Friday, October 20

Haskell Honorary Chair for Goldenrod Gala

David Haskell, professor of biology at the University of the South and noted author, has been named Honorary Chair of the Friends of South Cumberland’s Goldenrod Gala fundraiser event, set for Saturday, Oct. 21.
“I am delighted to serve as the honorary chair for this outstanding event in support of the work of the Friends of South Cumberland, on behalf of Tennessee’s largest and most biologically significant state park,” Haskell said. “Even as the park is growing, daunting challenges face those who care for it, interpret its amazing natural assets, and help provide visitors with an enlightening and safe park experience. The Goldenrod Gala is a wonderful opportunity for those who care about South Cumberland State Park to show their support and give back to an area that has enriched so many of our lives.”
The Goldenrod Gala, the first of its kind for the Friends organization, will be a festive evening event in Sewanee, under a ballroom tent overlooking Lost Cove and the newly-dedicated 4,000-acre Sherwood Forest area of the Park. The event will feature a gourmet dinner prepared on-site by Chef Alex Belew; artisan-crafted cocktails and wines; and after-dinner dancing to the South Jackson Street Big Band & Orchestra.
Visit the Gala’s website,, to learn more, and to reserve a table for individuals, family, friends and business associates.

Friday, September 29

Reverse Raffle Tickets Still Available

The Sewanee Business Alliance is sponsoring a reverse raffle with the grand prize awarded of up to $10,000. Tickets are $100 each and no more than 500 tickets will be sold. Proceeds benefit the Sewanee Angel Park and the Community Action Committee.
Tickets are available from the Blue Chair CafĂ© and Tavern, Locals, Woody’s Bikes, and University Realty and at
The winning ticket will be drawn at this year’s AngelFest on Friday, Sept. 29. AngelFest will feature Louisiana’s LeRoux, a seven-piece band out of Baton Rouge that has been firing up crowds with their Cajun mix of blues, R&B, funk, jazz and rock since 1977. The celebration begins late afternoon with children’s games and vendors. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The reverse raffle drawing will take place during the concert.
Learn more about the Sewanee Business Alliance, Angel Park and Friday Nights in the Park at

Wednesday, September 13

Honor Flight Trip Announced

Honor Flight of Middle Tennessee will make its next flight to Washington D.C., Wednesday, Sept. 13. Free trips, including meals, are provided to any terminally ill veteran, World War II and Korean War veterans to see the war memorials, Changing of the Guard Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery and dinner at Fort Meade, Md. Mobility issues or the use of oxygen are not a problem for these trips. Also, a doctor, at least two nurses and guardians accompany each trip. Bus transportation to and from the Nashville Airport is provided or veterans may meet the group at the airport. Vietnam War veterans with at least a 70 percent VA disability “Due to Exposure to Agent Orange” may also apply and will be seated as space becomes available.
For a veteran application please contact Larry Williams toll free at (833)HONORUSA or email
Tax deductible donations may be sent to Honor Flight of Middle Tennessee, PO Box 1926, Tullahoma, TN 37388.

Friday, September 1

‘Trail Friends’ Initiative Launches at South Cumberland State Park

The Friends of South Cumberland State Park, in conjunction with the park manager and rangers, are embarking on an exciting new volunteer program called “Trail Friends” at three popular trailheads in the park.
The Friends are looking for people who want to become knowledgeable about the most popular trails in the park. “Trail Friends” will be stationed at these trailheads during periods of high visitor traffic to welcome hikers, provide information and answer questions about that particular trail.
The trailhead areas Trail Friends will staff include Stone Door in the Beersheba area; Grundy Forest in Tracy City (Fiery Gizzard north); and Foster Falls, between Tracy City and Jasper (Fiery Gizzard south). Volunteers are needed to be available for shifts on Friday, from 2–5 p.m., Saturday, from 8–10 a.m. and 10 a.m.–noon, and Sunday from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 1–3 p.m. during the peak park visitation months of September, October, April and May.
Trail Friends volunteers will be expected to have a working knowledge of the trail to which they’re assigned, including park rules, trail features and current conditions, and where to obtain trail maps, etc.
In order to serve as a Trail Friend, each volunteer is expected to complete three training sessions with a park ranger, and master additional online curriculum.
If you love spending time in the park and enjoy meeting people, this is a great opportunity to be a goodwill ambassador for the Friends, and for the Park!
Training classes will begin in August, with the first Trail Friends being deployed at the trailheads in September. If you are interested in learning more, or in enrolling in the training program, visit <FriendsOf​> to fill out a brief information form.
A Friends representative will be in touch with those interested to schedule the ranger-led training sessions at times that work best for all. In the meantime, if you have questions about the program, email Friends volunteer chair Marietta Poteet at <> or call (931) 924-7666.

