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. The first meeting is on Monday, Feb. 20. Subsequent meetings will be on April 17, May 8, and 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 or attend the meeting on Feb. 20.

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.

Friday, April 7

Register for Trails & Trilliums

Online registration is now open for the 14th annual Trails & Trilliums festival, April 7–9, at the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly. All proceeds benefit the Friends of South Cumberland.
This year promises to be one of the best yet, with 23 guided hikes, programs and workshops being offered throughout the weekend, including complimentary shuttle service to and from most hike trailheads. Many hikes and programs will fill up quickly, so please register early to reserve your place in these activities.
Friday evening’s ART for the PARK gala gives you a first look at the dozens of original artworks by area artists. This year’s gala is themed ”This Land is Your Land,” and your admission includes include a casual dinner with beer and wine bars. Proceeds from art sales also benefit the Friends of South Cumberland State Park.
Saturday evening’s Wine & Wildflowers celebration gives you an opportunity to meet, greet and mingle over wine and appetizers and to honor the 2017 Trails and Trilliums Tribute Award winner, the Southeastern Climbers’ Coalition, for their work in helping the Friends protect the new Denny Cove area of South Cumberland State Park. Tennessee State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath will keynote the evening’s program with Appalachian storytelling.
For more information and registration options, go to

Sunday, March 26

‘Four Leggs’ Community Art Show Opening

The Franklin County Arts Guild announces the opening of its second community show of the year on February 16th at the Artisan Depot in Cowan.  The show is themed “Four Leggs” and will feature a number of interpretations of the theme including dancers, dinner, and a few sheep.  There will be an opening reception 5–7 p.m., today (Friday), Feb.17, at the Depot. Everyone is invited to attend. The show will run through March 26.
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, “Wild Mixed Media,” should submit their work at the Artisan Depot from March 23-26th 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 in Cowan. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, and 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information about upcoming community art shows, the gallery or the guild go to <> or or contact Diana Lamb at (931) 308-4130.

Wednesday, March 15

“Homeless at Home” at the Carlos Gallery

The Carlos Gallery in the Nabit Art Building at the University of the South is pleased to present a collection of images, letters, poems and photographs revealing glimpses into the lives of LGBT youth growing up in rural Tennessee. The “Homeless at Home: Growing up LGBT in Rural Tennessee” exhibition also presents student art, artifacts and texts that explore the experience of being alienated from one’s home by harassment and prejudice. A reception and conversation will be at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Carlos Gallery. The show will run through March 15.
In the 2015-2016 school year, the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at Franklin County High School in Winchester, Tennessee created controversy among students, teachers, administrators and community members across the county. Calling freedoms and civil rights into question, the creation of the GSA brought contradicting attitudes and beliefs about the LGBT community to the surface, initiating community-wide school board meetings, policy changes and protests that gained national attention.
While the students forming the club faced isolation, obstacles and adversity at home, the response from beyond Franklin County was anything but typical.  “Love letters” poured in from around the country and the world, reminding LGBT youth that they have friends and allies everywhere. In the end, the students in Franklin County persevered.
“Homeless at Home: Growing up LGBT in Rural Tennessee” represents voices on both sides of the issues, and speaks to the truth that homelessness can be real or perceived. In this exhibit, the isolation of homelessness is shattered by a growing collage of “love letters” to LGBT youth from all parts of the country and across the globe. The gallery serves as a place to reflect and read the stories of those who have struggled before, but who are walking with Tennessee youth in their struggle for acceptance.  It offers a place to write notes of love and acceptance to other LGBT students across the state who may feel homeless in their homes, helpless in their schools, and denied by their home state.
The Carlos Gallery is located in the ‌‌Nabit Art Building on Palmetto Ave., Sewanee.

Tuesday, March 14

Franklin County Preschool and Kindergarten Applications

Preschool and Head Start applications are accepted Tuesday, March 14, 7:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. at the school the child will attend in 2017–18. Children must be 4 years old by Aug. 15 to enroll in preschool.
Kindergarten Registration is Tuesday, April 4, 1–5 p.m., at the school the child is zoned to attend during the 2017-18 school year. A child must be 5 years old by Aug. 15 to enroll in kindergarten.
Parents and guardians should bring the child’s birth certificate, social security card, immunization record and physician’s report. Proof of residency and proof of income is also required. For more information call 967-0626.

