Friday, April 14

Zanele Muholi: “Faces and Phases” at UAG

The University Art Gallery presents the work of renowned South African artist activist Zanele Muholi in a selection of 22 photographs from her series “Faces and Phases,” a series of dignified portrait photographs of black South Africans who identify as LGBTI. Shown together, these portraits of individuals represent and build community. Muholi is a visual activist. In collaboration with her sitters, she uses photography to combat the oppression of a group whose existence had been excluded from South African history, even 10 years after Apartheid. The people represented in Muholi’s portraits choose to be visible, empowered and themselves. They invite us to see and know them, and thereby resist the fear and erasure threatened by the prejudices, hate and brutal violence too often directed at them. “Faces and Phases” ensures visibility for black queer and transgender individuals and communities. “Faces and Phases” is on view in the University Art Gallery from Feb. 3 through April 14.

Thursday, February 9

Reishman at The Academy for Lifelong Learning

Join The Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALLL) at St. Mary’s Sewanee at noon, Thursday, Feb. 9. Retired University of the South professor John Reishman will be the speaker.
Reishman’s talk will cover the three Pre-Raphaelite painters who founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in London, in 1838. They are Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais. These painters were reacting to what they regarded as a lull in English artistic achievements, which they believed resulted from a slavish dependence on the standards of the Royal Academy and its enthusiasm for Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian and other masters of the High Renaissance. They were determined to revive English painting and to make art once again a force in British culture. It promises to be a fascinating talk.
Reishman began his career at the University of the South in 1969. He retired last spring, completing 47 years of teaching. He and his wife Claire, a very accomplished art teacher and potter, live in Sewanee.
The ALLL meets monthly, generally on the second Thursday, at noon, for one hour. Speakers are invited to share a wide variety of topics and there is always time for questions and answers. The membership fee for the Academy is $12 per year or $2 per session.
Box lunches are available for $12 by calling Debbie at 598-5342 or email at <>. For more information about the Academy, please call Deb Kandul at (931) 924-3542.

American Spiritual Ensemble to Perform in February

The American Spiritual Ensemble will visit Sewanee for a multi-day residency in February, 2017. The American Spiritual Ensemble (ASE), with a mission of keeping the African American spiritual alive, was founded in 1995 by Everett McCorvey, professor of voice and director of opera at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. McCorvey and César Leal, conductor of the Sewanee Symphony and assistant professor of music, have been colleagues since Leal received a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. The ensemble’s repertoire includes classic spirituals, jazz  and Broadway numbers highlighting the Black experience.
Terry Papillon, dean of the College at the University of the South, has announced that a collaboration of five University partners and a friend of the College will allow all performances to be free and open to the public. The partners include All Saints’ Chapel, the Office of the Dean of Students, the School of Theology, the Office of the Dean of the College, the Performing Arts Series, and Dr. François S. Clemmons. The University has also received a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission in support of the project.
Papillon notes the importance of this offering to the greater community, “I believe that this residency can be a vital part of the University’s goal to do something that engages us in active participation for diversity and inclusion. Three performances are planned for ‘town and gown’ to hear, consider, and sing about the role of the African American spiritual through slavery, emancipation, and the civil rights movement. This repertoire has relevant themes in the present day.”
The first performance is a community welcome assembly at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, in Guerry Auditorium, with students from Sewanee Elementary School presenting a brief play and joining the ASE in a sing-along. The Sewanee Symphony Orchestra will join forces with the ASE at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, in a performance in Guerry Auditorium featuring selections from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. The residency concludes at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, in All Saints’ Chapel with the American Spiritual Ensemble in concert. Vocal ensembles from the University, including Sewanee Praise, Sewanee Chorale, the University Choir, and the Schola of the School of Theology, will join in a final selection, “Keep Marchin’ til I Make it Home,” a piece written for the ASE by Raymond Wise. A detailed schedule for the residency will be available in January at

