Upcoming Meetings

American Legion 

American Legion Post 51 will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in the Legion Hall on University Avenue in Sewanee. 

FCDP Meetings

On Saturday, May 11, at 1 p.m., Chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party Mary Mancini is coming for a meet and greet with African-American voters to listen to their concerns about voter suppression and lack of representation. Also to be discussed is the formation of an African-American caucus. The meeting will be at the Franklin County Annex, Small Meeting Room, 839 Dinah Shore Blvd., Winchester.

The Franklin County Democratic Party will have its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 21, at the Franklin County Annex, Small Meeting Room.

Coffee with the Coach

Coffee with the Coach, an opportunity to learn more about Sewanee’s sports teams, continues at 9 a.m., Monday, May 13. Gather at the Blue Chair Tavern for free coffee and conversation.

Franklin County School Board

The Franklin County School Board will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, May 13, in a regular session, at the Franklin County Board of Education Building, 215 S. College St., Winchester.

Sewanee Fourth of July Planning

Planning continues for the “Peace, Love, and Fireworks,” Sewanee Fourth of July celebration. 

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

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

Laurel Lake Garden Club

The Laurel Lake Garden Club will meet at 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 14, for a tour of Mary’s Greenhouse in McMinnville and Randall Walker Farms in Morrison. Following our visit to the two nurseries, we will have a luncheon meeting at Boskey’s Grille in Manchester. At the meeting, there will be a presentation/workshop on propagation.

P.E.O. Sisterhood

The May meeting of Chapter Z Tennessee of the International P.E.O. Sisterhood will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 14. All unaffiliated Members of the P.E.O. Sisterhood who are in the Middle Tennessee area are welcome to attend. Call (931) 962-0202 for more information.

La Leche League

The next meeting of the La Leche League, which provides breastfeeding support and information for new mothers, will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 14, at the Sewanee Community Center, 39 Ball Park Rd. All pregnant women, mothers and babies are welcome. For more information call Pippa, (931) 463-2050.

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, May 16, at the Sewanee Inn. The speaker will be Eric Hartman, who will discuss “Trends in Higher Education.”

FCRW Meeting

The Franklin County Republican Women’s monthly meeting will be on Thursday, May 16, at the Oasis Restaurant in Winchester. Lunch will begin at 11 a.m. with the meeting beginning at 11:30 am.

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 <folksathomesewanee@gmail.com>.

Town of Monteagle

The Monteagle City Council will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, May 20, at City Hall.

Community Council

The next meeting of the Community Council is scheduled at 7 p.m., Monday, May 20, at the Senior Citizens’ Center, if agenda items warrant a meeting. 

SUD Meeting

The Sewanee Utility District of Franklin and Marion Counties Board of Commissioners will have its regular meeting at 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, 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.

Celebrating Faculty Publications at FoL Meeting

 

Friends of the Library of Sewanee: The University of the South invites you to attend a Faculty Panel discussion at 5 p.m, Wednesday, May 1, in the Torian Room, on the second floor of duPont Library. Five faculty members will talk briefly about their recent research and publications.  We will also host a reception at 5:45 p.m. in the Main Lobby of duPont in recognition of all of our faculty for their good work in research and publication. 

Amy Patterson, Politics; Rob Bachman, Chemistry; Pradip Malde, Art, Art History and Visual Studies; Stephanie McCarter, Classics; and Julia Gatta, School of Theology will share experiences about their research and projects.

You can find a list of faculty publications and projects on duPont Library’s website <https://library.sewanee.edu/faculty_publications>. The University Bookstore will have several recent books by faculty available for sale at the reception and you can view and check out the most recently published materials in our display case and bookshelves. 

More information about the Friends of the Library can be found at their website <http://libguides.sewanee.edu/FOL>.  If you have questions about the lecture or joining the Friends, please contact Tim Garner at (931) 598-1265 or <tegarner@sewanee.edu>.

