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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tartan Day

  

Tartan Day will be held on Saturday April 6th.  Our organization is being honored.  I personally as HCF would appreciate a large turn out.  The parade starts at Noon on April 6th.  We are to assemble at 11:00 am (per the Tartan Day website information).  For those of you who have not been to the Minnesota Tartan Day festivities I am going to supply some advice.

  • The parade has in the past started at the bottom of the Capitol Mall.

  • Weather is never what we expect.  I have seen it in the 70's and sunny and in the 40's and rainy.  Its an outdoor event plan accordingly

  • Meet the group at the start of the parade route unless you are not walking the parade.  If you are not walking the parade meet us at the Capitol steps and join in.

  • There will be singing and dancing.  Gay Gordon's will be danced again.  The unofficial Scottish national anthem is usually sung as is the US national anthem.

  • There is usually a calling of the Clanns.  They are not planning to go to war.  This seems to be done as a good excuse to shout family mottos and parade the family tartans.

  • There is a ball with this event.  We as a group are not going to the ball.  All of us can go to the Ball if we register individually.  The ball has a charge to go to it (I think the price is $42.50).  The Ball includes Dinner, a kilt christening, music by the Night Scotsman and dances by the McCrackens.

  • The events at the Capitol include a group photo.

  • The events at the Capitol are usually done by 2:00 PM.

  • Muster

    Spring Muster this year is April 27th and 28th at Jack McGowan's farm near Mankato.   This is a non public indoor/outdoor show.  We are trying to learn here.  Muster is at the same location as the show we do in October in Mankato.  The added benefits we have are full access to the log house with its great room, rope beds, wood stove and seating.  I have also heard that the Sauna is finished and should be available.  We are currently looking at who will be teaching and who will be learning. I hope to see all of you there.  More details to follow by e-mail.

    Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games

    The Minnesota Scottish fair is fast approaching.  This is a one Day outdoor show.  We need to know if you are coming soon.  The event is on May 4th this year.  We are setting up on Friday May 3rd.  Some of the events that we will most likely do at this show are:

    Please respond quickly to requests about the Minnesota Scottish Fair.  We need to send in our head count earlier this year.

    Siege of Woodville

    The siege of Woodville is set for May 24th.  That is an outdoor one day show.  This is at Woodville Middle school in Wisconsin.  This show is on a Friday.  We are the only thing going and we have school kids there for the entire school day.  We need people who are willing to demonstrate and people who are willing to help keep people fed and people who can help keep the children moving.  This show is fun and fast paced. This is our show.  The Hardware Store in Woodville deserves our hearty thanks for supplying wood to us in the past.


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    Wanted!

    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 April 15.


    Board Minutes

    Board Meeting, January 15, 2013

    Present were Mary, Laura, Bruce, Marty, Mia, Karen, and David.
    
    The minutes from the last Board meeting were approved.
    
    Vice President:  Hopes to have the trifold flyers finished by Albert Lea.
    
    Treasurer:  There was very little activity in December.
    
    Secretary:  No report.
    
    Quartermaster:  Anthea has found us a lovely hammered metal wash basin
    (thank you, Anthea!).
    
    The reps had no report.
    
    Music Guild has been active.
    
    Dance Guild was quiet in December but had a good meeting in January.
    
    Fiber had no report.
    
    Sword:  the Sword Master will be at Ramble.  This is good news.  We will
    not be able to have Sword meet on GPS property.  David will check a park
    district building near his home.
    
    Events:  We have an adequate contingent for Albert Lea.  We need to find
    the Recruiting Box.
    
    Ramble:  We will feature, waulking both days, Sword on the main stage,
    and men patrolling in armor.
    
    Tartan Day is on April 6.  We need to add this to the Newsletter.
    
    The Contracts Rep is working on the Siege of Woodville.
    
    We have a possibility for Muster at Jack's the last weekend of April.
    We are inquiring with Don for Dun Gowan as well but have not heard back.
    
    Old Business:
    
    An Exploratory Committee consisting of Renee Peterson, Ann Peters, and
    David Vavrick formulated questions for the Scottish Fair Board and has
    not yet had time to present them.
    
    New Business:
    
    Muster:  We are going to ask the membership what activities and
    workshops they want at Muster.  A particular effort will be made to
    invite new people, especially those from out of town.
    
    We recalled that there was at one point a New Member Packet and decided
    to seek that out again.
    
