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.
Shakerag WorkshopsSt. Andrew's-Sewanee School
290 Quintard Road
Sewanee, Tennessee 37375
Office Telephone: (931) 691-5264
Shipping Boxes and/or Mail
Telephone and Internet Access
Cellular phones have somewhat spotty connections on the mountaintop, but most will work on the campus.
Location and Driving Directions
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
Transportation from the Nashville airport is available on a Shakerag Workshops shuttle leaving the airport at 3:00 pm on the day your workshop begins, and returning to the Nashville airport by 9:15 on the morning the workshop ends. The cost of the shuttle is $39; and registration for the shuttle begins in April. Participants should follow signs to "Hotel Shuttles" to meet the white St. Andrew's-Sewanee bus (the Shakerag shuttle).
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 Registration
You should plan to arrive between 3:00 and 5:45 pm Central Daylight Time in order to register. Follow signs to the registration table, 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.
Opening Day Schedule: You should register when you first arrive on campus. At 4:30 that afternoon, you may join us for a bus tour of Sewanee, or an afternoon swim in the lake; meet at the registration table for either of these optional activities. The studio buildings, the Shakerag store, and the Gallery will also be open throughout the afternoon. Dinner is at 6:00, followed by our first official meeting in McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts at 7:15 p.m., with other activities to be announced there.
General Workshop InformationCancellation: Session 1
If you must cancel before November 1, the cancellation fee is $50; all other monies will be refunded. Between November 2 and March 1, the cancellation fee is $100; between March 2 and May 1, the cancellation fee is $150. After May 1, no fees are refunded.
Cancellation: Sessions 2 + 3
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.
Continuing Education Units
Shakerag Workshops offers Continuing Education Units for Sessions 2 + 3 participants that would like them. Please indicate on your registration form that you would like to receive CEUs.
Those staying for Two Weeks
There are no additional fees for materials used at the Knitting Getaway. Additional 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. These fees cover materials which you are given, in addition to costs incurred by the group in the class.
Supplies for your Class
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
- 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 ($19/week for 2 sheets, 2 blankets, and 2 pillows), 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 Session 2 + 3 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 - $10; Lunch - $20; Dinner - $25. Children 5-10 are charged half price; children under 5 may eat at no charge.
Final Celebration and Departure
Knitting Getaway: Session 1
Our final meal is breakfast on Sunday morning. The airport shuttle leaves at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. All participants should plan to be out of their rooms by 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning.
Week Long Workshops: Sessions 2 + 3
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) and at 7:00 we will have our final meal. 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.