Welcome to the Online Clann Tartan Newsletter for July 2009


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Announcements

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Congratulations go out to Margaret Kirkpatrick and Heidi Viar, who met the requirements for 2nd level at Muster, and to Laura Swenson, who did so shortly thereafter.

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Fun with Horse and Rider at Twig

Our weekend at Twig this year was exceptional. Besides all the usual attractions of this fair, one of the nicer Renfaires, we got to play with a horse!

As we all well know, the reason we train with pikes are to defend against horsemen. One of the mainstays of Twig is A Knight To Remember (aknighttoremember.com), AKA Carlo Tuzzio, and his wonderful steed, Caesar. They have done presentations at Twig before, but this year there was a field set aside for, erm, horseplay, with a jousting lists. It was there that our gallant pikemen met Caesar on the field of battle for the very first time!!!

We had worked out a rough sketch of the drill, including safety drills for our men, earlier--thank you to David Vavreck for taking point on this. We did a preliminary live drill before the show opened on Saturday, and it went very well, so we decided to do it for real at Gaffney's 1:15 drill.

The result was excellent. We had 5 pikemen including your humble servant. We put on every plate of armor we had, and for real. Caesar is a wonderful animal, but he is a horse; we were all aware of the safety issues if he spooked. We formed up in a file and charged for battle. The horseman rode down on us! At the last second he peeled off, firing a pistol. The first rank died gallantly, (thank you again, David!), and we all moved up. The second rank died gallantly--well done, Bruce! Finally we raised up our dead so we could have one more go (the ground was getting too littered with corpses for good footing). Caesar performed splendidly the whole time.

Next year we are definitely doing this again; bigger and better and on the schedule as a separate event. Check the date and mark your calendar; I can think of no better reason to take up arms. (Captain's note: People who wish to be involved in the horse charge absolutely must attend DRILL.)

Yours in service,

Mia McDavid

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Gaffneyis Got Talent

When I first joined Gaffneyis, every year or so the newsletter came with a list of what different members make - clothing, leather goods, whatever.

We are putting together such a list of in-house talent. If you wish take advantage of this free advertising, please let David know that you want to be on the list, along with what you make or can help others make.

Thanks.

David
baethan1630@yahoo.com or 612-378-1973

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Road Trip

Clann has an on-again, off-again tradition of biennial major trips. Two years ago, the planned trip to Philadelphia got cancelled. But four years ago, ten members went to Philadelphia for a Seige of Stralsund reenactment. They participated with many other groups from up and down the east coast. The event was staged in Fort Mifflin, a French and Indian era fort that is walled similarly to a 17th c European town. The participants also took in some sightseeing in historic Philadelphia. In prior years the group has gone to Maryland and Virginia for other battle reenactments.

One proposal for a future trip was to head south to meet with a group from Texas. Lisa Gillstrom McCanna has the details on the Texas group. This is only one possibility, if you know of other likely events that should be considered, please get the details, including dates and location to staff. staff@clanntartan.org Staff needs to get any proposals so they can decide on feasibility and worth before bringing it to the board. The board then needs to decide on the financial aspect. Please get any ideas to staff as soon as possible, be sure to include as much pertinent information as is available.

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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@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 August's newsletter will be the 15th of July.

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Board Minutes

Board Meeting
May 19, 2009
Present:
Board: Julie Yoder, Bruce Yoder, David Vavreck, Heidi Johnson, Betsy Bolton
Memebers: Mia McDavid

I. Minutes
Will be approved through e-mail.

II. Reports
A. Vice President
Recruitment info needed at every event. Bruce will make copies and give to Betsy to get to events.
B. Treasurer
Fiscal update. Have not yet received payment for Ramble or MSFHG. The Woodville check arrived tonight. No reply from Liz at RenFest. Some event-related expenses (such as trailer haulage) are still pending.
C. Secretary
Meeting with Hellen next week to discuss deadlines and procedures. Deadline of 15th for external submissions. Goal of publication around the 25th of the month. Roster is still in process.
D. Quartermaster
E-mailed current muster status of active members. Researched by-laws applicable to changes to muster requirements. Knitting - 2nd level - knit 2 rounds in front of a recognized expert. Artillery - 3rd - take part in an artillery drill. As we have badges for 2nd and 4th level, we will add a loop of salmon-colored ribbon to the cockade for 3rd level.
E. Camp Rep
None.
F. Company Rep
None.

III. Guild Reports
A. Music
Going well. Recorder - seven people attending. Glee Club - not much progress yet.
B. Dance
Going well.
C. Fiber
No current meetings due to scheduling conflicts.
D. Sword
Progress has been made on practice sites.
E. Historic Site
Work weekend went well.