Domain Management Plan Town Hall Meeting

 

The University of the South, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and the Forest Stewards Guild, has undertaken a comprehensive management process for the Domain that is designed to improve wildlife habitats, protect fragile species and ecosystems, and set an example of exemplary forest management in the region.

A primary component of the new management plan includes pursuing Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for the Domain. FSC represents a global “gold standard” in forest management that aims to ensure that forests remain productive while protecting local water quality, maintaining a healthy forest cover, prohibiting hazardous chemicals, and respecting local communities.

Over the duration of this plan, most of the Domain’s forests will remain undisturbed from timber management. The plan focuses active management on areas where management has occurred previously and where significant deviation exists between current forest condition and desired ecological conditions as articulated by the Nature Conservancy in their climate resilience and vulnerability assessments. The plan includes strategic direction for habitat management using timber harvest, exotic species control, prescribed fire, and provides recommendations for recreational infrastructure improvements across the Domain.

On Thursday, May 2, from 2–4 p.m., at Gailor Auditorium, there will be a community town hall presentation about the plan. We invite the community to be part of this event.  Representatives from the Nature Conservancy, along with members of the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, will present some of the major components of the plan, and provide opportunity for community input.

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 2019-20.

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. 

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 <g.ruppemelnyk2015@gmail.com> 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.

Lessons from the Post-Cold War Era

 

On Thursday, May 2, the Sewanee Seminars Academy for Lifelong Learning welcomes Nick Roberts.  

The Middle East remains a region in turmoil and the United States policies undergoing shifts.  As the Trump administration moves to unveil its Middle East peace proposal, it is important to consider the history of American attempts to bring stability to the region as the world’s lone superpower. From the “New World Order” announced by George H. W. Bush in the early 1990s to Barack Obama’s “New Beginning” speech of 2009, American presidents have promoted various solutions to the Arab-Israeli conflict, to the challenge of authoritarianism, and to the dual threats of Iran and Iraq. Roberts’ talk will discuss how the Trump administration’s approach to the region fits with earlier attempts to bring order to the Middle East and will consider the future of America’s place in the region.

Roberts received his B.A. in Religion from Carleton College, a M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies/History from New York University. His scholarly interests include the history of European imperialism in the Middle East, the history of Israel/Palestine, modern Islamic movements, and Arab nationalism in the Middle East. He has received several awards including a James D. Kennedy III fellowship from Sewanee and a Fulbright fellowship to conduct research in Israel.

Recently, Roberts published “Islam Under the Palestine Mandate: Colonialism and the Supreme Muslim Council” which analyzes the controversial establishment of the Supreme Muslim Council in British Palestine and considers the politicization of the council under its infamous president, Hajj Amin al-Husayni. Based on research conducted in Israel and Britain, the book uses the fascinating history of the Council as a lens for understanding how Islamic politics, Palestinian nationalism, and colonialism intersected in mandate Palestine. The book shows how British policies in the mandate were informed by approaches towards Islam developed elsewhere in the empire.

This Lifelong Learning session will be held in Lower Cravens Hall at 435 Kentucky Ave.  It will begin promptly at noon and conclude at 1 p.m. Coffee and cookies will be available and attendees are invited to bring a lunch.

Parking is available in the adjacent Tennessee Williams Center parking lot. Sewanee parking regulations require that the rear bumper of all vehicles be visible from the parking lot aisles, so please don’t back in to a space or pull through.

The cost for a single session is $3 and an annual membership costs $20.  For all questions contact John Hille at (931) 924-4302.

Upcoming Meetings

Spring Workday in the Park

There will be a workday in the Park, starting at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 27, in downtown Cowan.

Let’s get Cowan ready for a beautiful spring and summer season. Bring your gloves, tools, and ideas so that our park and museum area will show our town pride. We will meet in front of the log cabin and will dispatch teams from there. If you or your church group have a project you want to tackle, please send a post to us at <visitcowan@gmail.com>.

