We are so glad that you’ll be able to come to Shakerag in June. Those of us who plan Shakerag are looking forward to being with you, and we hope that you will enjoy your time here. Below is more information about our program, which we thought might be good for you to have in one place. If you have any questions, please contact our Director.
St. Andrew's-Sewanee School
290 Quintard Road
Sewanee, Tennessee 37375
Office Telephone: 931-463-2123
Emergency Telephone (Cell): 931-691-5264
Shipping Boxes and/or MailIf you wish to mail something or ship a box to Shakerag prior to the workshop, please address the letter or box to yourself at the Shakerag Workshops address given above. Your letter or package will be held until your arrival. Mail received during our sessions will be delivered to you by your studio assistant.
Telephone and Internet AccessInternet is available on campus and in the residences, and most places on campus have wireless access. There are two computer labs, one of which will be available to participants 24 hours a day. We can provide ethernet cords to participants who bring their own laptops so that they may connect to the internet in the residences or in the computer lab (in Simmonds Hall where the studios are located).
Cellular phones have somewhat spotty connections on the mountaintop, but most will work on the campus.
Location and Driving DirectionsShakerag Workshops is located on the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School campus in Sewanee, Tennessee, just off Interstate 24, approximately 90 miles southeast of Nashville, 50 miles northwest of Chattanooga, and 3 miles west of Monteagle. If you are driving here on Interstate 24, take exit 134. Turn left onto Highway 41-A, go about 3 miles, and at the blinking yellow light, turn right into the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee campus. If you are coming from the Winchester side, come up the mountain past Cowan on Highway 41-A, going past Sewanee on your left, and after you exit the University of the South domain stone gates, turn left into the St. Andrew's-Sewanee campus at the blinking yellow light.
In Monteagle and Sewanee, you will find a variety of shops, including restaurants, grocery store, drugstore, liquor store, post office, and bank.
Sewanee is on Central Daylight Time.
Transportation and RegistrationFrom the Airport
We will run a Shakerag Shuttle ($39 each way) to and from the Nashville airport, picking up in Nashville at 3:00 on Sunday afternoon, and leaving Sewanee at 7:30 on Saturday morning to arrive at the airport by 9:15 a.m. Please let us know before June 1 (preferably by e-mail) if you want a place on the Shakerag airport shuttle; charges for the shuttle will be put on your bill to be paid at the end of your week. Those riding the shuttle will meet our white St. Andrew's-Sewanee bus outside from the #5 baggage carousel (across the median from where you would catch the bus for long-term and economy parking) on Sunday afternoon at 3:00.
Groome’s Express Shuttle (1-800-896-9928) also runs from the Chattanooga, Nashville, and Atlanta airports to Monteagle (3 miles away). Between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., we can easily take you to or from the Groome's Shuttle drop-off place in Monteagle (no charge), but there are no Sewanee taxis, so please do not schedule a shuttle pick-up outside of those hours.
Arrival and RegistrationYou should plan to arrive on Sunday between 3:00 and 5:45 pm Central Daylight Time in order to register. Follow signs to the Simmonds Building (the St. Andrew's-Sewanee Academic Building) and register there, and, for those of you who are staying on campus, a staff member will help you to get settled into your room. After registration, if you have driven you should unload your car at your residence and then move your car to the parking area near the gymnasium unless you need your car nearby for a particular reason. Parking directly beside the residences is very limited.
Sunday Schedule: You should register when you first arrive on campus. At 4:30 Sunday afternoon, you may join us for a bus tour of Sewanee, or an afternoon swim in the lake; meet at the registration table in the front hall of the Simmonds Building for either of these optional activities. The studios, the Shakerag store, and the Gallery will also be open throughout the afternoon. Dinner is at 6:00 Sunday, followed by our first official meeting in McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts at 7:15 p.m., with class meetings following in the studios (about 8:30-9:30 p.m.). The store will be open after classes on Sunday.
General Workshop InformationCancellation
If you must cancel before May 1, all that you have paid will be refunded except the $50 registration fee and $150 cancellation fee. After May 1, no refunds are given for any reason.
We do not cancel any classes in which any participants are enrolled, so you need not fear that your class will be cancelled because of low enrollment. If a faculty member has to cancel his or her teaching for any reason, I will be in touch with all members of that class immediately, and any participant who chooses not to attend the class with the replacement teacher will be given a full refund.
