Saturday, October 21

Art Workshops Offered at the Artisan Depot

The artists of the Artisan Depot in Cowan, are offering art workshops with three classes by popular local artists: Cathy Norrell, Frances Perea and Carol Vandenbosch. The public is invited to sign up, and beginners are especially welcome. Class sizes will be small; participants are encouraged to sign up early. The workshop subjects include:
Mask Making by Cathy Norrell, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30—The instructor fee is $25; there is no materials fee but students may select items from the Artisan Depot’s Art Supply Corner for a small donation. Masks will be created with recycled paper and other materials; a materials list will be provided when students sign up. Class size is limited to a minimum of four students, maximum of eight. Students may bring a lunch. The $25 fee deadline is Sept. 23. Please make checks out to Cathy Norrell and mail to Franklin County Arts Guild, P.O. Box 545, Cowan, TN 37318. For more information, contact Cathy Norrell at (423) 242-5775.
Brush Doll Collage Mini-Workshop by Frances Perea, 10 a.m.–noon, Saturday, Oct. 7—The instructor fee is $20; most materials provided but students may select additional items from the Art Supply Corner for a small donation. Students will create a doll with a paint brush and a variety of collaged papers, recycled trims, beads, buttons and found objects. Class size is limited to a minimum of four students, maximum of eight; no experience necessary. The$20 fee deadline is September 30. Please make checks out to Frances Perea and mail to Franklin County Arts Guild, P.O. Box 545, Cowan, TN 37318. Contact Frances at (931) 308-9510 with questions, or email her at <>.
Mosaic Class for Beginners by Carol Vandenbosch (two sessions), 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 21—In this two-part workshop, students will create a mosaic wall hanging (with or without a mirror) or a stepping stone. The instructor fee is $65 and includes all materials. The class size is limited to 12 students. The $25 deposit deadline is Oct. 7. Please make checks out to Carol Vandenbosch and mail to Franklin County Arts Guild, P.O. Box 545, Cowan, TN 37318. Contact Carol at (931) 924-3041 or <> with questions.
Sign up for workshops at the Artisan Depot, 204 Cumberland St. East, Cowan, or at <>. The Workshop Coordinator is Frances Perea, (931) 308-9510. Workshops will be held at the Artisan Depot, 204 Cumberland St. East, Cowan.

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.

Art​ ​Call​ ​to Photographers

All​ ​levels​ ​of ​photographers​ ​are​ ​invited​ ​to​ ​submit​ ​work reflecting​ ​the​ ​theme​ ​​“​home​”​​ ​to​ ​th​e​ ​Historic​ ​Downtown​ ​Tracy​ ​City​ ​Window​ ​Gallery’s​ ​Second Exhibition​ ​by​ ​Oct.​ ​20.​ ​​ ​​ ​
Photographers​ ​of ​all​ ​ages​ ​and​ ​experience​ ​from Grundy,​ ​Franklin,​ ​and​ ​Marion​ ​Counties​ ​are​ ​eligible​ ​to​ ​submit.​ ​The​ ​theme​ ​for​ ​this exhibition,​ ​“​home​,”​ ​is​ ​open​ ​to​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of ​interpretations.​ ​​ ​Photographers’​ ​exploration​ ​of the​ ​theme​  ​​might​ ​include,​ ​but​ ​is​ ​not​ ​limited​ ​to,​ ​locale,​ ​symbols,​ ​memory, buildings,​ ​objects,​ ​nostalgia and ​people.​ ​​ ​The​ ​photographs​ ​entered​ ​may​ ​answer​ ​the question,​ ​what​ ​is​ ​your​ ​notion​ ​of ​​ ​“​home”​​ ​and​ ​what​ ​best​ ​represents​ ​it.​ ​​ ​A​ ​holiday​ ​event will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​in​ ​conjunction​ ​with​ ​this​ ​exhibition​ ​in​ ​December.
Entries​ ​will​ ​be​ ​accepted​ ​until​ ​Oct.​ ​20​ ​and​ ​the​ ​selected​ ​works​ ​will​ ​be​ ​on​ ​view​ ​in​ ​the windows​ ​of ​Historic​ ​Downtown​ ​Tracy​ ​City​ ​from​ ​Nov.​ ​17​ ​through​ ​Feb.​ ​28.​ ​
The exhibition​ ​is​ ​made​ ​possible​ ​by​ ​Tennessee​ ​Arts​ ​Commission​ ​and​ ​hosted​ ​by​ ​local businesses​ ​in​ ​the​ ​windows​ ​of ​Depot​ ​Emporium,​ ​Annex​ ​Cafe,​ ​Grundy​ ​County​ ​Historical Society​ ​Museum,​ ​Citizens​ ​Tri-County​ ​Bank​ ​and​ ​Dutch​ ​Maid​ ​Bakery.​ ​
Please​ ​send entries​ ​in​ jpeg​ ​format​ ​to​ ​​<>​​.​ Contact​ ​Emily​ ​Partin​ ​at​ ​(931) 235-5576​ ​with​ ​any further​ ​questions.
The​ ​1st​ ​exhibit​ ​of ​the​ ​Downtown​ ​Tracy​ City​ ​Window​ ​Gallery​ ​opened​ ​on​ ​Aug. 12​ ​and will​ ​remain​ ​available​ ​for​ ​viewing​ ​until​ ​mid​ ​November.​ ​​ ​
The first ​exhibit​ ​featured​ ​the creative​ ​artwork​ ​from​ ​our​ ​local​ ​students​ ​participating​ ​in​ ​summer​ ​camps​ ​across​ ​the plateau.

