Civil Rights, Architecture, Cottage Tour, and Sewanee’s Chef at MSSA


The Monteagle Sunday School Assembly in Monteagle continues its 137th consecutive summer season of enrichment with an interdenominational worship service at 11 a.m. in the Assembly’s Warren Chapel. The eight-week season will continue through Sunday, Aug. 4, featuring numerous visiting lecturers who will present morning and evening programs in Warren Chapel that are open free of charge to the public; unless otherwise noted, morning lectures begin at 10:45 a.m. and evening lectures at 8:15 p.m. Anyone interested in a full schedule of the Monteagle Assembly’s 2019 program is welcome to pick one up at the Assembly Office (tel. 931-924-2286), or to peruse the schedule on the Assembly’s website at <>.

Freedom Rider Fred Clark, artist and activist Jane Dalrymple-Hollo, and Sewanee history professor John Willis will discuss the Civil Rights movement in a Tuesday evening lecture, “Hands Across Place, Time, & Race.” This conversation will focus on the relationships forged in Mississippi that connect Dalrymple-Hollo and Clark, with Willis providing historical context from his research specialization in southern culture and history. Willis will also introduce the film “Freedom Riders” in a screening Monday, July 15, in Warren Chapel, beginning at 8:15 p.m. The PBS American Experience film from 2010 explores the six months of 1961 during which more than 400 black and white Americans traveled together in the Jim Crow south. Willis will also answer questions at the film’s conclusion.

Preservation architect Al Cox will lecture Thursday, July 18, on “How to Read a Building: The Influence of Building Technology on Architectural Styles.” A past president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Northern Virginia Chapter, Cox has received several accolades and awards from the AIA. He currently serves as the Historic Preservation Manager for the Department of Planning & Zoning in Alexandria, Va. In addition to his talk, Cox will lead Assembly architecture walk and talks on Sunday at 4 p.m., leaving from Harton Hall, and Thursday at 2:30 p.m., leaving from Warren Chapel. 

The 56th annual Woman’s Association Cottage Tour and Bazaar takes place on Friday, July 19, on the Assembly grounds. Cottages on the tour this year include Twin Oaks (No. 167), Memphis Home (No. 72), Hillside Rest (No. 135), Reunion (No. 118), Nearview (No. 50), and Full Circle (No. 116). The Bazaar runs from 9 a.m.–4 p.m., with the Cottage Tour available from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. This year’s Tour lecture will be “Modern Traditions: Mixing Old & New In Your Home,” with Paige Albright. With her keen eye for antique pieces and a particular specialty in Oriental rugs, Albright works in residential interior design and runs a shop in Mountain Brook Village in Birmingham, Ala. Among her talents is the ability to generally evaluate a rug’s value by sight. Attendees of the Cottage Tour are welcome to attend her 1 p.m. lecture in Warren Chapel. Tour tickets are available in advance at the MSSA Office.

Sewanee’s Chef Rick Wright will lead two culinary lecture/demonstrations at Harton Hall this week. On Tuesday, July 16, at 4:30 p.m., Chef Wright will discuss “Why Purchase Local?” Then on Wednesday, July 17, at 5 p.m., join him for a demonstration and tasting of gazpacho, both healthy and delicious. 

Additional events this week include the following:

Tuesday, July 16, 10:45 a.m., Warren Chapel—“A Community in Black & White: A Story of Family, Photography, & Community,” with Joseph Shipp & Chuck Reece.

Tuesday, July 16, 2:30 p.m., Writers’ Grove—“Spirituality and Enneagram,” with Rev. Keith Gunter.

Wednesday, July 17, 10:45 a.m., Warren Chapel—“Beyond Singing, Sermons, & Scripture II: The Building Blocks of Creating Church Textiles,” with Jennifer Berk, followed by a make and take workshop for adults on “Be an Artist & Build a Banner.” The workshop requires a gate ticket and has limited registration; it takes place from 2–5 p.m. in the Pulliam Center.