Friday, January 12

University Deer Hunt Continues

The 2017 University deer hunt continues through Jan. 12, 2018. The archery only season runs through Dec. 21, and the regular season begins on Dec. 22. Maps and details on the regular season will be posted in late November. The University deer hunt is a private hunt by invitation only. No hunting is allowed without explicit written permission.
Hunting is allowed in some zones most weekdays from sunrise to 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. until sunset. Hunting is allowed weekends from sunrise to 10 a.m. in all zones and 2 p.m. to sunset.
There is no weekday afternoon hunting in any zones along Breakfield Road. There is no hunting at all Oct. 27–30, Nov. 3–5, Thanksgiving Day weekend, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. There will be a limited firearms hunt that will start the day after Christmas.
All trails will remain open at all times.
As in previous years, there may be a surplus of animals available for local families. If you are interested in picking up a field dressed deer for processing, please email
For more information on the University hunting program and specific rules, maps, and times, please visit

Monday, January 8

Messenger Break Ahead

It is hard to imagine, but Thanksgiving is soon, and Christmas is just around the corner.
There is one more Messenger issue for November, on Friday, Nov. 17. There will be four issues in December: Fridays, Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 15 and Dec. 22. The staff will take a two-week break and return to the office on Monday, Jan. 8, with the first issue of 2018 on Friday, Jan. 12.
If your organization or church has a different schedule during these upcoming holidays than we normally post, please send the updates to <> or call the office at 598-9949.

Sunday, December 24

‘Holiday’ Community Art Show Opens

The Franklin County Arts Guild is showing the “Holiday” community art show at the Artisan Depot, 201 Cumberland Street East, in Cowan. The show will run through Dec. 24. The community is invited to the gallery during regular hours to vote for their favorite Holiday art work for the People’s Choice Blue Ribbon Award.
The Holiday show will feature works depicting all Holidays and how the artist best sees those holidays. All work in the exhibit is contributed by local community artists.
The Meet the Artists wine and cheese reception will be 5–7 p.m., Friday Dec. 1, at the Artisan Depot gallery. The community is invited to come and meet the artists and while there to shop all of the other handcrafted items that are available.
 The Artisan Depot community art shows welcome original contributions from Franklin County artists of all ages in multiple types of art media. All work in the show is for sale. The Artisan Depot is operated by the Franklin County Arts Guild. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
For more information about the Holiday show and upcoming community art shows visit For more information about the Artisan Depot or the Franklin County Arts Guild contact Diana Lamb at (931) 308-4130.

Saturday, December 16

‘Fired Up’ at Carlos Gallery

The Carlos Gallery in the Nabit Art Building at the University of the South is pleased to present “Fired Up,” an exhibition of soft sculptures by New York artist and Sewanee alumna Natalie Baxter. The exhibit will be on display Nov. 1 through Dec. 16. A gallery talk and opening reception will be 4–6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4.
“Fired Up” is an exhibition of recent works by Natalie Baxter that showcases an interpretation of the current political landscape in the United States. After Baxter’s series, “Warm Gun,” a collection of quilted firearms gained press, the work drew inevitable criticism from online commenters and internet trolls. Baxter explores the culture of online hate through sewn wall hangings that depict some of the comments she received, such as those that question her sexuality and her role as a woman. The work focuses on a microcosm of online hate in order to shed light on a larger conversation about the divisive nature of society and masked aggression.

Friday, December 15

University Art Gallery

‘A Living Tradition: Chinese Ink and Color Paintings’ from the Berninghausen Collection

John and Alice Berninghausen fell in love with modern Chinese ink painting during their first extended stay in the People’s Republic of China in 1987-88. Over the course of the following two decades, they assembled an impressive collection of paintings, 24 of which are on display in the University Art Gallery from Oct. 27–Dec. 15.

