Welcome to the Online Clann Tartan Newsletter for April 2011

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Articles  Event Schedule  Event Maps and Notification



Every year we join with the Minnesota Coalition of Scottish Clans to celebrate our Scottish heritage. We march in the parade and fire a musket salute.

Tartan Day is being held Sunday April 10, not on Saturday as in previous years. We will gather at 2:30 at the foot of the capitol mall and march up to the capitol steps for a program starting at 3:00. The inclement weather backup plan is to gather in the rotunda. We will be firing our muskets as part of the program, though not in the rotunda.

For more information see http://www.mntartanday.org/701.html.


It Is Time for Annual Dues Once Again. Clann Tartan uses a fiscal year of April through March, and for simplicity, all members' dues are for the same time period. The following members are paid beyond March 2011. If your name is not in this list, your dues are expiring on March 31st and you need to renew in order to continue performing with the group.

John Debnam, Eric & Hellen Ferguson, Cate Hesser, Maeve Kane, Margaret Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth LeClaire, Glenn & Mia McDavid, Penndra Moyer, Patty Simondet, Sarah Shaftman, the Swenson family, Bruce & Julie Yoder.

Dues are $20 for adults and families, $10 for students. Payments can be given to me at meetings, drills or events; mailed to the PO box, or mailed directly to Bruce Yoder, our Treasurer at 4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407.


Visit the Clann Tartan library and build character!

One or two of our most experienced living historians will talk about how to create and develop the person you portray in camp, and you?ll have time to pore over the books and articles in our library, almost all of which may be checked out.  Read about Scottish and European history, folklore, language, religion, food, clothing and other textiles, various crafts, music, and of course war.  There are also materials specifically on living history and other groups that practice it.  Margaret is the host, beginning with company drill at noon in her back yard.  Contact her if you need directions. 


Baldwin–Woodville, Wisconsin, Friday, April 29

On the last weekday of this month, Clann Tartan gives a hundred and ten eighth-graders what they’ve spent years waiting for: 17th-century Things that Go Bang. Jake Cimino, who teaches World History at the junior high school in the Baldwin & Woodville, Wisconsin, school district, wants his students to get hands-on experience of history and to see what it is that historians do. Clann members oblige by spending the day explaining their character’s role in Colonel Gaffney’s Regiment to groups of ten students as they make their way around the encampment. It’s a long day—the school invites members of the public to show up once school hours conclude—but Jake says his students are almost all very engaged with the goings-on, especially when the muskets or mortar get fired. Here’s the school’s Web page for our host: <http://www.bwsd.k12.wi.us/middle/teachers/jcimino/SitePages/Home.aspx>.

As Margaret noted in the first call (sent out March 23), besides offering a demonstration of your choice, Clann members can help with food preparation and traffic direction during the school day, and with setup on the school grounds the preceding evening. Sleep in your own bed if you like, as Woodville is an hour or an hour and a half from the Twin Cities. Students begin visiting the encampment at 9:00 or 9:30 on Friday morning, with an hour for lunch at noon. At this writing we plan to close around 6 p.m., then tear down and head for home. Contact staff if you have questions, and please watch your e-mail for further information, such as times for loading and setup. And if you have any questions you think students would benefit from asking your character, please let staff know—Jake makes a list for them just in case they run out of ideas. Thanks!

Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games - Dakota County fairgrounds, Farmington, MN, May 14, 2011

Mark your calendars! Saturday, May 14, Clann will be participating in the Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games. Here's the website: http://www.mnscottishfair.org/.

We can camp Friday and Saturday nights, although the fair is at the Dakota County fairgrounds in Farmington, only about a half-hour drive from the center of the cities, so it's also very easy to day-trip. There are flush toilets and showers on the grounds and lots of free parking. This was a really great event last year, and this year promises to be even better!

Quarterly Members' Meeting

May 21 at 1:00 PM at Lake Hiawatha Center (Same location as Wednesday dance). As someone told your editor long ago, if you want to make a difference the first thing you have to do is show up.


