At the Galleries

The Artisan Depot

On display now is “Facing Forward,” through May 5. Opening April 18 is “Between the Rocks,” by Andy Gay; opening reception Friday, April 26. The next show, to which the entire community is invited to participate, is themed “Found in the Making.” Intake is May 2 through 5, and the opening reception is Friday, May 10. 

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. 

The Frame Gallery

Frame Gallery presents “Swept Away, Drawn Into & Adrift in the Blue” by Ed Carlos through April 30. 

The Frame Gallery is located at 12569 Sollace M. Freeman Hwy., Sewanee. The frame shop and gallery’s regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee Gallery

Starting in the art gallery and spilling out into the halls and windows of the academic buildings, students and faculty of St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School will create a series of tape art images and murals using only blue painter’s tape. The public is invited to watch the work in progress between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday until April 26. There will be an artists’ reception on Friday, April 26, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 

The SAS Gallery is located in the center of Simmonds Building on the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School campus.

University Art Gallery

“Reclamation” is an exhibition of photography, sculpture, and collage by the University of the South’s senior art majors: Ivey Dahlstrom, Violet Hoagland, Barton Perkins and Brianna Young. The exhibit will be on display from April 19–May 11.

An opening reception will be held in the University Art Gallery on Friday, April 19, at 4:30 p.m. On Friday, April 26, beginning at 9 a.m. in Convocation Hall, the seniors will speak about their work as part of Scholarship Sewanee. From 1-3 p.m., Saturday, May 11, the UAG will host a closing reception, celebrating the senior art majors and the close of a successful exhibition season.

The Gallery is located on Georgia Avenue. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon–4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

University Archives

Historic Houses of Sewanee is on display through July 31. Hours are Monday-Friday, from 1–5 p.m. The Archives is located between duPont Library and the Police Department. Parking is available on Georgia Avenue.

Upcoming A&E Events

Studio Theatre Shows

On April 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m., the theatre will present “The Aliens,” by Annie Baker. Two drifting young adults are sitting on the back porch of a small Vermont coffee shop, talking about art, love, and the meaning of their lives. When a young high school student walks into their lives, they welcome him into their circle after some initial difficulties, and teach him everything they know in the process. 

The play is directed by Balazs Borosi, and performed by Finn Gallagher, Nick Govindan, and Balazs Borosi.

On April 26 and 27, the theatre will present “Dreamin’ On a Starry Night” with Karissa Wheeler, at 7 p.m. “Dreamin’ on a Starry Night” features songs from Bonnie & Clyde, Les Misérables, Mama Mia and many more Broadway musicals.

Joining Karissa will be accompanist Bramwell Atkins with special appearances by Nick Govindan and Jonathan Herring. 

The performances will be at the Tennessee Williams Center Tennessee Williams 115 – Studio Theatre.

University Jazz Ensemble

The University Jazz Ensemble End of Semester Concert will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, at St. Luke’s Chapel.

Gospel Choir Spring Concert

The University Gospel Choir, Sewanee Praise, presents their end of year concert on Tuesday, April 30. It will take place in St. Luke’s Chapel at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. 

A Cappella Concert

There will be an a cappella concert 6:30–9:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 1, at Guerry Auditorium.

String Academy Concert

There will be a String Academy Concert from 3–4 p.m., Sunday, May 5, in Guerry Auditorium.

SSMF Faculty Preview Concert

The Sewanee Summer Music Festival will present a Faculty Preview Concert at 7 p.m., Monday, April 29, in Guerry Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public, and there will be a reception immediately following in McGriff Alumni House. 

The performers are Gregory Lee, violin, University of Oklahoma; Brittany McWillians, violin, University of Louisville; Amy Chang, piano, University of Michigan; Hillary Herndon, viola, University of Tennessee; Rachel Miller, harp, Southwest Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Paula Bressman, harp, Nashville Symphony Orchestra/University of the South; Bill Yelverton, guitar, MTSU, University of the South; and Jason Calloway, cello, Frost Music School, University of Miami.

Repertoire includes Parvis: Cortège et Danse by Bernard Andres, Baba O’Riley by Pete Townsend arr. by Paula Bressman, Terzetto 3rd and 4th movements, and Schumann piano quintet 4th movement.

SAS Spring Concert April 24

The St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School spring concert, titled “Around the Corner and Around the World,” will be at 7:30 p.m.,Wednesday, April 24, McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts. 

The concert will feature the upper school guitar ensemble, middle school musicians and the upper school vocal ensemble performing a musical journey across countries, styles, eras and languages, from Thomas Tallis to Ziggy Marley. 