Monday, August 21

Chorale Prepares for 52nd Season

The Sewanee Chorale announces the first rehearsal of their 52nd season on Monday, Aug. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 220 of Guerry Hall. Singers age 13 and older are invited to join the weekly 90-minute rehearsals in preparation for a November concert, Songs of Joy and Thanksgiving. The concert will include works of Benjamin Britten, Vaughan Williams, Robert Shaw, Rutter, and Broadway tunes.
The United States, as the rest of the world, is seeing an increase in the number of community choirs. Roughly one-tenth of Americans sing in a choral ensemble, a number that has grown steadily over the last 20 years. Ruth Cobb, director of the Sewanee Chorale, suggests that a combination of factors have contributed to this phenomena. The economic advantage is that an instrument doesn’t need to be purchased, everyone is ready for choir if they want to put in some time and effort. As schools eliminate music education, families find that the community choirs offer the education and the experience of giving your best effort for the group, not personal glory. There are measurable benefits to both mental and physical health in getting out to sing and socialize with others. Scientific studies show that in breathing together, the choristers’ heartbeats also synchronize; its no surprise that singing together crosses all sorts of demographic boundaries. Finally, the pure joy of singing. The increase of oxygen gets the endorphins going, you see the smile on the face of the person sitting across from you, and there’s little that compares to the delight of creating a choral sound.
Requirements are few. First and foremost, says Cobb, “The desire to gather each week and work together; this is the most valuable part of the community choir—the commitment of the members to each other.” The Chorale asks for a donation from each member to help defray the cost of music and the cost of hiring an accompanist for the performance. The Chorale also receives valuable support from the Sewanee Community Chest.
Interested persons should contact Cobb at with questions or to request that a folder be prepared and waiting for them at the first rehearsal.

Sunday, August 6

MSSA Opens 135th Program Season June 11

The Monteagle Sunday School Assembly opens its 135th consecutive summer season of enrichment with an interdenominational worship service at 11 a.m., Sunday, June 11, in the Assembly’s Warren Chapel. The eight-week season will continue through Sunday, Aug. 6, featuring numerous visiting lecturers who will present morning and evening programs in Warren Chapel that are open free of charge to the public; unless otherwise noted, morning lectures begin at 10:45 a.m. and evening lectures at 8:15 p.m. Anyone interested in a full schedule of the Monteagle Assembly’s 2017 program is welcome to pick one up at the Assembly Office, call (931) 924-2286, or to peruse the schedule on the Assembly’s website at

Saturday, August 5

Fifth Annual Bone Drop Aug. 5

Animal Harbor is holding its fifth annual Bone Drop at noon, Saturday, Aug. 5, at the shelter. Up to 150 bones will be sold at $100 per bone; the bones will be dropped from 50 feet, and the bone that lands closest to the center of a target wins $5,000. You are encouraged to go in with friends, family or co-workers to share the cost of a bone; and you don’t have to be present to win. The proceeds from this major fundraiser will support Animal Harbor’s low-income spay/neuter program and the work of readying this year’s many puppies and kittens for adoption.
 To purchase a bone or for further information, stop by Animal Harbor at 56 Nor-Nan Rd., in Decherd, or download the purchase form from the website and mail it in with your payment. If you’re on the Mountain, contact Sue Ridyard or call 598 9260.

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.