HousingOur dormitory rooms are simple, clean, and spare, and all of our dorms have shared bathrooms. All dorm rooms have windows that can be opened, and the dorms are air conditioned. Most of our residences have six bedrooms, one large bathroom facility, and a common room (with microwave and television but no refrigerator there). Our largest dorm is similar but has 11 bedrooms on each floor. The bathroom facility in each residence (one on each floor of the larger residence) has a common sink area and individual shower stalls and toilet stalls (you might want to bring shower clogs). All bedroom doors have individual locks; each room is simply furnished with two twin beds (you might want to provide your own mattress pad), two dressers, and two desks. You should plan to bring your own bedding, though we do have some bedding for rent ($19/week for 2 sheets, one blanket, and one pillow) if you would like. Sleeping at any workshop space is never as comfortable as sleeping at home, and the first night of adjusting to new beds is always a challenge, but we hope that you will enjoy the communal living which our residences afford, a style of living which most of us now rarely have an opportunity to experience!
Those staying for Two WeeksWe welcome those participants who would like to take two weeks of classes. There is no extra charge for housing through the weekend, but meals are not provided between Saturday breakfast and Sunday dinner. We will give you a list of restaurant options for Sewanee and Monteagle once you arrive on campus.
Materials FeesAdditional fees associated with each individual class will be charged at the end of the workshop; the range of fees is usually $0-$150, but most are in the $0-$75 range, though the materials fee for the HERObike classes in 2016 is $299. These fees cover materials which you are given, in addition to costs incurred by the group in the class.
Supplies for your ClassThe supply list for your particular class is on our website, on each individual class page. The Shakerag store will also have class supplies that you may purchase when you arrive. Our clay participants should know that we have no holes in our bats for bat pins; you should bring your own bats and pins if you want to attach bats to the wheel head in that way. Sewanee is in a remote area so participants should pay close attention to supply lists and bring supplies that are needed, or plan to buy them in our Shakerag store.
Shakerag StoreTools, workshop materials, books, and Shakerag souvenirs (t-shirts, aprons, postcards, and bumper stickers) are available to purchase in our Shakerag store in Simmonds. The store is open daily after breakfast and lunch, at 4:00, after the evening slide/lecture, or by special request. All purchases in the Shakerag store are charged to the participant and the final bill is payable at lunch on Friday (credit cards accepted).
EveningsEach evening faculty members will present a brief talk about their work (7:15-8:15, McCrory Hall). On Wednesday evening we have the Shakerag Lecture Series at 7:30, with a visiting artist speaking, followed by a reception in the Gallery in Simmonds Hall. All evening talks are open to the public, and our Wednesday evening talks will be followed by a reception in the Gallery in Simmonds Hall. Participants are encouraged to come to all of our evening programs and to our Gallery reception on Wednesday evening.
WeatherWe have ordered sunny, balmy, excellent weather for June! We also believe that there is, in fact, no bad weather – there is only inappropriate clothing for the weather. Our weather in Sewanee in June is unpredictable; we generally have mild weather then, with evenings in the 60's and 70's and days in the 80’s. However, we occasionally have very cool June days (50’s) as well as very warm weeks (90’s). You should bring layers of clothes to accommodate the unpredictable weather, including shorts, long pants, sweaters, and a rain jacket – and an extra blanket for cool evenings. Be sure to include your bathing suit – our campus lake is a beautiful place for swimming. You might need an umbrella as well. Studios and dorms are air-conditioned, and since air conditioning is often too cool for some (or occasionally not cool enough for others), your studio clothing should be adjustable as well.
What to BringFor your class: please consult the supply list that you will find on your course webpage; the Shakerag store stocks most items on the supply list but you will want to bring several of these items with you.
For your dorm:
- your own towels and bedding (sheets, blanket, and pillow, and mattress pad if you want one between your sheet and the mattress) unless renting bedding and towels from us (we do not provide mattress pads)
- a lamp if you would like light beside your bed (bedrooms have overhead lights only)
- a fan if you would like (all windows open and the dorms are air conditioned)
- flip-flops or shower shoes if you like that sort of thing (bathrooms are shared)
- a shower caddy if you would like
NOTE: We will rent bedding (sheets, one blanket, and pillow @ $19), towels/washcloth ($10), small lamp ($6), and fan ($9). You need to let us know before June 1 (preferably by email) if you want to rent any of these items.