Friday, October 13

University Art Gallery

The University Art Gallery will open the 2017–18 exhibition season with Anna Campbell’s “Apparatus for a Dream Sequence,” an exhibition of sculpture that takes ordinary objects and materials and presents them in unfamiliar ways.  Materials and objects become metaphor. Pragmatic materials preclude finished or closed meanings, and the difficulties and artifice of gender performances of all kinds are laid bare. “Apparatus for a Dream Sequence” is on view in the University Art Gallery from Thursday, Aug. 31 through Friday, Oct. 13.
Campbell will present her work at a public talk and reception at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, in Convocation Hall. The public is invited to attend.

Monday, October 9

SWC Meeting, Oct. 9

The Sewanee Woman’s Club will meet at  noon, Monday, Oct. 9, at the DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle. The club welcomes all women to join. Dues are $5 per year and are used to support Thurmond Library and community projects. Reservations are due Friday, Sept. 29.
The program will be presented by Carmen Toussaint, Executive Director of Rivendell Writers Colony. She will present “Rivendell, Writers and Inspiration.” Rivendell has had writers from 30 states since it opened its doors. It welcomes all genres and levels of writing. Come to hear what the writers are experiencing at Rivendell.

Sunday, October 8

‘Anton in Show Business’ Begins Oct. 6

Theatre/Sewanee will present “Anton In Show Business,” a comedy by Jane Martin, Oct. 6 -7, and 12-14, at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. in the Tennessee Williams Center.
"Anton in Show Business" is a madcap comedy which follows three actresses across the footlights, down the rabbit hole and into a strangely familiar wonderland that looks a lot like the American theatre.  In the tradition of great backstage comedies, Anton conveys the joys, pains and absurdities of producing Chekhov’s  “The Three Sisters” in Texas.
Kalynn Harrington, Lydia Klaus and Kate Schumaker play the three actresses.  They are joined by Marion Givhan, Alena Kochinski, Emily Riedlinger, Sarah Mixon, Will Burton-Edwards, Nick Govindan, Cameron Noel, Jonathan Herring, David Provost, Jack Riordan and Jim Crawford.
Anton In Show Business is directed by Peter Smith, with scenery designed by Elijah Brooks-Davis and Dan Backlund; costumes designed by Jennifer Matthews; and lighting designed by Liam Corley and Backlund. John Marshall is technical director, assisted by Chynna Bradford.  Krystal Fowler is production stage manager. Admission is free and reservations are available at

Saturday, October 7

Animal Alliance Yard Sale

Animal Alliance South Cumberland will hold its fall yard sale at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Monteagle Elementary School. All proceeds from the sale will benefit their low-cost spay/neuter program. In case of rain, the sale will be moved to Saturday, Oct. 21.
Animal Alliance wants to invite local residents to come by this large yard sale and pick up a deal. The sale will include furniture, housewares, collectibles, Christmas decorations, photo frames, art work, collectibles, kitchen items, dishes, tools, books, and many other items. For those of you who love Halloween, you will be amazed at the Halloween decorations and items we will have for sale that day. Please support this much needed animal welfare program.
If you have a female or male dog or cat, please fix them before they are 5 months of age to prevent an unexpected and often unwanted litter of puppies or kittens. Help your pets live a healthier, longer life. Money is available to help low-income pet owners, just call and ask for details. 
Animal Alliance also has two very special grants. The South Cumberland Community Fund is helping to fix dogs and cats for pet owners who make too much money to be considered low-income, but are having financial difficulties and cannot afford to spay or neuter their pets. Call and ask for details. There is also a Petco grant to help fix dogs and cats for low income pet owners for $5 each. Please call and ask for details at (931) 235-9006 or (931) 952-1825. 
If you have some nice items to donate to our yard sale (no clothes please), or would like to volunteer to help us with this big yard sale, please call (931) 952-1825.

