Welcome to the Online Clann Tartan Newsletter for January 2012

Board and Staff Minutes Staff & Board Directory Guilds
Calendar of Events Maps Announcements
 Event Schedule


First Footing

Clann Tartan's annual New Year's Day potluck progressive dinner will begin at noon on Sunday, the first of January, 2012, at the home of our Captain and his real-life lady wife. Following a marching drill on the wild streets of Roseville, and, snow permitting, the company will adjourn to the Byers' for appetizers. At three of the clock, the Yoders will open their home for the main dish course. And at six p.m., Elizabeth Erickson and her family will welcome Clannfolk for dessert.

The addresses and telephone numbers for our much-appreciated hosts are in the Clann roster (if you don't have a copy, send a note to the members' list and we'll get them to you). All parking is on-street and carpooling is encouraged.

Let the members' list know what dishes you intend to cook for which course (any or all of those you are attending) so we don't end up with nothing but sweet potato pie—speaking of which, Mia has a spiffy new book on constructed pies, and at Night at the Pub, she and Julie were riffing on the idea that every course this year is a pie course. But that was just them. Some people can MAKE a pie crust.

Whatever you are making, please be sure to include a card with the ingredients, to spare the allergic and ingredient-averse from uncertainty, and your own eating and drinking utensils, to spare the homeowners extra work. Happy recipe-hunting! Email staff@clanntartan.org with any questions.

Annual Meeting and Board Elections

We will have our Annual Members' Meeting and Board elections on Saturday, February 4th. It will be at 10:00 AM at the home of Julie and Bruce Yoder (see maps at the end of this newsletter).

Up for election will be President, Treasurer, and Camp Rep. Marty Byers has announced his candidacy for President. Julie Yoder will not be running for another term. Bruce Yoder is running for Treasurer.

Albert Lea Trade Fair

The Albert Lea/Big Island Trade Fair is the fair for us. It is indoors. It is warm. It has tables. Its has people who are curious. It has electricity. It is a two day fair that most of us have day tripped to and we can carpool. We do not need tents. We get multilingual patrons. Usually English and Spanish. Some of the kids have seen us in the fall and bring their parents to see us at this no cost to them event. It is the time for an event like this it is family friendly and has vendors we enjoy (This is where Anthea purchased her white rabbit hat and her carpet bag). There is room for dancing. We have made the nightly news with this show in the past. Big Island is one of our big shows, this is a part of that show. Last of all this is a show we do where we get to talk to people who are not always there to learn history. Some are there to shop at the mall. We can show those people that history can be outside of books. History can be games, crafts, weapons, strategy, and food. The Albert Lea History fair lets us talk to people we often miss. Please think about attending the Big Island Trade Fair on Febrauary 11th and 12th.

Please contact Anthea, the Head Camp Follower, if you are coming: anthea@winternet.com. Thanks.


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


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 February newsletter will be the 15th of January.

Board and Staff Minutes

Clann Tartan Fall Members' Meeting

The Members of Clann Tartan met on 11/5/11.

Vice President:  Karen Bastien has done up a taext for the trifold brochures 
that Pendra is doing.  We are looking for photos to go in them.

We want to make our Facebook page more active but don't even know who owns it. 
It might be Don Chesney?

The Secretary reports she VERY CAREFULLY put the notebook with the October 
minutes someplace Safe.  She still has not figured out where that might be.

Treasurer:  Bruce Yoder has logged dues paid per person since 2005.  The budget 
shows a surplus of $718 due to the fact that our cannon is not yet ready.

Quartermaster:  David Vavreck points out we still need a new stock for one of 
the muskets.  Marty is going to look at it; meantime, Mary will ask Herb if he 
cares to tackle it.

There is a gunsmith at the Big Island trade fair.  Mia is to ask Perry for 
contact information.

There were no camp or company reports.

Judy Byers has roving to donate to the Fiber Guild.  It can be used in the 
spinning basket.

The Sword Master reports that Sword Guild will start meeting on the second 
Wednesday in January.

We discussed the possibility of an article for Smoke and Fire on the Historic 
Site.  David has already engaged a photographer to come to the 2012 Tactical, 
which will provide many photo ops.

The gardens are in bed for the year.

We held Staff Elections:  Captain and HCF were up for two year terms.  Marty 
Byers and Rich Mueller ran for Captain; Marty was elected.  Rich was elected 

Anthea Potter agreed to be Head Camp Follower for the next two years; Betsy 
Bolton will be Assistant HCF.

Other staff at present are Mike McCartey, Judy Byers, Glenn McDavid, John 
Debnam, and Ann Peters.

New Business:

Upcoming events are First Footing, Ramble, Albert Lea, and Moorhead.

New Business:  Liz says we will not be offered a contract for Ramble.  They say 
we do the same things every year and they want something new.  We discussed 
possible new demos and whether we would not be just as content to sit this one 

We are invited to participate in The School of the Musketeer in Indiana.

2013 is the 375th anniversary of New Sweden.

We discussed the Clann field trip to the arms and armor museum in Alma, WI. 
There is a $5 per person entry fee; we will have lunch in Alma.

The President thanked the outgoing Captain, David Vavreck, and HCF, Margaret 
Kirkpatrick, for their service over the last two years.  Margaret thanked 
everyone who helped in the kitchen, particularly Karen Bastien, Laura Swenson, 
Anthea Potter, and Elizabeth Erickson.  Sarah Shaftman thanked Glenn for his 
work as Staff Secretary.

David presented the Captain's Award for meritorious service to Anthea Potter. 
He also presented the Quartermasters' Award to Helena Grudum for hand sewing 
her own tent.