Johndezvous is Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-30.

Johndezvous is a Gaffneyis event where we gather at the O'Duggan household to have fun making stuff, 20628 Whistle Pass Drive, Lewiston MN, between Rochester and Winona. See the article below for more information.


Reasonably priced, accurate 17th century shoes, boots, and other leather items, are available from member Pegeen Rozeske. 320-493-6163

Want to quit smoking? Lose weight? Sleep better? Deal with other issues? Your good Auntie/Cousin Mairi is opening her hypnotism clinic! For more information or to schedule a session, contact me at Mairi2 at juno dot com, or via cell at 651-307-2977.

I look forward to working with you!

Mary McKinley

Discover the Manual

A lot of valuable information is in the current Clann Tartan Manual.


Submissions for the Newsletter!

Items you can submit include research articles, character sketches, and other items pertaining to living history and Scottish Culture. Email your items in either plain text, or MS Word format to newsletter at clanntartan.org or snail mail to our postal address.

Items must be received by the 15th of each month to be considered for inclusion for the upcoming months issue. Mailed submissions will not be returned unless requested. All pertinent submissions will be considered as space permits. All research articles must reference at least three sources. Submissions may be broken in multiple parts.

Deadline for articles to go in the May newsletter will be the 15th of April.

Members' Meeting Minutes — February 26th, 2011.

The Members Meeting for Clann Tartan was held on February 26th, 2011. Present were President Julie Yoder, Vice President Karen Bastien, Secretary Mia McDavid, Treasurer Bruce Yoder, Quartermaster David Vavreck, Camp Rep Laura Swenson, and members Glenn McDavid, Sarah Shaftman, Mary McKinley, Patty Brenycz Simondet, John Debnam, Laurie Ford, Margaret Kirkpatrick, Ann Peters, Eric Ferguson, Tamaye Ceannadeach, and Jessica Swenson.

The Minutes for the last Board meeting were taken by Margaret Kirkpatrick and were passed as amended.

Officer Reports

The President thanked the Vice President for her recruiting brainstorming session. Ideas arising from this are: make up posters, flyers, and business cards; post at American Legions and VFWs, at libraries, and community centers. Mary will print business cards. We have a paper master for the recruiting flyer. We discussed logistics for design and for posting.

We will have an ad on Craigslist; Bruce will monitor this.

John Debnam reports that Renaissance Festival is shrinking its cast and there may be cast members at loose ends who would like to continue working in living history.

Karen is looking into the pledge drive for public television as a way for us to get exposure. We could show up in costume to answer phones; they might interview us and talk about us on the air.

We are going to post recruiting ads in Smoke and Fire and in Powderhorn.

The Treasurer reported that, with ten months of Fiscal 2010 done we have a deficit of about $600, which is under projections. However, we have committed money to the cannon, so when that is paid our funds will go down substantially.

The Secretary had nothing to report.

The Quartermaster reports that the musket is still at O'Duggan's for repair.

Camp Rep; nothing to report.

Company Rep absent.

Guild Reports

Music has had light attendance. Dance continues; Fiber has had no activity. Sword: Glenn is waiting for a warmer shop to modify the practice swords. The Garden Guild is asleep for the winter, but Laurie Ford reports that she is planting oats and will be hosting a hand reaping and threshing this summer.

Other business

Eric Ferguson had inquired why people don't come to Drill and reported the answers he received: Responses were along the lines of: It's at a bad time; It's too far to go. We decided to go for just a few intensive days of work to make it worthwhile for people to schedule and travel. We also decided to make sure to drill the men at shows; they are there anyway and it's another chance to show our military might.

The members discussed the issue and directed the Staff to start planning for several mini-musters and also a major muster.

The HCF needs to send out response requests for Moorhead and Woodville.

We need to book Tartan Day; April 9 at 3:00 PM. (ED note: This has since changed to the 10th!)

Mia is to approach White Oak for a contract; August 6-8.

