. 18, in All Saints’ Chapel. The program will include Bach’s Concerto in A Minor, transcribed from Vivaldi, in addition to works of Buxtehude and Vierne. On Saturday morning at 10 a.m., Rodland will teach a master class featuring organists from the University of the South and other locales. The public is invited to listen and observe from the choir seats in All Saints’ Chapel. Organists interested in participating in the class should contact Geoffrey Ward at (931) 598-1425.
The centerpiece of the series takes place Feb. 7–12, 2017, with the American Spiritual Ensemble in residence at the University. Directed by Everett McCorvey and based at the University of Kentucky, the ensemble sings a broad repertoire, but their mission is to further the study and performance of the American Negro spiritual. The critically acclaimed ensemble will be featured in multiple performances, including staged highlights of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with the Sewanee Symphony Orchestra and a choral concert at All Saints’ Chapel. A detailed schedule will be released at a later date.

Wednesday, October 5

Trustee Community Relations Meeting

The Trustee Community Relations Committee will be in Sewanee, Wednesday, Oct. 5. It will meet with the Sewanee Community Council, who will update the trustees on topics of interest and concern to our community. If you have items that you would like the council to consider, please contact a council member. There will be a meet and greet and time for conversation with both groups at 5 p.m., Oct. 5, at Crossroads Cafe in Sewanee. Please make your reservation by calling 598-1718 with your last name and the number in your party, by Friday, Sept. 30.
Members of the Sewanee Community Council are Drew Sampson, Annie Armour, Barbara Schlichting, David Coe, Dennis Meeks, Pat Kelley, John Flynn, John McCardell, John Swallow, Mike Gardner, Pam Byerly, Phil White, Pixie Dozier, Shirley Taylor, Theresa Shackelford, Louise Irwin, Kate Reed, Abbey Shockley and Jeremy Carlson.

Sunday, October 2

Sewanee Herbarium Event

Lake Dimmick (Day Lake)
2 p.m. Sunday, Oct, 2, with Mary Priestley.
Meet at St. James Church, Midway. We’ll see wetland plants and have an optional hike up “Little Mountain” to see the renovated log cabin. This walk is not on a trail and may be wet, so wear suitable foot wear.
For more information call the Herbarium at 598-3346. More information is available at http://lal.sewanee.edu/herbarium.

Fundraiser Plans for FOCG

The Friends of Canon Gideon-USA invites the community to gather at St. Mark’s Hall, Otey Parish, to plan two fundraisers for 2016-17 to help with Gideon’s medical expenses and travel and to support Hope Institute.  The meeting will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2.
Ideas, faith, hope and lots of energy are needed for this planning session. For more information contact Sally Hubbard at 598-5338 or .

Friday, September 30

Domain Forum, Sept. 30

The first Domain Forum of this school year will be at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30, at the Blue Chair (café side). The goal of the forum is to offer an opportunity for broad, interdisciplinary conversation about a variety of topics. The community is invited to attend.
Ken Smith, Assistant Dean for the Environment, will talk about the University’s Demonstration Forest. During the next five years, there will be opportunities for students and community members to participate with the Demonstration Forest. For an example of a past initiative, this video at https://vimeo.com/97633635 features the construction of the Sewanee Inn using organically grown wood from the Domain. The second half-hour will be reserved for questions, informal discussion and socializing.
Drinks and snacks will be provided by Dean of the College and professor of classics, Terry Papillon.

Thursday, September 29

Journalist Herbert on ‘Race in America’

Journalist Bob Herbert will give a public talk, “Race in America: Our Role,” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29, in Convocation Hall.
Herbert was a columnist for the New York Times op-ed page for 18 years before leaving the paper in 2011. There he wrote a twice-weekly column commenting on politics, urban affairs, and social trends, and was often called “the conscience of the Times.” Herbert is now a distinguished senior fellow at Demos, a research and policy center in New York.
He is the author of “Losing Our Way: An Intimate Portrait of a Troubled America,” which was published in 2014. He is also the moderator of Bob Herbert’s OPED.TV, a weekly interview program on CUNY-TV, the City University cable channel in New York.
Herbert previously was a national correspondent for NBC. He also had worked as a reporter and editor at the Daily News, and was a founding panelist of Sunday Edition, a weekly discussion program on WCBS-TV in New York, and the host of Hotline, a weekly issues program on New York public television. He has won numerous awards, including the Meyer Berger Award for coverage of New York City and the American Society of Newspaper Editors award for distinguished newspaper writing. Herbert was chairman of the Pulitzer Prize jury for spot news reporting in 1993.

