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

Friday, December 16

‘a hand’s width’ at the Carlos Gallery

The Carlos Gallery in  the Nabit Art Building  at  the University of the South  is pleased to present “a hand’s width,” an exhibition by artist Anderson Wrangle. The exhibition will be Nov. 4 through Dec. 16.
Wrangle is an artist and Associate Professor at Clemson University. Originally from Houston, Texas, he is fascinated with the landscape, still life, tableau, ephemeral sculpture and performative gestures. He brings these forms together to play within the ideas of nature and art to achieve a new sense of order.

Thursday, December 15

Willis to Present at the Academy

The Academy for Lifelong Learning at St. Mary’s Sewanee will meet at noon, Thursday, Dec. 15. University of the South professor John Willis will present the program entitled “Landscape and Memory.”
Willis’ talk is based on an environmental history study he is conducting on this part of Appalachia. He will assist us in understanding and “reading” the landscape as a way of relating to the past; 50 years, 150 years and even 9,500 years ago. These marks and signs of human history are present today and Willis will talk about some of these observations and the findings of his research.
Willis has conducted and published numerous research projects around the South, working under the auspices of the American Historical Society and the Mellon and DuPont foundations. He holds a degree from Baylor University and advanced degrees from the University of Virginia.
The Academy for Lifelong Learning at St. Mary’s Sewanee provides a program each month covering a wide range of topics. The public is invited to attend and become a member. Each session runs for one hour. Membership to the Academy is $12 per year. A box lunch ($12) can be ordered by calling (931) 598-5342. Participants may bring their own lunch.
For more information contact Stephen Burnett at (931) 598-5479.

Wednesday, December 14

SCA Meeting, Dec. 14

The Sewanee Civic Association (SCA) will meet at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the EQB Building.
Social time with wine begins at 5:30 p.m., and dinner begins at 6 p.m. Dinner costs $13 per person. The business meeting begins promptly at 6:30 p.m., followed by a brief program. The program portion of the evening is free and open to the public.
Jim Peterman, University of the South professor of Philosophy, and Director of Civic Engagement, will present the program on “The Dao (Way) of Civic Engagement on the South Cumberland Plateau, 2010-16.”
In his talk, Peterman will discuss the way in which the University of the South has recently sought to deepen its commitment to both local and distant communities as a way of enhancing its students’ preparation for responsible, engaged citizenship.
Peterman has held various roles in Sewanee’s civic engagement programs since 2011, taking on the directorship of an integrated six-person office in 2015. He was a recipient of a 2015 Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award. The awards are presented by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to recognize demonstrated effectiveness in public service. In 2014, he was recognized by Cumberland Center for Justice and Peace with a service award for calling attention to the need for universal health care in the U.S. and coordinating signup events to help community members apply for Affordable Care Act coverage. His community work arises from his academic teaching and research on ethics, social justice and early Chinese Philosophy.
This year, the SCA is celebrating 108 years of civic opportunities in the community. The association brings together community members for social and community awareness. The SCA is the sponsoring organization for Cub Scout Pack 152, Sewanee Classifieds and the Sewanee Community Chest. Any adult who resides in the area and shares concerns of the community is invited to participate.
For more information, go to

Sewanee Garden Club

The next meeting of the Sewanee Garden Club will be at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the home of Pixie Dozier. Jim Peters will be highlighting “Birds at Our Feeders.”
Members are requested to bring a non-perishable food item for the Community Action Committee. Any members eager to bake for the holidays may bring a dozen or less of a favorite cookie as a treat to share with the group.
Guests and visitors are always welcome. For more information, please contact Flournoy Rogers at (931) 598-0733 or <>.

Monday, December 12

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), organizes 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 8 of this week’s issue of the Messenger. The deadline for returning applications is Monday, Dec. 12.
If you would like to make a donation of money, nonperishable food items or new toys, please take items to Fire Chief David Green’s office at the fire hall behind duPont Library, or Print Services next door to University Book and Supply Store. For more information call 598-3400 and leave a message.

