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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Come One! Come all to First Footing!

It is time for our annual exercise in celebration, Hogmany or First Footing. On New Year's Day we will Air our Tartans, Drill at Arms (at the Captain's pleasure and discretion) and feast at several welcoming houses. The event will be on Tuesday, January, 1, 2013.

The first course, with Airing of the Tartans and drill, will be at the home of Captain Byers and his lady wife at Noon.. At three of the clock, Margaret Kirkpatrick will open her 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 mashed potatoes (mashed potatoes are lovely, mind you!)

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 at clanntartan dot org/ with any questions.

Annual Membership Meeting and Board Elections

We will be electing a Vice-President, Secretary, Quartermaster, and Company Rep. Saturday, February 2, 11 AM, at the Yoders'.

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 9th and 10th.

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

Scottish Ramble

Come and enjoy a Scottish Ramble! Saturday, February 16, 9 to 5, and Sunday, February 17, 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. Your help with setup on Saturday morning and take-down on Sunday will be especially appreciated. The Web site is A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/. Watch your e-mail for more details.

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 2013 date is Saturday, March 9. 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.

Editor's Note

Your HTML Drudge Editor has been overwhelmed by 21st century issues and was unable to prepare a December Newsletter or type up Staff Minutes. He regrets these failings, but cannot promise that the situation will improve any time soon.

He would welcome a volunteer to take on all or part of these responsibilities. No inspiration or creativity needed, just a working knowledge of static HTML and a lot of sitzfleisch.


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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 February newsletter will be the 15th of January.


Board and Staff Minutes

Minutes of the Clann Tartan Board Meeting, October 16, 2012

Present were Karen, Laura, Bruce, David, and Mia.

VP: Still working on the trifold.

Treasurer: Is looking for the checks from the two October shows.  (Note: 
 they did turn up and have been deposited.)

Secretary: No report

Quartermaster: Still needs a list of repairs performed at the repair
meeting this summer. The new mortar sled works. The musket that Don
Chesney had out for repair on the serpentine is repaired and returned.
Thank you, Don!

There are gun cleaning supplies missing. Troopers, 2, 3, and 6 are being
repaired, also the Tavern roof.

Trooper 7, which has been decomissioned and was to be discarded due to 
repulsive grossness, is to be given to the quartermaster for use as 
mending material and/or a possible fly.

The quartermaster notes that life is very much more difficult without a
trailer, but commends the excellent cooperation among those who came to
Big Island and Mankato.

Old Business: The musket with the broken stock is still pending. The
cannon is still pending.

Next meeting will be November 20 in Mary's office at 7:00.

Minutes of the Clann Tartan Members' Meeting, November 3, 2012

Present were Eric, Hellen, Glenn, Mia, Julie, Bruce, David, Laura,
Katherine, Isaac, Marty, Pegeen, Mary, Karen, Sarah, Margaret, Rich, 
Anthea, Carl and Jerry

The minutes of the last members' meeting were approved.

Vice President: Still working on the trifold.

Treasurer, we have almost $8,000 in the bank. The cannon is still an
outstanding item, not paid for, but also not yet produced.

Secreatary: no report.

Quartermaster: Some goods are still outstanding from our far-flung
travels in October. All three of the muskets are back. We owe Wally a
thank you note for fixing our bent stakes.

Reps: No report.

Guilds:

Five people at last music.

Dance has been very poorly attended.

Sword still trying to get practice room.

Fiber nothing to report.

Historic site: it's winter. We did push through an autumn project to get
a new roof on the blockhouse.

Events:

The money for October has come in. Big Island saw us hosting 5/6 school
groups per demo per day for school days.

Old business:

The quartermaster needs a copy of the inventory; Sarah will send him one.

New business:

Liz Michaelson and Bob Olson (Ole) from Scottish Fair came to discuss
the future of Scottish fair and related issues.

The fair will be first Saturday of May in 2013 and for foreseeable
future. They shared some of the history of recent fairs. They fear it
may not be possible to get more than 3,000 people in any one year; a lot
of people who like it don’t go every year.

We discussed what Clann Tartan would like to do for Ramble. We mentioned
Waulking, Sword demo, and having an armed and armored guard patrolling.

Mary got up and spoke. Clann is dying. Can we make it viable? One
possibility is to be "adopted" by the Scottish Fair. We will begin a
discussion about this.

Marty agreed that we need numbers; he wants to keep going till we drop.

Bruce said we should amend the bylaws so a 90% vote is required to
dissolve the group. David said we started with three, we should keep
going even if we get back down to three.

Elections:

Sarah will continue for two more years as Chief of Staff.  Marty Byers 
as Captain and Anthea Potter as HCF are both in the middle of two-year 
terms; there was no action on these positions.

David voiced the opinion that it is counterproductive to have a lot of 
people on staff.

Rich is to be Lieutenant.

We did not have any volunteers for Assistant HCF.

Tartan Day will be held on Tartan Day; April 6 2013, at the Capitol at noon.


