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Announcements

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; AND ALSO FROM PREVIOUS REPORT; THE REC CENTER CHANGED DATES ON US.

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

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FIRST FOOTING

“It is ordinary among some Plebians in the South of Scotland, to go about from door to door upon New Year`s Eve, crying Hagmane” (Scotch Presbyterian Eloquence, 1693, Hogmanay). It’s thought especially lucky for the household if the first foot over the threshold at midnight belongs to a tall, dark man bearing certain tokens. Here in the environs of the Twin Cities, we wait until noon on New Year’s Day to begin Clann Tartan’s First Footing festivities. They open at Augsburg Park in Richfield, where everyone with a plaid lays it out on the snow for an airing, followed by marching and musketry.

Then it’s on to the four-course progressive dinner at the homes of various members. Come to all or any of the courses bearing a contribution to all or any of the tables. You need not be tall, dark, or male, but please do bring (a) a card listing all the ingredients for each of your dishes and (b) your own eating utensils. The latter is to prevent waste, of course, and the former to prevent potentially severe abreactions. Maps to the locations will be in the next newsletter [OR appear at the end of the newsletter]. RSVP to the members’ list so that we aren’t ALL bringing black-eyed peas or chocolate mousse.

12:00 noon. Airing of the Tartan and Drills in Richfield’s Augsburg Park, between West 70th and West 72nd Streets, Nicollet Avenue and the railroad tracks

1:30. Appetizers with Chris & Renee: 86 Riverwoods Lane Burnsville MN

3:30. Soup with Tamaye Ceannaideach and family; 718 Watson Ave St Paul 55102

5:30. Main course with Bruce & Julie: 4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis 55407

8:00. Dessert at Mill City Hornworks: 1332 Marshall St. NES Mpls.

Driving Directions to Chris and Renee's subdivision: Cedar/77 south to Cliff Road Right on Cliff pass SuperAmericsa Left on River Hills Drive (Shell gas station, Blue Star doughnuts, Subway) down a little hill around a little curve (park land on the right side) Left at Riverwoods Lane (BIG WOOD sign, not brick, WOOD that says "The Villiages of Riverwoods" follow the curvy road and take a left into the number units that include 86 952.895.5487

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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 (times TBA)

Perry Vining announces the 17th annual trade fair at the Northbridge Mall in Albert Lea. “This is the start of our 25th season, so we are looking at having a lot of fun. I noticed that the Scottish Ramble is another weekend [see the next paragraph], so I hope that lots of you decide to come and enjoy the camaraderie.” It’s an opportunity to recruit for Clann Tartan and to strengthen our ties with the biggest event of our annual cycle, the Big Island Rendezvous in October. For the indoor show at Albert Lea in February, Clann does not provide food or housing, but there are eateries nearby, and it’s possible to make a day trip from the Twin Cities or to arrange a motel room. The Web site is Big Island Festival (that’s Perry in the photo).

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 other craft materials, 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. At this writing, producer Liz Michaelson tells us we will be in the north lobby as we were last year (when it was too hot) and in a prior year (when it was too cold). The advantage is that half of the Ramble audience will come through our encampment! Clann will also have a welcome opportunity to discuss our portrayal of the history of Scottish mercenaries. More information on that and on the schedule as we receive it. The Web site is Scottish Ramble.

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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 ; you can view the physical location—which is worth a visit by itself—at . We’ll have more information in the February and March newsletters.

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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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Orders from the Captaine

Gentlemen Pikemen -

It has come to my attention that some of my more slothfull troopairs are knowne to have been sticking their pike heads into the ground to remove rust, rather than properlie polishing them.

This is unwholesome for the pikes. It can bend over the pointes were the head to strike a stone. It can crack the joint between the blade and the socket. And it invariably scratches the metall, which itself encourages rust.

Henceforth, any troopair caught engaging in this foule practice will be placed on pioneer duty until the Captaine sees fit to restore you your armes - with the cutt in paye that being a pioneer entayles.

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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 February's newsletter will be the 15th of January.

Board Minutes

Clann Tartan Board Meeting
The November Members' Meeting was held on Nov. 6, 2010. Present were board members Karen Bastien, Anthea Cross, Mia McDavid, Julie Yoder, David Vavreck, and Laura Swenson. Other members present were Rich Mueller, Mike McCarty, Hellen and Eric Ferguson, Glenn McDavid, and Sarah Shaftman.

The Minutes of October were accepted as presented.

The Vice President had no report.

The Treasurer was absent and left a report; our financial position is as expected.

The Quartermaster commended Mia McDavid for enhancing the camp with wool waulking and luceted cord.