Saturday, February 4

Upcoming Herbarium Winter Events

Herbarium Tour and Mountathon, at the Sewanee Herbarium, Spencer Hall, Saturday, Jan. 28, 9:30-11:30 a.m., with Herbarium Curator Mary Priestley—This is your chance to see where and what the herbarium is and to help in the work. Spending a morning mounting pressed plants can be a satisfying and fun experience. The finished product is always useful and often quite beautiful. Come help us mount our backlog of specimens. Learn methods that have been passed down through generations and are still used today, and take home a guide to mounting pressed plants. Meet in the Herbarium on the first floor of Spencer Hall. The main entrance is across from duPont Library and there is parking behind the library.
Water Walk, Snowden Hall, Room TBA, Saturday, Feb. 4, 9:30-11:30 a.m.—This past summer’s drought reminded us that the availability of water has always been a concern for Sewanee and other plateau communities. Join geology professor Martin Knoll and Mary Priestley for a walk to learn about water as a resource for inhabitants of the plateau—plants and animals, as well as the human population. Meet at Snowden Hall to caravan to the site of the walk, which will include Hodgson’s Pond, Abbo’s Alley, the ATO and Tremlett Springs. Wear comfortable shoes for this easy 1-mile walk. If weather is inclement, we will remain at Snowden.
Nature Journaling—A nature journaling group, sponsored by the Herbarium, meets Thursdays, 9 a.m.–11 a.m. in the Herbarium. An informal gathering, participants share observations and writing, and sketch plants or other natural objects. Everyone is welcome.
For more information on these or other Sewanee Herbarium events, please contact Mary Priestley at

Baseball Registration

The T-ball and baseball registration dates have been set for the 2017 Cowan/Sewanee Little League.
At the Sewanee Elementary School, registration will be 3–5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23 and 9 a.m.–noon, Saturday, Jan. 28.
At the Cowan Elementary School, registration will be 9 a.m.–noon, Saturday, Jan. 28 and Saturday, Feb. 4.
This cost this year is $35 for one player and $60 for a family. If you would like to take the opportunity and become a coach for these great kids please contact Amanda Knight at or (931) 691-0962. There will not be late sign-ups this year. If you cannot make these registration dates, please contact Knight to get signed up.
On Saturday, Feb. 25, at 9 a.m., there will be a work day at the ballfield. Bring your rakes, shovels, gloves and anything else we might be able to use to get the ballfield looking great again.

Tuesday, January 31

Rooted Here Meeting

Rooted Here will hold its annual meeting at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the Sewanee Community Center. Rooted Here is the administrative entity overseeing the South Cumberland Farmers’ Market, which connects retail customers directly to farmers, and the South Cumberland Food Hub, which connects wholesale customers and farmers. All interested community members are encouraged to attend. For information, contact president Leslie Lytle

Friday, January 27

“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 through 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

Thursday, January 26

Jamaican Outreach at Mountain Goat Market

Mountain Goat Market in Monteagle will donate a portion of its proceeds to the  St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School’s Jamaica Outreach efforts with a special fundraiser at the Market 6–9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26. Students and faculty participating in this year’s trip will be on hand to talk about their upcoming and past work. Since 2012, SAS students and faculty have travelled to Kingston, Jamaica during spring break to provide service to communities in need.

Entrepreneur Club Jan. 26

The Entrepreneur Club will meet on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 5 p.m. at the Tracy City Library. Cindy Day, owner of Dutch Maid Bakery, will share with the club how she kept the business going. Everyone is invited to attend. The purpose of the Entrepreneur Club is to share ideas and information about running a business, which will foster the growth of local businesses. The Tracy City Public Library is located at 50 Main Street.

Stirling’s Hosts “Places and Placements”

Mary Priestley’s exhibit, “Places and Placements,” an exploration of how we use objects to shape our spaces, is hanging in Stirling’s Coffee House for the month of January. A reception will be at 4:30-6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26.
Subjects range from buildings and interiors in the Village and on campus to natural areas around Sewanee, focusing on how humans make these spaces more welcoming, accessible, intriguing, useful, attractive, or …
“Places and Placements” includes an interactive component, “Got Time? Draw,” in which visitors are invited to try their hand at finding and drawing an imaginary animal in a blob of paint, then leaving it as part of the exhibit through the month.

Tuesday, January 24

SUD Meeting, Jan. 24

The Sewanee Utility District of Franklin and Marion Counties Board Of Commissioners will hold its regular meeting at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, 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 and Karen Singer.

Monday, January 23

Meet the Author

The Decherd Presbyterian Church is initiating a program for all interested book lovers, called “Meet the Author.” The first “Meet the Author” night will be at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23. The guest author will be R.D. Sherrill of McMinnville. Sherrill’s first crime novel was “Red Dog Saloon,” released in 2013. Since then four other successful books have followed, with the latest being “Paradise Ranch.” The Decherd Presbyterian Church is located on the corner of Fourth and Broad streets in Decherd. All readers are welcome to this event.

Community Council Meeting

The next meeting of the Community Council is scheduled at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23, at the Sewanee Senior Citizens Center.

