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 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.

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 .

Saturday, September 17

SCRLT’s Annual Meeting Sept. 17

The South Cumberland Regional Land Trust (SCRLT) will hold its annual membership meeting Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Jumpoff Community Land Trust. The gathering will begin with a potluck dinner at 5 p.m., followed by a presentation by Carolyn Hoagland. Hoagland is a soil scientist, a member resident of the Jumpoff Community Land Trust and the manager of the University Farm. Non-members are welcome to attend and learn more about the work of the SCRLT. This is a family-friendly event.
The SCRLT was established in 1993 for the purpose of purchasing or protecting wild and rural lands located on or near the Cumberland Plateau, especially existing forest lands, areas with unique geological features, old growth forests and areas with rare or endangered species of flora or fauna.
The Jumpoff Community Land Trust is located at 1423Tate Trail, Sewanee 37375. More information is available on the SCRLT website and the SCRLT Facebook page at

Friday, September 16

Fall Heritage Festival Scheduled for Sept. 16

The Fall Heritage Festival is a celebration of life in the foothills of the Cumberland Plateau, engaging regional communities through the educational and inspirational experience of history, music, arts and civic involvement.
Held in Cowan, the festival includes food, music, entertainment, juried arts and crafts, Civil War presentations, classic and antique Cruise-In, Beauty Pageant, Cornbread Contest and activities for children of all ages.
This year’s festival will be Friday, Sept. 16–Sunday, Sept. 18. For more information, visit

SCC Funding Applications Available

The Sewanee Community Chest (SCC)announces the beginning of the 2016–17 fundraising campaign. Sponsored by the Sewanee Civic Association (SCA), the SCC raises funds for local nonprofit organizations that serve the common good.
Funding applications are now being accepted. The deadline for submission is Friday, Sept. 16. Please contact to have an application either emailed or mailed to your organization. A downloadable request for funds form is available at
Nonprofit organizations serving the Mountain are encouraged to apply. The SCC does not allocate funds to those organizations discriminating on the basis of race, creed, sex or national origin.
Since 1943, the SCA has sponsored the SCC, which in the last decade has raised more than $1 million for local organizations in a three-county area.
Through the generous support of the entire community last year, the SCC was able to help 25 organizations and initiatives with a total of $100,000. The money raised in the community went directly to organizations that supported the following: Community Aid, $21,850; Children, $35,300; Quality of Life, $35,850; and Beyond Sewanee, $7,000. Last year’s recipients included Housing Sewanee, the Community Action Committee, the Sewanee Elementary Parent Organization, Volunteers in Medicine and Folks at Home.
The SCA encourages everyone who benefits from life in this community, whether you live, work or visit, to give to the SCC. The SCC is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible. Donations and pledges are accepted at any time at PO Box 99, Sewanee, TN 37375. There are two online options to donate to the Sewanee Community Chest through PayPal and
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Thursday, September 15

Lifelong Learning Begins New Season

Thursday, Sept. 15 will be the first day of the new 2016–17 Academy for Lifelong Learning season at St. Mary’s Sewanee. The program will be a full day session featuring Juanita Johnson, from Durham, N.C., on “A Roadmap to Connecting with Adult Children.” The program will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. A buffet lunch will be served. The cost for the daylong program is $35.
Johnson has been a popular speaker at the Duke Lifelong Learning program for 11 years. She had a private counseling practice in New York before retiring to North Carolina. She will present an interactive program presenting ideas to make relationships with our adult children calm, close and enjoyable.
Call (931) 598-5342 to reserve a spot for the Sept. 15 program and pre-pay for the session.
The Academy for Lifelong Learning meets once a month for a lunchtime program. The fee for membership is $12 per year. On occasion full day programs are offered. Daylong programs are $35 with lunch included. New members are always welcome.
For more information contact Anne Davis at (931) 924-4465.

Wednesday, September 14

Common Book Selection for the Entire Community

The common book selection for the 2016–17 academic year has been selected. All new University of the South students have been asked to read “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
A MacArthur Genius Grantfellow and national correspondent for The Atlantic, Coates has received the National Book Award for Nonfiction for “Between the World and Me.” This book has been called “powerful and passionate … profoundly moving … a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today” by Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times.
The content of this book will be incorporated into orientation as well as other campus-wide events. The community is invited to read along and participate in campus events open to the public. On Sept. 14, Terrell Strayhorn, noted author and speaker, will be at Sewanee as the common book speaker.

