Welcome to the Online Clann Tartan Newsletter for June 2013

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


Tactical, Thursday-Sunday, June 13-16

Directions here.

Let's get to work!

We have confirmed work weekends for the Dun Gowan historical site. They are May 18 & 19 (weather permitting), June 1 and 2, June 29 and 30, September 7 and 8 with October 19 and 20 being our last weekend to work (weather permitting). If you are interested in participating for work weekends, please let the membership know. Also, if you would like to participate but need a ride or plan to participate and would like a rider, please let the membership know!

Hope to see you real soon!


It Is Time for Annual Dues Once Again. Clann Tartan uses a fiscal year of April through March, and for simplicity, all members' dues are for the same time period. Dues are $20 for adults and families, $10 for students. Payments can be given to Bruce Yoder, our Treasurer, at meetings, drills or events; mailed to the PO box, or mailed directly to him at 4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407.


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 July newsletter will be June 15.

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 2/13 - 2/15
Secretary Betsy Bolton 612-619-6406 basil80 at hotmail dot com 2/13 - 2/15
Treasurer Bruce Yoder 612-825-4519 bruceyoder at juno dot com 2/12 - 2/14
Quartermaster Mike McCarty 651-497-5324 mccartym149 at gmail dot com 2/13 - 2/15
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
Company Rep. David Vavreck 612-353-1237 baethan1630 at yahoo dot com  2/13 - 2/15

Board meetings are currently held at:

737 Pelham Boulevard
St Paul, MN 55114

The doors lock at 7 pm on Tuesdays so members who are interested in attending the meeting should contact Karen. 


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 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:

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.


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.

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 twice a month from 7PM-9PM to learn and practice historic Scottish country dances.

2nd and 4th Tuesdays

During the summer of 2013 Dance will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at the home of Bruce and Julie Yoder. See the map below

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. The work weekends for this year will be May 18 & 19 (weather permitting), June 1 and 2, June 29 and 30, September 7 and 8 with October 19 and 20 being our last weekend to work (weather permitting).Contact David Vavreck at 612-353-1237 or baethan1630 at yahoo dot com for further information, or to volunteer to help.


Browning and Rust

by David Vavreck

See the first picture? How it is a nice consistent shade of dark brown? See how it even has a bit of glow to it? And notice that your hands are still clean after handling it?

This is browning. Browning is our friend. Browning is a protective layer placed on the surface of iron or steel which prevents rust from forming.

See the second picture? See how it is multi-colored, with an emphasis on orange? See how it comes off on your hands and your clothes?

This is rust. Rust is not our friend.

Of late, there have been several pieces of the Colonel's equipment that have had browning removed.

I can only imagine it is because someone did not know the difference between browning and rust.

I do not know, nor do I care, who has been doing this.

What I do care about is that it stops.

We greatly appreciate it when members show initiative in helping to maintain our equipment.

But please! If you are unsure whether what you are looking at is browning (good) or rust (bad), please check with your current Quartermaster, Mike McCarty. Or David

Thank you.


(thanks to Mike McCarty for the photos)

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.

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 Finished
Feb 9-10, 20123 Big Island Trade Fair, Albert Lea, MN Finished
Feb 16-17, 2013 A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/ Finished
March 9, 2013 Fargo Celtic Festival http://www.fargoparks.com/events/celtic-festival/ Finished
April 6, 2013 MN Tartan Day Finished
April 27-28, 2013 Muster - Jack McGowan's, Mankato Finished
May 4, 2013 Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games Finished
May 24, 2013 Siege of Woodville Finished
June 13-16, 2013 Tactical - Dun Gowan, Duluth Scheduled
October 3-6, 2013 Big Island Rendezvous Tentative
October 9-12, 2013 Mankato History Festival Tentative


St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 2300 Hamline Ave. N., Roseville, MN 55113
Bruce and Julie Yoder's Home
Music Meetings, 2nd and 4th Tuesday Dance (Summer 2013)

4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis 55407

Event Maps

June 13-16 — 2013 Dun Gowan Tactical


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.