Thursday, October 5

The Dog Branch Cats to Perform

North Carolina string band the Dog Branch Cats will give a special performance at 5 p.m.  on Thursday, Oct. 5, in Gailor Auditorium on the University of the South campus.
The Dog Branch Cats were originally formed in 1992 with fiddles, banjo, guitar, bass and banjo ukulele. The community is invited to hear the string band (with members Jan Davidson, Bob Dalsemer, Emolyn Liden, Chloe Davidson and Lindsey Liden) from Brasstown, N.C., play a mix of traditional mountain music.
Band member Jan Davidson will receive an honorary degree during the University’s Founders’ Day Convocation on Friday, Oct. 6. He is an accomplished writer, musician, speaker, and the recently retired longtime director of the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown.

Wednesday, October 4

Trustee Community Relations Meeting

The Trustee Community Relations Committee will be in Sewanee on Wednesday, Oct. 4. They will meet with the Sewanee Community Council, who will update the Trustees on topics of interest and concern to our community. If you have items that you would like the Council to consider, please contact a Council member. There will be a reception and time for conversation with both groups at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the American Legion Hall.
Members of the Sewanee Community Council are Annie Armour, Rich Barrali, Nancy Berner, Pam Byerly, Pixie Dozier, Mike Gardner, Sallie Green, Louise Irwin, John McCardell, Cindy Potter, Kate Reed, Flournoy Rogers, Theresa Shackelford, Shirley Taylor, Phil White, and Charles Whitmer, and student members Jeremy Carlson and Abbey Schockley.

Tuesday, October 3

Village Update Meeting

Meet with Frank Gladu, Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor, to discuss the Village development updates, 10–11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Blue Chair Tavern. Coffee will be served and everyone in the community is welcome.

Sunday, October 1

Otey Oktoberfest

Fall into good spirits and great company with Otey Parish’s third annual Oktoberfest at 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 1. This celebration is not one to miss as it will be bursting with food, music and dancing, costume contests and pumpkin decorating. The menu for this feast includes German brats steamed in beer on a hoagie bun, warm German potato salad, sauerkraut with caraway, mouth watering salted soft pretzels and some sweet treats to tantalize any taste bud. And beer to wash it all down. There will be hot dogs for the kids. There is no charge for all of these fun happenings (donations accepted). Rake in all the excitement listening to a Polka Band and dance your best polka. Please feel free to dress to impress in your best Fall/Halloween getup as there will be a prize for the best costume. Bring your kids and their friends too for fun with music, dancing, games, and some pumpkin decorating for all ages. Please RSVP to Frieda Hawkins Gipson at 598-5926 or <>.

Saturday, September 30

Annual SCRLT Meeting

The South Cumberland Regional Land Trust (SCRLT) will host its annual membership meeting on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Jumpoff Community Land Trust. The gathering will begin with a potluck dinner at 5 p.m., followed by a presentation by University professor Amy Turner. Turner is a wildlife scientist and Director of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability at the University. She will discuss wildlife monitoring and do a live demonstration detecting local bat species.

Jail Art Program Show and Sale

Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum in partnership with the local nonprofit organization, Arts Inside, is pleased to announce an art show created by the women in the detention center’s art program. The event will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Grundy County Courthouse in Altamont. The public is cordially invited to attend to enjoy refreshments and the art display. Artwork created by the women will be displayed and offered for sale. Prices range from $5 to $50.

Call for Entries in the Fifth Annual Chili Challenge

It is time to dust off your favorite chili recipes and get ready for the fifth annual Fire on the Mountain Chili Cook off, Car Show and Crafts in Monteagle. This event will be held 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Hannah Pickett Park behind Monteagle City Hall.
Businesses, nonprofits and civic organizations are all encouraged to participate.
Entrants will compete for bragging rights and cash prizes awarded in two different categories: Judged Best Chili and People’s Choice.
All car and chili registration fees go to the Toys for Tots program on the Mountain. There is no fee to have a Craft booth, all you need to fill out an application.
For complete set of rules and craft show entry go to
For more information call (931) 924-5353 or email

Fifth Annual Fire on the Mountain in Monteagle

The fifth annual Fire on the Mountain Chili Cook-off and Car Show will be held on Sept. 30, at Hannah Pickett Park. The Park is located at 16 Dixie Lee Ave., behind Monteagle City Hall.
The Chili Cook-off will be open for tasting at noon where the public can sample all the entrants chili for $5. Chili Cook-off teams will represent some of the surrounding areas, as well as the mountain’s finest restaurants, businesses and community groups. There are two categories of awards for the chili contest. The first award is “Judged Best Chili” and the second is “The People’s Choice.” The chili can be made on site or brought to the event. Each first place will receive $250 and a trophy. There is still room for you to enter and use your secret recipe!
The Tracy City Streetrodders will host the Car Show with more than100 cars participating. The car show is from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. and is free to the public, but there is a fee to enter your car in the Car Show.
There will be local Arts & Craft vendors joining us, as well as food and drinks for sale. The car show will have a DJ that will be providing music and prizes throughout the day. Proceeds will go to support the Toys for Tots and the South Cumberland Chamber of Commerce.
For more information about the Car Show and to download the rules and application for the Chili cook-off, go to <> or contact the Chamber office at (931) 924-5353.

