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 8, with University of the South rugby coach, Daniel Carter. Gather at the Blue Chair Tavern for free coffee and conversation.

International P.E.O. Sisterhood

The April meeting of Chapter Z Tennessee of the International P.E.O. Sisterhood will at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 9. 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.

Laurel Lake Garden Club

The Laurel Lake Garden Club will meet Tuesday, April 9 at 10 a.m. for a tour of the Silver Bait LLC company in Coalmont. Following the meeting, the group will meet for lunch at Papa Ron’s restaurant in Monteagle. Members of the Laurel Lake Club help to take care of planting and weeding at Horton Park through out the year and have donated $80 to the town of Monteagle for the Easter Egg Hunt in the park to be held on Saturday, April 6.

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, April 9, 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.

EQB Meetings

Members of the EQB Club will gather at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 10, at St. Mary’s Sewanee. Lunch will be served at noon. Following lunch, approximately 12:30 p.m., we will have the pleasure of a Lead from Sue Herrick titled “Vanatu–Small Country, Big Heart.” 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 11, at the Sewanee Inn. Margaret Matens will give the presentation on “Youth-Environmental Education.”

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>.

American Legion 

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

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 monthly meeting date and time was changed to the third Tuesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. Location for April 16 and program is to be announced. The Franklin County Democratic Women will meet next on April 23 in Sewanee at 5:30 p.m., with a discussion of the Green New Deal in celebration of Earth Week.

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.


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.

Community Council

The next meeting of the Community Council is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, May 20, at the Sewanee Senior Citizens’ Center. 

Monday, April 22, is reserved as a possible meeting date. If there are any items for discussion that cannot wait until May, please submit them to the Provost’s office by noon, on Wednesday, April 10.

Trail Weekend Hootenanny Features Food, Fun and Music

The Trail Weekend Hootenanny, part of Trails & Trilliums and Mountain Goat Trail Race Weekend, will take place April 13 from 4-8 p.m. at Baggenstoss Farms in Tracy City.

Admission of $10 (kids with adults free) covers food donated by local sponsors, including the Smokehouse, Blue Chair Tavern, and Sewanee Dining. Bounce house, zipline, and frisbee golf will be available, and Shane Worley will perform. Beer will be available for purchase from Blue Chair Tavern. Tickets can be purchased at the event or at <mountaingoattrail.org/run>.

The event is a collaboration between the Friends of South Cumberland State Park and the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance (MGTA). Funds raised will go toward construction of a connector trail between the Mountain Goat Trail and the South Cumberland Visitor Center.

Trails and Trilliums, April 12-14, is a multi-day celebration of spring, featuring expertly-guided hikes on many of the South Cumberland State Park’s most scenic trails. The festival offers a full slate of nature-themed speakers and workshops, a fabulous expanded plant sale, and family-oriented activities for the kids. Proceeds go to the Friends of South Cumberland State Park. Learn more or sign up at <trailsandtrilliums.org>.

Mountain Goat Trail Race Weekend takes 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 takes place on Sunday, April 14. All proceeds will go to the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance (MGTA) to aid their efforts to complete the Trail. 

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.

The 5-mile run will begin at 10 a.m. in downtown Sewanee; the 2-mile walk will begin at 10 a.m. at Pearl’s Fine Dining. Both will finish at Mountain Outfitters in Monteagle. Prizes will be awarded for fastest men’s and women’s finisher. Drawings for outdoor gear from Mountain Outfitters and presentation of awards are planned after the finish of the run and walk.

The half-marathon (13.1 miles) will begin at 7 a.m. in Sewanee and follow the Mountain Goat Trail and approximately two miles of public roads before finishing on the newest section of the Mountain Goat Trail in downtown Tracy City.

Saturday night’s event features music and food at Baggenstoss Farms, in a collaboration between the MGTA and Friends of South Cumberland to raise funds for a connector between the Trail and the Fiery Gizzard Trail. More details and activities will be announced as they are added. 

To learn more or to register go to <mountaingoattrail.org/run/>.