Friday, December 9

SSO & the Sewanee Chorale in Concert

The Sewanee Symphony Orchestra (SSO) will perform a winter concert, Feelin’ Festive, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9, in Guerry Auditorium with Artistic Director C├ęsar Leal conducting. The Sewanee Chorale, under the direction of Ruth Cobb, will join the orchestra in the performance of John Rutter’s arrangements of “O Holy Night” and “We wish you a Merry Christmas.” Jessica Usherwood, visiting assistant professor of voice, is guest soloist.
Movements from two Handel oratorios will be performed, “And the Glory of the Lord” from Messiah, and “Hallelujah, Amen” from Judas Maccabeus. Willcock’s well-known arrangement of “O Come all ye Faithful” will give the audience the opportunity to join in singing. The program will also include orchestral selections “Around the World at Christmas Time” by Chase, “Festive Songs of Hannukah” by Holcombe and “A Christmas Festival” by Anderson.
“Our past concert with the Sewanee Chorale, Razzle Dazzle, was a great success. It is rewarding to bring the SSO and the Chorale together again for the winter concert. The repertoire includes many holiday favorites and a few surprises,” said Maestro Leal.
All SSO concerts are free and open the public. There is free parking near Guerry Auditorium.

SSO Announces 2016–17 Season

The Sewanee Symphony Orchestra (SSO) announces its 2016–17 season, the fourth under Maestro César Leal.
In collaboration with the Sewanee Chorale (Ruth Cobb, music director), the SSO is bringing back the popular Celebrate the Season winter concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9. Orchestral performances include “Around the World at Christmas Time,” “A Christmas Festival” and “Festive Songs of Chanukah.” The Sewanee Chorale will join the orchestra for seasonal favorites including “O Holy Night,” “O Come all ye faithful” (with audience participation), “We wish you a Merry Christmas,” “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and selections from Handel oratorios “Judas Maccabeus” and “Messiah.”
Guest artists-in-residence the American Spiritual Ensemble will perform with the SSO at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, in Robert Russell Bennett’s concert version of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.” The Ensemble’s five-day residency at the University of the South will feature multiple performances.
The final SSO concert of the season will be at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 28, in All Saints’ Chapel. “Gloria in Spring” will again unite the University Choir and the SSO in an exciting joint performance. Last year was the first occasion in which the two University ensembles joined forces before a standing-room-only audience.
All performances of the SSO are free of charge.

Monday, December 5

GAAC Holiday Feast

The Grundy Area Arts Council will hold its annual holiday feast and meeting Monday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Dutch Maid Bakery in Tracy City. Entertainment will be provided by dancers from the recent Sewanee production of “The Nutcracker.” Dinner will be a Christmas buffet featuring a holiday ham. Come and hear about present and future projects advancing the arts in the area. Contact to reserve your dinner seat. Dinner costs $10 per person, and reservations should be made by Monday, Nov. 28.

NSC Official to Speak on Policy “Myths”

Peter Lavoy, President Obama’s Special Assistant and Senior Director for South Asia at National Security Council (NSC), will give this semester’s Bryan Viewpoints Speakers Series lecture.
Lavoy’s lecture is titled “Globalization is a Threat! … And Ten Other Myths about Liberal Arts, Foreign Policy, and Life in the Global Community.” He will be speaking in Convocation Hall at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 5.
The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the event.
Lavoy’s responsibilities include advising the President on United States’ interests in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and five other South Asian countries.
Since completing doctoral studies in political science at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1997, Lavoy has held a number of important positions in government service, including leadership roles in developing policies to counter biological and chemical weapons and the changing nature of conflict. He was a member of the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School from 1993 to 2007.
The Bryan Viewpoints Speaker Series is a program of the Babson Center for Global Commerce, and is made possible by the generous support of Peggy and J. F. Bryan IV, C ’65.
Lavoy’s visit is co-sponsored by the Departments of History, Politics and Economics and the Office of the Associate Dean for Global Education.

Friday, December 2

Tree Lighting Kicks Off Holidays on Dec. 2

The University will join with the community for two holiday tree lightings on Friday, Dec. 2. Students and community members will gather at 4 p.m. in 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 5 p.m.
A Sewanee fire engine will carry Santa Claus and friends to downtown around 5:15 p.m.
The tree lighting at Angel Park will be at 5:30 p.m. Cookies and hot beverages will be available afterward, and Santa and the Grinch will be posing for photos.
Joe David McBee, road commissioner for the first district of Franklin County, reports that the county has given permission for University Ave. to be closed, 4–7 p.m., Friday, from Regions Bank to State Highway 41A for the event.
The Sewanee Chorale will lead Christmas caroling. Please bring unwrapped toys 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. 30. All are welcome to come help with this festive activity.
This event is co-sponsored by the University and the Sewanee Business Alliance.

