TigerSharks Pre-Swim Registration Is Open

The following swim opportunities are being offered by Coach Max Obermiller. 

Registration ends at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, April 10. Register at <https://sewaneetigersharks.com>.

Sessions start Monday, April 15 and end Thursday, May 16 (five weeks). There will be four lessons per week, Monday–Thursday.

Students that have not swum on either the TigerSharks or MAC teams will need to come to the pool from 3:15-4 p.m. either April 11 or 12 for evaluation for placement. If the student can’t meet the minimum requirements, they may sign-up for summer swim lessons, but will not be able to participate in pre-swim. Caps and goggles will also be on sale.

3:15–4 p.m., Rookie I—Must be able to swim to the backstroke flags (15 feet) on their own and swim freestyle and backstroke. This class is for beginning swimmers; this is not a learn-to-swim class. Primary ages 4–7 years. Instructors are in the water. Rookie II—Can swim half a length of pool easily doing freestyle and backstroke. Will be learning breaststroke and  butterfly. Primary ages 5–10 years. Instructors are in the water.

4–4:45 p.m., Junior I—Can swim a length of the pool easily. Teaching will focus on learning breaststroke and butterfly with conditioning to increase strength. Ages 5–10 years. Instructors are in the water on some days. Junior II: One or two seasons of the swim team. Will be refining stroke mechanics for all 4 strokes with some light training. Primary ages 6–11 years. Instructors are in the water on some days.

4:45–6 p.m., Pre-Senior—Have three to four strokes mastered and will work on establishing a training base. Primary ages 7–12 years.Senior—Focus will be on training and further stroke development. Primary ages 13–18 years There must be an enrollment of least 10 in the Pre-senior and senior group for the group to happen.

Cost is Rookies/Juniors, $200 and Seniors, $175. Payment is due the first day of classes. Please make checks payable to Max Obermiller. 

Both girls and boys must have a one-piece swimsuit, a swim cap (swimmers with long hair must have a swim cap), and a pair of good goggles. There will be swim caps and goggles for sale. 

Edible Books Contest 

The Jessie Ball duPont Library will celebrate the International Edible Books Festival with a contest on Monday, April 1.

Each entry should be edible—cake, bread, crackers, gelatin, fruit, vegetables, candy, etc.—and represent a book or something about a book. Entry categories this year include Punniest, Children’s Book, Banned Book, Classic Title, and Most Creative.

All Sewanee students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to enter this year’s Edible Books Festival. Register your entry by Friday, March 28, at <https://form.jotform.com/90583852800156>.  

For more information, please contact Penny Cowan at <pcowan@sewanee.edu> or (931) 598-1573.

Lecture on Historic Black Communities in Appalachia 

Sociologist Karida Brown will give a public lecture on the history and lives of African-Americans who moved with the Great Migration of the 20th century to the coal-mining towns of Southern Appalachia.

The lecture will be at 7 p.m., Monday, March 25, in Gailor Auditorium. It is open to the public.

Brown’s book, “Gone Home: Race and Roots through Appalachia,” was published by the University of North Carolina Press. 

“Gone Home” focuses on Harlan County, Kentucky, and in it Brown challenges and corrects our assumptions today that Southern Appalachia – where Sewanee is located – is and has always been a region populated exclusively by poor whites. 

In fact, Brown shows, thousands of African-Americans migrated from the deep south into areas of West Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky in the early 20th century and made their livings and established their homes in coal mining towns.

Brown’s grandparents were part of that initial migration, settling in Lynch, Ky., and her parents were born and raised there. When they reached adulthood, though, they followed other blacks in migrating to urban centers around the U.S. Brown’s parents moved to Long Island, N.Y., where she was born and raised. Those migrations and the decline of mining led to the disappearance of many of these black communities.

The recovery work that Brown has done has a special resonance for Sewanee because it parallels the history of African-Americans in this community. Before 1970, 200 or more African-Americans lived in Sewanee and worked for the university and for local white families. 

In the aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement and the opening of better opportunities for education and work elsewhere, younger generations moved away from the Mountain. The black neighborhoods here declined dramatically in population. 

As a result, more recent arrivals to Sewanee, including students, often do not realize that prior to 1980, Sewanee was a town of white and black residents and that blacks were vital to the life and prosperity of the university and the community. It is too easy to imagine mistakenly that Sewanee, like Appalachia, has always been a white community.

Brown’s lecture is sponsored by the Sewanee Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation, the six-year initiative undertaken by the University of the South to investigate its historic entanglements with slavery and slavery’s legacies.

Funding for the lecture is provided by a Common Heritage grant awarded to the Sewanee Project by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Project is using the NEH grant to sponsor two community archiving events this summer, May 27 (Memorial Day) and July 5, at the St. Mark’s Community Center. 

​Sewanee Fourth of July Call for Volunteers

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. 

It takes many volunteers to pull off the day of festivities, and we have a few committee openings available. A parade committee member is needed to help the current committee members with planning and day-of hands-on assistance with organizing parade entrants. The second volunteer opportunity is to coordinate and run the children’s games, and this person will need many helpers. Both positions come with support and guidance from current and past committee members. Contact Jade Barry at <jademcbee@gmail.com> for more information or with questions. 

