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ANNUAL DUES

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. As of April 25th, the following members are paid beyond March 2011. If your name is not in this list, your dues expired on March 31st and you need to renew in order to continue performing with the group.

Amanda Costandine, John Debnam, Eric & Hellen Ferguson, Cate Hesser, Maeve Kane, Margaret Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth LeClaire, Glenn & Mia McDavid, Mairi McKinley, Penndra Moyer, Patty Simondet, Cindy Schaufenbuel, Sarah Shaftman, the Swenson family, Bruce & Julie Yoder.

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.



Coming up: The Event with too long a name

Or so grouses our Captain. Nonetheless, it's a great tradition—especially if you count its antecedent, the Macalaster College Scottish fair—at a convenient distance, and offers indoor plumbing to boot. The 2011 Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games runs from 9:00 to 5:30 (with a ceilidh till 8 p.m.) on Saturday, May 14, at the Dakota County Fair Grounds in Farmington. 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!

Weather permitting, there will be plenty of powder going off. Our Lieutenant hopes that the potential recruits he’s been cultivating will be able to attend and wants to show them a bang-up good time. Our old friend Haddayr will lead the women in waulking songs. We generally set up on the preceding Friday, then hold the monthly Night at the Pub nearby. Watch your e-mail for more details, and check out thWeb site .

Mark your calendars! Saturday, May 14, Clann will be participating in the Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games. Here's the website: http://www.mnscottishfair.org/.


Quarterly Members' Meeting

May 21 at 1:00 PM at Lake Hiawatha Center (Same location as Wednesday dance). As someone told your editor long ago, if you want to make a difference the first thing you have to do is show up.


Johndezvous

Johndezvous is Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-30.

Johndezvous is a Gaffneyis event where we gather at the O'Duggan household to have fun making stuff, 20628 Whistle Pass Drive, Lewiston MN, between Rochester and Winona. See the article below for more information.



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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 may be broken in multiple parts.

Deadline for articles to go in the June newsletter will be the 15th of May.


Clann Tartan Staff Meeting, April 7, 2011

Present: Margaret Kirkpatrick, Glenn McDavid, Sarah Shaftman, Rich Mueller, Laura Swenson, David Vavreck

  1. Contracts and Upcoming Shows

    1. Tartan Day, Sunday, April 10:

    2. Siege of Woodville, Friday, April 29

      1. Three questions. Sarah sent around the questions from last year. The demonstrators for 2011 need to get their questions ready

      2. David is working on new kiddy pikes. They will be available for the event.

      3. Rich has alerted the Baldwin Police dept., (715) 698-2169, about the firing of muskets & mortar.

      4. Get Jake Cimino details by mid-month.

      5. We have at least 6 demos. We may try to consolidate the school kids into larger groups for some of these.

      6. The school day ends at 3PM. Our group will stay around for a couple more hours for the public.

      7. Laura will haul the trailer.

      8. We will bring some of the trooper tents. They can be set up as flies in case the weather is bad.

      9. The trailer was loaded on Wednesday, April 13.

    3. Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games (Saturday, May 14)

      1. Sarah will ask Marty about hauling the trailer.

      2. Haddayr has agreed to lead the waulking. Sarah will contact her about what she needs. We will not have anything freshly woven, but Rich and David both have fabric that could be used.

      3. Mia plans to dye (vegetable-based) in the baby pot: Fill with water during setup (not enough period buckets to do during show).

      4. David and Rich will prepare the ceremony for adding a black ribbon to the ensign. Black grosgrain was suggested. Length and width to be determined.

    4. Johndezvous, Memorial Day weekend, May 27–30

      We will discuss this at the May meeting.

    5. Fort William Celtic Fair, Sat., July 23, and Sun. July 24

      1. It looks like this will be a 2-day event in 2011. It is a long drive, so attendees will need to take Friday and Monday off as well. We will look into renting a van, like we did for Twig a few years ago. If this proves to be too expensive or otherwise impractical, we will use individual vehicles like we did last year.

      2. Nothing new from Mia.

      3. Passport reminder: Sarah sent an e-mail to members on April 7.

  2. Drill & Mini-Muster Drill Planning

    1. April 23

      Library. Also presentation/discussion on writing a character (muster requirement). At Margaret's. We can do basic musket drill (all the motions of loading) in her back yard, but we obviously cannot fire the weapons there.

    2. May: No drill. With Farmington, the Members' meeting, and Johndevous there is just too much going on that month.

    3. Mini-muster

      1. Background for members: The May newsletter will have an updated version of this article.

      2. Rich will confirm June 11 date & location. [The proposed site is a Ramsey County park. We have since learned that on that account we will not be able to discharge firearms there.]

      3. Possible topics include:

        • Pike drill and marching
        • Sword drill. Four singlesticks have been delivered to the Swordmaster.
        • No actual firing of muskets until and unless we can work out the legalities. [See above]
        • Firestarting.
        • Making charcloth.
        • Splitting wood.
        • General safety.

