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Announcements

SIEGE OF WOODVILLE

Friday-Saturday, May 1-2, Woodville Middle School We will be bringing a field trip to the Woodville middle school, where we are very popular. The school is in Woodville, WI, just off of Interstate 94 at exit 24. Go left from the exit. The road will curve around and go past the school, which will be on your left. We will set up camp Thursday afternoon, and can camp Thursday and Friday nights. Our day starts at 8:20 on Friday, when classes will come out and rotate through demonstration stations. We will break for lunch, then do more of the same in the afternoon. After school, home schoolers will come and go through the stations. After supper, Cub Scouts will do likewise. On Saturday, we will be open to the public til three, then break camp and go home. To add even more fun, a good Irish band, Langer's Ball (thelangersball.com), will be playing at Charlie's in Stillwater and several of us plan to go see them on Friday night. Clann will be providing Breakfast, lunch, and supper on Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. We can use the school showers on Friday morning before school starts, and will have flush toilets while the school is open and the toilet in Laura's van after hours. Alcohol is not allowed on school grounds.

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MINNESOTA SCOTTISH FAIR AND HIGHLAND GAMES

Saturday, May 9, Dakota County Fair Grounds, Farmington We will set up on Friday and can camp Friday and Saturday. There are showers and flush toilets. The web site is http://www.mnscottishfair.org/ We will be doing our regular encampment, with demos running all day, a parade at noon, and we will be waulking wool. Hours are 8:00 a.m. til 5:30 p.m. There is a ceilidh afterwards. Clann will provide breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and we will tear down Saturday at 5:30. Wristbands are needed for entry and can be picked up at dance or other Clann events. Alcohol is not allowed, other than that purchased from and consumed at the beer booth. There's lots of fun stuff to see -- heavy games, vendors, music, dancing, and animals. Join us!

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MEMBER MEETING

The next member meeting will be Saturday, June 25 at 1:30 p.m. at the Yoder's house. We will meet for drill as usual, then proceed to the Yoders' where there will be brats and burgers on the grill. Members are encouraged to bring a side dish to share. We will have the member meeting and then work on any camp drill projects members care to. Please attend -- your input is valuable!

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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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Coming up this Spring is the chance we've all been waiting for! It's a Dun Gowan Immersion Weekend. Dun Gowan is an ongoing project, which is the site of Gaffneyis Annual Tactical in July.  Take advantage of the opportunity to use period tools as we continue the construction of a 17th century cottage with sleeping loft. Additional activities will include hawk throwing, music (modern and 17th century) by the campfire, and general fun. Volunteer cooks are needed so, if you would like to muster in planning & cooking a meal, here’s your chance. Your Clann Staff would be most grateful for your assistance.

                        

(Photo of a similar project house )

Come and enjoy this privilege Clann Tartan so generously offers us, and learn in the process! The more we do so, the better our skills as interpreters will be. Experience is the best teacher, after all. Others have paid hundreds of dollars for such an opportunity. Don't forget that Clann Tartan’s Tactical weekend is coming up in July, as well. Everything we add to the landscape on our permanent historic site enhances the Tactical experience.

Event Details:
Location:
5261 Fish Lake Rd Duluth, MN
Dates:  May 16-17, additional dates to Be Announced.
Length in Days: Friday evening through Sunday
Lodging: Bring your tents. If you don't have one, there are those who have room to share. Send out an email to the members’ list with your needs to coordinate.
Cost: Donation of food or $12 per person to cover meals cooked by volunteer staff
Materials Fee: Included
Level: All Skill Levels
Age: Any - with necessary permission forms filled out & signed by parents/guardians of minors & an adult present who takes responsibility for that minor.
Necessary items to bring: If anyone has any axes, or a chainsaw, please bring them. These would be very much appreciated!
Registration Contact Info: Contact David Vavreck at 612-378-1973 or baethan1630@yahoo.com for further information, or to volunteer to help.

 

 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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Mark your calendars!

The second annual Johndezvous is Memorial Weekend, May 23-25.

Johndezvous is a Gaffneyis event where we gather at the O'Duggan household to have fun making stuff. The goal of Johndezvous is to have a low-key but productive weekend, spiffing up our camp by making ourselves period correct equipment from wood or iron.

John's workshop has both woodworking and blacksmithing equipment. The address is 20628 Whistle Pass Drive, Lewiston MN, between Rochester and Winona.

