Friday, August 4

Local, Fresh Food at Area Markets

Fresh foods grown in the area are plentiful and available in a number of locations.
The Sewanee Gardeners’ Market, open every Saturday, 8–10 a.m., in the summer, will have its opening day Saturday, May 27. The Market is located on Highway 41A, next to Hawkins Lane and the Mountain Goat Trail.
The Cowan Farmers’ Market is open 7 a.m.–noon, on Saturday, North Tennessee Street.Call Hazel Watson at (931) 691-2622 for more information and to become a vendor.
The Cumberland Farmers’ Market has breads, fruits and vegetables, eggs, coffee and meats available. Learn more online at http://sewanee.local​
The Franklin County Farmers’ Market is open 7 a.m.–noon, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday through October on Dinah Shore Blvd., next to the Franklin County Annex building. Call (931) 967-2741 for more information.

Friday, June 30

Fourth of July Planning Begins

It is time to start planning for Sewanee’s 31st Annual Fourth of July celebration. The Fourth of July Planning Committee invites everyone in the community to help in planning for  the best celebration yet.
Committee meetings are at 5 p.m. at the Sewanee Senior Citizen’s Center, June 5, 12, 19 and 30.
Volunteers are needed to coordinate the food vendors and the children’s games. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Jade Barry at or Erin Kunz at

Tuesday, June 20

Hospitality Shop Update

The Hospitality Shop will take a break for restocking and maintenance, closing at noon on Saturday, May 20, and reopening at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20. Donations may be left in the bin behind the shop. (Turn onto Mississippi Avenue from University Avenue, take the first left, then another left turn to access the parking lot.) For more information call 598-0136 during hours of operation, Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.–noon.

Sunday, June 18

‘Art as Teacher’ Show

The Franklin County Arts Guild celebrates more than 30 years of Higher Education Scholarships to deserving Franklin County students. As a part of that celebration the next community art show “Art as Teacher” celebrates art as well as art teachers as essential in understanding the world around us. The show features work that epitomizes how arts are used to teach history, science, and even math. One piece is by a teacher who was painting along with her students while teaching body and face proportions and light source using a live model. Interested community members, especially teachers and students of art,  are invited to the opening reception 5–7 p.m., today (Friday), May 12 at the Artisan Depot. The show will run through June 18.

Tuesday, May 30

Messenger Break Ahead

The Messenger will be on break May 22–29. We will be back in the office Tuesday, May 30 and in print on Friday, June 2 for the official start of summer on the Mountain. Deadlines for the June 2 issue are display advertising, Monday, May 29, at 5 p.m.; news/calendar, 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 30; and classified ads, noon, Wednesday, May 31.
During the summer, a number of clubs do not meet and churches often change their schedules. Please let the Messenger know by phone or email before 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, if your organization’s schedule will differ from the one we publish regularly in our printed and online calendars.

Friday, May 26

IONA Opens New Season of Art & Readings

The Spring Festival of Artists and Authors at IONA: Art Sanctuary opens in May with readings and art exhibits. The public is welcome, all events are free, and parking is available. Readings begin at 5 p.m.There will be an exhibition of photographs by John Willis through May 26.
On Tuesday, May 23, readers will be Peter Trenchi (creative writing), the Rev. Nikolas Combs (poetry), and Virginia Craighill (poetry and verse).
Lynn Cimino-Hurt (poetry), Michael Cimino-Hurt (poetry and short story), and Kiki Beavers and John Beavers (film and TV blog) will be the featured readers for Wednesday, May 24.
David Landon with Chris Bryan will perform scences from “King Lear” and more on Thursday, May 25. Jennifer Michael will also read poetry.
On Friday, May 26, readings will be given by Camila Hwang-Carlos and Malia Carlos (poetry), and Robert Walker (poetry). Marsha Carnahan will play the flute.

Tuesday, May 23

SUD May 23

The Sewanee Utility District of Franklin and Marion Counties Board of Commissioners will hold its regular meeting at 5 p.m, Tuesday, May 23, 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.

Monday, May 22

Sewanee Garden Club Garden Tour

The Sewanee Garden Club will gather for lunch and to tour five local gardens on Monday, May 22. The events will begin at noon at Mooney’s, located on Hwy. 41-A. The Crescent Café will be open as a special treat for those who would like to purchase soup and/or a wrap for lunch. Or, you can bring your own lunch. There will be time to explore Mooney’s greenhouse, garden supplies and decor.
Those not gathering for lunch can arrive at 1 p.m. to begin the garden tour. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. The gardens to be visited include: Yolande Gottfried, Jane Flynn, the Shakespeare Garden, June Mays, and Louis Rice.
Visitors and guests are welcome for the picnic lunch and the garden sightseeing. For more information, please contact Flournoy Rogers at (931) 598-0733 or <>.