Monday, September 12

Sewanee Woman’s Club Announces First Program for 2016–17 Year

The first meeting of Sewanee Woman’s Club will be noon, Monday, Sept. 12, at the DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle. The club welcomes all women to join. Dues are $5 per year and are used to support valuable community programs and charities.
September’s program is “The Dao (Way) of Civic Engagement on the South Cumberland Plateau, 2011-16,” presented by Jim Peterman, professor of philosophy and director of civic engagement at the University of the South.
Peterman will discuss how the University of the South has sought to deepen its commitment to the local communities with the help of student volunteers. Their service enhances University students’ preparation for responsible and engaged citizenship as they work with a wide range of local people.
Lunch ($13.75) for this meeting will be broccoli cheese soup, chef’s salad (without spinach), soda bread with butter and dessert. Reservations are required and are due by Friday, Sept. 2. 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. Every effort is made to keep to this schedule to accommodate professional women’s lunch hours. Child care is also available; please request this when making a reservation.

Sunday, September 11

Kate Gundersen at SAS Gallery

Kate Gundersen’s intricate, multi-colored cut paper works will be in the gallery through Sept. 28.
A reception celebrating the exhibition will be in the SAS Gallery on Sunday, Sept. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Gundersen will offer a daylong paper-cutting workshop on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details and to register contact Gallery Director Julie Jones at
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., and by appointment. Contact Jones at for more information.

Friday, September 9

Local Cancer Support Network 23rd Annual Walk-A-Thon Sept. 9

For the past 23 years the Multi-County Cancer Support Network (MCCSN) and its team of volunteers have helped families in the eight-county Middle Tennessee area including Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Lincoln, Moore and Warren counties who have been affected by cancer, with financial, educational and emotional support.
MCCSN’s primary annual fundraiser is the Walk-A-Thon, which will be 6 p.m.–midnight,Friday, Sept. 9, at the football stadium, 839 Dinah Shore Blvd. in Winchester beside the Franklin County Annex building.
Teams need to be a minimum of six walkers contributing $50 each. Luminary candles in memory of or in honor of cancer victims can also still be purchased, as well as quilt raffle tickets.
To form teams, purchase luminary candles, or for any other information regarding MCCSN or the Walk-A-Thon, go to or call (931) 393-4443.
Everyone is warmly urged to attend and share a great night full of food, fun, and fellowship.

Thursday, September 8

Sewanee Emeritus Association Meeting Sept. 8

The Sewanee Emeritus Association announces its first program for the Advent semester. All meetings are open to the public and are at 3:30 p.m. in the Torian Room of duPont Library.
On Thursday, Sept. 8, Kathleen O’Donohue will report on the progress of Arcadia at Sewanee and the work ahead.
Arcadia at Sewanee is a nonprofit organization whose vision is to: “provide a continuum of innovative and responsive residential living and support services for older adults. For those who seek to call Sewanee their home, Arcadia will incorporate and reflect Sewanee’s traditions of honor, community and respect.”
O’Donohue is a member of the Arcadia at Sewanee board and one of the founders of the organization.

Sunday, September 4

Sunset Serenade at St. Mary’s Sewanee

St. Mary’s Sewanee will host its seventh annual Sunset Serenade, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 4, at the center. This year all of the proceeds of the event will benefit the mission, programs and retreats of St. Mary’s Sewanee.
In addition to the breathtaking view and sunset, this year’s event includes southern-inspired culinary delights by chef Emily Wallace, a silent auction featuring local art and regional experiences and music by Noel Workman and the Accidentals.
For 26 years, St. Mary’s Sewanee has offered programs to meet the needs of individuals and groups looking for rest, renewal and reconnection.
Reservations are open; tickets are $65 per person, with all food and drink included. To register call St. Mary’s Sewanee at 598-5342 or email

Saturday, September 3

Register for the Second Hunger Walk

Did you know that in 2014 it was estimated that in Franklin County 13.3 percent of the population (5,480 people) were suffering from food insecurity or did not have access to adequate nutritious food; in Marion County this is estimated at 14.6 percent (4,110 people); while in Grundy County the percentage increases to 17.8 percent (2,460 people)? Together in the tri-county area there are more than 12,000 people who do not have access to adequate nutritious food. This problem does not only affect our area—14.3 percent of families nationwide struggle with food insecurity.
There are numerous organizations dedicated to addressing the problem of food insecurity in the community, including Morton Memorial and the Community Action Committee. Through a joint effort in the second annual Hunger Walk, the Monteagle Sewanee Rotary hopes to raise awareness about these hunger issues as well as raise money to help end them.
The easiest way to help out is to register to walk. Registration is free for children under 12, $10 for students and $20 for adults. Register to walk at
Registration may also be completed on the day of the walk, Saturday, Sept. 3. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the walk starting at 10 a.m. Each walker will receive a T-Shirt and a sticker showing “Hunger is NOT a Game 2nd Annual Rotary Hunger Walk.”
After the walkers complete the 10 K (6.3 mile) course from Angel Park to Pearls and back they will be treated to a noon barbecue lunch.
Another option to support The Hunger Walk is to be a community partner through sponsorships. By donating $250, businesses and individuals can become sponsors and have their logo/name featured on Hunger Walk posters and participant T-shirts.
For more information go to gerWalk/.

