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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 August newsletter will be the 15th of July.


Clann Tartan Membership Meeting, May 21, 2011

Present: Julie and Bruce Yoder, Hellen and Eric Ferguson, Margaret Kirkpatrick, Glenn McDavid, Sarah Shaftman, Rich Mueller, Ann Peters, Karen Bastien


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

Staff

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


Guilds

Sword Guild:

Meeting and time TBA

Contact:
David Vavreck
baethan1630 at yahoo.com
612-378-1973



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 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!

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 weekly from 7PM-9PM to learn and practice historic Scottish country dances.

1st & 3rd Wednesdays

Our usual site, the Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Center in Minneapolis, closes early during the summer. We plan to resume Wednesday dance there this fall.

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.

Articles

How to Clean a Musket

by Glenn McDavid

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in LiveJournal and is being republished here almost unchanged. All members who use Gaffneyis equipment are responsible for the care and maintenance of it and the knowledge of how to do so should be generally available.

I was confronted with this problem at Charles City in 2007. I had read about this but never actually done it before. Eventually one the more experienced members came by and showed me how to do it his way. I watched carefully, and am here recording what I saw. I have amplified this with additional comments where appropriate.

My intent here is to describe

  1. What needs to be done.
  2. How to do it with the Clann supplies.

I am writing this as reference for other members who may find themselves in a similar position. We need to have this kind of basic camp knowledge widely available so that we are not completely dependent on the the availability of a few experts.

There is a wooden box with supplies for musket maintenance. In it you will find eight dowel sections that screw together to make two long rods that can be used to clean the inside of musket barrels. Take the thick set of these and put them together. You will also find a metal piece with a small eye that screws into one end of the rod, and a bag with small fabric scraps. The basic idea is that you want a long rod to which you can attach a small rag. With this you are going to clean, dry, and oil the inside of the barrel. I suppose you could improvise with a 4 ft., 1/2" diameter dowel, drilling a 3/16" or 1/4" hole through one end perpendicular to the dowel axis.

Put a small twig/touthpick/whatever in the touch hole to close it. Pour some hot soapy water (roughly 1/2 cup) down the musket barrel. Cover the end of the barrel and shake vigorously. Take your rod, put one of the fabric scraps through the eye, and thrust it down the barrel. The scrap will scrub the inside. Turn it around and move up and down several times to wipe the inside. Pull it out. The fabric scrap will be dirty black.

Note: The other rod sections can be assembled and have a couple brushes that can be attached at the end. This might be helpful if the musket is really dirty.

Turn the musket muzzle end down to let the water (really dirty water) drain out. Unblock the touch hole. Since the water was hot it should dry quickly, but just to be sure...Take your rod and put another fabric scrap through the eye. Thrust this down the barrel and rub it about to dry the inside. Extract it.

In the supply box you will find a container with a leather closure, filled with a thick gunky oil. In appearance and consistency it seems like neatsfoot oil or mink oil. Take another fabric scrap, cover it thickly with the oil, and stick it through the eye of the rod. Use this to oil the inside of the barrel with the same procedure as above.

Now take a larger rag. Oil it well. Rub all the exposed exterior surfaces of the musket--metal and wood--thoroughly.

There are various references about cleaning muskets on the web. Mostly they talk about about flintlocks, but what they say about the inside of the barrel also applies to us.

  1. Notes on Musket Field Cleaning
  2. Musket Care and Cleaning
  3. How to Clean a Musket with Period Materials
  4. Protecting Your Investment: How to Clean Your Musket
  5. Clean That Musket!

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.

AUGUST 2011

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Board Meeting
7PM
Yoders' Home
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Night at the Pub
7 PM at Merlin's Rest
3601 E. Lake St. Minneapolis
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Music
7PM
Yoders' Home
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Dance
Saint Christopher's
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Scottish Heritage Festival
First Presbyterian Church
Hudson, Wisconsin
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St. Christopher's
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Night at the Pub
7 PM at Merlin's Rest
3601 E. Lake St. Minneapolis
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Yoders' Home
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St. Christopher's
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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 1-2011 Airing of the Tartans
1st Footing
Finished
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 Finished
April 29, 2011 Siege of Woodville, Woodville WI Finished
May 14, 2011 MN Scottish Fair and HG - http://www.mnscottishfair.org/ Finished
May 27-30 2011 Johndezvous Finished
June 11, 2011 Mini-muster, Long Lake Regional Park, Ramsey County Finished
June 16-19 2011 Dun Gowan Tactical Finished
July 23-24, 2011 Fort William Celtic Fair, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada Finished
September 10, 2011 Scottish Heritage Festival, First Presbyterian Church, Hudson, Wisconsin Tentative
Sep 29-Oct 2, 2011 Big Island Rendezvous, Albert Lea MN Scheduled
Oct 6-8, 2011 Mankato History Fair, Mankato MN Pending


Maps

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