    Budget:  Bruce will finalize a budget for the coming year.
    
    Elections:  Bruce suggests consolidating the Rep positions with
    Secretary and Treasurer.  The Secretary suggested we might do away with
    those positions altogether, and, if it gets even harder to find
    candidates for the Board, that we could really manage with just a
    President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  The President suggested combining
    both Rep positions; that would leave a Board of six but tie votes would
    be impossible if the President never voted.
    
    Next meeting will be according to the schedules of the new Board.
    
    Respectfully Submitted,
    
    Mia McDavid
    Secretary
    

    Board Meeting, February 19, 2013

    In attendance: Marty Byers, Karen Bastien, Bruce Yoder, Betsy Bolton, Mike
    McCarty, Laura Swenson, David Vavreck.
    
    I)  Minutes: No minutes from last meeting as of yet.
    II) Reports:
        a) Vice President: Tri-fold is still a WIP. Hearing no requests for
    previously unplanned changes, we will have them printed for distribution.
        b) Treasurer: We had a large budgeted deficit, but actual deficit is less
    than budgeted at $790 (at this point). Still have expenses yet to be accounted
    for, but accounting for them, the reserves will remain in the range of $5,000 to
    $5,500.
        Mia has the key to the PO box. Does she wish to continue to hold this key
    and check our mail?
        c) Secretary: No minutes yet from the Members meeting. Nothing to report.
    David raised the issue of the cookbook, and Betsy will take point on dealing
    with it. It would also be good to have copies in the sutler's box, which Staff
    may want to endeavor to get to more shows.
        d) Quartermaster: Has yet to receive records from David about Musters,
    Muster levels, etc. Has several repair projects in the works, but would also
    like the records about how and by whom various repairs have been made in the
    past. Three of the four guns should be in firing condition for Tartan Day and
    Mike would like to borrow a bandolier in order to get one ready for his own gear
    for Tartan Day. Guns are dirty, but will be cleaned when they are being
    oiled/refinished and before they are shot next.
        e) Camp Rep: Nothing to report.
        f) Corp Rep: Nothing to report.
    III) Guilds:
        a) Music: Will continue at once a month, as that seems to work well. They
    will also potentially be looking at additional dates for people who can't make
    it on Thursdays. Members are encouraged to contact Bruce or Julie in order to
    make their desired days/dates known.
        b) Dance: Scheduled to meet twice a month The last three months (November,
    December and January), 1 of 6 sessions were held, mostly due to the holidays.
    Members are encouraged to attend.
        c) Fiber: Rilla and Mia were very popular demos at the last two events.
    Rilla was sharing the fiber love with the population in Albert Lea very
    effectively. Thank you, Rilla!
        d) Sword: This ended up being on the main stage at Ramble and filled the
    audience. Devon was a stand-out from the final stage performance--he dies very
    well! Rich, Elizabeth and Marty all worked together to really pull the demo off
    well. Thank you and congratulations to them all!
        Ice/finding a cold weather location remains a hindrance to more formalized,
    regular meetings. Members with access/ideas for locations should contact Marty.
        e) Historic Site: Still snow covered.
    IV) Events
    
    We would like to have a contracts person report going forward.
    