Monday, March 13

Sewanee Woman’s Club Meeting March 13

The March luncheon meeting for the Sewanee Woman’s Club will be at noon, Monday, March 13, at the DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle.
The program will be a panel discussion on “Public Education on the Plateau” with Jessie Kinsey, Grundy County Schools; Mark Griffith, Superintendent of Marion County Schools, and a representative from Franklin County Schools.
Lunch ($13.75) for this meeting will be vegetable soup, peanut butter, pimento cheese, celery and carrot sticks, cheese toasted french bread, peanut butter cookies and chocolate chips. Reservations are required and are due by Friday, March 3. To make a reservation call Pixie Dozier at (931) 598-5869 or email Marianna Handler at <>. 
The Woman’s Club hosts an optional social hour at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is served at noon. Programs begin at 12:30 p.m., with club business following around 1 p.m.
Vegetarian meals and child care are available; please request these when making a reservation.

Saturday, March 11

Canon Gideon Fundraiser March 11

All are invited to the fourth annual fundraiser for Canon Gideon’s Hope Institute in Uganda on Saturday, March 11, 5 to 7 p.m., at St. Mark’s Hall of Otey Parish Church. The school near Kampala provides high school and vocational education for 80 HIV orphans and other vulnerable youth aged 14 to 20. The Friends of Canon Gideon Foundation (FOCAGIFO) has previously purchased a Toyota van; 8 laptop computers and a projector; and a stove, refrigerator and cooking equipment for students of the catering program. Funds raised this year will provide 2 rainwater collection tanks and repair the dirt road, just in time for the school’s 25th anniversary celebration.
For more information please contact Betty Carpenter at 598-5927, Marilyn Phelps at 463-2014, or Sally Hubbard at 598-5338.

Arts and Ales

Arts and Ales is an over-21 celebration of the visual arts, music and of the art of brewing in its third year. Arts and Ales is the annual fundraiser for the Franklin County Arts Guild, whose mission is to promote arts and arts education in the area. Participants can sample more than 14 microbrews, view the work of more than 35 local artists, participate in art demonstrations (including microbrewing) and enjoy live music performances by local musicians. The event will be noon–4:30 p.m., Saturday, March 11, at the Monterey Station in Cowan. Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets or for more information go to Reduced tickets are available to designated drivers.

Thursday, March 9

Cassell on Technology at ALLL

The Academy of Lifelong Learning welcomes Erin Cassell on Thursday, March 9. Cassell will present the topic “Don’t Fear Technology-Part II.”
Cassell is a Sewanee graduate and computer expert,  employed as Director of Integrations for Front Rush Pass Software. All are encouraged to bring iPads and other devices for a hands-on tutorial. The Academy meets at St.Mary’s Sewanee at noon. To reserve a lunch, call St. Mary’s at (931) 598-5342. For more information call Debbie Kandul at (931) 924-3542.

Wednesday, March 8

History of the Ball Park at SCA Meeting

The Sewanee Civic Association (SCA) will meet at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, at the EQB Building.
Social time with wine begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres served. The program begins at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting. The program portion of the evening is free and open to the public.
Dixon Myers will present the program on the history of the Sewanee Ball Park.
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

“Children of a Certain Age”

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School’s Gallery welcomes the work of photographer Jane Izard. The exhibition draws on both Izard’s portraits of children commissioned for clients such as The Nature Conservancy and Hallmark Baby and from Izard’s personal work, documenting the lives of young family members and friends.
A reception celebrating the exhibition will be in the SAS Gallery, 5–7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19. The public is invited to attend. The show is on exhibit until March 8.

MES Kindergarten Registration March 7–8

Registration for Monteagle Elementary School kindergarten for the 2016–17 school year will be 8 a.m.–2 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, March 7 and 8, at MES.
Parents will need to be able to provide the following information: child’s Social Security card, birth certificate (must be the state official copy; mother’s copy will not be accepted); proof of address (utility bill, tax statement, etc.); immunization record on a Tennessee Certificate of Immunization; updated physical exam; and proof of custody if the child does not live with one or both natural parents.