      4. Supplies needed: We may need more steels for firestarting. These could be a project for Johndevous. Charcloth would also be helpful.

      5. Whatever we do will depend on who we have as instructors.

  3. Other old business

    1. Recruitment

      The Board has appointed a Recruitment Committee, so this topic will be taken off the ongoing Staff Agenda.

    2. Equipment maintenance at events: Acquisition of supplies & scheduling.

      1. Cleaning pike heads. Perhaps coat them with beeswax to inhibit rust. Another possibility is vaseline.

      2. Polishing armor.

      3. Serving new ropes. This still needs to be done, even if we are not scheduling it as a camp drill activity. One suggestion was to do it before dance at Lake Hiawatha on a Wednesday.

      4. Oil leather at end of season.

    3. Garage

      Check with Bruce to see if he has a recent inventory. If he does not, we will have to do another one.

  4. Next Staff Meeting

    7 PM. Thursday, May 5. Location: Margaret's house.


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 2/11 - 2/13
Secretary Mia McDavid 651-490-1842 miamcdavid at gmail dot com 2/11 - 2/13
Treasurer Bruce Yoder 612-825-4519 bruceyoder at juno dot com 2/10 - 2/12
Quarter Master David Vavreck 612-353-1237 baethan1630 at yahoo dot com 2/11 - 2/13
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 Potter 763-257-7038 anthea at winternet dot com  2/11 - 2/13

Staff

Chief of Staff Sarah Shaftman  612-371-4425  smuzikant at visi dot com   
Assistant Chief of Staff vacant      
Captain David Vavreck 612-353-1237 baethan1630 at yahoo dot com  
Lieutenant Rich Mueller (651) 583-4264   dragon_musk at yahoo dot com   
Corporal Eric Ferguson {612}726-6364 eric at celticfringe 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 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


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 612-353-1237 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.



Dance

The Dance Guild gathers weekly from 7PM-9PM to learn and practice historic Scottish country dances.

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 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.

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

Drill

Drill will be on the fourth Saturday of March and April. After that, we will be replacing the current monthly camp and company drills by "mini-musters". Watch this space and the members' list.

12 NOON Military drill, for soldiers and campfollowers alike, Minnehaha Parkway green, 12th Av S at Minnehaha Parkway.

1 PM Camp Drill, work on projects and discussions of relevant topics.


Articles

Muster Levels

by David Vavreck

Our manual lists the requirements for the various muster levels - unsworn, recruit, veteran, and Gaffneyis Own - but doesn't really explain the point of our mustering system.

No, it's not a little head game we play, nor is it merely a series of hoops to no end.

The point of our mustering system is to provide a framework to enable us to become the best interpreters that we can be.

As the requirements themselves are spelled out clearly in the Manual, there is no need to repeat that info here. I will, however, give the gist thereof.

Upon reaching levels two through four, you earn the right to wear our badges - our distinctive yellow cockade for second level, a cockade with a salmon saltire for third and the Gaffneyis Own badge for fourth level.

Whether you are new to our group or on old hand, there are two things you can do that will make you a more effective living historian:

  1. Read! Our Manual is full of research articles on many topics. Public and university libraries are full of books. And we have our own lending library. Contract the Staff for more information.

  2. Take in every demonstration you can, whether by our own members, other reenactors at events, or at any of the many living history sites around the nation.

Everything we learn can only help make us even better living historians than we already are.

These levels are designed not to be difficult, but rather to encourage practice and study by our members in order to better enable us to interpret the past to the public. The muster levels are also a way of publicly acknowledging those who have demonstrated a proficiancy in skills and scholarship.

Most of us concern ourselves with passing 2nd level, which gives the right to wear the cockade (which is itself our approximation of a field sign from our period).

After that, people tend to be less concerned about reaching the higher levels.

The requirements for becoming one of Gaffneyis Own are few: one must first reach the preceeding three levels, then be acknowledged as an expert in something, publish an article on that area of expertise, and have that article reviewed by a panel of five appointed by the Staff, and then undergo an oral exam of all areas of focus - i.e. the specific topic of the research article as well as all the other stuff we do and should know.

There are three ways to be acknowledged as an expert in something - by demonstrating that something successfully, convincing someone on Staff or who is already one of Gaffneyis Own, or publishing an article on it.

What we generally require for an article to be published in the newsletter is a minmum of three listed sources. The article can be on pretty much anything even remotely related to what we as an organization do.

Examples of articles just off the top of my head include various weapons and tactics, specific historic events or people, any of the many possible crafts and skills from our period of focus, cooking gear, health care, what have you.

The last step to become one of Gaffneyis Own is the review panel process. As this has only been done three times, the format is a little fluid. The Chief of Staff, the Head Camp Follower and the Captain appoint five people (which may or may not include themselves) to be on this panel. People with related knowledge, as well as those who have already attained this level should fill out the remainder of the positions.