Soloists include Lauren Wockasen, Isabella Randolph and Maddie Jones. Ruth Cobb will be accompanist. The SAS music program is under the direction of J.R. Ankney.

There is no cost to attend the event, and the public is welcome to attend. 

Bob Corker at Sewanee, April 24

Retired Senator Bob Corker will be interviewed on the Sewanee campus by noted journalist Olivier Knox; a Q&A period will follow the interview. The event will be held at noon, Wednesday, April 24, in Guerry Auditorium. The public is welcome.

Bob Corker left office in January after serving two terms in the U.S. Senate. As a senator, he was known especially for demonstrating bipartisanship and for his service as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he pushed to hold foreign governments accountable for adverse actions. In his first term, Corker worked on the 2008 financial crisis and auto bailout. He was a vocal lawmaker advocating for the end of human trafficking and slavery.

Corker’s business background is in construction and real estate. He served as Commissioner of Finance and Administration for the State of Tennessee from 1995 to 1996, and was elected mayor of Chattanooga in 2000, serving one term (2001–05).

Olivier Knox is chief Washington correspondent for SiriusXM radio, covering the White House, politics, and foreign policy, and currently serves as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. At SiriusXM, Knox provides commentary for the broadcaster’s political channels, where he also hosts a weeknight show. He joined SiriusXM in 2018 from Yahoo News, which he joined following 15 years of reporting for Agence France-Presse. Knox covered the George W. Bush administration, the impeachment and acquittal of President Bill Clinton, and the 2000 election. He has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia and a master’s from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Upcycled Fashion Show

Sustain Sewanee and the Sewanee Theater Department proudly present the third annual Upcycled Fashion Show. The show will feature outfits from the Hospitality Shop, styled and designed by students. Come on out for a night of fashion and fun at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 25, at the Tennessee Williams Center. All pieces in the show will be available for purchase at the conclusion of the show to benefit the Hospitality Shop. Everyone is invited to attend.

Scholarship Sewanee to Be Held April 25 and 26

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Scholarship Sewanee, the university’s annual celebration of student scholarship, research, and creativity. The event begins with a talk Thursday afternoon, April 25, and continues through Friday, April 26.

Scholarship Sewanee 2019 will feature 105 posters and 53 oral presentations representing biology, physics, chemistry, earth and environmental systems, psychology, politics, economics, English, history, visual arts, and more. Breakout sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, and the poster session in Spencer Hall will last from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Two noted speakers will give talks, and other campus events during the week are related to student scholarship and creative endeavors. (Scholarship Sewanee has grown dramatically from its early days as “Scientific Sewanee,” a half-day poster session with approximately 40 posters affiliated with the sciences!)

The community is invited to join in this celebration of scholarship. The complete schedule may be found at

Erika Milam, the Scholarship Sewanee 25th anniversary speaker, will discuss “The Hunt for Human Nature in Cold War America,” an examination of the role of violence and war in the human species at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 25, in Gailor Auditorium. Milam, a professor of history at Princeton University, specializes in the history of the modern life sciences, including the ways in which scientists have used animals as models for human behavior. Her new book, Creatures of Cain: The Hunt for Human Nature in Cold War America, charts the controversy over instinctual aggression in defining human nature in the 1960s and ‘70s and cultures of masculinity in the sciences. Milam will sign copies of her new book at a reception following her lecture.

Ramesh Srinivasan, an associate professor in the UCLA Information Studies and Design Media Arts departments, will present the McCrady Lecture at 1 p.m., Friday, April 26, in Blackman Auditorium. Srinivasan is the founder of the University of California system-wide Digital Cultures Lab, exploring the meaning of technology worldwide. He will speak on “The Internet of Tomorrow: Stories from Beyond the Valley,” a sneak preview of material from Srinivasan’s upcoming third book, which is built upon research conducted with leading figures in politics, economics, and culture from across the world. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.

Other events during the week of April 22 related to student scholarship and creative endeavors include the Sewanee Festival of Speaking and Listening, which showcases student speakers engaging in topics of political, legal, social, cultural, and professional significance. More information regarding the Festival may be found here: <–listening/public-speaking-festival/>. In addition, “Reclamation,” the senior art majors’ exhibition, is on display at the University Art Gallery, and the University Jazz Ensemble will give an end-of-semester concert at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, in St. Luke’s Chapel.

May Is Hat Month for SWC

The Sewanee Woman’s Club (SWC) will meet at noon, Monday, May 13, at the Dubose Center in Monteagle.

