Welcome to the Online Clann Tartan Newsletter for March 2014

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Col Gaffney's Regiment has the opportunity once again to participate in the Fargo Parks Celtic Fair. http://www.fargoparks.com/event-detail/celtic-festival/ We have attended for several years and always have a busy and enjoyable time. The event is one day, Saturday March 8th from 10am to 4pm. A compact six hours where you could easily talk with two thousand people. The event actually takes place at the Hjemkomst Center in the city of Moorhead MN, about 230 mile NW of the cities. As of this writing we do not have many members who plan on going. Please help us out if you can.


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.


The good Colonel's regiment participated the the Scottish Ramble at the Landmark Center in St Paul again this year. As has been our experience for many years, we had a good day talking with the visitors and conversing about life in the regiment and in the Highlands. We were located once again in the second level foyer between the woodworking and Schubert museum. Ramble tried something different with the schedule this year and had only one public day instead of the usual two. So we were only there for Sunday from 11 to 6. The day was very busy till about 4pm when the crowd thinned quickly. I guess the folks weren't used to Sunday events going that late.
Baethan acted as HCF for the day and we were treated most kindly with Cream Pigeon Pastes, fruit and some bread baked by the Capt's lady. Peter and Mo also brought some soup and rice pudding. The eleven of us who were there enjoyed the fine fare. We had plenty since four others had stated their intention to come but were evidently lost to the storms.
There was much interest in the blades and shotte, and when the Captain was not about we had a few dances.
We hope to be invited again next year.
Bruce Lyon


Board Meeting: January 21, 2014

In attendance:
Board members present: President: Marty Byers, Vice President: Karen Bastien, Treasurer: Bruce Yoder, Secretary: Betsy Bolton, Quartermaster: Mike McCarty, Company Rep: David Vavreck. 

I)  Minutes: December meeting minutes were approved as amended.
II) Reports:
	a) Vice President: No report.
	b) Treasurer: Gave financial report. Had some additional income, so our financials are now up to date.
	c) Secretary: Newsletter was updated for Dance. A request was made that a link must be sent to the membership when the newsletter is completed.
	d) Quartermaster: No report.  
	e) Camp Rep: Position vacant. 
	f) Company Rep: No report.

III) Guild Reports:
	a) Music: Continues to meet once a month.
	b) Dance: Working to meet twice a month, but this is determined by having enough people attending to make at least one full set of 4.
		  They are also in the process of finding an alternative location that would work better for more of the currently attending dancers.
	c) Fiber: No report
	d) Sword: Marty was asked to present at a local convention in March. 
	e) Historic Site: Nothing to report. Goals for the summer would be additional work on the village. 
IV) Events:
	a) Big Island Trade Fair: February 8 and 9.
	b) Scottish Ramble: February 16.
c) Fargo-Moorehead: March 8.
d) Tartan Day: early April. 
e) Siege of Woodville: May 30, awaiting confirmation.
f) Scottish Fair & Highland Games: July 12. This event will be in a new location.
g) Ft. William: Cancelled. 
h) Big Island: Oct 2-5.
i) Mankato: Oct 8-11.
j) Stillwater, Bagpipes and Bonfires: has been contacted. Second Saturday in September?
k) Irish Fair: August 8 to 10--has been contacted.

V) Old Business:
	a) Members’ Meeting: February 1 at 11 am. 

VI) New Business:
	a) Getting new shows: We discussed a number of potential new events at length.  
	b) Muster: discuss after the next Members’ Meeting.
	c) Drill will be coming back in March or April (weather permitting).

Next Meeting: TBD at the Members’ Meeting. (February 18, 2014 at 7 pm)


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


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. Elizabeth Erickson 651-437-2262 elizabeth dot erickson at icloud dot com 2/14 - 2/16
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 Bastien. 


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   
Corporal David Vavreck 612-353-1237 baethan1630 at yahoo dot com   
Head Camp Follower vacant  
Assistant HCF vacant  
Goodwife Ann Peters 612-333-0605 annedyth at aol dot com  
Goodwife Laura Swenson 651-204-1778 (home) or 715-497-9792 (mobile) mommyco at baldwin-telecom dot net  
Goodwife Margaret KirkPatrick 612-722-6485 mlkirkpatrick at usiwireless dot com  


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.

Dance will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 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 :-)>

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.

It is currently under quite a bit of snow but we endeavor to have regular work weekends throughout the summer months.

Contact David Vavreck at 612-353-1237 or baethan1630 at yahoo dot com for further information, or to volunteer to help.


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.


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 means that the board and staff have approved the event and we are committed to providing manpower to making the event happen. When an event is assigned this status 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.

Finished- This means that the event has completed successfully.

If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact staff regarding this matter

Your Staff

Jan 1-2014 1st Footing Finished
Feb 8-9, 2014 Big Island Trade Fair, Albert Lea, MN Finished
Feb 16, 2014 A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/ Finished
March 8, 2014 Fargo Celtic Festival - http://www.fargoparks.com/events/celtic-festival/ Cancelled
April 5, 2015 MN Tartan Day - http://www.mntartanday.com/2801.html Scheduled
May 24-26, 2014 Iowa Renaissance Festival - http://www.iowarenfest.com/iowarenfest/home.html Scheduled
May 30, 2014 Siege of Woodville Pending
TBD Tactical Cancelled
TBD Muster Pending
July 12, 2014 Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games - http://www.mnscottishfair.org/ Pending
Cancelled Fort William - Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada Cancelled
August 8-10, 2014 Irish Fair Tentative
September 13, 2014 Bagpipes and Bonfires Tentative
October 2-5, 2014 Big Island Rendezvous - http://www.bigislandfestivalandbbq.org/Rendezvous/rendezvous.htm Scheduled
October 8-11, 2014 Mankato History Festival - http://www.historyfest.com/ Pending


Bruce and Julie Yoder's Home
Music Meetings
February Members' Meeting

4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis 55407


Reasonably priced, accurate 17th century shoes, boots, and other leather items, are available from member Pegeen Rozeske. 218-491-5036

Want to quit smoking? Lose weight? Sleep better? Deal with other issues? Your good Auntie/Cousin Mairi has opened 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


The group has a policy for the reimbursement of fuel expenses for travel to shows and for payment for hauling the trailer to and from shows.

Personal reimbursement of fuel expenses: Members can request reimbursement for fuel for travel to and from shows. Everyone is eligible for this although the board requests that you only make the request if it is necessary. If everyone who attended a show also requested reimbursement, the total payout could exceed the stipend that the group received. The procedure is as follows: at the start of your journey, fill your tank and note the odometer reading on the receipt. Upon your return home after the event, fill your tank again and record your odometer reading again. This receipt along with any other fuel purchases made enroute represents the fuel used for the trip and the total is the amount to be reimbursed. Send the receipts along with your name and address to the Treasurer. Remember, please don't request reimbursement unless it is necessary, but it is better for you to attend and get reimbursed than for you to stay home because of financial considerations.

Payment policy for hauling the trailer: Because hauling the trailer or a substantial amount of gear can be hard on your vehicle and requires you to perform additional work for the company, we have a different payment policy for hauling. If you haul the trailer, the payment is $.48 per mile from the garage to the event and back to the garage. If you use your own vehicle to haul substantial company equipment from the garage to the event, the payment rate is $.24 per mile. Submit a request stating the number of miles you drove and send it to the group treasurer.

My address is usually in the map section of the newsletter, but for convenience, it is 4736 12th Ave S Minneapolis MN 55407
Bruce Yoder


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.


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