The list of period wood projects for which we have plans includes:

Stools (several varieties)
Forms (benches)
Chairs (several varieties including folding chairs)
Tables
Chests, Coffers and Boxes
Candle Stands
Hanging Chandelier
Beds
Pipe Box
Candle Box
Toys (tops, boats, etc)
Sundials
Wheelbarrows
Ruler
Tent Pegs (metal stakes apparently were not used much until about 1900)
Spoons (Mary Rose 1545 England, or Vasa 1627 Sweden)
Trencher (wooden plate)
Targes

and even

Mousetraps (count 'em - 12 varieties!)

It would be best to show up Friday with your wood already purchased in order to fully make use of work time Saturday through Monday.

If you would like to see any of the plans before deciding on a particular project, David can bring them to upcoming dance, drill, staff and board meetings and such, or you can make an appointment to drop by his house to take a look.

If you have a woodworking project in mind, but no plans, give David a call or email, and he'll see what he can find. Obviously, the sooner you do this, the more time he'll have to research for you.

John will be there to help with the forge, and David will be there to help with woodworking. And John will be there to help when David is stumped.

There is also opportunity for archery practice, musket shooting, hand ax throwing, candlemaking, and such like. Or you can knit, stitch, or what have you.

The good Colonel has seen fit to feed us; just like any other event, we will need your RSVP to make sure we have enough food.

Please send your RSVP to Julie Yoder.

See you there!

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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.

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Board Minutes

Mar. 12, 2009 Board Meeting Minutes

Board Members present: Julie Yoder, Mike Eastling, Heidi Johnson, Bruce Yoder, David Vavreck, Anthea Cross

Minutes from the February meeting have not yet been distributed for approval. Heidi will contact Glenn. Update: Minutes were discovered to have been approved, and were sent for addition in the newletter.

Reports
VP:
Replied to an e-mail expressing interest in Clann.

Treasurer:
The financial statements through Feb 28th have been prepared but were not available for review. February had approximately $600 in revenue; $400 in dues and $200 in donations. Plus we have a receivable for Ramble, (we are usually paid later for that show.) February expenses totaled $225, and included Ramble food, new wooden bucket and some miscellaneous repairs and supplies. Cash balance at end of February is $1300 in checking and $6700 in savings.

Secretary:
Transition of duties is going reasonably well. Heidi had some policy questions, and the list of people receiving a hand-mailed copy was reviewed. Due to unfortunate circumstances, this month's meeting was not recorded.

Quarter Master:
Has sent an inquiry to members attempting to learn the whereabouts of Clann equipment. Is in the process of repairing the collars of bandoliers. Proposed that the leather lacing be replaced with lucet cord. It was estimated that a 100 yard spool of thread would make enough cord for the three musketeer's bandoliers and also the grenadier's bandolier. Approximated fifty charges and four primer flasks.

Still needs to get muster records from the previous quartermaster.

Wants to acquire tampions for the ordnance. Offered to turn them on his lathe in exchange for one years dues credit. The board agreed to this proposal.

Wants to update the equipment inventory at the time of moving to the new garage.

Guild Reports
Music
Singing-has been well attended. A woodwind meeting is TBD.
Dance
Going well with good attendance except during winter storms.
Fiber
No report.
Sword
The single sticks have been ordered from Jackie and David hopes to have them in time for muster in April. Still planning on two training events per month, one MN, one WI.

Historic Site
Laura is working with Don Chesney to set up a schedule of work weekends for this spring. Repairs to the existing fort and construction of the first house are planned for 2009.

Events
Ongoing drill:
Probably indoors in March but outdoors from then on. April drill will be at Muster.

Moorhead Celtic Festival, March 14th. Had minor emergency earlier in the week. There were nine members attending but four cancelled, leaving only one man and four women. HCF sent out urgent call for more and got two more. (post event addendum, ten members participated)

Muster planning is underway. This year muster will take place on April 24th-26th.

Woodville. Friday after muster. Same basic structure as the past two years. As of last month it was unknown whether we would be able to stay over for Saturday because of staffing issues with the school. No new info regarding that item.

MSFHG, Saturday May 9th. Everything proceeding normally.