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 29, with University of the South Athletic Director Mark Webb. Gather at the Blue Chair Tavern for free coffee and conversation.

Sewanee Fourth of July Planning

Planning begins for the “Peace, Love, and Fireworks,” Sewanee Fourth of July celebration. 

Volunteers are needed to help with the parade committee and to coordinate and run the children’s games. Contact Jade Barry at <jademcbee@gmail.com> 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.

EQB Meeting

Members of the EQB Club will gather at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 1, at St. Mary’s Sewanee. Lunch will be served at noon.  This will be our last luncheon for the 2018/2019 academic year.  Lunches will resume August 21, 2019.

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, May 2, at the Sewanee Inn for a club assembly. 

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 <folksathomesewanee@gmail.com>.

Franklin County School Board

The Franklin County School Board will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, May 6, for a work session, at the Franklin County Board of Education Building, 215 S. College St., Winchester.

On Monday, May 13, the board will meet in regular session at 6 p.m.

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 <g.ruppemelnyk2015@gmail.com> 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 <semmesrogers@gmail.com>.

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 sandrafrice55@gmail.com 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 <folksathomesewanee@gmail.com>.

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 <jademcbee@gmail.com> 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.

Upcoming Meetings

American Legion 

American Legion Post 51 will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 13, in the Legion Hall on University Avenue, Sewanee. 

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 15, with University of the South football coach, Travis Rundle. Gather at the Blue Chair Tavern for free coffee and conversation.

Sewanee Book Club

The Sewanee Book Club will meet at 1:30 p.m., Monday, April 15. Jane Flynn will host the meeting in her home and Sally Hubbard will lead the discussion about “Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Eagon. For more information or directions please contact Debbie Racka <debbie811123@gmail.com>, (931) 692-6088 or Flournoy Rogers <semmesrogers@gmail.com>, (931) 598-0733.

STHP Meeting

The Sewanee Trust for Historic Preservation (STHP) meets at 4 p.m., Monday, April 15, in the Otey Adult Education Room. The public is invited.

Franklin County Commission

The Franklin County Commissioners are scheduled to meet at 7 p.m., Monday, April 15, at the Franklin County Courthouse.

Franklin County Democratic Meeting

The Franklin County Democratic Party will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, in the large community room at the Franklin County Annex, 839 Dinah Shore Blvd., Winchester. This will be the general meeting and cocktail party (non-alcoholic). Guest speaker is Tina Stevens, Director Franklin County library on “Your Library Today.” This will be followed by a meeting of the Executive Committee. Contact Bob Zimmerman for more information (931) 308-7202.

The Franklin County Democratic Women will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, at the home of Sandy Rice. Speaker will be Dr. Amy Evans on “What is a Vaccine Anyway?” and “What is up with Tenncare?” A salad buffet will be served. Contact Sandy <sandrafrice55@gmail.com> for more info and directions.

EQB Meeting

Members of the EQB Club will gather at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 17, at St. Mary’s Sewanee. Lunch will be served at noon. Following lunch, approximately 12:30 p.m., we will likely have a brief annual meeting and then the pleasure of a Lead from Kelly Kietzke titled, “Ten Reasons Not to Through Hike the Appalachian Trail.” Interested non-members are welcome to arrive at 12:30 p.m. and sit in on the presentation.

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 18, at the Sewanee Inn. Jay Fisher will give the presentation on the University of the South capital campaign.

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 <folksathomesewanee@gmail.com>.

Franklin County Republican Women Meeting

The FCRW monthly meeting will be at the Oasis Restaurant in Winchester, on Thursday, April 18. Lunch will begin at 11 a.m. with the meeting beginning at 11:30 a.m.

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.

In the event of rain, the meeting will be at the home of Jill Carpenter, which will also be the site for refreshments after the tour.  For more information, please contact Flournoy Rogers at (931) 598-0733 or <semmesrogers@gmail.com>.

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.

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.