Sewanee Herbarium Spring 2019 Calendar of Events

Roark’s Cove—Thursday, April 4, 9 a.m., with Yolande Gottfried. A private property at the base of the plateau is being made available for a wildflower walk to see some species not seen on the upper plateau, such as shooting star (Dodecatheon meadia) and Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica), as well as trilliums and much more. Meet in front of duPont Library on the Sewanee campus to carpool or caravan to the location of this easy to moderate walk.

Collins Gulf West—Sunday, April 7, 9 a.m., with Mary Priestley. This section of the South Cumberland State Park rivals Shakerag Hollow for diversity and abundance of spring wildflowers. Wear sturdy footwear, pack water and lunch, and bring cameras! Meet at the Collins West trailhead in Gruetli-Laager. 6 miles, moderate to strenuous with 600-foot elevation change. For directions to the Collins West trailhead, contact the South Cumberland State Park Visitors’ Center (931.924.2980). 

16th Annual Trails & Trilliums Festival, Friday-Sunday, April 12-14, DuBose Conference Center. The Herbarium Staff is involved in several events in this year’s Festival, including a walk in Shakerag Hollow. See the Trails & Trilliums website, <http://www.trailsandtrilliums.org> for the whole schedule. Numbers are limited and pre-registration is encouraged.

69th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, April 24-27. Mary Priestley will lead nature journaling workshops. Mary and Yolande Gottfried will each be leading wildflower walks. Please see <http://www.wildflowerpilgrimage.org/> for more information. Registration online is recommended.

Shakerag Hollow—Sunday, April 28, 2 p.m., with Mary Priestley. A walk among the abundant and diverse spring wildflowers of this partly old-growth forest area. Meet at the Green’s View parking lot (past the golf course). Two miles, moderate to strenuous, with one fairly challenging incline.

The herbarium sponsors a nature journaling group that meets Thursdays, 9–11 a.m. led by Mary Priestley. Come try it out – stick with it if you like. Bring an unlined journal (or a few sheets of unlined paper) and a pen or pencil. No experience needed. The group meets in Spencer room 173. All are welcome. Email Mary at <mpriestley0150@gmail.com> for more information.

Wear appropriate shoes on all of these walks. Risks involved in hiking include physical exertion, rough terrain, forces of nature, and other hazards not present in everyday life. Picking flowers and digging plants are prohibited in all of the above-mentioned natural areas.

For more information on these or other Sewanee Herbarium events, please contact Yolande Gottfried at the Herbarium (931.598.3346) or by email at <ygottfri@sewanee.edu>. A map of meeting place locations is available at <http://sewanee.edu/media/offices/herbarium/sewanee_herbarium_maps.pdf>.

Dahlstrom Exhibit at the Carlos Gallery 

“For Walls,” a series of photographs by Art Honors candidate, Ivey Dahlstrom, will be exhibited in the Carlos Gallery through April 3. A reception will be held at 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 3.

Compiled from day-to-day observations, Dahlstrom’s work explores growth, mortality, and memory through digital, silver gelatin, and platinum-palladium prints. Images of domestic scenes and day-to-day objects populate the work, forming the scaffolding around routine moments that are actually loaded with significance. This work invites us to be concerned about articles of familiarity. Sequenced in pairs of images and paced along the gallery wall in clusters, the exhibition generates a dialogue between photographs and with a suggested, but invisible, space. 

“This work is about the tensions and collisions between how something looks versus how it feels,” says Dahlstrom, going on to suggest that regardless of what we share, such as our homes, memories and community, there is a part of us that is ultimately un-sharable and alone. “From this separation between what can and cannot be shared, arise contradictions. All aspects of existence are saturated in contradiction, but to ignore them, to ignore a fundamental part of what it is to be human, is to be blind.” 

She symbolically equates blindness, in this context, with walls. Consequently, “For Walls” tries to understand the look and feel of how we intentionally blind ourselves, and build behavioral and emotional walls. Ultimately, the work proposes that we turn these walls into a home, within ourselves and amidst others, in order to survive. 