NESD Celtic Fair, Aberdeen SD. Date changed from Sept 12-13 to Sept 19-20. Much better dates for us, won't conflict with Hudson Presby. church show on the 12th. Aberdeen is 280 miles from Mpls. slightly farther than our guideline of 250 miles. Because of the large stipend for this show, we need a good presence. Board wants a least 12 members. If necessary, we can cancel up to 24 hours before the event. Sean and Lisa have offered transit in their bus. Laura is planning on taking her van.

Old Business:
Garage
Bruce has found a garage we can rent for $50/month. It is a 2 ˝ car garage located at Arlington & Edgerton in St Paul, east of 35E and south of Maryland. Website
Julie is working on scheduling a website committee meeting w/ John Debnam. The committee will consist of the following members: David Vavreck, Mary McKinley, Julie Yoder, Mia McDavid, Glenn McDavid, Betsy Bolton, Mike McCarty, and Heidi Johnson.

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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 & 612-339-3076 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

May drill will be held at the "Johndezvous" event.

Drill will be held at the Fort Snelling location that Mr. Mike Eastling has requested for us, starting promptly at 12:05 pm and continuing for 1.5 hours on the fourth Saturday of the month. If you have not been able to make a drill yet, please endeavor to do so, as practice makes us all better--especially your Captain.

After this we drive back to the Yoders' to work on costume, character, history, leather work, or whatever else needs doing. Tea, hot chocolate, good company and shared skills. Drill will conclude at 4:00.

How to find the Millitary Drill Location:

Address: 6400 Bloomington road St Paul MN 55111-4002.

From the north, take 35E south to 110 west, merging onto 55 and taking the exit for Bloomington road (keep to right lane and you'll hit it easy enough) there's a stop sign at the end of the exit, the historic site straight take a right at the stop sign, golf course will be to the left as you go to the last building on the right.

From the west, take 494 (or 62, depending on preference) from 494 keep to the right following the signs for Bloomington road, keep to the right following 5, and you'll reach the same exit as from 110 to Bloomington road. Google Maps is one way to get very good, accurate directions.

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Articles

A tale that is true enough, taken from "The Poore-Mans Plaster-Box," which is a home remedy book by Richard Hawes published in London, 1634; submitted by David Vavreck.

A great while agoe, when Monsieur Gout was not so rich (as he now is;) he was forced to travell, as other poore men are sometime, in his travel he met with a spider, whose journey lay as Mr. Goutes did: they being both benighted, they sought lodging, and came to a poore mans house, which the Gout tooke up for his lodging, for he being alwayes a laisie companion, would goe no farther, but the Spider being more nimble, went to a rich mans house, and there tooke up his lodging for the night: the next day they met againe, and asked each other of their entertainement the passed night, "mine" said the Gout, "was the worst night as ever I had, for I had no sooner touched the poore mans legs, thinking ther to take my rest, but up he gets, and to threashing he goes, so that I had no rest the whole night." "And I," saide the Spider, "had no sooner begun to build my house, in the rich mans chamber, but the Mayde came with a broome, and tore downe all my worke, and so fiercely did pursue me, that I had so much a-doe to save my life, as ever I had."

"Seeing it is so then," saide the Gout, "we will change lodging, I will goe to the rich mans house, and thou shalt goe to the poore mans:" they both were well content, and didso, and found such ease and rest in their lodging, that they resolved never to remoove, for the Spider builded and was not troubled, the Gout he was entertained with a soaft Cushion, with downe Pillowes, with dainty Caudels, and delicate broathes; in briefe: he did like it so well, that ever since he takes up his lodging with rich men, where I desire that he should take his rest, rather than in my poore house.

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Acting, Re-enacting, and Experiential Archaeology

by Pegeen Rozeske.

From my Merriam Webster Dictionary, I draw these definitions. Acting - "the art or practice of representing a character". Re-enacting; re- "prefix meaning again" enact "to act -out". Experiential- "relating to experience". Empirical - "Capable of being verified or disproved by observation or experiment:" Archaeology- "the scientific study of material remains .... of past human life and activities."

So what do we as Clann Tartan do while out there in front of the public? Are we Actors, Re-enactors or providing Experiential Archaeology? Are we a little bit of all three?

