Poetry Reading Featured at School of Letters

The School of Letters lecture series continues with  a poetry reading from faculty member Tiana Clark at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 19, in Gailor Auditorium. A reception will follow. 

Tiana is the author of the poetry collection “I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood” (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), winner of the 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and Equilibrium (Bull City Press, 2016), selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. She is the winner of a 2019 Pushcart Prize, as well as the 2017 Furious Flower’s Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize and 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Best New Poets 2015, Lenny Letter, and elsewhere. She was the 2017-18 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. Clark is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop. Most recently, she was awarded a 2019 creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

Square Dance June 21

The Old Farmer’s Ball, a square dance, will take place from 7–9 p.m. on Friday, June 21, at the pavilion behind city hall in Monteagle, at Hannah Pickett Park. Admission is $5 per person, free for veterans, and children ages 0–12. The dance caller will be Chris Ryan Casbarro from Rising Fawn, Ga., and old-time fiddle band The Cumberland Mountaineers will provide the music. All are welcome. For more information call (931) 222-0290.

Art Camp for Kids

There is something new and exciting happening at the Artisan Depot in Cowan, this summer!

The Franklin County Arts Guild is hosting a summer Art Camp for Kids the week of June 24-28, and there are still spots available. The cost is $125.

This camp is geared towards kids ages 8-12 who are interested in getting their creative juices flowing and having fun. The theme for the week is Natural World, Natural Me. Campers will develop observation and imagination skills while learning art techniques that include papier-mache, drawing, painting, printing, mixed media and weaving. To celebrate our time together at camp there will be a Camper Art Show on the last day for families and friends to come support the kids and see their work.

Two local artist/art educators will be leading this camp, Pippa Browne and Tanya Ingvoldstad Otero. 

Pippa Browne is a fine artist who has exhibited paintings nationally and internationally for the last 30 years. She taught Art to Middle and High schoolers in Zimbabwe for 10 years and, since coming to the USA, she has designed and lead creativity workshops for adults and young people at schools, libraries, galleries and festivals.

Tanya Ingvoldstad Otero is a creative artist who has taught art to young children through adults in formal classes, workshops and camps over the past 20 years. In addition to having fun, her desire is to encourage kids to find joy and meaning in their own creative expression. 

Our hope is to connect with area youth and families and encourage more art and creativity in our community.

For more information and to register, go to <www.franklincoarts.org/kids-art-camp>.

Benefit Concert for F@H

Folks at Home is putting on their second annual benefit concert  2–10 p.m., Saturday, July 6, at the Angel Park in Sewanee. Including good food and music there will also be giveaways, and a raffle of prizes including the grand prize of two tickets to any non-sold out show at The Caverns. Raffle tickets are $25 each. 

All proceeds will benefit Folks at Home.

The rain location is the American Legion Hall.

For more information call Mechie Ingles at (931) 308-9742 or email <mercedes.ingles@yahoo.com>. Everyone is invited to attend.

Make A Difference Day

Since 2017, South Cumberland Community Fund has partnered with the eight elementary schools on the Plateau to sponsor Make A Difference service day in March. This year, at the request of school leadership, Make A Difference Day has been moved to July so that families and community members can assist in preparing the schools for the start of the academic year.

Local residents are asked to mark their calendars for Saturday, July 20, to participate in this half-day, Plateau-wide project. As in the past, schools will determine the projects most needed. Past projects included garden clean-up and planting, mural painting, library organization, school painting, playground clean-up, and a variety of other special projects identified by each school. Holding Make A Difference Day in July will make it possible to include additional activities to ready schools for the start of the school year. 

The eight participating schools include Coalmont, Monteagle, North, Palmer, Pelham, Sewanee, Swiss Memorial, and Tracy City elementary schools. As always, volunteers from the community are needed in both leadership and supporting roles to work with the school committees in planning the day. If you would like to be on a planning committee or would like additional information, please contact AmeriCorps VISTA Lucas Crossland at <sccfvista@gmail.com>.  

Music City Roots Brings its Musical Variety Show to Monteagle

On Friday, June 21, the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly will host Music City Roots, a Franklin, Tenn.-based radio show in a rare out-of-Nashville performance. Nashville’s beloved Americana music variety show and national TV/radio broadcast brings outstanding performance and old-time radio ambience to Monteagle for a fourth straight year. 

Join guest host Greg Hall, announcer Keith Bilbrey, and on-site journalist / interview guy Craig Havighurst, all who will keep the night crackling and informative as you enjoy a sampling of the finest roots and regional music being made today. 

Now partnered with WMOT/Roots Radio out of Middle Tennessee State, the show is a live showcase for culture and a good time for every generation. 

Admission is free. The doors of the Assembly’s historic auditorium will open at 6 p.m., and the show will start at 7 p.m. Those wishing to attend should stop by the front gate at the Assembly to get a free four-hour grounds pass. 

Seating in the auditorium will be on a first-come, first-served basis, but there is plenty of outdoor seating. Residents are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy the music under the stars.

