Big Workday at the Swiss Farm 

In preparation for the annual Swiss Celebration in Gruetli-Laager, there will be a workday. Meet at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 13, at the Stoker-Stampfli Farm for repairs, clean up, and maintenance.  After the tornado that hit this area, several pieces of tin roofing have blown off the top of the barn.  If you know of someone who could help with a lift or bucket that would reach the top of the barn we could use that help too.

Call Jackie Lawley for questions and more information at (931) 235-3029. Bring a lunch and stay with us all day.

Spring Workday in the Park

There will be a workday in the Park, starting at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 13, 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 at 9:30 a.m. in front of the log cabin and willdispatch 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>.

Upcoming Meetings

FCDP Reorganization Meeting

The Franklin County Democratic Party (FCDP) will have its reorganization meeting at 6 p.m., Friday, March 29, at the Franklin County Annex Small Meeting Room, 839 Dinah Shore Blvd., Winchester.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the meeting starts at 6 p.m. FCDP will choose new officers and executive committee members and set new meeting times. At least one man and one woman from each of Franklin County’s eight districts are needed to serve on the executive committee. Please bring a dish to share for dinner.

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 1, with University of the South baseball coaches David Jenkins and Phil Betterly. Gather at the Blue Chair Tavern for free coffee and conversation.

Village Update Meeting

Meet with Frank Gladu, Special Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor, to discuss the Village development updates. Meet at 10–11 a.m., or 5:30–6:30 p.m., Tuesday April 2, at the Blue Chair Tavern. Coffee will be served and everyone in the community is welcome.

Eastern Star Cemetery Association Meets April 2

The Sewanee Eastern Star Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, in the parish hall of St. James Church, Midway. Anyone interested in the business of the Cemetery is encouraged to attend.

EQB Meetings

Members of the EQB Club will gather at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 3, 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 will meet at 8 a.m., Thursday, April 4, at the Sewanee Inn. Jeff McMahan, White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy at Oxford University will present the program on “Killing for Profit.”

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>.

New Al-Anon Group Begins April 4

A new Al-Anon meeting begins  on Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. each Thursday at Morton Memorial United Methodist Church, 330 W. Main St., Monteagle. All are welcome.

Lease Agenda Items

Agenda items are due by the fifth of each month for Lease Committee meetings. If the fifth falls on a weekend, then items are due the following Monday. Lease Committee meetings are normally the third Tuesday of the month. Agenda items are due Friday, April 5.

Curbside Recycling

Residential curbside recycling pickup in Sewanee is on the first and third Friday of each month. Friday, April 5, will be a pickup day.

Recyclable materials must be separated by type and placed in blue bags by the side of the road no later than 7:30 a.m. Please do not put out general household trash on this day. Blue bags may be picked up in the University Lease and Community Relations Office, 400 University Ave. (the Blue House) or at the Facilities Management office on Georgia Ave.

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. 

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 from March 26 to April 3. A reception will be held Wednesday, April 3 at 5 p.m.

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. 

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. 

Trustee Community Relations Committee Meeting

The Trustee Community Relations Committee will be in Sewanee on Thursday, April 25, at which time the Community Council will update the Trustees on topics of interest and concern to our community. If you have topics that you would like the Council to consider, please contact a Council member.

Community members are invited to join the Trustees and Council members for a reception at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 25, at the American Legion Hall.

Members of the Community Council include: Anna Palmer, June Weber, Pamela Byerly, Louise Irwin, Pixie Dozier, Eric Keen, Phil White, Cindy Potter, Kate Reed, Theresa Shackelford, Charles Whitmer, Nancy Berner, Sallie Green, Austin Oakes, Shirley Taylor, Adam Foster, Gray Hodsdon and John McCardell.

Sjolund at Lifelong Learning

The Sewanee Seminars for Lifelong Learning will meet at noon, Thursday, April 4, at Lower Cravens on Kentucky Avenue on the University Campus. Karl Sjolund, Head of School at St.Andrew’s-Sewanee (SAS) will speak on “The Case for Independent Schools.” Karl has a passion for a boarding school model, initiated at Virginia Episcopal (VES) as a boarding student, then honed as Head of School at Salem Academy in Winston-Salem where he served prior to coming to SAS in 2016.

After earning a B.A. in Economics at Virginia Military, he earned a M.A. in Private School Leadership through Columbia University. He and his wife Susan reside on the SAS campus. He is steadfast in his support of the Baltimore Orioles.

Sewanee Seminars for Lifelong Learning is a 12-month program, commencing in September of each year. Year 10 commences later this year. Annual memberships are $20, individual sessions are $3. Parking is available at the Tennessee Williams Center. Cookies, coffee and water available at no charge.

SCA Meeting April 4

The Sewanee Civic Association (SCA) will meet at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 4, at St. Mark’s Hall, Otey Parish. Social time with wine begins at 5:30 p.m., and dinner begins at 6 p.m. The business meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a brief program. The dinner and meeting are free and open to the public. Free children’s activities will be available. Please RSVP by Friday, March 29, to <sewaneecivic@gmail.com>.

The 36th annual Community Service Award will be presented.

The speaker for this meeting is Ryan Barry on “Full Spectrum Estate Planning: Protecting and Maximizing Your Long-Term Wealth.”

Ryan is a licensed attorney providing counsel in the areas of estate and trust planning, estate and trust administration, and elder law and special needs planning for clients in Tennessee and Georgia. The primary focus of his work is preparing estate plans for families ranging in net worth from $10,000 to more than $100 million. In this capacity, he assists clients with developing documents such as wills, revocable trust plans, and charitable lead and remainder trusts, among other services.

Prior to going into private practice, Ryan worked for many years as a member of the estate planning team at Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel law firm in Chattanooga. Sewanee is close to his heart, as he grew up on an 88-acre farm just outside of town and graduated as valedictorian of both St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School and the University of the South. He holds a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Ryan will discuss best practices in estate planning and long-term wealth management.