Respectfully submitted:

Mia McDavid

Clann Tartan Board Meeting — November 15, 2011

Present were Karen Bastien, Mia McDavid, Bruce and Julie Yoder, David Vavreck, 
and Laura Swenson. 
It was a brief meeting since much business had been done at the Members' 

Karen reported that they are on the next draft of the trifold flyer.

David reported that one of our mortars seems to be missing.  Several people 
have looked through the garage without success.

Music Guild is moving to First Thursday.

Mia is to talk to Lisa about Ramble, and to write to John O'Duggan about the 
almost-finished musket stock we would like to buy from him.

Mia is to look in to Meetup.

Mia is to send a note to Sarah.  (At this point I do not remember what it was 
supposed to be about...)

That's all I have.


Clann Tartan Staff Meeting, December 8, 2011

Present: Marty Byers, Anthea Potter, Glenn McDavid, Sarah Shaftman, Rich Mueller

  1. Upcoming events

    • Airing of the Tartans/First Footing
      • Airing: At Marty's. No muskets. We do not need anything from the garage. The Ensign and the Saltire, now at the Yoders', need to be brought to Marty.

      • First course (appetizers and soups) at Marty's.
      • Main course at Yoders'.
      • Dessert at Elizabeth Erickson's.

    • Albert Lea
      • Sarah will get in touch with Lisa (our contracts rep).

      • John Debnam's laptop slide show.

      • The minatures, which are currently at Yoders'.

      • Glenn will run Anthea's article about the show in the January and February newsletters

      • We will not have room for the 10' pikes, let alone the Virginias. We can bring the kiddy pikes, the halberd, and the partisan.

    • Ramble
      • The Board approved our proposals from last month. Sarah will get in touch with Lisa (our contracts rep) and one of them will in turn contact Liz Michaelson.

      • We do not yet know where we would be located.

      • We would like to do the "dry waulking" on the main floor, in front of the stage. We will bring the big tub as a prop.

      • Mia's great wheel would also be a good demo.

      • We will (assuming we are invited) bring the minatures. They are currently at Yoders'.

      • John Debnam's laptop slide show would be good. It would also be nice to bring the old photo albums, if we can find them.

  2. Equipment

    • Marty will not be able to repair the broken musket stock. We should pay John O'Duggan for the work he has done on it. We may be able to use the new stock he was working on. [Bruce has subsequently contacted a gunsmith who may be able to do the job.]

    • Sarah's observations on equipment at Farmington from May: Reporting to the quartermaster, as amended.

      • Cook's fly.  One of the two longer uprights out of the four is missing.

      • Cook's tent

        • The fabric as a whole seems generally sound. 
        • The front peak is coming apart in one spot at the seam.
        • The rear peak has an off-center hole in the reinforced portion (there are no peak grommets; the hole looks as if it might have been torn by a pin-topped upright).
        • Many stake loops are discolored and fraying and one of the side loops is nearly split.
        • Margaret and Sarah saw that some of the ties on the front door have already been replaced; one more needs replacing and another will soon.
      • Troopers:  II, III, and VII each have one torn loop on the side.  III also has one loop missing altogether.

      • Fire buckets are both missing.

      • Tripod: According to Julie:

        The tripod is three seperate long iron pieces — I think two of them have loops at one end and points at the other and one has a spiral at one end and a point at the other. We often use them seperately to make a rack to hang cooking utensils from by the fire.

      • Handwashing crock needs new spigot, although Sarah thought Bruce said he'd be ordering a new one.

    • Leather grommets for the tents are good, but they should be oiled.

    • Anthea has some powdered limestone which would be useful for polishing metal.

    • Pike heads should be covered between shows to prevent rust.

    • Did the new kiddy pikes ever get made? Nobody knows. We can check with Bruce to see if any payment was made for their materials.

    • We still need to inventory the black powder.

    • Anthea will get the food tubs from Margaret.

    • We need to find a new home for the freezer.

  3. Budget

    The staff budget will be presented to the Board at the latter's December meeting. It will be present to the membership for approval at the February General Meeting

    COMPANY$ 613
    match (cord & saltpeter)88
    wood for kiddie pikes75
    black powder (full case)450
    rope (including shipping)120
    repairs to canvas
    $40 per grommet
    food for events (last year's
    total + 20% buffer
    (Including a box
    to hold everything)
    • Tent repairs: Check with Twin City Tent and Awning
    • Rich and Anthea know a leatherworker.
    • No new furniture this year.
    • The trailer received maintenance in 2010, but we need to have the axle and brakes checked this spring.
  4. Next Staff Meeting

    Thursday, January 12, 2012. 7 PM at Marty's (So we don't have to worry about Minneapolis snow parking rules).

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 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 Mike McCarty 612-619-6406 (cell) mccartym149 at gmail dot com  
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


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.

Questions? call Mary at 651-699-6853 or Julie at 612-825-4519

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.

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.


First Footing
Lake Hiawatha
Yoders' Home
St. Christopher's
Board Meeting
Yoders' Home
Lake Hiawatha
Night at the Pub
7 PM at Merlin's Rest
3601 E. Lake St. Minneapolis

St. Christopher's
30 31




Lake Hiawatha
Yoders' Home
Members' Meeting and
Board Elections

Yoders' Home
10 11
Big Island Trade Fair, Albert Lea, MN
Big Island Trade Fair, Albert Lea, MN
13 14
Saint Christopher's
Night at the Pub
7 PM at Merlin's Rest
3601 E. Lake St. Minneapolis
A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/
A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/
Board Meeting
Location TBA
Lake Hiawatha
Saint Christopher's

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 1-2012 1st Footing Pending
Feb 11-12, 2012 Big Island Trade Fair, Albert Lea, MN Tentative
Feb 18-19, 2012 A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/ Tentative
March 17, 2012 Fargo Celtic Festival www.fargoparks.com/se_celticfest.html 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