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, March 25, with University of the South basketball coaches Mick Hedgepeth and Brian Emerson.

Sewanee Garden Club

The Sewanee Garden Club will meet at 1:30, p.m., Monday, March 25, at the home of Anne-Marie Pender. In addition to being hostess, she will give a lively lecture on the living breathing ground beneath our feet. The meeting will include a silent auction of more than two dozen gardening-related books, ranging from tree and plant guides to bird and butterfly enticements and all manner of plant care and landscaping. The books were donated by Jill Carpenter, and all proceeds will beautify The Shakespeare Garden as sponsored by the Sewanee Garden Club.

Visitors and guests are always welcome. For more information, please contact Flournoy Rogers at (931) 598-0733 or <semmesrogers@gmail.com>.

Town of Monteagle

The Monteagle City Council will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, March 25, at City Hall.

Community Council Meeting

The next meeting of the Community Council is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, March 25, at the Sewanee Senior Citizens’ Center.  Agenda items include approval of the January minutes; update on sidewalks, Potter; update on cell tower progress, Potter; University parking and ticketing, Shackelford; revisiting the Community Council elections rules in the constitution, Shackelford; Community Council grants committee, McCardell; approval of 2019-20 Community Council meeting dates, McCardell; 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, March 26, 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.

EQB Meetings

Members of the EQB Club will gather at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 27, 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 Wall Wafford who will share information with us about the past, present and future plans for Folks At Home. Interested non-members are welcome to arrive at 12:30 p.m. and sit in on the presentation.

Thirst for Knowlege

Thirst for Knowledge will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 27 at the Blue Chair Cafe. David Shipps will speak on “Alexa, I’m Glad You’re Here!” with Eric Keen as the moderator. All are invited to attend. Thirst for Knowledge is sponsored by the Sewanee Civic Association and the Office of Civic Engagement.

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, March 28, with the Land Trust of Tennessee presenting the program.

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>.

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.

​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

New Exhibit to Open at Frame Gallery March 8

An exhibit by artist Lendon Noe titled, “Grand Simplicities.” will open today (Friday), March 8, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Frame Gallery. Lendon will talk about her work at 6 p.m., and there will be refreshments. Everyone is invited to attend.
Noe’s works are primarily oil and ink on canvas. The show will continue through March 30.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.

Sewanee Emeritus Features Sherwood Road Development Talk

The Sewanee Emeritus Association will meet at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 14, in the Torian Room of the library. Everyone is invited to come for the program and stay for refreshments following.
This month the speakers are Mickey Suarez and Michael Coffey. They are the brains and brawn behind the Sherwood Road Development, a housing project in conjunction with Housing Sewanee Inc.Continue reading

Friends of the Farm Meeting

A kick off meeting for the Friends of the University Farm will be held this Saturday, March 9, from 10–11:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome and the Friends will gather at the farm on Breakfield Road in Sewanee. Children are welcome if accompanied by a parent or a minder. The Farm will provide coffee and hot chocolate, feel free to bring a snack or baked good to share. If weather permits, there will be a tour of the farm at the beginning of the meeting. Due to recent rainy weather, rubber boots might be needed for this part of the day. We will also have a short seed planting activity and attendees will take home some of these seeded plant pots.Continue reading

Upcoming Meetings, March 8, 2019

American Legion
American Legion Post 51 will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 9, in the Legion Hall on University Avenue in 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, March 11, with University of the South swimming and diving coach, Max Obermiller.There will not be a meeting on March 18. Gather at the Blue Chair Tavern for free coffee and conversation.Continue reading