Wednesday, September 28

Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop

An eight-week Mindful Self Compassion workshop will be taught each Wednesday, 6–8:30 p.m., at St. Mary’s Sewanee beginning Sept. 28 and ending Nov. 16. The course will include a half-day retreat 10 a.m.–2 p.m, Saturday, Oct. 29.
Mindful Self-Compassion teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.
The class will be taught by Maryellen McCone, MA, LPC/ MHSP and Richard Barrali, CYT. The cost is $350 for eight-weeks plus the half-day retreat. A manual containing exercises and core meditations is included.
For more information or registration materials contact McCone at (931) 636-4415 or email .

DuBose Lectures Welcome Rowan Williams

The annual DuBose Lectures will be on Sept. 28 and 29. This year the School of Theology welcomes Dr. Rowan Williams as the esteemed guest lecturer. Williams is a noted theologian and was the 104th archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 to 2014. He is a prolific author of many titles including Meeting God in Paul, 2015, and Being Christian, 2014.
The topic for his lectures is “Bonhoeffer Revisited: from Christology to Politics” and they will look at developments in Bonhoeffer’s thinking in the hope of clarifying how he saw his resistance to political tyranny not just as a matter of discipleship in general but as the center-point of Christological politics. All lectures are will take place in Guerry Auditorium and are made possible by the DuBose Lecture Fund. They are free and open to the public.
Lecture 1, Sept. 28, 9 a.m.—Modern Christology and the Reformation Legacy
Lecture 2, Sept. 28, 1:45 p.m.—Bonhoeffer’s Christology: Christ For Me
Lecture 3, Sept. 29, 9 a.m.—Bonhoeffer’s Ethics: Representing Humanity in Christ
In addition to the three lectures, the School of Theology will host an open conversation with Williams and the Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, dean of the School of Theology, Thursday, Sept. 29 at 1:30 p.m. in Guerry Auditorium. The conversation will be live-streamed and the School will be accepting questions from the audience as well as from Twitter. Questions may be submitted via Twitter, in advance or during the presentation, using the hashtag #DuboseQA. The live-stream link may be found on the School’s website on Sept. 29, .

Tuesday, September 27

Marion County Fair Seeks Vendors, Exhibitors

The Marion County Fair will be Tuesday, Sept. 27–Saturday, Oct. 1,  at the Fair Grounds in Jasper. Those interested in participating in the Fair as a food vendor, contact Drew Andes at (423) 509-7488 or .
Weeklong exhibitors are also needed for the commercial exhibit tent. Daily spots outside the commercial exhibit tent are available. Vendors outside the commercial tent must provide their own tent, table, chairs, etc.
Call (423) 837-5044 or email for exhibitor information. Entry forms are available at .

Monday, September 26

Garden Club to Hit the Trail

The Sewanee Garden Club is hitting the trail—the Mountain Goat Trail to be exact. On Monday, Sept. 26, members and visitors will meet at 1:30 p.m., behind Pearl’s Restaurant, 15344 Sewanee Highway, for an optional walk on a short section of the trail, weather permitting.
The program will be “Native Plants on the Mountain Goat Trail.” Heading up the program will be Yolande Gottfried and a speaker for the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance.
Afterwards, for both walkers and non-walkers, there will be a gathering at the home of Geri Childress featuring refreshments and more insight from the speaker.
Guests and visitors of every gender are always welcome. For more information, please contact Flournoy Rogers at (931) 598-0733 or .

Saturday, September 24

Mountain Homecoming in Monteagle

Mountain Homecoming is a fall tradition of welcoming back folks who have left but have never forgotten their roots or their memories here on the Mountain. This event starts at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24.
This year, the Town of Monteagle has partnered with the South Cumberland Area Chamber of Commerce, Tracy City Street Rodders and Margo Shea, visiting professor at the Univeristy of the South and with the Places Project, to bring together a day filled with activities that are sure to appeal to everyone in the family.
The biggest event kicks off the day when the new and improved Monteagle Eagle returns home from her perch on Derryberry Hall at Tennessee Tech University and lands back home at Harton Park, 64 years after she mysteriously flew the coop.
Events for the day include: 10 a.m., Tennessee Tech/Monteagle Eagle unveiling, Harton Park; 10 a.m., Places Project booth opens; 10 a.m.–noon, Pop-up Museum object drop-off; 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Fire on the Mountain Car Show, May Justus Library; 10 a.m.–4 p.m., History Celebration, Monteagle Town Hall; 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Chamber Chili Cook-off, Monteagle Pavilion; 12:30 p.m., “Lightening Talks: Six Things You Didn’t Know about Monteagle’s History”; 2–4 p.m., Civil War Living History and Music, Hannah Pickett Park; and 2–4 p.m., the Pop-up Museum opens.
The fourth annual Fire on the Mountain chili cook-off will be open for tasting at 11 a.m., and guests can sample as many types of chili as they want for $5 per person. Chili cook-off teams will represent some of the Mountain’s finest restaurants, businesses and community groups.
For more information go to .