        a) Fargo-Moorhead: 3/9. First call has gone out. 
        b) Tartan Day: 4/6. We were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for
    Tartan day. Will be given to us on Tartan Day on the steps of the capital. If
    members have additional information that could be used to locate former/inactive
    members who may no longer be on the list, please contact Marty. 
        c) Muster: 4/27 & 4/28. The committee for this is Karen, Mike, Marty and
    Anthea. They will need to come up with a meeting time/place for the planning
    committee. Secretary volunteered to keep notes at that meeting, as well. A
    second Muster in the early fall could be had, if it proves necessary, before
    school starts again.
        d) Scottish Fair & Highland Games: 5/4. This will be the 10th Anniversary. 
        e) Siege of Woodville: 5/24. We would love more events like this. There was
    some discussion about trying to find additional shows like this.
        f) Ft. William: Nothing yet. Mia and Sarah are key contacts for this show.
        g) Tactical: Nothing to report. 
        h) August event?: David raised the possibility of an event in Le Center, but
    as of right now, it is just a very loose possibility.
        i) Big Island: 10/5-6. School days: 10/3-4. We may have additional space for
    our camp this year, which increases the probability of more of the membership
    being able to attend.
        j) Mankato: 10/9-12. Nothing to new to report.
        k) Hudson Church Event: check with them about doing the show again in 2013.
        l) Bristol Fair?: We will attempt to contact them about interest levels in
    participating in their event, if not in 2013, than sometime in the future.
        m) Irish Fest: Mia has it on her list. The idea was raised to get a table
    for recruiting. This will be explored in more detail if we are not able to
    attend as participants.
        n) Chippewa Falls Ren Fest? Marty will be looking into it. 
        o) Future Events: Keep your eyes open! If a member sees something
    interesting, the board would appreciate it if they could try to get some very
    basic information.
    V) Old Business:
        a) Regarding the cannon: Mike and David discussed building the carriage for
    the cannon. Mike asked if the cannon would be proofed--David thought so, but he
    will verify. Mike would like to be sure that the cannon can take live rounds. 
        b) Merger vs. Partnership: Mary sent David the replies to the committee
    questions less than a week ago. Mary and the committee need to have another
    discussion on it. The board has requested a slightly more formal report. This
    will be forwarded on from David.
        c) The need for a working, at show inventory: This is a Staff/Quartermaster
    issue. The feedback has been heard and will be acted upon. Mike will need the
    manifest from Sarah. Mike is also looking for suggestions for how to make this
    information trackable, especially difficult at shows. Members are encouraged to
    share actionable ideas for an at-show manifest to Mike.
    VI) New Business:
        - Laura will need to have an updated email address for at least the next 7
    days.
        - Welcome packet: Glenn provided an email with a list of 6 links of
    resources for new members. Unfortunately, not all of the Board members received
    it. The Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary will need to work together in
    order to get a system in place to share the information about the status of new
    members and to greet them.
        - We were asked at Ramble if we were interested in having a cannon fired at
    Tartan Day. There was concern about about the cannon, as it is not one of ours.
    Tartan Day will be a musket-only event.
        - When we acquire a cannon, we must have written safety guidelines because
    we need to provide them to the insurance co.
    
    Next Meeting: March 19, 2013 at Karen's office.
    

    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 Marty Byers 651-261-5815 orthodoxdruid at gmail dot com 2/12 - 2/14
    Vice President Karen Bastien 651-399-3505 kybastien at gmail dot com 2/13 - 2/15
    Secretary Betsy Bolton 612-619-6406 basil80 at hotmail dot com 2/13 - 2/15
    Treasurer Bruce Yoder 612-825-4519 bruceyoder at juno dot com 2/12 - 2/14
    Quartermaster Mike McCarty 651-497-5324 mccartym149 at gmail dot com 2/13 - 2/15
    Camp Rep. Laura Swenson 651-204-1778 or on my cell at 715-497-9792 mommyco at baldwin-telecom dot net 2/12 - 2/14
    Company Rep. David Vavreck 612-353-1237 baethan1630 at yahoo dot com  2/13 - 2/15

    Board meetings are currently held at:

    737 Pelham Boulevard
    St Paul, MN 55114

    The doors lock at 7 pm on Tuesdays so members who are interested in attending the meeting should contact Karen. 

    Staff

    Chief of Staff Sarah Shaftman  612-371-4425  smuzikant at visi dot com   
    Assistant Chief of Staff vacant      
    Captain Marty Byers 651-261-5815 orthodoxdruid at gmail dot com  
    Lieutenant Rich Mueller (651) 583-4264   dragon_musk at yahoo dot com   
    Head Camp Follower Anthea Potter 763-257-7038 anthea at winternet dot com  
    Assistant HCF Betsy Bolton 612-619-6406 basil80 at hotmail dot com  
    Other Staff Ann Peters 612-333-0605 AnnEdyth at aol dot com  
    Other Staff Glenn McDavid 651-490-1842 gmcdavid at comcast dot net  
    Other Staff Judy Byers 651-261-3933  
    Other Staff John Debnam 952-492-5536 mage_ironwolf at yahoo dot com  

    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


    Guilds

    Sword Guild:

    Come out and learn the ways of Highland defense.

    Join the Sword Guild and feel the raw power of the sword.

    If you are interested, contact Marty Byers (Email orthodoxdruid@gmail.com), with days of the week and times that work for you. I will then get back to you.


    Music

    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 1st Thursday 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!