I have been making shoes for five years. I studied under Master Boot Maker D.W. Frommer II of Redmond, Oregon in November 2003. [I have been doing "rendezvous" since 2001 (Thank you "Beaver Vous"). I guess Clann adopted me long before I became a member (Thank you David, Jaimie, Donald and all others).] So, at Big Island 2008, one of my first pair of shoes came back to me. They were sadly in need of repair. OK. They're made to be repaired. But why, only a few years after I made them, did the leather look just fine and the stitches be totally gone!

Here is where the Actor/Re-enactor/Empirical Knowledge thing meets, well, me, I guess. I've been "demo-ing" since I was 9 or 10 years old in some fashion or another. I've won awards for my presentations. We all try to make our re-enacting as accurate as possible. We do our research. We have all had the discussion as to how far do we take it? We joke about the "Rennies" (I'm generalizing here. Don't get bent out of shape) who go by the 10 foot rule - If it looks good at 10 feet it's good enough. And the other historical fantasy characters who wander through our midst trying to play along but really don't care if they have it correct. And at the other end of the spectrum you have the "stitch counters" that complain about the details but miss the bigger picture. Somewhere there is the goal of educating the public without getting so caught up in the details that you stall out.

We use "artificial" sinew. It is nylon thread that is waxed and coated to look like the real thing. I use mono-filament instead of hogs bristles because my pig hasn't gotten big enough yet. We use a sewing machine to make shirts, skirts, and other garments. Some of our canvas has grommets and ninety-nine percent of it has Sunforger Marine finish to make certain it doesn't spontaneously combust or mold and mildew with a minimum of care. Some events have vendors that sell cotton candy, bison burgers, and soda pop on Styrofoam plates and in plastic cups. I'm not saying that any of this is wrong. In fact, some of it is very good (I'm partial to kettle corn - just ask my family). If you can't get people to come to the event, how can you put your material in front of them. A great band with electric amps and lots of lighting so you can dance the night away is a great draw for re-enactors and general public alike. And there are events for those who keep it pure.

Not everyone goes to an event or gets involved in our "hobby" for the same reason. Some are in it to blow things up without getting arrested. YEAH!!! They may like marching around and all that tactical stuff. I personally love cannons and the smell of black powder smoke. Some enjoy the craft end of things. Some enjoy teaching or camping. Some got dragged into it kicking and screaming and are here because they love their significant other enough to spend time in their hobby. Some want to get in touch with their "roots." I certainly did not get into Clann Tartan walking forward. I kind of backed in. (blame David).

So, back to those shoes in need of repair, I am a cordwainer, shoe maker if you prefer. I am a guild member in good standing. I am actively engaged in the gentle art. I am also, I am discovering, not so much a re-enactor but an experiential archeologist. I demonstrate shoe making at Clann Tartan events and other events. I research what materials were used and what techniques were used. OK, so the pike drill is no different. But that is what I have been using in the product I produce. Here's the rub. I tell my school kids that shoes were expensive. It would cost some people many months pay to earn a pair of shoes. I ask if their shoes had cost so much would their parents allow them to play in the mud puddles with them, or drag their toes when they rode their bikes, or leave them outside in the rain all night? Not a chance. But we are not living in 1630. We have the everyday habits of people who dispose of a pair of tennis shoes in the trash if they have a hole in the bottom. We run through mud puddles and drag our feet. The shoes which came back to me were worn by a soldier who participated in battle reenactments. So there was mud and wear and tear. In 1630, while sitting around the fire at night after a hard day of pike drills, a soldier mended socks and shirts and took preventative care of his footwear because he knew that their use was needed tomorrow. And that the day after tomorrow, if the shoes fell apart, he didn't have three months wages to be spending on another pair. An actor or re-enactor goes to the Tanglefoot concert. I'm not saying that we do not take care of our possessions. I am saying that the emphasis of care for our possessions is different than those who depended on them for their very existence.

So here I am making shoes in 2008. But, am I really making shoes for modern re-enactors or for someone who lived in 1630? I think from the evidence that I received, I am clearly making shoes for 1630. My "empirical knowledge" has been increased. I see that I have to make some changes. For all of you purists out there - you know who you are (David); your shoes are as historically accurate as I can make them using the materials available today. You will need to take care of your shoes just like they did in 1630. I do suppose I could make a change in my pricing structure to reflect historical worth; that would make a pair of shoes cost $3120 more or less. I think if you spent that much on a pair of shoes you would care for them much differently than the $50 tennis shoes. I do not believe, however, that would be in my best financial interest. I don't think I'd get many requests for a pair of shoes. I think, however, I will add another question or two or three to my list when I fit your shoes. How do you intend to care for your shoes? Do you want them historically accurate in technique, -in all materials, or just look like they might belong to the 17th century? Nylon thread is not much different in price from that of linen. Nylon thread looks very similar to linen shoe thread. The difference is that it will not rot right out of the shoe if you march through mud and muck and then just throw your shoes in the bottom of your camping box without cleaning and waxing them first. I will make shoes for purists or for re-enactors but I will remember to ask which before I start making your shoes. It will certainly make my life easier to manage.