To wear: We want all of our participants to feel comfortable working in their studios, and generally people here dress in a very relaxed manner. Therefore you should bring:
- comfortable clothes for working in the studios; layers of clothing are important because of the range of weather conditions and the vagaries of air conditioning systems (washers and dryers are available)
- comfortable walking shoes
- a raincoat and/or umbrella
- a bathing suit if you would like to swim in our wonderful lake
- a flashlight to use when walking around campus after dark
- bugspray, if you like to use that when outdoors in the summer
For the Swap table: we have a "Swap Table" where people can bring things that they no longer want, and leave them for others who want them. All are welcome to participate - so look around to see if you have items that you don't want to throw away but others might enjoy and use, and bring them along for the Swap Table.
For the Pop-Up Shop: on Thursday afternoon we will offer an option for anyone to participate in a "Pop-Up Shop" in the Library. If you would like to offer goods for sale then, you are welcome to bring work and put it out on Thursday afternoon (4:00-6:00) for others to see and purchase. Space is limited, but all who would like to are encouraged to participate.
What Not to Bring
Please leave your pets at home. You will not need a car at Shakerag - all buildings are near one another.
We love food. We love to eat. We believe that our caterer provides us with the best food that you can find anywhere! We have a range of fresh foods available at all meals, and we use organic and regionally grown foods as much as possible. We have noted all of the dietary restrictions of our participants, as stated on registration forms, and we hope that you will enjoy your meals and snacks here. A small refrigerator is available for participants’ food and drinks in the studio building, but not in the residences. You might enjoy bringing your own mug for tea or coffee.
Guests are welcome at all of our meals, and the following charges for guests will be added to your bill: Breakfast - $7; Lunch - $15; Dinner - $20. Children 5-10 are charged half price; children under 5 may eat at no charge.
- 6:15 (Wed. only) Shakerag Hollow hike
- 8:00-8:45 Breakfast
- 8:30-9:15 Shakerag Store open
- 9:00-12:00 Workshops
- 12:00-1:00 Lunch (Shakerag store open at 12:30)
- 1:00-4:00 Workshops
- 4:00-4:45 Shakerag Store open
- 4:30-5:30 Yoga or Swimming or open Studio time
- 4:30 (Mon. only) Optional tour of Sewanee
- 4:30 (Tues. only) Sculpture tour of the campus
- 4:30 (Thurs. only) Pop-up Shop, Library
- 6:00-7:00 Dinner
- 7:15 Slide/Lecture (McCrory Hall)
- 7:30 (Wed. only) Shakerag Lecture series
- 8:30 (Wed. only) Gallery reception (in the Gallery and front hall, Simmonds)
- 9:00- 9:30 Shakerag Store open
- 9:00 Snacks In Simmonds Lounge
- 3:00-6:00 Registration
- 4:30 Option for swim or tour of Sewanee
- 6:00-7:00 Dinner
- 7:15-8:15 Informational meeting, McCrory Hall
- 8:30-9:30 Classes (in studios)
- 9:00 Shakerag Store open, snacks
- 8:00-8:45 Breakfast
- 8:30-9:15 Shakerag Store open
- 9:00-12:00 Workshops
- 12:00-1:00 Lunch (Shakerag store open; bills due)
- 1:00-3:30 Workshops
- 3:30-4:30 Studio Clean-up
- 4:30-5:30 Walk-About
- 6:00-7:00 Happy Hour (St. Mary’s Courtyard)
- 7:00 Dinner (Dining Hall)
- 8:30 Dance (St. Mary’s Courtyard)
Studios are open 24 hours daily.
Final Celebration and Departure
All accounts are closed on Friday at 9:00 a.m., and bills are payable on Friday at lunch. We have regular classes until 4:30 on Friday (the last hour generally involves studio clean-up) and a studio walk-about at 4:30. Happy hour on Friday night is at 6:00 (keg provided), with music by local musicians, and at 7:00 we will have our final meal. There is a dance after dinner on Friday night, which we hope you will attend. There are no classes on Saturday. The airport shuttle leaves at 7:30 a.m. Saturday; all participants should plan to check out by 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning.
Please feel free to contact me if you have other questions. We are looking forward to June!
Claire D. Reishman
Shakerag Workshops, Director
Shakerag Workshops of St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School does not discriminate on the basis of race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, or gender.