These five people are required to read the article and double-check it against the sources listed in it, and deal with any possible issues with the author.

Then comes the oral exam, which is about both the article and general knowledge of what we in Gaffneyis Regiment do. This includes drill, food, clothing, history, and the like.

Upon passing said exam, the member reaches the goal of being one of Gaffneyis own with all rights and priveledges pertaining thereto; In lieu of (or in addition to) the cockade, a member of Gaffneyis Own is allowed to werethe Gaffneyis Own baddge. This is a grey wolf's head (from Gaffneyis crest — see our ensign and tavern sign) surmounted by a crown (from King Gustave Adolph's crest).


THE NEW "MINI-MUSTER"

Thanks to everyone who replied to Eric's e-mail earlier this year asking members who did not attend the monthly military drill for their reasons.  At the February 2011 membership meeting, he presented the results and proposed solutions.  For the coming year, the membership chose to replace monthly drill (company and camp) by a series of "mini-musters" around town.  We'll meet for half a day or a day, work on military drill plus several other items on the muster list, and celebrate with a meal together.

 

Pending inquiries at parks in the northern suburbs, we are looking to hold the first of these on Saturday, June 11 (since the Old World Renaissance Festival at Twig, Minnesota, will not be happening at all this year).  Please reserve the date if you can, and be sure to let the staff know if there's anything in particular you wish to see taught.


Johndezvous

by David Vavreck

Johndezvous is Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-30.

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:

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.

Oh - and did I mention the movie?  We will project a period movie or two (to be decided) on the side of a tent.  Just for fun.

Q & A

  1. Are modern kits allowed? You may wear what you will.
  2. Do we have to bring our own supplies? Do we have to bring materials for projects? You should provide your own lumber for wood projects.  John has iron stock;  perhaps throwing him a few bucks to cover cost of iron and coal would be favorably received.
  3. Will there be modern tools available? Both modern and historic tools are available. No power planer, though.
  4. Does the site have cell phone access? Chez O'Duggan does have cell phone service.

Have fun — Make stuff! Please send your RSVP to the Staff.

See you there!


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.

MAY 2011

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
1

 
2
 
3
 
4
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
5
 
6
 
7
 
8
 
9
10
Dance
Saint Christopher's
 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games
15

 
16
 
17
Board Meeting
7PM
Yoders' Home
18
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center 
19
 
20
Night at the Pub
7 PM at Merlin's Rest
3601 E. Lake St. Minneapolis 
21
Quarterly Members Meeting
1:00 PM at Lake Hiawatha Center 
22
 
23
Music
7PM
Yoders' Home
24
Dance
Saint Christopher's
 
25
 
26
 
27
Johndezvous
Lewiston, MN
28
Johndezvous
Lewiston, MN
29
Johndezvous
Lewiston, MN 
30
Johndezvous
Lewiston, MN 
31
 

 

JUNE 2011

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

 
1
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
7 8
 
9
 
10
 
11
Mini-muster
(tentative)
12
 
13
 
14
Dance
Saint Christopher's
15 16
 
17
Night at the Pub
7 PM at Merlin's Rest
3601 E. Lake St. Minneapolis
18
 
19
 
20
 
21
Board Meeting
7PM
Yoders' Home
22
Dance
Lake Hiawatha
Neighborhood Center
23
 
24
 
25
 
26
 
27
Music
7PM
Yoders' Home
28
Dance
Saint Christopher's
29
 
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 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 1-2011 Airing of the Tartans
1st Footing
Finished
Feb 12-13, 2011 Big Island Trade Fair, Albert Lea, MN Finished
Feb 19-20, 2011 A Scottish Ramble - http://www.scottishramble.org/ Finished
March 12, 2011 Fargo Celtic Festival www.fargoparks.com/se_celticfest.html Finished
April 10, 2011 Tartan Day, MN State Capitol, St. Paul Finished
April 29, 2011 Siege of Woodville, Woodville WI Finished
May 14, 2011 MN Scottish Fair and HG - http://www.mnscottishfair.org/ Scheduled
May 27-30 2011 Johndezvous Scheduled
June 11, 2011 Mini-muster, Twin Cities Metro Tentative
June 16-19 2011 Dun Gowan Tactical http://www.dungowan.com/ Scheduled
July 23-24, 2011 Fort William Celtic Fair, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada Tentative
Sep 29-Oct 2, 2011 Big Island Rendezvous, Albert Lea MN Scheduled
Oct 6-8, 2011 Mankato History Fair, Mankato MN Pending


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 Meetings

4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis 55407
Map to Margaret's Home
Host for staff meetings

2636 17th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 

Event Maps and Notification

SIEGE OF WOODVILLE, Woodville WI, April 29, 2011

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

Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games - Dakota County fairgrounds, Farmington, MN, May 14, 2011




Johndezvous, 20628 Whistle Pass Drive, Lewiston MN

Best route from the cities is US 52 to Rochester, then US 14 east from Rochester to Lewiston.