32nd Annual Fourth of
Anyone interested in helping to plan for the annual Fourth of July celebration is welcome to attend the next planning session at 5 p.m., Monday, June 18 at the Sewanee Senior Citizen’s Center. The last planning meeting is on June 25. This year’s theme is “From Sea to Shining Sea.”
Food Vendors Wanted
Any interested food vendors for the Fourth of July can contact Kate Reed at <firstname.lastname@example.org> with the email subject “Fourth of July Food Vendor.” Food vendors are wanted for the Street Dance on July 3, on University Avenue the day of July 4, or at Lake Cheston for the Fireworks on July 4. There is an application to complete and a $20 vendor fee to participate.
The celebration will begin on Tuesday, July 3, with the Street Dance at the Sewanee Market at 8 p.m. featuring Bad Nayber. Rain location is Cravens Hall.
The Sewanee Community Center is hosting a Sunrise Yoga session from 6:15–7:30 a.m. in Manigault Park. The class is free and for any level of yoga ability. Mats, bolsters, blocks and straps will be provided.The rain location is Sewanee Community Center.
The morning of the Fourth of July begins with music and song at the 46th annual Flag Raising at Juhan Bridge in Abbo’s Alley. Come join us one and all to sing patriotic songs accompanied by the Sewanee Summer Music Festival’s brass quintet and watch our local Scout Troop 14 raise the flag. Our sponsors, The Friends of Abbo’s Alley, will offer coffee and juice.
To complete the celebration, please bring your favorite breakfast finger food to share (or simply make a small donation). Mark your calendar for Wednesday, July 4, at 8 a.m. for the 46th annual Flag Raising and potluck breakfast amidst the Smith, Gardner and Beaumont-Zucker homes at 139 and 143 Florida Ave. For more information or to volunteer to serve coffee or juice, call Margaret Beaumont Zucker at (931) 598-5214.
After the flag raising, the Sewanee Trust for Historic Preservation invites you to “Leave Us a Sewanee Memory - you have 4 Minutes!” Find STHP members in Abbo’s Alley after the flag raising to leave a quick story about people, places, or events in Sewanee. You will have another opportunity to participate at 11 a.m. at the Folks at Home office.
Join the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly (MSSA) in celebrating their 41st annual Pub Run starting at 8 a.m. Runners will meet at the MSSA Front Gate and run to Shenanigans (6.4 miles) on the Mountain Goat Trail. Walkers may start at Dollar General. The fee for the run is $20.
Pre-register at the MSSA Office or call 924-2286 for more information. All are welcome to participate. There will be awards for winners and beer at the finish line.
Arts and Crafts Fair
We invite you to participate in our Arts and Crafts Fair beginning on Wednesday, July 4, at 9 a.m. in Shoup Park, where you can view the parade without leaving your booth, rain or shine. There is a $20 non-refundable fee and spaces are limited and pre-assigned, so sign up early. Contact Bracie Parker at <email@example.com> for more information and for your entry form. Come spend the day with us, sell your wares, and enjoy the parade and other fun activities.
Book Signing - Jon Meacham
The University Book and Supply Store is sponsoring a book signing with University of the South alumnus, Pulitzer Prize winner and No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Jon Meacham to celebrate the release of his newest book, “The Soul of America.” The signing will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the University Book and Supply Store and end at 11 a.m. The bookstore will have copies of the book available for purchase before the event (so pick up your copy in advance to save time), or you can purchase the book that morning.
Fourth of July Cake Contest
Calling all cake bakers! Have a favorite cake recipe or a talent for cake decorating? Put your skills on display by entering your cake in the Sewanee Woman’s Club Annual Cake Contest! Entering is free of charge, and the winner of the Best All-Around Cake gets $100 cash, courtesy of Octoπ, Sewanee’s newest wood fired pizza and wine bar opening this summer.
Adult winners of the Best Tasting, Best Decorated, and Best Representation of the Theme cakes each get a ribbon and $50 cash from Octoπ. Under-13 winners of the Best Tasting, Best Decorated, and Best Representation of the Theme cakes each get a ribbon, a $5 cash prize, and a gift certificate to the Blue Chair for two ice cream cones.
Winners of the Best Tasting, Best Decorated, and Best Representation of the Theme contests will be entered in the Best All-Around Competition. Thanks to Ken Taylor for his ribbon sponsorship.
Show up to register and set up your cake between 9–9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4, in St. Mark’s Hall at Otey Parish.
Winners will be announced at noon. All are invited to view the cake entries, and there will be a cake tasting party on site afterwards. Enter as an individual or as a team. One entry per person or per team.
Questions? Please call Susan Peek at (615) 504-5404.