Monday, March 6

The Rev. Amy Lamborn to Speak at ECW

The Rev. Amy Lamborn, Vicar of Southeast Tenn. Episcopal Ministry (STEM) will be the speaker for the first spring meeting of the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) at noon,  Monday, March 6. The luncheon meeting will take place in St. Mark’s Hall of the Otey Parish House.

Sunday, March 5

Bishop Reynolds Forum with Hubbard at SAS

St. Andrews-Sewanee School welcomes the public to its annual Bishop Reynolds Forum on Sunday, March 5, at 3 p.m. in McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts. This year’s speaker will be the Rev. Colenzo Hubbard, executive director of the Emmanuel Center in Memphis. Fr. Hubbard’s very timely topic, “Encouraging Others to Have a Hope and a Future,” is based on his decades of work educating and empowering at-risk youth and adults through Christian ministry. A reception will follow the talk.

Saturday, March 4

Cajun Supper

The Monteagle Sewanee Rotary Club is hosting a Cajun Supper, 4:30–6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 4 at the Claiborne Hall in Otey Memorial Parish. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online at Funds are designated for the Monteagle Sewanee Rotary Cub International Outreach/Haiti Project.

Make A Difference Day of Service March 4

The South Cumberland Community Fund (SCCF) will host a Plateau-wide day of service at the local elementary schools on Saturday, March 4, 8 a.m.–noon. Service sites include all six Grundy County elementary schools, Monteagle Elementary and Sewanee Elementary. Each site has a handful of school-chosen projects that will benefit the children, parents and community members. Projects include murals, adding playground mulch, landscaping, library improvement activities and much more.
The day of service is the first special event in a year long celebration of the Community Fund’s 5th Anniversary. “We really wanted to involve both students and adults in school improvement projects,” said Laura Willis, the Fund’s Executive Director. The schools and local VISTA volunteers have been planning the projects for several months. The SCCF is asking Plateau community members to volunteer on March 4 at their neighborhood elementary school and give back a little to make a huge difference in their community and in the daily lives of the local children.
Participants will receive a Make a Difference T-shirt and breakfast and snacks will be served at all sites. Child care will be available for those children too young to assist. In addition to the service activities, each school will host an “Appreciation Table” where cards of thanks can be made for local school personnel and community emergency workers.
All those interested in volunteering may either sign up in their local school office or go to www.southcumber​landcommuni​ by Feb. 27.
For more information email sc​ or call (931) 636-6566.

Friday, March 3

Vega String Quartet to Perform at McCrory Hall

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School welcomes the public to a free concert by The Vega String Quartet at 7 p.m., Friday, March 3, in McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts.
The Vega String Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at Emory University, is cultivating a new generation of chamber music lovers through dynamic performances and innovative community engagement. The New York Times raved that “the Quartet’s] playing had a kind of clean intoxication to it” and the L.A. Times praised their “triumphant L.A. debut.” The musicians tour throughout Asia, Europe and North America and have appeared at Weill Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic, and Duke Hall at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
The Vega Quartet has won numerous international awards, including at the Bordeaux String Quartet Competition, as well as top prizes from the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, the Carmel Chamber Music Competition, and the National Society of Arts and Letters String Quartet Competition.
The Vega Quartet’s Residency at Emory is supported by the Rebecca Katz-Doft Chamber Music Endowment. The performance at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School is supported by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Chili & Fixin's

The Animal Harbor is hosting a chili supper to benefit the Animal Harbor's low-income spay/neuter program. The event will be 5–7 p.m., Friday, March 3, at the St. Mark's Hall, Otey Parish. Suggested donation is $10 for adults, $5 for children and seniors.

SCCF Announces Final Info Sessions for 2017 Applicants

South Cumberland Community Fund (SCCF) will have its final grant information session at noon, Friday, March 3,  in the Grundy EMS office in Coalmont, across from the Coalmont Community Center. To apply for a grant from SCCF, potential applicants must attend this (or a previous) session.
The deadline for applications is April 3; final selection of grant recipients will be made by June 1.
For more information contact Laura Willis at <laura@southcum​> or call (931) 636-2901; or go online to