The May members' meeting is May 21 at 1:00 at Lake Hiawatha Center.

David is to check in with the Winona Shakespeare Festival.

Mia is to solidify things with Fort William.

David says we are going to do a trek.

We will do the recruiting party at Convergence again; we also looked at putting an ad in the program book; this is not expensive.

Mary requested that members consider where we, as Clann Tartan, are going.  We are running at a deficit every year due to decline in membership and in paying shows.  We can't keep this up past another year by Bruce's estimate.

She suggested that if we don't have a huge swell in membership, that we revisit this at the Members Meeting in November and consider disbanding as the few of us who try to be active aren't enough.

Elections: Quartermaster, Vice President, Secretary, and Company Rep.

David agreed to be quartermaster again. Karen will be VP. Mia did decide to be secretary as Glenn has volunteered to do all the internet stuff that she hates. If Anthea does not want to be rep John Debnam said he would do it.


The Treasurer explained the budget. Mary asked for a larger printing budget on account of business cards and so forth; we set it to $100. David requested a budget for lumber for the historic site village; Gaffneyis historic site got $200. Mia suggested that we might need a larger budget for gas reimbursements as gas prices will be high this summer; we went to $500.


Our Calendar is crowded. We removed Fiber Guild and Recorder Consort from the regular rota of meetings as the first has been dead and the second very lightly attended.

Respectfully Submitted
Mia McDavid

Clann Tartan Staff Meeting, March 3, 2011

Present: Rich Mueller, Margaret Kirkpatrick, Glenn McDavid, Sarah Shaftman, Eric Ferguson

  1. Contracts and Upcoming Shows

  2. Reports

  3. Monthly Drill Planning

  4. Next Staff Meeting

    7 PM. April 7, 2011. Location: Margaret's house.

Board & Staff

If you need to contact someone associated with Clann Tartan, here is where you find out how. If you are unsure who to contact, you can always email us at: info at clanntartan dot org

Board Members

President Julie Yoder 612-825-4519 julieyoder at juno dot com 2/10 - 2/12
Vice President Karen Bastien 651-399-3505 kybastien at gmail dot com 2/11 - 2/13
Secretary Mia McDavid 651-490-1842 miamcdavid at gmail dot com 2/11 - 2/13
Treasurer Bruce Yoder 612-825-4519 bruceyoder at juno dot com 2/10 - 2/12
Quarter Master David Vavreck 612-353-1237 baethan1630 at yahoo dot com 2/11 - 2/13
Camp Rep. Laura Swenson 651-204-1778 or on my cell at 715-497-9792 mommyco at baldwin-telecom dot net 2/10 - 2/12
Company Rep. Anthea Potter 763-257-7038 anthea at winternet dot com  2/11 - 2/13


Chief of Staff Sarah Shaftman  612-371-4425  smuzikant at visi dot com   
Assistant Chief of Staff vacant      
Captain David Vavreck 612-353-1237 baethan1630 at yahoo dot com  
Lieutenant Rich Mueller (651) 583-4264   dragon_musk at yahoo dot com   
Corporal Eric Ferguson {612}726-6364 eric at celticfringe dot com  
Head Camp Follower Margaret Kirkpatrick 612-722-6485 mlkirkpatrick at usiwireless dot com  
Assistant HCF Anthea Cross 763-257-7038  anthea at winternet dot com    
Goodwife Ann Peters 612-333-0605 AnnEdyth at aol dot com  
Goodwife Glenn McDavid 651-490-1842 gmcdavid at comcast dot net  

Our garage is located at 4352 Nicollet Ave S in Minneapolis. Access is in the alley on the west side of Nicollet. South bay of the double garage. Minor problems or issues should be reported to Bruce. In the event of an emergency, the landlord is Brad at 763-670-9200


Sword Guild:

Meeting and time TBA

David Vavreck
baethan1630 at yahoo.com


We will sing and play music of many styles and places from our period. Bring your voice and/or your instrument(s). Neither need be period correct.