Staff Minutes: Staff has been meeting, but your HTML Drudge Editor not been able to type up the minutes of these meetings. See Editor's Note above.


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 2/11 - 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 2/12 - 2/14
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 2/12 - 2/14
Mary McKinley 651-307-2977 mairi2 at juno dot com 2/12 - 2/14
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 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


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.

Note: The Music Guild will not meet on Thursday, October 4, because that date conflicts with the Big Island show.

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

Historical Firestarting

by David Vavreck

Although we use char cloth with our flints and fire steels to start fires, we have never had any solid documentation for char cloth. Indeed, even Historic Fort Snelling has recently struggled with this question. They were presenting 1827 at the fort, but were unable to find any documentation for tinder before the American Civil War (Spencer Johnson, pers. comm.).

A handful of tinder boxes from many periods have been found by archeologists; not surprisingly, the contents are long since reduced to earth. A tinder box, incidentally, is a box (the one I have seen from our period is wooden) used to carry tinder and/or live coals - not a tin container with a hole in it to make char cloth.

We have met any number of fire starting demonstrators over the years, but they only demonstrate what may have been used, not what was used, for tinder.

Simply put, we do not know what our forebears used to catch a spark.

Recently, however, another book was published in the series on the finds of the Mary Rose, Henry VIII's flagship which sank in 1545 near the Isle of Wight.

Weapons of Warre: the Armaments of the Mary Rose was published in 2011. There is information in it which is of interest.

Appendix 20-1, Lucar, Cyprian., Translation of Tartaglia, Three Bookes of Colloquies Concerning the Arte of Shooting in Great and Small Peeces of Artillerie with Appendix, London,1588.

Niccolo Tartaglia, who died in 1557, had dedicated his book on artillery (oddly enough) to King Henry VIII of England. It was written in Italian.

Cyprian Lucar, born in 1544, published his "translation" in 1588. Lucar's book was much longer than Tartaglia's original, containing information from a number of sources in addition to Tartaglia.. Not reading Italian, and not having a copy of Tartaglia to work with, I do not know whether Lucar's information about tinder appeared in Tartaglia, another one of Lucar's sources, or was an addition of his own.

Here is the extract, which describes how to make "touchwood" from fungus as well as "tinder" (char cloth) from fustian or linen.

Take those great things which are called olde Todestooles growing out of the bottomes of nuttrees, beechtrees, okes, and such like trees, drye them with the smoke of fire, & then cut them into as many peeces as you will, and hauing well beaten them, boyle them in strong lie with waule floure, or saltpeeter, till all the lie shal be consumend. After this laying them in a heape uppon a boorde, drie them in an oven which must not be made verie hotte, and after you haue so done, beate them well with a wooden mallet, and when you shall haue cause to use any parte of those Todestooles (now by the means above declared made touchwood) rubbe well that parte betweene your handes for to make it softe and apte to take fire. But when you will make tinder for a Gunners tinder boxe, take peeces of fustian, or of old and fine linnen clothe, make them to burn and flame in a fire, & suddenly before the flame which is in them doth die, choke the fire, & keepe their tinder so made in a boxe lined within with clothe, to the ende that it may not be moyste at any time.

One beautifully hand colored page of Lucar is online at the Folger Library's website.

In our continuing endeavor to document everything that we do, use, and say, it is gratifying to finally be able to know, rather than suppose, what the folks we represent used to light a fire.

Sources:


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 2013

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
1
First Footing

2
 
3
 
4
Music
7PM
Yoders' Home
5

6

7
 
8
Dance
St. Christopher's
9 10
 
11

12
 
13
 
14
15
Board Meeting
7PM
Mary McKinley's office
1053 Grand Avenue, Suite 104
St. Paul.
16
17
18
Night at the Pub
Stout's Pub
1611 Larpenteur,
Falcon Heights
6:30 PM
19
20
21
 
22
Dance
St. Christopher's
23
 
24
 
25
 
26
 
27
28
29
30
31

FEBRUARY 2013

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
1
Music
7PM
Yoders' Home
2
Annual Membership meeting
11 AM
Yoders' Home
3

4

5

6

7

8

9
Big Island Trade Fair, Albert Lea, MN
 
10
Big Island Trade Fair, Albert Lea, MN
 
11
12
Dance
St. Christopher's
13

14

15
Night at the Pub
Stout's Pub
1611 Larpenteur,
Falcon Heights
6:30 PM
16
A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/
 
17
A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/
 
18
19
Board Meeting
7PM
Mary McKinley's office
1053 Grand Avenue, Suite 104
St. Paul.
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28

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 Scheduled
Feb 9-10, 2012 Big Island Trade Fair, Albert Lea, MN Scheduled
Feb 16-17, 2012 A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/ Scheduled
March 19, 2012 Fargo Celtic Festival http://www.fargoparks.com/events/celtic-festival/ Scheduled
May 4, 2012 Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games Scheduled


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
February Membership Meeting

4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis 55407