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Announcements

In Memoriam: Ellis O'Rourke

Ellis, born Jen McDermott, passed away unexpectedly in her home in St. Paul in the arms of her loving husband, Bob. She is survived by her husband, Bob; parents, Jan and Dan McDermott of North Oaks; brother, Brian; Bob’s mother, Mary and brother, Ben (Samantha); and numerous loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. Jen graduated from Santa Fe Christian HS in San Diego and attended Northwestern College and the U of MN. She was very active in theatre in the Twin Cities and an enthusiastic participant of the Clann Tartan. She was a scholar, a musician, a swordswoman, a gardener, a needlewoman, a poodle fancier, and an enthusiastic cook. She was, in fact, enthusiastic about all she did. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. A Celebration Service will be held at 7PM Wednesday, February 2 with visitation beginning at 3PM at HOLCOMB-HENRY-BOOM-PURCELL, 515 Hwy 96 W at Mackubin, Shoreview. Memorials preferred.

Annual Meeting and Board elections

We will have our quarterly Members' Meeting and Board elections on Saturday, February 26th. It will be at 1:00 PM at the Lake Hiawatha Community Center; this is the same location as Wednesday Dance; it's in the newsletter. PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE FROM NOVEMBER MEETING.

Up for election will be Vice President, Secretary, Quartermaster, and Company Rep.

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THE 2011 EVENT SEASON OPENS IN ST. PAUL AND ALBERT LEA

Come to the Big Island Historical Fair in Albert Lea! Saturday, February 12, and Sunday, February 13, 2011!

Come to the Big Island Historical Fair in Albert Lea! Saturday, February 12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, February 13, noon to 4 p.m. The 17th annual trade fair at the Northbridge Mall in Albert Lea is an opportunity to recruit for Clann Tartan and to strengthen ties with the biggest event of our annual cycle, the Big Island Rendezvous in October. We set our own schedule, so this is a great time to demonstrate your specialty. Clann will provide lunch—there are also eateries nearby—and it’s possible to make a day trip from the Twin Cities or to arrange a motel room. The Web sites are Big Island Festival (that’s Perry in the photo), and Northbridge Mall Calendar (where we’re listed; you can find a map on the parent site).

Come and enjoy a Scottish Ramble! Saturday, February 19, 10 to 5, and Sunday, February 20, noon to 5

Held at the Landmark Center in St. Paul, Ramble is another great recruitment opportunity for Clann, as we put on a variety of demonstrations and these folks have an interest in all things Scottish. We will march and dance—though not both at once. Bring your muskets and swords, musical instruments and handwork, and extra plaids to decorate the tables. Lunch both days is on Clann, so you’ll want your own eating and drinking utensils as well. The north lobby will be our main location, but we’ll also have courtroom space to use throughout the weekend. Your help with setup on Saturday and take-down on Sunday will be especially appreciated. The Web site is A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/.

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ONE MORE WINTER EVENT: FARGO CELTIC FAIR

Clann Tartan has been invited once again to fill a table at the Celtic Festival sponsored annually by the Fargo Park District at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead. The 2011 date is Saturday, March 12. As noted last year, it's an easy event: no tents, no pikes, and the show even provides us with hot lunches. But it is about 230 miles from the Twin Cities, so people often get a hotel room or stay with friends on Friday night. The Web site for the festival is Fargo Parks Celtic Fair,; you can view the physical location—which is worth a visit by itself—at Hjemkomstcenter. We’ll have more information in the March newsletter.

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ON THE OTHER HAND

While Gaffneyis Trek, Johndezvous, and activities at Dun Gowan are on the menu for the summer months, what we don’t yet have on the calendar are events we can count on to replenish Clann’s coffers. Old and new festivals are going under, and lack of work, or work and school schedules, prevent members from traveling far.