So I, Pegeen of Clann Tartan, am throwing out the question: Are you actor, re-enactor or experiential archeologist? And what do you do to live in 2009 and in 1630?

Suaviter in modo, fortiter in reo

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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.

MAY 2009

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

 
1
Siege of Woodville 
2
Siege of Woodville 
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4
Staff meeting
Glenn & Mia's 
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6
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
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9
MN Scottish Fair and HG
http://www.mnscottishfair.org/
 
10
Fiber guild 
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Dance
Saint Christopher's
 
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15
Night at the Pub 
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Dun Gowan Immersion weekend 
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Dun Gowan Immersion weekend 
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19
BOARD MEETING
7PM @ Yoder's Home 
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Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
21
 
22
 
23
2nd annual Johndezvous/
Drill 
24
2nd annual Johndezvous 
25
2nd annual Johndezvous/
Music7PM
Yoder's Home 
26
Dance
Saint Christopher's
 
27
 
28
 
29
 
30
 
31
 
 

JUNE 2009

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

 
1
 
2
 
3
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
4
 
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6
 
7
 
8
 
9
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
10
 
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12
 
13
Olde World Renaissance Faire (Twig)
http://www.owrenaissancefaire.com/ 
14
Olde World Renaissance Faire (Twig)
http://www.owrenaissancefaire.com/ 
15
 
16
Board Meeting
7:00 at Yoders 
17
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
18
 
19
Night at the Pub 
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22
Music
7PM @
Yoder's home 
23
Dance
Saint Christopher's 
24
 
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26
 
27
Drill 
28
 
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30
 

 

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
1/1/2009 Airing of the Tartans
1st Footing
Finished
2/14-15/2009 Albert Lea Historical Faire Finished
2/14-15/2009 A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/ Finished
3/14/2009 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 Scheduled
May 1-2 2009 Siege of Woodville Scheduled
May 9 2009 MN Scottish Fair and HG - http://www.mnscottishfair.org/ Scheduled
May 16-17 2009 Dun Gowan Immersion weekend Scheduled
May 23-25 2009 second annual Johndezvous Scheduled
June 13-14 2009 Olde World Renaissance Faire (Twig) http://www.owrenaissancefaire.com/ Tentative
July 17-19 2009 Dun Gowan Tactical http://www.dungowan.com/ Scheduled
8/7-9 2009 White Oak Rendezvous, Deer River MN Tentative
8/15-16 2009 Perham Heritage Festival, Perham MN Tentative
9/12 2009 Scottish Day at Hudson Presbyterian Church Tentative
9/19-20 2009 Northeast South Dakota Celtic Fair, Aberdeen SD Tentative
10/1-4 2009 Big Island Rendezvous, Albert Lea MN Tentative
10/8-10 2009 Mankato History Fair, Mankato MN Tentative

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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

MAP TO MUSTER APRIL 24-26 2009

Hwy 169 into Mankato;
Left at the Hillcrest Health Care Center ( if you go past the flashing lights at Co Road 68 you've gone too far);
Left onto Shamrock Lane(Hawkeye Lane);
follow this to it's end (Jack McGowan's on the map)

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SIEGE OF WOODVILLE, Woodville WI May 1-2 2009

The address is Viking Middle School: 500 Southside Dr Woodville, WI 54028

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Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games - Dakota County fairgrounds, Farmington, MN, May 9, 2009

Mark your calendars! Saturday, May 9, Clann will be participating in the Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games. Here's the website: http://www.mnscottishfair.org/.
We can camp Friday and Saturday nights, although the fair is at the Dakota County fairgrounds in Farmington, only about a half-hour drive from the center of the cities, so it's also very easy to day-trip. There are flush toilets and showers on the grounds and lots of free parking. This was a really great event last year, and this year promises to be even better!

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