New Show at the Artisan Depot

Franklin County Arts Guild brings a new show from one of the members of 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 Member Show features the work of Mackie Priest Jr. a contributing artist at the Artisan Depot and member of the Guild for about 5 years. Mackie’s major when he attended Motlow was in art. He has also taken classes at Arrowmont in Gatlinburg and  at the J.C. Campbell Folk School in Murphy, N.C.
The community is cordially invited to attend the opening reception for this show today (Friday) Sept. 1, at 5 p.m. Help us celebrate this young man’s great artistic ability with this great show and other arts and crafts in the gallery.
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 go to <> or <www.face​> or contact Diana Lamb at (931) 308-4130.

Friday, September 29

Seventh Annual Angel Fest, Sept. 29

The seventh annual AngelFest will be Friday, Sept. 29, at the Angel Park and throughout downtown Sewanee. Joseph’s Remodeling Solutions is sponsoring the family fun and children’s activities, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Children’s activities include inflatables; animals; musical chairs for the dogs and their humans; cotton candy and shaved ice; crafts; face painting; glow bracelets and temporary tattoos; make your own marshmallow poppers; corn hole; and ladder toss, bubbles and sidewalk chalk. The children’s events will end at 7 p.m. New this year will be an Arts and Crafts market, and the local farmers’ market.
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, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.; bring a chair or a blanket. There will be food and drink for purchase from local businesses.
The Reverse Raffle drawing, a chance to win up to $10,000, will be held during the event. Tickets, $100, are available from local businesses and online at <>. Proceeds benefit the Sewanee Angel Park and the Community Action Committee.
The Sewanee Business Alliance along with other AngelFest sponsors offer this event free to the community. For more information go to <http://sewanee​>.

‘The Rooster and the Rainbow’ at Carlos Gallery

The Carlos Gallery in the Nabit Art Building at University of the South is pleased to present “The Rooster and the Rainbow,” an exhibition of drawings and paintings by Georgia artist Ann-Marie Manker. The exhibition runs through Friday, Sept. 29, with a closing reception and artist talk at 4:30 p.m.
In her lustrous figurative works, Ann-Marie Manker uncovers the hidden wills of a fictional cast of characters, giving them agency to act upon covert desires. Her protagonists are often staged in ambiguous negotiations, either asserting individual authority or falling prey to an unnamed antagonizer—or both. All tread an inexplicably precarious landscape.
Manker’s work examines the roles of power and subordination as a predicament of gender. This dynamic is played out in bubble gum fantasies and daydreams of Manker’s characters, most of whom are women. Some are depicted as a conniving femme fatal, luring her predator with sexual charm. Others are mere pretty faces, their attempts at empowerment obscured by naïveté, fragility or loss of direction.
In El Gallo, which means rooster or “cock” in Spanish, Manker has devised the inverse of these earlier bodies of work. Rather than an ominous abstraction, the dark cloud hovering over Manker’s women instead takes center stage as an amalgamated archetype, a chimerical aggressor whose agenda the artist details in her personalized lexicon of symbols.
A spin on the mythical galipote, a shapeshifting monster in Latin American tales, these gallos are elegant but maleficent tricksters. Inspired by personal experiences in Tuscon, Arizona, their classically shaped figures are strong with the same resilience and determination of the desert, their desires translated as unnatural growths protruding from animal-like bodies.
Manker’s gallos also include a handful of unlikely depictions: delicate young men engaged in atypical intimate acts, or what the artist calls “bromance rituals”—combing each other’s hair, shaving each other’s beards or helping each other dress. In the same way her earlier works addressed power by emasculating it, Manker seems to slay her demons by rendering them beautiful, as if by perfecting them visually, she is able to somehow control them.
The Carlos Gallery is located at 105 Kennerly Road. Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., and Saturday, 1–5 p.m.

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 Café 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 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

SES Book Fair

Sewanee Elementary School will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair Sept. 25–29. All are welcome to shop during school hours (8 a.m.–3 p.m.). Books appropriate for children ages preschool through fifth grade will be available for purchase. Cash, check and credit cards are accepted. All proceeds benefit literacy efforts at the school, including new books for the school library. The book fair is sponsored by the Sewanee Parent Organization.