Holiday Events

Cowan Holiday Events
Celebrate Small Business Saturday in downtown Cowan on Nov. 25. Steer clear of Black Friday madness, take a break from big city traffic, and enjoy small town shopping in true holiday spirit. Cowan businesses will have special sale items, refreshments and door prizes.
The Cowan Christmas Market at Monterey Station will be Dec. 1 and Dec. 2. Here you can turn gift shopping into a great experience. Browse and buy from more than 40 crafters and specialty vendors. The marketplace is open on Friday from 3:30 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The 53rd annual Cowan Christmas Parade will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2. One of Tennessee’s oldest parades brings you “A Gift that Keeps on Giving.” Share in the fun of an exciting small town event with floats, bands, tin lizzies, tumbling teams and thousands of smiles. The parade goes down Cumberland Street beginning at The Rail Car on the west side and ending at Cowan Public School. For more information, including entry forms, log on to www.cowan parade.org.

Monteagle Christmas Parade
The Town of Monteagle will host its annual Christmas Parade at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9. The theme this year is A Disney Christmas.
Line up is at 3:30 p.m. at the old VFW. Walkers will meet at The Depot.
Awards will be given for the best decorated float and the float best representing the theme. The city will also give awards for the best decorated business and home. Tower Community Bank will provide refreshments during Santa’s visit at Harton Park following the parade.


Light Up the Village

The community is invited to the annual Light Up the Village holiday tree lighting. Music will begin in Angel Park in downtown Sewanee around 4:45 p.m. The Sewanee Chorale will lead everyone in the Christmas caroling.
The tree lighting at Angel Park will be at 5 p.m. Cookies and hot beverages will be available afterward, and Santa and friends will be posing for photos.
University Avenue will be closed, 4–7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, from Regions Bank to State Highway 41A for the event.
Please bring unwrapped toys and monetary donations for Operation Noel. Gifts of money and nonperishable food will also 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.
This event is sponsored by the Sewanee Business Alliance.

Lessons and Carols

The 58th annual Festival of Lessons and Carols at the University of the South will be celebrated at three services, two on Dec. 2 (5 and 8 p.m.), and one on Dec. 3 (5 p.m.).
After accommodating ticket requests from students, faculty, staff, and their families, the University expects that the number of places available to the public for reservation may be severely limited. If space at any of the services will be available to the general public, guests will be able to reserve a maximum of two seats online http://www.sewanee.edu/student-life/spiritual-life/festival-service-of-lessons-and-carols/ beginning Wednesday, Nov. 15. All tickets will be available for pickup at Convocation Hall. Unused tickets, if any, will be made available to walk-up guests (guests without a reservation) before each service. Walk-up guests must check in at Convocation Hall 30 minutes before the service to be placed on a waiting list.
The Festival Service of Lessons and Carols offers the opportunity to experience one of the oldest traditions of Anglican music and Advent expectation. As part of the University’s outreach, All Saints’ Chapel is pleased to welcome the public by offering any available places in the service for reservation.

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), organize 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 6 of this week’s issue of the Messenger. The deadline for returning applications is Monday, Dec. 11.
If you would like to make a donation of money, nonperishable food items or new unwrapped toys, please take items to the Fire Hall or the Police Department, both located behind duPont Library, or Print Services, located in the old Beta House. For more information call 598-3400 and leave a message.

Combined School Calendar 2017-18

The combined school calendar is here! This includes Franklin, Grundy and Marion counties, St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, the School of Theology and the University of the South.