STHP Meeting Jan. 23

Are you interested in the stories of longtime Sewanee families and early businesses on the Mountain? Come to the Sewanee Trust for Historic Preservation (STHP) meeting at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23, in  Otey’s Parish house. Matt Reynolds, Assistant Director of University Archives, will suggest successful methods for preserving the old stories and how to find out more. Any and all interested people and representatives of Sewanee families are encouraged to come to learn from him and hear more details.

Saturday, January 21

Buy one, Give one: In-Home Energy Audits

The South Cumberland Partners in Weatherization and Energy Conservation Resources (POWER ) is offering in-home energy audits at a discounted price. Through other programs, in-home energy audits cost about $200, but with POWER, they start at just $30 ($40 for over 1,000 square feet and $50 for over 2,000 square feet).  All proceeds from your audit will go towards helping your neighbors weatherize their homes.
For your in-home energy audit, a team of trained volunteers will assess your home to see where it is losing energy. The test involves checking water flow, searching for gaps around doors or windows, appraising attic insulation, and performing a blower-door test to show where air leaks out of the house. The team will come up with a comprehensive approach on how to make minor modifications to dramatically lower your energy bills. Audits are scheduled to begin Jan. 21.
Signing up for an in-home energy audit is a way for you to be a part in ensuring everyone in your community has a warm, safe and healthy place to live. Starting in the spring, POWER will begin to work with homeowners in Grundy, Franklin and Marion counties to weatherize their homes, such as installing insulation, upgrading appliances, insulating water heaters, or repairing ductwork.
Contact or call the Mountain T.O.P. office at (931) 692-3999 and ask for Eva Allibone to schedule your in-home energy audit.

UDC Meets Jan. 21

The Kirby-Smith Chapter 327 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) will have its monthly meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Franklin Pearson House in Cowan.

Friday, January 20

New Shows at the Artisan Depot

The Franklin County Arts Guild brings two new shows to the Artisan Depot in Cowan. The Artisan Depot is an outreach of the Guild and provides a venue for local artists to exhibit and sell their work as well as a place for emerging artists of all ages to display their work. The community show, “Out My Window” will feature a wide variety of watercolor, acrylic, pastel, digital collage and cut paper pieces.
The first Member Show of the year features the work of Joe Butler, a contributing artist at the Artisan Depot and member of the Guild. He enjoys painting—doing landscapes and old buildings. His newest passion is working with his wood lathe, taking a piece of wood and turning it into something of beauty and usefulness.
The community is cordially invited to attend the opening reception for these shows on Friday, Jan. 20, at 5 p.m. Celebrate 2017 with these two great shows and other arts and crafts in the gallery.
The Artisan Depot is operated by the Franklin County Arts Guild and is located at 204 E. Cumberland St. in Cowan. Gallery hours are noon–5 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, and 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturdays.
For more information about upcoming community art shows, the gallery or the guild go to or or contact Diana Lamb at (931) 308-4130.

Sir Peter Crane to Give Convocation Address

The University of the South’s Winter Convocation will be at 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, in All Saints’ Chapel. Honorary degrees will be presented and approximately 100 new members will be inducted into the Order of Gownsmen. Sir Peter Crane, until recently the dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, will give the Convocation address and will receive an honorary doctor of science degree.
During the Convocation, Paul Farmer, medical anthropologist, physician, and founding director of Partners in Health, will receive an honorary doctor of civil law; journalist and poet Eliza Griswold will receive an honorary doctor of letters; and S. Zachry Young, former headmaster at Wesleyan School in Atlanta, will receive an honorary doctor of civil law.
Convocation will be streamed live for those who are unable to attend. Go to for more information.

Thursday, January 19

‘Tea for Three’

“Tea for Three,” an Inauguration Eve special performance will be at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, at Guerry Auditorium. Admission is free.
Particularly pertinent in an era of heightened politics, “Tea for Three” humanizes the political scene with a story both whimsical and deeply moving – a behind-the-scenes look at three First Ladies, Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford.
Share the journey of each as she deals with the fishbowl of First Ladydom.
Emmy Award-winning actress Elaine Bromka, with more than 30 years in film, television, Broadway and Off-Broadway, starred as eight First Ladies opposite Rich Little in the PBS show “The Presidents.” Intrigued by their stories, she went on with playwright Eric H. Weinberger to create this one-woman show.
The performance is presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Performing Arts Series.

Cowan Railroad Museum Annual Meeting Jan. 19

The annual meeting of the Cowan Railroad Museum will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Cowan Center for the Arts, 104 Monterey St., Cowan.
Two important items will be discussed: (1) a proposal to increase annual membership dues starting in 2018, and (2) a proposal to charge admission at the door starting this summer. Your voice, your vote, your $10 dues and your time all together keep Cowan Railroad Museum in motion. For more information, please visit