    David

    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.



    Dance

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

    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. You may have heard of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Think of this as St. Christopher's-in-the-Cloverleaf :-)>

    Dance group will not meet on Tuesday, December 25.

    For more information call:

    Julie at 612-825-4519.

    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.


    Articles

    Baethan at the Moon

    This irregular column addresses members' questions about, well, anything related to what we in Gaffneyis Regiment do. What is event X like? Are thingamajigs period? How do you make a whatzahoozits? Where do you get a fribber-frabber? Members are invited to send questions about anything pertinent to Baethan (David Vavreck) who can be reached at 612-353-1237 or baethan (at) yahoo (dot) com.

    Writing about period waffles in the previous "Baethan at the Moon" made me think of other period breakfast options.

    In honour of Shrove Tuesday (aka Pancake Day [or Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, etc.] - the last feast day before the beginning of Lent), the British Museum posted the attached image on their Facebook page. Below is a transcription.

    The Good Huswifes Jewell, Thomas Dawson, 1585

    To make Pancakes (p 49)

    Take new thicke Creame a pint, foure or five yolks of egs, a good handfull of flower and two or three spoonefuls of ale, strain them together into a faire platter, and season it with a good handfull of sugar, a spooneful of Synamon, and a litte Ginger: then take a friing pan, and put in a litle peece of Butter, as big as your thumbe, and when it is molten brown, cast it out of your pan, and with a ladle put to the further side of your pan some of your stuffe, and hold your pan aslope, so that your stuffe may run abroad over all the pan as thin as may be: then set it to the fire, and let the fyre be verie soft, and when the one side is baked, then turn the other, and bake them as dry as ye can without burning.

    INTERPRETIVE NOTES

    New thick cream is skimmed from that day's milk. If you haven't access to fresh cream, at least use heavy cream, not half and half.

    I would suggest that the flour should be whole wheat; Dawson does not call for white flour which, given its extra expense, he likely would have mentioned.

    Remembering that chickens have been selectively bred to provide larger and larger eggs for centuries, smaller eggs than you might usually get at the grocery are in order. Or, just use fewer egg yolks.

    The ale should be home brew - commercially bottled stuff has generally been filtered, removing most of its tasty goodness.

    "Let the fyre be verie soft" means very low heat.

    REDACTION

    INGREDIENTS

    1 pint fresh Cream
    4 or 5 egg yolks (from small eggs)
    1 good handful whole wheat Flour


    2 or 3 Tbsp home brewed Ale
    1 good handful of Sugar
    1 Tbsp ground Cinnamon


    a little ground Ginger
    2 Tbsp Butter

    DIRECTIONS

    Mix cream, egg yolks, flour and ale.

    Add sugar, cinnamon, and ginger.

    Melt butter in frying pan. When browned a little, pour off excess butter (too much butter will make the pancake mushy).

    Pour a ladle full of batter into the frying pan, enough to thinly cover entire bottom of pan.

    Flip when bottom is browned, and brown the other side - the point is to remove as much moisture as possible without burning the pancake.

    This should come out as more of what we would call a crepe, rather than an American panacke.

    Sorry - no maple syrup allowed! But then, with all the sugar, syrup should not be necessary.

    Or you could have it with strawberries and whipped cream, or some honey, or some of Auntie Mairi's Violet jam...

    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.


    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

    Thanks,
    Your Staff

    DATE EVENT STATUS
    Jan 1-2012 1st Footing Finished
    Feb 9-10, 20123 Big Island Trade Fair, Albert Lea, MN Finished
    Feb 16-17, 2013 A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/ Finished
    March 9, 2013 Fargo Celtic Festival http://www.fargoparks.com/events/celtic-festival/ Scheduled
    April 6, 2013 MN Tartan Day Scheduled
    April 27-28, 2013 Muster - Jack McGowan's, Mankato Scheduled
    May 4, 2013 Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games Scheduled
    May 24, 2013 Siege of Woodville Scheduled
    October 3-6, 2013 Big Island Rendezvous Tentative
    October 9-12, 2013 Mankato History Festival Tentative


    Maps

    2nd and 4th Tuesday Dance
    St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 2300 Hamline Ave. N., Roseville, MN 55113
    Bruce and Julie Yoder's Home
    Music Meetings

    4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis 55407

    Event Maps

    Muster - Jack McGowan's Farm


    Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games