Sunday, July 30

Sales Tax Holiday Date

The state of Tennessee’s annual sales tax holiday is held every year, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the last Friday in July and ending at 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday night. During this weekend, certain goods may be purchased tax free. This year’s tax-free holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 28, and ends Sunday, July 30, at 11:59 p.m.
Consumers will not pay state or local sales tax on clothing, school and art supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less.
For more information about the sales tax holiday, including lists of taxable and tax-exempt items, please visit <>. If you have questions about the holiday, please submit them to the Department electronically through the Revenue Help application, at <>.

Summer Begins with New Community Show, ‘Vacation’

The Franklin County Arts Guild welcomes the beginning of the summer with its community show “Vacation.” An opening reception will be 5–7 p.m., today (Friday), June 23. Come meet all our community artists and talk with them about their interpretation of the theme. Come see if your idea of a vacation is in any of the work on exhibit. Is it the beach, the mountains, a good book, or lemonade on a hot day? Or is it something else altogether? The show runs through July 30.
The Franklin County Arts Guild invites original contributions from Franklin County artists of all ages in any media for inclusion in its Community Arts Shows at the Artisan Depot. Individuals wishing to submit work for the next community show “American Retro” should submit their work at the Artisan Depot from July 27–30 during gallery operating hours. Each artist is free to interpret the theme of each show as they wish.
The Artisan Depot is operated by the Franklin County Arts Guild and is located at 204 Cumberland St. East, Cowan. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information about upcoming community art shows, the gallery or the guild visit us at <> or <> or contact Diana Lamb at (931) 308-4130.

Mountain Market for Arts and Crafts

The 58th Annual Monteagle Mountain Market Arts and Crafts Show will be 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday, July 29 and 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Sunday, July 30. The event is behind Monteagle City Hall, 16 Dixie Lee Avenue.
Talented artisans and crafters will display their handmade creations. There are a few vendor spaces available.
For more information call the South Cumberland Chamber of Commerce at (931) 924-5353 or email

Saturday, July 29

Morton Memorial Fish Fry

The 11th annual fish fry will be at Morton Memorial United Methodist Church (MMUMC) from 4–7 p.m., Saturday, July 29. This is a rain or shine event and take out is available. Come enjoy fried catfish, hushpuppies, cole slaw and dessert.
Proceeds from the fish fry help enable MMUMC’s many community outreach programs. The annual “Tools 4 School” program provides the essential back to school supplies for all the students at Monteagle Elementary School. The “Christmas on the Mountain” program provided gifts for more than 115 children last year. These and other ministries are an integral part of how MMUMC helps its neighbors on the Plateau. MMUMC also provides support to Gospel Partners and their efforts with an orphanage and school in India.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Contact Marietta Poteet, ,(931) 924-7666, (615) 476-8087. You can also purchase tickets the day of the event.

43rd Annual Swiss Celebration

The 43rd Swiss Heritage Celebration will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,  Saturday, July 29, on the grounds of the Stoker-Stampfli Farm Museum in Gruetli-Laager. The event is sponsored by the Grundy County Swiss Historical Society. The farm is one of only a few buildings remaining of the original Swiss Colony of Gruetli.
The Stoker-Stampfli Farm Museum is located at 328 Swiss Colony Cemetery Road. Travel on Highway 108, go north on 20th Ave. and follow the signs. Admission is $5.
There will be hay rides and buggy rides, and tours of the farm house, barn and other out buildings dating back to 1869. Vendors of food, crafts and area organizations will be on hand with displays of old farming tools and accessories. Historical documents,  books and memorabilia will be on sale at the membership stand. Music will be provided under the pavilion by the Musik Meisters  and Bazzania. Wine and cheese tastings will be available all day.
Become a member and support the preservation of a Swiss farm dating back to 1869. Send donations to P.O. Box 496, Gruetli-Laager, TN 37339. For more information email <>. The Grundy County Swiss Historical Society is a 501 (c) 3 organization. Visit the website at