Monday, December 11

Operation Noel

Providing Abundant Holidays for All
In just a few weeks, it will be Christmas. While many are already planning ahead about gifts to buy and food to eat, there are those not so fortunate. In our area, there are children who may not get presents and families that may not have an abundant holiday meal.
Each year the Sewanee Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD), in conjunction with FROST (the department’s Fund Raising Operational Support Team), organize the purchasing and distribution of food and toys for these families. All items will be delivered the morning of Dec. 23 by the SVFD and FROST.
But this important program cannot happen without help from the community. Please consider making a donation of money, nonperishable food items or new toys to Operation Noel this year and give back to your community this Christmas season.
Families eligible for Operation Noel must live in the following communities: Sewanee, Midway, Jump Off and Sherwood Road to the top of Sherwood Mountain (but not into Sherwood).
Every family needs to fill out a new application, even if they have received from Operation Noel before. An application ensures that organizers have all the pertinent information so they can provide for everyone in need. The application is on page 6 of this week’s issue of the Messenger. The deadline for returning applications is Monday, Dec. 11.
If you would like to make a donation of money, nonperishable food items or new unwrapped toys, please take items to the Fire Hall or the Police Department, both located behind duPont Library, or Print Services, located in the old Beta House. For more information call 598-3400 and leave a message.

Saturday, December 9

DanceWise: Intersections

Under the artistic direction of Courtney World, Theatre/Sewanee will produce the fifth annual performance of DanceWise. Performances are Dec. 7–9 at 7:30 p.m., and a matinee performance Dec. 10, at 2:30 p.m., at the Proctor Hill Theatre. Admission is free but seating is limited. For tickets go to <>.
This dance concert will feature performances by 12 Sewanee students, as well as choreographic premieres by Courtney World, assistant professor of dance, and student choreographers Alyssa Holley, Danielle Silfies and Robin Kate Davis.
Student dancers will perform Fawning, choreographed by guest artist Banning Bouldin, artistic director of Nashville-based New Dialect, and World will perform the duet Shifting, with guest choreographer and performer Daniel Gwirtzman, artistic director of New York City-based Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company.
There will be student performances by Annie Corley, Robin Kate Davis, Margaret Deane, Adelle Dennis, Paige Greenberg, Caroline Greenhalgh, Alyssa Holley, Juliana Morgan, Macy Ninness, Julia Peacock, Danielle Silfies and  Meredith Stuber.
Costume design is by Kalynn Harrington. Lighting design is by production intern Cynna Bradford, Will Burton-Edwards, Liz Estes, Krystal Fowler and Alena Kochinski.

Monteagle Christmas Parade

The Town of Monteagle will host its annual Christmas Parade at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9. The theme this year is A Disney Christmas.
Line up is at 3:30 p.m. at the old VFW. Walkers will meet at The Depot.
Awards will be given for the best decorated float and the float best representing the theme. The city will also give awards for the best decorated business and home. Tower Community Bank will provide refreshments during Santa’s visit at Harton Park following the parade.

Annual Christmas Bazaar

The annual Christmas Bazaar will be 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Monday–Saturday, Dec. 4–9, at the Sewanee Senior Center.
Bake sale items will include cookies, cakes, pies and candies. There will also be crafts, canned goods (jams and jellies), handmade items and white elephant items for sale.
Tickets to enter the daily door prize drawing and a drawing for a homemade quilt or $250 cash are $2 each. The drawing will be on Tuesday, Dec. 19, during the Center’s Christmas lunch.
Donations for the bazaar are welcome and greatly appreciated. Please bring any white elephant items, needlework or other non-perishable items (no clothing please) any day before the bazaar begins. Baked items, home-canned foods, preserves, jellies and jams should be brought the week of the bazaar.
The Center is open Mondays through Fridays. Please call 598-0771. with any questions.

Area Holiday Events

Cowan Holiday Events
Celebrate Small Business Saturday in downtown Cowan on Nov. 25. Steer clear of Black Friday madness, take a break from big city traffic, and enjoy small town shopping in true holiday spirit. Cowan businesses will have special sale items, refreshments and door prizes.
The Cowan Christmas Market at Monterey Station will be Dec. 1 and Dec. 2. Here you can turn gift shopping into a great experience. Browse and buy from more than 40 crafters and specialty vendors. The marketplace is open on Friday from 3:30 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information go to .
The 53rd annual Cowan Christmas Parade will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2. One of Tennessee’s oldest parades brings you “A Gift that Keeps on Giving.” Share in the fun of an exciting small town event with floats, bands, tin lizzies, tumbling teams and thousands of smiles. The parade goes down Cumberland Street beginning at The Rail Car on the west side and ending at Cowan Public School. For more information, including entry forms, log on to www.cowan