IV. Events
A. Camp/Company Drills
Drill at Johndezvous this month. No get-together at Yoder's that day.
B. Twig
We are on the website now.
C. Johndezvous
Laura will be HCF.
D. Tactical
No update.
E. Deer River
No update.
F. Perham
Will be happening.
F. Renaissance Festival
Should be happening. No response from Liz yet.
G. Pioneer Village
Not likely to happen this year.
H. Hudson
No update. Date is confirmed.
I. Aberdeen
We have a signed contract for the event.
J. Big Island
No update.
K. Mankato
No word on yet.

V. Old Business
A. Web site
Should be up within a month. Discussed issues of ownership.
B. Welcome Letter
The board is invited to provide on feedback on the letter Mia found and e-mailed to them.
C. Cookbook
No progress yet. Heidi needs to contact people to get the revision process started.

VI. New Business
None

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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@clanntartan.org

Board Members

President Julie Yoder 612-825-4519 julieyoder@juno.com 2/08-2/10
Vice President Mike Eastling 763-439-9084 & 763-218-0556 Kentairi@gmail.com 2-09 thru 2-11 
Secretary Heidi Johnson 612-600-4768  kassia1213@yahoo.com  2-09 thru 2-11 
Treasurer Bruce Yoder 612-825-4519 bruceyoder@juno.com 2/08 - 2/10
Quarter Master David Vavreck 612.378.1973 baethan1630@yahoo.com 2-09 thru 2-11 
Camp Rep. Betsy Bolton 612-619-6406 basil80@hotmail.com 2/08-2/10
Company Rep. Anthea Cross 763-257-7038   2-09 thru 2-11 

Staff

Chief of Staff Mia McDavid 651-490-1842 mia_mcdavid@comcast.net   
Assistant Chief of Staff Lisa Gilstrom 612-986-8511 anstice_demalkuth@yahoo.com  
Captain Betsy Bolton 612-619-6406 basil80@hotmail.com   
Lieutenant Sean McCanna 952-926-1279 macbaird@lycos.com  
Corporal David Vavreck 612.378.1973 baethan1630@yahoo.com  
Corporal Bryce Eno (715)410-5347 riescenu-golanodel@Hotmail.com  
Corporal Mike Eastling 763-439-9084 & 763-218-0556 Kentairi@gmail.com  
Head Camp Follower Julie Yoder 612-825-4519 julieyoder@juno.com  
Assistant HCF Laura Swenson 715-684-4221 mommyco@baldwin-telecom.net  
Goodwife Ann Peters 612-333-0605 AnnEdyth@aol.com  
Goodwife Margaret Kirkpatrick 612-722-6485 mlkirkpatric@earthlink.net  
Goodwife Anthea Cross 763-257-7038    

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Guilds

Sword Guild:

Meeting and time TBA

Contact:
David Vavreck
baethan1630@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@juno.com.

To contact your Music Chair, call David at 612-378-1973 or email to baethan1630@yahoo.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@juno.com.

Gaffneyis Glee Club

Good People
We are in the process of forming a more advanced song gathering. The focus will be on catches, rounds, and freeman's songs. These types of part songs were tremendously popular across class lines in our period.

Please contact your music chair, me, to express your interest, and to let me know what evenings would work best for you. And if you can host.

I am thinking maybe twice a month, but you can vote on that, too.

I will set it up for the day(s) with the most votes.

And if you have a better name for it than Gaffneyis Glee Club, I am all ears. It does have a nice ring to it, though.

David Vavreck
612-378-1973
baethan1630@yahoo.com

Gaffneyis Recorder Consort

We hereby announce that Gaffneyis recorder consort has started meeting again, the 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month.

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@yahoo.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.

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 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@juno.com.

Fiber Guild

Those who would like instruction, inspiration, or just to come out and play are welcome at the Jen McDermotts' on the Second Sunday of the month at 2:00 PM, provided there is no conflict with other Clann events. Call Jen (651-238-5427 ), 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@yahoo.com for further information, or to volunteer to help.

Drill

Drill location is Minnehaha parkway green, 12th Av S at Minnehaha Parkway.

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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@clanntartan.org.

JULY 2009

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

 
1
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
2
Recorder consort 
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4
 
5
 
6
Staff meeting
Glenn & Mia's 
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8
 
9
 
10
 
11
 
12
Fiber guild 
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14
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
15
 
16
Recorder consort 
17
Dun Gowan Tactical
http://www.dungowan.com/
Night at the Pub 
18
Dun Gowan Tactical
http://www.dungowan.com/ 
19
Dun Gowan Tactical
http://www.dungowan.com/ 
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21
Board Meeting
7:00 at Yoders 
22
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
23
 
24
 
25
Drill  
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27
Music
7PM @
Yoder's home 
28
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
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30
 
31
 
Aug 1
 

AUGUST 2009

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

 
1
 
2
 
3
Staff Meeting 4PM
@ McDavid's Home        
4
       
5
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center        
6
Recorder consort 
7
 