We volunteer to put together the Fourth of July event because we care about our community and want to promote unity. We hope you will join us in this mission as we come together as Americans to celebrate our nation’s freedom and independence. Please kindly recognize that these events are voluntary, and if we do not have the volunteers required to run a successful event, unfortunately, we may have to cancel certain aspects of the celebration and worst case scenario, cancel the event altogether.

The planning meetings take place on Mondays at 5:30 p.m., at the Sewanee Senior Citizens Center: April 29, May 13, June 3, 10, 17, and 24, and July 1. We hope you will help us plan the best day of the year in Sewanee.

Plant Trees on 250K Tree Day

Tennessee residents are invited to beautify their properties and their communities by planting trees on 250K Tree Day, March 23. Trees are available to order for a $1 donation per tree, while supplies last, through March 17, by visiting the event website at <www.tectn.org/250KTreeDay>. The event is organized by Tennessee Environmental Council in its effort to maintain a healthy tree canopy in communities across Tennessee. Tree species include Red Oak, Red Bud, Pine and Plum or similar fruit variety. All trees must be picked up on the dates and locations published on the event website. There are 150 volunteer-run local tree pickup locations set up across Tennessee.Continue reading

Register for Mountain Goat Trail Race Weekend

Mountain Goat Trail Race Weekend, sponsored by Mountain Outfitters, will take place April 13-14.
The sixth annual Mountain Goat Trail Run & Walk, featuring a 5-mile run and 2-mile walk, will be held on Saturday, April 13. The second annual Mountain Goat Trail Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, April 14. All proceeds will go to the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance (MGTA) to aid their efforts to complete the Trail.Continue reading

Register Now for the16th Annual Trails & Trilliums Festival

The 16th annual Trails and Trilliums festival, the spring fundraiser for the Friends of South Cumberland State Park and a multi-day celebration of spring, features a record number of expertly-guided hikes on the most scenic trails in and around South Cumberland State Park. The April 12-14 festival, presented this year by Lodge Cast Iron, also offers a full slate of nature-themed speakers and workshops, an expanded native plant sale, free family-oriented activities for the kids, plus evening fundraiser events on both Friday and Saturday.
Capacity is limited on most hikes, talks and workshops. Reserve your place at any of these events by registering at <Trail​sAndTrilliums.org>.Continue reading

Calling All Chili Makers

The first annual Monteagle-Sewanee Rotary Club Chili Cook-off will be on Saturday, March 30, in the Cushman Room at the Women’s Center on Mississippi Avenue, Sewanee.
If you consider your chili recipe extraordinary or just plain good, then enter as a team and find out. Entry fees are $50 for community teams and $25 for student teams. Judging takes place at noon. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place, and people’s choice. Registration forms and rules are online at . Register your team by March 20.
Event tickets are $10 per person, with children under 12 free. Included in the ticket price is the chili tasting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., corn bread, a cold beverage and a vote for the People’s Choice Award. Tickets are available from Rotary Club members and will be sold at the door.
Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit Sewanee’s Haiti Institute, Heart to Heart, and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.
Sponsors are also needed. To become a sponsor of this event contact Kathy Henslee at . Sponsorship forms are also available on the website.

Operation Gratitude

A collection drive in support of Operation Gratitude, which annually sends more than 250,000 care packages to deployed troops, new recruits, veterans, first responders, and wounded heroes and their caregivers, is being sponsored by a group of area U.S. military veterans.
Items needed include all-purpose wipes, single or 30-count packs or smaller; batteries, AA and/or AAA; deodorant, travel size, non-aerosol; drink mix, individual serving packets; chewing gum; hand warmers; jerky, individual bags; lip balm; pencils, mechanical preferred; playing cards; body powder, travel size; puzzle books, 7”x10” preferred size; sewing kits, travel size; socks, black crew length; sunscreen, travel size, non-aerosol; items handmade with love; cool ties; knit or crocheted hats and scarves; paracord survival bracelets; handwritten letters; underwear, men’s and women’s in various sizes; and shower shoes.
Sgt. Major (E-9) Larry E. Williams, U.S. Army/Retired will be at Sewanee Auto on University Avenue from 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, March 23, to pick up items. You may also bring all items to the Vietnam-Era Veterans Honors Day and Fair, at noon on Saturday, March 30, at the Coffee County Fairgrounds, 99 Lakeview Dr., Manchester. Admission is free, and parking is free. This event is sponsored by the VFW Post 10904, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90, American Legion Gold Star Post 78, and Sequatchie Valley Veterans Honor Guard.
For more info contact Sgt. Major Williams at (931) 924-3000 or .

CCJP Hosts Solidarity Supper for Sanctuary Caravan

The community is invited to a chili and frybread Solidarity Supper on Saturday, March 9, from 5 to 7 p.m., in St. Mark’s Hall at Otey Parish. The Solidarity Supper is $5 for adults and $3 for children, with larger donations encouraged. Hosted by the Cumberland Center for Justice and Peace (CCJP), the event will raise funds for the Sanctuary Caravan. The Sanctuary Caravan operates a pro se clinic, an accompaniment program, and post-crossing support for asylum seekers and refugees fleeing persecution.Continue reading