The Yoders have graciously offered to host music once a month. We will meet at their house at 4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis, from 7 - 9pm the 4th Monday of each month.

To contact the Yoders, call 612-825-4519 or email to Julieyoder at juno dot com.

To contact your Music Chair, call David at 612-353-1237 or email to baethan1630 at yahoo dot com

Thanks, and I look forward to making some noise with y'all!


We have a yahoo groups email list for the guild that we use for reminders about the meetings and topical discussions. If you want to be on the email list, request an invitation to join from Bruce at bruceyoder at juno dot com.


The Dance Guild gathers weekly from 7PM-9PM to learn and practice historic Scottish country dances.

1st & 3rd Wednesdays

Dance will meet at Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Center, 2701 E 44th St Minneapolis.

It is at the corner of 27th Av S and E 44th Street. Both streets are one way. That block of 44th between 28th and 27th Avenues is one way westbound and that block of 27th Av between 44th and 43rd Streets is one way northbound. You must enter turning west onto 44th St from 28th Av and exit from 27th Av onto 43rd St.

2nd & 4th Tuesdays

Saint Christopher's Episcopal Church, 2300 N Hamline Ave. in Roseville.

It is at the northeast corner of Highway 36 and Hamline Avenue (Hamline is between Snelling and Lexington). The church is actually encircled by the highway entrance ramp.

For more information call:

Mary at 651-699-6853 or Julie at 612-825-4519.

It's a great place to meet people!

We have a yahoo groups email list for the guild that we use for reminders about the meetings and topical discussions. If you want to be on the email list, request an invitation to join from Bruce at bruceyoder at juno dot com.

Fiber Guild

Those who would like instruction, inspiration, or just to come out and play should contact Mia McDavid, 651-490-1842. email miamcdavid at gmail dot com .

Historic Site

Clann Tartan has our own historic site near Duluth MN. Dun Gowan is an ongoing project, which is the site of Gaffneyis Annual Tactical in June. We are finishing the fort and beginning the construction of a village this year. Contact David Vavreck at 612-353-1237 or baethan1630 at yahoo dot com for further information, or to volunteer to help.


Drill will be on the fourth Saturday of March and April. After that, we will be replacing the current monthly camp and company drills by "mini-musters". Watch this space and the members' list.

12 NOON Military drill, for soldiers and campfollowers alike, Minnehaha Parkway green, 12th Av S at Minnehaha Parkway.

1 PM Camp Drill, work on projects and discussions of relevant topics.



by David Vavreck

Johndezvous is Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-30.

Johndezvous is a Gaffneyis event where we gather at the O'Duggan household to have fun making stuff. The goal of Johndezvous is to have a low-key but productive weekend, spiffing up our camp by making ourselves period correct equipment from wood or iron.

John's workshop has both woodworking and blacksmithing equipment. The address is 20628 Whistle Pass Drive, Lewiston MN, between Rochester and Winona.

The list of period wood projects for which we have plans includes:

It would be best to show up Friday with your wood already purchased in order to fully make use of work time Saturday through Monday.

If you would like to see any of the plans before deciding on a particular project, David can bring them to upcoming dance, drill, staff and board meetings and such, or you can make an appointment to drop by his house to take a look.

If you have a woodworking project in mind, but no plans, give David a call or email, and he'll see what he can find. Obviously, the sooner you do this, the more time he'll have to research for you.

John will be there to help with the forge, and David will be there to help with woodworking. And John will be there to help when David is stumped.

There is also opportunity for archery practice, musket shooting, hand ax throwing, candlemaking, and such like. Or you can knit, stitch, or what have you.

The good Colonel has seen fit to feed us; just like any other event, we will need your RSVP to make sure we have enough food.

Oh - and did I mention the movie?  We will project a period movie or two (to be decided) on the side of a tent.  Just for fun.