Tree Lightings Kick Off Sewanee Holidays on Dec. 1
The University of the South will join with the community for two holiday tree lightings on Friday, Dec. 1. Students and community members will gather at 4 p.m. at the University Quad for music and snacks. The campus tree lighting will be at 4:30 p.m.
Music will begin in Angel Park in downtown Sewanee at 4:45 p.m. The Sewanee Chorale will lead Christmas caroling. Santa Claus and friends will come to downtown via a Sewanee Volunteer Fire Department truck.
The tree lighting at Angel Park will be at 5 p.m. Cookies and hot beverages will be available afterward, and Santa and friends will be posing for photos.
University Avenue will be closed, 4–7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, from Regions Bank to State Highway 41A for the event.
Please bring unwrapped toys and monetary donations for Operation Noel. Gifts of money and nonperishable food will be collected for the Community Action Committee.
In case of inclement weather, the post-tree-lighting activities will move inside to the Blue Chair Bakery and Tavern.
Decorating of the Christmas tree at Angel Park will be at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29. All are welcome to come help with this festive activity.
This event is co-sponsored by the University of the South and the Sewanee Business Alliance.

Monteagle Christmas Parade
The Town of Monteagle will host its annual Christmas Parade at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9. The theme this year is A Disney Christmas.
Line up is at 3:30 p.m. at the old VFW. Walkers will meet at The Depot.
Awards will be given for the best decorated float and the float best representing the theme. The city will also give awards for the best decorated business and home. Tower Community Bank will provide refreshments during Santa’s visit at Harton Park following the parade.

Friday, December 8

SSO Winter Holiday Concert

The Sewanee Symphony Orchestra’s annual Winter Holiday Concert will take place at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8, in Guerry Auditorium. Come and join the orchestra for traditional holiday songs and carols, as well as favorites from the Boston Pop’s Orchestra library.
The concert is free and open to the public. Parking will be available on University Avenue.

Thursday, December 7

Lifelong Learning Meets Dec. 7

Sewanee Seminars for Lifelong Learning Lunch and Learn will meet on Thursday, Dec. 7, at Lower Cravens. The speaker will be Daniel Carter, assistant professor of Environmental Studies at Sewanee.
Carter was born, raised and currently lives on a cattle and sheep farm. He received his B.S. at MTSU, his M.P.A. at American University and his PhD at the University of Tennessee. He is currently president of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust. Carter brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to his topic “Thinking Like a Region: Planning for the Future in Rural Appalachia.”
The talk will start at noon and last one hour. Please bring lunches. Coffee and water will be provided. Yearly membership is $12 and individual sessions are $2. For further information, call Debbie Kandul at (931) 924-3542.

Tuesday, December 5

Upcoming Meetings

FCDP Monthly Meeting
The Franklin County Democractic Party will meet at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Franklin County Annex building in Winchester.

Coffee with the Coach on Monday
Coffee with the Coach, an opportunity to learn more about Sewanee’s sports teams, continues at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 20, with University of the South women’s volleyball coach Shauna Laurendine. Gather at the Blue Chair Tavern for free coffee and conversation. Coffee with the Coach will not meet on Monday, Nov. 27.

Sewanee Book Club Meeting
The Sewanee Book Club will meet at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 20, at the home of Lane Price. The book is “Ship of Brides” by Jojo Moyes. Lane Price will review the book. For more information or directions please contact Debbie Racka, <>, phone 692-6088 or Flournoy Rogers <>, phone 598-0733. Visitors are always welcome.

Monteagle Town Council
The Town of Monteagle Council will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 27, at the Monteagle City Hall.

Sewanee Utility District
The Sewanee Utility District of Franklin and Marion Counties Board of Commissioners will have its regular meeting at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the utility office on Sherwood Road. If a customer is unable to attend but wishes to bring a matter to the board, call 598-5611, visit the office, or call a board member. Your board members are Art Hanson, Randall Henley, Ronnie Hoosier, Charlie Smith and Karen Singer.

EQB Club
Members of the EQB Club will meet at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29, at St. Mary’s Sewanee. Lunch will be served at noon.

On Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 6–7:30 p.m., DivorceCare, a nationwide nondenominational support group for separated and divorced individuals will meet just off Main Street in Monteagle. Please go to <> and type in your zip code for further information on the Monteagle location and how to register. This is a video and discussion group that features practical information on different issues. Each week is self contained so it is not necessary to attend in sequence. This is a safe place for hope and healing. The only cost is a $15 workbook. Please feel free to contact Daniel or Becky Lehmann at <> or call (615) 294-4748.

Area Rotary Club Meetings
The Grundy County Rotary Club meets at 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays at Dutch Maid Bakery in Tracy City. The Monteagle Sewanee Rotary Club will not meet Thursday, Nov. 23. The Club will meet at 8 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Monteagle Inn. Dr. Tom Phelps will present the program.

Franklin County School Board
The Franklin County School Board is scheduled to meet for a work session at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4. The regular scheduled meeting is at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 11, at the Franklin County Board of Education Building, 215 S. College St., Winchester.

Franklin County Commissioners
The Franklin County Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4, at the Franklin County Courthouse in Winchester.

Village Update Meeting
Meet with Frank Gladu, special assistant to the Vice Chancellor, to discuss the Village development updates. Meet 10–11 a.m., or 5:30–6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Blue Chair Tavern. Coffee will be served and everyone in the community is welcome.

Alzheimer’s Support Group
The Alzheimer’s Support Group through the Alzheimer’s Association meets at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Willows of Winchester Health and Rehab Center’s conference room, located at 32 Memorial Drive, Winchester. The support group is for caregivers and families caring for anyone with memory impairment.

Sunday, December 3

22nd Annual Holiday Studio Tour

Tennessee Craft–South invites the public to the 22nd annual Holiday Studio Tour on the Mountain Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. CST and Sunday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m–4 p.m. CST. Tennessee Craft–South is the regional branch of Tennessee Craft, the state-wide organization which supports and promotes all handmade crafts in Tennessee.
At its inception, the local studio tour ranged from Chattanooga to Tullahoma, but gradually, the tour focused increasingly on the Monteagle and Sewanee area because of the concentration of artists and exhibition spaces on the mountain. More than 25 local and regional artists will show their work, ranging from textiles, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, and glass to paintings, metal work and wood work. Monteagle studios which have been added this year include those of Kim Phillips (paper arts) and Christi Teasley (paper cutting and textiles/printmaking); returning for a second year is the Monteagle studio of Glyn and Will Melnyk (handwoven textiles). A new Sewanee studio, that of Diane Jones (calligraphy), joins other Sewanee artists’ studios open to the public for the Tour, including those of Bob Askew, Pippa Browne, Ben Potter, Claire Reishman and Merissa Tobler. Other Sewanee locations displaying work are the American Legion Hall and Locals Gallery. Light refreshments will be available at most locations.
Additionally, there is a group exhibition of artists’ work in the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee Art Gallery, located in the center of the Simmonds Building at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School. Most sites host several different artists showing their work, while the SAS Art Gallery presents an exhibition from artists on the Studio Tour, in addition to SAS faculty and students and other members of Tennessee Craft–South. Most works featured in the Studio Tour Exhibition are for sale at the Gallery.
There are six sponsors for the Holiday Studio Tour this year: the Monteagle Inn, Mooney’s, Shenanigans, Locals, the Sewanee Inn, and the Blue Chair. Studio Tour brochures are available at each of these local businesses and at all participating studios.
Bright yellow signs mark the tour route, and maps are available at all locations on the tour as well as at all sponsors’ locations, in the Sewanee Mountain Messenger, and on the Tennessee Craft–South website <​ters/south/>.

Saturday, December 2

58th Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols

The 58th annual Festival of Lessons and Carols at the University of the South will be celebrated at three services, two on Dec. 2 (5 and 8 p.m.), and one on Dec. 3 (5 p.m.).
After accommodating ticket requests from students, faculty, staff, and their families, the University expects that the number of places available to the public for reservation may be severely limited. If space at any of the services will be available to the general public, guests will be able to reserve a maximum of two seats online beginning Wednesday, Nov. 15. All tickets will be available for pickup at Convocation Hall. Unused tickets, if any, will be made available to walk-up guests (guests without a reservation) before each service. Walk-up guests must check in at Convocation Hall 30 minutes before the service to be placed on a waiting list.
The Festival Service of Lessons and Carols offers the opportunity to experience one of the oldest traditions of Anglican music and Advent expectation. As part of the University’s outreach, All Saints’ Chapel is pleased to welcome the public by offering any available places in the service for reservation.