In her final semester at the University of the South, Ivey B. Dahlstrom is completing her Bachelors of Art in sculpture and photography. An artist talk will be held Friday, April 26, in Convocation Hall at 9 a.m. 

Upcoming Events

Trio Servais Concert

Trio Servais, featuring Peter Povey on violin, Alexei Romanenko on cello, and Jerome A. Reed on piano, will perform a chamber music recital at McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 29. McCrory Hall is located on the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School campus. The concert is free and open to the public. 

The evening’s program will include selections from César Franck, Maurice Ravel, Dmitri Shostakovich, Joseph Ghys and Andrien-François Servais, and Frédéric Kummer.

SSO Concert

A free performance of the Sewanee Symphony Orchestra will be at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 4, in Guerry Auditorium. 

The Sewanee Symphony Orchestra will again share the stage with world-class baritone Reginald Smith Jr., and will perform “Pilgrimage” by Carlisle Floyd (a rarely performed cantata for baritone and orchestra). Sewanee artist-in-residence and opera star Kallen Esperian (soprano) also will perform.

Cash in Concert

Roseanne Cash will be in concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 5, in Guerry Auditorium. Tickets for this event are available in Guerry Hall room 129 for $20. Sewanee faculty, staff and students are free.

UAG Exhibits Exploration of the Cakewalk 

“This Ain’t No Cakewalk,” created by visual artist Thom Heyer and musicologist César Leal, considers the parallels between the cakewalk tradition of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and New York’s Vogue Balls of the 1980s and early 1990s. 

Both cakewalk and voguing are based upon competitive performances of movement. Both are associated, in their origins, with the expression of identity and resistance. Both became broadly popular, and were appropriated and recontextualized for other performers and purposes. Both are charged with questions about race, identity and power, explored through artifice.

Juxtaposing sheet music and representations of performers, New York’s drag balls and turn of the century cakewalks, Heyer’s collages, costumes and multimedia pieces prompt us to consider the assertion of identity and community in dance and music, but also the appropriation and commodification of those performances, and of the bodies of the performers. 

On Friday, March 29 at 5 p.m. in Convocation Hall, there will be two brief talks and a performance. Woody Register, professor of American History and director of the project on Slavery, Race and Reconciliation, will speak about the history and popularity of cakewalk in Sewanee. 

César Leal, conductor of the Sewanee Symphony Orchestra and assistant professor of Music, will speak about the translation of the cakewalk to Paris and his collaboration with Heyer. 

The event will conclude with a performance led by Heyer and assistant professor of dance Courtney World, and will include Taela Bland, Valerie Figaro Depena, Jose Hernandez, Cameron Noel, Matthew Riley, Danielle Silfies and Erin Elliott. Reception to follow. 

On April 2 at 5 p.m. in Convocation Hall, there will be a panel discussion about the exhibition and the questions it explores, featuring Heyer, Courtney Thompson, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies; Courtney World, Assistant Professor of Dance; and Curtis Johnson, C’14, senior assistant Director of Admission.

Help SCC Celebrate 70 Years of Operation

The community is invited to help the Sewanee Children’s Center (SCC)  celebrate its 70th year of operation!

In 1949, the Sewanee Nursery School and Kindergarten officially opened its doors, offering morning care primarily to university faculty children. In 1967, the SCC board initiated an extensive scholarship program to offer the benefits of a preschool experience to the wider mountain-top community. This diversity provided an even broader cultural experience for all and has, ever since, been a hallmark of the School’s mission and purpose. In 1977, the school extended its highly respected program to provide afternoon care for preschoolers and children through second grade. Six years later, in 1983, the name was changed to Sewanee Children’s Center in order to reflect the wide-ranging program. In 1997, the Center extended its program to provide care through eight-year-olds. 

On Saturday, April 27, you are invited to join in the Center’s celebration by taking part in the third annual Progressive Dinner, an evening of food and fun to be held at various locations across the community.

Reserve tickets ($60 per couple, $35 for singles) at the SCC by contacting Sandy Glacet at <sewaneechildrenscenter@gmail.com>. The activities will begin with hors d’oeuvres and conversation. Participants will then move to their designated host’s home for a lovely seated dinner. A final participant-wide dessert gathering will conclude the evening’s event. Participants will be notified of their appetizer and dining assignments the week before. 

