Welcome to the Online Clann Tartan Newsletter for June 2010


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Announcements

New Secretary appointed to Board

Following the announcement of the vacancy of the secretary position as printed in the May newsletter, Cindy Schaufenbuel has volunteered and was appointed to the position at the regular board meeting on Tuesday May 18th. Cindy will fill the remainder of Heidi Johnson's term through Feb 2011.

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Annual Dues Status

Our year for dues purposes is Our year for dues purposes is April 1, 2010 through March 31, 2011. As of May 25. the, the following members are paid through March 2011 or beyond. If your name is not listed here it means that my records show that you need to renew.

Joe A, Karen B, Betsy B, Anthea C, John D, Eric & Hellen, Cate H, Maeve K, Margaret K, Elizabeth LeClair, Herb L, Mike M, Glenn & Mia, Mary M, Richard M, Dave O, Tori O, Penndra M, Ann P, Cindy S, Sarah S, Mark S, Laura S, Perry V, Bruce & Julie, Abby S, Eliz E., Jean L, Sondra N.

If you need to renew, Please get a check or cash to me at an event, dance or music guild meeting or drill. Or you can mail a check to Bruce Yoder, 4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis MN 55407. Make check payable to Clann Tartan.

Bruce Yoder

Treasurer

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UPCOMING MEMBER MEETING

The next member meeting will be held Saturday, June 12, at the Yoder's house, 4736 12th Ave S in Minneapolis. Come make you voice heard! This is your chance to have a say in Clann's future. The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. Bruce and Julie will be providing brats and burgers, both meat and veggie, and buns and condiments after the meeting; if you stay to eat, please consider bringing a side dish to share.

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Dun Gowan Work Weekends

Good People -

Gaffneyis Regiment, through the kindness of member Don Chesney, has its own historic site in Fredenburg, near Duluth.

Dun Gowan is an ongoing project wherein we are building a 17th century village. We have built a small garrison fort there, and have been working on the first house for several years now.

Dun Gowan is the site of our annual Tactical, and when we have more buildings up we can host immersion weekends, where the public - or other reenactors, living historians, and the like - could come live in the 17th century with us for a weekend. If we do it right, it could be a wonderful addition to our annual events, focusing as it would on living history.

We need help building! If we get enough workers up there this season, we should be able to erect the frame of the first house before the snow flies. We are nearly done with hewing the timbers, after which we will cut the joints, assemble the components, and then have a house-raising party!

No experience is neccessary - just bring a willingness to learn.

The weekends scheduled for this year are:

June 19 & 20
July 10 & 11
Aug (to be determined)
Sept 11 & 12
Oct 16 & 17

The more the merrier, and the sooner we have a house up there.

If you can attend attend any of these weekends, or if you have any questions, please contact Captain David at baethan1630@yahoo or 612-378-1973.

Thanks!

p.s. Another group that has built their own site is Skjaldborg, the Viking group from Omaha that we have often played with at the various Iowa events we have done. Their website is www.skjaldborgedu-tainment.com/ and their site, Vikinghjem, can be viewed at vikinghjem.skjaldborgedu-tainment.com/

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Recruiting Party at Convergence

The regiment will be hosting a recruiting party at the Convergence SF convention at the Sheraton hotel in Bloomington on Saturday July 3rd. The actual room is not yet known but the planned time is 2pm to 4:30pm. If you are going to be attending the convention please keep part of Saturday afternoon open. We will need several room hosts wearing period gear in attendance during the entire party.

Bruce

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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. Since I will be doing this out of my home, there's a low cost of $30/session, in cash.

I look forward to working with you!

Mary McKinley

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LIBRARY NEWS

After carefully sorting and cataloguing the Clann's books and papers, the library has been portioned out as follows:

Margaret Kirkpatrick has the books and articles on Scottish history and folklore, military and food. Cindy Schaufenbeul will be housing the music books; Ellis O'Rourke now hosts the textiles & crafts books, along with the Fiber Guild meetings; and clothing and dance will be with Julie Yoder.