Thurmond Library Book Sale, Volunteers Needed

The Book Sale at Thurmond Memorial Library will be 8 a.m.–2 p.m. during the Hunger Walk, Saturday, Sept. 3.
All are invited to attend this event. No book will cost more than $2 and some will be three for a $1.
Volunteers are needed at Thurmond Memorial Library during the sale and beyond. Please call 598-1097 or email to help.

Wednesday, August 31

Operable Units

The University Art Gallery presents Sarah Lindley’s Operable Units, on view Wednesday, Aug. 31 through Friday, Oct. 14.
Invoking the units used to organize EPA cleanup sites, Operable Units explores the connections between industry, communities and the environment along the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. The installation juxtaposes two fragile constructs: the suspended structure Exposure Pathways, fabricated from an abandoned ream of paper found in the former Plainwell Paper Mill, and Superfund Areas 1-5, built of brittle clay saturated by stains and oxides. Exposure Pathways references the layout of the Kalamazoo Watershed, while Superfund Areas 1-5 models the stretch of the Kalamazoo river currently under remediation by the EPA. Creating referential and imagined landscapes, Lindley performs the roles of researcher, geographer, architect, project supervisor and laborer. While her project was created in response to the challenges faced by a specific place, the Kalamazoo Watershed, it explores compelling questions important to all places about industry and the environment.
Lindley will give a lecture on Friday, Sept. 23 at 4:30 p.m. in Convocation Hall with a reception to follow. The event is free and open to the public.
The University Art Gallery is located on Georgia Avenue on the campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. The gallery is free, accessible and open to the public. Hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon–4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 
Call 598-1223 for more information, or go to

Monday, August 29

Sewanee Community Council Meeting

The next meeting of the Sewanee Community Council is scheduled for Monday, August 29, at 7 p.m. at the Senior Citizens’ Center. Items for the agenda should be submitted to the Provost’s office by noon on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Sunday, August 28

Otey Memorial Parish Welcome Picnic

On Sunday, Aug. 28, Otey Memorial Parish is hosting a noon picnic following the 10 a.m. Sunday School and the 11 a.m. service. The picnic welcomes everyone to the Mountain (or back to the Mountain) and celebrates beginning a brand new academic year together. The menu includes fried chicken, potato salad, baked beans and watermelon. The sides will be potluck, so please bring something to share, if able.
Otey Memorial Parish is located at 216 University Ave., across from Sewanee Elementary School. For more information, go to

Saturday, August 27

Free Entrepreneur Bookkeeping Class

The BrightBride Women’s Business Center is offering a free entrepreneur bookkeeping class Saturday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m.–noon at the Adult Education Building in Tracy City.
Topics include classifying workers, cloud accounting and applications, and receipt requirements. There will be a question and answer session along with an introduction to QuickBooks. To register call the office at (423) 424-4220, the cell at (931) 952-8373, or sign up online Pre-registration is preferred.

Beersheba Springs Arts/Crafts

The 50th annual Beersheba Springs Arts and Crafts festival will be from 10 a.m.–6 p.m.,  Saturday, Aug. 27 and  and 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 28., at the Beersheba Springs Assembly grounds, located on U.S. Highway 56, 25 miles from Monteagle.
Exhibitors from several states will have varied quality arts and crafts for sale. Several new food booths will be on the grounds as well. The Hotel dining room will serve meals both days, and there will be live entertainment both days.
Admission and parking are free.Members of the Rescue Squad and Volunteer Fire Department will assist with parking.
Proceeds from the festival assist Beersheba Springs Library, Rescue Squad, Community Center, Grundy County Center for Exceptional Citizens, North Elementary School (Altamont) and local food baskets.

Friday, August 26

Live Music at Shenanigans

Today (Friday), Aug. 26, several of Austin’s most sought after musicians will be playing at Shenanigans in downtown Sewanee. There is a $10 cover. This event is sponsored by Woody’s Bicycles, Corners Custom Framing and Trenchi Law.
Opening at 9 p.m. will be Lew Card, not only a Tennessean, but a St. Andrew’s-Sewanee alumnus who has been tearing it up on the Honky Tonk scene of Austin during the last decade.
Following Card, Leo Rondeau will play. He was nominated as songwriter of the year by the Academy of Texas Music after the release of his second album.
Ramsay Midwood and his band will be closing out the night with their swampy and rootsy grooves. Jeff Johnston playing the bow saw is not to be missed.