Proceeds from this fundraising event will be directed toward the Center’s continuing commitment to excellence in pre-school education, offered in a safe and nurturing environment by teachers and staff whose goal is to draw out the unique creativity and personality of each and every child. 

Upcoming Lectures

Threats to Academic Freedom

Jeff McMahan, C’76, Rhodes Scholar, and White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford, will give a talk, “Contemporary Threats to Academic Freedom,” at 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 29, in Founders’ Hall at the Sewanee Inn. The public is invited and the talk will be followed by a reception.

‘From the Mountain to the Operating Room and  Back’

Madison Michael, C’92, associate professor of neurosurgery at Semmes Murphey Neurologic and Spine Institute, University of Tennessee, will give a talk at the University of the South today, Friday, March 29. The talk will be the keynote address for the university’s celebration of Brain Awareness Week, and will be followed by a reception. Michael will speak at 5 p.m. in Gailor Auditorium.

As part of Brain Awareness Week, Madison Michael will be on campus to talk about the role Sewanee played in his journey from a natural resources major, through medical school, to his current positions as a professor of neurosurgery and as director of the neurosurgical residency program at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. All members of the community are welcome.

‘Conversations with People Who Hate Me: Why I Engage in Dialogue Across Difference’

Award-winning writer, performer, and filmmaker Dylan Marron struggled to know how to respond to hateful online comments he received to his work. Then one day he did something radical, he began calling his online opponents to talk to them one-on-one about why they wrote what they did and to see if they could find common ground or at least understand one another a little better. Dylan’s podcast, “Conversations with People Who Hate Me,” shares these difficult, funny, and humanizing conversations; join Dylan at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 4, in Convocation Hall for a public talk followed by a question and answer session.

Poet Javier Zamora to Speak

Javier Zamora came to the U.S. when he was 9-years-old from El Salvador, escaping civil war. Today, he is a popular poet and Harvard fellow who writes about immigration and his experience crossing the border and life as an immigrant.  He will speak at 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 5, at the Mary Sue Cushman Room, Women’s Center.

‘Grace And Gratitude’ 

Eric Motley is an executive vice president at the Aspen Institute and formerly served in the U.S. State Department and the White House. He is the annual Omicron Delta Kappa speaker at the University of the South, and will give a talk, “An Odyssey of Grace and Gratitude,” at 5 p.m., Monday, April 8, in Gailor Auditorium. All members of the community are invited to attend the talk sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, and the book signing that will precede it.

Bishop Reynolds Forum

Producer, activist, and humanitarian Meredith Walker, C’91, is St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School’s 2019 Bishop Reynolds Forum speaker. The public is invited to a lecture at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 7, in McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts. The event is free. No ticket is necessary.

Walker began her television career working at Linda Ellerbee’s NICK NEWS for Nickelodeon. During her time there, the show won the Peabody Award as well as several Emmys. Working her way up to senior segment producer, Meredith traveled to all 50 states to interview kids who had interesting stories to tell. This would become the foundation for her deepening interest in the lives of young people.

Meredith’s visit is made possible through The Bishop Reynolds Forum which brings a prominent speaker to the SAS campus each year to engage students and the community in a topic of current interest. 

The Forum was established through an endowment in memory of the Rt. Rev. George Reynolds, the late Bishop of Tennessee. A graduate and former chaplain of the Sewanee Military Academy and a former trustee and past parent at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, Bishop Reynolds was engaged by and involved with the numerous personal and social issues confronting the individual, the Church, and the society he served.

SWC Meets April 8

The Sewanee Woman’s Club will meet at noon, Monday, April 8, at the Dubose Center in Monteagle.

The program will be a presentation by Dr. Thomas A. Smith, MD from Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Tennessee. They provide health and wellness services to the area, including free clinic services.

The deadline for reservations is Friday, March 29. 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 April’s luncheon is cream of broccoli soup, chicken salad croissant, pasta salad and lemon bars.