This is the annual business and budget meeting at which members elect officers for the coming year and will vote on the proposed budget for 2019-2020.

This year the program meetings have focused on “Women Who Volunteer.” At the final meeting of the year, members are invited to bring information (brochures, pamphlets and photos) about agencies and organizations through which they do their own volunteer work. There will be a table set up for an informational display.

At this meeting, the Honorary Member for 2019 will be announced.

In keeping with SWC traditon, members are encouraged to wear hats to this meeting. Hats may be serious or frilly, humorous or vintage, arts and crafts or particular to your own volunteer work. But do wear a hat.

The deadline for reservations is Friday, May 3. The cost of lunch is $14. Please make your reservations by responding to Glyn Ruppe Melnyk at <> or to Janet Miller Schmidt at (504) 858-5221. Childcare is available upon request in advance.

The menu for May’s luncheon is: mushroom bisque, grilled chicken on caesar salad, hot rolls, cupcakes with pretty spring colored icing.

Isn’t Whaling Illegal? 

Thirst for Knowledge will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, at the Blue Chair. The presentation will be given by Russell Fielding on “Isn’t Whaling Illegal? “

When most people think of whaling their minds travel back in time to the days of Moby Dick or across icy tundras to the subsistence activities of northern indigenous people. Modern whaling is generally thought of as a crime against nature. The surprising fact, though, is that whales are hunted today in more than 70 countries, mostly legally. Drawing from his decade of fieldwork exploring hunter societies in the Caribbean and North Atlantic, (including three months spent working aboard a Caribbean whaleboat), Fielding will discuss the complex world of whaling and the complicated process of developing and enforcing international environmental policies in a world made up of sovereign states all trying to share the high seas. Moderated by Dixon Myers.

Upcoming Meetings

Coffee with the Coach

Coffee with the Coach, an opportunity to learn more about Sewanee’s sports teams, continues at 9 a.m., Monday, April 22, with Layton Jackson, Sports Information Director. Gather at the Blue Chair Tavern for free coffee and conversation.

Sewanee Garden Club

The Sewanee Garden Club will meet at Abbo’s Alley at 1:30 p.m., Monday, April 22. Mary Priestley will be on hand to point out the many lovely and interesting aspects of Sewanee’s wooded treasure house. Guests and visitors are always welcome.

Refreshments will be provided after the tour in the Gazebo at Abbo’s Alley. In the event of rain, the meeting will be held at the home of Jane Flynn. For more information, please contact Flournoy Rogers at (931) 598-0733 or <>.

Community Council Meeting

The following items are on the agenda for the Sewanee Community Council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, April 22, at the Senior Citizens’ Center.

Approval of the revised January minutes; approval of the March minutes; parks committee report, Potter; revised Community Council Constitution draft first reading, Whitmer; suggestions for parking policy revision, Berner; Village Update, Berner; Report on Southern Tennessee Regional Hospital System, Berner; and announcements and/or questions.

SUD Meeting

The Sewanee Utility District of Franklin and Marion Counties Board of Commissioners will have its regular meeting at 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, 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.

FCDW Meeting

The Franklin County Democratic Women will meet Tuesday, April 23 at 5:30 p.m., at the home of Sandy Rice in Sewanee.We will have a salad buffet. Dr. Amy Evans will discuss pediatric issues in the news: measles outbreak and loss of TennCare for kids. Brief business meeting following. Contact Sandy for more info and directions.

EQB Meeting

Members of the EQB Club will gather at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 24, at St. Mary’s Sewanee. Lunch will be served at noon.

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 meets at 8 a.m., Thursday, April 25, at St. Mary’s Sewanee. The presentation will be given by John Hille, on the Friends of the South Cumberland.

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. There is no charge and new members are welcome. Contact Folks at Home at (931) 598-0303 or <>.

United Daughters of the Confederacy

The UDC Kirby-Smith Chapter 327 Sewanee will meet at the Oak Restaurant in Manchester, on Saturday, April 27, with the meeting beginning at 11:15 a.m.

Sewanee Fourth of July Planning

Planning begins for the best Fourth of July yet. The theme for 2019 is “Peace, Love, and Fireworks,” so get your tie-dye and peace signs ready for a groovy celebration. 

Volunteers are needed to help with the parade committee and to coordinate and run the children’s games. Contact Jade Barry at <> for more information.

The planning meetings will be at 5:30 p.m., Mondays, April 29, May 13, June 3, 10, 17, and 24, and July 1, at the Sewanee Senior Citizens’ Center. 

Town of Monteagle

The Monteagle City Council will meet at 6 p.m., Monday April 29, at City Hall.