Please contact any of the above directly to borrow materials from our library. Sarah Shaftman has produced a catalogue in Excel 2007. It's complete as to the books & pamphlets, articles & photocopies, and videotapes we have in hand. She can provide it in an alternate format as needed.

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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 at yahoo dot com or 612-378-1973

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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 July's newsletter will be the 15th of June.

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Board Minutes

Minutes of the Clann Tartan Board of Directors; April 20, 2010

Present were, of the Board, Karen Bastien, Bruce Yoder, David Vavreck, Laura Swenson, and Julie Yoder; others present were Brittany Johnson, Mia McDavid, and Margaret Kirkpatrick.

The Secretary was not present and is moving out of town. Mia McDavid took the minutes for this meeting. The minutes of the March board meeting were approved as corrected. The February minutes are still missing; Heidi has part of the information and Bruce has the rest.

Vice president: no report.

Treasurer: Our year-end statement shows no surprises; amounts are as expected. We did significantly better than projected because we had fewer shows than planned; we plan conservatively by projecting high costs and low payments, so shows that are backed out of the budget will tend to make it look better. Quartermaster: The tent maintenance (leather grommets) is under way.

The Reps had nothing to report.

Guild news: Seeds were exchanged for the garden guild; we are going to inquire of Laurie Ford, who has the largest veggie garden, would like help with it. (Who is going to make this call?). Sword guild is still pending, but the practice swords on order should be finished by May 15.

Camp drill: In April Cindy will present on folklore this month; also we will go over waulking songs in preparation for waulking at the Scottish Festival. May drill is at Scottish Festival; for June David will make a presentation on boats and we will work on sarks.

The Contracts Rep is to check in with Liz about Scottish Festival (done), check in with Woodville about student questions and firing permits (done and delegated), sign a contract with Fort William (in progress), check with Perham again, check about the Faribault rendezvous (no money in it), and email Margaret with dates for Deer River and Aberdeen so she can assess member interest.

Old Business:

We need a new Secretary. The President read off the duties of the secretary: attend meetings, run the communications committee, write up minutes, mail out the hard copy newsletter, and so forth.

We have seven troopers, including a nice new one that was free. The Quartermaster thinks we would do well to get rid of number five, one of the smaller ones. He thinks he knows a places to put it. The President requested that the Board organize its thinking on this issue and be prepared to address it next meeting.

The quarterly members' meeting cannot be in May; there have not been two months' notice. Julie will ask the rec center about June.

It is possible that we can make a commercial to be shown at Convergence. John Debnam, for one, has a/v footage.

Johndezvous and the Trek are on hold but will likely occur later in the season.

Respectfully submitted,

Mia McDavid
Chief of Staff

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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 Cindy Schaufenbuel 952-693-3755   cindy at schaufenbuel dot com  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 Mia McDavid 651-490-1842 mia_mcdavid at comcast dot net   
Assistant Chief of Staff vacant      
Captain David Vavreck 612.378.1973 baethan1630 at yahoo dot com  
Lieutenant vacant      
Corporal Eric Ferguson {612}726-6364 eric at celticfringe dot com  
Corporal Mike McCarty 651-497-5324  mccarty149 at gmail dot com   
Corporal Rich Mueller 952-217-2622   dragon_musk at yahoo dot com   
Corporal Betsy's handsome cousin 612-619-6406 basil80 at hotmail 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 Betsy Bolton 612-619-6406 basil80 at hotmail dot com   
Goodwife Sarah Shaftman  612-371-4425  smuzikant at visi 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 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 at yahoo 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 at Mary McKinley's home, 1363 Jefferson Ave, St Paul.

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 O'Rourke's on the Second Sunday of the month at 2:00 PM, provided there is no conflict with other Clann events. Call Ellis (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 at yahoo dot com for further information, or to volunteer to help.

Drill

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

Next drill is June 26th, Camp drill follows military drill, skill focus on sarks and clothing, discussion topic is boats.