Deer Hunt 2016

The 2016 hunting season in Sewanee begins Saturday, Sept. 24. The 2016 spotlight census is currently underway. This year, in addition to the spotlight census, a camera census had been added to three different areas of the Domain in an attempt to create a finer grained picture of the herd. The results of both census techniques should be available next week to help inform herd population targets for the coming season.
In January 2016, the University’s office of Environmental Stewardship completed a comprehensive management plan for White tailed deer on the Domain. The purpose of the plan was to guide a transition from a damage control centered cull, toward a normalized hunt that can maintain a healthy population of deer while maintaining access to the Domain for scientific and recreational use . That full plan is available for viewing at .
As part of the plan, two new zones have been added to the hunt this year. Zone 8 encompasses the upper portions of Dicks Cove and the plateau area between Gate 6 and the abandoned firelane north of Gate 7. Zone 9 is located adjacent to the golf course on the eastern side. These zones were added to reduce browse pressure on Thumping Dick Cove and the golf course respectively. The hours of hunting will remain unchanged from last year and as always, all trails and firelanes remain open to recreational use during the season.
Though our harvest numbers continue to decrease as the herd size moderates, there may be a surplus of animals available for local families. To pick up a field dressed deer for processing please email . Please also be on the lookout for the annual community survey of deer and hunter impacts. Announcement of the survey will be through the Sewanee Mountain Messenger, Sewanee Classifieds, through the University email server, and on the hunting website linked below.
For more information on the University hunting program and specific rules and times, please visit www.sewanee.edu/offices/oess/the-domain/ecosystem-management/hunting.

Friday, September 23

Sixth Annual Angel Fest, Sept. 23

The sixth annual AngelFest will be Friday, Sept. 23 at the Angel Park and throughout downtown Sewanee. Joseph’s Remodeling Solutions is sponsoring three hours of family fun and children’s activities, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Children’s activities include inflatables donated by Reliable Rental and All Blown Up; animals presented by TWRA permitted wildlife Rehabilitator, Margaret Matens; musical chairs for the dogs and their humans presented by Animal Harbor; cotton candy and shaved ice donated by All Blown Up Party Rental; crafts by Franklin County Library; face painting by Animal Harbor; glow bracelets and temporary tattoos by Joseph’s Remodeling Solutions; make your own marshmallow poppers donated by Builder’s Supply; corn hole by Otey Parish Church; Sewanee Chemistry Club science activity; and ladder toss, bubbles and sidewalk chalk. The children’s events will end at 7 p.m.
Act of Congress, an acoustic musical group from Birmingham will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.; bring a chair or a blanket. There will be food and drink for purchase from local businesses.
The Sewanee Business Alliance along with other AngelFest sponsors offer this event free to the community. For more information go to http://sewaneeangelfest.blogspot.com/.

Thursday, September 22

‘Hillbilly Revanche’ on Sept. 22

The public is invited to attend the lecture on “Hillbilly Revanche: Trump and Sanders in Southern Appalachia” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22 in the Torian Room of duPont Library. The lecture will be given by Max Fraser.
Fraser is completing a Ph.D. in American history at Yale University. He previously worked as a journalist covering politics and the economy for The Nation and other magazines. Max is working with the Sewanee-Yale Collaborative to establish an ongoing oral history project devoted to preserving the experiences of Appalachian migrants, to be managed and housed by the Collaborative for Southern Appalachian Studies and the University of the South.
In his talk, Fraser looks at the extraordinary 2016 political season from the perspective of Southern Appalachia, where two outsider candidates have had remarkable success tapping into the political disaffection of white working class constituencies across the region. Providing context that has been lacking from much of the media coverage of the presidential campaigns, Fraser examines the deep roots of that political disaffection in the historical figure of the “hillbilly,” America’s perennially maladjusted and problematic white poor. Turning to the present, he argues that the “hillbilly revanche” of 2016 is no passing phenomenon, and that the unrest and resentment roiling through Southern Appalachia should make it one of the more politically tempestuous regions in the country for years to come.
The talk is hosted by the Collaborative for Southern Appalachian Studies at the University of the South. Visitor parking is available in the lot adjacent to the library.