Q & A

  1. Are modern kits allowed? You may wear what you will.
  2. Do we have to bring our own supplies? Do we have to bring materials for projects? You should provide your own lumber for wood projects.  John has iron stock;  perhaps throwing him a few bucks to cover cost of iron and coal would be favorably received.
  3. Will there be modern tools available? Both modern and historic tools are available. No power planer, though.
  4. Does the site have cell phone access? Chez O'Duggan does have cell phone service.

Have fun — Make stuff! Please send your RSVP to the Staff.

See you there!


Thanks to everyone who replied to Eric's e-mail earlier this year asking members who did not attend the monthly military drill for their reasons.  At the February 2011 membership meeting, he presented the results and proposed solutions.  For the coming year, the membership chose to replace monthly drill (company and camp) by a series of "mini-musters" around town.  We'll meet for half a day or a day, work on military drill plus several other items on the muster list, and celebrate with a meal together.


Pending inquiries at parks in the northern suburbs, we are looking to hold the first of these on Saturday, June 11 (since the Old World Renaissance Festival at Twig, Minnesota, will not be happening at all this year).  Please reserve the date if you can, and be sure to let the staff know if there's anything in particular you wish to see taught.


At the member's meeting on February 26th, the members present approved the following budget for the next fiscal year, April 2011 through March 2012.

Revenue: $5200 from eight shows, $715 dues and other for a total of $5915.

Expenses: $1670 for trailer expenses, $380 for communications, $300 for misc corporate expense, $1500 for property and liability insurance, $357 for Camp expense, $630 for Company expense, $200 for DunGowan expense, and $2956 for member expense of food and gas reimbursement. Total expense of $7993.

Projected deficit is $2078. Cash on hand is projected to be $5318 at the beginning of the year and $3240 at the end of the year.


The catalogue Sarah inherited from the Fergusons was more than complete:  it included items that had been borrowed by parties known or unknown.  The latter are listed below.  If you have any information on their whereabouts, would you be kind enough to let the staff know?  Thanks!


17th Century Boots and Shoes Reconstructed

Beabey, Mark

Military Illustrated 2/1993


Approved Order of Martiall Discipline

Clayton, Giles


Army of Gustavus Adolphus, The, v. 1.  Infantry

Brezinski and Hook, Richard


Big Island 1992


videotape, master & repeating


Bonnie Bunch of Roses


British Mercenaries in the Baltic 1560-1683

Brezinski, Richard


Celts, The


Clann Tartan music lyrics


Complete Musketeer, The


Concise Scots Dictionary


Early Textiles Found in Scotland

Henshall, Audrey S.


Early Travelers in Scotland


European Soldiers 1550-1650

Parker, Geoffrey and Angela


Excellent and Materiall Discourse, An


From Celtic Hearths


Gaelic Primer, A

Byrd, James


Gaffney funeral/St.Andrew's fundraisers/Wake for Culloden


Highland Bagpipes




Highland Clans, The


Highland Dance Competitors




Highlander's Cookbook (1967) [N.B.  have 1966 edition]


Irish Dance Music for Beginners




Living History with Clann Tartan


videotape, master & repeating


Macalester 1990, Big Island 1992, Clann Tartan 1994




Monro, His Expedition with the Worthy Scots Regiment Called Mac-Keys

Monro, Robert


photocopy (original does not circulate)


Murphy's Landing 1994




old recruiting flyers/children's resources


Pallas Armata, or Militarie Instructions for the Learned


Parade of Clans and Clann Tartan 1990:  Mass Marching, Pipebands, Dancing




Paradoxes of Defense


Penny Whistle Primer, The

Pickow, Peter


Poore-mans Plaster Box


Quintfall coat/info on Scottish regiments


Scotland:  The singers and the songs




Scottish Regalia, The


Setts of the Scottish Tartans


Shaun Gaffney's Truman article, period recruiting


Sir Ian Moncreiffe


Six Wives of Henry VIII (1992)




Tartans:  Their art and history


Thirty Years' War, The

Langer, Herbert



Trippingly on the Tongue: A Booke of Instruction for Speaking Early Modern English

Crockett, Laura


Voice of Scotland, The




Weapons of Culloden Moor, The


Women, Work, and Life Cycle in Medieval Economy: Women in York and Yorkshire c.1300-1520

Goldberg. P. J. P


Calendar of Events

Be sure to contact your staff if you plan on attending a show event. Try to give at least a ten day notice when possible. This allows proper planning for the feeding of our members, and in some cases is required by event organizers to allow entry as a participant.