Music City Roots is a weekly live radio show and HD webcast featuring the finest roots and Americana music based in or passing through Nashville. Since going on the air in October 2009, Music City Roots has broadcast the authentic sound of today’s Music City, embracing the traditional and the progressive in equal measure. Every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. central, four guest artists perform to an audience of 300-800 people in Liberty Hall in the Factory at Franklin. They further reach thousands of viewers worldwide via <Livestream.com> and the Roots Radio Network. The show also goes out nationwide as a 14-week series on American Public Television.

All Saints’ Chapel

Come Sing on Sunday at All Saints’ Chapel

We will be having a pick-up choir for the 11 a.m. Eucharist this Sunday, June 16. If you are interested in leading music for the service please come at 9:45 a.m. and meet in the choir chancel at All Saints’ Chapel. The choir will be singing anthems for the offertory and communion. If you have any questions please contact University Organist and Choirmaster Geoffrey Ward at <ghward@sewanee.edu>. 

Choral Evensong this Sunday at All Saints’ Chapel

We are thrilled to welcome the treble choirs from the Choir School of Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte to sing Choral Evensong on Sunday afternoon at All Saints’ Chapel. The service is at 4 p.m., June 16. Evensong is being sung as part of the tour that brings the choirs to Sewanee and the surrounding area. The choirs will be conducted by Artistic Director Elizabeth Lenti, and Garrett Law will be the service organist. The mission of this program is to enrich and strengthen young lives through excellent, rigorous music education and choral performance.

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. The 2019 tax-free holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 26 and ends Sunday, July 28 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, and lists of taxable and tax-exempt items, go to <https://www.tn.gov/revenue/taxes/sales-and-use-tax/sales-tax-holiday.html>.

Upcoming Meetings

Area Rotary Club Meetings

The Grundy County Rotary Club meets at 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays at Dutch Maid Bakery in Tracy City. The Monteagle-Sewanee Rotary Club will meet at 8 a.m., Thursday, June 20, at the Sewanee Inn. Scott Anderson will give a presentation on his trip to Antarctica. On Thursday, June 27, and Thursday, July 4, there will not be a regular morning meeting.  

Caregivers Groups

The Folks at Home’s Caregivers Group meets weekly on Thursday, 1–2:30 p.m., in Otey Parish’s St. Mark’s Hall. Contact Folks at Home at (931) 598-0303 or <folksathomesewanee@gmail.com>.

STHP Meeting

The Sewanee Trust for Historic Preservation will meet at 4 p.m., Monday June 17, in the Adult Education Room at Otey.  Everyone is welcome.

Franklin County Commissioners

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, June 17, at the Franklin County Courthouse.

FCDP Meeting

The Franklin County Democratic Party will have its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 18, at the Franklin County Annex Building, 839 Dinah Shore Blvd., Winchester.

Town of Monteagle

There will be a special called meeting of the Monteagle Planning Commission at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 18, at City Hall. The only business is to discuss and review the new fire hall plans. 

The Monteagle City Council will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, June 24, at City Hall.

SUD Meeting

The Sewanee Utility District of Franklin and Marion Counties Board of Commissioners will have its regular meeting at 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 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 Paul Evans.

Community Council

The next meeting of the Community Council is scheduled at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9, at the Senior Citizens’ Center. 

Sewanee Fourth of July Parade

Parade Entries 

The Fourth of July Parade Committee has been working for months on the biggest, best, most arms-open-wide parade Sewanee has ever seen. There will be fire engines, police cars, the grand marshal (soon to be announced), candy galore, and this year they want you and your organization to be recognized and cheered on in the Peace, Love, and Fireworks parade.

Sewanee’s Fourth of July Parade celebrates America and its origins at a time when the ideals of freedom and good citizenship were agreed upon by all. The parade is an event where everyone feels welcome and respected—where spectators and participants alike feel proud of our big/little town for its creativity, diversity, and mutual respect.

The committee wants you to know there are so many creative ways to strut your stuff up University Avenue, and they range from traditional and elaborate to simple, elegant, memorable, and bizarre. Anything with wheels is good: flatbeds, cars, convertibles, golf carts, wagons, wheelbarrows, bikes, big wheels, scooters; but on foot (or hooves) could be even better, especially if you’ve got a colorful banner (and/or signs, big hats, confetti, giant pinwheels) declaring who you are and what you do for this diverse community. The parade committee will do all it can to help you find materials and get you organized on the big day. 

The parade begins at 2 p.m on Thursday, July 4, with line-up on Lake O’Donnell Road starting at noon and ending at 1 p.m. This is when and where the judging will be: trophies for best float, best decorated vehicle, and best horse; and blue ribbons for best decorated bicycle, best banner, and best costume. 

If you’re interested in showing how your organization keeps alive the American spirit of opportunity and hope for all, please fill out the entry in the Messenger or register online at <se​wanee4thofjuly.org> under Event Registration. Let’s see what Sewanee comes up with in the name of Peace, Love, and Fireworks!