Holiday Music

Holiday Music
Music On The Mountain
Voices of Lee, an a cappella group from Lee University in Cleveland will present a concert at the SmokeHouse, noon–2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3.

Gospel Choir Concert
The Gospel Choir will present a concert at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, in St. Luke’s Chapel.

Old Town Christmas Celebration
Old Town Christmas is a longstanding Tullahoma tradition, celebrated this year 5:30–8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6. This free musical celebration takes place in Tullahoma’s historic district.
For a complete list of performance times and venues go to  <>.

Jazz Ensemble Concert
The University Jazz Ensemble presents its second concert of the Advent semester at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6, at St. Luke’s Chapel. The program includes selections taken from the American Songbook, Christmas carols, and the canon of jazz standards by composers Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn, Miles Davis, and Josef Zawinul. The arrangements of these selections, by Mark Taylor, Michael Philip Mossman, Mike Tomaro, and Prakash Wright, are set in the “Little Big Band” format of six horns and full rhythm section. The concert is free and open to the public.

SAS Winter Concert
The St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School middle school choirs, handbell choirs, and Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Katherine Anderson will present their winter concert at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7, in McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts. More than 80 students will be participating.
The concert will include holiday and secular offerings, including “Green Eggs and Ham,” “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “On This Holy Night,” “Lo, How a Rose Ere Blooming,” and more. This is a free event.

A Capella Groups of Sewanee
A capella groups of Sewanee will present a concert in Guerry Auditorium at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Artisan Depot Closes 2016 with Two Great Shows

Amongst a festival of lights and handcrafted Christmas ornaments and gifts, the Franklin County Arts Guild is closing 2016 with two great art shows. The community show, “Anything Goes” features a wide variety of watercolor, acrylic and oil pieces as well as fiber pieces. The traditional end of year Member Show features work from contributing artists at the Artisan Depot. The community is cordially invited to attend the opening reception for these shows today (Friday), Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. Come and enjoy some Christmas cheer and see 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 Cumberland St. East, Cowan. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays. The Artisan Depot will be open on Christmas Eve.
For more information about upcoming community art shows, the gallery or the guild go to or or contact Diana Lamb at (931) 308-4130.

Holiday Events

Cowan Christmas Market & Parade
The Cowan Christmas Market will be open 4–9 p.m., today (Friday),
Dec. 2, and 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at Monterey Station. Vendors will include craftspersons, artists and food. There will be free photos with Santa (Friday night only) and entertainment.
The 52nd  annual Cowan Christmas Parade will begin at 1 p.m., Saturday,
Dec. 3, at The Rail Car and proceed down Cumberland Street through the downtown area to end at Cowan Elementary School. The parade will include marching bands, colorful floats and the Shriner’s Tin Lizzie Unit.

Breakfast and Photos with Santa
Monteagle Elementary School is hosting a breakfast 7:30–9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at the school’s cafeteria. The cost is $5, which includes breakfast (gravy and biscuits / juice or milk) and a 4”x6” photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The Farm School’s Bazaar
On Saturday, Dec. 3, 9  a.m.–4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 4, noon–4 p.m., The Farm School Solar Campus in Summertown will host its annual Holiday Bazaar. All vendors donate a percentage of their sales to the Farm School in what has become their major fundraiser of the year. The Farm School is located on The Farm Community at 151 Schoolhouse Road, Summertown, TN 38483. For more information go to <>.

Photos with Santa for Pets  & Kids
Bring your pets, or your kids, or both, to see Santa and have a photo made by a professional photographer. Photos will be taken at Tractor Supply in Wincester, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 and 1–4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4.
Photos will be printed on site and are available in different sizes. Minimum $10 for one print; discounts for multiple prints. Proceeds will benefit the homeless pets at Animal Harbor.

Monteagle Christmas Parade
The annual Town of Monteagle Christmas parade will be at 3:45 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3.
This year there will be a Charles Dickens theme.
Prizes will be award for the best Charles Dickens float, the most creative float and the best decorated float. The parade lineup and registration for floats will begin at 3 p.m. on the eastern side of The Smoke House.
Walkers (without floats) may join the parade from the Monteagle Church of Christ, lining up no later than 4 p.m.
The parade will end at Harton Park where children will meet Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Citizens Tri-County Bank will provide hot cider and cookies. Children are asked to bring a Christmas tree ornament to help Santa decorate the tree in Harton Park.