You can call any of the staff members listed, or send an email to staff at clanntartan.org.

APRIL 2011



Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
Saint Christopher's 
Night at the Pub
7 PM at Merlin's Rest
3601 E. Lake St. Minneapolis 

Deadline for articles
for May newsletter
17  18
7PM @ Yoder's Home 
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
Drill 12:00
Music@7PM Yoder's Home 
Saint Christopher's

Siege of Woodville
Woodville, WI

MAY 2011


Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
Saint Christopher's
Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games

Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 

Night at the Pub
7 PM at Merlin's Rest
3601 E. Lake St. Minneapolis 
Quarterly Members Meeting
1:00 PM at Lake Hiawatha Center 
Music@7PM Yoder's Home 
Saint Christopher's
Lewiston, MN
Lewiston, MN
Lewiston, MN 
Lewiston, MN 


Event Schedule:

Hello all,

The following is a list of the dates of the events that are currently on the schedule for this year. The staff has met and decided to keep this running list of events in the newsletter to give you a chance to get an idea of what is going on this season as well as keep you updated to changes in the schedule.

The column titled status will include the following information.

Tentative- this means that an event organizer or Clann has expressed a strong enough interest in doing this event that it warrants reserving space on the calendar for the event.

Pending- this is the next stage of an event. This means that the Contracts Administrator has entered serious discussion about Clann doing an event but we are still not committed to the event. You should however if possible think about whether or not you may be able to attend this event.

Scheduled- this level means that the board and staff have approve the event and we are committed to providing manpower to making the event happen. When an event is assigned this level please let the HCF know as soon as possible if you can or can not attend this event.

Canceled- This means that for various reasons an scheduled event has been removed from the current season. We will try and give as much notice as we can prior to canceling an event.

If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact staff regarding this matter

Your Staff

Jan 1-2011 Airing of the Tartans
1st Footing
Feb 12-13, 2011 Big Island Trade Fair, Albert Lea, MN Finished
Feb 19-20, 2011 A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/ Finished
March 12, 2011 Fargo Celtic Festival www.fargoparks.com/se_celticfest.html Finished
April 10, 2011 Tartan Day, MN State Capitol, St. Paul Scheduled
April 29, 2011 Siege of Woodville, Woodville WI Scheduled
May 14, 2011 MN Scottish Fair and HG - http://www.mnscottishfair.org/ Scheduled
May 27-30 2011 Johndezvous Scheduled
June 16-19 2011 Dun Gowan Tactical http://www.dungowan.com/ Scheduled
July 23-24, 2011 Fort William Celtic Fair, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada Tentative
Sep 29-Oct 2, 2011 Big Island Rendezvous, Albert Lea MN Scheduled
Oct 6-8, 2011 Mankato History Fair, Mankato MN Pending


1st and 3rd Wednesday Dance
Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Center
2701 E 44th St., Minneapolis
Map to St. Paul location St. Christopher's- Dance
Map to Bruce and Julie Yoder's Home
Music and Board Meetings

4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis 55407
Map to Margaret's Home
Host for staff meetings

2636 17th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 

Event Maps and Notification

SIEGE OF WOODVILLE, Woodville WI, April 29, 2011

The address is Viking Middle School: 500 Southside Dr Woodville, WI 54028

Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games - Dakota County fairgrounds, Farmington, MN, May 14, 2011

Johndezvous, 20628 Whistle Pass Drive, Lewiston MN

Best route from the cities is US 52 to Rochester, then US 14 east from Rochester to Lewiston.