What can we do? We’ll talk about this more at the February members’ meeting. Do you know of any new-to-us festivals? Is there an imaginative history teacher at your children’s school or your own? Have you heard rumors of a small Renaissance Fair somewhere in Wisconsin? Could we venture to put on a day of living history ourselves or in collaboration with other re-enactors? Bring your ideas to the meeting, or contact the staff and we’ll investigate them with you. The practical distance is about 250 miles, although a spectacular opportunity farther away (such as Fort William, Ontario last summer) will not be dismissed.

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ADVERTISEMENTS

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

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I look forward to working with you!

Mary McKinley

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Discover the Manual

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

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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 are NOT edited for spelling or grammar, but may be broken in multiple parts.

Deadline for articles to go in March's newsletter will be the 15th of February.

Board Minutes Tuesday Dec. 21.

Clann Tartan Board Meeting

Present from the Board were Bruce and Julie Yoder, David Vavreck, Karen Bastien, and Mia McDavid. Sarah Shaftman was present for Staff.

The Minutes from the quarterly meeting in November were approved as corrected.

Vice President had no report.

Treasurer reported that in November we spent $23.

The President thanked Glenn McDavid, who has been assisting the Secretary.

Quartermaster reports that the cannon barrel is done. He will be helping to build the carriage. The steel for the cannon cost more than we expected but we are getting a good deal on the wheels. The musket under repair will be done soon.

Camp and company reps were absent.

Dance has had low attendance and Fiber Guild very low attendance. Sarah asked if there is any way the Fiber Guild can support the larger group besides fostering the fiber arts.

Sword Drill: Glenn is going to put hilts on the Bokken.

The history site and the gardens are sleep for the winter.

There will be no Drill on Christmas Day; the November topic is to be presented in January; Mia is to call Anthea about this.

Rich wants to drill with muskets; Karen is investigating if the police will have a problem with this. We are going to look at the Library at Sarah's house in February and sew in March.

Mia is to double check with Glenn about coordinating RSVPs for First Footing.

Julie is to book a May date for Members' Meeting.

The Secretary is to put something about Big Island Trade Fair and Ramble in the newsletter.

The contracts rep is to accept a contract for Moorhead.

We need the garage dug out. We need a permanent pike hauler for the winter because Rich is at the mercy of the snow.

Old business:

Will we accept ads on the website? We will continue our policy of examining them on a case-by-case basis.

New Business

We will look into the Great River Shakespeare Fest.

Recruiting: We could take calls, in full kit, for fund drives at Public

Television; we would be conspicuous and they would be obliged to

interview us.

Board elections:

Board positions up for election in February 2011 are VP held by Karen Bastien, Secretary held by Mia McDavid, Quartermaster held by David Vavreck and Company Rep held by Anthea Cross Potter. David is running, also Karen. Mia is reluctant. We do not know about Anthea. (Editor's note: Mia is NOT running. Mia HATES HTML)

The Budget will be prepared for the members' meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

Mia McDavid
Secretary, Clann Tartan

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Staff Meeting, January 6, 2011

Clann Tartan Staff Meeting, January 6, 2010

Present: Rich Mueller, Karen Bastien, Glenn McDavid, Sarah Shaftman, Eric Ferguson, David Vavreck, Laura Swenson.

  1. Contracts and Upcoming Shows

  2. Reports

  3. Staff Budget for 2011–12

    (Second draft due to board 1/18/2011)

  4. Old Business:

  5. Monthly Drill Planning

  6. Membership Meeting Planning (in conjunction with Board)

    So we are back to the use of members' vehicles. There is a possibility that one member might purchase a van that could be used to haul Clann gear. Another member can get an old mini-bus and might be able to repair it so it could be used for Clann. These are both speculative. We could also reduce the amount of Corporate gear at a show to what can be hauled in the private vehicles of attending members.