Christmas Expo Fundraiser
There will be a Christmas Expo and a fundraiser for the Haven of Rest in Tracy City. The event will be 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, at the American Legion Hall in Sewanee. There will be crafts, vendors and Christmas gifts. In addition, there is a a silent auction that ends at 3:30 p.m. Proceeds will be made to the Haven of Rest to assist with funding and supplies for the residents.

Sewanee Woman’s Club Meeting Reservations Due Today

The December luncheon meeting for the Sewanee Woman’s Club will be at noon, Monday, Dec. 12, 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.
The program will be “Christmas in  Appalachia,” presented by Jackie Lawley, President of the Swiss Historical Society. She will be speaking on the Swiss Colony of Gruetli-Laager, its continued influence on the Mountain and beyond with a hint of Christmas past.
The talk will include stories of Christmas throughout the Swiss Colony of Gruetli; some from interviews and some from personal experience. She will add a little history of people who have influenced the growth and development of the Cumberland Plateau and areas beyond. She will also explain the gift of the Museum.
Lunch ($13.75) for this meeting will be green salad, roast beef au jus, mashed potatoes, green vegetable, hot rolls and caramel mousse with fresh berries. Reservations are required and are due by today (Friday), Dec. 2. 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.
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. Child care is also available; please request this when making a reservation. Please bring a snack for your child.

21st Annual Holiday Studio Tour

Tennessee Craft–South invites the public to the 21st annual Holiday Studio Tour on the Mountain Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4, 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.
More than 25 local and regional artists will show their work, ranging from textiles, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, and glass to paintings, cast bronze, metal work and wood work. The Monteagle studio of Glyn and Will Melnyk has been added this year, featuring the Melnyks’ handwoven textiles. Sewanee artists’ studios open to the public for the Tour include those of Bob Askew, Pippa Browne, Ben Potter, Claire Reishman and Merissa Tobler. Other Sewanee locations displaying work are the American Legion Hall, Locals Gallery, St. Mark’s Hall at Otey Parish, and the Spencer Room at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School. Light refreshments will be available at most locations.
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. A map is also located on page 7.
Bright yellow signs mark the tour route. For more information go to the Tennessee Craft-South website

Senior Center Christmas Bazaar

The annual Christmas Bazaar will be 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Monday–Friday, and 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5–10, at the Sewanee Senior Center.
The 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.
An antique (1910) quilt, $250 in cash or a new sewing machine will be given away. Tickets to enter the drawing are $2 each. The drawing will be on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 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 any day before the bazaar begins. Baked items, home-canned foods, preserves, jellies and jams should be brought the week of the bazaar.

GC Historical Society Christmas Lunch

The Christmas lunch meeting of the members of the Grundy County Historical Society will be at noon, Thursday, Dec. 8, at First Baptist Church Tracy City, 531 Main Street, Tracy City. The public is invited. The cost of the lunch is $20. Reservations are due today (Friday), Dec. 2, and may be made at the Heritage Center, 465 Railroad Avenue, Tracy City, email <>, or telephone (931) 592-6008.
The speaker at the lunch will be Margo Shea from the Collaborative for Southern Appalachian Place Based Studies at the University of the South. Last spring, Shea initiated into the curriculum, a course on “Placed-Based” research methods centered on the site of former Highlander Folk School at Summerfield. Her students researched, developed and delivered walking tours of the historic site. Her talk will explore the importance of historic preservation, local history and personal and public relationships to places.

Greening of the Chapel

On Friday, Dec. 2 , members of the Sewanee community are invited to join in the Greening of All Saints’ Chapel in preparation for the 57th 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.

Wednesday, November 30

Benson to Speak at Friends of the Library Meeting

Friends of the Library of Sewanee: The University of the South invites the community to attend a talk by Robert Benson, professor emeritus of English. Benson will discuss his book, “Wedding the Wild Particular.” The Friends meeting will be in the Torian Room of Jessie Ball duPont Library on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m.  A reception will follow the talk.
Benson, a native of New Orleans, was educated at Vanderbilt University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He taught at the University of Southern Mississippi, Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of Dallas, and the University of Georgia before moving to Sewanee, where he taught medieval English literature at the University of the South. He retired in 2009 and divides his time between Sewanee and Gulf Shores, Ala.
For more information about the Friends of the Library go to For more information on Friends of the Library contact Tim Garner at 598-1265 or .