Sewanee Writers’ Conference Begins 28th Year

Celebrating its 28th summer session, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference will run from Tuesday, July 18, through Saturday, July 29, and feature readings, panels, and lectures by nationally-recognized faculty, editors, publishers and literary agents.
The Conference will begin with a reading by fiction writer Christine Schutt at 8:15 p.m., Tuesday, July 18. All readings and lectures are free, open to the public, and held in the University of the South’s Mary Sue Cushman Room of the Bairnwick Women’s Center.
Christine Schutt is the author of two short-story collections, “Nightwork” (Alfred A. Knopf) and “A Day, a Night, Another Day, Summer” (TriQuarterly Books), and three novels, “Florida” (TriQuarterly Books), a National Book Award finalist; “All Souls” (Harcourt), a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and “Prosperous Friends” (Grove Press). Among other honors, Schutt has twice been selected for inclusion in The O. Henry Prize Stories and recently appeared in the New American Stories anthology from Vintage. She is the recipient of New York Foundation for the Arts and Guggenheim fellowships, and she lives and teaches in New York.
The first week will also feature readings by fiction writers Jeffery Renard Allen, Allan Gurganus, Alice McDermott, and Tim O’Brien; poets B.H. Fairchild, Mary Jo Salter, and A.E. Stallings; and playwright Naomi Iizuka.
The second week will feature readings by fiction writers Richard Bausch, Adrianne Harun, Randall Kenan, Margot Livesey, Jill McCorkle, and Steve Yarbrough; poets Mark Jarman, Maurice Manning, Charles Martin, Marilyn Nelson, Wyatt Prunty, and Sidney Wade; and playwrights Dan O’Brien and Ken Weitzman.
Editors from 5E, 32 Poems, Algonquin Books, The American Scholar, Blackbird, Boulevard, Copper Canyon Press, Crab Orchard Review, Ecotone, Grand Central Publishing, Grove Atlantic, The Hopkins Review, Knopf, Lookout Books, LSU Press, Mike Levine Editorial, The Missouri Review, The New Criterion, New Directions, Northwestern University Press, The Sewanee Review, University of Arkansas Press and The Weekly Standard will discuss publishing, as will agents from Aevitas Creative Management, Georges Borchardt Literary Agency, Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents, and The Wylie Agency.
Agents from The Gernert Company, ICM Partners and The Williams Company will also be in attendance, and representatives from Actors Theatre of Louisville and Agency for the Performing Arts will meet with playwrights.
A complete Conference schedule can be found online at Authors’ books are available at the University Book & Supply Store.
Supported by the Walter E. Dakin Memorial Fund established through the estate of the late Tennessee Williams, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference offers instruction and criticism to writers through a series of workshops, readings and craft lectures in poetry, fiction and playwriting. For more information, call (931) 598-1654 or visit the Sewanee Writers’ Conference website at

Sewanee Herbarium Summer Events

The Sewanee herbarium will host a botanical drawing on Saturday, July 22, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., led by Mary Priestley.
Participants will work on a careful drawing of a single botanical specimen, such as a herbaceous plant, a leafy twig or a single flower or fruit. Emphasis will be on quality time with a member of the botanical world and really seeing the subject. The event will include a few botanical terms meant to enhance appreciation and understanding of the subject being drawn. Paper and pencils will be supplied, but participants can bring other materials. Meet at the Herbarium office, room 169 in Spencer Hall on the Sewanee campus.
The Herbarium will host a Foster Falls walk on Saturday, July 29, at 9 a.m., led by Mary Priestley. Meet at the Foster Falls parking area for this one- to two-hour easy walk in the power line right-of-way above the gorge with optional short but steep trek to the bottom of the falls and back.