Enter your favorite pooch in the 2018 Fourth of July Mutt Show! All dogs are welcome to compete — no talent necessary. Registration for the Mutt Show will take place from 9–9:45 a.m. in Manigault Park. The show begins at 10 a.m. Trophies will be awarded for these canine categories: Best Dressed, Owner/Dog Look-Alike, Best Theme, Best Trick and Judges’ Choice. Entrants may register to compete in two categories. The registration fee is $5 per category, and all proceeds will go to the Fourth of July Fireworks. Audience members may contribute to Animal Harbor and MARC. In case of rain, the Mutt Show will take place in the Equestrian Center.
Vendors along University Avenue will begin selling food and drinks at 10 a.m.
Children’s games, including sack races, a temporary tattoo station (glitter, animals, fun shapes and more!) and bounce houses will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Quad. Cash and checks (made payable to “Sewanee Fourth of July”) will be accepted at the ticket booth.
Leave Us a Memory
The Sewanee Trust for Historic Preservation (STHP) invites you to “Leave Us a Sewanee Memory - you have 4 Minutes!” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Folks at Home office just below Reed Lane and Sewanee Elementary School. The STHP wants to gather residents, visitors, former residents, relatives of residents, and anyone else who has a story to tell about people, places, or events in Sewanee. The participants in this oral history event will need to provide their name and signature allowing the recording for future use. We hope those who “Leave Us a Sewanee Memory” will have fun telling their stories—and maybe they will want to have a longer interview with STHP members later in the summer—information on the Oral History program for the community and the Sewanee Trust organization will be available.
Breslin Tower Bells
The University of the South Guild of Change-Ringers will perform at Breslin Tower at noon.
Music and BBQ in the Park
The Jess Goggans Band will be playing from noon–2 p.m. in Angel Park, sponsored by the Sewanee Business Alliance. The Blue Chair will be selling barbecue.
See Sewanee’s Future
From noon–2 p.m., “See Sewanee’s Future” at The Blue House. This will be an open house featuring the downtown development project plans. Take the opportunity to see the future of Sewanee and learn about the Master Plan for the additions to downtown Sewanee. This project has been in the planning stages since 2012 and is now on the brink of action with specific projects to vitalize the Sewanee Downtown area. University Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor, Frank Gladu, and Director of Implementation from Town Planning and Urban design Collaborative, Becky Timmons, will be on hand to describe the plan, the projects and answer questions. All are welcome including developers and investors who are needed to bring the plan to life. Learn more at <sewanee.edu/village>.
Pie Eating Contest
The 5th annual Pie Eating Contest will be at 12:30 p.m. in Guerry Garth. A clean up area will be provided. Sign up early (the fee is $5) as there are a limited number of spaces. For more information call Gary Sturgis at 598-5324 or 636-5294.
Raymond Gotko, Sarah Strickland and Charlene Williamson will perform a Carillon Recital at 1 p.m. Bring a chair to All Saints’ Chapel to enjoy the music.
Parade Entries Wanted
Grand Marshal John Bratton wants you to be in the parade! The parade begins at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 4, with line-up on Lake O’Donnell Road starting at noon and ending at 1 p.m. This is when and where the judging will be: trophies for best float, best decorated vehicle and best horse; and blue ribbons for best decorated bicycle, best banner and best costume.
All entrants must fill out and submit an entry form by June 30. The form is available on this page. Take it to the From-Sea-to-Shining-Sea jar at the Blue Chair or by email <firstname.lastname@example.org>. The form is also available online at http://www.sewanee4thofjuly.org
Please do not park on University Avenue. All vehicles must be moved before 1 p.m. to make room for the parade.
The Sewanee Fourth of July parade will begin at 2 p.m. starting at the Sewanee Market and will travel through town, turning on to Hall Street and ending in the parking lot behind the Hospitality Shop. All sirens will be turned off at Texas Ave.
Air Show and Rides
Weather permitting, the Air Show will take place at 3:30 p.m. at the Sewanee Airport.
Airplane rides will be available for adults and children after the parade until 6 p.m. at the Sewanee Airport. Parents must be present to give written permission for children ages 16 and under to ride. A $15 donation is requested.
The Sewanee Summer Music Festival students will perform a Patriotic Celebration at 7 p.m. in Guerry Auditorium.
After dark, the Fireworks Show will be at Lake Cheston. There will be a suggested donation of $1 to contribute to next year’s fireworks. Parking at the Lake will be limited to handicapped and special needs only. Chief Marie Eldridge asks that if you need a handicap or special need parking pass for the fireworks show, please go by the Sewanee Police Station. Simply go to the window at the station, give your name, and you will be given a pass. If you have a permanent handicap tag you will not need a temporary one.