The Women’s Association of the MSSA (Monteagle Sunday School Assembly) will be hosting their 58th annual Cottage and Bazaar Tour on July 22nd. The highly anticipated event will include visits to five representative chalets; a self-guided tour of historic buildings; the ever-popular bazaar with its fine arts, jewelry, home decor and more; Butterfly Boutique (resale); Corner Market lunch options; and the “famous” bake sale.
The annual event is designed to share with the public the Assembly’s unique history and mission, highlight its representative turn-of-the-century structures, and showcase the Chautauqua movement and the Assembly’s association with the Chautauqua network. This year’s tour will feature five distinctive cottages: Mint Julep, Comfy Cozy, Wayside, Balcony Place and Leaning Oak.
The bazaar, open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will showcase local arts and crafts as well as splurge-worthy artwork and jewelry from more than 40 selected local and regional artisans. The nearby Butterfly Boutique sale of items donated by members and friends is a bargain-seeker’s delight, held in the Writers’ Grove near the Winfield House of the Women’s Association.
At 10:45 a.m., guests are invited to attend a special presentation by Elizabeth Heiskell, instructor at the Viking Cooking School; TODAY Show contributor; special guest on Food Network’s The Kitchen and Chopped, CMT’s Pickler and Ben and The Hallmark Channel. She’s also a cookbook author and creator of Debutante Farmer, a Bloody Mary mix that won acclaim as a Southern Living Food Award for one of the “Best New Southern Products”.
Emily Frith from Corner Market Restoration in Nashville will be offering box lunches to enjoy in one of the Assembly’s green spaces (must be pre-ordered for $18). The Grill at Harton dining room will also offer a buffet lunch featuring soups, salads and an array of comforting specialties, sides and desserts.
Guests will also enjoy the annual Bake Sale where the Assembly’s top cooks will bring their sweet and savory specialties, and the Snack Shop will be open for popcorn, chilled treats, bottled water and tea. souvenir shirts.
Be sure to stop by cabin 116, The Gallery. In addition to art and gifts, the gallery is one of the few to offer award-winning McCarty pottery. Founded by Assembly members the late Lee and Pup McCarty, Mississippi-based McCarty’s has gained international recognition. The Gallery is a pillar in the history of the Assembly, an essential stop, an essential shop during any visit!
Advance tour tickets ($15, $20 daytime) and box lunches ($18) must be reserved and paid for in advance on the MSSA website (MSSA1882.org) using PayPal or by calling the MSSA office at 931-924-2286 or stopping by the office. Parking passes ($5 per car) can be purchased on the day of the tour at the north gate entrance.
Event calendar :
Bazaar, Butterfly shop and bake sale: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Visits to the chalets: 11am-4pm
Lecture by Elizabeth HeiskellThe beginner farmer: fields at the TODAY Show, 10:45 a.m. in the Auditorium
Harton dining room: Buffet available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pre-ordered packed lunches can be picked up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The galleryCabin 116, 9am-4pm