TCE Hosts High Tunnel Raising for School Garden

Community members are invited to Tracy City Elementary (TCE) 8 a.m.–noon, Saturday, July 29, to help raise a high tunnel for the school’s new educational garden.
“We’re excited to be starting another school garden in Grundy County,” said Erin Lee, an Americorps VISTA serving as network coordinator for the plateau’s Cumberland Teaching Gardens, “and we’re eager to make this event an educational opportunity for the community.”
Lee is seeking around 20 adult volunteers to help construct the high tunnel. Carolyn Hoagland, the University of the South’s farm manager, will lead the project and educate volunteers so that they can obtain skills and knowledge to construct their own high tunnel.
“High tunnels come in all sizes,” said Hoagland. “They can be a great season-extending addition to a backyard garden.”
The high tunnel will allow teachers and students to use the garden for more of the school year than the cool and wet weather would otherwise allow.
Alexis Pritchett, second-grade teacher at TCE and manager of the new garden, approached the Cumberland Teaching Gardens network this winter about the project. Most school gardens in the area are currently run as after-school clubs, but Pritchett is passionate about having it used in classes to supplement curriculum starting in August.
“My goal is to help teachers like Pritchett bring visions of school gardens to life,” said Lee, “and to create a network of teachers, parents, and other community members that will continue to support these gardens for years to come.”
Please sign up at or contact Erin Lee at for more information. Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes and bring any food and snacks they may want.
The event is hosted in partnership with AmeriCorps VISTA, the University of the South and South Cumberland Plateau Community Fund.

Thursday, July 27

Quickbooks Workshop

The University of Tennessee Extension program in Grundy County will sponsor a financial record keeping training sessions for nurseries, small farms, and small businesses on July 27–28. The record keeping software taught at the seminar will be QuickBooks Premier 2017. This is also an opportunity for people to learn about QuickBooks Pro since both of these software programs are similar. Dallas Manning, UT Extension Manager Specialist, will teach and take participants through a step-by-step process so that everyone can learn collaboratively during the workshop. The training sessions will be at the Grundy Co. Extension Office in Coalmont, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Thursday, July 27, and 9 a.m.–noon, Friday, July 28. The cost of the training session will be $50 per company (for one representative) and an additional $25 for each additional participant.
For more information or to make a reservation, contact the UT Extension Grundy County Office at (931) 592-3971. The University of Tennessee Extension offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion or veteran status, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Tuesday, July 25

SUD Meeting

The Sewanee Utility District of Franklin and Marion Counties Board of Commissioners will hold its regular meeting at 5 p.m, Tuesday, July 25, 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, July 24

Health Care Reform, ‘Where Do We Go From Here?’ Panel Discussion

A health care panel, moderated by Sandra Rice, a certified nurse practitioner on oncology and family practice, will be offered 7–8:30 p.m., Monday, July 24, at the County Annex Building, 839 Dinah Shore Blvd, Winchester.
Among the panelists are Dr. Garret Adams, founder and medical director of the Beersheba Springs clinic and past president of Physicians for A National Health Care Program; Dr. Amy Evans, a pediatrician in Sewanee; Nancy Silvertooth, a certified specialist in Medicaid and ACA sign up; and Bill Zechman, a State Farm insurance agent from McMinnville who worked with the ACA when Humana was in the market in Tennessee. They pulled out, he will give us some insight as to why.
Mariah Phillips, candidate for the Congressional Fourth District will greet people beginning at 6 p.m. at the County Annex before the panel begins.
Everyone is invited to attend this event.

Sunday, July 23

Franklin County Arts Guild Hosts HAPI Show

The Franklin County Arts Guild announces an art show presented by members of The Healing Arts Project, Inc. (HAPI) provides an avenue for persons in mental health and addiction recovery to express their creativity through a wide range of artistic endeavors. Creating art and developing a public show increases artists’ self-esteem and self-confidence and gives communities the opportunity to view highly creative work and to learn that people with mental illness are much more than their disease.
The Artisan Depot is pleased to exhibit the works of over a dozen artists from HAPI. Franklin County citizens as well as folks from the surrounding area are invited to join us for a special afternoon reception today (Friday), July 7 from noon–1 p.m., which will open the show and give everyone a chance to meet the artists. The HAPI show will be on exhibit through July 23.
The Artisan Depot is operated by the Franklin County Arts Guild and is located at 204 Cumberland St. East, Cowan. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information about upcoming community art shows, the gallery or the guild visit us at or or contact Diana Lamb at (931) 308-4130.