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Articles

Netiquette - Etiquette for the Internet

Netiquette is very important since most of our Clann communication is done via email. When we use the internet to facilitate our communication, we don't have tools like facial expression, gestures, or tone of voice to compliment our written words. Sometimes our messages are misinterpreted. I want to remind everyone that the message sent is received by another person, not a machine, and they might not completely understand the sender's true intent. Therefore, be vigilant, and clear in your communications. Be aware that the person on the receiving end is susceptible to inferences not intended. Don't let the impersonality of the email tool make your words into something less personal that could be misconstrued.

Let us ask ourselves, "Would I say this to the person's face?". If our answer is no, or is emotionally charged, we should walk away for awhile and think of another way to rewrite the message. This way, we can all be sure that what we just put into writing is something we can be comfortable saying in person.

I have been elected by the Clann Tartan membership to resolve any complaints that arise, but here is an area where we can all prevent future misunderstandings. If you have concerns or become aware of unsettled issues, please contact me via email at mommyco at baldwin-telecom dot net, or give me a call at 651-204-1778, or on my cell at 715-497-9792. Thanks:)

Laura

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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 at clanntartan.org.

JUNE 2010

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

 
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2
Dance
TBA 
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4
 
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6
 
7
Recorder consort
7:00 at Margaret's 
8
Dance
Saint Christopher's
 
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11
 
12
Member's Meeting 10AM @ Yoder's house
4736 12th Ave S in Minneapolis 
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Fiber Guild
@ Ellis O'Rourke's
2:00PM 
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15
Deadline for articles
for July's 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 
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Dun Gowan Work Weekend 
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Dun Gowan Work Weekend 
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Recorder consort
7:00 at Mairi's 
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Dance
Saint Christopher's
 
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25
 
26
Drill 
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28
Music@7PM Yoder's Home 


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JULY 2010

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
 
1
CON 
2
VER 
3
GEN 
4
CE 
5
Recorder consort
7PM @ Margaret's 
6
 
7
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
8
 
9
 
10
Dun Gowan Work Weekend 
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Dun Gowan Work Weekend/
Fiber Guild
@ Ellis O'Rourke's
2:00PM
 
12
 
13
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
14
 
15
Deadline for articles
for August's newsletter 
16

Night at the Pub
7 PM@ Merlin's Rest
3601 E. Lake St. Minneapolis/
DunGowan Tactical 
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DunGowan Tactical 
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DunGowan Tactical 
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Recorder consort
7PM @ Mairi's 
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Board Meeting
Tuesday, 7:00
at Yoders' 
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Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
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24
Drill
Minnehaha parkway green
12th Av S at Minnehaha Parkway.  
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Music@7PM Yoder's Home 
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Dance
Saint Christopher's 
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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 1-2010 Airing of the Tartans
1st Footing
Finished
Feb 13-14, 2010 A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/ Finished
Feb 13-14, 2010 Big Island Trade Fair, Albert Lea, MN Finished
March 13, 2010 Fargo Celtic Festival www.fargoparks.com/se_celticfest.html Finished
May 7-8, 2010 Siege of Woodville, Woodville WI Finished
May 22, 2010 MN Scottish Fair and HG - http://www.mnscottishfair.org/ Finished
Jun 12-13, 2010 Olde World Renaissance Faire (Twig) http://www.owrenaissancefaire.com/ Cancelled
July 17-18, 2010 Fort William Rendezvous, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada Pending
July 16-18, 2010 DunGowan Tactical Scheduled
Aug 6-8, 2010 White Oak Rendezvous http://www.whiteoak.org Tentative
Aug 14-15, 2010 Perham Heritage Festival http://www.historymuseumeot.com Tentative
Sep 18-19, 2010 NESD Celtic Faire, Aberdeen SD www.nesdcelticfaire.com Tentative
Sep 30-Oct 3, 2010 Big Island Rendezvous, Albert Lea MN Scheduled
Oct 7-9, 2010 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 & Staff Meetings

4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis 55407
Map to Glenn & Mia's home
Hosts for staff meetings

340 Brooks Ave Roseville, MN 
 
Ellis O'Rourke
Host for Fiber Guild

1638 Arlington Ave Saint Paul, MN 55106 

Event Maps and Notification

Dun Gowan TacticalJuly 16-18, 2010--Fredenburg MN

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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