Sunday, May 21

‘Delight’n The Dark’ Opens at Artisan Depot

“Delight’n The Dark,”an exhibition of paintings by Pippa Browne exploring the concept of darkness in aspects of the human condition will run through May 21 at Artisan Depot in Cowan. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, April 20, from 5-8 p.m. The artist will be on hand to discuss her work.

SAS Class of 2017 Graduates May 21

The 44 seniors in the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School Class of 2017 will participate in commencement exercises during the weekend of May 19–21.
The weekend begins with the Baccalaureate Service on Friday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the school’s Outdoor Altar. This year’s Baccalaureate speaker will be longtime and beloved SAS English teacher Claire Reishman who will retire from teaching this year. The Baccalaureate Service is followed by a banquet for seniors, their families, and guests in Robinson Dining Hall. The final event of the evening is the senior Lead Out & Annie Presentations in McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts. The Annies, an SAS tradition, is an opportunity for each senior to be honored with an original poem written by a faculty member in celebration of that senior. Events will end on Friday night at approximately 9 p.m.
On Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m. the school community will gather under the tent at the Outdoor Altar for Honors Day, a celebration of student achievements throughout the year and major awards recognizing outstanding leadership, service and scholarship. Retiring and departing faculty members will also be honored during the ceremony. Honors Day lasts about an hour. Following the program guests are invited to a reception in Simmonds Hall. Student artwork will be on display in the SAS Gallery throughout the weekend.
The weekend, and school year, concludes on Sunday, May 21 with Commencement Eucharist and Commencement Exercises, which begin at 10 a.m. under the tent at the Outdoor Altar. The graduation ceremony lasts about one and a half hours. Each senior will be awarded a diploma and receive a parting blessing. Following Commencement Exercises, there will be a reception in the Spencer Room in Langford Hall.

Saturday, May 20

SSMF Offers Pre-Season Ticket Sales

The 61st annual Sewanee Summer Music Festival (SSMF) will begin on Saturday, June17, with nearly 200 students arriving for four weeks of instrumental lessons, classes and performance opportunities. Students from across the country and around the world participate in the festival.
The Sewanee community has always been an enthusiastic audience for the festival. Last year’s very popular pre-season ticket offer will be repeated this year. As incentive to attend multiple concerts, SSMF is offering a limited-time opportunity to purchase a season ticket for only $70. Season tickets are available from April 20 through May 20; after May 20, the price will be $90. Tickets may be purchased through the website, or by check made out to SSMF and mailed to 735 University Ave., Sewanee, TN 37383. SSMF is unable to accept orders placed by email or phone.
Admission to a total of 12 concerts is included in the price of the season ticket. The concerts include seven Faculty Chamber Music Concerts, four Sunday afternoon orchestra concerts, and the Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition. Individual tickets may be purchased in advance for $15 each or $20 at the door.

Saturday, May 13

Spring Arts & Crafts Fair

The Sewanee Arts and Crafts Association’s (SACA)May 2017 Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 13, at Shoup Park on University Avenue in Sewanee. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by SACA.
There will be art and crafts for sale including clay, glass, metal, paintings, photography, wood and much more.

Friday, May 12

On-Campus Farmers’ Market

The South Cumberland Farmers Market (Rooted Here) and Sewanee Dining are jointly sponsoring an On-Campus Farmers’ Market 1:30–4:30 p.m., today (Friday), May 12, on the lawn at Stirling’s. Customers can expect locally raised beef and pork, homemade pasta, washed and ready to eat salad mix and more—a great shopping opportunity for a graduation weekend feast! Sewanee Dining’s commitment to dedicating 30 percent of its budget to locally grown food and SCFM’s goal of making locally grown food readily available to consumers dovetail in a shared commitment to support local farmers. For many students, the market will be a rare opportunity to meet the farmers who raise the food they eat and, likewise, for community members who purchase online from SCFM and never have face to face contact with the farmers. All area farmers are invited to participate, not just those affiliated with SCFM.

University Commencement Weekend Events

The University of the South’s 2016-17 academic year comes to a close May 12–14 with three ceremonies marking graduation weekend on the Mountain. Commencement and Baccalaureate ceremonies will be held for students from the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Letters and the School of Theology. Honorary degrees will be presented during the School of Theology Commencement and during the Baccalaureate ceremony. Both Commencement ceremonies and the Baccalaureate service will be live-streamed.
Honorary degrees will be presented to the Rt. Rev. Harold William Godfrey, former bishop of Peru; the Rt. Rev. José Antonio McLoughlin, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina; and the Rt. Rev. David C. Rice, provisional bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, who will preach during the School of Theology Commencement service Friday, May 12.
Astrophysicist Arnold Benz; Brad Gioia, C’76, headmaster at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville; cancer researcher Ching-Hon Pui; and Emilie M. Townes, dean and Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Divinity School will receive honorary degrees during the Baccalaureate service at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 13. Pui will give the Baccalaureate address.
On Sunday, May 14, a Convocation for Conferring of Degrees will be held at 10 a.m. in All Saints’ Chapel (tickets required) for the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Letters. More than 400 students are expected to graduate from the College, and 13 will receive master’s degrees from the School of Letters. A luncheon honoring the Class of 2017 graduates will follow.