  7. New Business

    (None)

  8. Next Staff Meeting

    7 PM. February 3, 2011. Location: Either Sarah's house or Margaret's, TBA.

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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 2/10-2/11 
Secretary Mia McDavid 651-490-1842 mia_mcdavid at comcast dot net  2-09 thru 2-11  
Treasurer Bruce Yoder 612-825-4519 bruceyoder at juno dot com 2/10-2/12
Quarter Master David Vavreck 612.378.1973 baethan1630 at yahoo dot com 2-09 thru 2-11 
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 Cross 763-257-7038 anthea at winternet dot com  2-09 thru 2-11 

Staff

Chief of Staff Sarah Shaftman  612-371-4425  smuzikant at visi dot com   
Assistant Chief of Staff vacant      
Captain David Vavreck 612.378.1973 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

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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 612-378-1973 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.

Gaffneyis Recorder Consort

We hereby announce that Gaffneyis recorder consort has started meeting again, the FIRST AND THIRD MONDAY of each month at 7:00 PM.

The first Monday meeting is at Margaret Kirkpatrick's home, 2636 17th Ave S, Minneapolis and the third Monday meeting is also at Margaret Kirkpatrick's home.

We have seven members already, and are working on a bit more refined style of music than we do in our regular music meetings.

Contact your music chair (David) if you are interested in joining up.

baethan1630 at yahoo dot com or 612-378-1973

Dance

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 St. Paul.

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.
The Dance Guild gathers weekly from 7PM-9PM to learn and practice historic Scottish country dances.
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 are welcome at the McDavid's on the Second Sunday of the month at 2:00 PM, provided there is no conflict with other Clann events. Call Diana Steben (651-489-2881), and Mia McDavid (651-490-1842) for more information about Fiber Guild activities, including wool spinning, weaving, and dying. Cloth, clothing and sewing as well as things like tatting, lace, knitting and embroidery will also be discussed and worked on. Feel free to bring your projects!
Please RSVP 24 hours or more in advance, to allow for planning, thanks!

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 July. We are finishing the fort and beginning the construction of a village this year. Contact David Vavreck at 612-378-1973 or baethan1630 at yahoo dot com for further information, or to volunteer to help.

Drill

Drill is the fourth Saturday of every month, provided there is no conflict with another Clann event.

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. Upcoming items are oiling and preserving the kitchen wooden ware, a presentation from Anthea on. At Yoder's 4736 12th Av, just up the hill from military drill.



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.

FEBRUARY 2011

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

 
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Rest in Peace, Ellis O'Rourke 
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Recorder consort
7:00 at Margaret's 
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Dance
Saint Christopher's
 
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Big Island Trade Fair

Fiber Guild
@ McDavids'
2:00PM 
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Deadline for articles
for March newsletter/
BOARD MEETING
7PM @ Yoder's Home 
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Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
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Night at the Pub
7 PM at Merlin's Rest
3601 E. Lake St. Minneapolis 
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Recorder consort
7:00 at Mairi's 
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Dance
Saint Christopher's
 
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Drill 12:00 
Members' Meeting 1:00
Lake Hiawatha Center 
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Music@7PM Yoder's Home 


 

MARCH 2011

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

 
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Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
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Recorder consort
7:00 at Margaret's 
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Dance
Saint Christopher's
 
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Fiber Guild
@ McDavids'
2:00PM 
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Deadline for articles
for April newsletter/
BOARD MEETING
7PM @ Yoder's Home 
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Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
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Night at the Pub
7 PM at Merlin's Rest
3601 E. Lake St. Minneapolis 
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Recorder consort
7:00 at Mairi's 
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Dance
Saint Christopher's
 
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Drill 12:00  
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Music@7PM Yoder's Home 


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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 Scheduled
Feb 19-20, 2011 A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/ Scheduled
March 12, 2011 Fargo Celtic Festival www.fargoparks.com/se_celticfest.html 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 Makers Weekend Scheduled
June 16-19 2011 Dun Gowan Tactical http://www.dungowan.com/ Scheduled
Sep 29-Oct 2, 2011 Big Island Rendezvous, Albert Lea MN Scheduled
Oct 6-8, 2011 Mankato History Fair, Mankato MN Pending

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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 
 
Map to Glenn & Mia's home
Host for Fiber Guild

340 Brooks Ave Roseville, MN 

Event Maps and Notification