Hellen Ferguson, after many many years faithful stewardship of the newsletter, is stepping down, with the profound thanks of the membership. Her duties will be assumed, at least for a while, by the Secretary.

Camp and Company reps had nothing to report

Guild reports:

Recorder practice may move.

Mia has invited the Fiber Guild for Second Sundays.

Sword guild is still waiting for usable practice swords.

Historic Site is under snow. We completed major work on a house and will erect it next year.

Drill for November will have a camp drill activity of oiling all the kitchen wood. Anthea will present; she had not yet selected a topic. December drill will NOT be held on Christmas day or at all.

First Footing: We have three courses and are looking for a fourth. At the time of writing we have openers and soup at Chris and Renee's, main course at Yoders; and dessert at Mill City Hornworks.

We need shows! Ideally close enough and untaxing enough that members will actually go to them. We also need a fresh and enthusiastic contracts rep (says the old and ineffectual contracts rep).

Announcement:

The Chinese 1602 World Map is at the James Bell Museum along with other interesting maps and docs. The museum is at the West Bank campus.

Elections:

There was discussion on whether we continue to require a Chief of Staff. Members voted in favor.

Goodwives and Corporals who stepped forward at the meeting were Laura Swenson, Eric Ferguson, and Karen Bastien.

Rich Mueller was elected Lieutenant. Anthea Potter was elected Assistant Head Camp Follower, and the HCF was adjured to actually avail herself of this assistance. Sarah Shaftman was elected Chief of Staff. All voting was by show of hands.

Sarah will get a note to the Newsletter Editor about the thrilling fun of working on staff.

Someone suggested that we check college theater departments as well as history departments for recruits. Anthea volunteered to check Normandale College; Sarah will approach Tapestry to see if she can find any dancers there who want to join Dance Guild, and Karen volunteered to get in touch of 4H.

Member meeting in February. The President wants a progress report on recruitment at that time.

The Captain's Award went to Mike McCarty.

Second Level muster has been achieved by Carl Swenson, Anthea Potter, Margaret Kirkpatrick, Mike McCarty, and Laura Swenson. We discussed possible occasions for awarding cockades.

Respectfully submitted,

Mia McDavid
Secretary, Clann Tartan

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Staff Meeting, December 2, 2010

Clann Tartan Staff Meeting, December 2, 2010

  1. Contracts and Upcoming Shows

  2. Reports

    Captain: Absent

    HCF: No report

  3. Staff Budget for 2011–12

    (draft due to board 12/21, final version 1/18/2011)

  4. Old Business: Equipment repairs

  5. Monthly Drill Planning

  6. Membership Meeting Planning (in conjunction with Board)

  7. Other New Business

    Scribal work, e.g. ink making, could be a possible muster activity.

    Rich says the phone number previously listed for him in the newsletter is not correct; his is (651) 583-4264, and Dave Olson's is (612)290-0375.>

    Sarah noted for the record that our stoneware supplier is Jay Henderson Artifacts

    Next Staff Meeting: Thursday, January 6, 2011 at Sarah's house.


Note

(linked from above)

*Since the stools were being thrown in protest against the catholicizing tendencies of the 1637 Anglican Book of Common Prayer, they could also be called anti-missal weapons.

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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. However, Drill will NOT be held in December, as this will be Christmas Day.

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.

JANUARY 2011

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

 
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FIRST FOOTING!
 

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Recorder consort
2636 17th Ave So. Minneapolis/
 
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Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
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Dance
Saint Christopher's 
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Deadline for articles
for February newsletter 
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Fiber Guild
@ Glenn and Mia's
2:00PM 
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Recorder consort
2636 17th Ave So. Minneapolis/ 
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Board Meeting
4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis 55407
 
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Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
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21
Night at the Pub
7 PM at Merlin's Rest
3601 E. Lake St. Minneapolis 
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Drill
 
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Music
7PM at
Yoder's home 
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Dance
Saint Christopher's 
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FEBRUARY 2011

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

 
1

 
2
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
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7
Recorder consort
7:00 at Margaret's 
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Dance
Saint Christopher's
 
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12
Big Island Trade Fair, Albert Lea, MN 
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Big Island Trade Fair

Fiber Guild
@ McDavids'
2:00PM 
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15
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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18
Night at the Pub
7 PM at Merlin's Rest
3601 E. Lake St. Minneapolis 
<19>A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/
 
<19>A Scottish Ramble -
 
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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 


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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
Scheduled
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
May Sometime, 2011 Siege of Woodville, Woodville WI Tentative
May 14, 2011 MN Scottish Fair and HG - http://www.mnscottishfair.org/ Pending
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