Friday, December 1

Annual Light Up the Village, Dec. 1

The community is invited to the annual Light Up the Village holiday tree lighting. Music will begin in Angel Park in downtown Sewanee around 4:45 p.m. The Sewanee Chorale will lead everyone in the Christmas caroling.
The tree lighting at Angel Park will be at 5 p.m. Cookies and hot beverages will be available afterward, and Santa and friends will be posing for photos.
University Avenue will be closed, 4–7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, from Regions Bank to State Highway 41A for the event.
Please bring unwrapped toys and monetary donations for Operation Noel. Gifts of money and nonperishable food will also be collected for the Community Action Committee.
In case of inclement weather, the post-tree-lighting activities will move inside to the Blue Chair Bakery and Tavern.
This event is sponsored by the Sewanee Business Alliance.

SWC Lunch Reservations Due Dec. 1

The Sewanee Woman’s Club will have their next meeting on Dec. 11 at the DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle. Reservations are due on Dec. 1. To make a reservation call Janet Miller Schmidt, (504) 858-5221 or email Marianna Handler at <>.
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 available; please request this when making your lunch reservation. Lunch is available for $14.

Greening of the Chapel

On Friday, Dec. ​1​, members of the Sewanee community are invited to join in the Greening of All Saints’ Chapel in preparation for the 5​8​th annual Festival of Lessons and Carols. Work begins at 9 a.m. and all levels of experience are welcomed and very much needed. Please bring any treasures from your garden (dried hydrangea, nandina and other berries, unusual evergreen clippings, etc.), which can be used to decorate wreaths and garlands. Coffee and pastries are served throughout the morning, and a light lunch will be offered at noon. Ken Taylor, of Taylor’s Mercantile, will direct the day’s activities.
A tour of All Saints’ Chapel decorations will be availabe at 1:30 p.m., on Sunday, Dec. 3. It’s an opportunity for folks to see the decorations up close, photograph them, and see how they are constructed. Meet in the narthex of the Chapel, where the tour will begin.

Thursday, November 30

The Sewanee Seminars Short Courses

In honor of the National Coalition of Literacy’s Adult Education & Family Literacy Week, the Office of Lifelong Learning at the University of the South is excited to announce the five Lifelong Learning short courses offered this fall.
Geology professor Bran Potter will offer a course that mixes hiking and literature in his Literate Walker class, 1–2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, and 1–4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19 and Oct. 26.
Dean and Classics professor Terry Papillon will explore Greek myths of Hercules, Odysseus, and Helen and why they changed, 1–3 p.m., Fridays, Oct. 20, Oct. 27 and Nov. 10.
Admissions counselor and certified fitness trainer Karen Gardner will lead a fun and exciting exercise class for seniors to slow down the aging process and increase longevity, 10 a.m.–noon, Monday, Oct. 30, Nov. 6, Nov. 13 and Nov. 20.
Vice-Chancellor and history professor John McCardell will offer a course about the founding, and indeed the invention of our form of government, 7:30–9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 31, Nov. 7 and Nov. 14.
Tennessee Williams Playwright in Residence Edith Freni will offer an introduction to playwriting for all budding playwrights in the area, 5–7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2, Nov. 9, Nov. 16 and Nov. 30.
The enrollment fee for each course is only $60 and includes at least six hours of formal learning time. Please contact Dan Backlund at <> for further information and to register for these exciting classes. Spaces are filling up fast.

Wednesday, November 29

Makins in Concert

Award-winning lyricist and songwriter Daniel Makins will perform a concert of original music at 6:30p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29, in Hamilton Hall’s Hargrove Auditorium at The School of Theology. His songs explore discernment, intention, and faith with wit and honesty. Admission is free and open to the public.
Makins is a three-time finalist at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition, a winner of the Wildflower and Gig Harbor Folk Festivals, and the Daily Texan calls him, “One of the top five new artists most likely to be seen on Austin City Limits.”
Makins is a relative of famed music archivist, John A. Lomax, and was raised in a musical family. Trained as a classical pianist and jazz drummer, he is now a notable finger-style guitarist and a professional, touring singer-songwriter. He has recorded eight albums and been included on a compilation released by the Center for Texas Music History. For more information go to <>.