Thursday, May 11

O’Donohue at ALLL

“Aging in Community” by Kathleen O’Donohue will be the topic at the Thursday, May 11 meeting of the Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALLL) at St. Mary’s Sewanee. The meeting begins at noon.
As director of Folks at Home in Sewanee, Kathleen is involved with all aspects of aging and will address the question “what matters to you most?” She is a licensed physician assistant and certified Tai Chi instructor. She is also a member of the group working on the founding of Arcadia of Sewanee and will provide an update.
The Academy for Lifelong Learning is a year-round program offering stimulating talks every month on a wide range of topics. The membership fee to join the Academy is  $12 annually or one may pay $2 per session. A box lunch can be ordered by calling Debbie at (931) 598-5342 or by emailing <>.

Monday, May 8

Sewanee Woman’s Club Meeting May 8

The May luncheon meeting for the Sewanee Woman’s Club will be at noon, Monday, May 8, 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.
This month is Hat Month. There will be a competition with prizes for the prettiest, the funniest and the most unusual hats.
Lunch ($13.75) for this meeting will be cream of broccoli soup, caesar salad with grilled chicken, hot rolls and lemon meringue pie. Reservations are required and are due by Friday, April 28. 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.
This is the last meeting for the club this year, so come out and enjoy the fellowship before going into your summer activities. Child care is also available; please request this when making a reservation. Please bring a snack for your child.

Sunday, May 7

Mother’s Day Papercutting Art Workshop on May 7

Kim Phillips, master papercut artist and a member of the Franklin County Arts Guild, is offering a “Love You Mom” paper cut art workshop 1–4 p.m., Sunday, May 7, at the Sewanee Community Center. Participants will learn to make single-layer and multi-layer papercuts for greeting cards, wall decorations, and other creative purposes and will complete an original piece of art for a special Mother’s Day card or gift. The $30 workshop fee includes all instruction and materials. A portion of the fee will be used to support the Sewanee Community Center.

Thursday, May 4

Ensembles Offer Multiple Performances

The arts at Sewanee continue a lively presence through the conclusion of the academic year. There’s something for everyone and all events are free.
The Sewanee Symphony Orchestra and the University Choir join forces in a joint concert today (Friday), April 28 at 7:30 p.m. in All Saints’ Chapel. The concert includes the seasonally appropriate Pomp and Circumstance of Elgar and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” The University Choir will perform choruses from Handel’s “Messiah.” Faculty members Jessica Usherwood, soprano, and University Organist Geoffrey Ward are featured soloists in the concert.
On Saturday, April 29, the Mountaintop Musicians will present the annual Sewanaroo from 2–7 p.m. at the Women’s Center, and the Gospel Choir will sing their season finale at 6:30 p.m. in St. Luke’s Chapel. A joint student recital offers an entirely different experience at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 30. Alyson Carr, soprano, and Huiqi (Sherlock) Xu, piano, will present “An Afternoon of Romantic Lyricism.”
The University Choir will sing the final Evensong of the year at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 2, in All Saints’ Chapel.
The Sewanee premiere of Live Music Sound Nation, with supporting artists Easy Honey, performing the music of film composer Hans Zimmer live in a multimedia rock spectacle will take place at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 3, in Guerry Auditorium.
Also on Wednesday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m., the Folk Music Collective sings their last concert under the direction of James Carlson, visiting professor of music, who leaves Sewanee this year. Cricket & Snail, the ensemble composed of Carlson and his wife, Lucie, will perform a farewell concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 7, in St. Luke’s Chapel.
The student a cappella groups will take the Guerry stage at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 4. The three ensembles, Cambiata, Cadence and Key of D, will join together in this performance. .

Wednesday, May 3

Sewanee Folk Music Collective Spring Concert

Sewanee Folk Music Collective will present a spring concert at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 3, in St. Luke’s Chapel.
Come hear a mix of folk music styles including Klezmer, Celtic, French, Cajun and Highlander Folk School music.

Monday, May 1

ECW to Meet May 1

All women of the area are invited to attend the last spring meeting of  the year of the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) on Monday, May 1. The luncheon-meeting will take place in St Mark’s Hall of Otey Parish House.
Devotion presenter, Carol Sampson, will offer a prayer based on Jesus as our Divine Therapist.
Reservations for the luncheon meeting ($10), catered by Jennifer Janeway, must be made by 6 p.m., Friday, April 28, by calling Connie Gibson at 598-5583 or emailing her at <>. A vegetarian meal is offered if requested at the time the reservation is made.