8
 
9
Fiber Guild
@ Jen McDermott's
2:00PM 
10
 
11
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
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14
 
15
Perham Heritage Festival,
Perham MN 
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Perham Heritage Festival,
Perham MN 
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18
Board Meeting
7:00 at Yoders 
19
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
20
Recorder consort 
21
Night at the Pub 
22

Drill 
23
 
24
Music@7PM Yoder's Home 
25
Dance
Saint Christopher's
 
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27
 
28
 
29
MN Renaissance Festival 
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MN Renaissance Festival

 

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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 Julie 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 me regarding this matter

Thanks,
Lisa Gillstrom McCanna

DATE EVENT STATUS
Jan 1/2009 Airing of the Tartans
1st Footing
Finished
Feb 14-15/2009 Albert Lea Historical Faire Finished
Feb 14-15/2009 A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/ Finished
Mar 4 14/2009 Fargo Parks Celtic Festival, Moorhead MN Finished
April 4th 2009 Tartan Day, MN State Capitol, St. Paul Finished
April or May 2009 Charles City Military Hist. Days Cancelled
April 24th-26th 2009 Muster at Jack McGowan's Finished
May 1-2 2009 Siege of Woodville Finished
May 9 2009 MN Scottish Fair and HG - http://www.mnscottishfair.org/ Finished
May 16-17 2009 Dun Gowan Immersion weekend Finished
May 23-25 2009 second annual Johndezvous Finished
June 13-14 2009 Olde World Renaissance Faire (Twig) http://www.owrenaissancefaire.com/ Finished
June 19-21 2009 Dun Gowan Immersion Weekend Finished
July 17-19 2009 Dun Gowan Tactical http://www.dungowan.com/ Scheduled
July 31 thru Aug 2 2009 White Oak Rendezvous, Deer River MN Cancelled
Aug 15-16 2009 Perham Heritage Festival, Perham MN Scheduled
Aug 29-30 2009 MN Renaissance Festival Tentative
Sep 12 2009 Scottish Day at Hudson Presbyterian Church Scheduled
Sep 19-20 2009 Northeast South Dakota Celtic Fair, Aberdeen SD Scheduled
Oct 1-4 2009 Big Island Rendezvous, Albert Lea MN Scheduled
Oct 8-10 2009 Mankato History Fair, Mankato MN Scheduled

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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 & Staff Meetings

4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis
Map to Glenn & Mia's home
Hosts for staff meetings

340 Brooks Ave Roseville, MN 
 
Jen McDermott
Host for Fiber Guild

1638 Arlington Ave Saint Paul, MN 55106 

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Event Maps and Notification

July 17-19 2009 Dun Gowan Tactical


DIRECTIONS:

From Duluth, Minnesota- Take US Highway 53 northwest out of town - take a right turn on the Ugstad Rd./Lavaque Rd. Bypass, and travel north about ten miles. Take a left turn on the Fish Lake Road, and travel west about 3/4 miles. At this point I am the only house on the right hand (north)side of the road.

From Mineapolis/St.Paul, MN- Travel north on Interstate 35 out of the Cities for about two hours or so. After you pass the Esko/ Thompson exit, but before you get to Duluth, take the Midway Road exit. Turn left on the Midway road, which will head you north. Continue north on the Midway Road for about 12 miles or so; crossing three stoplight intersections, and then you will come to a stop sign. Turn right there onto County Road 9, the Martin Road. Travel east on the Martin road for three miles and take a left turn onto the Lavaque Road. Travel north on the Lavaque Road, for about 7 1/2 miles until you come to the Fish Lake Road. Make a left turn there, and travel west about 3/4 miles. At this point I am the only house on the right hand (north) side of the road.
5261 Fish Lake Road. Large grey garage, small grey house.

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Perham Pioneer Festival Perham, MN- August 15 and 16 2009

Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4
http://www.historymuseumeot.com

Col. Gaffneyis Regiment is heading back to the Perham Pioneer Festival, this year on August 15 and 16. The Pioneer Festival is located in Perham, MN, about a three and a half hour drive from the Twin Cities. The site has convenient participant parking just on the other side of the museum buildings and, during the day, access to the canteen/cafe/flush toilets!

They also have a terrific indoor dance in said cafe on Saturday night. Those of us who went last year had a blast; we hope to see you there!

Directions from the Twin Cities:

Take I-94 West to Exit 167B, MN15 N, toward Saint Cloud.

After about 10 miles, merge onto MN10 West. Follow for about 30 miles, and stay with MN 10 W toward Motley for about another 80 miles.

Turn right on CR 80 and follow for 2 miles.

Turn right on N 1st Ave/CR 8.

End at 230 1st Avenue North.

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